- 1 Games
- 1.1 Deus Ex GO
- 1.2 Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.apk
- 1.3 Auralux: Constellations
- 1.4 A Matter of Murder
- 1.5 The Dweller
- 1.6 Lifeline: Crisis Line
- 1.7 Endless Mine
- 1.8 Pittsfield
- 1.9 The Burning Trees of Ormen Mau
- 1.10 Siralim 2 (Roguelike / RPG)
- 1.11 CN Superstar Soccer: Goal!!!
- 1.12 The Hangman
- 1.13 Flip Diving
- 1.14 The Mars Files: Survival Game
- 1.15 Magic Mansion
- 1.16 LOST MAZE
- 1.17 Particular
- 1.18 Kerflux
- 1.19 Orbit - Playing with Gravity
- 1.20 Astro Attack
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.
Deus Ex GO
Android Police review: [Game Review] Deus Ex GO: An engaging mobile take on a fantastic franchise
As it did with Hitman and Tomb Raider, Square Enix has translated one of its big-time console franchises into a mobile puzzler with board game influences. This one is a side-story for the cyberpunk Dues Ex series. You play as protagonist Adam Jensen (who, we are reliably informed, Didn't Ask For This) in a 50-level campaign that focuses on stealth and flexibility. The game is five bucks with IAP that tops out at another $8.
Deus Ex GO is a turn-based puzzle infiltration stealth game set in a stylized interpretation of the Deus Ex Universe. As covert agent Adam Jensen, you’ll hack, use combat and augmentations to solve the most intricate puzzles of the entire GO series and unravel the conspiracy behind a terrorist plot.
• More than 50 challenging story levels
• Live Content: A new puzzle every weekday
• Outsmart a variety of new, unique enemies: guards, turrets, drones, walkers and more.
• Hack the puzzle: manipulate the environment to your advantage
• Augmented puzzles: solve puzzles using Adam Jensen’s iconic augmentations
• An intricate storyline that will keep you on your toes
Android Police coverage: TellTale's Mr. Robot game is disguised as the official E-Corp messenger app
If the USA show Mr. Robot isn't creepy and insidious enough for you, now you can let the story infect your cell phone. This game presents itself as a messenger client for the fictional "EvilCorp" from the show, and you're some hapless extra who happened upon a phone and is now enlisted in the underground hacker effort to stop them. The story is told through text messages and notifications, Lifeline-style.
From Night School Studio, the award-winning creators of Oxenfree, comes Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.apk. Taking place during the first season of USA Network’s Golden Globe Award-winning drama, you find a smart phone on the ground outside the Fun Society Arcade at Coney Island. Little do you know that the phone belongs to Darlene, a black hat hacker who’s about to commit the biggest cybercrime the world has ever seen… and she needs her phone back to do it.
Auralux is a fan-favorite take on minimalistic strategy games, where resources, offense, and defense are all joined into a single gameplay mechanic. The sequel adds more interesting stages and new tools for multiplayer, including local multiplayer on Android TV (which I believe is a first for this particular genre). Graphics are simple but effective, and new game modes keep things interesting.
Auralux: Constellations features a slow, graceful feel, easy to learn mechanics and vibrant minimalistic graphics, all pulsing to the rhythm of ambient music. This game is designed to provide a relaxing, cerebral experience yet will challenge even the most experienced RTS fans. Every choice matters, and the only path to victory is through clever strategy. It’s Real-Time Strategy, deconstructed.
A Matter of Murder
A Matter of Murder is, as the title suggests, a murder-mystery game. It shares a lot of elements with the Clue board game, but its procedurally-generated levels and stories mean that it doesn't get boring, and it actually works as a single player title. The hand-drawn graphics and stylized writing are charming, and it helps that the game is three bucks with no in-app purchases.
Zounds. One of the guests at an English house party has fallen victim to cold-blooded murder. Your weekend in the country is ruined. What choice have you but to ask your fellow guests probing questions, search the house, draw astonishingly insightful conclusions and solve the crime? A Matter of Murder is a point-and-click puzzle game with rogue-like elements. The details of each murder are procedurally generated, so each case is different every time you play with progressively more challenging logic puzzles.
