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Here are 19 temporarily free and 99 on-sale apps, including titles from Square Enix, OUYA, Noodlecake, and more

Welcome to Wednesday. The week before Christmas is already half over, and to celebrate the impending holiday, I have a Black Friday-size, gargantuan list for you all (much, much larger than Monday's). We have stuff from Square Enix, Noodlecake, OUYA, and a whole bunch more. If you're not aware, Nvidia is running a massive sale on both Android and GeForce NOW games, which you can check out here. Also, while we're on the topic of Noodlecake, be sure to look at the new Humble Bundle — we're giving away 10 codes, too.

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[Update: Winners] Win one of 10 free codes for the Humble 'Indie Hits' Mobile Bundle

Humble Bundles are a great way to get games on the cheap. But while cheap games are nice, free games are even better. We're giving away ten codes for the latest Humble Mobile Bundle, which features 11 games from Noodlecake Studios that are collectively worth around $35.

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[Deal Alert] Death Road to Canada by Noodlecake Studios is down to just $0.99 ($9 off)

Breaking form a little bit here, we decided to pass this along to you, dear readers, before tomorrow's typical list of app sales. Noodlecake Studios, a very well-known developer liked by many, has put the game Death Road to Canada on sale. Normally, I'd just let this sit until tomorrow, but a dev of this renown putting one of its $9.99 games on sale for a measly $0.99? That's worthy of its own post.

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The Humble 'Indie Hits' Mobile Bundle includes 11 awesome Noodlecake games for one low price

There's a new Android-oriented Humble Bundle today, and this one comes your way courtesy of Noodlecake. For a few bucks, you can get up to 11 games. You get to pick your price, so as little as a one greenback entitles you to some DRM-free gaming fun.

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Noodlecake releases Framed 2 at a temporary 60% discount, puts original Framed on sale for $0.12

Noodlecake Studios is renowned and well-loved for some amazing games. Following up to 2014's Framed, a noir-style puzzle game, Framed 2 is a prequel-sequel that promises to bring the same comic book-style, world-altering wonder that defined the first game.

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Alto's Adventure comes to Android TV, but Noodlecake double-dips with a paid Play Store listing

There's an old saying that goes, "never attribute to malice what can be explained by carelessness." So I'd rather not accuse Android game publisher Noodlecake of carelessness, since they usually release games that are fun, technically sound, and sometimes even lacking those $100 in-app purchases. But since they've made the Android TV version of snowboarding endless runner Alto's Adventure a $3.99 paid game, while the phone version is free, I'm not left with many other options.

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Stylish Snowboarding Endless Runner Alto's Adventure Slides Into The Play Store

Android isn't hurting for endless runners, but at this point, most of them don't bring anything new to the table. That can't be said of Alto's Adventure, a new iOS port from prolific publisher Noodlecake and developer Snowman. What it lacks in revolutionary design it makes up for in pure, dripping style: everything from the pastel coloring to the shifting weather to the smooth 2D animations oozes with careful design. If you're tired of a never-ending parade of "retro" 8-bit games on mobile, Alto's Adventure might just be the cure.

The gameplay itself isn't all that interesting. Your player character snowboards down a gently-sloping mountain, chasing llamas, grabbing coins, jumping over rocks, and grinding on improbably load-bearing bunting.

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[Bonus Round] Astro Party, Blast Force, Sky, The Ascension, And Rugby Nations 16

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 bi-weekly roundups, 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 four-player version of Asteroids, a trigger-happy running game, two minimalist twitch titles, and a respectable rugby simulator. Without further ado:


Astro Party

Astro Party is a mix of classic, super-simple elements from Asteroids and a four-player local party game setup.

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Noodlecake Trolls Game Pirates By Uploading An Impossible Version Of Shooting Stars To Popular Torrent Sites

Hey, game pirates: screw you. Seriously, you're part of the reason it's so hard to find a decent game that isn't packed with $100 in-app purchases. Of course, good old-fashioned greed on the part of game developers is a big part of that, but a demonstrable loss of revenue from relatively easy piracy (a problem on other platforms like Windows) is giving developers little incentive to release conventional premium games for a simple price. Prolific publisher Noodlecake recently looked at statistics for the excellent Wayward Souls action-RPG and found that only 11% of Android users (and possibly fewer) had actually paid for the app - the rest had pirated it from various Internet repositories.

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Noodlecake's Sunburn! Is Your Chance To Grab A Bunch Of Friends And Fly Into The Sun

When you're stranded in deep space after your ship has gone kaput, there isn't much hope for you. It doesn't matter how many other survivors there are. You're all as good as dead. Fortunately, you and your team made a promise. No one dies alone.

So gather as many survivors as you can and fly into the nearest sun. It's the humane thing to do. According to Noodlecake's most recently-published title, that is.


Sunburn! is a game about survival... surviving just long enough to die. As you navigate asteroid fields to find your friends, you will dodge comets and other obstacles in order to reach everyone before your oxygen runs out.

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