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.
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Android Police coverage: Hotlap Heroes brings top-down local racing with up to 8 players to Android TV
It's not often that we see a game that's exclusive to Android TV, except for the ones that NVIDIA snags for its SHIELD. Hotlap Heroes is a pretty standard top-down racer a la RC Pro Am, but it has a hook: multiplayer for up to eight people at a time. This can be achieved with any combination of standard wireless controllers and paired phones via the controller app. It's just $4 with no in-app purchases.
Fasten your seatbelt, start your engines and invite your friends over for some seriously chaotic multiplayer racing for up to 8 players in HOTLAP HEROES. Powerslide around the tracks solo in practice mode, or download the HOTLAP HEROES : CONTROLLER app for your smartphone or tablet to jump, crash and barge your way into a multiplayer race or championship.
- 8 player local multiplayer racing action.
- Race against your friends or compete for fastest lap in Practice mode
- 5 circuits with new tracks added regularly
- Hotlap Heroes Controller app allows anyone with a smartphone to join in.
- Multiple controller / input device support
- Global Leaderboards
Android Police coverage: Randal's Monday mixes point and click adventure gaming with Groundhog Day
Randal's Monday is a point-and-click adventure that takes inspiration from stoner comedy and more or less every major sci-fi property on the planet. The game's cartoony visuals mask an adults-only story that spans seven episodes, two of which are unlocked for free (the rest cost only a dollar each). Professional voice acting is present for the entire game, along with multiple text language options.
Randal’s Monday is a graphic adventure game, featuring a classic gameplay style and a storyline full of humor. This means that getting to watch the ending won’t be that easy. The player will have to test his skills to overcome some of the obstacles he will find, but the effort will be worth it. A kleptomaniac, a sociopath and a horrible friend. Randal is potentially one of the most scurrile protagonists since the invention of the hoverboard.
Android Police coverage: Mercenary Kings is an Android TV 2D action game published by OUYA
OUYA, that company that tried and spectacularly failed to create an Android-powered home game console market, is now in the publishing business. Apparently. One of its first games on the Play Store is a SHIELD-exclusive premium title that was formerly seen on Steam and consoles. Mercenary Kings is a side-scrolling shoot-em up that rshares a lot in common with games like Contra and Metal Slug, with a huge variety of weapons, enemies, and giant bosses. The game is $10 and supports four-player splitscreen co-op.
In this frantic 2D action game, you are part of the Mercenary Kings, the most skilled team of warriors-for-hire on Earth, but when your comrades have fallen and the fearsome forces of CLAW have seized an island-wide top secret Laboratory Base, you must do what it takes to stop them. But you're not going in unprepared. Your back-up is made of a crew of rogue geniuses and experts of their field. Able to craft & customize guns'n'blades or upgrading body armor, you've never been this ready to join the fight.
VG: Vulkan Beta
Android Police coverage: Super Evil Megacorp releases a beta version of Vainglory for Vulkan-enabled devices
The Vulkan graphics API is a big deal for mobile gamers, offering lower hardware overhead, faster framerates, and better stability. Only a few Android devices (like the SHIELD and Galaxy S7 families) support it, plus any Nougat phones or tablets. But if you happen to have one and want to see what it's all about, the popular MOBA Vainglory now comes in a Vulkan flavor. It's free with in-app purchases, just like the standard version.
Welcome to the Halcyon Fold. Here, magic clashes with technology, alliances forge in the heat of combat and cunning strategy wins the day. But no one fights alone. Join with friends in free-to-play, 3-vs-3 multiplayer arena battles. Choose from an ever-growing roster of 25+ heroes as you battle to destroy the enemy Vain crystal. Here, you’re rewarded for skill and teamwork — not for spending the most money. Fight with allies in real-time, level up your hero and unleash devastating attacks on your foes.
WoW Legion Companion
Android Police coverage: World of Warcraft: Legion's official companion app is up on the Play Store
There was already an official Android companion app for World of Warcraft, but with the Legion expansion the game gets a lot more complex on the mobile front. Gamers can check out their characters or the world map away from a PC, and make progress in the new Order Hall area of the main game. Now you never have to be away from Azeroth. Never. You're here forever. And ever. Embrace your fate.
