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SPINGUN

Spingun is a twin-stick shooter... without the twin sticks. Its control scheme and pixelated graphics are more of an homage to Asteroids, though the action and effects soon ramp up to a point that was impossible way back then. Only masochists need apply for this game that delights in killing the player with an overwhelming amount of enemies and bullets, but those who survive will get some sweet upgrades. Free with $3 in-app purchases.

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Two buttons. One spaceship. Zero chance to survive. Goliath is attacking your planet, but you've heroically stayed behind with your ship so your family can evacuate. SPIN and GUN your way to victory. Fly and steer with either single button, or press both buttons at once to fire your ship’s powerful blaster gun. Grab powerups to launch missiles, plasma balls, and flames at your foes. Blast em to bits quick to repair your ship. How long can you fight them off?

SPINGUN
SPINGUN
Developer: Fermenter Games
Price: Free+

Piranh.io

Piranh.io is basically a skinned version of Agar.io where you play as fish instead of amoebas. Swim around, eat stuff smaller than you, avoid being eaten by stuff that's bigger than you. The formula is surprisingly engaging, especially in the online multiplayer mode, and this version includes a few powerups to spice up the game's combat. A hefty $6.40 in-app purchase will get rid of advertising.

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Dive in and play online against other players to become the biggest piranha (or shark) in the sea. Survive as long as possible by eating swimmers and smaller fish. But remember: size isn’t everything in Piranh.io. Even the smallest piranha can defeat the biggest shark with POWERUPS. Use electricity to zap your enemies. Charge up the laser cannon, go ‘Pew pew pew’ and defeat everyone else. It’s all possible in this io real-time multiplayer game.

3Box

3Box tries to reinvent the wheel, bringing a bite-sized mobile approach to Tetris. It's a tall order, and for me, it isn't quite filled. While breaking the block puzzles down into bite-sized chunks and removing the rotation tool are interesting, skipping the timed element takes all the challenge out for anyone who's used to the original game. At least it's free.

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Do you remember? The joy of making blocks into lines. The excitement of lines vanished. The old tetris joy is back. Come and enjoy the game. This time, with simple one touch, You can get the same joy in smartphone. Over 40 characters, 100 stages, and special blocks never seen before awaits you. This is not the tetris, but the 3box. This game is categorized as a casual puzzle game.

3Box
3Box
Developer: NoelGames
Price: Free+

Drop Flip

Drop Flip is a super-minimal puzzle game where you try to get a ball in a bucket. It's sort of like pinball, but the objective is to tweak the stage for a single target rather than a rolling point meter. It's fairly straightforward and the difficulty curves across 100 levels. It's free with $3 in-app purchases.

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Drop Flip is a delightful game chock-full of silly physics contraptions. Move, flip and manipulate obstacles of every shape and size as you accomplish the not-so-simple task of dropping a ball into a bucket.

  • Over 100 crazy fun levels ranging from easy to near-impossible.
  • Complex gameplay wrapped in colorful, minimalistic visuals .
  • Joyful music with catchy sound effects.
  • Leaderboards and achievements.
  • Attempt to get a “Ball-in-One” or “Ball-in-Two”.
  • Made for absolutely everyone.

Drop Flip
Drop Flip
Developer: BorderLeap
Price: Free+

Faily Rider

Ugh, enough with the Verby Noun games already! This one is all about a wanabe Evel Knievel, riding and stunting through the desert on his customized motorcycle. It's fairly straightforward, but the two-button system is easy enough and watching the over-the-top crashes is entertaining. Free with IAP that goes up to $3.50.

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Poor Phil Faily has had a lot of bad luck with cars... now he has a Motorbike. While doing some sightseeing on a motorbike in the Nevada desert, Phil is forced off the road, plunging him over the edge of a steep embankment and into a world of dangerous hazards and obstacles. In this physics based motorbike game you must maneuver an endless mountainside dodging hazardous terrain such as cacti, rocks, traffic and trains resulting in some fun and hilarious near misses and crashes.

