- 1 Games
- 1.1 Batman - The Telltale Series
- 1.2 PinOut
- 1.3 Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator
- 1.4 SKYHILL
- 1.5 The Trail
- 1.6 Asphalt Xtreme
- 1.7 DC Legends
- 1.8 Football Manager Touch 2017
- 1.9 Agent A: A puzzle in disguise
- 1.10 Space Food Truck
- 1.11 Lifeline: Flatline
- 1.12 SIM - Sara Is Missing
- 1.13 The Quest
- 1.14 Paper Wings
- 1.15 Twelve Absent Men
- 1.16 Starship Escape
- 1.17 The Last Door: Season 2
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.
Batman - The Telltale Series
Android Police coverage: 'BATMAN - The Telltale Series' available on Android, only first episode for now
TellTale's latest 3D adventure game tackles the company's biggest pop culture property yet: The Gosh-Darned Batman. But the adventure series does something that no other Batman video game has done: it's put the spotlight squarely on the alter-ego, Bruce Wayne. That gives the multi-part narrative a much-needed fresh perspective. As with other TellTale games, the first episode is free, but subsequent entries can be bought individually or in a "season pass" for $15. At the moment there are some serious stability and compatibility issues with the Android version.
Enter the fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne and discover the powerful and far-reaching consequences of your choices as the Dark Knight. In this gritty and violent new story from the award-winning creators of The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series, you'll make discoveries that will shatter Bruce Wayne's world, and the already fragile stability of a corrupt Gotham City. Your actions and your choices will determine the fate of the Batman.
Android Police coverage: PinOut is a modern and retro, vibrant and dark, take on Pinball from the makers of Smash Hit
Mobile developers are having some great success translating classic gaming mechanisms into finger-friendly alternatives. Take PinOut: one part pinball, one part endless runner, with an infusion of Tron's trippy visual style. The action progresses in an infinite fashion as you hit the ball from zone to zone, each with a new set of paddles. The visuals and animation are great, and best of all, the game is free, with only a $2 upgrade to progress from checkpoints and no other IAP.
Pinball reinvented by the award-winning developers of Smash Hit and Does not Commute. Race against time in a continuous journey through this mysterious canyon of pulsating lights and throbbing retro wave beats. The classic pinball mechanic remodeled into a breathtaking arcade experience. PinOut is playable at no cost and free from ads. An optional premium upgrade is available through a one-time in-app purchase that will enable the ability to continue from checkpoints.
Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator
No one could accuse Oh... Sir! The Insult Simulator of false advertising. It's a sort of grammatical one-on-one fighter, where two players use the same pool of words and phrases to craft a crushing insult. Players will have to use correct syntax and grammar and take advantage of their opponent's insecurities to score the most points. It's definitely an original idea, and the $2 game has no ads or in-app purchases.
The parrot is back from the dead bringing countless new insults for your disposal, Sir. Remember that silly game that parted lovers, destroyed families and turned friends into enemies? Here’s its successor that does even more, certainly with more style and more variety. And I have proof. This time you can spread affront to everyone in the world that has Internet access or - if you’re not the most sociable - you can sit alone and play with yourself. Nudge nudge.
Android Police coverage: Skyhill is a roguelike post-apocalyptic survival game with an army of bloodthirsty mutants
In Skyhill, the player is tasked with getting the hell out of a high-rise after the world has ended. It's your basic survival craft-em-up with some Doom-style monsters and a 2D game field, but it takes a positive glee in seeing how many times it can make you die. The game's presentation is slick but simple and horror fans will feel right at home, but there's a bit of RPG and roguelike in the formula as well thanks to auto-generated levels and a turn-based combat. Skyhill is just $3 with no in-app purchases.
World War III was one cruel tragedy, at least for the others. You seemed to have a quite nice time, hidden in your fancy penthouse at the Skyhill Hotel... Till the impact of a bio-weapon blew away the life you once knew. Now there are mutants everywhere, and they're eager to rip you to shreds with their vicious claws. But they aren't your only problem: Your supplies are running out. You have to leave your luxurious penthouse and search for food.
Android Police coverage: The Trail from designer Peter Molyneux is now available to all in the Play Store
Apparently people are still letting Peter Molyneux of Fable fame actually make video games. The enablers are Kongregate this time around, and they're publishing The Trail, an Old West exploration game that adapts elements from Minecraft and Don't Starve into a mobile-friendly UI. The cel-shaded graphics are appealing as well, giving the whole game a happy, peaceful look that's unique. Too bad it doesn't stop the $100 in-app currency purchases from biting like mosquitos along the Missouri.
Join our pioneers on a vast journey across country unknown. Set forth to reach the town of Eden Falls - explore, craft, collect, trade, discover, and eventually settle and build. The newest game from Peter Molyneux, legendary designer and creator of the God Game genre, brings the frontier to life on your mobile device. Peter Molyneux’s previous games include Theme Park, Dungeon Keeper, Fable, Populous, and Godus.
