There are many ways to escape the hoards of undead during a zombie apocalypse. Some of the most popular film depictions include cars, planes, and boats. Rarely, if ever, is a motor scooter the chosen means of escape, but that’s all you’ve got to work with in Dead Ahead. It’s a quirky endless runner with zombies. What more do you want? Can’t you ever just be happy?
The goal is to survive as long as possible while dodging obstacles and mowing down zombies. There are two different kinds of undead to contend with – the ones standing in your way like brain-eating pylons, and the ones chasing after you. You can swerve around the ones in the road or run them down, but you’ll lose a little speed doing the latter. The ones chasing you can be shot or steered into obstacles (they aren’t very smart).
The game has a retro look, but it pulls it off without feeling cheap. You’ll accumulate currency in the game that can be used to buy more gear, faster bikes, and bigger guns. Being a free-to-play game, there are also IAPs to remove the ads and add more cash to your stockpile. Note however, that there is only the one type of currency. It’s a lot less sketchy than some games.
The land of Estellion is a bit of a mess, but perhaps you can bring it under control in Ravenmark: Mercenaries. It’s going to take careful planning and tactical knowhow, but you didn’t expect it to be easy, did you? Ravenmark: Mercenaries is a turn-based strategy game with some interesting surprises along the way. Think you have the keen tactical mind for it?
The turn-based element of Ravenmark: Mercenaries is based around two phases – command and battle. Both sides submit and execute moves at the same time, which is a bit unusual for a turn-based game. Your armies are made up of mercenaries you hire and improve through experience, but there’s also a monetary angle. This is a free-to-play game, though the developers insist on calling it “free-to-win.” Apparently it’s not balanced to force you into in-app purchases and relies mainly on ads (which you can disable with an IAP).
This game has a ton of options and really emphasizes strategic mechanics – you can’t just move units around and start swinging swords at anything that moves. Some units are better for certain tasks than others, and there are even different ways to issue orders to your troops. There is some server side component to the combat, though it’s not entirely clear what that is. The end result is the same – you have to be connected to play Ravenmark: Mercenaries.
Just in time to help you unwind after a few days with the family, Badland has arrived in Google Play with a ton of free content. This is an atmospheric side-scrolling game that has some action elements along with a little dash of platforming. It’s also incredibly pretty.
In Badland you simply press on the screen to make your little fuzz-ball character flap its… wings? It’s not entirely clear what this thing is, but it’s definitely flying. All you have to do is make it through the level as the screen steadily advances. Along the way, you’ll encounter objects that make you larger or smaller, thus changing the game mechanics dramatically.
The visuals are amazing in this title. All the obstacles in the foreground are crisp black silhouettes against the vibrant multi-layered backgrounds. The animations and physics also feel very fluid in Badland. Just from initial impressions, this seems like a killer game.
You can play the first 40 levels for free, but the next 40 have to be unlocked with an in-app purchase. If you only want the levels, that’s $1.99. You can also just unlock the multiplayer pack for $1.99. Or just get everything for $2.99. All purchases also remove ads, but I haven’t seen any yet.
Current Version: 1.3.0
Requires Android: 2.2 and up
Version 1.3.0 Changes: -Optimized for Intel x86
Version 1.2.0 Changes: • New beautiful Sahara environment • 2 new cups with 16 tracks to beat • 3 new cars to unlock • Reduced the cost of unlocking cups
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I played one year of a baseball as a kid, and for a brief – very brief – period in my life, I imagined what it would be like to play on a Major League Baseball team. Yet I was never much of a serious fan, and I lacked the skills to even maintain the fantasy for a significant period of time. Thanks to Franchise MVP, the latest game MLB.com has pitched into the Play Store, no one will again have to expend much effort picturing themselves as the most valuable player on an MLB team.
Franchise MVP contains over 120 teams from Class A, Double-A, Triple-A, and Major Leagues. Players get to play on any position on the field, building up their skills and acquiring the best gear needed to boost them to the top. It’s very hands-on, with players getting to take control of the action by swiping and tapping within several provided batting, pitching, and fielding mini-games.
The game is free to download, but there’s virtual currency that you’re welcome to spend real currency on. It’s not necessary, but the choice is yours. Take a swing at the widget below if you’re ready to prove that you’re the best.
Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, which means there will be many kids who need something to occupy their time while parents drone on and on about family, politics, and football. Cartoon Network is here to help. They’ve dropped Wrath of Psychobos – Ben 10 into the Play Store, complete with visuals reminiscent of the hit TV show.
The game is deeper than first impressions would suggest, with over 30 levels within diverse environments spread across multiple planets. Players take control of Ben, who can transform into various aliens, or Rook, who can wield such weapons as a laser bow, energy sword, or proto shield.
This game is already available for play on Cartoon Networks’ website, but the new Android version lets you, or your kid, take it around on a mobile device. It costs just $2.99, but some items are tucked away behind in-app purchases. Be on the lookout for those.
