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Galactus Space Shooter

Galactus is a standard space shooter that doesn't have anything to do with a giant planet-eating cosmic entity. What it does have is a solid setup, not to mention impressive graphics and sound for a mobile game. You can try it out for free with just a dollar to unlock the full game. If you've been looking for a new top-down shooter with lots of polish and old-school mechanics, give it a try.

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Galactus is an adrenalin fuelled space shooter set in the year 2095. The Earth and the entire solar system has been destroyed by a ruthless race of aliens called the Cetians. A small portion of the Human Race managed to escape the destruction and settled in the planetary system known as Kepler-90, which contains 9 Planets known as the 'Nine Realms’… The Cetians have followed you here… ‘dum, dum, dum’…

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

Desktop Dungeons

Desktop Dungeons is pretty similar to most of the roguelike dungeon crawlers you've seen before, but since this one was originally made before the current retro craze, it goes without the pretense and just uses icons instead of faux pixelated sprites. This mobile version syncs your progress with the PC version of the game, but unfortunately it's only available for tablets at the moment. At least the high price doesn't include in-app purchases.

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Desktop Dungeons makes its debut on Android Tablets. Fight your way through randomly generated dungeons, collect spells, items, and loot to defeat the dungeon boss and earn gold to upgrade your Kingdom. Unlock new classes to play as, useful items to discover, capricious gods to worship, and enemies to fight. All in service of the almighty bottom line and saving your Kingdom from peril.

Desktop Dungeons
Desktop Dungeons
Developer: Finji
Price: $10.00

Adventure Time Appisode

If you love the weird and somewhat disturbing world of Adventure Time enough to pay for new episodes, then throw $3 at the "appisode." It's basically an interactive show that replaces a bunch of the on-screen gags from one of the existing episodes with simple mini-games. Ostensibly it's for kids and includes performance results for parents, but I've never actually met an Adventure Time fan under the age of 20.

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This isn’t just any Adventure Time episode--it’s an interactive appisode. Your kids can play along with their favorite Adventure Time characters in the episode “Furniture and Meat.” Finn and Jake have too much money, honey. Join in on the fun as they spend all of their gold in the Wildberry Kingdom.

  • Full-length appisode based on the Adventure Time episode “Furniture and Meat”
  • More than 20 interactive experiences with Finn and Jake
  • Intuitive tap, tilt, swipe, and shake controls
  • Original VO from Finn, Jake, and BMO
  • Track your child’s progress and success

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

Roll'd

Roll'd takes the traditional idea of an endless runner and flips it on its head: instead of controlling the running character, you control the stage itself. The objective is to rotate the stage and keep it steady, so that the runner stays basically motionless while the stage moves around him. It's sort of like a 2D version of Super Monkey Ball. There's a surprising amount of variety in the characters and backgrounds.

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Enter the world of Roll'd where rolling comes in at a new degree. Try and best you record with each game but remember about the twist, for you do not control the hero ...you control the track. Keep it steady and beat your record with every new game. The higher your score the faster you levelup and unlock the next level. Run through the varying settings all specifically stylised with references and inspirations ranging from the CGA era, through 8-16bit NES/SNES to the golden ages of the Amiga and more.

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

Anodia 2

There isn't much more to the original Anodia than an upgraded and expanded version of Breakout. And why not - the classic formula works great for quick play sessions on a touchscreen. The sequel adds more interesting stages, better graphics, and new tools and power-ups. It's also free with no in-app purchases, so go hog wild.

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It's time to break the bricks in style. Anodia 2 is a complete new take on the classic brick breaker genre. With every level unique and fresh you will always wonder what comes next. While staying true to the first instalment's praised gameplay quality, Anodia 2 brings all new levels with a modern design and art style. Anodia 2 introduces new user experience concept that we call 'Just Play' -- simply hit the Play button, have fun and get the best high score.

Anodia 2
Anodia 2
Developer: CLM
Price: Free

Tentacle Wars ™

Please don't be a hentai game, please don't be a hentai game... YES. OK, now that that's out of the way, Tentacle Wars is a puzzle game that has you controlling an antibody that's trying to eradicate an invading virus from an alien's body. It's a mix of puzzle and strategy mechanics: you'll have to form connections between antibodies and virus cells, managing your microscopic resources in each stage. Also, the alien looks like a tiny, adorable version of the Xenomorph from Alien.

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A contaminated alien organism is about to die... Take a deep look inside, while it launches its final defense program. Enter a microscopic world of cells, neurons and DNA tentacles. Take control of the last antibody cells and save the entire species from extinction. You can cure the organism by capturing enemy cells. To do this, draw a line between green antibody and red enemy cells. This will launch DNA tentacles which drain energy from enemy cell cores and eventually overtake them.

