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Templar Battleforce RPG

Templar Battleforce is a top-down tactical-RPG that borrows quite a bit from the Warhammer 40K universe. You play a space marine-style warrior going through a sci-fi overworld, recruiting more team members with specialized skills to augment your squad. Combat is turn-based, so you'll have plenty of time to plan out your next move - if you've played X-COM, you'll know what to expect. The game is $7 (for the moment) with no in-app purchases.

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Templar Battleforce is an addictive mix of strategic combat and army building with the precision gameplay of RPGs. Step into a Leviathan mech and lead the Templar Knights in battle against fierce Xenos. Create your own unique Battleforce by recruiting an array of Templar specialists -- and invent distinct strategies for your fireteams. Deploy your forces in tactical scenarios that challenge both novice and veteran alike. Put your best strategies to the test and see if you can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in this futuristic turn-based wargame.

  

Templar Battleforce RPG
Templar Battleforce RPG
Developer: Trese Brothers
Price: $9.99

Snail Bob 2

In Snail Bob2, you play a snail. Named Bob. Well, maybe "play" isn't the right word - you guide him through some surprisingly treacherous levels with a series of taps, using the environment to dispose of enemies and clear a path for the hapless little guy. Extra content for completionists includes hidden stars and costumes. The game is $3 for 90 levels, which is more than reasonable, and there are no ads or in-app purchases.

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Bob is a snail who needs your help to traverse dangerous obstacles and avoid bug baddies. Bob will simply crawl onwards regardless of the situation, and your job is to press buttons, activate machines and fill deadly gaps to keep this snail trailing. Snail Bob 2 is the perfect game for parents to play with kids, sussing out the solutions together and having a ton of fun through.

Snail Bob 2 Deluxe
Snail Bob 2 Deluxe
Developer: tinyBuild
Price: $2.99

Subterfuge

Subterfuge is a minimalist strategy game - minimalist in its graphics and UI, not in its actual depth. It's a bit like a mix of Civilization and an intense board game, with online multiplayer sessions lasting an entire week. Your actions and the reactions of the game world take quite some time, so paying it a lot of attention won't necessarily net you the win. Subterfuge is free to download, but a single $10 purchase is required to unlock all game modes and features.

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Subterfuge is a week-long multiplayer game of strategy and diplomacy that plays out in real time. Gather intelligence, coordinate with other players, issue orders, and influence how the game unfolds. Master both strategy and diplomacy to come out on top. Features unlocked by buying Level 2 Security Clearance IAP:

  • Unlimited scheduled orders
  • Create private games
  • Play in rated games
  • Play multiple games simultaneously
  • Keep notes about other players

Subterfuge
Subterfuge
Developer: SnappyTouch
Price: Free+

Itror - In The Right Order

Itor, short for "in the right order," is a digital adaptation of the old Simon Says electronic game you might remember from elementary school. Just keep track of which colored icon you tap and in which order and see how far you can go. The developer gets some surprising longevity out of the concept with power-up modifiers and three different game modes. Itor is free with a single $3 IAP to unlock the full game and apply multiple modes at once.

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Don't let the colours deceive you. This game gets hard. Really hard. Every round you will have to remember one more object. At the end you have to recall the correct sequence of 35 icons. After the 35th round there will be two bonus rounds: 'Double or Nothing' and 'Back to Front'. In 'Double or Nothing' you have to repeat the 35th round. If you manage to do that your score gets doubled. In 'Back to Front' you have to go into reverse. The last icon in the sequence is now the first. And the first is now the last icon to leave the board.

 

Itror - In The Right Order
Itror - In The Right Order
Developer: Markus Bodner
Price: Free+

LEGO® DC Super Heroes

LEGO is branching out its super hero games. While all of them up to now have been pretty tame exploration-adventure games (which are more or less impossible to lose), this DC-flavored entry is more of a 3D fighter with tag-team elements. It's super-simple - don't expect Tekken-style moves - but entertaining enough if you'd like something a little more twitchy than the usual fair. The only thing I wish it had was a bit more voice acting for the various heroes and villains.

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Form the ultimate super hero squad with the heroes of DC Comics’ Justice League and take down evil in this three-against-three Heroes Vs Villains tag-team battle arcade game. Team up to become a powerful fighting force and defeat the wrath of the wickedest comic book villains. Experience the epic events of this all-action battle game alongside your super hero team and become the ultimate fighting force. It’s time to take on evil.

