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Heatos

Heatos is a tile puzzler that looks like Threes on the surface, but it's a little more complex. The point is to cancel out the "cold" temperatures by overlapping them with heat - the blue and red tiles. Scrabble-style multipliers help you as you progress around the board one space at a time. Other obstacles and larger grids are introduced in the later levels. The game is free with one-time in-app purchases for more levels.

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It is challenging but relaxing and not hectic. Heatos is recommended for those who are looking for a special pastime that stands out from the crowd. Your main task in Heatos is to remove all negative temperatures (blue) from the game field. The following basic rules apply:

  • You can mix two adjacent tiles to add up their temperatures
  • However two cold temperatures cannot be mixed
  • You can also move tiles to empty fields, but then they'll lose energy

It gets more tricky as soon as special tiles such as Multipliers, heat bombs or dropper are met. Heatos can help you to improve your logic thinking and increase your sense of efficiency.

Heatos
Heatos
Developer: Sirnic
Price: Free+

Pro Pinball

Zen Studios has a credible claim to being the King of the Pinball developers on Android, but Pro Pinball is a revival of a classic series that aims to be less fantastic and more simulation. The game emulates a "real" pinball table, complete with lights and sounds inspired by the classics of arcades and bars. At the moment there's only one table, but more are coming. Unfortunately a bunch of the "pro" settings are hidden behind a $4 in-app purchase (on top of the $3 game price).

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Pro Pinball, the world's most realistic pinball simulation is back, better than ever. Featuring the first of the ULTRA editions - Pro Pinball: Timeshock.

• The ultimate pinball physics engine.
• Beautiful photo realistic graphics at Retina resolutions
• Control the ambient light level - play in the dark with ultra dynamic lighting effects
• A top class soundtrack featuring dozens of exciting tracks
• Hundreds of top quality dot-matrix display animations
• Operator's Menu lets you fully customise your games and experiment with the table (Deluxe version only)
• Glass-Off Mode lets you take the virtual glass off the table and push the balls around the table with your finger (Deluxe version only)
• Unified world-wide high score leaderboards
• More content packed in than many regular tables put together - Multiballs, Wizard Modes, Video Modes, Spinners, Jet Bumpers, Magnets, Drop Targets and just about everything else you can imagine.

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Pro Pinball
Pro Pinball
Developer: Barnstorm Games
Price: $2.99+

har•mo•ny 3

Harmony 3 (ain't nobody got time for those dots) is a sliding tile puzzle game that doesn't reinvent the wheel, but manages to be so simple and appealing that it doesn't need to. The player is tasked with re-arranging the scrambled tiles in chromatic order with a simple swapping mechanic. $2 (plus some cheap IAP) grants access to 170 puzzles.

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har•mo•ny 3 is a puzzle game of beautiful color and captivating music, unified in perfect harmony. New chapters feature 170 exquisite levels, each handcrafted to aesthetic perfection. Your objective is to strategically rearrange blocks to reassemble each palette to its correct order. Color palettes subtly morph before your eyes. Gameplay elements fade and dance to beautiful music. With a rapidly increasing difficulty level, har•mo•ny 3 will delight your eyes and ears while stimulating your brain in a relaxing, near-hypnotic experience. You simply have to experience it to believe it.

har•mo•ny 3
har•mo•ny 3
Developer: BorderLeap
Price: $2.99+

Give It Up! 2

Give It Up, a combination of twitchy frustration and surprisingly good music, gained a modest following after its initial release. The sequel keeps the tap-tap-swipe-tap gameplay but adds a ton of variety in the musical stages, including multiple vertical paths. There are also new characters and obstacles. There's a bit of a lack of levels with only 18 at launch, and the IAP is a little more heavy-handed than in the original.

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The sequel of the popular rhythm-based platform game has arrived. Give It Up. 2 combines the best features of platform and rhythm games, bringing the best Give It Up. ever. Play with Blob or one of his friends in a unique and surreal grayscale world full of deadly spikes and platforms.

• Difficulty varies: practice a lot and level up.
• 18 exciting stages: proceed in an order of your choice.
• Tap to the rhythm of the music and jump across the platforms.
• Watch out for spikes, steps and other obstacles.
• Discover hidden stages.
• Jump like a pro: accomplish 3 starts on every stage.

DARTHY

Darthy is a minimal platformer where you control... well, it looks like a tiny evil Dunkin' Donut Hole. He hops along through the pixelated stages and occasionally bounces into a rocket for some Battletoads-style vehicular segments. This is one of those games where the difficulty is a developer-noted feature, so prepare to exercise your patience.

