- 1 Games
- 1.1 Pokémon GO
- 1.2 FINAL FANTASY VII
- 1.3 Titan Quest
- 1.4 Dog Mendonca
- 1.5 NBA LIVE Mobile
- 1.6 Age of Booty: Tactics
- 1.7 Out There Chronicles - Ep. 1
- 1.8 Suicide Squad: Special Ops
- 1.9 The Swords
- 1.10 Super Stickman Golf 3
- 1.11 One Up - Lemonade Rush !
- 1.12 Card Wars Kingdom
- 1.13 Blue Angels - Aerobatic SIM
- 1.14 Party Hard
- 1.15 Deadman Diaries
- 1.16 Quell Zen
Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games 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.
There's a new Pokémon game out for mobile. You might have heard about it. Pokémon GO is a perfect storm of mobile gaming: a recognizable license, twenty-something nostalgia, and interesting new augmented reality playing mechanics (as long as you've never heard of Ingress). It's become the most popular mobile game in the world almost overnight, surpassing Birds of both the Angry and Flappy variety, despite being fairly limited in its release. It's earning millions of dollars a day in IAP, despite being surprisingly playable for free. It has perfectly sane adults hooked to the point of wandering around parks at 3AM, despite still being a buggy, broken mess most of the time. There are only three kinds of people in the world now: people who play Pokémon GO, people who are waiting to play Pokémon GO, and people who aren't reading this because they're already down in the comments section telling you how much they hate Pokémon GO.
Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth. Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side. Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby.
FINAL FANTASY VII
Android Police coverage: Final Fantasy VII is out for Android now
Final Fantasy VII is almost 20 years old now, and it's still (arguably) the best-known, most-loved entry in Squaresoft's primary RPG series. It's taken its sweet time coming to mobile, but here it is, in all its PS1-era low-poly glory. This port is the original game, not the upcoming remaster, and unfortunately it looks like the Android version is... less than okay. There's a huge bug disclaimer right in the description, which Square-Enix apparently thought was easier than actually fixing the bug (which is only one of several at the moment). That's just shameful for a $16 port, and the lack of Android TV, cloud save, and widescreen support is also disappointing.
The smash hit RPG: Final Fantasy VII, which has sold over 11,000,000 units* worldwide, finally arrives on Android. The first Final Fantasy to feature 3D backgrounds and CG movie scenes, this dramatic tale continues to be loved by numerous fans around the world. Battle stages also appear in full 3D for the first time, bringing an even greater sense of awe and spectacle to combat. Customize your characters in any way you like using the fantastic “material” system that allows endless combinations of spells and abilities.
Android Police coverage: Action RPG Titan Quest comes to Android courtesy of DotEmu
The latest game to be revived by the masters at DotEmu is Titan Quest, a top-down action-RPG first released back in 2006. Maybe 10 years on the shelf isn't quite long enough for a game to be called a classic, but anyone who's a fan of the hack-and-slash setup with loot grinding will be able to overlook that. The setting is ancient Greek mythology, the extras are surprisingly robust, the price is $8, and the in-app purchases are non-existent.
One of the best hack-and-slash games of all time now fits in your pocket. Originally released on PC in 2006, Titan Quest is an action RPG set against a mythological backdrop. The Titans have escaped from prison and are hell-bent on destroying the Earth. The Gods alone can’t stop them -- a hero is needed to lead this epic struggle. Victory or defeat will determine humanity’s fate and that of the Olympians.
Android Police coverage: Comic book favorites Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy get their own adventure game
Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy is a bit of a cult hit comic book series with only a few entries. This mobile adventure game gives it a semi-official fifth chapter, since it's written and illustrated by the original team that made the serials. It's a standard point-and-click adventure with a wicked sense of humor and a modern fantasy-noir setting in Portugal. If that sounds intriguing, or you just want to see some great art and animation, the game is five bucks with no IAP.
Solve a criminal case beyond believe in this supernatural adventure game based on Dark Horse Comics’ popular graphic novel trilogy. Written and illustrated by the guys who made the comics. Monsters are real. And they are all hanging out in Lisbon, the beautiful yet haunted capital of Portugal. But suddenly, all the vampires, specters and ghoulies vanish from the streets (or wherever else they had been hiding). So it is time for supernatural sleuth Dog Mendonça and his otherworldly posse to hit the scene and save the day with bravado, wit, determination and the occasional use of force.
NBA LIVE Mobile
Android Police coverage: NBA Live Android game dunks into the Play Store
It's been a few years since we got an officially-licensed NBA game for Android - lately EA has only given us tie-ins for the big console releases. This year we get the real McCoy... well, sort of. Games in this version of NBA Live only last a couple of minutes, since the focus is playing the manager and building up your franchise. Several single and multi-player modes are available, but since this is an EA Mobile game, whoever lays down that $100 in-app purchase fastest is probably going to win.