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

LEGO® Speed Champions

It looks like LEGO has graduated from licensing every superhero and blockbuster movie they can find - now they're working on LEGO versions of real-world race cars. This game takes the LEGO-fied Ferraris, Porches, and McLarens into a digital racing game. It's a bit simple, with a top-down interface that isn't much more than steering, and there's no multiplayer option to be found. At least it looks nice, and like most LEGO games, it's free with no in-app purchases.

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Get behind the wheels of the fastest cars on the planet in the action-packed arcade game, LEGO® Speed Champions. This is your invite to the ultimate speed championship. Put the pedal to the metal, speed past your opponents and complete awesome challenges to secure your place on the winner’s podium.

  • Take control of the sports cars you’ve always dreamed of racing
  • Choose from 6 vehicles including a racing red Ferrari, world class McLaren Mercedes or powerful Porsche 911
  • Face three different challenges every time – no race is the same.
  • Collect studs, stars and racer trophies to unlock brand new challenges.

Fallen

Fallen combines elements of pinball and pachinko for an interesting twitch game. Your "paddle" is just a circle with three colors: match the facing color to the balls as they fall to score points. It requires more concentration than you might initially guess, and the 2D graphics are colorful and appealing. Fallen is free with a $1 in-app purchase to unlock all power-ups.

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Tap to spin, match to win. Fallen is a beautifully minimal and shockingly fun reaction game. As you hit higher scores you’ll transition through evolving worlds, with challenging pin formations, gravity strengths and adrenaline pumping music. Features:

• Beautifully minimal artwork
• Immersive music and sound effects
• Addictively simple gameplay
• Exciting power-ups help you hit higher scores
• Upgrade your powerups to hit even higher scores.

Fallen
Fallen
Developer: Teaboy Games
Price: Free+

MiniPix

This endless runner-shooter doesn't offer much in terms of new gameplay, but what it lacks in diversity it makes up for in variety. Every few seconds the world shifts, changing the stage, the enemies, and your player-character to match. You'll notice some familiar faces (or at least pixelated representations of familiar faces) as you shift between universes. This is the free version, but you can get the same game without ads for a little more than a buck fifty.

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Jump, shoot and go as far as possible with this game, fun, easy to learn and very, very addictive. Get ready to test a totally different game. Have a try and you won't be able to leave this environment pixel and these crazy characters .

Strengths:
- A Quick start ;
- No Downtime ;
- An Optimum playability ;
- An Atmosphere so old school;
- An infinite gameplay.

Super MiniPix
Super MiniPix
Developer: Laurent Bakowski
Price: Free

ZAGA

Zaga is a simple little twitch game wherein you control two lines. Tap the screen and they'll change direction by 90 degrees, crossing each other in the center of the screen. Tap again and they'll reverse. The only objective is to avoid the walls and periodic obstacles and, if possible, grab some dots Pac-Man-style. It's much harder than it looks - you'll need to divide your attention to conquer. Multiple themes can be applied after leveling up.

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ZAGA begins. A gorgeous combination of quick reactions and stunning visuals for you to zig and zag your way through. From the creators of Smove, comes the next classic arcade game. Two lines bounce back and forth. Can you control them? Tap to change directions, match the colors to collect points, and definitely definitely avoid the obstacles. Collect orbs to unlock new themes. From the far reaches of space, to the calming waves of the sea, zag your way through uncharted environments.

ZAGA
ZAGA
Developer: Simple Machine
Price: Free+

Trick Shot

Trick Shot is a simple puzzle game that combines a bunch of elements from the more popular physics games that have come out in the last few years. Combine the tools in the stage to get the ball into the target - that's it. The game is $2 with no in-app purchases.

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A game where all you have to do is throw a ball into a box, simple? Trick Shot is a minimalist physics puzzler with 90 levels and an infinite supply of bouncy balls to get that perfect shot.

Trick Shot
Trick Shot
Developer: Jonathan Topf
Price: $1.99

Wonky Ship

In this casual game the only point is to keep your ship steering forward, avoiding a black hole and any asteroids that might come your way. All you get to complete this task is left and right thrusters. The setup feels a lot like Flappy Bird thanks to its arbitrary difficulty, but with better 3D graphics.