LEGO® Ninjago Tournament

Here's the latest in LEGO's never-ending line of video games, this time a top-down beat-em-up based on the company's fantasy ninja toy line and TV series. This one's more focused on fighting waves of baddies and bosses than the usual exploration and construction-based puzzles, but it's free with no in-app purchases.

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You’ve been invited to enter Master Chen’s Tournament of Elements. Utilize your Ninja Training to unlock your True Potential, and defeat the other Elemental Masters. Face-off against the all new Elemental Masters, each with their own unique abilities. Battle in Chen’s Arena against well known enemies from the Ninjago: Masters of Spinjtsu TV Series. Level up your characters; the more you use them, the stronger they become.

The Branch

The Branch owes a lot of inspiration to Crossy Road. But instead of dodging cars, you're rotating the stage underneath the single character, getting out of the way of obstacles and running as far as you can before you either slip up or fall behind. It's a simple enough concept, and you don't need to pay to unlock more skins, though you will want to spring for the $2 ad-free upgrade - the auto-playing video ads are awful.

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Stay on the branch as long as you can. Tap the screen to rotate the world and keep Mike safe. Get higher scores and collect gems to unlock new characters.

The Branch
The Branch
Developer: Ketchapp
Price: Free+

Looking for Laika

Looking for Laika is basically a version of They Need To Be Fed with more physics and a different atmosphere. Fling your player character astronaut from planetoid to planetoid, using various bouncy obstacles and rotating tools to get even further. The game has a unique look to it, sort of like a pastel version of the Spaceman Spiff panels from Calvin and Hobbes, and it's free with no in-app purchases.

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The aliens abducted your puppy Laika in this epic side-scrolling puzzle adventure. As Astronaut it is your duty to go and save your best friend. Bounce and Jump from planet to planet through different worlds and dimensions. The one tap mechanism makes this platformer fun to play on any device. Both an arcade mode and story mode make this game complete. Beat the worldwide Hi-scores, or dive into the compelling story.

Looking for Laika
Looking for Laika
Developer: Moanbej
Price: Free

Monsieur Moustache

Monsieur Moustache is your basic jumping game, plus an Angry Birds-style "flinging" mechanic. Pull back and release to send your Frenchman into a parabolic arc. The open-source game is free with no in-app purchases.

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Play as Monsieur Moustache and help him escape the flooding underground lab. Monsieur Moustache is an endless jumper game with a very simple, yet addicting mechanic. The simplicity and precision of that unforgiving mechanic makes the player rely on his skill more than anything else, and can be compared to Flappy Bird's tap to fly gameplay.

Monsieur Moustache
Monsieur Moustache
Developer: 4AM Games
Price: Free

Tiki Taka Soccer

If you can't go big, go simple. Tiki Taka Soccer is the only game on this list to feature full matches controlled by the player, complete with a tap-and-swipe interface that should be notably better than EA's console-style touch controls. Unfortunately, even for this super-simple version of the sport, you can't escape the freemium model.

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Welcome to Tiki Taka Soccer. True touchscreen soccer. Create your soccer team and lead them to European club soccer glory. Probably the best full soccer simulation available on mobile and tablets. Create a team, hire staff, choose your formation and buy the best players. Lead them into battle on the soccer pitch. Experience every exciting moment the beautiful game can provide.

Tiki Taka Soccer
Tiki Taka Soccer
Developer: Panic Barn
Price: Free+

UEFA CL PES FLiCK

Sports games on mobile are hard to make, which is why most of them are basically mini-games with simple touch controls. This soccer title isn't breaking any molds, but it does include 22 licensed teams from the UEFA Champions League. I'm going to assume that that's a major plus for soccer fans, while I sit here and stew in withdrawal of American football. This free game comes from Konami and, strangely, does not include IAP.

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Ever wondered who the finest club side in Europe are? It's now time to find out in this all new "Free" Flick Shoot Game app, featuring the "UEFA Champions League", as watched by over 100 million fans across the globe. Europe's 22 chosen clubs for the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League season are all here. The final venue, Olympia Stadion, Berlin, and official match ball (Adidas FINALE 15) are also featured.

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

PES CLUB MANAGER

Only slightly less popular than casual sports games are sports manager games, another genre I really don't understand. This entry from Konami is free (unlike some of the competition), but includes $100 IAP (which, to be fair, some of the competition does as well). According to the description it includes 5000 real players, and the 3D matches look more engaging than the usual 2D bouts.

