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Have the fastest fingers in the West? Prove your tilting, tapping prowess with these ultra-challenging games of reflex. They’re all for Android and all for free and all for you.
Voxel Rush: 3D Racer Free
Racing around a track is boring. Racing through a shapeshifting abstract landscape with random triggers for earthquakes and inverse upside-down mode completely rules. HyperBees’ Voxel Rush: 3D Racer strips racing down to its bare minimum, and it’s one of the very first in the genre that’s won my bitter, fun-hating heart.
No need for a car – use your device’s accelerometer to tilt your way first-person towards the endless gray horizon, populated heavily by skyscraper-like blocks of all sizes. They’re not all that difficult to avoid if you step on the brakes, but you’ll never get anywhere that way – score close-call combos by swinging near enough to their borders to make the hair on your arm stand straight up. Gain mad multipliers by revving up the speed and keeping it there. In other words, big points to drive as absolutely recklessly as you possibly can.
Voxel Rush is minimalist, thrilling, rewarding, and free. You’ll love it.
Dinky little minigames far too easy on their own suddenly become a ridiculous barrage of frenetic success and failure when you’re served four at once. Chris Burt-Brown’s Mini Mix Mayhem is the most original and hilarious game concept I’ve seen in quite a while, plus it’s completely free. Download and enjoy immediately.
What? You want a description? Fine: the screen is divided into quadrants. At the beginning of each round, the mini-games appear fairly slowly, one at a time. Keep the little man from drowning by blocking the downpour. Tilt your device to get the ball in the hole. Don’t touch the damn vase. They’re all super simple tasks, incredibly easy to win. That’s why the app begins presenting two of them at a time, and then three, and suddenly all four screens are lit up with stupid, inane little challenges and the little man is drowning and the vase is broken and you can’t figure out 12 plus 7 and what the hell, is that pinball???
Totally original, extraordinarily well-done, and absolutely addictive: Glass Bottom Games’ Jones On Fire is a stunner of a side-scroller.
Play as Emma Jones, blocky retro firefighter extraordinaire. You love cats and hate fire, so save the former whilst evading the latter. The mountainous region just outside is plagued by burning bits of everything, including sweeping walls of fire that will toast you and the kitties, tails and all. Jump and dash your way around the obstacles to tally up how many fluffy lives you’ve saved on the board, netting you upgrades, bonuses, and perhaps someday a coveted spot on the leaderboards.
Get ready to tilt your face off: Vector Cake’s Ztatiq is really, really difficult and really, really fast.
The retro design features you playing as a square zooming at beyond breakneck speeds through an abstract field of obstacles. Tilt your device – quickly, now – to dodge them. Bite it twice and you’re done for. How d’you like them apples, space cowboy?
In case the hits come too fast at first, there’s a tutorial mode wherein you can dial back the speed a tic, plus bless yourself with bonus lives. It doesn’t count for the leaderboards, of course – so man up, drink enough Mountain Dew to go into overdrive (when your eyelids twitch, you’re ready), and tilt til your face melts.
The soundtrack is nothing short of splendid, super duper 8-bit goodness that’s just the right electric hit to accompany your rush.
“But Janel,” they’ll say, “how can you slam Flappy Bird and yet laud another game that functions on a strikingly similar precision tapping mechanic?” And, sipping my appletini with pinky extended, I’ll cooly repart, “Because this one has funky colors and nice noises.” Twenty Percent’s Circle Stop pulls no stops, has no feathers. It’s nothing more than what it presents itself as being: an attractive, minimalist game of reflexes, and within that simplicity lies casual gaming perfection.
The spinning dot proceeds ever round the circle, at times clockwise and others counter according to whim. At the precise moment it coincides with the colored dots, tap the screen for a pleasingly colorful explosion. Miss the mark and jaggedly sour lines of failure radiate from the projectile. Miss thrice and you’re through. Couldn’t be simpler.
I feel slightly guilty for enjoying Circle Stop as much as I do, possibly akin to some folks’ fixation on Nutter Butters and the like. No matter. It’s a groovy little hipster game of skill, and you know you’re gonna love it too.