- 1 Games
- 1.1 Cosmonautica
- 1.2 Five Nights at Freddy's 4
- 1.3 Prismatica
- 1.4 Gabriel Knight Sins of Fathers
- 1.5 SPACECOM
- 1.6 A Day in the Woods
- 1.7 Clandestine: Anomaly
- 1.8 Piloteer
- 1.9 Sparkle 3 Genesis
- 1.10 Battle Golf
- 1.11 Deadlock: Online
- 1.12 Captain Sabertooth
- 1.13 Angry Birds 2
- 1.14 Barmark
- 1.15 Trulon - The Shadow Engine
- 1.16 Shooting Stars!
- 1.17 DOT - Space Hero
- 1.18 Sometimes You Die
- 1.19 Shibuya Grandmaster
- 1.20 Beastopia
Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.
Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.
Android Police coverage: Find A Crew, Find A Job, And Keep Flying In Space Trade-Em-Up Cosmonautica, Now Out Of Early Access
We've covered Cosmonautica before, but now it's out of beta and available as a "final" game. This is a space trading sim at its heart: buy low, sell high, avoid relativistic effects of faster-than-light travel, you know the drill. It's the personality in Cosmonautica that makes it worth a look - the characters and ships are oozing with cartoony charisma. The Android version of the game syncs up with the PC version: buy the Humble edition from the developer website and you'll get both.
Cast off. Are you ready for some hilarious adventures in outer space? Start by boarding a washed-up space cruiser and fulfill your destiny as an aspiring captain on the hunt for fame and fortune. Cosmonautica combines elements of space trading and crew simulation to create a unique experience. Only if you take good care of your crew you will be able to succeed. Do you have what it takes to become the best trader, smuggler, pirate or even space taxi? It’s your choice.
Five Nights at Freddy's 4
Android Police coverage: Jump Scare Fans, Pull Out Your Wallets: Five Nights At Freddy's 4 Is Live In The Play Store
Another few months, another Five Nights at Freddy's game. You'd think that the people in that creepy world would have caught on and burned all animatronic mascots to the ground by now. The latest release takes place in a child's bedroom, and your only defense against toothy horrors is a flashlight and your own twitchy compulsion to check every nook and cranny. There's a free demo available if you want to be jump-scared on the cheap.
In this last chapter of the Five Nights at Freddy's original story, you must once again defend yourself against Freddy Fazbear, Chica, Bonnie, Foxy, and even worse things that lurk in the shadows. Playing as a child whose role is yet unknown, you must safeguard yourself until 6am by watching the doors, as well as warding off unwanted creatures that may venture into your closet or onto the bed behind you.
Android Police coverage: Prismatica Is An Original Color-Focused Puzzle Game That Will Spin You Right Round
Prismatica is a unique take on the color matching game, a sort of two dimensional interpretation of a Rubik's cube. The board is made up of a number of wheels with colored hubs and spokes that intersect in secondary colors. The board is then scrambled, and it's your job to rotate the colors to make all of the original wheels and intersections fit again. Three dollars with no in-app purchases gets you 48 levels of increasing difficulty.
Prismatica is a puzzle game with a brand new twist, inspired by Rubik’s Cubes, Sudoku, Dodecahedrons and way, way too much caffeine. The goal is to unscramble a series of puzzle boards by rotating multicolored pieces to match a logical pattern. It’s easy to learn and simple to play but surprisingly deep and difficult to master at later levels, presenting even the most veteran of puzzle enthusiasts with brain-tickling challenge.
Gabriel Knight Sins of Fathers
Android Police coverage: Gabriel Knight: Sins Of The Fathers, Another Classic Adventure Game, Comes To The Play Store
Gabriel Knight was one of the better-known point-and-click adventure games of the early 90s, and it's recently been remastered with 3D characters, new 2D backgrounds, and tons of extra animations. The Stephen King-style murder mystery plays out across several days in New Orleans, as our starving author protagonist tries to unwind the plot. The free download gets you chapters one and two, but the rest of the story will cost you $11 across three in-app purchases.
As struggling author and bookstore owner Gabriel Knight, investigate a series of savage ritual killings in New Orleans and their connection to voodoo’s sinister mysteries. The deeper he dives into master storyteller Jane Jensen’s tale of terror and suspense, the closer he'll come to discovering the secrets of his own family history–and unfolding his destiny. Experience one of adventure gaming’s most stunning masterpieces all over again in this blockbuster retelling of the award-winning 1993 murder-mystery, which adds all-new puzzles, scenes, and HD graphics.
