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Expense IQ - Expense Manager
This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps. This amazingly complete expense tracking system has a solid and colorful UI, and just about every possible checkbook, alert, and tracking feature you could want. Everything you input can be saved and exported for personal backup and expense reports, and all your data is synced via Dropbox, making Expense IQ a snap to use across multiple phones or tablets. Bill alerts, a PIN lock, and even a homescreen widget are all included in this app's bag of additional goodies. The basic version is free, but to get access to advanced functions you'll need to pay for the full $9.95 version via in-app purchase.
Expense IQ is the long awaited successor to EasyMoney - the number one money manager app that combines an expense manager, a bill reminder, a checkbook register and a budget planner. Expense IQ – Expense Manager provides a rich, detailed window into your personal finances and daily money management needs. Track and manage daily expenses quickly & easily. Business expenses, personal expenses, travel expenses etc can all be managed rapidly using Expense IQ’s simple and intuitive user interface. Interactive reports & graphs let you analyze income, expenses, cash flow and balance over various date ranges and accounts.
A science fiction hack-and-slash game? Count me in - we usually don't see developers leave the comfortable confines of fantasy for this genre. Add in some fantastic visuals and sound, a full story campaign, and the fact that the entire game can be unlocked with a single $10 in-app purchase (the first six levels are free), and you've got an impressive offering. Nice work, developer Rayark - keep 'em coming.
Bringing AAA console gaming experience to mobile devices. Twenty years after the fall of Earth, the remnants of the Human race are once again faced with extinction. The time has come to justify our existence. A mysterious life form known as the XADA squares off against humanity's last weapon - the War-Mech series III battle suit.
Does Not Commute adds a unique idea to the somewhat dry racing genre: what if you were driving all of the cars in the city? Your job is to drive each car (which comes with its own driver narration for story) from point A to point B. But each level adds a new car, and you'll have to avoid the cars that you drove in the previous levels, quickly turning the city into a chaotic mishmash of hairpin turns and near misses. Does Not Commute is free to try with a single $2 IAP to unlock the whole thing.
A strategic driving game from the award-winning maker’s of Smash Hit. Does not Commute is a temporal paradox in which you have no one to blame but yourself. What starts out as a relaxing commute in a small town of the 1970's quickly devolves into traffic chaos with hot dog trucks, sports cars, school buses and dozens of other vehicles. You drive them all. Plan ahead. Don't be late.
The Sorcery series is an interesting mixture of game-books and conventional RPGs, and the latest one is the best yet. You can import your characters from the first two installments and travel around new 3D maps, and the new time travel mechanic makes your actions in the past affect the future in the style of Chrono Trigger. Underpinning it all is the unique Inklewriter system that makes battles a mixture of tabletop dice mechanics and Choose Your Own Adventure.
An epic adventure through a cursed wilderness of monsters, traps and magic. Begin your journey here. (Parts 1 and 2 not required.) The land of Kakhabad is a wilderness - a ruined desert, a tangled forest, cruel mountains and fissures, all guarded by seven fearsome serpents. But you must cross this land if you are to reach Mampang and the Crown of Kings. Rely on your wits or fight your way through - play with honour, or lie, cheat and steal - the choices are all yours.
Joe Danger was a sleeper hit on the PS3 and Xbox 360 digital download services, and now the developer has brought the 2.5D game to Android. You play as either the titular stuntman or one of an increasingly kooky cast of characters, racing and/or stunt running through physics-based 2D courses. It's a lot like Trials in terms of gameplay, but with a more goofy personality (and that takes some doing).
Joe Danger, the multi-award winning smash hit, wheelies on to your Android device. Wear the cape of the World’s Most Determined Stuntman, and take your trusty motorbike on a wild ride from zero to hero. Race, ride and defy death as you jump buses, dodge giant mousetraps, leap tanks full of sharks and reclaim your title of Master of Disaster. Swipe Joe to pop a wheelie and boost, flick obstacles out of the way, hold to crouch, tap to jump.
In the horror genre, an abandoned asylum is only one step above a haunted house in terms of original setting. But what Human Head Games' Lost Within lacks in originality it makes up for in style: this first-person horror game has some top-notch visuals and atmosphere for a mobile title, probably worth the $7 entry fee alone for those waiting for survival horror on Android. It's too bad that you'll need some Amazon-branded hardware to get access to this one.
From the developer of Prey -- Escape a haunted asylum by fighting or fleeing from its monstrous Inhabitants. Scavenge through ruins and create makeshift weapons to strike back at your enemies. Or--conserve your resources and employ stealth to sneak past the lurking horrors. When all else fails, run like mad and search for a place to hide! The building itself seems to be trying to tell you something.
What's this, a wrestling game on Android that features actual wrestling? Indeed, publisher 2K seems intent on bringing a pint-sized version of its licensed console wrestling franchise to mobile platforms. Though the combat makes some concessions to touchscreens with swipe, hold, and tap-based attacks, the game features online multiplayer, a career mode, and the crowd-pleasing character creator. Note: this game launched briefly with a $1 price tag before ballooning up to $8, but at least there are no in-app purchases.
WWE 2K, the only authentic WWE in-ring mobile game, puts the power, intensity, and raw emotion of WWE wrestling in the palm of your hand.
• Authentic WWE Action, Superstar Entrances, wrestling moves, your favorite match types, and more.
• Create a Superstar: Create the Superstar you always wanted to be. Available for use in all game modes.
• Career Mode: Choose a Custom or WWE Superstar and take him through his WWE journey. Earn Respect, upgrade your skills, earn titles, and achieve goals to earn your way to the WWE Hall of Fame.
• Real-Time Multiplayer Matches- Take your created Superstar or your favorite WWE Superstar online and play against friends or the WWE Universe .
