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The Ascension

The Ascension is a minimalist jumper game with a new spin. (Get it? I'm sorry.) Instead of moving your character left or right with a tilt of our phone, a tap revolves the hexagonal playing field, so perfect timing gets you one level higher by removing a one-use-only jump pad. Get as high as you can on the scrolling screen and grab some extra points if you can - that's about it. Like Sky, The Ascension is free with a small in-app purchase to remove ads.

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Ascend as high as you can. Tap to rotate the platforms and allow your bouncing ball to reach higher grounds while collecting valuable pyramids. Beware though, speed increases and platforms disappear... Will you make it to the top?

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

HALOS: React and Match

Halos is a twitch game that couldn't be simpler: watch the balls as they fall and swipe to the left or right to match them up to their corresponding targets. Like most similar minimal games it features a thumping techno soundtrack and some bright, easy-to-see colors. There's not much to it aside from the core reflex-straining mechanic, but it's free with no in-app purchases.

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The mesmerizing react-and-match game that lets you jump in & zone out. What’s all the fuss about? Halos is an addictively simple and fast-paced matching game. If you love Match-3 games but are looking for something a little more zen, yet still challenging, this is the game for you. Your challenge is to slide each falling Halo toward its matching ring before it shatters.

HALOS: React and Match
HALOS: React and Match
Developer: KizStudios
Price: Free

Champ Man 16

Square Enix is back with yet another soccer manager... wait, didn't they already release a Championship Manager earlier in 2015? Indeed, "Championship Manager: All-Stars" was released last month. Apparently that was the multiplayer version of the game, and this one... isn't. So if you enjoy playing against the computer, selecting from hundreds of pro soccer teams, and paying lots of in-app purchases to get through the grind, have a go.

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The world famous Football Management game just received a major upgrade, with tens of thousands of real players available to sign and over 450 clubs from 25 playable leagues to manage – it’s time to LIVE THE DREAM and take control of your club.
Nurture and develop your players, design training programmes for the team or target individuals for specific work, choose formations, give tactical instruction and then watch how all of this affects your overall team performance on match day...

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

PewDiePie: Legend of Brofist

PewDiePie is a man who plays video games on YouTube, makes funny noises, and gets paid quite a lot of money. It seems somewhat unlikely that he and his fellow Let's Play web celebrities actually created this basic 2D platformer, but they do contribute their voice "talents" and a metric ton of pixelated memes to its production. It's expensive at $5, but at least it doesn't have any in-app purchases.

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Join your favorite YouTubers on an Epic Quest in PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist. Enjoy this amazing 2D platformer in the palm of your hands.

  • COLLECT BROCOINS to buy new CHARACTERS, ATTACKS and DEFENSES.
  • UNLOCK ALL THE YOUTUBE STARS and try to beat the game as PewDiePie, Marzia, CinnamonToastKen, JackSepticEye, Cryaotic, Markiplier and more.
  • REAL VOICE ACTING by the YouTubers.
  • FIGHT EPIC BOSSES to save your fans.
  • BEAT ALL DIFFICULTY LEVELS and prove that you are a hardcore gamer.
  • CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS in the survival arena and brag about your score on Facebook.
  • COLLECT ALL THE SECRETS hidden in the stages.
  • AMAZING CHIPTUNE MUSIC by RUSHJET1.

PewDiePie: Legend of Brofist
PewDiePie: Legend of Brofist

Truck Simulator PRO 2016

Most of the entries in the Boring Job Simulator 2015 genre seem to be targeted at European players, including cargo truck simulators. If you prefer to get your kicks on Route 66, then this version focuses on American roads and 18-wheeler trucks. It's a dedicated simulator, not an arcade racer, so don't expect to plow satisfyingly through traffic without getting points taken off of your license. You'll also have to calculate fuel efficiency, cargo capacity and value, and all sorts of other stuff. Have... fun?

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Start the engine and feel the power of huge trucks while driving through US cities and roads in this advanced truck simulator. Build and expand your transporting empire by unlocking new trucks, hiring other drivers and exploring new cities. Avoid collisions and speeding tickets, keep track of the fuel consumption and fatigue in order to always deliver your cargo on time. Push your endurance, skills and speed to the limit and become the best trucker - the king of the US roads.