Android Police coverage: SPACECOM Is A Minimal Multiplayer Sci-Fi Strategy Game From The Makers Of The Anomaly Series
Spacecom puts a new spin on real-time strategy with a minimalistic system. This PC pilgrim is more focused on the decisions you make as a space commander than getting 150 actions per minute. Expand your territory across star systems and build up your infrastructure, then take on the computer or human opponents in the 6-player online mode. Check it out if you're looking for a strategy game that breaks the mold.
SPACECOM – a strategic-to-the-bone, starfleet command game in which deception, smart movement, and choices to battle decide victory or defeat. No coincidence, no luck. Spacecom pushes your ability to strategize with a focus on real-time tactics and planning. Use proven maneuvers learned from military legends or devise your own plans. Test your wits in single player campaign, go head-to-head with up to 5 opponents in multiplayer or experiment with new strategies in AI skirmish mode.
A Day in the Woods
Android Police coverage: Help Little Red Riding Hood Escape Toothy Death In Hexagonal Puzzler A Day In The Woods
A Day in the Woods is a hexagonal puzzle game where you try to avoid feeding Little Red Riding Hood to the bears, wolves, and spiders she haphazardly stumbles through while checking every cabin in the forest. The swapping gameplay is interesting enough, but what's really compelling is the art style, which makes the game look like a living set of painted wooden tiles. It's five dollars with no ads or in-app purchases.
In A Day in the Woods - a stylish re-imagining of the traditional sliding puzzle game - you plays as Little Red Riding Hood’s wispy winged sprite friend. By moving tiles around each board, you’ll help Little Miss Red avoid scary woodland creatures while collecting flowers and berries along the way. There’ll be some friends to help you too, including bunny rabbits, beehives and the local woodcutter.
Android Police coverage: Save Your Neighborhood From Aliens In Augmented Reality Tower Defense Game 'Clandestine: Anomaly'
The Anomaly series is a favorite among tower defense fans, but what happens when you bring it (wait for it) into the real world? This augmented reality game has you battling aliens on a real-world grid of about four square kilometers, tracked via your phone's GPS. The story plays out in your little augmented reality window. It's an interesting place to take the genre, to be sure.
In Clandestine: Anomaly your mobile device becomes super-charged with alien software, allowing you to see a hidden conflict all around you, and quickly build and deploy colossal structures to launch attacks and defend your neighborhood. With the help of a covert organization charged with defending Earth, you’ll become Earth’s first and last line of defense against a planet-wide infection.
Android Police coverage: Piloteer Is A Beautiful Physics-Based Jetpack Sim With Punishing Difficulty
Take a look at that app icon and try not to think of the Rocketeer theme song. Go on, I dare you. Piloteer might wear its inspiration on its double-breasted sleeve, but the hand-drawn, cardboard cutout art style is all its own. The gameplay isn't quite so innovative - basically it's another one of those frustration-focused games where head-smashing two-button controls make for more of a challenge than the stages or objectives.
In Piloteer, a whimsical and serenely challenging physics-based game about learning to fly, a renowned inventor is determined to overcome the stigma associated with flying a jetpack and convince the world that jetpacks should be revered by all. Blending elements of both physics and trick-based games, players will need to maneuver their state-of-the-art jetpack through the skies while completing a myriad of increasingly difficult missions to change public perceptions.
Sparkle 3 Genesis
Android Police coverage: Sparkle 3 Genesis Adds Some Much-Needed Structure To The 'Float Around And Eat Stuff' Genre
Sparkle 3 is another one of those "amoeba" games - eat everything smaller than you and try to avoid everything bigger than you. But this one distinguishes itself with some truly magnificent graphics, which change with the microscopic creatures as you progress through the various levels. Crafting-style missions for specific types of food, which influence your microscopic development, offer some variety in this oddly crowded genre.
Step into the amazing world of Sparkle – a surreal ocean, where life is thriving and conditions are perfect to make an evolutionary leap.A beautiful visual experience. Control the fate of a single dreamlike organism through the course of it’s life. Explore the vast ocean in search of micro-elements that will help you evolve from a tiny speck of life into a magnificent Sparkle. You can choose whether your Sparkle will become a quick and relentless hunter, a peaceful plant-eater or a creature whose feature lie in between.
