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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.
Cartoon Network tends to make surprisingly good games out of its properties, but this one based on Steven Universe might be the best yet. It's a conventional turn-based RPG, like a simpler version of an old Final Fantasy or Paper Mario title, which follows along with the kooky sci-fi story of the show. Fans of the show will appreciate the attention to detail, but even those without the story context might enjoy the role-playing combat. Three bucks with no in-app purchases.
Team up as Garnet, Pearl, Amethyst, and Steven to stop a powerful Gem weapon in Attack the Light. Fire off Garnet’s Rocket Gauntlets, summon Holo-Pearl, and put the hurt on your enemies with Purple Puma. All four Gems have unique attacks and upgrades. Explore caves, fight bad guys, collect super secret treasure, and level up. Load up Steven’s backpack with all kinds of magical items to help you on your quest.
Sci-fi and westerns are the peanut butter and chocolate of action genres. This game mixes them both and throws in top-down, twin-stick shooting and stealth elements for the fun of it. The story and graphics in Space Marshals are interesting in a cartoony sort of way. Specific enemies are weak to specific weapons, so selecting your loadout will be crucial to beating each stage. The game is $5 with no in-app purchases.
Space Marshals is a Sci-fi Wild West adventure taking place in outer space. This tactical top-down shooter puts you in the shoes of specialist Burton in his hunt for dangerous fugitives after a disastrous prison break. Use the environment to your advantage. Avoid attacks by taking cover. Flank enemies for extra efficiency, but avoid getting flanked yourself. Use the tools of the trade to gain an edge - frag grenades, flash bangs, distractions, personal shields, proximity mines and more.
Playworld Superheroes takes an interesting approach to kid's games. It starts you off with making a "real" costume out of cardboard and glue, after which your imagination takes over and you enter a glitzy action game. Despite its impressive visuals and effects, the game has no realistic violence and - even better - no in-app purchases for kids to buy over and over.
Made for kids aged 4 to 11. Unleash the power within with Playworld Superheroes, a game that challenges every player to create and then become their own superhero. Enter a land in which craft and imagination unlock a new world of possibilities as you progress through a series of fun-filled, action-packed levels. Super-powered playtime begins in the treehouse, a crafting hub in which players let their creativity run wild.
Adventures of Poco Eco is a basic 3D platform game, although thanks to the chilled-out atmosphere, it's much more about exploration and puzzle solving than running or jumping. The $2 game includes a free copy of the licensed music album, and the unique visuals should keep things interesting through the relatively short play time.
Discover a new world where there’s a lot to see and even more to hear. Help Poco Eco, the curious explorer complete his mission. Your goal is to help Poco and his tribe find their Sounds that they’ve lost by solving the mini puzzles and completing all twelve 3D animated levels. By downloading the game you also get free access to Iamyank’s new LP.
DUAL (get it?) is an interesting cross-device implementation of classic space shooters. Two opponents with two different Android devices (phones or tablets) control their ship on their screen, while the opponent controls the opposite ship. The field of play extends across both, so you need to be within arm's length for the full experience. A co-op mode where both players shoot invading aliens is unlocked for $2.
DUAL is a local multiplayer game where two players use their mobile devices to shoot bullets from one screen to the other. It's easy to pick up and play in both competitive and cooperative modes: DUEL and DEFEND.
Battle locally over WiFI.
DUEL - Tilt your phone, dodge bullets, charge, and shoot your friends in this classic duel standoff.
DEFEND - Work together to defend the middle from an onslaught of attackers.
Collectable color sets unique to your device; unlock them all by playing against different people.
Postal is a top-down isometric shooter that was originally released for the PC way back in 1997. The game itself isn't much - it's best known for the insane (for the time) gore and violence in the urban stages, and the resulting controversy surrounding the original release. There's a bit of controversy now too: Google and Amazon both rejected the updated Android version of Postal. Amazon eventually relented and you can buy Postal on the Appstore for $2. Google is still holding out.
Take control of The Postal Dude in his infamous first outing as he battles to survive in a world gone mad! POSTAL is a classic isometric shooter filled to the brim with fast-paced explosive action. Crazed gunmen out for your blood await you around every corner, and your only choice is to get them before they get you. Fight back with a destructive arsenal as make your way through a violence-stricken town.
