- 1 Games
- 1.1 Sorcery! 4
- 1.2 Pavilion
- 1.3 Animation Throwdown: TQFC
- 1.4 Don't Starve: Pocket Edition
- 1.5 Dog Sled Saga
- 1.6 Bulb Boy
- 1.7 Titan HD
- 1.8 Monolithic
- 1.9 Heist
- 1.10 The Virus: Cry for Help
- 1.11 Put A Sock In It!
- 1.12 orbt - Gravity Defying Action
- 1.13 One More Jump
- 1.14 Circle Affinity
- 1.15 Sticklings
- 1.16 DOFUS Touch
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.
Android Police coverage: Sorcery! 4: The Crown of Kings concludes the game-book series with numerous possible endings
The Sorcery series has become a favorite among fans of the game-book genre, and with good reason - its combination of unique design and solid storytelling is laudable. The latest entry offers expanded graphics, more streamlined gameplay elements, new quirks like disguises, and of course, a continuation of the medieval fantasy story. It's just five bucks with no in-app purchases.
An open-world narrative adventure into a cursed Citadel of monsters, traps and magic. Fight weird creatures, cast powerful spells that shape the story, cheat death, and explore everywhere. Begin your journey here, or conclude your adventure from Part 3.
Explore freely - go where you want through a hand-drawn, 3D world, creating your own unique story
Totally dynamic storytelling - the story adapts itself around everything you do
Thousands of choices - all are remembered, from the big to the small, and all will shape your adventure
3D buildings populate the landscape with dynamic cutaways as you enter.
Disguise yourself to infiltrate the Citadel. Characters react differently depending on how you are dressed
Uncover the secrets of magic - secret spells to discover, and new forms of magic to master
Multiple endings, and hundreds of secrets - the game is stuffed with secrets and hidden content. Can you enter the vaults? Will you find the grave of the invisible girl?
Cheat, swindle, deceive, or play with honour - how will you win the trust of the citizens of Mampang? Remember, every choice matters...
Android Police coverage: Beautiful 2D puzzler Pavilion makes its way to the SHIELD TV for $10
Sometimes you just have to sit back and marvel at the art that goes into games these days. The gameplay in Pavilion is billed as "fourth-person puzzle," but really that just means that the avatar moves around on his own instead of taking direct commands: each jaw-dropping level is essentially a path that needs to be cleared with various puzzle elements. At the moment it's available only on the SHIELD, though Android at large should be able to buy it at some point.
Pavilion is optimized for NVIDIA SHIELD devices and requires a gamepad. Pavilion, the fourth-person puzzling adventure from Visiontrick Media, throws you directly into its mysterious world without any text tutorials or beginning explanations. It is a puzzle game portrayed through exploration and audio-visual imagery. By interacting and observing you gradually, bit by bit, learn things about both the puzzling gameplay and the world itself.
Animation Throwdown: TQFC
Android Police coverage: Animation Throwdown is available to all after geo-limited beta
FOX likes to market all of its allegedly grown-up animation shows on the same block, so it's not surprising that they're pushing for a crossover card game. What IS surprising is that Futurama and American Dad are both in the game, despite the fact that the network kicked them to the curb and they had to come back on other channels. Anyway, the single-player campaign plays through a cross-dimensional story, and in-app purchases go up to a hundred bucks. There are better card games to be had if you want something without familiar cartoons.
For the first time ever, five of your favorite animated shows are together in one amazing collectible card game. FAMILY GUY. BOB’S BURGERS. FUTURAMA. AMERICAN DAD. KING OF THE HILL. It’s Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards. Featuring hundreds of your favorite characters and moments from your favorite episodes. Collect character cards, optimize your deck, and create new combos as you fight in an epic card battle bacchanal.
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition
I've been wondering when this one would come to Android. Don't Starve takes the popular idea of a crafting-based survival game and applies it to a top-down interface, with an art style that blends dark cartoony character design and flat, line-heavy woodcut drawings. The black comedy aspect of the game (basically everything wants to eat you) helps tell a trippy sci-fi story. The mobile version is currently in "unreleased" status (read: beta) for just $4 with no in-app purchases. Compatibility is odd, too - it might be intended only for tablets.
Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition, brings the hit PC game enjoyed by over 6 million players to Android. Now you can experience the uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic on the go. Play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.
Dog Sled Saga
Dog Sled Saga is a sports management game with a unique hook: you're a dog sled musher who must train and manage your canine team. There's a bit of runner-style action in the races, but the meat of the game is managing the dogs and the small business that surrounds a sponsored Iditarod-style racing team. You can hire and fire staff or animals, breed new puppies, and manage sponsorships. The game uses Google Drive to sync with iOS and/or Steam versions, and there are no in-app purchases.