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What’s all the fuss about? You are a daring intergalactic pilot, desperately trying to outmaneuver the ravenous pull of a plasma-fueled black hole. You will weave, dodge, cuss, flip, and roll like you’ve never done in a video game before. And then…you WILL die. A lot. Trust us on this. Like really, really die…a lot. From the deeply twisted minds who brought you Halos and Might & Mayhem, prepare to experience one of the most intense, addictive, and challenging arcade games ever created.

Wonky Ship
Wonky Ship
Developer: KizStudios
Price: Free+

Bike Unchained

Normally an extreme (or possibly Xtreme) sports game from an energy drink wouldn't be worth mentioning, but this entry from Red Bull looks surprisingly decent. It's a bike game with a mix of Trials and endless runner gameplay, and both the graphics and the presentation seem to be pretty solid. It uses the standard freemium/IAP model (which is odd - you'd think Red Bull would be used to charging $3 for $1 worth of content). Warning: may contain dubstep.

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Shred sweet trails, get the coolest bikes, build your crew and travel the world’s mountains riding against your ultimate rival - Team Praedor - as you battle for a top spot on the podium. Fearlessly ride your way through epic trails that combine Enduro, Downhill and Slopestyle Mountain Biking. Full of killer tricks, awesome freestyle action and insane stunts, Bike Unchained is a high paced racing adventure - it’s the evolution of mountain biking on mobile.

Bike Unchained
Bike Unchained
Developer: Red Bull
Price: Free+

Blood Bowl: Kerrunch

Blood Bowl is a series of fantasy-themed board games that apply RPG combat to an American football setup. There's already a full Blood Bowl game available on Android, but this is a more casual affair, simplifying the complex combat down to lanes that can only be crossed one at a time. Games are short and sweet (if you can say that about a bunch of orcs, dwarves, and trolls), and online multiplayer is included. Unfortunately, early players say that bugs and intrusive ads ruin the experience.

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Crunching football, but with fully armored Orcs, Skaven, Dwarfs, Humans and, even, Wood Elves... Do we really need to say more? Blood will flow; bones will be crushed... and, after all that, someone might even score a touchdown. Inspired by the Warhammer world, Blood Bowl: Kerrunch is an addictive, fast-paced, ultra-violent combination of strategy and sports... It's also, most likely, the best sport ever invented.

Blood Bowl: Kerrunch
Blood Bowl: Kerrunch
Developer: Cyanide Studio
Price: Free+

I Love Potatoes

This charming little kid's game mixes elements of Animal Crossing and, well, potatoes. As you guide your player-character through a series of locations you'll get educated on social and environmental issues. It probably won't hold the attention of adults for very long, but parents can load it up on a tablet and be confident that their kids won't be bombarded with ads or in-app purchases.

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Welcome to Potatoland, where our hero, Chips, and his fellow citizens feed potatoes to the Potato Monster in order to get their food, supplies and luxury items. But when the beast suddenly collapses and all the potatoes disappear, Chips and his friends are lost with no idea how to survive. That’s where YOU come in. By helping Chips work quickly to make more friends, follow clues and think creatively, you’ll teach him new ways to solve old problems and save his community.

I Love Potatoes
I Love Potatoes
Developer: ONF / NFB
Price: Free

TRIVIAL PURSUIT & Friends

Trivial Pursuit has been around for a lot longer than most of our readers, and it looks like the owners are tired of seeing pretenders to the crown rake in the dough with mobile games. So they've teamed up with Gameloft to make a multiplayer social-focused smartphone version of the classic game... plus in-app purchases. Well, duh.

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The fun is anything but trivial in the famous and completely revamped TRIVIAL PURSUIT. The king of all trivia games now has an updated look and loads of new ways to compete.

• Take the world-famous quiz game with you and enjoy it anytime, anywhere.
• Discover modern and social gameplay that lets you go head-to-head against friends... or make new ones.
• All the quality, content and challenge you'd expect from the TRIVIAL PURSUIT name.
• Thousands of questions available.
• 6 categories to master, including photo questions.

• Duel: A lightning-fast mental showdown.
• Blitz: A frantic trivia party with 4 players guessing simultaneously.
• Events: Take on a brand-new, specially themed quiz every week, like ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE., FASHIONISTA, SPORTS CHAMPS, and DO YOU LIKE CHILI PEPPERS?

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

RAD Boarding

RAD Boarding is a snowboarding game with some high aspirations. Unfortunately there isn't much to recommend it beyond the graphics - the one-touch gameplay gets old quickly, and the endless runner setup doesn't offer anything new. You can try your luck at landing tricks like a single-player version of SSX, but that's about it.