Truck Simulator PRO 2016
Truck Simulator PRO 2016

Skeletomb

Skeletomb is another in a long, long line of retro-inspired roguelike RPGs. This one isn't 2D, it just looks like it thanks to some clever voxel graphics, and the music will be a plus to anyone who's a fan of chiptunes. Beyond that you get some expansive levels, a variety of classes, and some respectable real-time, grid-based combat. It includes support for external gamepads, and at the moment, it's free with no in-app purchases.

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Choose from many unlikely heroes and pit them against the elements. Test their endurance on an Endless journey, or send them on a quirky little Adventure.

• A menagerie of customizable heroes to play as.
• Retro styled worlds that change with each playthrough.
• Adventure and Endless Modes
• Unique music designed in the spirit of old adventure games.
• Instant Replays: Share an amazing maneuver or an untimely demise as an animated GIF.
• Gamepad support.
• Leaderboards: Compete with friends on pure arcade style scores.
• Achievements: Show off your progress and ingenuity.
• Cloud Saves: Bring your rescued heroes and heart containers to all your devices.

 

Skeletomb
Skeletomb
Developer: Punk Labs
Price: Free

Litron

Litron is a retro game that borrows elements of Snake, Breakout, Tetris, and a few other classics in service of some good old-fashioned nostalgia. The only objective is to get your snake to the light, but each themed stage includes new terrain and new obstacles. Litron practically delights in its low-fi aesthetics, but I must admit some of the CRT effects are quite fetching. The game is free with IAP for currency and power-ups, but everything can be unlocked for under $3.

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Find the light. Test your wit and reflexes in the most retro experience of the decade. Inspired by Snake, Tron and 99 Problems, LITRON will tease your brain and leave you hungry for more. Find your way through 60 twisted and mind-boggling levels and find the light. Be patient, be smart, be precise. Rules change across levels, so stay focused. Lose yourself in the wonderful visual style of the 80s and mesmerizing retro tunes. Travel back in time to the golden era of arcade awesomeness with LITRON.

Litron
Litron
Price: Free+

Lost Qubixle Free

Lost Qubixle is a hard-to-pronounce mix of puzzle and construction elements. Your only goal is to create the three-dimensional shape you're given the pattern for, with views corresponding to the X, Y, and Z axes. It's harder than it looks - you'll need solid spatial awareness to get through the toughest of 45 levels. The standard version is free.

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The Lost Qubixle is a perspective puzzle game. Your task is to reconstruct a figure from three perspectives. This game requires that you use your perception skills and that you make the best use of your logical thinking. Overcome the barriers of your perception and improve your logical thinking by solving mind-blowing puzzles. Do you ever asked yourself what happens when a star collapses? The Qubixle is a cube-shaped star which collapsed suddenly.

Lost Qubixle Free
Lost Qubixle Free
Developer: ClearTheGap
Price: Free

OMFQ - Life of Poi

Here's an endless runner that seems to star those little papercraft cutouts you see all over the web. It's pretty basic with left-or-right taps to proceed and only a few obstacles and power-ups, so the appeal seems to be a wide variety of characters and themes that can be unlocked by playing or paying. Each one costs a single dollar, a la Crossy Road, if you're not patient enough to get them via random chance.

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Enter the life of Poi Goodson, a harmless little boy raised in a conservative household abiding to traditional ways of life and behaviours. The stark contrast and irony is that, Poi happens to be a resident of Hipsville, a city that prides itself in being the premier example of keeping up with time. Citizens of Hipsville are overzealous in their pursuit of the latest trends. Everything from fashion, technology, to even dog foods. You name it, they crave it.

OMFQ - Life of Poi
OMFQ - Life of Poi
Developer: Supa Serious
Price: Free+

Shut the Fail Up

This is a masochistically hard game with puzzles and quizzes. And unlike some of the games you might be familiar with, the solution to said puzzles and quizzes might not make sense. Shut The Fail Up uses an intentionally bad art style, probably to further aggravate frustrated players. If you're a fan of Strongbad-style humor, this might appeal to you. A single $1 in-app purchase gets you extra lives.