We need more mobile games where players take on the role of the bad guy. In Dweller, a team of nosy Indiana Jones types have invaded your perfectly restful haunted dungeon, and it's your job to brutally crush them, chomp them up, throw them off cliffs, or just generally scare their brains out. Restricted movement and environmental tools turn the game into a sort of twisted platform-puzzle experience. It's five bucks with no in-app purchases, and some of the adult themes give it an M rating.
"The Dweller" is a puzzle game where YOU ARE THE MONSTER. A team of archaeologists are exploring an ancient underground city. Unfortunately for them, they've awoken a monster... You play as that monster. It's your goal to get rid of all those pesky intruders invading the ruins that you call your home. You are an ancient and powerful entity, however, your movement is restricted to the cave rock, so use your wits and the various boulders in the caverns to navigate the ruins, and reach and eliminate everyone in each level.
Lifeline: Crisis Line
Here's another entry in the ever-expanding Lifeline series, which tells a branching story through a text message interface and real (fictional) device notifications. This time you're assisting an Austin cop as he investigates a paranormal murder. If you're a fan of this series, you've already downloaded this one... and you might have already bought an Android Wear device just for the alerts. If not, it won't change your mind.
A dead lawyer, a mysterious green-eyed woman, stolen crystals with unexplained powers… and it’s only your first day on the job. You’re a HelpText volunteer, and the app has just paired you with Austin homicide detective Alex Esposito. Dive headfirst into a dangerous investigation as you help Alex untangle the bizarre circumstances of a recent murder. Choose which clues and suspects to follow as you try to catch a killer who may not be of this world.
In Endless Mine you play a miner in a space suit who can somehow defy gravity. It's your job to clear out an infestation of aliens, shoot-em-up style, so that he can get back to mining. It's nice to see a space shooter that doesn't feel the need to bow down to the pixelated art style, and the redneck aesthetic is unique. IAP is only $1, and any purchase removes advertising.
Take control of Jimbobway, the legendary miner of Kryon-89, as you fall head first down a mine that seems to have no end. Grotesque monsters and hazards are trying to put you out of your falling misery, but you must do whatever it takes to survive as long as you can. Find out what happened to the legendary Jimbobway before taking control of The Miner in End of the Mine.
Pittsfield is, broadly, an adventure game. That is to say, players move through the levels primarily to advance the dialogue-focused story, with no combat and only a few puzzles in their way. The story in this little indie game is a bit of Twin Peaks mixed with Groundhog Day. If that's not enough to suck you in, maybe the unique papier mache graphics will be. It's two dollars for the whole thing with no in-app purchases.
Vina wakes up and finds herself in a small town called Pittsfield. While she is anxious to look for her missing boyfriend and a way out of this strange place, curiosity got the better of her. Nothing is normal about this town, but there's more to just that when Vina gets killed and time starts looping.
- Story Rich Role Play
- Mystery, Puzzle, Adventure, Time Travel, Time Loop
- Original Art Style and Soundtrack
The Burning Trees of Ormen Mau
We've seen Narborion games before. The latest one stays true to the "gamebook" genre with a mix of text-based story progression and a surprisingly deep tabletop game-style battle system. The story seems to be pretty standard high fantasy, but if you're a fan of this genre that's not exactly unprecedented. The game is free to download with a $5.50 in-app purchase to unlock the whole thing.
Narborion Adventures: The Burning Trees of Ormen Mau is a young adult, high fantasy gamebook and a companion to the original Narborion series with some crossover characters. This story-driven RPG has minigames, riddles, and turn-based tactical battles, all bent on immersing you in a detailed, magical world with dozens of possible paths all leading to the dragon, Lig-na-Baughe.
