- 1 Games
- 1.1 Exploding Kittens® - Official
- 1.2 REDCON
- 1.3 Toby: The Secret Mine
- 1.4 HARVEST MOON:Seeds Of Memories
- 1.5 Super Meat Boy
- 1.6 Stealth Inc. 2: Game of Clones
- 1.7 Stikbold!
- 1.8 Star Knight
- 1.9 Pang Adventures
- 1.10 LOUD on Planet X
- 1.11 The Edge: Isometric Survival
- 1.12 Aurora: Quarantine
- 1.13 Fold+
- 1.14 Tormentum – Dark Sorrow
- 1.15 Machines at War 3 RTS
- 1.16 Choices
- 1.17 Zenge
- 1.18 Mars Mountain
- 1.19 Orbitron Arcade
- 1.20 AfterLoop
- 1.21 Tiny Rogue
- 1.22 Flipped Out! - Powerpuff Girls
- 1.23 Wild Roads
- 1.24 Ernie vs Evil
- 1.25 Versus Run
- 1.26 Exodus
- 1.27 A Clockwork Brain
- 1.28 Tropical Wars
- 1.29 Camp Pokémon
- 1.30 Homefront Resistance Network
- 2 Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!
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.
Exploding Kittens® - Official
Android Police coverage: The Oatmeal's Exploding Kittens Card Game Comes To Android
Exploding Kittens is a card game. No really, it is! It's created and at least partially designed by the misanthrope who makes The Oatmeal web comic, so that helps explain some of the wilder elements. The Android version of the card game includes online multiplayer for up to six people. The mechanics are extremely simple, but variety is injected with blocker and modifier cards. The game is two bucks, but extra features can be unlocked with IAP that maxes out at the same price.
In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game -- unless that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens.
Android Police coverage: Hexage Releases Artillery Combat Game REDCON On Android
Remember Scorched Earth? Imagine that strategic tanks game given a mobile makeover and a real-time hook. Your job is to build giant fortresses with powered guns, defenses, and all manner of strategic advantages. You'll need to manage energy, supplies, and crew in order to defeat opponents in the campaign story mode. The game's 2D graphics look great, and it's free to try for 18 levels, after which it costs a single $3 IAP to unlock the rest (or a little more for extra goodies).
Command your own battle fortress. Assemble the mightiest artillery force and bombard your foes into oblivion. Lead the Empire State offensive against Traitor General and his foul rebellion.
★ Build and customize your battle fortress as you wish
★ Use Active Pause to freeze time and issue multiple orders instantly
★ Command vast arsenal of weapons, from individual soldiers to superguns
★ Infiltrate, Annihilate or grind your targets down through Attrition
Toby: The Secret Mine
Android Police coverage: Headup Games Brings Silhouette-Heavy 2D Platformer 'Toby: The Secret Mine' To Android
Remember, developers: if your high-end platformer uses silhouettes in the foreground and colors in the background, you're also contractually obligated to use a tiny, big-headed player character. It's the law. What Toby: The Secret Mine lacks in originality it makes up for in solid platforming and puzzles, and the Android version is half the price of the Steam game without any ads or in-app purchases.
A peaceful way of life in a small village in the mountains was thrown into disorder. Someone has kidnapped most of it’s residents. A couple of brave hearts tried to rescue their friends but none of them has returned. Little Toby didn’t want to just sit and wait so he decided to find them by himself. He went to the near deep forest but he soon realized this is just a beginning. Go with Toby on an eerie adventure in a dark and creepy world full of dangerous situations, enemies and challenging puzzles.
HARVEST MOON:Seeds Of Memories
Android Police coverage: Harvest Moon: Seeds Of Memories Brings The Original Farming Simulator To Android For Ten Bucks
The Harvest Moon series has been a fan favorite for decades. It's all about tending your farm, raising animals, collecting crops, and making sweet, sweet pixelated love to the local townspeople. (Okay, so it might be a little more chaste than that.) The Android version takes a few liberties with the license - it appears to have injected fairies and witches, for some reason, and the old-school graphics are now sort of flat and lifeless. Even so, it's nice to see an official entry on mobile.