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Create your dream team in PES CLUB MANAGER, the new football game from the popular Pro Evolution Soccer franchise featuring over 5,000 licensed players and stunning 3D matches. Select and train your players, build your own clubhouse and give tactical instructions to your team to become the best club manager in the world. PES CLUB MANAGER uses an optimised version of the game engine from the well-known console video game, Pro Evolution Soccer 2015.

PES CLUB MANAGER
PES CLUB MANAGER
Developer: KONAMI
Price: Free+

Samurai Rebellion

Samurai Rebellion is a standard version of the growing linear real-time strategy genre, with a heavy dose of Edo period style. Spawn stylized warriors with action points, mixing different types of archers and infantry to conquer the map. This is adapted from a browser game, so it gets a little repetitive, but it's just $1 with no in-app purchases.

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The year is 1604, and after bloody civil war, Japan is at peace… So it’s time for a Samurai Rebellion. Lead an army of warriors, including Ashigaru spearmen, bowmen and horsemen into bloody battle. Upgrade skills by vanquishing your enemies and taking over new territories in your quest to control the capital city of Kyoto.

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

Idle Town

Idle Town is basically Cookie Clicker with a bit of Sim City thrown in. I don't really see the appeal of these kinds of tap-mania games, but if you do and want something with a little more room for customization and expansion, here you go.

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Govern the worlds cutest and most competitive town by building an empire of mighty coffee shops and ice cream vans. *cough* Tap the big mighty coin and earn Idle Coins, raise and invest them in every possible kind of business to further increase your income. Idle Town challenges you to earn achievements, gamble your money in Gambling Houses, beat milestones and impress your friends with your, so precious and so virtual, riches.

Idle Town
Idle Town
Developer: WIP Games
Price: Free+

DRIFT SPIRITS

"Drifting" is quickly becoming the new "drag racing" for freemium racing games. This one comes from Bandai-Namco, and was allegedly a hit in Japan. The super-simple structure lets you control steering and nitro, and encourages you to buy and upgrade various licensed cars from the last 30-odd years. The multiplayer online races will almost certainly go to whoever's spent the most money.

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Welcome to the world of Drift Spirits. Do you have what it takes to become the fastest drift racer? Compete in 1-on-1 drift races and claim the title of fastest racer. The drift racing game with over 5 million players in Japan is now available in English.!

  • Free to play drift racing game.
  • Simple touchscreen controls allow anyone to enjoy the thrill of drifting.
  • Turn your smartphone into a street course and take part in heated races, anytime, anywhere.
  • Screech through corners and blast down straightaways with the power of nitrous.
  • Select from wide variety of popular car models from big name manufacturers.
  • Enhance and upgrade parts, and install them to max out your car's power.
  • Get additional paints and wings for your ride by combining and upgrading it. Create the coolest car on the road.
  • Features BGM created by the famous Yuzo Koshiro, composer for numerous games. Pump up the volume and intensify your racing experience.

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

Toysburg

Toysburg can't seem to decide if it wants to be a Sims-style city-builder or a management sim. You're a modern day Geppetto, a toymaker who can create customized versions of toys... and then turn the local townsfolk into giant versions of said toys, to enslave them and make them join your demonic toy army. Also, there are toy judging competitions. Yeah, this is a weird one. $50 IAP means there's probably a huge amount of grind without paying.

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There's a new maker in Toysburg; someone who possesses the arcane artistry of mystical manufacture that allows Toys to be made. That's you I'm talking about; surprised? Me too, I nearly sheared my moustache off. I'm Mr. Mustard. I have been a maker in Toysburg since I was but a wee scruffamuffin like you. The children of the city need your toys to get through the most bizarre situations. Your toys transform them semi-literally and give them somewhat-super powers.

Toysburg
Toysburg
Developer: Angry Mob Games
Price: Free+

Pirate Battles: Corsairs bay

This game brings the wretched freemium model to a multiplayer turn-based strategy game. I wish it didn't feature awesome pirate ship battles, so that I could hate it more for its $100 IAP and Facebook nagging structure. The battles themselves are hexagonal and turn-based, very much like some tabletop games, but board games won't try to get you to trade real money for fake gold.

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Land ahoy, me hearties. Stand up, the new Jack Sparrow. Arr. Use all your pirate cunning and strategy to build your own fleet, scuttle your sea-faring enemies and create your own impregnable pirate empire in Booty Bay. Then sit back, uncork the rum and watch your enemies sink to a watery grave. Yo ho ho. Invite your Facebook contacts to play as friends or foes in an epic battle of the seas.

