Android Games Roundup [4/29/20]

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It seems like the harder I try to get a roundup out these days the longer it takes me.  You’d think it would be an easy thing with only 7 entries per article, but it still takes time to play the games, and for that matter to find the games I want to write about in the first place.  And, it seems that as I get older the responsibilities get more numerous instead of less.  But, that’s enough whining on my part.  Now if you actually choose to count the entries you’ll note that there are only six this time around.  Unfortunately, one of the games I selected to write about is no longer available on either the App Store or Google Play, so rather than delaying this even more to stuff something in its place I opted to crop the entry and release the roundup as-is.  I’ll try to stick an extra one in next time to make up the difference.
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Android Games Roundup [3/20/20]

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So there may be a few more of you than normal looking for something to play right now (if nothing immediately clicks, look up the post’s date to see what I might be referring to), and hopefully you’ll find something in this list to keep you occupied for a while.  For the most part the games this time around get an thumbs up from me, and actually I was fairly impressed with most of them.  Framed 2 was not only a delightful and challenging puzzle game, but I got to try it out “free” courtesy of Google’s Play Pass (the Android pseudo-equivalent of Apple Arcade).  The real standout for me this time around, however, was Dadish.  Not only is the game incredibly fun to play, but it looks great and is quite humorous to boot.  Fans of platform games shouldn’t even question picking this one up.  And as always there are a few other options as well.
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News: Adventure Game Veritas Released from Glitch Games

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In a time when adventure games have become increasingly linked to hidden object or escape room games, it’s nice to have a company like Glitch Games around that truly understands what the heart of an adventure game is.  I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of many of their beta programs, and I know first hand that they put a lot of effort into crafting each adventure into its own unique world.  Veritas is no exception to that rule.  If you’re already a fan than I’m sure you’re knee deep in discovering the secrets of Veritas Industries, but if you’re new to Glitch Games then this is as good a place to start as any.  Can you figure out why you’ve woken up in a small room in a complex that seems to have been abandoned?
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Plunder Kings in Review: Not Worth The Gamble

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I have been a fan of the scrolling shooter (or shmups as they are theoretically affectionately known) for a long time, and I get excited every time I come across a new one for my mobile devices.  The thing is, like with most genres the basic tenant of such a game doesn’t change from one outing to the next, so it’s up to each developer to come up with something that sets their product apart from all the rest.  Plunder Kings managed to do that, and I actually like what they came up with.  The problem is that the rest of the game falls square in the middle of the scrolling shooter spectrum.  It’s not a bad game by any means, but at the end of the day I can find enough games in this genre that are more appealing that there’s no particular reason for me to add this one to the “permanent play” collection.
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Angry Birds – A 10 Year Retrospective

The Intro In Three Paragraphs Or Less

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So I heard a little rumor that Angry Birds turned 10 recently.  As such, I thought I’d whip up a special roundup chronicling the early years of the franchise, as well as share some thoughts on where the IP has been and where it might be going.  Now I’m going to level with you, I am not a die-hard fan of the main series or the property as a whole.  I have nothing against the birds, and I certainly enjoyed the first outing, but the whole package didn’t grip me enough to make me want to spend hours and hours with each iteration of the game as it was released.
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Android Games Roundup [12/12/19]

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Welcome to the latest edition of “games Eric FINALLY got around to playing”.  In a twist that no one saw coming, however, everything this time around was released this year, and most of them even came out this quarter!  The most pleasant surprise was a short but sweet 2D runner that’s as much PSA as video game.  There was also a cool arena shooter and an interesting hidden object game.  I threw a few other things in there as well just to mix things up a bit.  Hope you enjoy and find something new to play for the upcoming holiday season.
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Maya The Bee: The Nutty Race in Review: Not Quite So Nutty

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Normally I wouldn’t review a game like this. “What do you mean by that?” you’re probably asking at this point. I have nothing against the genre or anything, but the game was designed for a young audience. Since my “youngest” is a freshman in high school, I don’t really feel that I have a good perspective on games targeted at a younger audience any more. On the other hand, I remember that there were some games designed for the kids that I even enjoyed, so when given the opportunity I check them out once in a while anyway. Besides, I figured with the release of Mario Kart for mobile phones I’d see what a competitor for kids had to offer.
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Android Games Roundup [11/5/19]

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Welcome to the Halloween edition of my Android roundup!  Okay, I know what you’re thinking.  “Doesn’t the author realize it is November?”  Then you’re going to scroll down and take a look at the selection of games and think “hey, these aren’t even scary!”  You got me on both counts.  Sadly I barely have time these days to round up my roundup, let alone do a special one for the holidays.  I was really hoping to at least get this one posted by Halloween, though, so I could have had a roundup in October.  Unfortunately, the site was down for a few days so that didn’t happen.  But, the site’s back up now, the roundup is here, and you finally get to read about Gems Of War, a game that came out a long time ago but that I just finally got introduced to, and that continues to suck up most of my available game time each night.  Oh, and there are a few other things in this roundup as well.
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Android Games Roundup [9/8/19]

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It’s once again time for me to impart some biased thoughts on several Android game releases.  Biased because they are mine, not because anyone influenced me to share as I did.  The most pleasant surprise this roundup was Total Party Kill a puzzle game with RPG style characters that in theory requires you to kill at least one party member to solve each level.  One of the achievements says otherwise, but I have as yet to win that one.  The biggest disappointment was Pokemon Rumble Rush, which really felt like nothing more than another attempt at capitalizing on a popular franchise to sell a sub-par game.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Pokemon Masters ends up being a much more entertaining game.
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