A Memorable Harvest Moon Experience. The original farming and life simulation game that started it all is now available on Android with a full Harvest Moon experience and original story. Tasked with the job of revitalizing a farm, you'll need to befriend the villagers in town to unlock the Seeds of Memories. You might get one by giving a villager their favorite item, catching a giant fish, or by raising your first cow.
Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy debuted on Steam and other download services back in 2010, when retro-styled pixelated platformers were still fresh. But the graphics aren't what keeps fans coming back - it's the punishing difficulty. With a fast pace and an insanely difficult selection of levels, it's a good thing this is only playable with a controller. The downside is that it's only playable on the SHIELD TV and SHIELD Tablet, despite the fact that it could run on more or less any mobile device.
Super Meat Boy is a tough as nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux. Our meaty hero will leap from walls, over seas of buzz saws, through crumbling caves and pools of old needles. Sacrificing his own well being to save his damsel in distress. Super Meat Boy brings the old school difficulty of classic titles and stream lines them down to the essential no BS straight forward twitch reflex platforming.
Stealth Inc. 2: Game of Clones
Stealth Inc. was a wicked little platformer that focused on, you guessed it, stealth. The sequel preserves all of the elements of the original (including the neat red/green goggles that show the player's current visibility), adding a sarcastic new story and a ton of interconnected levels. There's a bit of combat and puzzles in all the platforming, but if you want access to any of it, you'll need a SHIELD TV or SHIELD Tablet.
Stealth Inc 2 tests both your brain and your reflexes over 60 varied levels linked together in a sprawling overworld. Death is never more than a few moments away, but one of the few advantages of being a clone is that death isn’t all that permanent. With no loading screens and no lives to worry about, players are encouraged to use their inevitable demise as a learning tool as they navigate lasers, homicidal robots and terrifying bosses in the ultimate hostile work environment.
Stikbold is a multiplayer dodgeball game, with a touch of twitch and a big dollop of wacky. If you've ever played the old Super Dodge Ball games from the 90s it's a similar setup, but with an omni-directional 3D layout. The game is tuned for local multiplayer, which helps explain why it's currently exclusive to the SHIELD Android TV. A single-player campaign is included, along with lots of customization options for the dodgeball players.
Stikbold. is a single and local multiplayer dodgeball game heavily inspired by the 70's, back when tacky was cool and there was no such thing as bad style. Follow the story of world famous Stikbold atheletes Björn and Jerome, team up with a dodgeball buddy in co-op team battles or charge head first into a manic free-for-all battles with up to five others.
- An epic story mode that can be played solo or with a friend in co-op
- Local multiplayer mayhem across a variety of unique and chaotic dodgeball arenas
- Get knocked out? Stay in the game by attacking players from the sidelines to affect the tournament outcome
- Loads of playable dodgeball combatants to unlock
- A funky 70s disco soundtrack
- Lots of Moustaches
Star Knight mixes some of the principles of old-school platforming with real-time RPG combat, albeit combat on a 2D plane. It's punishingly difficult (something to play on mobile if you can't get to Dark Souls 3, perhaps?) with a technical presentation that's simple but effective. In addition to the linear collections of platforming challenges and puzzles, the game has a competitive endless mode. Star Knight has IAP for currency, but it maxes out at $8.
Easy games are no fun. If you are tired of meaningless automatic actions, Star Knight is the perfect game for you. A fantastic balance between gorgeous graphics, adventure, and action, challenge yourself to the high level action platform game, Star Knight. The peaceful planet Gaon is under attack by hordes of monsters, and Dark Dragon Nidhogg took away the sun. Can the knight ‘Naro’ overcome the challenges ahead and bring back peace?
Pang, or Buster Bros. as it was known in the west, is an old Capcom arcade game. It's a basic shooter, sort of like a mix between Breakout and Duck Hunt minus the light gun. This more modern interpretation of the franchise comes from the retro masters at DotEmu, who have injected the game with new levels, weapons, stages, and bosses. It's not a direct port of any of the older games, but it should hit the spot for fans, and it has no in-app purchases.