SNK is back with yet another classic 2D fighter. This one is a re-release of the well-known Fatal Fury franchise, featuring 16 sprite-based fighters, multiple on-screen button layouts, and local multiplayer via Bluetooth. The original game was released way back in 1993, but anyone looking for a good old-school fight should be pleased with both the game and its reasonable $3.99 price.
Arcade legendary hit "FATAL FURY SPECIAL" returns now on smartphones. One of the most highly praised “FATAL FURY” titles. ”FATAL FURY SPECIAL” was a worldwide hit in the arcades and a blast in the fighting game genre at its release thanks to the high quality of its game mechanics and its 16 charismatic fighters. ”FATAL FURY SPECIAL” is more than an update to “FATAL FURY 2” with its overall revised game balance and its brand new combo system. Moreover, characters can activate their Desperation Move to change the outcome of the battle.
Remember the original Tomb Raider game? According to our website demographics, probably not... but I suppose that's all the more reason to check it out now that Square Enix has made a mobile version. This is the original 3D action-platformer, complete with Indiana Jones-inspired story, some very video-gamey sci-fi elements, and one unbelievably-endowed protagonist. The graphics will look good on your high-res screen, but remember that the textures and polygon models are two decades old.
We’re going back to where it all began for one of the most famous video games of all time. That’s right, Tomb Raider I is now available for your Android device in all its ORIGINAL glory. We've not messed about with it, so it’s the full, unedited, unadulterated experience from the classic release at a super-low price. How better to find out if you've still got what it takes to beat a legendary game than by taking on the lost city of Atlantis and the pyramids of Egypt? It’s probably not for the faint of heart.
The official Duck Tales platformer from the Nintendo Entertainment System days is considered a minor classic, and Disney has been shopping around a remastered version on PCs and consoles for a while now. Whether the original was really as good as it's quacked up to be (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist) is up for debate, but Disney seems to think the upgraded version is worth ten bucks. At least that comes without any in-app purchases.
One of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time returns with the mobile release of DuckTales: Remastered. Join Scrooge McDuck in an epic adventure across the world to discover the five Legendary Treasures. Embark on a journey to the Himalayas, Amazon, Transylvania, African mines, and Moon using Scrooge's secret map. But watch out for the evil sorceress Magica De Spell and notorious Beagle Boys – they're on a quest to steal Scrooge's fortune and will stop at nothing. He may have to risk it all to save his nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, but not without epic boss fights along the way.
Corridor Z is attempting to turn the endless runner genre around. I mean that literally: the protagonists run towards the camera instead of away from it. Aside from an interesting perspective and some impressive 3D graphics, Corridor Z doesn't offer many new ideas.. and thanks to the zombies, it has plenty of old ones. Even the three character choices are rote zombie fodder - why couldn't they be running from ghosts or something?
An ordinary high school in an ordinary small town faces a zombie outbreak. Authorities have failed. Three people, who survived the carnage, remain locked in. You are the only one who can help them.
Get thrilled with the unique and intense gameplay
Help the pom-pom girl, the jock and the jarhead to survive
Enjoy the cutting-edge detailed graphics
Discover the infection's mystery with the voice-overed story
Stock the awesome upgradeable arsenal: pistols, SMGs, shotguns and more
Immerse yourself in multiple objectives designed for each of the characters
Wondering what Rovio has been doing since the world lost its enthusiasm for Angry Birds? Apparently they're trying to become a publisher. The latest game is a sort of mix between an endless runner and a lane-based racer. Sky Punks has some legitimately charming level and character design, and there's an interesting mix of stage types. Unfortunately the limited scope and predictable IAP shenanigans (upgrades, dual currencies, AND a power system) put a damper on the fun.
The creators of Angry Birds present Sky Punks. Assemble a daring team of Punks as you race your Glidewing across the treacherous landscape of Neo Terra. Harness the power of magic Crystals to defeat rival Glidewing riders and fly even faster. Sky Punks is an unlimited adventure starring a motley cast of characters. Reveal their stories as you collect them all. Use the coins and Crystals you find to unlock new Glidewings and abilities as you explore the exotic world of Neo Terra.
