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Nihilumbra

Nihilumbra is a minimalist platformer-puzzle game that takes its inspiration from titles like Badlands. You control a shape-shifting, uh, thing from the void, which is trying to escape the nothing that follows it through the world. Various colors can be used to move past obstacles, allowing the basic gameplay to expand into some interesting new areas. Nihilumbra is a free download with a single $3 in-app purchase to unlock the whole thing.

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Discover the beautiful world of Nihilumbra and join Born on his adventure to find himself whilst trying to escape from his inevitable curse. Born was created from the absolute nothingness: The Void. But somehow he separates himself from the black emptiness and appears in the world. This is where his long odyssey begins, in which he will learn how to use the colors around him to gain powerful abilities and transform the world.

Nihilumbra
Nihilumbra
Developer: BeautiFun Games
Price: Free+

Wrassling

In Wrassling, the point of this pseudo-retro bout is to throw the opposing wrasslers (who look a lot like foosball figures) out of the ring. That basically involves tilting your body and flailing your arms like a Rock-Em Sock-Em robot that's flown off the peg. It plays a lot like QWOP as a 2D fighter, so if you're a fan of games that are intentionally and hilariously terrible, give it a try. Wrassling is free with no in-app purchases.

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Wrassling is the national sport of Slamdovia, champion Wrasslers are regarded as the strongest athletes in the world.Many will attempt to master Wrassling and even more will fail. In Wrassling there is an old saying "never give up even if both your arms fall off, but maybe think about it"

Wrassling - Wacky Wrestling
Wrassling - Wacky Wrestling
Developer: Brad Erkkila
Price: Free

Rush Star - Bike Adventure

Rush Star is an endless runner with a pretty typical setup, but the unique and chaotic stages earn it a spot on this list. The femme fatale star drives her motorcycle through everything from crowded city streets to lava-filled caverns to... a patch of evil vegetables. The over-the-top presentation is more entertaining than the three-lane setup might suggest, and while it's a free-to-play title, the in-app purchases aren't as bad as most freemium games.

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Craving for the thrill of extreme speed race? Rush Star is your answer. Meet the unconventional racing adventure game and explore areas you’ve never even imagined of racing in. Dash through all kinds of exciting scenes - rainy jungles, railroads in the midst boiling-hot magma, blizzard-striken villages, you name it. Hop on the top-notch bike HOVER STAR 9 and leave your trace on the land that has never been conquered. There is no better time for it than now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tpi5Au2_wc

The app was not found in the store. :-(

FPV Freerider

OK, I can understand the appeal of a plane or helicopter simulator - those are aspirational experiences that most people simply won't be able to have. But what's the point of simulating a drone flight? Drones are easy enough to find, and they're less expensive than, say, a high-end smartphone and all the controllers that this surprisingly robust sim supports. To each his own, I suppose. Here's a free demo version.

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Fly (and crash.) all you want regardless of rain, wind, sleet or snow. Selectable between first person view (FPV) and line of sight (LOS) flying. Includes self-levelling and acro mode. Custom settings for input rates, camera and physics. Touchscreen is default input. If your device supports USB OTG and you have the right cable you can try to use a USB gamepad/controller for better control. Physical controllers are configurable between mode 1,2,3 and 4.

FPV Freerider
FPV Freerider
Developer: FPV Freerider
Price: $3.49

Feed The Bear

Feed the Bear is sort of a single-player take on Scorched Earth, except instead of enemy tanks, you're hitting a bear, and instead of deadly nuclear bombs, you're firing tomatoes. Each level gives you a limited amount of food to use. You'll need to be strategic: larger food can clear more obstacles, but if you use all of it up, you might not have enough to satiate the bear's appetite. Presumably he eats his fuzzy helpers when they fail. $1 removes the intrusive advertising.

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Mighty King Bear is lazy. Too lazy to hunt, too lazy to get his own food. Instead, he bullies the other forest creatures into feeding him their food. Of course, you don’t want to get too close to him, in case you end up on the menu. So instead you fire the fruit straight into his giant jaws using a makeshift cannon. That’s not as simple as it sounds, given all the obstacles in the way. But using movable objects and a variety of helpful animals, you can always find a way of feeding King Bear.

Feed the Bear
Feed the Bear
Developer: HeroCraft Labs
Price: Free+

The Next Arrow

This little logic game challenges players to move horizontally or vertically across the board without breaking the chain of accessible arrows. (Watch the video.) It's an interesting concept and an original one, which is a niche that's seriously lacking on the Play Store at the moment.