The Pang series is a beloved collection of arcade video games from the early 90s. Guide two brothers on a quest around the world to save humankind from a massive alien invasion. Use your wits and skills to overcome the attack balls pouring from the skies and rescue the world’s cities and landmarks from impending annihilation. Pang Adventures brings new features and gameplay to this arcade legend while keeping true to the original spirit of the series.
LOUD on Planet X
In this game you and your rock band travel to Planet X to answer Marvin's famous question: "Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!" The rhythm-based setup allows players to tap aliens to death in a series of lanes, sort of like a tower defense game with a little more soul. My indie cred is trash because I've never heard of any of these bands, but I can respect the $4 price tag and a complete lack of in-app purchases. Rock on!
LOUD on Planet X is an arcade-style indie music game featuring Tegan and Sara, CHVRCHES, Lights, Metric, METZ, F*cked Up, HEALTH, Purity Ring, Little Dragon, Austra, Shad, Cadence Weapon, July Talk, Monomyth and more. Choose from a cross-section of top current indie music artists, then defend your stage from hordes of quirky aliens by tapping to the music and using a fun assortment of makeshift weapons like speakers, strobe lights, fog machines, amplifiers, bouncers and custom special attacks.
The Edge: Isometric Survival
In The Edge, you command a single purple rectangular prism which slides around an isometric stage. Broadly you could consider it a top-down shooter, but the sliding physics, jump button, and limited ammo mean that it requires a bit more thought than the usual "bullet hell" game. Both the gameplay and the graphics are pleasingly minimal, and there are no in-app purchases. There's also a free version if the $1 price tag is too rich for your blood.
The Edge brings simplistic controls and unanticipated enemy movement to the action arcade genre. This infinite survival based game is sure to keep you entertained for hours on end with unlimited re-playability. Inspired by the best survival based games, The Edge takes this to a minimal level with simplistic controls and easy but effective game mechanics that is sure to entertain for hours.
Aurora: Quarantine stars a ball rolling around a simple plane... but the game is a lot more complex than that simple description might lead you to believe. The graphics are surprisingly advanced, and they service a detailed science fiction story: the ball is a remote-controlled robot deployed to clean up after an act of bio-terrorism. Aurora includes Marble Madness-style level design, a few puzzles to flesh things out, and support for external gamepads.
An unconventional game, that tests the skill and cleverness of a player, while merging the balance ball genre with an adventure game and an intriguing detective story, taking place in a realistic environment. Challenge yourselves while avoiding a variety of realistic traps, searching for secrets, earning a high score and upgrading your robotic ball. Can you overcome all challenges and complete your mission while saving the city?
In Fold, the objective is to end each turn with only a single block of each color. The simple expansion and contraction mechanics make this look easy, but getting through the tougher levels requires some surprisingly astute spatial reasoning. This sequel adds new puzzles and more tricky elements thrown in to block your progress. It's just over two bucks with no in-app purchases.
Fold+ is the sequel to the acclaimed puzzler Fold, featuring more than double the puzzles of the original, new concepts, redesigned graphics and interface. Fold and expand blocks to get just one block of each color. Easy to pick up and impossible to put down. Be it in the commute to work, in your lunch break or in the bathroom, Fold+ will fast become your favorite way to pass the time.
Tormentum – Dark Sorrow
Whoever made the backgrounds for this point-and-click adventure game seems to have been taking the same drugs as H. R. Geiger. The story is a typical amnesia tale with a bit more sturm und drang, but the 2D artwork is worth the $5 price of entry if you're a fan of dark fantasy. If not, you can check it out with a free demo version first.
TORMENTUM is a dark Point & Click adventure game. A nameless hero finds himself in a place between fantasy and nightmare. He doesn't remember his name nor where he comes from. Wandering through strange lands, he struggles to discover the truth about the world around him, as well as about himself. The dreamlike, nightmarish atmosphere of the game was inspired by the works of painters H.R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński. The game's final look and feel was also strongly influenced by the universes of games such as Demon's Souls or Dark Seed.
