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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.
Alpha Squadron 2 is inspired by the old Star Wars: Rogue Squadron space fighter games, and the developers don't really care who knows. It's also a textbook example of how to make a quality, feature-filled Android game. It features touchscreen and controller support, Android TV availability, and it's a free download with a single in-app purchase to unlock the full game. Take notice, game developers: this is how you hit all the right notes.
In Edge Of Oblivion: Alpha Squadron 2, you get the chance to jump into the cockpit of a powerful starfighter and join the galaxy's most daring pilots as they face off against the evil Hadian Empire. You'll engage in perilous battles against hordes of enemy fighters, lumbering mechs, gigantic tanks and huge capital ships. Aerial conflict takes place in a variety of beautifully rendered environments including snow, deserts, highlands, oceans, volcanic lava fields, alien cities, amazing deep space locations and even the interior of a massive space station.
You Must Build A Boat is the pseudo-sequel to 10000000. Basically you play a simple match-3 puzzle game with a bit of Pitfall animation running at the top of the screen, then use your winnings to build, you guessed it, a boat, like an 8-bit Noah. You can also recruit crew members and catch critters Pokemon-style. The game is a reasonable $3 with no in-app purchases.
Travel the world in your boat, from the top of the Mage Tower to the bottom of Hell. Recruit a crew to live on your boat and offer their services. Match as fast as you can to keep on running. Turn Monsters to your cause to get bonuses and have them aid your in battle. Use magic to aid your quests, and don’t forget to visit your onboard Arcanery to upgrade them. With procedural dungeons and random Dungeon Modifiers, It’s never the same experience twice.
Fearless Fantasy is... odd. There's no other way to explain the game, from the drug-induced 2D art to the unconventional turn-based battles to the odd character and monster designs. There are some interesting rhythm-based mechanics to the battling system and a solid story to this PC port, but you'll have to really dig the Final Fantasy-meets-Hot Topic-meets-Lewis Carroll art to enjoy it. Right now it's exclusive to Amazon hardware.
As Leon, the world’s most dangerous bounty hunter, you embark on a mission to slay the world’s weirdest creatures, and save a girl from an awful marriage. Fearless Fantasy is probably the weirdest RPG you’ll play this year. It’s a turn-based game that deeply involves players during every turn. You use gestures (with the mouse) to score critical hits, resulting in very involved and interesting gameplay on every turn.
Final Fantasy Tactics is a sort of spin-off game (that eventually became its own series) to Squaresoft's flagship RPGs. The story occurs in its own universe, but the main draw is the tactical combat, which uses large parties, strategic positioning, and an extensive job system. This is a port of the PSP remake, but unfortunately it suffers from the usual Square-Enix maladies: high price, low features (no cloud saves, Android TV, or controller support), and even an incorrect aspect ratio.
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions has arrived for GooglePlay. Released as the Final Fantasy series' first tactical RPG in 1997, Final Fantasy Tactics on Playstation went on to sell over 2.4 million copies worldwide. The game grew in popularity upon its re-release in 2007 as Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for the PSP with added features such as new movies, scenarios and Jobs. You can enjoy the game whose story gave life to the world of Ivalice, and whose high strategy battles bring tactical games to a whole new level.
Agent 47 is usually more of a sneak-up-and-garrote-you kind of hitman, but in this game he's giving his victims a little space. Take out your targets in Silent Scope fashion while using the Hitman series' trademarked creativity to engineer unlikely kills from the environment. Unfortunately the game is both paid ($5) and includes IAP for upgraded rifles, but that's hardly surprising for a new Square-Enix title.
Take on the role of Agent 47 in Hitman: Sniper - a fixed position shooting game set in beautiful Montenegro. Scope in on your marks using skill, subtlety, subterfuge and the environment to complete your contracts. Eliminate targets, collect weapon parts and complete blueprints to unlock the most powerful rifles.
• Immersive sniping game based on the Hitman universe
• Complete over 150 missions. Eliminate the top criminal elite.
• Replay and uncover more secrets as contracts evolve
• Compete against your friends & dominate the leaderboards.
• Master undetected kills using your surrounding environment
• Unlock and assemble 13 epic sniper rifles
It's a rare day that we see a truly new Square-Enix game, and an even rarer one when that game doesn't include in-app purchases. So mobile RPG fans would do well to check out Chaos Rings III, even with its enormous $20 price tag, if you want a new entry in the company's only high-end mobile series. The story in part three is only vaguely connected to the first two games, but the interesting combo attack-based combat should feel familiar to fans.
CHAOS RINGS is a full-scale RPG series for smartphone devices that was first introduced worldwide in 2010. As part of a continuing series, CHAOS RINGS OMEGA was launched in 2011, followed by CHAOS RINGS II in 2012. The rich game world, deep storyline, and high-quality soundtrack have been praised throughout the world, recording over 1.1 million downloads across the series. To this day, CHAOS RINGS firmly maintains its position as the best RPG series available for smartphones.