As a rookie musher, foster a dogsledding team whose skills will grow if they're treated right. Week by week, get to know your dogs' unique traits, and carve your story into the trails of the Mount St. Something region. Dog Sled Saga has a pick-up-and-play dogsled racing. Each dog's speed is hindered by hunger. Lob a limited supply of food to them to keep at full speed. Hazards on the track await.
Don't let the cutesy, Kirby-style character design of Bulb Boy fool you: this point-and-click adventure game is straight freaky. The incongruity of art style and tone, where players will often die in gruesome, horror-filled animated sequences, reminds me of The Binding of Isaac. You play as an animate light bulb who can use his electric head to solve logic puzzles and (hopefully) banish a collection of Cronenbergish nightmares from your house. It's not for the faint of heart, but at least it's cheap at $2.50 with no in-app purchases.
One gloomy night, Bulb Boy wakes suddenly from a frightening nightmare to discover that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family has disappeared and there are horrid monsters lurking in the shadows. Gather the courage and use his glass head to save everything he loves. Find light in yourself. Bulb Boy is an intuitive 2D point & click horror adventure about a boy with a glowing head (alright, it's a bulb...) inspired by Machinarium and Gobliiins. Solve puzzles, defeat wicked monsters and reveal bulby's abilities to unfold a twisted tale.
Titan is a fantasy-themed tile board game that dates all the way back to 1980. This digital translation of the game keeps the hexagonal tactical setup and eschews any fancy visualizations, but brings the 6-person multiplayer support to both local and online matches, including AI and human opponents in both modes. Everything prospective players need (including a tutorial) is included for five bucks, but the game is only for tablets.
The epic struggle for domination is now available for Android tablets. Players take the role of a Titan, moving through the constantly changing terrain of the Land with Legions of Ogres, Gargoyles and other monsters of myth and legend. Players move their Legions along specific pathways recruiting creatures to their side and using those Legions to battle their opponents. Battles then take place on separate terrain maps where only the strongest survive.
Monolithic is sort of a single-player version of Jenga with wooden shapes that can come in any size. You can lay the irregular blocks in any orientation without having to worry about physics... up to a point. If you reach a vertical checkpoint and your tower isn't structurally sound, it all comes crashing down. Currency-based upgrades let you change or skip blocks or drop a new sturdy base. Take note: I found the controls really clunky and difficult to use. Monolithic does have ads and in-app purchases for currency that go up to $5.
Build a tower of impossible shapes in Monolithic. A 3d puzzler with a gorgeous minimalistic 3d art style. Place your shapes, rotate them into place, rotate around your tower and watch as it grows bigger. Towers need to be sturdy, so make sure you put your pieces in the right place.
-Soothing and relaxing gameplay
-Great original soundtrack
-Intuitive controls and original gameplay
There was a glut of board- and card-style games for the Chromecast a few years ago, but it's slowed since. This new one has an interesting premise: teams of "cops," "robbers," and "bankers" try alternately to steal or protect a bank's cash stash. The point is to turn over your team's cards without revealing the opposing cards. Two modes are available, words or pictures, making Heist appropriate even for teams with young children. The game is free to try with a $3 in-app purchase for the full unlock.
Heist is a board game for your living room and is played with Chromecast. Team up and compete to see who's better, Cops, Robbers, or Bankers. In Heist, two or three teams compete to reveal their teams cards first. A Chromecast is the Game Board and the Captain provides a single word hint and how many cards that hint relates to on the Game Board. Teams then use the hint to uncover their cards before the other teams. Make sure you avoid other teams cards and bombs or you may lose.
The Virus: Cry for Help
Do you like the Lifeline series? The conversational text-based play style, the notifications for game progression? Do you wish it had more zombies? Well here you go then. The Virus casts you as a nameless outsider helping a woman trapped inside a zombie-infested city. Notifications that progress the story can be replied to in-line. The Virus is free to download with a $2 in-app purchase to unlock the whole story.
A whole city belongs to the dead and a devastating virus turns people into mindless monsters. Hanna's a survivor and right now she's fighting for her life... and you receive her call for help. Use your smartphone or tablet to communicate with Hanna. Help her and maybe it's enough to save her and even everyone else. You decide the course of the adventure - in real time. Hanna will frequently send you text messages: in the app, via push notification. You can directly answer the push-messages without starting the app.
Put A Sock In It!
Put a Sock In It is, broadly, an adventure game, in that your dialogue choices are the primary means by which the story is progressed. The thing is, it's a story all about sad and sarcastic sock puppets, and you (the player) are a bored woman stuck in a locked building telling it to yourself. Hand-drawn visuals and biting humor combine for a unique indie game. It's free with no in-app purchases.
