Android Games Roundup [10/16/18]

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It’s that time of the year again. Cob Webs are en vogue, the skeletons are chatty, and things go bump in the night… even more so than usual. When I can I like to try and put together a roundup that does justice to the holiday that rots our teeth and scares the rest of us, but I just didn’t get to it this year. Instead I give you a selection of non-frightening choices that can still entertain you but won’t keep you from turning out the lights. Scrolls of Gloom does have monsters in it if you really need some!
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The Scoundrel in Review: Nostalgia Isn’t Always Great

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I remember when a PC monitor only displayed 16 colors, and the Mac was an odd rectangular device with a black and white screen. I dare say these are even fond memories, because for me many of these experiences were technical revolutions, and not just footnotes in the history of where we are today. As such I’ve been a big fan of the retro movement, as developers and publishers try to give us a glimpse into the past of computer and console gaming. Sometimes it works, but then there are those instances where it feels like maybe a particular game or era should have been left to bask in the glow of our rose colored glasses. Unfortunately for me, I think The Scoundrel falls under the latter category.
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Android Games Roundup [8/25/18]

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A funny thing happened on the way to me trying to be productive. I found more games to play on my phone! Unfortunately puzzles games weren’t well represented this time around. They’re in here, but I wasn’t a real big fan of either of the ones I looked at. I got to reminisce about the past for a while, play a short but decent action game, and ran across a couple of amusing casual affairs to keep you occupied while waiting in a line somewhere. And then there was the sequel to one of my most played games in quite a while, which has now become one of my most played games for the time being. As always enjoy, and hopefully you’ll find something in this list that resonates with you.
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Roll For It in Review – A New Style of Dice & Cards

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It took me one or two tries to get into Tsuro, but once I did it quickly became one of my – and my kids’ – favorite multi-player games. Without even really knowing anything about it, I was rather excited when I heard that Thunderbox would be releasing a new mobile offering, this time based off of a card collecting physical game. It’s not like a CCG, however, so if that’s your aim you’ll need to look elsewhere. This is a simple game where you roll dice to win cards on the playing field, with the ultimate goal of being the first person to score 40 points. It’s easy to understand, it doesn’t take long to get through an individual game, and it can be rather addictive if you have the right people to play it with. But, it doesn’t quite live up to the bar set by its predecessor.
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ROTii in Review – Vacuuming Doesn’t Always Suck

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Back when I was an avid console gamer I used to love 2D platform games. Castlevania, Mega-Man, Super Mario Bros.: there was just something about the format that really resonated with me. When touch screen, mobile gaming took over my electronic life I drifted towards scrolling shooters, because generally speaking the controls seemed to handle themselves better than most platforms when you didn’t have the aid of a tactile controller. Still, whenever a platformer looks like it has promise I’m more than willing to give it a try and ROTii is just such a game. ROTii certainly has many of the qualities that remind me why I like the genre so much, but there are also a few issues that keep it from rising to the top.
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Android Games Roundup [7/15/18]

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Another roundup is here and it hasn’t even been 2 months yet!  I know, I’m shocked too.  I was hoping things would pick up a bit, but life has this funny habit of continually getting in my way.  At any rate, I actually included an additional game in this roundup, and eventually I might get back up to the 10 game quota I had in the iOS days.  I tried to pick a nice variety of genres again, and I finally got to try out a game I’ve been wanting to play but that wasn’t compatible with my old Apple device.  I also found a couple of nice RPG lite games for those who like the grinding but don’t have hours at a time to invest in a mobile game, and a cool motorcycle game that reminds me just a bit of one of my SEGA Genesis favorites.  I apologize for the lack of corresponding iOS links this time around, but iTunes isn’t cooperating with me at the moment.
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Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends in Review: Not Quite So Legendary

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By now it should come as no surprise that I love adventure games, and while I continually refute the claim that they are “not dead yet”, it is hard to argue that the genre is feeling a bit stagnant lately, especially on the mobile front.  Even G5, whom we used to be able to count on for some fun Hidden Object / Adventure games seems to have resorted mainly to updating a couple of F2P offerings every now and again.  Thankfully Artifex Mundi is still delivering, and I recently got the chance to play one of their latest, Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends.  I can’t say it was my favorite offering, but it was a solid game with an enjoyable if not fairly standard fantasy plot.
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Android Games Roundup [6/9/18]

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I’m finally back again… again.  Hopefully it will be for more than a single installment this time around.  As usual I’ve tried to bring you a mix of various game styles.  I found a new infinite runner with a cool nautical theme, and a match 3 game that I’m enjoying almost as much as Homescapes (see my first Android Roundup).  On the other hand, I was disappointed with an escape game that had a lot of potential and a mine cart racing game that didn’t feel like the developer had put much effort into it.  And if you’re wondering and can remember that far back, I’m still working on King Oddball, though I’ve finished the main and hidden worlds and am now working on all the special missions.
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Android Games Roundup [4/10/18]

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I really wasn’t sure how my transition from iOS to Android was going to go, but luckily once you’ve got a game running the underlying OS really doesn’t make much difference. I do miss the bigger iPad screen for some games, but otherwise I’ve adapted quite well (though I did have a running start thanks to my stint with an iPod Touch before getting my iPad). For this outing I found a new scrolling shooter to add to my favorites list, I reacquainted myself with an old favorite from the SEGA Genesis days, and I spent more time than I should have with a game I already spent a lot of time playing on my iPad. And there were a few other games thrown into the mix as well. Enjoy!
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Android Games Roundup [2/20/18]

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Welcome to my first roundup of 2018! Sorry I’m a bit late to the party (does nearly two months count as fashionable?), but life has a funny way of not letting you do what you want to sometimes. Anyway, I’ve shifted gears a bit, because honestly I was getting tired of things just flat out not listing my iPad as a supported device or not NOT listing it but the game really not working on it anyway. Plus, I got a new-ish Android phone for Christmas, and it actually plays a lot of those games I just mentioned in the last sentence. So, my first collection of summaries is actually about Android games, though if there is an iOS version available I will provide a link for that as well. Just remember, I played all of these games on an Android phone, not on my iPad 2.

Also, I decided to do something else that I’ve not done with a roundup before, or at least not with roundups on this site. Instead of just listing games I liked (though that will still probably be the majority of what shows up), I’m actually going to mention games that I didn’t care for so much either. You should be able to tell the difference pretty readily, but just in case I’ll conclude each summary with a “Play” or “Pass” designation. And here’s a slight spoiler: Homescapes, Fastlane and Into The Dead 2 deserve a couple of extra “plays” added on to the end of my verdict. I play each of them almost every single day, which hasn’t happened for a long time even with the games that do still run on my iPad 2. So, without further ado, let’s actually get to the reviews…
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