If you haven't seen the 30-minute love letter to 80s action excess that is Kung Fury, go watch it now. And if you've already seen the movie, set our ringtone to play the ending song, and pre-ordered a cobra jacket, then the mobile game might be the only bit of officially licensed product you haven't tried yet. It's a basic two-button punch-fest, but the effects (and the CRT overlay) fit the movie perfectly. A $2.25 IAP removes ads.
INTRODUCING – AS SEEN IN THE MOTION PICTURE. A BRAND NEW HT-2000 CARTRIDGE GAME PACKED WITH:
ARCADE STYLE BEAT ‘EM UP NAZI FIGHTS
STEREO SOUND MUSIC INSPIRED BY UP ‘N’ COMING HIT ARTIST DAVID HASSELHOFF
STATE OF THE ART TRUE COLOR GRAPHICS
EVEN MORE NAZI ENEMIES TO BEAT
GET BLOWN INTO ANOTHER DIMENSION AS YOU EXPERIENCE THE GUTBUSTING FUN WITH KUNG FURY: STREET RAGE™. BEAT THE NAZIS TO STOP KUNG FÜHRER AND UPHOLD THE LAW. BECOME THE ACTION. BE. KUNG. FURY.!.!
Radical Rappelling is basically an endless runner with a big rope instead of, well, the ground. Jump off the cliff by tapping on the screen, and try not to run into anything. You might want to mute the audio, though - the game appears to be sponsored by an energy drink that thinks dubstep is essential to good marketing. The game is freemium, but Halfbrick usual does a good job of making its IAP optional.
The creators of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride are back with a brand new game for adrenaline junkies around the world. Feel the rush and hold on tight as you rappel down mountains at breakneck speed. Pull off death-defying tricks by ricocheting between launch pads, riding rainbows and rocketing over obstacles in the most redonkulous adventure ever. Rack up coins and complete rockin’ missions to unlock sweet new gear for Rip and Roxy, the most fearless risk-takers on the planet.
This licensed Terminator game is notable only because it's the very first to use the Play Store's new pre-registration system. Other than that, it's your typical quick-and-dirty summer blockbuster tie-in, this time using Glu's over-the-shoulder shooter format and the usual $100 in-app purchase structure. Come with me if you want to pay.
The year is 2028 and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Help John Connor in the war to save the human race in the official game of the new movie Terminator Genisys. Escape from the Skynet prison camp and fight the machines in this action-packed sci-fi shooter.
• Choose from hundreds of missions.
• Battle your way through stunningly-rendered, post-apocalyptic locations
• Use your tactical prowess against a wide range of deadly enemies
• Easy-to-use, responsive mobile controls
Zen Studios continues its expansion into all kinds of pop culture, but this one should be familiar to gamers already. This collection of two tables stars the characters and environments of Portal, Valve's hugely popular first-person puzzle game. Old and new versions of Aperture Science are available, and if you look closely you'll see Chell, Wheatley, and the various mechanized inhabitants of the lab, all looked over by GladOS. These tables are also available as IAP in the main Zen Pinball game.
Zen Studios, in collaboration with Aperture Laboratories and Valve, is proud to present the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal ® Pinball Device”, proving that persistent experimentation is not only the hallmark of good science for the benefit of mankind, but also incalculably fun. Guide Chell and Wheatley through test chambers by navigating portals, using aerial faith plates, defeating turrets and facing other obstacles.
Broadly an adventure game, Always Sometimes Monsters is a title that's really more interested in the dynamics of human relationships. The 2D game is so indie it's seen the conceptual stage play that the movie you've never heard of is based on, and so progressive that it has a second-hand Prius with a bumper sticker demanding you check your privilege. Your choice of race, gender, and sexual preference determines other characters' reaction to your presence and your possible paths through life.
Out of money and out of luck you find yourself broken-hearted and on the verge of collapse. Your landlord's taken the key back, you can't finish your manuscript, and your beloved is marrying someone else. With no choice but to handle whatever life throws at you, you set out on the open road on a mission to win back the love of your life. The story from there to redemption is up to you. Can we be salvaged, or are there always sometimes monsters?
Sproggiwood is a combination of three genres: RPGs, tactical combat, and... city builder? The concept and execution are unique, to say the least. You'll venture through grid-based dungeons fighting with guile and strategy to collect both equipment for your class-based hero and resources to upgrade your town. The environments and enemies are procedurally generated, so you'll never want for a new area to explore.
Bring civilization to Sproggiwood, a story-driven, turn-based roguelike set in a humorous world inspired by Finnish mythology. Grow your civilization and plunder procedural dungeons with six unique classes. Outsmart mischievous monsters who work together in unexpected ways. No two dungeon dives are alike. You’re a simple farmer from the peaceful island of Clog. One moment, you're tending your grove -- the next, you’re lured through a mysterious portal by a talking sheep.