Android Police coverage: Kappsule's Latest Game 'Battle Golf' Is A Free Way To Defeat Menacing Creatures With A Solid Stroke
Golf and I have never gotten along. It's so amazingly boring. Maybe if getting the ball in the cup in real life was the same thing as fighting voracious sea monsters it could hold my interest. So it is with Battle Golf, where you're either fighting said monsters or against a human opponent, with either one or two devices. The mechanics - trajectory and power - are similar to other golf games, and by chance, also similar to Worms or Scorched Earth.
The first rule of Battle Golf is that you do not talk about Battle Golf. The Second rule of Battle Golf is please share Battle Golf on Twitter. Play Golf against the clock or against a friend, head shots are encouraged.
Deadlock is a popular top-down, twin-stick shooter with a focus on online multiplayer. You might already know that if you've got an iOS device - in fact, you might have known about that four years ago when it came out for the platform. At least the Android version includes cross-platform multiplayer, so the game has a built-in playerbase (most of whom will dominate you until you learn the ropes).
Join in on the action and play against thousands of other players in online matches. Compete in daily and weekly tournaments to win unlock points. Over 30 different weapons, armor, and attachments - including different pistols, rifles, machine guns, grenades, scopes,and flashbangs. Practice your shooting skills before entering in online matches by playing Survival Mode and Bot Matches offline.
Before today I had never heard of Captain Sabertooth. Apparently it's a popular children's franchise in Norway and a few other places. This game takes the pirate theme and runs with it, focusing on some cartoony real-time naval battles with a collection of nautical mini-games thrown in. The licensed title probably won't hold adult attention for long, but it's pretty great for kids, and it has zero in-app purchases.
A pirate game that will keep children occupied for hours, with challenges large and small in an exciting and varied universe. There are no in-app payments or third-party advertising in this game. Heave ahoy. The King of the Sea smells gold. Join Captain Sabertooth and his most trusted men in sea battles and treasure hunts, in storms and hurricanes, with fun and games. Tully serves up rat soup. Are YOU ready for a dangerous voyage on The Dark Lady?
Angry Birds 2
Android Police coverage: Angry Birds 2 Lands In The Play Store, Sits Perched Atop A Mountain Of In-App Purchases
It's taken years for Rovio to release a "true" Angry Birds sequel. Those years haven't been particularly good to the franchise, or the state of mobile gaming as a whole. What was once a simple physics game with endless replayability is now a slick "experience" intended to suck you in, get you to share it with as many friends as possible, and (of course) spend money. The new animations are nice and the bird powers are nifty, but fans of the originals and more recent versions will take one look at the pay-or-wait lives system and fly away.
The Angry Birds are back in the sequel to the biggest mobile game of all time. Angry Birds 2 starts a new era of slingshot gameplay with super stunning graphics, challenging multi-stage levels, scheming boss pigs and even more destruction. It’s the ultimate slingshot strategy – YOU choose which bird to fling next. “But that makes it easier, right?” WRONG. You’ll need to choose wisely if you’re going to stop those eggs from getting scrambled. Plus, destroy blocks to fill up the Destruct-O-Meter and earn extra birds.
Barmark is a point-and-click adventure game with an art style that's unlike anything else on the Play Store right now - it looks like a mix of paper mache and sumi-e. There isn't much of a story; the only real point is to wander around and activate various otherworldly machines, which will in turn affect the surrounding land and animals. There aren't any goals or enemies, just a bunch of pretty stuff to look at.
Barmark is a point n' click exploration game, where you can alter the game's environment in order to achieve harmony and personal perfection. There are no goals, no points and no death. Barmark let's you be in control of your own experience. For each new game in Barmark five landscapes out of eight possible will be randomly chosen. Also a randomly selected pair of Archanimals will be chosen to inhabit Barmark.
Trulon - The Shadow Engine
It's rare that we see a quality Japanese-style RPG on Android, at least one that's 1) new and 2) not laden with ridiculous in-app purchases. Trulon bucks the trend with a unique Victorian-fantasy setting, an interesting art style that combines 2D and 3D, a card-based battle system, and a winding story. The only real downer is that the game's description says its primary story is only 5 hours long - a bit skimpy for a $5 game.
