OrangePixel's specialty is old-school shooters with pixelated graphics, but the developers are getting out of their comfort zone with Space Grunts. It's a turn-based shooter - it has more in common with XCOM or Final Fantasy Tactics than other OrangePixel games - but naturally it keeps the old-school visuals. It's $4 with no ads or in-app purchases, which is more than worth it if you're hungry for some turn-based strategy.
Space Grunts combines fast paced arcade action with turn-based gameplay. The year 2476, Earth's space-federation has been building moon-bases across the galaxy. One of those moon-bases has been sending a distress signal. Space Grunts are a group of intergalactic "problem" solvers, sent to investigate. You play one, out of a team, of Space Grunts, and your mission is simple: find your way into the moon-base, and figure out what has happened. You'll have to fight your way through aliens, robots, security drones and base-systems.
Splash Cars is unconventional. You drive a car around an isometric map, trailing paint on the road and buildings like a vehicular vandal. Grab gas, dodge the cops, and paint as much as you can in the time allotted to get the best score. The visuals are simple but engaging, very much like the controls, and fans of Nintendo's Splatoon looking for a single-player alternative should feel right at home.
Tired of the everyday grey? Color the world in a ride of your life. Splash cars await. Riding a splash car is exactly what you'd expect. Fun. Paint oozes from your machine leaving a colorful trail behind. But not everybody likes fun. The cops are always watching and will chase you to the ends of the world, when they see you drive free and off road. It's the police, they want to bust you for shaking up the established order. Don't let them. Be quick and break the chase. Now's your chance to fully express yourself through color and style.
Alto's Adventure is a fairly basic endless runner with a snowboard theme: grab coins, capture llamas, and land tricks. While the game doesn't really present anything new, the presentation itself is quite impressive. The pastel colors and smooth 2D animations almost put Alto's Adventure in the "zen" category. It's free to play with coins for upgrades, but the only in-app purchase at the moment is a $4 currency double option.
Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins. Along the way you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain.
Liberty City Stories is a Grand Theft Auto game set in the same fictional "I Can't Believe It's Not New York" city as GTAIII, first released on the PSP over a decade a go before being ported to home consoles. The Android version looks and plays a lot like the GTAIII release from a couple of years ago, but it features new missions and stories. Appropriately, external controller support is included, and it's on sale for 40% off at the moment.
Get ready to head back to the East Coast as Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories returns to mobile devices. With shorter, streamlined missions designed with mobile gameplay in mind, this definitive open-world adventure has been remastered for Android with extensive graphic enhancements, rebalanced touch controls and cross platform saves.
DotEmu are the masters of classic mobile ports. Last year they released Ys Chronicles I, a port of a relatively ancient Japanese action-RPG series. The second part continues the story of the first entry, and while the mechanics are somewhat antiquated, the graphics and sound have been upgraded to more modern standards. DotEmu also makes the classic presentation available, and includes support for external controllers and Android TV. It's also considerably cheaper than the Square-Enix RPGs elsewhere in this roundup.
After a hard fight to recover the six sacred books in Ys Chronicles I, Adol is back for a sequel. Ys II -- also known as Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter -- is an action-packed, heroic fantasy JRPG game that immerses you in a beautiful Japanese artistic universe. After defeating Dark Fakt, you (as Adol) must continue your quest to unravel the island’s secrets. Use your sword skills, wield new weapons, and for the first time discover magic to free the legendary city of Ys from evil.
Squaresoft fans have been waiting for a PlayStation-era Final Fantasy on Android for years... but most of them were hoping for a different one. Even so, Final Fantasy IX was highly praised when it was first released over 15 years ago, and Square-Enix have been steadily improving their mobile ports as of late. The Android version preserves the classic battle system and pre-rendered cutscenes, but adds some mobile-friendly features and external controls. Too bad it's so expensive for an older game.
Selling over five million copies since its release in 2000, FINAL FANTASY IX proudly returns on Android. Now you can relive the adventures of Zidane and his crew in the palm of your hands. Enjoy this classic FINAL FANTASY experience with no additional fees or purchases. Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexandria. To their surprise, however, the princess herself yearned to escape the castle.
Try to follow along here: Adventures of Mana is a remake of Final Fantasy Adventure, an action-RPG Game Boy title from 1991 that eventually became the basis for the well-known Mana series. It doesn't have anything to do with the mainstream Final Fantasy series, at least not at this point. This mobile version is actually a port of a Nintendo 3DS version that never made it to the US. It's pricey, but at least Square-Enix has finally figured out how to support external controllers.
