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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.
The first Knights of Pen & Paper was a refreshingly original mix of "real" tabletop RPGs and the video games that evolved out of them. The sequel adds more in just about every dimension: the graphics are richer, the story is more fleshed-out, and the old-fashioned turn-based combat (played with fantasy graphics on a literal RPG table) is more robust. Players looking for a little meta with their monster hunting will be pleased.
Prepare to join Knights of Pen & Paper 2 in a turn-based, retro style, pixel-art adventure full of danger, intrigue, and semi-appropriate cultural references. Players portray both party and game master playing a tabletop RPG, and must assemble both their characters, and the challenges they will face. Now including races like Dwarf or Elf, assemble the party of your choice, choose quests and combat encounters, delve dungeons, craft powerful items, and complain loudly to the GM.
In Sunburn, you play as an astronaut stranded in space trying to rescue your former shipmates. Using a tether and a jetpack, it's your job to get them to safety without falling into the gravity well of suspiciously small and common stars littered around the stages. Gameplay is a physics-based mix of the circular gravity in Angry Birds Space and the odd complications of an astronaut daisy chain. $3 with no in-app purchases.
Your ship is gone. Your crew is scattered. One option remains. Gather your crew... and jump into the sun. Reunite your shipmates and hurtle toward the end in 50+ distinctly dangerous gravity puzzles. You control the captain of a spaceship that is suddenly struck by a comet and destroyed. With no way to get home, the ship's crew is forced to face reality. They're doomed to die. There's no way out. But no matter what their fate may be, one thing is decided for certain. No one dies alone.
You wouldn't think that there could be much to do with the original Snake game, staple of a billion plastic Nokia phones all over the world. You'd be wrong. This official sequel from the creator of the original fleshes out the simple central concept with new stages, power-ups, and stylized "retro" graphics. The free game includes in-app purchases, but they're unusually reasonable.
The creator of the original mobile Snake is back. Taneli Armanto and Rumilus Design have joined forces to bring you Snake Rewind. Iconic elements and intuitive gameplay from the original Snake are combined with cool visual effects, sounds and many new features. The result is a game that will entertain, challenge and delight you time after time.
Rewind the snake to continue the game even after crashing.
Many different types of special fruit, with unique powers and effects.
10 levels with distinct visuals and music, unlocked by completing fun and challenging missions.
Fruit store where boosters and items can be upgraded and purchased, using fruit that you collect while playing.
Amazon's latest exclusive game for its Fire hardware series is Til Morning's Light, a somewhat tame horror story starring a teenager who has to escape a creepy mansion before the break of dawn. It's a fairly standard game that focuses on exploration and puzzles to advance the plot, but the presentation is pretty good, and I'd be loathe to knock a premium game for a semi-exclusive platform... even if iOS users get the privilege of playing it while regular Android users don't.
Erica Page is an ordinary teenage girl, just trying to fit in. She’s also trapped in a mansion haunted by a 200 year-old curse. You know, the normal stuff. Help her explore the huge, creepy, and not exactly empty mansion, revealing its darkest secrets and hopefully a way out. There are clues to decipher, tools to collect, and puzzles to solve. If all else fails, Erica can beat the goo out of supernatural nasties with an arsenal of clubs, knives, and swords.
This is a retro take on a concept that was very popular with web-based games a decade or two ago: downhill skiing. All you have to do is avoid the various trees, wildlife, crevices, hurdles, and what have you that any normal skier might deal with. Oh, and yetis. There are yetis in this game, and not the friendly kind that help out Rudolph - they'll eat you. The game is free with a $3 upgrade to remove ads, half of which goes to Nepal earthquake relief at the moment.
Carve your way through hundreds of levels as you search for the elusive Yeti in Skiing Yeti Mountain. Weave through trees, skid over ice, jump off cliffs and get to know a cast of bizarre locals in this extreme skiing adventure. All handcrafted for your phone to create the ultimate skiing experience.