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TRY. FAIL. REPEAT. Shut the Fail Up is a really, really hard quiz game. You might almost say it’s impossible. Honestly, Shut the Fail Up will troll you SO HARD you may as well start raging about it now. Up for the challenge? Then get ready for obscure trivia, bewildering optical illusions, and weird stuff made up by a sweaty-toothed madman. Please take a deep breath and remain calm. It’s just a game. (Or IS it?)

Shut the Fail Up
Shut the Fail Up
Developer: Defy Media
Price: Free+

Downton Abbey: The Game

Downton Abbey has a game? The stiff BBC drama about a bunch of pre-WWI rich people and their servants? Apparently so. The official licensed title is developed by Activision and takes the form of a mystery/hidden object game, but fans who are obsessed with the series and its titular manor might find some interesting in-universe tidbits. There's a social element and (of course) in-app purchases, but at least it's free.

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For the first time ever the exquisite settings and captivating characters of the hit TV show, Downton Abbey, come to life in its first interactive gaming experience. It was one of the most exciting days of the year for everyone living and working at Downton Abbey. The day of the village fete had arrived and everyone joined in the day’s festivities. A great time was had by all, however upon returning to the Abbey it was quickly discovered that all was not well... The house had been ransacked.

Spellstone

Spellstone is a fantasy card battler from online flash game publisher Kongregate. It has some interesting backstory to make up the lore and some very nice 2D art, plus it includes strong collection and online multiplayer elements. But like most collectable card games on the Play Store, it includes a ton of in-app purchases, so prepare to get your fantasy-themed tuckus handed to you online if you're not willing to spend some dough.

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Spellstone is a fantasy card game with beautiful hand-drawn art and rich lore. Collect hundreds of striking cards to battle through a compelling story to unravel the mystery of the Void. Capture Spellstones to unleash ancient and powerful creatures. However, there is dark magic at work on the island. Will you become a Hero or be consumed by the Void? Heroes, creatures, monsters, demons, animals, and more are brought to life with a stunning hand-painted style.

Spellstone
Spellstone
Developer: Kongregate
Price: Free+

Sundown: Boogie Frights

This Chillingo title is a base builder about killing zombies, as about half of them seem to be. The difference is that this one takes place circa 1978, so all the human characters and all the zombies have a bit of groove inserted into their design. Elements of tower defense are included as you might suspect, but since this is technically an EA game and it's packed with in-app purchases, expect to hit a grind wall at some point.

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Steal from the living, defend from the dead. It’s the summer of 1978 and the zombie outbreak is in full swing. Get ready to bomb some zombies to oblivion as you defend the town of Somewhere, New Mexico. Send tough guy, Jimmy, out on rescue missions to find other survivors. Raise your own army of specialized zombies to help Roxy loot nearby towns. Can you keep your town safe as the Mayor races to find a cure for the outbreak?

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

DEER HUNTER 2016

Another year, another Deer Hunter game from Glu. Travel to exotic places, see fascinating and endangered creatures. Then kill them with your boomstick. Naturally if you want to get the best weapons, accessories, and locations, you'll need to either grind like a beaver on a redwood or spend some money to fill Glu's ever-hungry coffers.

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From the creators of Deer Hunter 2014. Return to the wild and hunt across the globe in the world’s greatest hunting experience. Pursue trophies in unique and beautiful locations that span the globe from Alaska to Zimbabwe. Hunt animals so real they nearly jump off the screen. Track down and bag the world’s most exotic and elusive game. Develop a steady hand, line up your sights, and master the skills to take the perfect shot.

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Deer Hunter 2018
Deer Hunter 2018
Developer: Glu
Price: Free+

PAW Patrol Pups to the Rescue

This app is designed to appeal to kids with sickeningly cute puppies dressed as various types of rescue personnel. The title has a variety of activity center-type minigames and some impressive 3D graphics (for a kid's game, anyway) and includes a special section for parents to check in on their kids' progress. Pups to the Rescue is $5 but includes no in-app purchases, which is what we always like to see for apps intended for children.