 

Faily Rider
Faily Rider
Price: Free+

Micro Machines

The Micro Machines franchise is better remembered than most licensed games, thanks to a focus on fun and simple racing. This mobile version comes from Chillingo and Codemasters, and the top-down action focuses more on combat than straight racing, a la Mario Kart. Cars can be augmented and upgraded with parts and weapons from G.I. Joe, and up to four players can race online or duke it out in NERF-branded battle arenas. Because it's an EA title, in-app purchases go up to a hundred bucks.

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The legendary MICRO MACHINES gameplay returns in this all-new multiplayer combat racer from Codemasters. Race across 18 fun-filled tracks including breakfast tables, desktops, pool tables and kitchen sinks in a vast array of tiny, but powerful, MICRO MACHINES. Original creators, Codemasters, have lovingly updated the classic MICRO MACHINES gameplay for mobile devices. All the rivalry, excitement, humor and fun of the games that first appeared in the 1990’s is back.

Micro Machines
Micro Machines
Developer: CHILLINGO
Price: Free+

Star Squad

Star Squad's customizable ship-to-ship combat shares a lot with games like FTL, though here it's the central point of the game. Your ship can be upgraded more or less continuously with new weapons, defenses, and passive enhancements, and hero crew units will give you strategic advantages against computer and online opponents. The Buck Rogers art style and open world are interesting, but $100 IAP will undoubtedly bring balance issues to online play.

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Star Squad is a science fiction real-time strategy game with beautiful 3D art and fast-paced combat. Go to war against Emperor Titanfist by assembling the best crew you can find, customizing your star ship, and exploring the galaxy. Travel from planet to planet and combat enemy space ships. Strategically lower their defenses and weapons to eventually bring down their engine. Dozens of charming crew members will join you in your fight as you do battle in full 3D.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mdVdzJUM1I

Star Squad
Star Squad
Developer: Kongregate
Price: Free+

Real Football

[Insert joke about the differences between American football and soccer HERE.] Now that we have that out of the way, check out this bog-standard soccer game. Real Football bills itself as a sim, and goes out of its way to list console-style features like a manager mode. But with asynchronous multiplayer (read: leaderboards), $100 in-app purchases, and a dearth of licensed teams, it's ringing a bit hollow.

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Experience Real Football both on and off the pitch, all in a 20MB package. The latest edition of the free soccer simulation is here with a whole set of new features. Build your dream team and lead them to become champions of the world. Develop team facilities, recruit star players, improve their abilities, challenge yourself in the World Arena, and many more. Stunning visuals: 3D stadiums, polished shadows, detailed textures, and spectators all come together to provide an exciting atmosphere.

Real Football
Real Football
Developer: Gameloft SE
Price: Free+

Skylanders™ Creator

They're still selling Skylanders toys? Apparently so. But it looks like they've run out of ideas for the collectible critters, because this Activision game tasks the player with making new ones. The creator app lets players mix and match parts from the various Skylanders sets and then import them into the Imaginators console game, or even order real figures or cards based on the design. Neat.

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Unleash your Imagination. Create your own Skylanders and bring them to life using the SkylandersTM Creator companion app. Magically import your favorite creations from the Skylanders Imaginators video game or create new Imaginators in the Skylanders Creator App. Collect Sensei Skylanders and Mystery Chests to unlock new parts, gear and weapons. Showcase and share your creations with your friends on all of your favorite social media platforms.

Unreleased games

Editor's note: the following are unreleased games that we've found hidden in the bowels of the Play Store. They're in a playable alpha or beta state and probably not intended for thousands of new users, so don't be surprised if they're a long way away from a finished state. They're presented here (and not included in the main part of the roundup) as more of a novelty than anything else. Check them out - or don't - and enjoy.

Drifty Chase

This is an open beta of Drifty Chase. The game is missing some minor features, lacks some optimizations and polish. If you encounter any issues or have any suggestions on how to make the final version better please reach us at [email protected] Thanks. You just robbed a bank. Jump into a car and try to shake off the pursuit. This game is not about racing, it’s about drifting with a trunk full of cash through an insanely crowded city. You are being chased by the police that wants to get back each cent from the stolen money bag.