Hey look, another EA Sports game, this time centered around the least subtle way for two athletes to try to kill one another. You know the drill: EA's mobile games tend to be impressive from a technical level and absolute heavyweights when it comes to in-app purchases. The UFC version of this formula includes the ability to play in digital versions of timely real-world fights, but unfortunately there's no mention of multiplayer battles.
Step into the Octagon® with EA SPORTS™ UFC® for mobile. Collect your favorite UFC fighters, throw down in competitive combat, and earn in-game rewards by playing live events tied to the real world of the UFC. EA SPORTS UFC brings the intensity of MMA to your fingertips like never before. HD-quality visuals, intuitive touch controls, and action-packed gameplay create a unique combat experience for novice and veteran fight fans alike.
Must Deliver is a mix of old-school, top-down shooters and modern endless runners. You're not Rambo or Arnold, you're just some schmuck with the unfortunate job of delivering the cure for the zombie virus. Well that's who you start out as, anyway - a ton of other characters (mostly 80s action movie staples) are available as in-app purchases, in the style of Crossy Road.
They are coming. You... Must... Deliver… Finally. We have the cure that will destroy the ZOMBIE virus plaguing our world. We MUST DELIVER it to as many survivors as possible… The only question: CAN YOU DELIVER? Run like hell and move between zones to deliver the cure to helpless survivors. Eliminate the infected with your arsenal of ZOMBIE-ANNIHILATING SUPER MOVES and avoid getting bit at all costs.
Brutus & Futée is, broadly speaking, a point-and-click adventure, but you could also think of it as an interactive cartoon. The creator of a popular show has disappeared, so now it's your job to interact with the two main characters and hopefully bring some entertainment to their bleary lives. $3 gets you 12 episodes of slapstick fun, with nary an in-app purchase in sight.
Brutus & Futée are comics strips characters. They used to be famous for their adventures in an old cartoon until their creator disappeared whereas they were at the climax of their success. With no roles to perform any longer, they moved to a quiet township. Now, living a boring life and spending all their days watching TV, they miss their past life full of fun. One day, Futee is mysteriously victim of a gag. Have they found a new author?
The 7th Guest was originally released way back in 1993. It's an odd mix of Quest-style 3D adventure puzzles and live-action video sequences, with a story revolving around a creepy mansion filled with twists and traps. The re-release gets a new touchscreen control scheme, new high-fidelity music, and enhanced graphics. $4 isn't much to ask for a well-known classic, but you'll need to have an appreciation for the adventure or FMV genres to enjoy it.
Henry Stauf's mansion has been abandoned for as long as anyone dare remember. Stauf was a master toy maker, a maker of amazing puzzles and this strange, eerie, mansion was his greatest creation. It stands empty, rotting ever since children started dying with his toys near them, ever since six guests came and were never seen again. Now, you are in the house, moving from one room to another, trying to remember and trying to forget.
After what seems like a dozen Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest re-releases, it's refreshing to see Square tackle something original. This turn-based RPG uses a unique mask-based battle system and an intriguing art style. Of course, being a brand-new mobile game, Square couldn't resist filling it to the brim with in-app purchases, all the way up to $100. It's also been hit with Square's typical poor compatibility and launch bugs.
In the realm of Ivren, the gods help the peoples of the land with sacred Masks. A band of chosen, masked warriors now embarks on a harrowing quest to rid Ivren of a mysterious evil rising in the east. Explore the world of Ivren and uncover recipes to create divine masks imbued with powerful skills in this strategic RPG. Fuse these masks to further augment your abilities, and turn the tides of every battle to our heroes’ favor.
Not to be confused with the John Grisham book/movie/TV show/travelling puppet show, The Firm is vaguely a management sim where you play as a Wall Street trader. You make lightning-fast stock trades among less savory decisions (like leaking information or blackmailing your opponents) in a fast mobile pace, hoping to make it to the top of the industry before your decisions cost you your job. Then you do it all over again in roguelike fashion. The game is just a dollar - the only in-app purchase is a small tip for the devs.
THE FIRM, is a twitchy fast-paced ARCADE video game where you work as a trader inside a big corporation. React fast, stay focused, and you might become the new chairman of The Firm . But be careful, because too many mistakes will get you immediately FIRED. NOTE : We carefully read all feedbacks, and we are aware that our first game suffers from various flaws, and we are now working hard on a new update adding cool stuff and fixing bugs .
Noodlecake's latest 2D retro entry stars a disgruntled worker who wants to beat the crap out of his boss. Aside from the sympathetic premise, Beatdown takes a lot of inspiration from Double Dragon and Streets of Rage. Simple fisticuff combos, an over-the-top story, megalomaniacal bosses, it's all there. While the game is $1 and marked on the Play Store as having in-app purchases, there don't appear to be any activated at the moment.
Wrongfully dismissed from his job, the hero is on a war path to take down anyone who gets in his way of giving the CEO a much needed beatdown. Inspired by the classic beat-em up genre; get ready for BEATDOWN.
Combos / Rage Attacks
3 control schemes (new control scheme, analog and d-pad)
The "demons" in this game are basically weirdo tentacles that fall from the sky, not unlike that one Futurama movie (but with much less overt sexual themes). Your job is to slash the crap out of it with a sword while avoiding the creepy tongues that protrude from its tumorous mouths. The art style is unique and a collection of heroes (including one that looks suspiciously like Smokey the Bear) keeps things interesting, but Play Store reviews point to compatibility issues.
"Slashing Demons" is the untold story of an endless fight between human kind and divine forces. Hundreds years ago, human greed and selfishness triggered Gods’ wrath who decided to send their monstrous beasts to destroy humanity. Entire armies failed to defend the Earth and you are the last hope for those who survived. Will you be brave enough to defy Gods’ creatures and change mankind’s destiny?