The new World of Warcraft: Legion Companion app for Android lets you make the most of your time in the game, wherever you may be. View your active world quests and emissary bounties from directly within the app. You can check out the rewards and figure out which quests to do once you’re in-game. See which missions are available to you in your Class Order Hall and get them started, all while you’re on the go. You can complete your missions and collect your rewards, as well as manage your followers, upgrade their gear, and recruit troops for future missions.
Android Police coverage: MyNBA2K17 brings basketball battle cards back for another season, plus face scanning
The official companion app for the NBA2K series isn't just a companion app... it's also an IAP-stuffed mobile game where animated basketball cards face off against each other. This year's bump doesn't have much to add to the meta game, but it does let players scan their faces into the console game's create-a-player mode.
The companion app for the award-winning NBA 2K franchise is back, with MyNBA2K17. Packed with features, including the ability to scan your face into NBA 2K17 from your mobile device and daily opportunities to earn Virtual Currency, MyNBA2K17 makes it easier for you to stay in touch with NBA 2K17 on XB1 and PS4. MyNBA2K17 also includes the collectible NBA 2K themed card game, MyTEAM Mobile.
Enyo is an interesting mix of directional tile puzzles and tactical turn-based combat. Imagine if classic side-scrolling protagonist Rygar decided to slow down a bit and take things one at a time (and also that he was a Greek goddess instead of a Hercules wannabe). Combat is interesting: there's no overt attacking, only pushing enemies into grid-based obsctacles. Enyo is free with a $2 unlock for all features.
ENYO is a tactical roguelike about hook & shield combat. Grab your hook & shield and descent as Enyo, the greek goddess of war, into an ever changing labyrinth to recover 3 legendary artifacts. ENYO's gameplay is based on the idea of indirect combat. Enemies can only be defeated by pushing or pulling them into burning lava pits or deadly spiked walls. While staying accessible through the limited amount of actions a player can take, the core of ENYO are highly tactical turn based battles.
Fallen London was originally a browser-based game in the vein of Choose Your Own Adventure novels. Like the source material, it's set in a Victorian steampunk world with an environment and characters that change according to your progressive choices. This version has a bit more of a GUI to support it, but it's still a very text-driven game at heart.
Welcome to a dark and hilarious Victorian-Gothic underworld, where every choice has a consequence from the style of your hat to the price of your soul. Fallen London, acclaimed literary RPG and winner of The Escapist's Best Browser Game award, has come to Android. For those who love to read and for those who love to play, Fallen London offers you a unique narrative which evolves with every choice you make. Define your destiny through the stories you embark on and the character you cultivate.
Cell 13 mixes physics puzzle and platformer elements with a stark 2D/3D presentation. Each stage is little more than a series of logic puzzles, but the addition of sprawling open-ended levels gives the title a unique twist. More tools and elements are unlocked as players progress. The standard game features dozens of stages plus more available via in-app purchases. Even more of them are available in the "pro" version for $3.
You find yourself trapped in one of 13 giant cells, filled with amazing logic puzzles ranging from simple to impossibly difficult. You meet your friendly, and slightly lonely robotic buddy, Chester. Together you must use your brain power to solve the puzzles, using physics objects in creative and innovative ways to help you along the way. CELL 13 starts out quite simple, as Chester guides you through CELL 1. However, you will quickly realise that not everything is so straight forward.
Here's another SHIELD exclusive published by OUYA's new team. It's also a platformer-slash-shooter, but this one is focused on local multiplayer combat a la Smash Bros. ChargeShot is another Steam pilgrim that focuses on fast, breathless play on small stages with minimal obstacles. The interesting bit is that when you die, your actions are repeated by a "clone" even as you keep playing, so the battlefield soon becomes a hectic miasma of players and clones. ChargeShot is $8 and supports up to four players.
Mimic Arena is a local couch multiplayer platform shooter that focuses on high energy and quick reflexes. Up to four buddies are pitted against one another, but only those who have mastered the arts of jump and shoot dare hope to stand a chance, thankfully you will have some backup. Everything the player does, wherever they go, and wherever they fire; is recorded and then played back again as a Mimic. These clones will be an integrate part of any players arsenal.