Machines at War 3 RTS
It's so nice to see a standard real-time strategy game on Android, rather than yet another Clash of Clans clone out for every IAP it can get. Fans of classic top-down strategy games like Red Alert will find a bit of familiar territory in Machines at War 3, and like the best games of its type, the focus is on efficient resource management, building up troops, and progressing through the tech tree. A single player campaign and online multiplayer are included.
Command and elite force through 21 campaign missions in this real time strategy game, build over 130 different types of units and technologies, enjoy unlimited random map skirmishes, and dominate in network multiplayer with friends.
• Build over 130 different types of units and technologies
• Rescue the Omicron Initiative in 21 missions
• Play unlimited random map skirmishes
• Conquer four friends in online multiplayer combat
• Dominate with seven awesome RTS mega units
• Deploy a full arsenal of infantry, aircraft, naval, and ground forces
Tin Man Games is known for conventional story-book titles, a mix of Choose Your Own Adventure-style storytelling and pen-and-paper RPGS. Choices is something new: while it keeps the developer's focus on text-based plot, the adventure is laid out in an open-ended story that advances with a new chapter every week. New chapters can be bought via in-app purchases or earned by watching video advertising.
What if the sun inexplicably vanished only to return hours later? Investigate with your AI companion, Moti. Uncover conspiracies. Discover ancient religions. Travel the globe. Find out who is murdering scientists and what this has to do with the random disappearances of the sun. This is your journey, and only your choices can expose the truth. Choices is a path-based adventure with a difference - the story regularly updates, and is ongoing. No one player can discover the entire story in a single play through.
At first glance, Zenge seems like a collection of fairly straightforward jigsaw puzzles. But putting the pieces on rails makes things much more interesting than they might otherwise be: puzzles must be assembled in a specific order and orientation to solve the stage. The pastel colors and neutral music place this one squarely in the "zen" category. Zenge is $1 with no in-app purchases.
Zenge is a peculiar puzzle game, telling the story of Eon - a lonely journeyman who's stuck between the worlds and time. Game is intended to be a relaxing experience, thus there are no points, stars, tutorials, move counters, in game shops or any other distractors. Just pure, immersive journey with Eon, told through gorgeous art and music.
Mars Mountain takes more than a few pages out of Q*Bert's book. You're an astronaut who's crashed his ship. The only objective is to hop down the isometric mountain and grab coins, stars, and canisters while avoiding the various bad guys and obstacles. Controls are simple - just left and right - so the gameplay is focused on timing and foresight. In-app purchases are limited to a $2 upgrade to banish advertising.
You've crashed landed on Mars. Now it's up to you to join the space crew of Apollo 741 in search of cannisters to repair your ship. Dodge fireballs, evade UFOs, escape man-eating plants and much more in this action packed jumping adventure.
- Casual tap style gameplay
- Dodge anything that's sharp and everything that moves
- Master your timing to conquer the mountain
- Collect stars to unlock new characters
- Grab cannisters to boost your score
- Easy to learn but insanely hard to master
- High resolution pixel art design
- Super groovy tunes
In this simple twitch game, your only objective is to shoot bad guys on the ground from your orbiting gun. It's a simple premise, but nearly perfect timing is needed in order to hit just a few of the targets, and the difficulty ramps up quickly, with multiple targets appearing if you don't shoot fast. As a single-click casual game it's diverting, if not completely original, and it's free.
Somewhere lost, on the edge of the Old Galaxy and beyond the Federation borders, there's a dark moon - Orbitron. Deep beneath its surface, evil monstrous bugs - half alien, half machine - hatch their eggs inside human colonists. Things go wrong and now it is your call - the best fighter pilot in the galaxy - to destroy this abominations, before they blow up the dark moon with its secrets...