Having locked herself in a stairwell, Serena is quickly beginning to run out of distractions. Thankfully, she has two colorful socks and a penchant for amusing herself. You choose a pair of socks and to pass the time Serena will weave short, humorous skits based on your selections, with storylines ranging from romantic melodrama between Princess and Stable Boy to merciless quarrels between an evil Wizard and spooky Ghost.
orbt - Gravity Defying Action
In Orbt, you play the unlucky god of a planet that orbits a black hole. It's your job to nudge the planet higher or lower in its orbit to avoid incoming extinction-level meteors. The result is a balancing act between dodging fiery death for your Lilliputian worshipers or letting them all collapse into a gravity well. There's no real endgame to Orbt, just see how long you can last. A single $1 in-app purchase removes ads.
Simply touch the screen to stop your planet from getting sucked into the black hole and do your best to avoid all dangerous obstacles. Survive as long as you can, the closer you are to the center; the faster you achieve points. Good Luck.
● Simple One Touch Controls
● Endless, fast paced, challenging action Game play
● Play Games Achievements
● Play Games Leader boards for comparing with friends and globally
● Optimized for a wide variety of phones and tablets
● A single In-App purchase allows you to remove the ads
One More Jump
One More Jump is pretty simple as far as platformers go: tap to make the auto-running square jump, grab coins, avoid obstacles. The hook comes from the game's surface system: the dot jumps in a sort of orbital path around the platforms, sticking to white surfaces but being killed by everything else. (Watch the video to get the gist.) It's a surprisingly compelling casual game with 70 levels included in the free download. Ads can be banished for just over two dollars.
One More Jump is a hand-crafted intense arcade platformer from the team that brought you One More Line and Thumb Drift. Simple to learn one touch controls. Hard to master levels that will test your muscle memory, concentration and sanity.
- 70+ Hand crafted levels (new levels added every month)
- Insanely-hard challenge levels. (no seriously, enter at own risk..)
- Daily endless mode : One new level every day.
- Customise your character with unlockable themes and avatars
- Original music soundtrack by Batterie
Circle Affinity is, broadly, a platforming game. But that doesn't really sell it: you play as a little man who runs left or right outside a circle. Jump at the right time and you'll start running around the inside, wherein you can jump to the outside of another circle. At irregular intervals the beat drops, making the whole screen fill up with hazards. It's one of those twitchy games that revels in its simple difficulty. Circle Affinity is free with ads and IAP according to the dev, but I can't find them so far.
circle affinity is a love letter to circles. a circular platformer about the beauty and joy of infinitely running around in circles for some reason. with a control scheme that's definitely not confusing at all, navigate your character through a series of circular hazards. bring circles to a forgotten circle, and uncover a circle hidden deep beneath the circles.
• pretty fun gameplay (it's all right)
• 60 color palettes to unlock (with circles)
• there are some ads and iap (i'm sorry)
• no filler - a veritable infinity of meticulously handcrafted circles
• 3 circular game modes
• 3 circular challenge modes (epilepsy warning)
• 11 original & remix tracks from jack+jim (they're good)
Sticklings is a lot like Lemmings, or Chu Chu Rocket, if you're a fan of obscure SEGA puzzle games. By that I mean the player guides a line of mindless stick figures marching across a stage, and it's your job to get them safely around hazards and traps. You can build out the stage with new bits and pieces to get the physics engine to cooperate with you. The stark 2.5D style is all about the puzzles, and Sticklings is free with IAP that tops out at just a dollar.
Sticklings is a unique puzzle game with the mission to get a herd of Stickmen into their goals by using various abilities. Like a lemming, a Stickman just walks and walks and it is your objective to correctly assign the correct task to a Stickman to lead all the others the correct path. Abilities include blocking, self destruct, jump, bomb throwing, rush and bridge building. Levels are limited by time with the option to earn gold, silver and bronze medals. And if you fail there is always the option to nuke them.
DOFUS Touch is an old-fashioned top-down tactical RPG in the vein of games like Final Fantasy Tactics, though there's a bigger focus on exploring the world and less on complex military campaigns. It's a compelling little combo, and it helps that the stylish character designs wouldn't touch a faux-retro pixel art with a ten foot bo staff. Multiplayer and PVP models are present, but mostly to justify the pricey IAP system. Give it a look if you want something modern in a mobile RPG.
The ultimate adventure is at your fingertips in this colossal game. While hunting for the legendary dragon eggs, TRAVEL throughout a universe without limits, MEET players from all over the world, and CREATE your own legend. Fight unique creatures and fearsome bosses, take up a profession, make use of your resources, become the leader of a guild, lead raids, participate in tournaments... With DOFUS Touch, there's adventure for all kinds.