Does the darkness of the night whisper sweet nothings to your soul? Did you hang out in Hot Topic in high school? Is there actually anything better than Bauhaus?
Whether you’re a goth, a wannabe goth, or just appreciate the beauty of shadows, you’re gonna love Appszoom‘s list of gorgeous silhouetted games for Android. Besides austere elegance, these games all boast unique, clever gameplay that we can’t tear our black nailpolished fingers away from.
Badland has been around the block a few times, but it’s wholly worth mentioning – talk about gorgeous. A weird creature who is 90% afro and 10% ineffective wings flaps its way through levels littered with obstacles including ginormous turning gears and exploding plants. Collect glowing orbs to modify the guy – grow huge, shrink tiny, speed up, slow down, and burst into a zillion clones of yourself. There’s way more – it’s an incredible journey of eerie discovery. The infested-jungle sound effects totally rule, too.
The blob protagonist of Contre Jour has no means of self-propulsion, and neither can you incite it to move. Rather, morph the surrounding landscape such that you create hills and valleys to roll the critter to the exit. Swing it from hanging tentacles, hopefully avoiding the many and varied deathtraps below. Clever as can be.
Gravity is your best friend in Naught 2, wherein you play a dark little kitty collecting diamonds in the twistiest of labyrinths. Again, no means of self-propulsion – you’ve gotta spin the whole world right round (baby right round) to help him fall with style, avoiding brambles and other such deadly nuisances. You have to pick up a whole new set of navigational skills to master it – super cool.
Last Fish is a quiet, melancholy haiku of a game. Tilt to navigate your glowing fish friend through the deep dark waters. Depending on the level, you’ll want to gather rings or health points, and avoid the shadowy presence that zaps your energy away. It’s slow – which isn’t to say easy - and mildly creepy, should you have any environmentalist leanings. Definitely beautiful, though.
Miseria is another gravity game, this time with a full set of fanged humor. Lurk the Urchin is deeply in love, but a cruel ogre has torn him away from his paramour. Help him return to the spines of his beloved by tilting the floating labyrinths this way and that, avoiding bloodthirsty spiders and sawing through walls.
Dark Lands is a fresh take on the endless runner genre, incorporating fighting tactics alongside sprinting and jumping. The levels are spontaneously generated, so you never know if you’re going to suddenly come face-to-face with giant orcs or spinning wheels of razor blades. The silhouette aesthetic adds a touch of class to the constant cartoon bloodshed.