Hit the court in the all-new EA SPORTS NBA LIVE Mobile. Build your team, dominate your opponents in 5-on-5 action, and connect with the NBA in live events 365 days a year. Capture the spotlight and build your legacy in the most authentically competitive basketball game on the planet. Be the GM, upgrade your roster, rain buckets, and rise up the ranks. Build your favorite franchise into a team of ballers with NBA superstars from the past and present. Rip packs, work the auction house, and become the team to beat.
Age of Booty: Tactics
Android Police coverage: Pirate strategy game Age of Booty: Tactics finally lands on the shores of the Play Store
It took developer Certain Affinity two years to bring Age of Booty: Tactics from iOS to Android. On the way it's gained a few new heroes, ship types, and weapons, but the basic game remains a turn-based strategy affair with a nautical theme. The game has some impressive character designs and bright graphics, but some strategy players may not like the randomness of the card draw system. Beware of the $100 IAP for multiplayer.
Age of Booty: Tactics invites you to a world where the cannonballs fly, the rum flows, and swashbuckling pirates engage in light-hearted battle for the world’s most coveted booty. The highly accessible, turn-based game play is easy to pick up and a true challenge to master.
✔ Upgrade your fleet with endless combinations of captains, ships and curses
✔ Battle against your friends or climb the leaderboards of the Pirate League in ranked matches.
✔ Work your way through the single player campaign to unlock more captains
✔ Play on the same device with Pass N' Play or online with Play Games or Facebook.
Out There Chronicles - Ep. 1
Out There Chronicles serves as an extension to the spacefaring world of Out There, which we played (and thoroughly enjoyed!) two years ago. Chronicles takes more of an interactive gamebook approach, though I must say that the 2S illustrations that flesh out the story are incredible. This game is styled as "episode one," so if you'd like some more, you'd best put your $3 down for the first installment.
Out There Chronicles is an interactive graphic novel based on the science fiction universe of Out There, the acclaimed, multi-award-winning space exploration game. After a slumber of a million years, you wake up on America, a planet colonized by humans who fled the Earth. In your quest to find your people, you’ll set off on a galactic adventure where you’ll meet a host of colorful characters and visit unimaginable locations.
Suicide Squad: Special Ops
DC's supervillain dark comedy mobile is coming soon, but the mobile tie-in game is here first. Special Ops is more complex than the typical movie tie-in game, though: it's a first person "shooter" that lets players use the unique abilities of each anti-hero to clear out the level. These include shooting fire, shooting bullets, and just, well, swinging a baseball bat. Graphics are complex and stylized, though the only real gameplay mode is survival. This one is a pleasant surprise.
Join the Squad. In this official Suicide Squad film game, you have been selected to lead a special task force comprised of highly dangerous incarcerated Super Villains. It is up to you and your Squad of antiheroes to defeat the horde of enemies that try to stop you. Fight as Harley Quinn with her signature baseball bat, or as Deadshot with his rifle or as Diablo with fire.
The Swords is an ultra-simple action game. Think of it as Fruit Ninja meets an Akira Kurosawa movie: the only real point is to swipe the screen and clear out the incoming attacks. The gameplay itself and the Edo-period story behind it are told in startling sumi-e style, and though it's simple, it's also undeniably engaging. The Swords is two dollars with no in-app purchases, though the description says it's currently on sale.
The Swords is an action game of ancient martial arts. It tells the story of a sword master's life and his deep immersion in the art of swords. Amidst the ink wash painting is the light and shade of swords, which embodies the fighting and pursuit of a sword master.
Super Stickman Golf 3
The third entry in the surprisingly popular Super Stickman Golf series is more of the same, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. (If you haven't played before, it's like Scorched Earth with slightly less explosions.) 28 new physics-defying levels require players to get that drive just right. There are new multiplayer modes with either real time or ghost play, plus new power-ups unleashed from the card deck. IAP is present, but tops out at about twenty bucks.
The award winning Super Stickman Golf series is back and better than ever. Super Stickman Golf 3 is packed full of new courses, power ups, collectable cards, game modes, multiplayer madness and a ton of new surprises for you to discover. It’s a new spin on a classic game. Master the 20 new courses on your own or square off against your friends and players from all over the world in one of the many multiplayer modes. Be it turn-based play or real-time race mode, Super Stickman Golf 3 has enough content to keep you playing for years.
One Up - Lemonade Rush !