AfterLoop stars a tiny robot who is definitely, certainly not Disney's Wall-E. He needs to get through a series of levels made up of linear paths obstructed by sliding block puzzles (which should be familiar to anyone who played Pokemon). The gameplay is simple but effective, though the $20 in-app purchases are a bit discouraging. Unlike most new games on the Play Store, this one is compatible with Android TV.
PR8, the cute robot, will guide you in a fun and entertaining way in the unique universe of AfterLoop. Solve a wide range of puzzles with an incredible variety of challenges in the middle of a mysterious forest, escape from an arid desert, melt your brain in a shimmering ice cave. Open new paths towards answers and get closer to the exit. However, PR8 has a long adventure that awaits him. It's time to discover what's after the loop.
Roguelikes with retro sensibilities are a dime a dozen on Android - 8-bit graphics almost seem to be a requirement of the genre. Even so, this one comes from a reliable publisher and includes online leaderboards for the randomized stages. The primary combat is surprisingly challenging, and there aren't any currency or power systems to make it feel unfair.
Tiny Rogue is a turn based rogue-like by the creators of Devious Dungeons, Random Heroes and League of Evil. In Tiny Rogue you will descend as deep into the randomized dungeons as you can. Strategize your turns moving through the dungeons collecting treasure, using potions and spells, slaying foes, earning experiences and levelling up your hero. Can you compete on the high-score leaderboard?
Flipped Out! - Powerpuff Girls
In case you hadn't heard, the Powerpuff Girls are back. This licensed game includes two modes: a horizontal beat-em-up game with simple tap controls and combos, and a vertical mode that plays more like a turn-based strategy game. Players can "flip" between modes at any time. It's an interesting way to combine gaming elements, and something surprisingly original from a licensed title. It doesn't hurt that the game looks great, features authentic voice acting, and has no IAP.
Destroy monsters with match 3 puzzles or punch their lights out in action-packed melee. Play both ways to save the day with the Powerpuff Girls in Flipped Out. It's not a hybrid game—it's two awesome ways to play. Flip to SUGAR mode and use your wits to match same colored creatures until they explode. Or flip to SPICE mode and use your fists to battle the beasts in hand-to-hand combat. It's like two games in one.
Laurent Bakowski's latest take on the Bad Roads idea moves the setting to the jungle and gives us some bright and colorful vehicles to play around with. The gameplay is the same Trials-inspired physics run as you're used to, but the new game includes a wild selection of vehicles, drivers, and more power-ups. Wild Roads is free and ad-supported, but there are no in-app purchases.
Test your driving skill and anticipation with "Wild Roads", a simple, fun and highly addictive game. The goal? Go as far as possible with your shipment. But beware, if you end up dropping all of your cages, you will only have to return to the starting point in an attempt to set a new record. "Wild roads", it's more than 50 characters and 20 vehicles to unlock. Here is a game that will delight all players looking for a casual, fun and original game.
Ernie vs Evil
Ernie vs Evil is a basic shooter game with only three positions from which to blast zombies. It may be pretty basic in terms of tactics, but there are dozens of undead enemy types and a healthy variety of weapons and upgrades with which to slay them. Appealing over-the-top graphics and sound keep things interesting along with giant bosses, and $2 gets you access with no in-app purchases.
The town of Lawrston was once a peaceful place to live, until the summoning tore it apart. Risen from the depths of the utmost evil, the ancient celestial monster, Bob, has possessed the town. Using his new army, Bob, plans to turn all of humanity into his evil servants. All that stands between Bob and his plans is one man, cranky from a double shift and with no evening plans. That man is Ernie, the sales manager for Meat N' Things.
This kind of left-or-right casual game is becoming more popular, but the latest Ketchapp title puts a twist on it. In addition to avoiding obstacles and grabbing collectibles as you run through the isometric stage, you also have to avoid the randomized character chasing you. It's simple but fun, and like Crossy Road the only real objective is to hit high scores and collect suitably wacky characters. It's free with IAP that tops out at just under five dollars.
Run away from your opponent through amazing mazes. Don't hit the obstacles and watch out for the moving tiles. Unlock as many characters as you can. They are so much fun.