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What will be your Next Arrow? Challenge your brain by creating the longest chain possible in the deceptively difficult world of the arrows. Think and elaborate strategies to survive and reach the first rank. Push your anticipation and planning capacities further than anything before.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

Knight's Move

When I was a kid, I often found myself jumping across square supermarket tiles in the 3-1 movement of a chess knight. This is my kind of puzzle, then: you only get a knight, and the only goal is to progress across the various stages using that single L-shaped move. There are quite a few games in the Play store based on this idea, but this one includes a multiplayer mode (local and online) with some interesting extras.

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In multiplayer mode, you and your rival must work to capture squares and trap the other player on the board. Strategy, patience, and a well-timed boost will ensure your victory. Defeat your opponents, and take your rightful place on the top of the leaderboard.

  • Multiplayer Mode: Challenge your friend on the standard square board, or the more challenging circular, and Singularity boards. Trap your opponent to win the game.
  • Boosts: Use boosts during multiplayer to turn the tables on your opponent
  • Local Multiplayer: Battle your friend on the same device in local multiplayer.

Knight's Move
Knight's Move
Developer: Stealforge
Price: Free+

Prison Escape Puzzle

Prison Escape is a varied collection of themed puzzles centered around, well, escaping a prison. It's a surprisingly competent effort from Play Store rookie Big Giant, and what's even more surprising is that the game is completely free with no in-app purchases. Reviews say that this one isn't long, but beggars can't be choosers.

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You find yourself locked in an old city prison. Solve puzzles and find items that will aid you in your escape. Challenge yourself with this short but fun puzzle game.
• Tricky and challenging puzzles.
• Gorgeous graphics .
• It's FREE.
• No signup's required, just download and install.

Prison Escape Puzzle
Prison Escape Puzzle
Developer: Big Giant Games
Price: Free+

Temple Toad

How well would Angry Birds' slingshot mechanic work in a regular platformer? Download Temple Toad and find out. This is another one of those infuriating games where the main draw is its frustration, since getting from one platform to the next is an exercise in trial and error. Getting double-digit scores is an accomplishment, and upgrading to the optional and IAP-supported costumes is a feat of amazing patience.

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Jump your way through a fun and challenging environment in Temple Toad, an exciting new platformer. Collect gems to unlock 17 different hats. Increase your multiplier, and watch your score explode, by knocking scarabs off the platforms and into the lava below. Complete all the achievements and challenge your friends to see who can get the best score.

Temple Toad
Temple Toad
Developer: DoubleJump
Price: Free+

Mini Racing Adventures

Combine the 2D tilting physics of Trials with a bit of Excitebike-style racing and you'll get something like Mini Racing Adventures. It's not often that we see this interesting mix, but its online multiplayer mode makes good use of simple mobile controls. Offline you can race against the CPU or your own ghosts, and the mix of carts, ATVs, and dirt bikes keeps the racing interesting. You'll still hit the free-to-play grinding wall at some point if you want to be competitive online.

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Introducing Mini Racing Adventures, possibly the best Free realtime multiplayer, 3D endless side scrolling physics based racing adventure game ever created. Meet Martin Nitro Minimo, or MnM for short. Now short in stature he may be but underneath that facade lies a great big heart with big dreams to fulfill. Help Martin in his quest to become the record holder as the greatest endurance racer of his time and overcome his shadowy adversary Omini Speedario that is in relentless pursuit.

Mini Racing Adventures
Mini Racing Adventures
Developer: Minimo
Price: Free+

Farming PRO 2015

How many times must I tell people? Farming is not a fun career. You work long, grueling hours on expensive and dangerous equipment, and your income and livelihood is at the mercy of nature. But for some reason the farm sim sub-genre is booming - here's one to compete with the popular Farming Simulator series. This one includes "over 50 vehicles and tools," and also in-app purchases on top of its $2 price tag, though they don't seem too terrible.

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It’s time for you to start your agricultural career with this realistic farming simulator. Harvest fields, raise animals, walk around your farm to manage buildings, drive combines, tractors, trucks and semis and master over 50 farm tools and implements. Your goal is to build the most valuable farm. Compare your stats with friends and become the best farmer. Take advantage of changing economy and sell your products at the highest price. Expand your farm by buying new fields and upgrading your buildings.

Farming PRO 2015
Farming PRO 2015
Price: $1.99+

Lara Croft: Relic Run

Tomb Raider is inspired by Indiana Jones. So is Temple Run. "Why not combine the two" seems to be the thinking behind this endless runner starring the most famous archeologist in gaming. While the graphics are impressive and some of the turret shooter sections are novel, Square-Enix isn't showing much that we haven't seen before in this licensed mobile game. Your cash might be better spent on the Android version of the original than in-app purchases for Relic Run.