Crescent Moon has been one of the more reliable developers on the Play Store as of late, and their newest game is definitely worth a look from anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned beat-em-up. Nakama evokes the spirit of 2D side-scrolling fighters like Streets Of Rage or Double Dragon. At least, it’s like Double Dragon might have been if you played it at 200 frames per second.
You play as an inexplicably blocky ninja on a quest to save his friends. For reasons that are not overly apparent, this involves killing lots and lots of bad guys, who may or may not also be ninjas. There are only four control buttons: left, right, A, and B; this Spartan interface would feel right at home in an OrangePixel game. You run, stab, and slash your way through the bad guys at a speed that would make Dante or Kratos jealous. There’s not a whole lot of depth in the simple combos, but for the right kind of twitch gamer, it’s a whole lot of fun.
I must admit that touch controls have become much better in the last year or so, and Nakama’s are blessedly simple. But if you must have real buttons underneath your fingers, then the developers have built in support for MOGA’s various controllers just for you. (NVIDIA SHIELD owners, you can map out the controls with the 4.3 update). Nakama is a free download for Android 2.3 or later.
Fans of classic Squaresoft RPGs have had a smorgasbord on the Google Play Store as of late, but it’s all been remakes and re-releases. The first “new” Final Fantasy game to come to the platform (unless you count some of the simple stuff like Final Fantasy All The Bravest, which you shouldn’t) is Final Fantast IV: The After Years. It’s a sequel to the old FFIV (from 1991) released for Japanese mobile market in 2008 before making it to the Wii in 2011.
Since it was originally released as a series of downloads, The After Years is split up into ten playable chapters, four in the main story and six side stories. The game has been given a full 3D makeover not unlike the Nintendo DS re-releases, and of course it’s got full touchscreen support. Final Fantasy veterans will want to know that the The After Years utilizes the active time battle system, with additional quirks provided by lunar phases and full-party attacks.
Square Enix has a high opinion of its titles, and The After Years is no exception: the price comes in at a whopping $15.99. That said, this might actually be worth it for hardcore Square fans, especially if they enjoyed the original FFIV (which is also available on Android). The new title uses Google Game support for achievements. Unfortunately it doesn’t work with ART in Android 4.4; if you’re on KitKat, enable the default runtime before starting.
Zombie games are more played out than Star Wars at this point, but combining them with new and interesting genres is a way to get my attention. Thus we have Zombie Tycoon 2, the latest game to jump from the PlayStation 3/Vita to Android. But this one is unique: in keeping with its console gaming roots, Zombie Tycoon 2 requires a controller to play. That officially makes this the first SHIELD-exclusive title for the time being. We will likely see it come to other Tegra 4-powered devices eventually, but it’ll still require the use of a controller – just something to keep in mind.
The Zombie Tycoon series is an odd mix of undead action and strategy. The most direct comparison I can make is to Nintendo’s Pikmin series: it’s a simplified RTS born and bred for the controller. You play as Doctor Brainhov, mad scientist and undead enthusiast, as he plots to take over the world with his undead minions. You control up to four groups of zombies with varying abilities in a top-down, cartoony world. Players also have access to several big guns in the form of special units, including a zombie bear and a gigantic rabid badger. That last sentence should tell you all you need to know about Zombie Tycoon 2′s humor.
The game’s graphics are good, I’m not convinced that they’re so good that Tegra 4 hardware is strictly necessary. Likewise it seems like an odd choice to limit a strategy game to physical controls, when RTS is one of the few game genres that tends to work better with a precision touchscreen. According to the description, Zombie Tycoon 2 includes both the double-sided single player campaign and the online multiplayer component from the PSN title, so nothing has been spared in the translation.
Zombie Tycoon 2 is $9.99, so it’s definitely carrying the price of a premium title. Once again, you need SHIELD to play the game, nothing else will cut the mustard right now.
We don’t have Tekken. We don’t have Street Fighter. We don’t have DOA. But Namco just gave fighter fans one hell of a reason to celebrate: the original SoulCalibur is now available on Android. The Dreamcast port of this arcade fighter favorite has long been considered one of the gems of the genre, and you can play it on your phone right now. It’s a pricey $6.67 and compatible with Gingerbread and up.
SoulCalibur (and to a lesser extent the original Soul Edge) shook up the young 3D fighter genre by introducing swords and other melee weapons. Each character in the game uses a unique weapon and fighting style, from swords, to quarterstaffs, to nunchucks, to… whatever the hell it is you call those freaky chopping knives that Voldo uses. When it was released on the Dreamcast way back in 1999, the combination of tight gameplay and fantastic graphics made it nothing short of the most advanced fighting game of its time. It’s since been released on XBLA and iOS (almost two years ago – thanks, Namco) before finally making it to Android.
The Android version includes all the varied characters and stages from the original game, plus the single-player modes and artwork museum. Google Play Games support is included, but unfortunately it’s only for achievements and leaderboards. There’s no mention of multiplayer or support for external gamepads, which puts a serious damper on the title. Still, there will be more than a few die-hard fans (including yours truly) who spend their money just to watch that awesome intro sequence one more time.