 

Pirate Battles: Corsairs Bay
Pirate Battles: Corsairs Bay

Dude Perfect 2

Want to recreate the mildly interesting stunts that won't stop playing in those 15-second YouTube ads? Well now you can, with the official Dude Perfect game. The second entry in the series comes from Miniclip and is predictably free-to-play, complete with an energy system. Maybe your time would be better spent watching the videos than waiting for an arbitrary bar to refill so you can play more 2D minigames.

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600 million YouTube views later, Dude Perfect is back with their most epic game yet. Go BIGGER than ever hitting mind-blowing trick shots through tons of crazy levels. Jump on trampolines, float on parachutes, break glass, and even blow stuff up. Stunning artwork, animation, and sounds bring your trick shots to life. Experience life as a Dude. Play as Tyler, Cody, Garrett, Cory, Coby, and the greatest mascot of all time, Panda.

Dude Perfect 2
Dude Perfect 2
Developer: Miniclip.com
Price: Free+

Thomas & Friends Watch & Play

Do kids shows really need companion apps? Apparently they do. In addition to the watch-along "train's eye view" of this Thomas the Tank Engine app, it includes several basic mini-games for kids between the age of three and five. $3 with no IAP or advertising, unless you count the PBS stuff.

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Choo-Choo. The ultimate companion app for your engineer on the go. Focusing on the learning goals of the hit PBS KIDS show, Thomas & Friends Watch and Play will help foster your preschooler’s social and emotional growth, self-efficacy and problem solving skills.

•Watch full episodes & clips of Thomas & Friends through the eyes of your favorite train in a custom engine video player (wifi enabled).
•Play the Track Builder game to build your own interactive train track for your favorite engine.
•Play the Track Repair game to repair train tracks to help the engines make deliveries.
•Play Steam Team Snapshots to create and photograph your own animated scene with Thomas & Friends on the Island of Sodor.

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

BEAST BUSTERS featuring KOF DX

Android Police coverage: SNK Releases A Deluxe, Paid Version Of 'Beast Busters Featuring KOF' That's Stripped Of The Annoying Free-To-Play Elements

This is a paid version of Beast Busters, a sort of rail shooter with RPG elements and, for some reason, cameos from the King of Fighters cast. This time it's paid and gets rid of the free-to-play elements of the original release, which is practically unprecedented on the Play Store. Thanks, SNK!

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Legendary SNK game series “BEAST BUSTERS” and “THE KING OF FIGHTERS" have celebrated respectively their 25th and 20th anniversary by returning in an ultimate cross over experience. Play in this non-stop action zombie shooting game as a member of the “Beast Busters” mercenary team or as a famous character from the “KOF” fighting game series, and shoot down the Beasts who came back to life until the last one.

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

Terraria World Map

This isn't a game per se, it's a second-screen app for 2D Minecraft Terraria. The app can show you your entire world map in real time... unless you play Terraria on the PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, or anything else that isn't an Xbox One or PS4. Welcome to the future.

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The official World Map Companion App for tablet and smartphone devices, to accompany the Xbox ONE and PS4 versions of Terraria. Download for free to see where you are in your console game session in real-time, and to help you figure out where you’re going and what kind of interesting (or scary.) stuff is all around you ... All without having to pause your play.

 

Terraria World Map
Terraria World Map
Developer: 505 Games Srl
Price: Free

SHIELD-Exclusive Games

The Talos Principle

Android Police coverage: First-Person Puzzle Game The Talos Principle Comes To The SHIELD Tablet, SHIELD TV, And Nexus 9

The Talos Principle is a first-person puzzle game (though you can set it to third-person in the settings) in the same vein as Portal. You run round various stages finding new and interesting ways to solve the puzzles at the behest of an anonymous voice, though this time it's "God" instead of a malevolent AI. The Talos Principle is probably the most technically advanced Android game at the moment, but it's Tegra-limited, so it's also available for the Nexus 9 as well. Extra chapters are $5 each.

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As if awakening from a deep sleep, you find yourself in a strange, contradictory world of ancient ruins and advanced technology. Tasked by your creator with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles, you must decide whether to have faith or to ask the difficult questions: Who are you? What is your purpose? And what are you going to do about it?

• Overcome more than 120 immersive puzzles in a stunning world.
• Divert drones, manipulate laser beams and even replicate time to prove your worth - or to find a way out.
• Explore a story about humanity, technology and civilization. Uncover clues, devise theories, and make up your own mind.
• Choose your own path through the game's non-linear world, solving puzzles your way.
• But remember: choices have consequences and somebody's always watching you.