Most football (soccer) manager games on mobile don't actually let you see much of the game that you're managing. The latest version of this franchise includes actual 3D games... but you still can't play them, because your coach character is running around and screaming on the sidelines. It's also one of the most expensive games on the Play Store: twenty bucks plus in-app purchases.
Requires internet connection to install. Have you ever watched your favourite football team struggle through a game and thought to yourself ‘they’d be much better if I were calling the shots’? Well, now you can prove that’s true by taking the managerial reins in Football Manager Classic 2015. Created by Sports Interactive – the studio behind the world-famous Football Manager series –Football Manager Classic 2015 lets you take control of any real-world club (from a selection of 117 leagues from 51 nations across the globe) and guide them to glory on your tablet.
My word, but it's nice to see a game that uses classic mechanics without resorting to "retro" graphics. Crowntakers is a 2D tactical RPG that combines strategic battles with procedurally-generated environments and enemies. A variety of unit classes and equipment keeps things moving along, and the art is appealingly cartoonish. Though the environment is randomized, the overall story reaches a conclusion - unlike most roguelikes, Crowntakers can be definitively won.
Dark times are imminent: the king’s abduction throws a once peaceful land into turmoil. Being the chosen one elected by the king himself through one of your dreams, you embark on an adventurous journey to free him from the hands of the evil duke and go down in history as the kingdom’s greatest hero. But time is of the essence…
Tetrobot is a mixture of sliding block puzzles and platforming elements with a unique aesthetic. Most of the mobile-friendly stages are solved with only a few movements or adjustments, but as new environments and tools are added, things get increasingly complex. The 2D graphics and simple story are appealing - you're a tiny robot inside a giant robot trying to fix it - and puzzle fans should find plenty to enjoy across more than 50 levels.
Tetrobot and Co. is a pure puzzle game, created by a team of puzzle lovers for players looking to give their mind a workout. Guide the microscopic Psychobot inside Tetrobot’s gears and circuits: by absorbing blocks of matter and throwing them around, you can fix everything. Due to its accessible nature Tetrobot and Co. is a game for all to play. But you'll need to keep your mind sharp if you want to complete its most advanced puzzles.
Tiltagon is a minimalistic marble game in the vein of Super Monkey Ball (without the monkeys). It's also a member of the masochistic school of mobile games - fans of titles like Super Hexagon should get a kick out of it. Tilt your phone to move the ball around the polygonal stages, and try not to die... and die... and die. A single $2 in-app purchase removes advertising.
Tilt.Fall.Repeat. Tiltagon is a hard arcade game where you tilt and fall. Many times. Sometimes you also explode.
• Tilt your phone or tablet to stay alive
• 2 difficulty modes
• Play in both portrait and landscape modes
• Awesome minimalistic art style
• Energetic soundtrack from top Finnish EDM artists
• Leaderboards and achievements
Electro Rush is a 3D re-imagining of Pong. What that means is that both your "paddle" and your opponent's moves along the X and Y axes while the ball moves in all three dimensions - think of it as table tennis in zero gravity. Upgrades and special effects can be applied to your paddle as well. It's a bit of a bummer that there's no multiplayer option, but for a free game with no in-app purchases, it doesn't do to be choosy.
The world's simplest game, now in 3D. Upgrade your paddle and turn the ball into a deadly weapon. Destroy your opponent before you are destroyed yourself. Defeat the terrible ultra-boss Arclord. Good luck.
Want some Risk-style turn-based strategy in the visual style of Advance Wars? Then World Wars is happy to oblige. This is actually a mobile version of an online Flash game. Select your troops, select a territory to advance into, and a dice mechanic will determine defense and attack. You'll have to carefully select territories to invade - it's easy enough to expand in a single turn, but you'll quickly be overwhelmed if you spread your forces too thin. World Wars is free with no in-app purchases.
Ever dreamed of conquering the world? Our FREE Turn-based strategy game World Wars will turn you into a hardened military genius and a conquering hero, and you’ll have fun along the way. March your infantry and send your tanks against formidable, battle-trained AI generals. The maps and deployments are randomly generated, so you’re guaranteed a unique experience every game. Enlist today. World Wars wants YOU.