Ever since Pokémon GO hit the scene, augmented reality games saw a drastic rise in popularity. Sure, it may have taken a year or two for eager developers to catch up to Niantic's work, but now that Draconius GO, Jurassic World Alive, and today's release of The Walking Dead: Our World are available, players have more than a few options to choose from in their quest to find the best massively-multiplayer online AR game available on the Google Play Store.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly game roundup, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a heavy metal-themed platformer, a unique hidden object game, a free and ad-supported version of First Strike, an adorable box rolling action game, a twist on the classic action RPG, and an interesting hero collection game from Bandai Namco.
I honestly have no idea why AT&T threat defender exists. At first glance, you may think this is yet another horrible security app pushed out by a carrier, but sadly the actual situation is a lot worse. AT&T has essentially created a game out of an advertisement for their security services, and yes it's as bad as you are thinking.
Hey, did you know that John Woo made an Android game? You will by the time you read the Play Store description for Chillingo's latest title, Bloodstroke. The first screenshot is literally the game's logo and a headshot of the well-known Hong Kong movie director and producer, with his name featured twice. You know, just in case you didn't get the message. Exactly how Woo is involved in Bloodstroke isn't mentioned - is he a designer? Producer? Art director? Did he code the entire thing by hand on the set of Windtalkers? We don't know, and it doesn't matter.
To give credit where it's due, Bloodstroke is a gorgeous game, more because of its visual style than the polygonal graphics themselves.
The response to the first Warhammer 40k game on Android wasn't stellar, but that's mainly because it didn't look much like the epic gameplay we'd expect from the franchise. Well, perhaps the newly announced Warhammer 40,000: Carnage will get closer to the mark.
Swordigo first came to Android as a part of Humble Mobile Bundle 3, and while it's usually difficult to snag a game for a lower price than pay-what-you-want, this time you can. Developer Touch Foo has released the game into the Play Store as a free download. Swordigo is well-rated on the Apple App Store, and it looks like a pretty safe bet if you're in the mood for an attractive, action-packed platformer.
Unlike many mobile games, this is a complete adventure. Our blue-haired, sword-wielding hero will hack his way through various environments, gain experience in the process, and eventually level up his skills.
Clash of Puppets may sound like it has a lot in common with Clash of Clans, but that's not the case at all. In fact, this game comes from a completely different developer. Clash of Puppets isn't a strategy game, nor does it have multiplayer options. Instead, Crescent Moon Games' latest title is a 3D platformer filled with plenty of hacking, loads of slashing, and even some blasting.
This isn't a 2D platformer with 3D visuals, but a top-down brawler with perhaps more combat than jumping. Enemy puppets throw themselves upon you, only to die in light-hearted puffs of smoke. The game contains three worlds filled with action-packed levels and dangerous weapons, but if that isn't enough, there's also an infinite survival mode that challenges you to fight for as long as you can.
There are just two rules in Total Recoil: shoot everything that moves - and shoot everything that doesn't. This top-down shooter is all about blowing stuff up and making money. Get your fingers back on those virtual joysticks, soldiers, because there's shooting to be done.
Total Recoil looks to be a soothingly mindless action game that doesn't purport to be about anything more than shooting as many things with as many bullets from as many guns as possible. Your soldier will wield upgradable assault rifles, chain guns, cannons, missile launchers, flamethrowers, and whatever else it takes to mow down unrelenting enemy combatants.
Bladeslinger is one of those games that makes a splash with impressive trailers and promises of console-level gaming, but how often have we been left heartbroken by similar titles? This game sets out to tell a story, so at least it has that going for it. William Glaston is just your average cowboy with a revolver-gun and robot arm, but things get weird when he returns to his home town of Hammer's Peak to find it overrun with monsters that used to be the townsfolk. The story unfolds as Glaston wanders the seedier parts of Hammer's Peak in search of his brother, and the cause of the corruption.
Wild West stories are alright, but you can only rob so many stagecoaches before things become boring. Developer Kerosene Games is refreshing this classic trope by adding a little horror and steampunk to the mix in Bladeslinger. This game is finally available on Android, but most devices aren't supported yet.
Bladeslinger is the masterfully-told story of general-purpose badass William Glaston. After returning to his home town of Hammer's Peak, he finds the place overrun with demons and monsters. Not one to back down, Glaston decides to show the ancient evil who's boss. You control the slashing and shooting action with touch gestures across multiple expansive 3D environments.