Android Police coverage: Asphalt Xtreme is out on the Play Store, with all the off-road racing you could want
Gameloft's latest racing game is all about that off-road 4x4 action... despite the fact that many of the cars in the game are actually low-slung muscle cars with rear wheel drive only. I'm not a car nut, but I know that's not an exceptionally good idea. Anyway, it has much of the same arcade aesthetics as Asphalt 8, but with more dust and fewer vehicles, though they're all licensed. Full online racing is included, as is - of course - $100 IAP.
NO ROAD. NO RULES. Break through to uncharted territory with Asphalt Xtreme. Rip around dunes, charge through canyons, drift across the mud and fly past your opponents to reach the finish line.
- 35 MONSTER MACHINES: Release your inner beast in a Monster Truck. Feed your passion for speed with a Muscle Car. Or just go wild on the track as you drive a Buggy, Pickup, Rally Car, SUV or Truck.
- UNLEASH YOUR STYLE: All 7 off-road vehicle types deliver unique flavors of gameplay, allowing you to constantly discover fresh and challenging experiences.
- THE BIGGEST BRANDS: We’ve unleashed Jeep, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Predator, Dodge, Chevrolet and loads more of off-road racing’s best licensed motor machines.
- REAL-TIME MULTIPLAYER: Go head-to-head online in 8-player simultaneous free-for-alls. You’ll be facing some tight competition, so stay on top of your game.
Android Police coverage: DC Legends is now available for Android from WB Games
The latest DC superhero game takes a lot of cues from Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, Disney's attempt to turn the spacefaring franchise into a collect-em-all RPG. DC Legends is all about getting as many heroes as possible from the various DC properties, then making them beat up bad guys from the other side. (It doesn't have anything to do with the CW show.) At the end of the day that collection aspect, with upgrades for heroes, weapons, and equipment, is what it's all about. Well, that and the $100 IAP.
As the shadow of the Blackest Night prophecy falls on every world, sheer will alone cannot save the shattered DC Universe. It’s up to you to lead a team of DC’s greatest champions to victory, but know this: peace can only be restored with a strategic mind. Experience the ultimate role-playing game packed with all of your favorite DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Join Superman, Batman, The Joker and more in a battle against Nekron. How will your choices affect the fate of the DC Universe?
Football Manager Touch 2017
Android Police coverage: SEGA releases Football Manager Touch 2017 on the Play Store
I feel like I've written about SEGA's various flavors of soccer management games a hundred times now. I can't bring myself to care anymore. Here's another yearly instalment. It's only for tablets. It has lots of teams and a few UI changes. It costs an almost insulting $20 plus an extra seven bucks in IAP. Go nuts if you really must.
Football Manager Touch™ 2017 is the most complete football management game available on tablet. Manage real teams and real players, in more than 130 authentic leagues across the world and watch your games play out on the acclaimed Football Manager 3D match engine.FM Touch 2017 features unrivalled player data, comprehensive tactical control and an ultra-realistic 3D match-engine.
Agent A: A puzzle in disguise
Agent A drips with James Bond charm and style, complete with fun animations and cheesy storylines. But underneath that it's an eclectic grab-bag of puzzles that are laid down across the game's plot. Aside from the sneaky spy progression there's no uniting theme, but that helps keep things interesting across the various rooms and 50 puzzles. It's just a dollar (at the moment) with no IAP, and I'd pay that much just to see the swanky illustrations.
If you like escape games, you will love Agent A. The first instalment of the Agent A series is here with free updates and more missions coming soon. Agent A, your new mission has just arrived from headquarters. As usual destroy this transmission once received. This mission is of the utmost importance so get to it effective immediately. Ruby La Rouge. Known enemy spy and perilous predator has been targeting our secret agents. Your mission is to find and capture this vindictive vixen. She’s been on our radar for some time now, however intel revealing her motivations is unclear.
Space Food Truck
Space Food Truck is an exciting interstellar culinary adventure. Basically that means it's a management game with a sci-fi-cooking theme: you manage and upgrade your ship (truck), choosing the food to sell and where to sell it. There's also a bit of FTL action since aliens will sometimes invade and you need to fend them off with semi-random loot in order to sling Galactic Tacos another day. I like the Futurama-style humor, and the premium $10 setup is balanced by having no in-app purchases.
Space Food Truck is a cooperative, culinary sci-fi adventure. 1-4 players take on unique roles aboard the Galaxy Gourmet, and they'll all need to work in concert to succeed. Just like on a real space food truck.
• The Captain charts your course.
• The Chef crafts delicious recipes.
• The Scientist researches powerful abilities.
• The Engineer repairs and upgrades the ship.
Each character begins the game with a small deck of 10 cards, which you'll play to move around the ship and do your job. You must add a card to your personal deck each turn, and you'll be reshuffling and drawing items and abilities from it all game long.