Drifty Chase
Drifty Chase
Developer: Crimson Pine Games
Price: Free+

War Friends

Go to war with your friends and become the world’s best squad in WarFriends, a unique 3D tactical action game from the makers of Mega Dead Pixel. Dodge bullets, dive between cover and take out the invading enemy forces by any means necessary.

  • ONLINE WAR – Create a squad and enlist your friends to fight alongside you in ranked online deathmatches. Can you lead your squad to the top of the leaderboards?
  • RAISE AN ARMY – Build an army of shotgunners, drones, and even jet pack troopers to deploy strategically in the heat of battle
  • INTRODUCING WARCARDS – Build a deck of WarCards with game-changing perks. Deploy them in battle to slow your enemy, boost your weapons, inflate heads and much more.
  • INCREDIBLE FIREPOWER – Unlock a full arsenal of weapons ranging from pistols to anti-tank bazookas.

WarFriends: PvP Shooter Game
WarFriends: PvP Shooter Game
Developer: CHILLINGO
Price: Free+

The Bug Butcher

The Bug Butcher is an intense action shooter, wrapped in stylistic 2D art, and smeared with juvenile humor where timing and fierce reflexes are paramount in protecting your fragile squishy body. The gameplay has an extremely simple core mechanic that is easy to understand, but hard to master. Plus, who doesn’t love a universe where you wield a beefy arsenal of military grade weaponry.

The Bug Butcher
The Bug Butcher
Price: $1.99

Road Not Taken

Road Not Taken is a puzzle game about surviving life's surprises. You play as a ranger adventuring through a vast, unforgiving forest in the aftermath of a brutal winter storm, rescuing children who have lost their way. Randomly generated levels deliver a limitless supply of possibilities to explore and challenges to overcome. Your actions will influence not only your own story, but that of the villagers you hope to befriend and the town you call home.

Road Not Taken
Road Not Taken
Developer: Spry Fox LLC
Price: $4.99

Spaceship Battles

It's the year 4000-something. You are a rookie spaceship designer wanting to prove yourself to the world. Enter Spaceship Arena, an entertainment arena of the future, where only the best of the best rule. Competitive Multiplayer Game featuring layers of deep strategy and endlessly evolving game content.

- Unique, never before seen gameplay
- Dozens of exciting spaceship blueprints to unlock and build
- Masses of different modules to build with
- Beautiful space battles to validate your designs
- Beat ships designed by other players to progress in ranks and leagues

WTF Game(s) Of The Week

PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator

Here's a dumb game about being a dumb game player playing dumb games for dumb people who like to watch you play dumb games. Is this really how people enjoy video games today? Jesus, I'm old.

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Follow in the footsteps of one of the biggest internet stars, PewDiePie, by creating your very own pocket Tuber in PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator. Will you become the biggest, baddest Tuber ever in no time and kick PewDiePie out of his own throne? Find out in this 2.5D isometric retro styled game.

  • MAKE VIDEOS and GAIN VIEWS and SUBS to buy new ITEMS such as EQUIPMENT, FURNITURE, CLOTHES and even PETS.
  • REAL VOICE ACTING by PewDiePie himself.
  • COMPLETE EPIC QUESTS to gain currency quickly.
  • SHOW OFF YOUR AWESOME ROOM by sharing it online.
  • FOLLOW YOUR FAVORITE PLAYERS and VOTE for them in WEEKLY EVENTS.

 

PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator
PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator

Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!

If you have an application in mind for the next issue of the roundup, feel free to send us an email and let us know.

Important: there are 2 requirements in order for the app to be considered, listed below.

  • the app's launch date has to be no longer than 2 weeks ago
  • it has to be original, ground-breaking, well-reviewed, interesting, fun, etc - the cream of the crop

Now, if and only if the above requirements have been satisfied, fire up an email to this address: [email protected].

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