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DARTHY is a Simple Side Scrolling Pixel Platformer based on old school mechanics. DARTHY wakes up in the hospital and soon finds out he must release the souls of the robots imprisoned in the Gold Doubloons (Gold Coins) by the Giant Space Pirates. Help DARTHY Roll, Bounce, and Fly a Rocket to free the unfortunate souls. Made with my kids.

DARTHY - Pixel Platformer
DARTHY - Pixel Platformer
Developer: CWADE GAMES
Price: Free+

Board Defenders

Board Defenders is a remixed version of chess. The objective is to take out the opposing pieces (in this case various kids in a sort of Ed, Edd, & Eddie atmosphere) while moving via the familiar rules. Both the opposing pieces and your own are quite limited, which gives different structures to the levels. Give it a try if you're looking for a puzzle game with a low barrier to entry.

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Play this amazing logic puzzle game. Have lots of fun in the world of Playville. Board Defenders is super-structuring the rules of the world’s most popular game of all times. A modern vision, addictive, thrilling and fun fast action game, combining the pace of an arcade with the challenge of a logic puzzle - brain game, based on chess rules. Taking place in the beautiful setting of “Playville” the game will make you live through an amazing and uncommon gaming experience.

Board Defenders
Board Defenders
Developer: Ludus Studio
Price: Free+

Snapimals: Discover Animals

Snapimals takes no small amount of inspiration from Pokemon Snap: you traverse 3D environments and employ some basic puzzle-solving to get "pictures" of adorable animals. The graphics and gameplay are simple but appealing, at least until you get to the "museum building" part of the game. If you'd like to run around and see animals without having to shoot them (looking at you, Deer Hunter) give it a try.

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Discover amazing animals from Wilds, Arctic and Dino regions, take pictures, and build the greatest museum on earth. Join The Captain and venture to the ends of the world to photograph the rarest, funniest, and wildest animals ever spotted.

* Live the Moment: Experience a vibrant world through the lens of your trusty camera
* Go Wild: Venture among the animals and see what they really do when nobody's watching
* Craft your World: Build out your museum and have visitors venture from all over the globe to experience your creation
* Interact with Animals - Toss goof-balls and play a harmonica to unlock and discover your beloved animals' quirky behaviors, especially those of Rare and Legendary ones
* Upgrade your Camera - Zoom in to get up close and personal with the fascinating animals
* Captain’s Pics - Snap and Collect all the pics for the Captain’s Collection

Snapimals: Discover Animals
Snapimals: Discover Animals

TruckSimulation 16

Most people would consider commercial trucking to be a boring and monotonous job, but these simulator games have become amazingly popular (especially in Europe). This rather blatant mobile imitation features just seven truck models, but all of them are officially licensed with rendered cabs, and the routes go through modeled versions of European cities. $2.99 gets you in with some relatively cheap in-app purchases for extra features.

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In TruckSimulation 16 you will take true-to-life control of one of seven real trucks. Start out with a rickety old clunker and earn your first coins in a variety of supply contracts across a large road network in Western and Central Europe. Use the money you earn to purchase better trucks, such as five faithfully reproduced MAN tractor units. Diverse mission types, from standard orders to the transportation of hazardous goods, provide plenty of variety.

TruckSimulation 16
TruckSimulation 16

Spevo

Spevo is a pretty standard top-down twin-stick shooter (odd that something so specific has become so widespread). Gameplay is basic, though you might get a kick out of the unique stages and ships - the game positively vomits color onto the screen. Several defensive and offensive power-ups are available, and ships transform for super attacks. Just try to ignore some of the questionable translation.

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Discover the hudge universe ; Many hundreds of level. More than 30 types of ennemies and level configuration. Several objectives to win.

Several special features

  • Homing bullets
  • Ice bullets
  • Fire bullets

Spevo
Spevo
Developer: CGApps
Price: Free+

MLB.com Line Drive

Despite the name, this officially licensed Major League Baseball game does not feature only line drives. That would be silly. Nope, it's a casual hitting game wherein you can score everything from a complete whiff to a home run... but there were probably too many games named "home run" without the MLB license. This title includes a few officially recreated pro baseball stadiums and a super-simple control scheme, along with ads, social networking pushes, and (you guessed it) $100 in-app purchases.

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Blast home runs with the swipe of your finger. An official game of MLB.com, the makers of Home Run Derby & R.B.I. Baseball. Each level presents challenging score goals and big rewards with physics-based gameplay for hours of fun. Increase your score by blasting homers outside of the ballpark and send them crashing through the city streets. Earn special bonus points for slamming into windows, cars, airplanes, blimps and even spaceships.