Siralim 2 (Roguelike / RPG)
Siralim 2 is a roguelike that relies on resource gathering to summon monsters to fight alongside you. Combat shifts into a turn-based affair that's a mix of Pokémon and old-school RPGs like Phantasy Star when you encounter another baddie. The graphics are simple but the monster designs shine through, and there are some surprisingly deep mechanics that are unveiled as players progress. The game is $5 with no in-app purchases, and saves work across platforms.
Siralim 2 is an old-school monster catching RPG. Summon and customize hundreds of creatures to fight for you as you battle your way through endless dungeons. Find rare treasure and use it to upgrade your castle, empower your creatures, craft powerful artifacts, learn new spells, and much more.
- Summon over 500 unique creatures to fight for you. Each creature has its own unique abilities.
- Breed your creatures to make them lay eggs. The offspring inherits attributes from its parents.
- Use your creatures to fight your way through randomly generated dungeons and complete randomized quests.
- Equip your creatures with spells. Spells can be found with randomly generated properties that change the way they behave in battle.
- Craft and customize equipment for your creatures with the help of over 600 different crafting materials.
CN Superstar Soccer: Goal!!!
Cartoon Network's latest attempt to redefine soccer with its irreverent characters is now on the Play Store. Turner's developers have tried this before, but the newest version is full 3D (with some appealing players from shows like Adventure Time and Steven Universe) and includes all kinds of wacky power-ups. Online multiplayer is included for $3, and there are no in-app purchases - always something we like to see in a game aimed at kids.
Become a soccer superstar with your favorite Cartoon Network characters in Superstar Soccer: Goal. Play as one of 16 different captains from your favorite Cartoon Network shows like Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, We Bare Bears, Clarence and Uncle Grandpa. Unleash unique defensive dribbles and special moves for each character. Combine passing, shooting, dribbles and tackles to create your own awesome soccer plays and win the day.
Does the original Hangman word game really need a digital upgrade? Probably not, but this charming interpretation makes a pretty good case for it anyway. Graphics are hand-drawn (and quite gruesome, since the condemned guy is a cartoon instead of a stick figure) and players can try out different game modes and power-ups. The game works in French, English, and Spanish, and at the moment it's free with no in-app purchases.
The Hangman is a homage to the original Hangman game, where players have to use the keyboard to guess a hidden word. The game not only looks gorgeous in a medieval theme, but also has 36 different game modes that will challenge your mind and knowledge. The Hangman has Google Play Services integrated. In other words, you will be able to save your progress in the cloud and play on other devices.
In real life, diving off of cliffs and buildings is a fantastic way to find out what color your brains are. But this irreverent mobile interpretation is basically a vertical version of QWOP, inviting players to revel in the joy of dumb-looking people falling off of tall things while the physics engine gives them some rag doll flavor. Each diver has some unique attributes and there's a bit of a progression system, but really, it's all about watching those flops.
Pull off Frontflips, Backflips & Gainers from high cliffs, rickety platforms, trees, castles, and trampolines. Choose from a wide range of divers, and unlock new tricks and moves. Aim for a perfect entry into the water, and don’t hit the rocks. Featuring a custom physics engine with animated ragdoll physics, Flip Diving is the most dynamic and entertaining cliff diving experience ever created.
The Mars Files: Survival Game
The Mars Files is shamelessly trying to riff on the buzz behind The Martian novel and movie, and it's a bit late to the table. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. The game mixes some of the procedural survival elements of games like Minecraft or ARK with a text-based story and 2D resource gathering. Eventually you'll make weapons and fight aliens while rescuing other stranded astronauts.
A text based survival game with a great storyline that unfolds as you advance in the game. You play as a colonist trapped on Mars that must save other astronauts, build a base and explore the planet to discover its secrets. An AI robot guides and helps you operate the lifeboat and scout the planet that hosts hundreds of dangerous aliens. Earth’s environment has grown too toxic to survive, and the Human United Government has to find a new planet to live on.