Enshrined atop Mt. Illusia, high above the lofty clouds, stands the Tree of Mana. Drawing its life energy from the boundless celestial aether, the sentinel grows in silence. Legend holds that he who lays his hands upon its trunk will be granted power eternal―a power the Dark Lord of Glaive now seeks to further fuel his bloody quest for domination. Our unlikely hero is one of countless gladiators indentured to the Duchy of Glaive.
Bombing Bastards is an unabashed Bomberman clone, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It was previously limited to Android TV, where it could shine with multiplayer, but now there's a touch-based version for phones and tablets. Get rid of your enemies with various bombs while avoiding their explosives yourself. The game is completely free with no in-app purchases, but you do have to watch advertising to revive.
Have a blast. Bomb oodles of nasty critters in a series of 30 wicked mazes. Defeat hellish bosses in heroic fights. Embark on a hilarious journey with the witty Dr. Wallow to conquer the galaxy in this explosively fun arcade game.
• 5 picturesque worlds with 30 wicked mazes.
• A large bestiary of critters to blast.
• A multitude of items and power ups to collect.
• 5 hellish boss levels whose punishing difficulty will only be matched by the satisfaction you’ll get once you beat them.
This version of the game offers single player, touchscreen-based gameplay. It is totally free, supported with ads. You won't be pressured with in-app purchase offers.
Kairosoft's latest management simulator has you ruling over a tennis club. That's a fairly specific aspirational fantasy, but more power to you if it's what you've always wanted to do. In addition to the usual stat-driven gameplay of all Kairosoft sims, this one includes an active sports mode that actually approximates tennis - what a concept! The full version of the game is five bucks with no IAP. A free demo may be coming along at some point.
Aim for the ace position of tennis club prestige in this simulation. Your leadership decides if players make it to the big time or bust. Customize your training menu to focus on power or technique, molding players as you please for competitions, fame, and snazzy sponsors. Sponsors will fund hard-working athletes with big bucks, in addition to providing top-notch gear, items, and more. Some corporations might even build you a hot springs spa or restaurant. Sign with a variety of sponsors and live the good life.
Chel-Z is an old-school platformer with appropriately 8-bit graphics. It takes more than a little inspiration from Mega Man, though the high-stepping stages also have a lot in common with Sonic or Metroid titles (especially after you unlock the grappling hook). The controls are simple, as are the graphics and sound, but there's an undeniable charm to the setup. The game is free with ads, which can be removed for $5.
Enjoy this platformer. You play as a Chel-Z (the robot) that is capable of functioning with a human brain placed inside, which was built by the one and only Dr. Boss, a twisted mad scientist. You were freed by a secret agent only for you to escape Dr. Boss’ notorious experiment lab facility. The game will be offered for free with ad support. We made the game in such a way that the ads only pop up when you switch applications or when the player dies.
Drink Beer, Neglect Family is very similar to the original Donkey Kong... by way of Adult Swim's scathing cynicism. Your little Mario-style character leaps around the stage downing pint after pint, periodically vomiting, blacking out, and similar while his family problems scroll across the screen, largely unheeded. It's definitely not the game for you if you don't have a dark sense of humor.
You are a depressed father who spends most of his time drinking beer and avoiding his family. How long can you avoid them, and at what cost? Every beer you drink increases your score, and applies a different effect. Some beers make you unable to jump, some make you fall off of bridges, some make you throw up every few seconds, and so on. On top of that, pictures of your family pop up everywhere. You need to avoid them, so they don't remind you of your duties as a father and a husband.
Deul is a minimalist yet hyper-violent game that relies on rag doll physics, a la QWOP, for some sadistic fun. The core gameplay element is an Old West-style one-on-one gun duel, but the bullets will hit specific body parts of your enemies with predictable results. The game includes single player and multiplayer with both local and online modes.
Are you fast enough for DEUL? DEUL is a fast paced action packed shooting game that will test your reflexes, accuracy and timing. Try to out-draw opponents across the world as you duel your way through China, London, Russia and Brazil. Each victory will earn you points and increase your score, get a higher score to climb up our leaderboards. Sometimes, in between these duels, you'll be thrown into bonus level where you have to shoot bottles as they're hurled towards you.