Touch controls specifically designed for intuitive & precise skiing
You dagum PETA hippies all talk about how hunting is cruel. Well how 'bout this mister smarty-britches: all that free-range tofu you love to eat while you Snapchat and Uber and crap has to be hunted, just like the real men did before modern stuff like microwaves and cholesterol. Think about all the adorable tofu critters that had to die to feed you the next time you're rallying outside of God's chosen restaurant (McDonald's).
Tofu has a face... and you've been chewing on it. Open fire on a wide range of soy-based creatures in a hunt around the world. Take on rare bounties, unlock special weapons and put your itchy trigger finger to the test. Don't turn away. Don't stop shooting. Become the Tofu Hunter.
Blast the wide-eyed, unassuming faces off a wide range of adorable, meat-free critters.
Hunt in a variety of environments, from misty woods to jungle ruins.
Earn special weapons like crossbows, grenade launchers and the experimental "Omega-3".
Tag bounties for extra scores and extra bragging rights.
Breath of Light is a casual zen take on the directional puzzle. Your job is to use various tools to direct a single stream of, uh, stuff into one or more goals on each stage, complicated by obstacles and the gravity-based nature of the flow. (Watch the video, it's hard to explain.) Simple but appealing visuals and soothing music help ease the player's mind, and with no timers or interface, it makes for a surprisingly immersive experience.
Hold a quiet moment. Breath of Light is a meditative and beautiful puzzle game with a hypnotic soundtrack by Winterpark. Inspired by modern minimalism combined with a range of meditative art styles, from Zen Gardening to Sumi-e inks and Indian Buddhist art. Easy to use, flowing and set to a gorgeous and serene soundscape by Winterpark. Best played with headphones. Players guide energy by moving rocks around the mystic garden, setting them in place and watching the energy settle into its new flow.
LEGO and Cartoon Network both tend to make solid mobile games for kids without any IAP gimmicks, and now they've joined forces. Mixels Rush is a runner starring the oddly personified LEGO creatures. Players use a variety of different "mixed-up" characters and tools like paint buckets and magnets to advance across the stage while running from something called "Nixels." Get the right combo going and you can make your own giant mech. Mixels Rush is $3 with no in-app purchases.
Use awesome new Mixels and make crazy combinations to beat the annoying Nixels in Mixels Rush. Major Nixel has unleashed a Nixelstorm of epic proportions. Help the heroic Mixels overcome obstacles and stay ahead of the storm by combining powers and using special items. Meet brand-new Mixel characters from tribes both new and old, including the Frosticons, Klinkers, Orbitons, Glowkies, Lixers, Infernites, Munchos, Glorp Corp and Weldos.
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Mediocre. Its five-minute mission: to juxtapose classic Star Trek tropes with the nonsensical 8-bit art style, to overlay the classic mythos with management sim busywork, to boldly ask you to pay out the nose like a Ferengi bartering over tulaberry wine. Star Trek's first official game on Android is beyond underwhelming - you might as well play through Star Command again.
Get ready to explore the Galaxy like no one has before, as you journey across a vast galactic map. YOU decide how your ship is built. Choose from dozens of different room types and modifications, and put those red shirts to work. Assign officers to key posts, train them to increase their abilities, and send them on exciting Away Missions. A temporal rift in the Expanse has caused old foes and surprising new allies to find their way into this unexplored region of space.
Atlantic Fleet is a high-end WWII naval battle sim that makes no apologies for its meticulous approach. It's pricey at ten bucks, but based on the long list of features, it's certainly worth the cost of admission. Several single-player campaigns, individual historical battles, a battle editor, and a "hot potato" single-device multiplayer mode add value, and lovingly simulated real ships, submarines, and planes should tickle the fancies of military history buffs.
Atlantic Fleet is a turn-based tactical and strategic simulation of the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. Take command of surface ships, submarines as well as carrier and land based aircraft in a deadly struggle for control of the shipping lanes.
Unique blend of deep strategic planning combined with quick tactical decisions
Play as the Royal Navy and her allies or Kriegsmarine (German navy)
Up to 10 versus 10 ships in combat
Individually saved games for each campaign and faction
Multiplayer Hotseat for Single Battles
Sink ships with realistic buoyancy physics, not with hit-point bars.
