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 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 Dan Vogt's follow up to Data Wing, a stylish Edgar Allan Poe auto-runner, a chilled-out puzzle game, a unique AR-based maze game, a 3D take on Tetris, a Nanogram game from Konami, and a gorgeous samurai fighting game.
PlatinumGames is best known for their AAA console and PC titles, and they have apparently teamed up with DeNA to create an all-new hack-and-slash samurai game for mobile called World of Demons. An announcement trailer was released today, and some further details have been trickling out at a few of the majorgamingwebsites. We can expect a release for Android sometime this summer, but it's sadly going to be free-to-play with in-app purchases. I guess Platinum couldn't pass up that sweet mobile cash, which is disheartening, to say the least.
If the combination of summer heat and apocalyptic storms have you feeling a little down, Madfinger Games is here to help. Madfinger develops some really killer titles like Shadowgun, Samurai II, and the upcoming Dead Trigger (which was actually supposed to land today, but has been delayed until tomorrow for some last-minute bug fixes). Starting today, you can get Shadowgun and Samurai II on sale for $0.99.
Shadowgun is an amazing third-person shooter with great graphics and surprisingly good voice acting. It even controls well, for a touchscreen shooter. Samurai II is a top-down hack and slash adventure game that is similarly lovely to look at with its neat cell-shaded vibe.
Glu Mobile (makers of Bonsai Blast and a slew of other games) has treated Android users to another gem, combining powerful samurai, devilish zombies, and a stylized, adorable art style to make Samurai vs Zombies Defense.
Samurai vs Zombies is reminiscent of tower defense-style games, centering each level around defending a gate. Instead of simply setting up turrets and guns, however, SvZ allows players to go mobile, running toward packs of zombies and attacking them with typical sword swipes or special powerups. Players can also unlock other characters (which are the equivalent of new turrets) to aide in the fray.
The only negative point I can find with this game is its automatic-attack gameplay dynamic, in which moving close to a zombie causes your character to automatically slash the zombie.