• Tap the right half of the screen to jump right
• Tap the left half to jump left
• Now RUN, RUN, RUN away.
Keep up with the pace, be #1 among your friends.
"Exodus" usually refers to some kind of an escape or pilgrimage. In this case it's the story of a single rocketship escaping a flooded planet with a hold full of endangered animals... which is really more of a Genesis thing. Alternately tap and release to collect enough fuel to keep going and avoid the red targets. This is another casual game where the only real objective is to unlock new characters (ships). Unfortunately reviews say that the hit detection can be dodgy.
The land goes under water. The only one chance to survive - fly away on the rocket. Push the green energy points on your way to continue the flight and save all creatures.
A Clockwork Brain
A few years ago there was a rush on "brain training" games that claimed to make you smarter with gameplay based on Science(TM). Those have fallen out of favor, mostly because the idea has been more or less debunked, but there's nothing wrong with a variety of brain-teasing puzzles... especially if you wrap them in solid visuals and a a steampunk theme. This collection of logic puzzle games allows you to sync across devices (and also annoy your friends on social networks). The game is free, but IAP goes up to fifty bucks.
Join the millions worldwide who enjoy training their brain with a series of fun & challenging games, specifically created to test cognitive skills. All puzzles feature bite-sized, fast-paced gameplay and adaptive difficulty, so get ready for a great mental workout. With a distinctive, hand-painted look and feel, influenced by Victorian Steampunk and Mayan art, this is unlike any other brain training title out there. Sprocket, the friendly robot, will be your guide.
Tropical Wars is a base-builder game that mixes a bit of real-time strategy with a cutesy pirate theme. The 3D battles are visually appealing, as is the ability to control individual units on the battlefield. But like some of the games it imitates, Tropical Wars will push you into the deep end of the pool for multiplayer battles all too soon, and whoever shells out the most for extra moves and damage boosts via in-app purchases is sure to win.
Battle rival pirates, build your island, raise an army of warships, and rule the sea. Tropical Wars is a free action-packed strategy game where you lead your pirate fleet to victory. Your koala tribe is under attack and need your help. Are you ready for off-the-hook battles?
- Build your own pirate island into the perfect headquarters
- Assemble and upgrade powerful battle ships
- Battle against other players worldwide to become the best pirate
- Take full control of your fleet and outsmart your opponents
- Test your skills in head-to-head pirate battles
- Blast your cannons, cast vicious spells, destroy their battalion, and steal their gold
- Join a pirate guild with your friends and other players
- Explore the globe in a rich single player campaign
- Improve your island, ships, units, powers, and rule the sea.
Is it too much to ask for a standard catch-em-all Pokemon game on Android? Of course it is - Nintendo has 3DS units to sell. That's why we get this collection of pocket monsters video games decidedly aimed at very young kids. The biggest draw is the photo mode, which allows youngins to insert Pokemon and various pins and stickers in real photos. The game (if you can call it that) is free with no in-app purchases.
Welcome to Camp Pokémon. Discover the amazing world of Pokémon with the free Camp Pokémon app from The Pokémon Company International. Explore an immersive island filled with fun Pokémon-themed activities that will help you learn what it takes to become a Pokémon Trainer. The camp counselors will be your guides during your time at Camp Pokémon, with plenty of helpful information.
Homefront Resistance Network
Android Police coverage: Android Companion App For Homefront: The Revolution Is Already Live
The latest Homefront shooter for consoles and PCs isn't slated to arrive until next month, but for some reason publisher Deep Silver decided to get the companion app in the Play Store now. That's probably so they can get people to watch the trailer and absorb a bit of lore. Doing so will earn you "Merits" you can use as currency once the full version of the game lands.
The Homefront Resistance Network is the official Companion App to Homefront: The Revolution - the thrilling, open-world first person shooter from Deep Silver Dambuster Studios coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC in Spring 2016. Be the first to receive critical intel from the Resistance as you prepare for guerrilla war against a formidable military foe, and complete challenges to earn Merits - community rewards that unlock actual in-game content, ready for you to deploy when the game releases on 2016.
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