Is anyone tired of these Lifeline games yet? Apparently not, because the developers continue to release new spinoffs with startling regularity. This one preserves the "communicate with a lone character through text messages" gameplay, but the setting is shifted into a new horror movie-style atmosphere. All of the old features are intact (including Android Wear alerts), and now players can see the character's heart monitor for a bit of immersive terror.
The Lifeline series takes a terrifying turn in this interactive horror experience. Every decision you make could help Wynn to safety, or lead her to an untimely end. Something has gone horribly wrong... Venture deep into a mysterious scientific facility, where a woman named Wynn has just woken up strapped to a hospital bed. She doesn't remember what happened to her - all she knows right now is that she has to get out of this place. And her only link to the outside world... is YOU.
SIM - Sara Is Missing
These sort of "augmented smartphone" games are getting more elaborate. In Sara Is Missing, your only way to track down a missing woman is by creepily going through her phone. (Her iPhone, of course because the devs couldn't be bothered to change things for the Play Store release.) Puzzles and info hunts are all presented in the style of a fictional phone, allowing you to pretend to find Sara in a surprisingly immersive way. The game is free, but please keep in mind that it's rated Mature - something that isn't obvious from the screenshots.
Sara has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and your only lead is her mobile phone. Search for clues by investigating Sara's personal messages, notes, emails, pictures and videos while trying to piece together her final days. Unlock password protected files, uncover hidden messages and decrypt lost data and figure out out where she went, what she did, and how someone can disappear without a trace so suddenly.
The Quest is so nostalgic for early 90s 3D fantasy games that it's got bits of Ultima dripping off of its head. Fans of this very particular brand of game will be in hog heaven thanks to the Tolkien-style story and 2.5D graphics, but anyone looking for a Skyrim-style spectacle should look elsewhere. It's eight bucks with no in-app purchases, so Quest to your heart's content without spending an extra dime.
The Quest is a beautifully hand-drawn open world role playing game with old school grid-based movement and turn based combat. In the kingdom of Monares trouble is brewing. The governor of Freymore is missing and the island is in tumult. The mages all prophesy a dark shadow looming over the safety of the kingdom. As an Agent of the king, it's your job to find out what is happening and avert any danger.
Paper Wings is sort of like a 2D dogfighting game, except that there are no planes or indeed any combat. You fly your origami bird in lazy circles, catching balls and grabbing coins in a chill fashion. As a 2D game it's a bit more focused than most of the "zen" titles on the Play Store, with progression coming from unlocking birds and a promised multiplayer mode. At the moment it's free with no in-app purchases.
The life of your paper bird depends on catching all the coins. Don't let any of them fall. Paper Wings is a fast-paced arcade game about catching falling balls mid-air to keep your bird alive. As you gain points, you advance through the stages in the game. In each stage, new challenges are introduced to make the game harder and more fun. Flap the paper wings of your bird, fly high, and dive to collect all the coins.
Twelve Absent Men
Here's a new one on me: an adventure game set in a courtroom. You could think of Twelve Absent Men as a sort of American version of Phoenix Wright (complete with Archer-style character designs), with a little more subtle humor and a very loose grasp of actual legal proceedings. One of the screenshots even shouts "Objection!" It's $4.49 and has no in-app purchases.
Twelve Absent Men is a satirical legal adventure game with comedic characters, an enthralling storyline and a polished, modern cartoon look. Solve puzzles, confound witnesses and outwit the state prosecutor in this race to that crucial verdict: not-guilty. Inspired by the legal drama genre, the game combines elements of satire and humour with the seriousness of a court of law. It is self-aware in following the “mythic” traits of legal dramas.
In Starship Escape, you must escape a starship. Okay, so I'm not exactly blowing your mind, but this is a solid little platformer-shooter that reminds me a lot of the old Aliens games on the Genesis. Sneak, shoot, and bludgeon your way through the 2D stages and bosses with the help of a robot assistant, and take a minute to glance at the hand-drawn characters (not pixelated, thank God). At the moment the game is free with no in-app purchases.
A huge spaceship in outer space was captured by the enemy. Everybody is dead. Luckily you were making repairs in the most distant part of the ship and enemies didn't find you. Now you need to survive and escape. You're not a hero, you're an ordinary mechanic. Every single enemy soldier is deadly danger for you. You have to use your mind and your skills to effectively hide, evade patrols, sneak, attack and use the environment of the ship to your advantage. You'll need all your luck.
The Last Door: Season 2
The Last Door was an adventure title in the vein of early 90s point-and-click games with a story that mixed Stephen King's brand of straightforward horror with a bit of Lovecraftian flair. "Season 2" has the same pixelated graphic style and inventory system as the original, so if you've been on pins and needles to continue the story, here you go.
In Season 2 of the award-winning hit The Last Door, delve further into the madness of the Veil as Dr. John Wakefield, psychiatrist to Season 1’s protagonist Jeremiah Devitt. Setting out in search of his client who has mysteriously vanished, Wakefield is soon drawn into the haunting web of forbidden knowledge, madness, and a much deeper conspiracy hiding it all than he ever could have imagined. As his search takes him beyond England, will he find his missing client?