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Fired Up

Hopping around at the end of a high-powered water hose like the most overzealous riot control officer ever seems like a really inefficient way to fight fires, but that's the premise behind Fired Up. It's basically a vertical jumping game with obstacles above you that must be cleared once they're below you. As a twitch game with only a few points it's decent, but the controls aren't great and the ads often get in the way of flow. It's free with no in-app purchases.

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FIRE. Extinguish fires and save as many people as you can in this thrilling arcade game from the team that brought you MMM Fingers and Super Stickman Golf 3.

  • Fun One Touch Controls
  • Frantic Arcade Action
  • Leaderboards and Achievements

Fired Up
Fired Up
Price: Free

BEWARE, Square

Beware Square is a super-simple and minimal platformer that borrows quite a lot from games like Limbo. You're an auto-running square trying to get through a world of black obstacles and innocuously deadly red stuff. There's a horror sheen over the entire experience, though it's hard to be genuinely frightened by a bunch of geometric shapes. It's free with IAP that only goes up to $2.

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Have you ever felt like the world is out to take your life? Well, maybe it is. BEWARE, Square. Some say it's an impossible game, and only a few are brave enough to give it a try. BEWARE, Square is a side-scrolling atmospheric survival platformer with the challenge of surviving multiple nights in an immersive world full of dangerously creepy geometric shapes.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

RPG Dragon Sinker

Most of Kemco's RPGs attempt to travel back to the golden 16-bit era, but Dragon Sinker goes all the way back to an NES style clearly inspired by the original Final Fantasy and Phantasy Star games. It positively revels in its devotion to old-timey graphics and chiptune music... but that homage rings kinda hollow when you remember that you'll have to pay for in-app purchases of up to $20 to avoid grinding combat. The $5 premium version offers a boost at the beginning of the game, but still has IAP.

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An all-new retro-style RPG free to play in its entirety. Join forces with other humans, elves, and dwarves, and set off on a journey to slay the evil dragon, Wyrmvarg. Employing 8-bit graphics and sound that hark back to the golden age of RPGs, Dragon Sinker brings a visual and audio feast to the table of hungry gamers starving for the nostalgia of the great classics of yesteryear.

RPG Dragon Sinker
RPG Dragon Sinker
Developer: KEMCO
Price: Free+

Red Dwarf XI : The Game

As an American, I'm only vaguely aware that Red Dwarf is a satirical sci-fi comedy. But I do know that fans absolutely adore the series, and are probably ready to jump into this officially licensed mobile game with both feet. It has a lot of 90s PC flair to it, and by that I mean it's a series of mini-games only lightly connected to the themes of the actual show. It's two bucks with no in-app purchases, but initial reviews are iffy.

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Red Dwarf XI : The Game is an action-packed mobile game that ties in with series XI of the multi-award winning TV show Red Dwarf. Take command of the mining ship Red Dwarf and follow the characters on a journey through deep space, trying to find earth. The game mirrors the episodes within the series and contains additional content written by Doug Naylor specifically for the game. For the first time ever, fans and friends can now play in the Red Dwarf Universe on the App Store anytime, anywhere.

Red Dwarf XI : The Game
Red Dwarf XI : The Game
Developer: UKTV Media Ltd.
Price: $1.99+

The Final Take

Survival horror is hard to manage on mobile, where a lack of immersion can be a block to actual fear. The Final Take is trying an end-run around that by throwing in some of the "found footage" movie genre. Other than that bit of novelty there doesn't appear to be too much that hasn't been done in console horror games already, but the fact that it's mobile should be enough for at least some fans to check it out.

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Relive dark footage recorded from the perspective of multiple characters in this unique first person horror. Each character has had an alternate experience in different locations, but they all have something in common which connects them. Take control of a young female and relive these moments through found footage to uncover the sinister link between the strangers.

The Final Take
The Final Take
Price: $2.99

Zombie Derby 2

Zombie Derby 2 is a 2D driving game a la Trials - the stages are 2D, the graphics are not. Also there are zombies. The point is to kill as many of the walkers as possible, earning new cars, weapons, cosmetic options, and upgrades so you can efficiently kill some more. Graphics are nice, but if you've played one of these games before, the addition of zombies probably won't be any more appealing than the $18 in-app purchases.

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Tired of typical shooters and hundreds of boring titles? Check out this sequel of a great arcade game with cool 3D graphics. Brutal upgradable cars, big guns and daredevil speed will steer you through places that are chock-a-block with zombies... It’s going to be a really exhilarating fight that no one will want to miss. The dangerous post-apocalyptic world is crawling with zombies and only the bravest and most experienced drivers and the toughest survivors will still be left standing.