Enter a world of steampunk and magic by experiencing the debut title of the Trulon series. Trulon - The Shadow Engine is an adventure RPG with a unique card combat system. Battle enemies mutated by magic as you explore the kingdoms of peaceful Tripudia and dangerous Maelon. Unravel the threads of an insidious plot and uncover dark secrets to help bring an end to the mysterious disease threatening Tripudia.
Shooting Stars is a nonsensical top-down space shooter. Well, sort of a space shooter - you play on the ground, and you're shooting celebrities like "Kanye East" and "Justin Belieber." The game follows the conventions of the genre pretty closely, but shrinks the experience down to bite-sized chunks with a quick and dirty roguelike structure. One dollar gets you all the fake celebrities and Reddit-grade memes you can handle, with no in-app purchases.
This game is the answer to one of the most important questions in life: “I can haz lazer kitty?“ Yes you can. Shooting Stars is a refreshing colorful and funny take on the classic arcade shoot'em up, bullet hell, shmup, space invader like, whatever you want to call it – but finally, with evil aliens disguised as superstars, cats and rainbow lazers. Superstars like Justin Belieber, PewDerPie, Kanye East and many more.
DOT - Space Hero
DOT is the name of the game's hero - the Department of Transportation isn't branching into mobile games. But if they were, DOT - Space Hero would be a pretty good place to start. This is a charming little mix of side-scrolling space shooter and level-based runner, with a two-button setup that lets you operate the jetpack with one thumb and a laser pistol with the other. Optional in-app purchases for currency are present, but they don't seem to affect gameplay.
In a far away galaxy lives DOT, a space traveller whom loves to play videogames and eat super delicious stardust. But one day, while he is asleep, somebody steals his beloved and shiny delight. When Dot realizes that he was robbed, he decides to go out and find the thief. Join DOT in this exciting adventure across the galaxy and discover beautiful and amazing worlds where you will encounter terrible enemies and challenges. You will be able to fight them all with your jetpack and special weapons.
Sometimes You Die
The only point of this game is to kill yourself. It's incredibly morbid and also kinda fun. You control a little square whose only mission is to find a way to use the environment of each stage to die. It's more or less the opposite of every platformer ever. There's a bit of variety in the physics-based puzzles, and the $1.79 game (in USD, anyway) has no ads or in-app purchases.
This one is different. In this game, you have to die. What is your motivation? What do you expect from this game? Do you want to beat it? How do you know it can be beaten? This game plays with expectation, illusion, and reality. Think before you act. Who knows what it means to die behind the screen? Is it only a number that goes up? Pixels that change their intensity? Solve disturbing, surprising, and malicious puzzles.
Why is this fast-paced puzzle game named for a busy neighborhood in Tokyo? Search me. But it's an interesting take on the falling block puzzle, requiring speed and spatial awareness to master. Empty blocks fall one at a time, which you can fill with linear colors. Match the fallen blocks up to clear them, earning bonuses for consecutive cleared spaces or completely wiping the board. It's unique, sort of like Tetris one block at a time, and the IAP is entirely cosmetic.
Can you become a Grandmaster? Featuring a stunningly simple and award-winning mechanic, Shibuya Grandmaster is a fast-paced arcade game of depth and old-school challenge that will have you honing your skills for years.It's simple to learn, but you'll be tested as your brain adapts to a whole new way of thinking and your fingers try to keep up. Don't give up. As you learn to effortlessly plan ahead, form combos, and dig yourself out of tight spots, the feeling of being in the zone is unlike anything else.
If you've ever seriously considered cosplaying as the Beastmaster, this is the RPG for you. Your job is to collect and train as many wild critters as you can and pit them mercilessly against your enemies. (Don't worry, they're anthropomorphic animals with weapons and armor - this isn't a Pokemon-style cockfight.) The hand-drawn graphics are nice, if somewhat lacking in animation, and the game is free with no ads or in-app purchases.
Carry the roar of the forest in your pocket with this Beast themed turn based RPG. Assemble your party of beasts, visit taverns, collect loot and defeat the King - in an adventure sprawling 3 maps and lots of carcasses. Embark on an adventure together with Vincent-Van-Goat, Doctor Hoo, Fat-Boar Slim, Jane Doe, Megunn Fox and everyone's favorite hawkentist - Stephen Hawk.