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11 Bit Studios invented the tower offense genre with Anomaly: Warzone Earth. Originally released for the PC, this game made the most out of its friendly interface, responsive controls, and tactical brilliance; hence, we named it before as one of the best Android strategy games.
Skee-Ball is an American institution. According to Skeeball.com it was invented in Philadelphia in 1909 by J.D. Estes and went into production in 1914, soon taking America by storm. If you were born in the United States and don’t have fond childhood memories of sliding wooden balls into plastic holes then there is a high probability you were either neglected, your parents displayed communist tendencies or you are Amish (in which case, what are you doing on the internet, shouldn’t you be selling handcrafted furniture down the street from the outlet mall?). It is easy to see how, the soothing experience of gently rolling wooden balls down a polished wooden or plastic miniature alleyway and hearing the plop of the ball, succeeded in being both challenging and rewarding. While we are nearing the 100th anniversary of Skee-Ball’s commercial production, a new Skee-Ball game has been jumping up the ranks of google play, but is Skee-Ball Arcade any good?
Ninja Boy has the makings of a hit. Stylish graphics? Check. Innovative and more importantly intuitive control? Check. Wide variety of levels with a ranking system to keep you playing? Check. A pricetag of free with one completely nonessential IAP? Check. Game breaking bug? Che– wait. Yes, Ninja Boy by all rights should be a great game, but it has a game breaking bug. I should be debating if it deserves a 4 or a 4.5, instead I am wondering how many points should be taken off for something that will likely be fixed in the future. But lets talk about what Ninja Boy does right first.
Yesterday is an adventure game developed by Pendulo Studios and was published by BulkyPix. Originally a PC title, this Android game revolves around the story of a man named John Yesterday who is investigating the killing of people on the streets of New York.
If you are disappointed that Nintendo games, particularly the famous series The Legend of Zelda, have yet to come aboard the Play Store, then you might want to try Swordigo from Touch Foo. This Android game, which debuts via Humble Bundle, is a side-scrolling platformer with action-RPG elements. It lets you explore a fantasy world of dungeons filled with monsters and treasures.
Gameloft has some talented teams at its disposal. Its latest addition to the realistic racing series GT Racing, aptly named GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience, is proof positive of that. Disregarding its monetary scheme for a second and GT Racing 2 is one of the most impressive mobile games currently available. The graphics, mechanics, level design and car selection are top notch. If this game came out on what has recently become the “old” consoles a few years ago at full price, it would be a worthy contender against the Project Gotham Racings, Forzas and Gran Turismos of the world. It wouldn’t necessarily best any of them, but it could stand shoulder to shoulder and say that it is a “worthy choice” standing next to the best games of the genre on any system.
Tiny Tower is a business simulation game from NimbleBit which partners with Mobage network to bring this 2011 iPhone Game of the Year in the Play Store. This Android game, which we named as one of the best Android simulation games on the market, allows players to manage a tiny tower, at first, and expand it eventually to become the tallest skyscraper, enticing virtual individuals called bitizens to move in and work.
Twin-stick shooters, along with endless runners, are the WWII FPS of mobile gaming. There are tons of them. More than necessary. That doesn’t mean they can’t be fun, in fact just like WWII FPS games on consoles, games in the genre continue to come out that force you to take notice, no matter how many times you have sworn them off.
Tank Battles is one of those games. It could also be argued that it isn’t a twin-stick shooter, even though that is clearly where its roots lie. Players control a tank with one virtual stick (or joystick if using a controller) and simply taps on the screen where he or she wants to shoot (When using a controller the player aims with the right stick and presses a button to shoot). Levels are small. That isn’t to say levels are simple, they are often filled with doors, traps, portals, all sorts of things to add to the complexity, but they are all contained in a small space, usually not much larger than a single screen and maxing out at two or three screens.
Ridiculous Fishing is based on Vlambeer’s 2010 Flash game, Radical Fishing, which was developed for two years by the team of producer Rami Ismail, designer Jan Willem Nijman, programmer Zach Gage (Spelltower), artist Greg Wohlwend (Hundreds) and composer Eirik Suhrke (Hotline Miami). It was released on iOS last March 2013 and is now ported over to Android 7 months later as part of the latest Humble Bundle. You can get it separately in the Play Store for $2.99.
A couple of years ago, 11 Bit Studios released Anomaly: Warzone Earth into the Play Store and made an immediate impression. We even named it as one of the best Android strategy games and one of the top Android tower defense games. Now, the sequel, Anomaly 2, brings back the futuristic warfare and adds a few tweaks to entice gamers to give this franchise another look.