The last OUYA-published game (at least this week) is a multiplayer shooter with minimalistic characters and stages. It has some of the same clone-based gameplay as ChargeShot, where your previous lives are replayed after you continue. Though the look and feel of the game is very different, it has the same $8 price tag and 4-player support. This one works on Android TV and at least some phones and tablets.
Mimic Arena is a local multiplayer platformer that uses ghosting and arcade style shooting mechanics to deliver a high energy experience. Up to four players must duke it out using a variety of weapons designed for devastation; on a battle field where the only one watching your back, is yourself. Everything the player does, wherever they go, and where ever they fire; is recorded and then played back again as a Mimic. These clones are pivotal asset for anyone who hopes to survive or contribute to the bullet storm that’s bound to ensue.
LUMINES PUZZLE & MUSIC
Lumines mixes some standard Tetris-style puzzle gameplay with rhythm elements. Not only do players need to strategically stack blocks in order to clear them, they need to watch a timed meter that can open up all kinds of combo opportunities. The hook should catch the attention of anyone who wants a remixed version of the standard puzzle setup.
A music puzzle game with synchronized music and visuals. We highly recommend playing with headphones or earphones. Synchronization of Music and Visuals. The transparent visual designs together with high quality sound have created a truly immersing gaming experience. Feel the delightful harmony of game play, sound and visual all in one. This is an authentic Music Puzzle Game, a true mix of Dance Music and Puzzle Games.
Six mixes Jenga with a little physics-based mayhem to make a unique puzzle game. A hexagon sits on top of a narrow stack of blocks, and you have to remove them one by one to let the ball climb down the tower without falling to either side. It's a lot more complex than it sounds, and the core mechanic is surprisingly adaptive. Six is free with a single $4 in-app purchase to remove ads.
Six. is the latest game from Gram Games, makers of global smash hits 1010. and Merged.. This game is challenging, exciting and infuriating at times. As with all great puzzlers, Six. is great in one minute bursts or hours of emotive fun. In the game you are challenged to interact with a tower block of varying shaped bricks upon which rests a hexagonal block. The aim is to get the hexagon down the tower block to earn points. You do this by tapping the bricks to make them disappear bringing the hexagon down into the space cleared underneath.
Tale of Doris & the Dragon EP1
There's no shortage of point-and-click (point-and-tap?) games on Android, but those who want something original sometimes have to look hard. Tale of Doris and the Dragon is definitely that: it stars an octogenarian in Hell and a giant dragon. I could do without the pixelated art (surely an adventure game is best suited to old-fashioned animation) but the premise is original and it has full voice acting. Episode one is $4.
Winner of the PocketGamer Bronze Award - The Tale of Doris and the Dragon is an episodic, point-and-click adventure game series featuring an elderly lady named Doris who finds herself in Purgatory after passing away on earth. On her journey, Doris meets many weird and wonderful characters that help or try to hinder her progress. Out of this, an unlikely friendship emerges.
Outfolded is an isometric puzzle game that tasks players with hitting a single tile target by unfolding a Tetris-style block of cubes in sequence. It's kind of like trying to turn and twist that really big couch to get it through the door with minimal lifting. (Watch the video if that crappy analogy doesn't make sense.) Simple graphics and music give a stark feel, and it's free with $3 in-app purchases at the highest.
Outfolded is a minimalist, endless puzzle game where you unfold shapes to reach your goal. Relax, zone out and experiment in a never-ending series of levels, or take on the challenging daily puzzles to earn hints and pit yourself against the best. Compete with your friends to get as far as possible, or share solutions on social media to lend a helping hand. If you love puzzle games, Outfolded is for you. If you dislike puzzle games, Outfolded is definitely for you.
Most platform games let you control the character. This one lets you control the walls. The prisoner protagonist is more or less catatonic, but he can make the walls of the dungeon pinch in and out as he falls, effecting a jump and helping him navigate through the traps and obstacles. It's an interesting concept and the game looks good, with IAP that tops out at under five bucks.
Tap to stretch the walls, as you bounce around and fall through four different environments in this fast paced mind bending action game, by the studio that brought you Silly Sausage and Leap Day. Can you avoid all the obstacles and traps to reach the end? Or would you rather keep dreaming for a higher score?
- Cool beard physics
- Tap and hold wall stretching mechanic
- Atmospheric pixel art
- A unique look inside the warped mind of a prisoner