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Lara Croft: Relic Run is the all new action adventure for nostalgic Lara Croft fans. When a shadowy conspiracy threatens the world, only Lara Croft is equipped to unearth the truth. Collect clues to uncover ancient relics. Run, swing, drive, and swan dive your way through beautiful and challenging environments. There’s no time to waste, but how long can you survive?

Lara Croft: Relic Run
Lara Croft: Relic Run
Developer: SQUARE ENIX LTD
Price: Free+

Jets - Flying Adventure

This free-to-play runner ticks all the usual marks of the genre, but its interesting 3D movement and charming art style make it worth a look. You play as an inexplicably huge paper airplane flying through the streets of various world cities. Predictably Jets has a bunch of social networking hooks for its leaderboards in-app purchases... some of which can be had free for frequent fliers on Royal Dutch Airlines. Weird.

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Vrooooom… Try your pilot skills and navigate your paper plane through a cardboard world in the awesome flying game Jets. Watch out for trams and boats along the canals of Amsterdam. Try the fun-packed single player mode or challenge your friends in the multiplayer mode. Have you ever wanted to fly a paper plane over the canals? This is your chance. The first endless flyer missions of Jets' are set in a unique papercraft version of Amsterdam, the home-base of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Francy Droo: Mother-in-Law

Francy Droo takes that familiar adventure game setup, infuses some Adult Swim-style humor, and wraps it in MS Paint-quality graphics and (oddly) full voice acting. It's definitely not for everyone, but if your YouTube profile includes at least one emoticon, you might get a kick out of it.

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Carla Gomez is overbearing, uncooperative, and on the last nerve of basically everyone at her daughter's wedding—so when she goes missing, leaving behind only a poorly-spelled ransom note (or possibly an order for takeout; it's hard to tell), everyone is a suspect. It's up to substitute bridesmaid and kind-of, sort-of detective Francine "Francy" Droo (and her awkward friend Katie) to figure out whodunit, before the wedding bells can ring.

Francy Droo: Mother-in-Law
Francy Droo: Mother-in-Law

The Frumbers

Frumbers is a unique endless runner that incorporates a little bit of math. Collect plus signs and your animate fruit number will increase, hit a minus sign and it will decrease. Get caught by a zero (represented as oranges and strawberries, for some reason) and you're completely reset. Will the novelty be enough to get you to cough up for some IAP? Probably not.

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The world where the hero is itself the result. Where your worst enemy is a zero pumpkin. Where tomatoes shoot minuses at you. In the world of Frumbers, all you have to do is to not become a zero. Just don't touch the pumpkins. They will turn you into a zero. Don't fall into pits and don't get minuses. That’s it. Now let yourself in and take your best shot. Score your highest number.

The Frumbers
The Frumbers
Developer: NuOxygen Srl
Price: Free+

Mining Truck

Mining Truck takes the basic idea of Snuggle Truck (and its less politically correct version, Smuggle Truck) and replaces the primary vehicle with one of those enormous industrial dumpers. The concept isn't new, but the ridiculous 2D stages are, so download it if you're looking for a fix. It's just too bad that the Android device compatibility is so spotty.

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It takes a monster truck — and a beast of a driver — to haul rocks across this rough terrain. That’s your job: to move a load across craggy mountains without dumping it all along the way, and the clock is running out. Ever seen a 10-ton truck jump across an open abyss? Better open the throttle, friend… if you want to deliver that load on time.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

First Touch Soccer 2015

Tired of the crazy social and IAP gimmicks in EA's soccer games? Well here's an alternative from indie developer First Touch... that also features crazy social and IAP gimmicks. Hey, if you can't beat them. At least First Touch Soccer attempts to recreate the entire sport, instead of focusing on finger-friendly minigames or team management.

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First Touch Soccer 2015 is here, and it’s better than ever. Crammed full of amazing features, modes, stunning graphics and fluid gameplay, this year’s edition is not to be missed. Take control of your team on and off the field in Manager Mode. Sign new players, negotiate contracts & fully customise your club’s stadium with our unique stadium editor. Manager mode is more refined to YOUR needs. Can you rise to the challenge?

The app was not found in the store. :-(

Plancon: Space Conflict

Herocraft's latest mobile game is a mix of twin-stick shooters (a la Geometry Wars) and a larger top-down space conflict. The mix of 3D graphics and 2D gameplay in Plancon works well, and the huge playable area and ship upgrade mechanics give good reason to continue through the endless void. Unfortunately it's hard to look past the premium $3 price and $100 in-app purchases - developers, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

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Damn aliens – they have nothing better to do than attack the human race. Time to take control of a spaceship and wage your own war against these extraterrestrial roaches. You'll fly a piece of space junk at first, but after a dozen or so successful missions you'll make enough cash for a hardcore battleship. Now it's up to you to put together a bold team and equip your ship the best lasers, blasters, missiles, and whatnot available on the black market. The aliens will regret ever messing with Earth.