 

Zombie Derby 2
Zombie Derby 2
Developer: HeroCraft Ltd.
Price: Free+

GUNSHIP BATTLE: SECOND WAR

Here's an alternate history war game with a rather arcade take on aerial combat. You're a mercenary pilot shooting everything possible after the end of WWII. So basically a murderer with a plane. But there's something cathartic about the simple controls and ludicrously powerful weapons, even if the grinding IAP-driven format isn't your cup of tea. At least there's a nice variety of game modes and aircraft.

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Prepare yourselves to takeoff for Second War. Confront fierce battles and survive the aftermath of war. It’s now the 1950s and the Great War has ended, but the Jade Mercenaries still find themselves in another maelstrom. Become a member of the Jade Mercenaries and wreak havoc over the battlefield with the most powerful gunships in history: The Spitfire, Warhawk, and Saetta. Prove that you are worthy to be named as the Ace Pilot in the Second War.

 

GUNSHIP BATTLE: SECOND WAR
GUNSHIP BATTLE: SECOND WAR
Developer: JOYCITY Corp.
Price: Free+

Hackers

If I described a hacker-themed puzzle game as vaguely similar to World of Goo, you'd probably think I was having you on. But the vaguely web-like puzzle/combat stages in Hackers remind me of nothing so much as the gooey trapezoids from that game. It's a lot more complex, of course, with a wide variety of nodules and upgrades that sort of fit the hacking theme and expand the logic gameplay. IAP goes up to $100, though.

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Dive into cyber space to develop and secure your own virtual 3D network and hack various targets around the world. The darknet has never been so accessible. With this high-end cyber combat visual interface you can research programs, build your hacker reputation, loot or fight for your country in the First World Cyberwar.

  • Hack networks of other hackers worldwide
  • Develop and upgrade your hacking tools
  • Build and refine your 3D network architecture
  • Use various programs and hacking strategies
  • Chose a brute force or a stealth approach for your intrusions
  • Experience security, activist or terrorist missions
  • Support your country in the war

Hackers
Hackers
Developer: Trickster Arts
Price: Free+

Where’s Monsieur Pug?

This game uses a real-world map and GPS to send players on a scavenger hunt. Yes, it's a bit like Pokémon GO, but with less competition and more doggy dress-up. You can leave dogs at strategic spots to try and find more of them, which you photograph in AR fashion to collect. In-app purchases of up to $100 give you some in-game boosts.

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As a new agent in a mysterious organization, your task is to use your smartphone to track Monsieur Pug’s every move. Hire pugs – your own double agents – and place them in strategic locations. Is your target hiding near the corner store? In the local mall? On the bridge across town? Hide your cunning canines and be on the lookout. Rise in rank by detecting other players’ pugs, and unlock fancy (and adorable.) accessories that will improve your dogs’ abilities… All in the hope of completing your mission: finding Monsieur Pug.

Where’s Monsieur Pug?
Where’s Monsieur Pug?
Price: Free+

Dungeon of Gravestone

If you can imagine Crossy Road reshuffled into a dungeon-crawler, you'd basically get something like Dungeon of Gravestone. Isometric movement is spiced up with some very simple combat, and the game encourages "communication" with other players by leaving notes on gravestones, a la Dark Souls. The visual style is spot-on for the Minecraft trend. In-app purchases go up to $100.

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Dive into dungeon and fight death in this new RPG In this world nothing awaits you but death. Dying, resurrection - vicious circle for those who aim at depths of the dungeon. Only thing to change are gravestones increasing in numbers... The heroes awaken in this god forsaken place. and those who wander the streets aimlessly. Unaware of the faith shared by deceased, they all set their feet into the dungeon. And once again, new tombstone arises...

Dungeon of Gravestone
Dungeon of Gravestone

Crazy Circle

Ketchapp's latest twitch game is pretty basic: tap to advance the row among a series of rotating circles, hitting the color pads and missing the blank ones. It's the sort of thing that fans of Super Hexagon really dig. 100 challenges and a few slight skin variations are included, but a twitch game like this really doesn't need almost $20 of in-app purchases - come on Ketchapp, go back to the ad-unlock model.

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Can you endure the never-ending madness of the Crazy Circle? Crazy Circle is a mesmerising arcade game which tests your reflexes to the extreme. Tap to jump onto the next platform and travel as far as you can.Upgrade all power-ups and increase your highscore even further.