One Up is a fairly standard platformer where the only aim is to go ever higher - Excelsior! The sprawling levels are surprisingly vertical and have some very interesting environmental elements. Anyone looking for a little Mario-style 2D challenged would do well to check it out. One dollar is all it takes to get unlimited jumping and running action.
One Up is a simple and addictive platform game. The main pump in the factory was damaged. Jump and run to escape from rapidly rising lemonade level .
Card Wars Kingdom
The sequel to Cartoon Network's Adventure Time-themed card battler is here after a long geo-limited beta. The new version of the game (oddly omitting any mention of Adventure Time in the title) offers a new battle system that's a bit more complex, but still not so intimidating as something like Magic: The Gathering. A "Fusion" system allows players to combine cards into more powerful monsters. Unfortunately Turner has succumbed to the siren song of free-to-play, and Card Wars Kingdom has the usual competition-crushing IAPs.
Take Card Wars to the next level in Card Wars Kingdom.
-Assemble a team of awesome creatures and fight for Card Wars glory.
-Unleash the power of spells, landscapes, and floops.
-With an all-new card combat system, smiting your enemies has never felt so good.
-Play your friends in PVP battles.
-Share your creatures to earn righteous rewards.
-Borrow helper creatures from your allies.
-Collect hundreds of creatures, including Husker Knight, Cool Dog, and the Pig.
-Level up to unlock new cards and abilities.
-Fuse creatures together to make them even more powerful.
Blue Angels - Aerobatic SIM
If you've never been to an air show in America, the Blue Angels are the US Navy's jet acrobatic stunt team. They're kind of like synchronized swimmers, except instead of flowery caps they have 30 million dollar F-18s. That should be enough to catch flight sim fans' attention on its own, but the fact that this game is developed by RORTOS is icing on the proverbial cake: they're mobile flight sim specialists. The game is free with IAP that tops out at ten bucks.
Become part of the BLUE ANGELS TEAM; try the aerobatic simulator licensed by the U.S. Navy. Experience flight at 400 mph just 18 inches from your partner’s wing and face the challenge of official maneuvers aboard F/A-18 fighter jets and a C-130 transport aircraft. An assisted driving system allows everyone to learn even the most extreme stunts and thanks to the three play modes, anyone can experience the thrill of a real aerobatic pilot according to their abilities.
Party Hard is an almost intentionally shocking game, in the vein of Postal or Hatred. You're a guy who's fed up with your neighbor's loud parties, so you go on a Jason Voorhees-style murdering spree. It's played for laughs, especially since it's the first game I've seen that lets Twitch viewers intentionally mess with the player by calling in extra troops to make the stage more difficult. A variety of pixelated weapons and tools are available, along with five playable characters. Party Hard is a PC port, and at the moment it's only available on SHIELD/Tegra hardware (for some reason). It's also quite pricey at $13.
In Party Hard, you play as someone who is really tired of the neighbors having loud parties. Instead of calling the police, you decide it’s a better idea to kill everyone – using your faithful knife and the environment. The tactical strategy follows a series of killings at parties through-ought the USA. The developers used to work mostly on casual, family-friendly games - until they participated in a game jam, creating the first prototype for Party Hard. TinyBuild backed up the original developers – Pinokl Games – to create a full version that's now on Steam.
We're no strangers to gamebooks here, but Deadman Diaries has a stylish take on it with the whiff of noir comics. The branching story plays out in the form of personal diaries, and it seems like players are often encouraged to give the sad-sack main character as grisly an end as possible. The art is especially interesting, though I might remind the developers that using an iPhone template for an Android game is something of a faux pas.
Deadman Diaries is an introduction to gamebooks (popularly known as “Choose-your-own-adventure”), so the game has been designed to be quick and easy to read. Using the form of a personal diary, readers are immersed in the life of John Riggs, a bank worker who has to pay off a gambling debt that will lead him to different illegal, and often lethal, situations. Readers are given different options and can choose between trying to save the character or killing him off in as many ways as possible.
This is the fourth Quell game to come from developer Fallen Tree, and it has to be said, the formula has become a bit stale. Yes, the position and logic-based puzzles still hold up, and they'll still entertain die-hard fans of the genre, but even with a bunch of new modifiers and environmental variables, it's hard to see anything fresh in Quell Zen. It doesn't help that the $3.50 game has in-app purchases for currency, though they're quite cheap.
Quell Zen - the very embodiment of relaxing logic games - features over 200 beautifully crafted challenges. This serene puzzler has you guiding raindrops through a series of colorful mazes. Enhanced by atmospheric orchestral music, the game's subtle, sophisticated mechanics evolve as you navigate its many levels, delivering an absorbing experience that's familiar but always fresh. Set against a narrative of a Japanese family divided, Quell Zen will take you on an unforgettable journey. Step inside this beautiful world today.