Nubs' Adventure is a standard but stylish platformer starring the Reddit mascot. OK, it might not actually be the same little robot, but you know what I mean. A huge 2D world, a variety of enemies and bosses, and a few standard puzzles await players. There aren't any especially new ideas or twists in the game (or at least there don't appear to be), but those who enjoy the Metroid exploration-heavy format should enjoy it. A $5 in-app purchase unlocks the whole thing.
Nubs' Adventure is an exploratory platformer in which you help Nubs rebuild his house after it was destroyed by the evil Reds. But Nubs is not alone. With him on his journey are his friends: the tiny wisp Ally and a huge worm named Brute. Explore four different world, each with their own secrets, enemies and traps. Control Nubs, as well as the wisp Ally and the worm Brute. Fight the evil Reds in epic boss fights.
Even in the game roundup we can't stop yakking about I/O. This one, sans slash, is a physics-based platform/puzzle game that tasks you with navigating an oddly variable playing field with a wheel that grows or shrinks to achieve the correct momentum. You'll need a good bit of spatial awareness to get past some of the challenges, and there are plenty here - over 255, according to the description. Graphics are enhanced for SHIELD devices, but it's compatible with most newer Android hardware.
iO is a physics platformer about size, speed and momentum unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Optimized for the NVIDIA SHIELD, grow, shrink, roll, leap and climb in this unique puzzler featuring over 150 challenging mazes and one-of-a-kind gameplay that includes portals, inverted gravity, vehicles and more. Share your times with friends on the global leaderboards and become a time/space legend.
The Hit Car is a strange mash-up of super-simple games like Crossy Road and, well, running over zombies with a souped-up truck. The only control you have is steering left or right, and a single collision will end your run - hit (and later shoot) as many zombies as you can before that happens. The simple setup and graphics are charming, and what IAP is in the game is easy enough to ignore.
The country has been invaded by a little green dudes (they might be zombies .) and your job is to get rid of them. Drive around and collect the coins to buy guns and upgrades. Coming soon:
The original Robbery Bob was a hit thanks to its mix of tense stealth-based levels and a collection of spatial and logic puzzles, sort of a modified version of the original Metal Gear minus the guns. The sequel adds 60 new levels, new wacky tools of theft, and improved 3D graphics, though the perspective is still top-down. In-app purchases unlock various tools and clothing, though considering Chillingo is an EA subsidy, it could have been a lot worse.
The true king of thieves is back in business. Luckless burglar Bob is up to his old tricks again in Robbery Bob 2: Double Trouble. Sneak around security guards, past patrolling pensioners and evade cunning traps as you try to get your sticky mitts on as much loot as possible. The man of steal is back. – and he’s landed himself in all sorts of trouble. Help Bob plan a wedding for a mobster’s daughter, stop Dr. Thievious’ devious plans and find out if aliens really do exist?
Imagine Tetris as a jigsaw puzzle and you've basically got the gist of Puzzle Blitz. All you have to do is get the various pieces onto the board in the correct configuration, which sounds much easier than it is once you've filled in the more obvious slots... and then you start running out of time. It's a bit like Perfection for grown-ups. A global leaderboard and hundreds of puzzles round out the features of this ad-supported game.
Puzzle Blitz is a frantic puzzle solving race against the clock. Solve as many puzzles as you can, before time runs out. You have 3 minutes. Place the pieces in the right spots to complete a puzzle. Every time you solve a puzzle, extra time is added to the clock. Compete against your friends on the global leaderboard, and become a puzzle solving champion.
The Book of Renatus is a strange mix of Victorian gothic horror and... rhythm game elements. No, really, you kill skeletons and demons and such in a gothic fantasy setting, but the bad guys come to you in time to the music (which you can select from your own local collection), like a 2D and incredibly creepy version of Space Channel 5. A $1 in-app purchase removes advertising.
Choose your favorite track and carry out a real massacre. Follow the rhythm and slash with style. This game tells you a story of Renatus, a man who got a second life but now has to pay the price. What happened to him? Find out in the diary that he kept during his last days.
• A mixture of cold-blooded action synchronized with music creates a unique gameplay model;
• control system based exclusively on swipes helps you feel the vibe and intuitively control the main character;
• no HUD elements will distract you from immersing into the game;
• locations are set in a dark fantasy world that resembles the Age of Renaissance;
• an intriguing story written in a form of a diary will guide you through the game;
• you can upload your own tracks and enjoy the action as you feel best;
The only objective in this super-simple twitch game is to get to the next circle as quickly as possible. A quick timer keeps you moving, and an interestingly varied take on the single spinning block game mechanic will keep you guessing. Lightning-fast gameplay and restarts make this an ideal game to kill time in a line, and a single $2 in-app purchase removes advertising. This one is not for the easily-frustrated.
Dash. Collect. Die. Repeat. A deceptively simple game about timing. From the makers of One More Line.
Simple and intense gameplay
Slick design with dozens of unlock-able colour themes and avatars
Love the game but hate ads? Single IAP to remove ads. That’s it.
Mission system to keep you coming back, over 200 missions to complete.