◉ Complete 100 Challenges
◉ Upgrade all Power-ups
◉ Collect 50 Characters (including 5 Secrets)
◉ Receive Daily Rewards
◉ Unlock 30 Achievements
◉ Compare your Highscore with players worldwide

Crazy Circle
Crazy Circle
Developer: Ketchapp
Price: Free+

Shadow Wars

Shadow Wars is set in an urban fantasy world where mythological creatures co-exist with modern humanity. Some of the art is outstanding, and a collection element is often an easy way to drive progression. But at the core it's a matching puzzle game. So Shadow Wars is basically Bejeweled as told by Harry Dresden, plus some multiplayer "clan" elements. IAP goes up to $95.

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Join the hidden battle raging across the globe. Travel to major cities and clash with five secret factions, capturing new monsters and collecting rare artifacts in each vibrant location. Carefully balance your monsters’ abilities to craft the ultimate crew, then unleash them on teams of opponents in a strategic game of planning, timing, and skill. As you level up and evolve your monsters, you'll face greater and deadlier foes. Join the war or be destroyed.

Shadow Wars: Horror Puzzle RPG
Shadow Wars: Horror Puzzle RPG
Developer: PIKPOK
Price: Free+

Asterix and Friends

Asterix is the French version of Mickey Mouse, if Mickey Mouse was a rampaging Gaul with a habit of making satirical jokes about European stereotypes. This classic comic character doesn't need a Clash of Clans-style base builder, and it doesn't need the typical currency-based IAP system that Bandai-Namco couldn't resist if they were tied to a chair. But now it has those things.

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Build your own Gaulish village in Asterix’s world. Embark on an epic adventure, explore the world, join forces with your friends and create powerful guilds to fight back the Roman army. Complete funny and challenging quests while making your way through Roman legions and camps and reach Egypt with Asterix, Obelix, Dogmatix, and other new and classic characters.

Game Studio Tycoon 3 Lite

If you have an insatiable desire to simulate the grinding, high-stress, low-pay, poor job security environment of a professional game studio, you can play Game Studio Tycoon 3. And if you want to do it without paying anything (ironically contributing to all those factors of modern game development), now you can do that too.

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It’s a dream of every amateur and pro gamer to have their own personal game studio where they can hire the best developers, create awesome video games and sell them for a huge profit. Game Studio Tycoon 3 gives you the chance to simulate a fully functional game development studio. Do you have what it takes to beat the competition and become the best studio in the industry?

Game Studio Tycoon 3 Lite
Game Studio Tycoon 3 Lite
Developer: Ashley Sherwin
Price: Free

Goo Saga Free

Goo Saga is a stylish little platformer with puzzle elements that came out earlier this year. At just $2 with no in-app purchases it's more than reasonable, but here's a free demo version for the penny-pinchers.

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Goo Saga is a platform adventure game where the player guides an elastic creature named Goo in a perilous journey to find his creator – and with him, the mysterious purpose of his own creation. Will Goo succeed? Puzzles, deadly traps and an army of foes in a labyrinthine underwater lab block his way. Goo’s destiny is in the player’s hands.

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Trivia Crack X

Trivia Crack has become something of a franchise since it debuted on Android a few years ago. This custom version of the game allows players to create custom trivia questions for group sessions (though obviously not for a standard game). Photo and video clues, a la Jeopardy, are available too. The app is free to use with no in-app purchases.

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Now you can take your love of Trivia Crack and share it with your friends. Create your own trivia questions, personalize them with photos or video, and eXpress your creativity with Trivia Crack X.

  • Create trivia questions on any topic you can think of, from pop culture to inside jokes with your friends
  • Attach videos or photos
  • Share on any social media site with all your friends.
  • Simple and easy to use

Trivia Crack X
Trivia Crack X
Developer: Etermax
Price: Free

FIFA 17 Companion

Android Police coverage: FIFA 17 companion app lands in the Play Store for Ultimate Team trading on the go

EA has been pushing a meta-management game with its last few FIFA console game instalments. The new companion app is all about FIFA Ultimate Team - players can organize, recruit, and trade soccer stars in fantasy fashion, with the obvious ability to spend real money on the console game's in-app purchases. (FIFA 17 is $60, by the way. Shameless, thy name is EA.)

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Stay connected to the world of FIFA 17 through the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17 Companion app. Featuring full management of your FUT 17 Club while you're away from your console or PC, the Companion app lets you prepare your squad for the next big match, bid on that last minute Transfer, and find exciting new Players and Items in Packs using Coins and FIFA Points.

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