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RAD Boarding is an apocalyptic snowboarding game jam-packed with 90's flair. Perform gnarly tricks and fight crazy boss battles as you race against the end of the world. With epic visuals and tons of items to collect, RAD Boarding lets you ride out the Apocalypse in style. On top of stunning visuals, simple and intuitive controls, and phat 90s sounds, RAD Boarding is packed full of features.

RAD Boarding
RAD Boarding
Price: Free+

Trivia Crack Kingdoms

Trivia Crack is a fairly standard quiz game, but it takes the social elements found in former hits like Draw Something and dials it up to 11. The game's unlocks are a series of character animations, I has a built-in social network and chat client, and each player gets a personal profile. On top of all that you can create custom trivia categories and pick new ones that are generated regularly. The monetization system is timer-based, so you'll have to wait or pay at some point.

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Explore the new Kingdom of Trivia Crack and challenge your friends, family and classmates in trivia channels based on your favorite topics. Discover what's trending among your friends and take a crack at outsmarting them in their own interests. Play in tons of awesome trivia channels. From sports teams to pop stars, from TV shows to the latest Greenpeace global campaign, there's a channel to follow for every field of knowledge imaginable.

Trivia Crack Kingdoms
Trivia Crack Kingdoms
Developer: Etermax
Price: Free+

Raid Brigade

Raid Brigade is a fairly standard top-down action-RPG that throws in a base-builder element for good measure. There are a couple of novel features: you control a party of up to four characters at once, all engaging in real-time combat, and the builder mechanic is much more customizable and open-ended than usual. But it suffers from a predictable glut of in-app purchases that go up to $100.

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Your father’s kingdom has been destroyed, do you have what it takes to rebuild and reclaim your former glory? Control your party of legendary fighters. Conquer enemies, earn treasure, and build your kingdom to rise to the top of the leaderboards. On your adventure, unlock archers, melee fighters, and casters to make your heroes unstoppable in battle. Strategically build a team of four heroes to defend your kingdom and conquer enemy cities.

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

SNIPER X WITH JASON STATHAM

Jason Statham, headliner of innumerable action B-movies, should never go into a sniper battle. Look at that guy, he's approximately 60% forehead - anyone with a scope could pick him off from five miles away. Even so, Glu is hoping to revitalize its Sniper series (which is basically Silent Scope with in-app purchases) with some star power. Prepare to pay up if you want to reach the end of the story, such as it is.

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As the one and only Sniper X, you’ll team up with action star Jason Statham to become the free world’s ultimate weapon against the forces of chaos and terror. As part of the Statham’s elite paramilitary team SPEAR, you’ll work side by side to dismantle terrorists and rogue states that conventional forces can’t touch.

• Study the art of the kill under SPEAR’s commander, voiced by action star Jason Statham.
• As Sniper X, you’ll take on hundreds of military missions in incredible 3D environments
• Innovative upgrades make your sniper rifle into a truly customized killing machine
• Eliminate enemy soldiers, officers, vehicles, and even drones in thrilling first-person action
• Zoom in and slow down time with Focus, built in to every sniper rifle
• See your kills confirmed with a dramatic kill-cam
• The Perfect Shot system rewards careful aim with bonus cash and more.
• Star in your own action movie, with Jason Statham calling every kill and conquest

SNIPER X WITH JASON STATHAM
SNIPER X WITH JASON STATHAM
Developer: Glu
Price: Free+

WTF Game(s) Of The Week

Angry Zombie: Video Game Dev

Game development is often grueling thanks to small staffs, short timelines, and miniscule budgets... but even the most abused game developer would probably prefer it to being a flesh-eating zombie. The protagonist of this game doesn't have a choice, but he continues to work his thankless job even after he's collected his life insurance. It's your job to keep him productive while he works. If you manage to, um, manage him well enough, you'll get to play the 80s arcade ripoffs he's been making.

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Even the most terrible of brain diseases and death don't cure a man's passion. Thus, our undead hero does in his reanimated state what he did best in life: develop games. But this time, with an attitude - slow decay does that to a zombie. You may not think it, but a zombie has his needs, so it's up to you to keep him happy and working by giving him brains, coffee or even plastic **ahem** dolls.

Angry Zombie: Video Game Dev
Angry Zombie: Video Game Dev

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