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Go on a rescue road trip with all your favorite pups in the new app: PAW Patrol Pups to the Rescue. With the new Paw Patroller vehicle, the pups can now save the day in places way beyond Adventure Bay. Your child will keep an eye out for rescue alerts, then go on rescue missions to the Bay, the Ice Fields, and Yumi’s Farm. There are different rescues for each of the seven pups with a variety of fun mechanics, including swipe, tap, tilt, and drawing circles.

PAW Patrol Pups to the Rescue
PAW Patrol Pups to the Rescue
Developer: Nickelodeon
Price: $1.99+

Explore Daniel's Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is a PBS kids show loosely tied to the old Mister Roger's Neighborhood series (rest in peace, Fred). This particular game is sort of a take on Animal Crossing: a small village full of places to explore and a bunch of mini-games. It's $3 with no ads or in-app purchases, always nice to see in a kid's app, but early reviews of the Android version seem to indicate that it has a lot of bugs at present.

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Has your child ever wanted to visit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood? With this new app, the neighborhood is at your fingertips. Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood encourages open-ended, imaginative play as children visit familiar places and create stories about their friend Daniel Tiger. It’s like playing in a digital dollhouse where you can turn the lights on and off, open and close doors, give Daniel and his family food to eat and much more.

Explore Daniel's Neighborhood
Explore Daniel's Neighborhood
Developer: PBS KIDS
Price: $2.99

MicRogue Deluxe

We covered MicRogue in the last roundup - it's a mix of conventional roguelike dungeon-crawling and board game movement mechanics. This here is a paid version with no in-app purchases. Have at it.

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Climb a dark tower in this Micro sized Chess Style Rogue-like that focuses more on character movement, than stats and gear. Can you retrieve the treasure and escape the dragon’s wrath? What Microgue has in store for you:

  • Randomized levels
  • Each Monster behaves differently
  • Beware of traps, and use them against your Enemies.

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

Divide By Sheep Free

Divide By Sheep is a delightfully malicious little puzzle game where you guide a group of sheep through an insane set of deathtraps. This is a free version that's supported by ads. Check it out for some gruesome cartoony fun.

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Divide By Sheep is the award winning math puzzler about the Grim Reaper's devious plan to make some sheepy friends. Grim can only befriend the dead, so he decided to unleash a great flood and drag the sheep under. Now stranded on small islands and sinking fast, the sheep need you to help them reach safety. You save the little animals by solving clever math puzzles.

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

Paper Monsters Recut

Paper Monsters was an adorable (or quite possibly adowable) 2.5D platformer from Crescent Moon Games that we were pretty taken with back in 2012. The original is still available, but if you'd like to try it without spending any cash, here's a new version with some retooled levels and elements, free with in-app purchases.

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Dive into the world of Paper Monsters Recut and watch a living world made out of paper, cardboard, and even a few cotton balls unfold right before your eyes.

  • Stunning cartoon-like console graphics with amazing dynamic lighting and real time shadows.
  • Classic 2D platformer gameplay with gorgeous 3d environments.
  • An adorable cast of fun, original characters.
  • Tight responsive controls
  • 3 Save slots for multiple game files.
  • Old school-style playable overworld, with plenty levels and secrets to unlock along the way.
  • Awesome power ups including jetpacks, submarines, lasers and more.
  • Collect special treasures to unlock bonus high score mini games.
  • Awesome original soundtrack.
  • Fun for gamers of any age.

Paper Monsters Recut
Paper Monsters Recut
Price: Free

Skylanders Battlecast

The latest addition to the widening Skylanders collection is intended to be a companion app to a series of Pokemon-style battle cards. Point the camera at your cards and you can see your critters come to life in augmented reality. The game has a few quests included, but most of the fun is in seeing your physical cards get animated through your phone.

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Battlecast card battles are on their way in 2016. Begin your quest now to become a champion Battle Caster with the Skylanders® Battlecast Cards To Life sneak peak. Interact with your Skylanders through the power of Augmented Reality, complete quests to unlock cards, and prepare for the ultimate battle to come.

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

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If you have an application in mind for the next issue of the roundup, feel free to send us an email and let us know.

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  • the app's launch date has to be no longer than 2 weeks ago
  • it has to be original, ground-breaking, well-reviewed, interesting, fun, etc - the cream of the crop

Now, if and only if the above requirements have been satisfied, fire up an email to this address: [email protected].

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