Plancon: Space Conflict
Plancon: Space Conflict
Developer: HeroCraft Labs
Price: $1.99+

Ire:Blood Memory

Ire is a hack-and-slash fantasy RPG, and it's brutal. The little spurts of blood in your usual dungeon crawler don't hold up to the display of gore in Blood Memory - it reminds me of a top-down version of Dark Souls with a bit of illegal steroids thrown in. For a game that takes its inspiration from console and PC titles, it's just a shame that there are such expensive in-app purchases. The idea of "hardcore" difficulty kind of loses its edge when you can pay real money for better gear.

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Tenbirds is an independent game development studio. Ire, inspired by hardcore Japanese A/RPGs, is our first game. THE day of atonement is nigh. Memory has fallen and the world is broken. Hone your blades, name it, and kiss your beloved good-bye — you are marching into battle. Gather Memory, redeem the Corrupt and vanquish the agents of nightmare from the realm. Find your Boon and reclaim Cadmeia from Kerr the Breaker.

Ire: Blood Memory
Ire: Blood Memory
Developer: TENBIRDS
Price: Free+

Seabeard

Seabeard mixes the "snowglobe" worldbuilding of Animal Crossing with the over-used town builder genre, adds a pinch of dungeon crawling, then smashes in a bunch of vaguely pirate-themed activities for good measure. It's become something of a hit on iOS, and its appealing graphical visual style and music are probably why. Unfortunately that sunny exterior hides predictably insane $100 in-app purchases.

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Follow in the footsteps of the great captain Seabeard and discover a giant ocean teeming with islands to explore. Live life at your own pace and choose your own path - whether you have ambitions of being a world-famous chef, fearless archaeologist, or deadly warrior, you can realise those dreams. Discover a rich, charming world that you can jump into anytime, anywhere. The oceans of Seabeard are filled with surprises around every corner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrWIQRNqHPA

Seabeard
Seabeard
Developer: Backflip Studios
Price: Free+

Stan Lee's Hero Command

Someone call Stan Lee's agent - he got out of his habitat zone when he went to report for his Ant-Man cameo. It looks like he's created a free-to-play "superhero" top-down RPG... wherein at least one of the playable characters is a nonagenarian publisher and pop culture figure.

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Welcome to Stan Lee’s Hero Command, starring Stan Lee himself as the leader of Hero Command. Prepare yourself for an action packed thrill ride as Stan dispatches missions to his pantheon of heroes in a fight to save the world. Discover and become new playable heroes across exciting scenarios, with new content released regularly. Play as Stan Lee himself. Help Stan sneak through his missions using his trusty invisibility watch. Avoid enemies at all costs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YMIKucZofo

Stan Lee's Hero Command
Stan Lee's Hero Command
Developer: F84 Games
Price: Free+

Susume Tactics - Free Trial

This is a free demo version of Susume Tactics, which we featured in a previous roundup. Don't let the simple graphics fool you: this PSP pilgrim is actually a minimalist real-time strategy game.

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Destroy the enemy with your army in this fast paced real-time strategy game. A premium single player arcade style game with hours of play value. Susume Tactics is a premium game with a premium experience. Endless hours of fun, no two battles are the same. Play for 5 minutes in Arcade mode, or hours at a time in War Mode.

Susume Tactics - Free Trial
Susume Tactics - Free Trial
Developer: Sugra Games
Price: Free+

Blockwick 2 Basics

Here's another free edition of a game we featured previously. The premise of this sliding block puzzle title is fairly simple, but you'll be challenged well before you reach the last of 144 puzzles in this ad-supported version of the game.

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Welcome to Blockwick 2 Basics—a world of colorful, weirdly-shaped blocks. Unscramble the blocks to unite the colors. Basics is a free, ad-supported primer to the Blockwick universe. The game is packed with 144 easy puzzles and includes a sampling of the unique specialty blocks you’ll meet in the premium Blockwick 2 experience.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Map

The Witcher 3 is the latest high-profile RPG to rock the PC and console world, and it's not without a few forays into mobile gaming, either. But this isn't a stand-alone game, it's a highly detailed and officially-licensed world map. Load this up on your tablet as what's-his-name tramps through the fantasy world, and you'll never want for directions. It's surprisingly reasonable too at just $4.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Official Map Companion is the official digital companion for the game. This app contains interactive maps for the entire world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, complete with callouts for all the major important items and quest locations in the game. Locate all the signposts, chests, points of interest, merchants and more. Utilize the app's built-in functionality to track your progress as you complete quests and collect items. Pinch-to-zoom the maps to see the world in greater detail. A great companion to use while playing the game.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

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