Target specific ship subsystems to sink or cripple the enemy
Destructible ships, subsystems and visual damage to ships
60 historical ship classes representing over 630 ships and 350 submarines
Interlocked is a series of three-dimensional sliding block puzzles. The structure and goal is pretty self-explanatory from the screenshots, and making this sort of thing into a digital game allows for an extreme amount of variety and creativity that wouldn't be possible with "real" puzzles. It's adapted from a popular browser game, and comes from the developer of interesting titles like Detective Grimoire and Infectionator. Free with no in-app purchases.
Are you smart enough to unlock the secret? Do you know those puzzles consisting of a few wooden blocks that are impossible take apart? Then you know Interlocked. Each level, you’re given a unique and beautiful 3D puzzle consisting of blocks that hold each other together. Take it apart and you'll feel ten times as smart.
Stunning 3D brain-teasing puzzles
Chilling atmosphere with calm music
4 challenging chapters for you to beat
Based on the popular Flash game Interlocked, played by over 20 Million players worldwide.
Standpoint uses the orientation switch mechanic as the basis for its puzzle gameplay, but unlike most of the similar titles we've seen thus far, it does so in a first-person 3D view. While the presentation is relatively simple, the game purports to be a representation of the classical stages of grief. If you've been aching for one of the new crop of introspective puzzlers for your phone, give it a go. Note: the developer says that the IAP tag in the Play Store is an error.
A labyrinth fades into view; a space you control but that holds you. Completely lost with nowhere else you could be. Standpoint is a first-person puzzle platformer where the player possesses the ability to change the orientation of the world. Explore the labyrinth-like environment, solving puzzles and collecting secrets, in order to overcome the stages of Grief. And ask yourself, do the narrator's cryptic clues to the world hide some deeper sentiment?
Tallowmere is an action-platformer in the style of Ghosts and Goblins. The art is an interesting mix of standard Flash and 8-bit characters, though the backgrounds are a little drab. You can upgrade your skills and equipment as you chop through a wide variety of enemies. The game is $3 with no in-app purchases, and controller support is included.
Indulge Lady Tallowmere and see how far through her lovingly violent dungeons you can delve in this 2D indie action roguelike-inspired platformer. New rooms are procedurally generated every time you play, meaning you'll have to be on your guard for every randomly-placed enemy, elite, boss, and treasure chest you'll come across. Each room gets progressively bigger, harder, and more rewarding the further you go. Use the on-screen controls to command your hero, or connect a controller to play.
Tiny Dangerous Dungeons wears its inspiration on its sleeve, from its Castlevania-style gameplay and setting to its greyscale Game Boy color palette. All of the classic exploration-based platformer elements are here, from upgradeable weapons, to 2D puzzles, to "Chiptune" music. Anyone who's old enough to remember stealing AA batteries from the living room remote will find something to like in this free title.
Hop into a classic Game Boy inspired metroidvania adventure with the little treasure hunter Timmy. Explore a huge dungeon, collect hidden power-ups and gain new skills to aid you on your quest. Can Timmy survive the tiny dangerous dungeons, and find the presumably huge treasure?
Game Boy inspired, stylish and retro monochrome art style.
Explore a huge, open dungeon. Solve puzzles, defeat creepy creatures.
Collect loot. Find the hidden ability upgrades to open new passages.
In High Rise, you play the most reckless building contractor known to man. Not only do you work on adding new stories to an already-occupied apartment building, you drop them in from some nether-realm... people and all. The one-touch interface stacks new apartments on top of the others until they inevitably fall over, Jenga-style, to the accompaniment of Wilhelm screams. $1 removes advertising.
HIGH RISE is an intense and challenging one touch stacking / building game. Touch and hold the screen to move your drop indicator, let go of the screen to drop a piece of building. Try to stack building pieces on top of each other without your structure falling over.
● Simple One Touch Controls
● Free (Supported by banner + interstitials)
● Google Play Games Achievements.
● Google Play Games Leader board.
● Optimized for a wide variety of phones and tablets.
● A single In-App purchase allows you to remove the banner/interstitial ads.