 

MLB.com Line Drive
MLB.com Line Drive

Sniper Fury

Gameloft's take on the "sniper" shooter sub-genre doesn't have Jason Statham. But it does have online multiplayer, which I assume looks like a forced version of Call of Duty's infamous sniper battles (with an annoying base-building and "invasion" mechanic to boot). The single-player side includes over 100 missions and some very impressive graphics and (of course) massive amounts of in-app purchases. Prepare to get wiped out by all the PvP players who pay for the best weapons and upgrades.

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No time for diplomacy; time for war action. We are calling for the best sniper in the world to join us as we take aim at evil, wherever it hides. This is not a game. There is no room for remorse here, so shoot to kill.

• 130+ action missions
• Unbelievable 3D graphics that will bring you to the near future, from urban skyscrapers to exotic locations
• Soldiers, armored vehicles, air units and many more enemy classes
• Next-gen “bullet time” effects capture your every amazing sniper headshot
• Sandstorms, blizzards, rainstorms and other rich atmospheric effects

Sniper Fury: Top shooting game - FPS gun games
Sniper Fury: Top shooting game - FPS gun games
Developer: Gameloft SE
Price: Free+

Pridefest™

Pridefest is a game that lets you manage a gay (lesbian-bi-transgender-queer) pride parade. According to developer Atari, it's meant to be a celebration of LGBT culture and expression. And that's nice, I suppose, but it's not as if your download helps anyone except Atari. The game neatly sidesteps any of the political or social issues faced by LGBT people, and cynically, it charges the same insane IAP prices as other "manager" games. Download it for free if you like, but your money would be better spent on your charity of choice.

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Celebrate the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community with Pridefest™, an interactive social-simulation game that empowers YOU to bring joy and color to your city and friends. As Mayor, it’s your job to restore your city to its former glory by customizing shops, completing quests, making new friends, and running your own Pride parades. Choose your floats and navigate flamboyant parades in fun mini-games.

InCell VR (Cardboard)

Here's a simple little VR game for Google's Cardboard system. It's essentially a "rail shooter" in the tradition of games like Rez and Panzer Dragoon, though there's very little shooting. It's more about absorbing and enjoying a somewhat fantastical vision of microscopic biology. The game is free with no IAP, and it will work in a regular 360-degree mode if you don't have a viewer.

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InCell is an action/racing game with a bit of strategy and education thrown into the mix in a rare and highly unusual micro world of the carefully recreated human cell. This is the right project to start your acquaintance with Cardboard VR or receive new VR impressions. The game is focused on Virtual Reality but you can play just fine without a set (Cardboard or any other). To switch VR mode off - just tap & hold the screen or use Cardboard's trigger to open main menu.

InCell VR (Cardboard)
InCell VR (Cardboard)
Developer: Nival
Price: Free

PBS KIDS ScratchJr

ScratchJr is a "creation station," a kids' game that intends to teach the youngins the basic principles and skills (if not the actual nitty-gritty details) of computer coding. The interface is WYSIWIG with LEGO-style snap-together code blocks. The game and story results are, naturally, pretty basic, but PBS deserves some applause for lending its talent and its licensed characters to an app that encourages kids to get interested in essential computer science skills. It's free with no in-app purchases.

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With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite characters from Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, WordGirl and Peg + Cat. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8. By snapping together colorful programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance and sing. In the process, kids will learn to solve problems, design projects and express themselves creatively on a tablet.

 

PBS KIDS ScratchJr
PBS KIDS ScratchJr
Developer: PBS KIDS
Price: Free

EA PLAY

This isn't a game per se, it's a showcase for EA's mobile games. Which, for some reason, is only available on Samsung devices. Okie dokie. Users can get "special offers and promotions," which probably means free or discounted in-game items, since all of EA's recent mobile games are free-to-play.

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Welcome to EA Play, your one-stop destination for EA’s biggest and best mobile games. With EA Play, Samsung customers can receive special offers and promotions throughout the year, and stay up-to-date with our latest and greatest titles and updates. You’ll discover a whole host of exciting games to enjoy whenever and wherever. Build your own beautiful, bustling city in SimCity BuildIt.

EA HUB
EA HUB
Developer: ELECTRONIC ARTS
Price: Free

S Console Gamepad

Android Police coverage: Samsung Releases Bizarre 'S Console Gamepad' For Samsung Phones To Control Games On The Galaxy View

This isn't a game either, it's a controller app. Not for an external controller, it is an external controller, allowing you to use your phone to control games on Samsung's enormous Galaxy View tablet. Assuming, of course, that you also have a Samsung phone, and that you're playing a compatible game.

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S Console Gamepad' is made for users who wants to play games more dynamic with Galaxy View without a physical gamepad. Once you run 'S Console' app on Galaxy View, your smart phone becomes a gamepad for Galaxy View.! You don't need to buy a game controller anymore as you simply enjoy console games with your smartphone.

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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

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