Magic Mansion is another one of those games that tries to capture the basic black-and-white aesthetic of old Game Boy titles. The gameplay is pretty much straight out of Donkey Kong, with the protagonist making her way up a vertical tower and defeating or bypassing enemies and traps. Magic Mansion is free with a $3 option to remove advertising. Early players say that the game is quite buggy, which is unusual for a Nitrome title.
Tap to jump and avoid traps while climbing the challenging levels of the Magic Mansion, in this retro pocket-sized platform game by Nitrome and Sets And Settings.
• A multitude of traps and enemies
• One-touch gameplay
• Pure 1-bit retro arcade experience
• Over 1 color.
• Many characters to unlock
Lost Maze is an odd mix of platforming, puzzles, and story. The Wizard of Oz-inspired setup plays out with a little girl progressing across a cylindrical level from a fixed perspective. Players will need to explore around in three dimensions to solve the otherwise simple puzzles. It's a bit like Monument Valley meets one of the tubular tracks from F-Zero. IAP goes up to ten bucks.
A girl named Misty lived in the maze, but the darkness from deep inside the maze has swallowed all the happiness of memory. She is forced to take on an adventure that nothing is sure, only you can lead her the way home. It's easy to get lost in the maze. Navigate the little girl through a series of challenging puzzles and bring back her home.
Particular is a fairly straightforward runner game. Hold left to sprit, right to jump, collect coins, don't die. The 2D graphics are simple but surprisingly engaging, and the walk-or-sprint option offers a little more variety than is usually seen in this type of game. It's free with currency purchases that only go up to four bucks.
Particular is an Adventure Game set in a prison of a fantasy world, magic and dark. Your only hope for a new life is to escape from this prison between bristly mountains. Avoid monk guards and all the traps on your path. You will have some powers that will help you during the adventure.
Kerflux is an odd little game, mixing visual pattern-recognition with, well, audio engineering. See, the point is to match up a collection of vaguely sound-style repeating waves so that their patterns repeat in exactly the same places (if not necessarily the same ways). It's certainly unique, though I imagine only those who are visually attuned to this kind of thing will enjoy it. In-app purchases go up to eight bucks.
Diabolically simple and beautifully minimal, slide waves until they match.
- A completely original, never before seen wave puzzle.
- Increasingly challenging wave formations and combinations.
- Retro style music that hints at a solution.
- Achievements, how far can you get?
- Pay what YOU want. Free is totally an option. Go for it.
It's like having an 8bit out-of-phase oscillator daydream... with chiptunes... Got it?
Orbit - Playing with Gravity
Orbit is a puzzle game that relies on real (or at least simulated) gravity mechanics. Satellites need to be put in orbit around tiny black holes without actually falling into them, fulfilling the condition of each level before continuing. Orbit fits broadly into the "zen" category thanks to minimal visuals and music. It's free with IAP that goes up to $10.
ORBIT puts an accurate gravity simulator at the heart of a puzzle game. Launch planets with a flick of your finger, and get them to orbit around black holes. Can you make enough orbits to progress to the next level?
• Each level gives you a different set of black holes to make orbits around
• Launch as many planets as you like, and watch the mesmerizing orbital mechanics unfold
• Planets leave colored traces, so that at the end of a level you will have created a beautiful piece of art
• See the future trajectory of a planet before you launch it
• Interesting mechanics are introduced over time, like repulsive black holes and planets with their own gravity attracting each other
• Play in an environment of smooth, minimalist graphics while listening to relaxing classical piano
Astro Attack is an old-school space shooter that's either a loving homage or a shameless ripoff, depending on how generous you're willing to be to the pixel artist. Controls only require a single touch and gameplay is basic bullet hell shooter with a bit of currency collection thrown in.
Blast your way through waves of video game invaders in Astro Attack.
- Lots of video game themed ships to pilot
- Retro shooty space action.
- Chain powerups to become an unstoppable machine of invader destruction
- Simple one touch controls that even your Grandma could use
- Win new ships inside boxes of delicious sugar coated Astro Puffs.
- Show your Grandma who's boss with Leaderboard support
- Complete missions to earn even more coins.
- Pew pew pew pew pew pew pew.