The Talos Principle
The Talos Principle
Developer: DevolverDigital
Price: $4.99

Doom 3 : BFG Edition

Android Police coverage: Doom 3: BFG Edition, Including The Original Doom And Doom 2, Now Available For SHIELD TV And SHIELD Tablet

The entire run of the official DOOM series, on your SHIELD TV or Tablet, for ten bucks? Doom 3: BFG is nothing if not a deal. This ported version of the 2012 compendium requires a controller, even for the SHIELD Tablet, but considering the twitchy nature of shooters in general and DOOM in particular, it seems like a reasonable concession. The third game is a modern 3D FPS and runs at a surprising 60 frames per second on the SHIELD TV.

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A Classic Remastered: Developed by id Software, the original team responsible for the franchise legacy, DOOM 3 BFG Edition features Achievements, improved rendering and lighting, and a new checkpoint save system allowing for smoother progression through the game. id has fine-tuned the controls bringing even more intensity to the DOOM 3 experience along with the addition of the new armor-mounted flashlight, players can now illuminate dark corners and blast enemies at the same time.

Doom 3 : BFG Edition
Doom 3 : BFG Edition

Hotline Miami

There's nothing in Hotline: Miami that really requires the graphical power of the SHIELD Android TV, Tablet, or Portable, but it does insist on a controller for proper play. In this ultra-violent top-down brawler/shooter, you play a man who's being manipulated by criminals into committing massive killing sprees. The short, intense bursts of action (which encourage the player to die, die again) made this game a huge hit on the PC and consoles. Not for kids, and not for those who are easily frustrated.

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Gaming Controller Required.*** Hotline Miami is a high-octane action game overflowing with raw brutality, hard-boiled gunplay and skull crushing close combat. Set in an alternative 1989 Miami, you will assume the role of a mysterious antihero on a murderous rampage against the shady underworld at the behest of voices on your answering machine. Soon you'll find yourself struggling to get a grip of what is going on and why you are prone to these acts of violence.

Hotline Miami
Hotline Miami
Developer: DevolverDigital
Price: $9.99

War Thunder

War Thunder is one of the best-known free-to-play games on the PC. It's a World War II combat simulator that pits teams of players against each other in period-accurate planes. This one is exclusive to the SHIELD Android TV at the moment, and since the main draw is a series of gigantic PVP battle scenarios, it's easy to see why. There is an unfortunate pay-to-win element thanks to the F2P setup, but if you don't have at least some skill and strategy, you'll be slaughtered in the online multiplayer. Solo and co-op missions are also available.

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War Thunder is a free-to-play, cross-platform MMO combat game for SHIELD, Windows, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 dedicated to military vehicles used in the World War II and the Korean War periods. Fight in major air, land, and sea battles, with international players in an ever developing environment. This is an Open Beta version of the game for Android and we're doing our best to deliver the same experience as on other platforms, so everything is a subject to change.

War Thunder
War Thunder
Price: Free

JUJU

JUJU is a multiplayer platformer, a rare thing on mobile, and also a 2D game with fairly impressive 3D visuals. The play style is something like a more puzzle-focused Donkey Kong, and while JUJU is definitely aimed at kids, it's engaging enough for adults to follow along. It's pretty expensive at $9.99, but that's only half the price of the PC version of the same game.

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Juju’s father, Jambee, heads out to perform his daily rituals, unaware that Juju and Peyo have followed. While the elder is momentarily distracted from his work, the curious duo steps in, accidentally releasing a terrible and ancient spirit. Jambee bravely dives into battle with the creature, but he is not victorious and barely manages to pass a magical mask to his son before being captured. Now, it's up to Juju and Peyo to gather the mystic keys and magic ambers needed to seal away the spirit and save the day.

JUJU
JUJU
Developer: Flying Wild Hog
Price: $9.49

Luftrausers

Here's a good example of a game that doesn't need to be an exclusive to the SHIELD - it's a "retro" shooter that could run on anything, and the genre could have been adapted to touch controls fairly easily. The original came out on Steam and consoles last year, and it actually has several clones already published on the Play Store. At least this version is discounted versus the other releases.

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The skies will be set aflame and the seas will overflow with wreckage in Vlambeer’s stylish arcade shooter LUFTRAUSERS. Select from over 125 combinations of weapons, bodies, and propulsion systems and take to the skies to battle enemy fighter planes, battleships, submarines, and rival aces for glory, honor, and high scores. Bravely volunteer for one of over 100 daring missions to unlock new Rauser combinations and vibrant color variations and become the most legendary Rauser pilot of all time.

Luftrausers
Luftrausers
Developer: DevolverDigital
Price: $9.99

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