Noodlecake's latest casual game mixes elements from both solitaire and poker into something new. The point is to reveal and stack new cards in solitaire fashion to make a poker-style hand. The combined mechanics feel a lot like Threes, in that they require equal parts skill and luck to clear the board and get the maximum score. The only in-app purchase gets rid of ads and opens up new game modes.
Sage Solitaire is a brand new Solitaire variant that combines the luck and joy of Solitaire with the depth of Poker; lovingly crafted, and optimized for your phone. The free version of Sage Solitaire deals out Single Deck, and Vegas Modes. A single in-app purchase kills ads, and unlocks more modes, wallpapers, and themes that pair nicely with any situation you might be in. So take it with you, Sage is a Solitaire game fit for your life.
Power Hover is a fairly simple endless runner about hoverboards... because who doesn't like hoverboards? The full pipe and half pipe stages are reminiscent of the special stages in old Sonic games, if somewhat more smooth, and the only real objective is to avoid obstacles and advance the story. The graphics are simple (for a 3D game, anyway) and in-app purchases are limited to $3 for the full version unlock.
HOVERBOARDS. ROBOTS. Power Hover is an action game about hoverboarding robots. Game features an original soundtrack from the Retry musician Ted Striker. As you ride your hoverboard through the game, a story about the odd and desolate world of the robots starts to unfold.
• Defy Gravity and Enjoy the freedom of controlling a hoverboard.
• Enjoy beautiful pseudo-low-poly art style.
• Beat the Levels full of surprises and challenges.
• Experience the story, told through small interactive cutscenes.
• Explore the beautiful landscapes and multiple different themes.
• Compete with your friends on the Boss levels.
A Short Tale is an adventure game in the point-and-click sense, though it also has heavy puzzle elements. There's an overarching story connecting the puzzles that seems designed to build up to a rather depressing revelation - everything you interact with is a toy or game you'd find in a young child's room. The puzzles and visuals are surprisingly varied, and the entire game can be had for under four bucks.
It’s been years since I lost Ben, so long yet it doesn’t seem long enough. I never thought I’d return here, to where everything started. Where everything ended. Something’s calling me back to his room though; a presence I have not felt since… Play as Jason as he explores his brother’s room from a new perspective. After wishing to be small again, to feel closer to his younger brother, Jason finds himself in a strange new world filled with larger than life furniture, troublesome obstacles, and less-than-helpful occupants.
Kemco's latest RPG to be translated into English breaks from some of its earlier entries with a full 3D battle system, roughly comparable to a Dreamcast title. Interestingly, the overworld is in old-school 2D, presumably to keep down the expense and the app size. The style and story are predictably anime-inspired, and the premium version will give players a head start with extra experience and currency. The free version is linked below, and both of them work with external controllers.
A full blown fantasy RPG that can be played in its entirety for free. Where does the path of divine power lead? Introducing Revenant Dogma, a 3D battle RPG. Caine enters a ruins site in search of a feral relic said to be left behind by the gods and meets a mysterious girl in a mask. This strange encounter becomes the catalyst of a grand scheme that will change the worlds of humans and therians. Will this new-found power lead to prosperity or destruction...
Twofold is a puzzle game where every move doubles the score. You'll need a keen sense for numbers to hit the quotas for the various colors on display, sometimes carving a very strategic path through the board to get it right. It costs $4 with no ads or in-app purchases, though only two game modes are included.
From the creator of rymdkapsel comes a puzzler you've never seen before. twofold inc. is a humble puzzle game with stunning looks and mesmerizing mechanics. Scroll the playfield to unravel the tiles, then make a path to clear them away. The minimalist visuals hide a depth that will keep challenging and surprising as you master it.
Merged mixes the tile-matching gameplay of dominos with more modern sliding puzzles like 2048. The elements are fairly obvious once you get started, though they also allow for more complex strategies to clear the board. IAP goes up to $5 for extra level packs or double coins, and there's a $2 option to remove advertising.
From the folks who brought you 1010. Meet Merged. Block-merging puzzle fun prepared just for you. Merged. is a block puzzle game. Your aim is to merge blocks to get higher blocks on the board. Place three blocks with the same number & color next to each other to merge them, horizontally, vertically, or both. You can rotate blocks before placing them too. Beware, fellow puzzler, the road to glory is paved with limited space, tricky merges and totally random blocks.