Round-Up

Published on August 23rd, 2013 | by James Maxwell

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Friday Night Indie Game Round-Up #9

It has been another great week for indie games, and we’ve compiled a very stellar list for all of our readers. It seems like puzzle games were the most popular genre this time around, so all you puzzle gamers are sure to be impressed by what we’ve found. There’s a tonne of great games here, so be sure to check out as many of them as you possibly can.

Bubble Unblock from AndCreations

Bubble Unblock is a new puzzle game from the small indie developer And Creations. The goal in Bubble Unblock is to move your various coloured bubbles to the square on the game board of the same colour.  The challenge is that you need a clear path to get your bubble to its final destination, so you have to do some thinking in order to complete these puzzles. The game’s rules are easy to learn, and this makes the game perfect for those looking for a game to just pick-up-and-play, but also makes it easy for one to get completely absorbed into a long gameplay session. I have been having a tonne of fun playing this game! It is a tonne of fun!

Check out this game in action: Bubble Unblock Trailer

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Features:

  • Simple rules that are easy to learn
  • 160 levels divided across 5 level packs
  • Achievements to unlock
  • Global leaderboards

Bubble Unblock is a free download on Google Play and gives you access to the first 2 level packs of the game. You can download the remaining three level packs for a small one time in-app purchase of $0.99.

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Exp3D from Breaking Byte

It is the beginning of the 4th millenium and Earth has just come under attack from a long dormant ancient civilization. This enemy is hell bent on destroying Earth and all those who live on it, but luckily the human race has the most powerful spacecraft ever built: the Exp3D. This ship is fully upgradable, which is essential for destroying the enemy. You will be blasting your way through four unique chapters that are all fully modeled in 3d; both the ships and the environments. Using the most powerful weaponry ever created you will be tasked with destroying this ancient race. Do you have what it takes to save humanity from an untimely fate?

See this space shooter/shmup in action: Exp3D Trailer

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Features:

  • 4 chapters with unique bosses
  • 60 FPS fast-paced action
  • Full 3D environment and ships
  • Epic soundtrack
  • Bonus and ship upgrades
  • No shady Android permission
  • 100% free if you’re a hardcore gamer

If you’re a fan of old-school space shooters you are going to love Exp3D. It has taken inspiration from the best games in the genre, including classics like Ikaruga and DoDonPachi. Exp3D is available as a free download on Google Play, and if you are good enough you can play through the entire game for free – but you will need to 100% each level to progress further. If you don’t have the skills to do this you also have the option of unlocking the game for $2.99 through an in-app purchase.

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Ghost Match! from Spellware

Ghost Match is a new puzzle game that is will put your reflexes and memory to the test. The game is more easily compared to the classic ‘memory game’; you will have to touch two matching ghosts in order to reveal the object they have hidden. The traditional formula has changed though, as you’ll have to watch out for traps if you’re going to match up all the ghosts successfully! Each level has its own number of hidden objects, but there are also three hidden stars for you to collect. There are also achievements to unlock, so any completionist is going to be kept bust with Ghost Match for quite some time!

See this game in action: Ghost Match Launch Trailer

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Features:

  • Perfect for casual and quick gaming
  • Gameplay simple and straightforward that everyone can enjoy
  • A challenge for the mind
  • HD Graphics
  • Additional challenges, get all the hidden stars and get the crown.
  • Optimized for tablets and phones
  • Enjoy some levels of Ghost Match! full version

If you’re not entirely sold on Ghost Match yet you can always check out the Lite version to get a taste of what the game has to offer. But, the full version is only $2.73, and you will get access to all of the game’s content from the getgo.

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Hell, The Dungeon Again! from AntonSK

Hell, The Dungeon Again is a fantastic new retro-inspired rogue-like that puts you into a dungeon that is bursting at the seams with deadly monsters and demons. HTDA gives you access to 3 character classes (in the full version), 3 unique worlds, and tonnes of loot to collect. This is typical to the roguelike genre, but one thing that makes it stand out as unique is that it has been aimed towards the more casual gaming audience. That doesn’t mean veterans of roguelikes are left in the dust though, as upon completing the game on Normal you will unlock the Hardcore difficulty mode.

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Features:

  • 3 character classes with its own characteristics and skills. (1 in Lite)
  • Randomly-generated dungeons.
  • 15 Levels divided into 3 locations. (9 in Lite)
  • Tons of loot with random properties.
  • Achievements for defeating special monsters.
  • Two game modes.
  • Colorful pixel graphics in 8-bit style.
  • Hardcore difficulty  unlocked after game is completed on Normal difficulty.

If you are a fan of roguelike RPG’s you shouldn’t pass this one up. It has a great retro-inspired art style, all of the gameplay elements you expect to find in a roguelike, and it’s just a lot of fun! You can download the Lite version of HTDA from Google Play to get a taste of the action, or you can pay just $1.00 to unlock all that the game has to offer. I have really been enjoying this game, and I highly recommend just jumping straight into the paid version of the game.

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Infinilander from Torreng Labs

Infinilander is a ‘lander’ game that has been released onto Google Play. The game was released a while ago as a Flash game, and more recently was released onto iOS – so it’s nice that us Android gamers get a chance to give this game a go. In Infinilander you are going to be piloting a lander through an 8-bit lunar-cave landscape. You will need to be precise if you want to avoid ice geysers, dodge falling rocks and collect the valuable lunar diamonds.

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Features:

  • 25+ achievements
  • 4294967295 unique randomly generated levels
  • 8-bit sound fx
  • An original soundtrack

Download Infinilander from Google Play to get one of the best “lander” games out there. It’s free, so definitely check this one out!

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Laser Flow from Spiral Code Studio

Any fan of puzzle games is sure to have tried a laser-reflection style of game as some time in their gaming career. You must use various reflextive pads to send the laser beam from point A to point B. The puzzles range from easy to mind-bendingly difficult – and that’s no different in Laser Flow. However, Laser Flow does stand apart from the crowd with its huge amount of content, it’s hugely stylish pixelized graphics style, and some unique gameplay elements that the developers have thrown into the mix. Laser Flow is a game that no puzzle gamer should be without.

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Features:

  • Over 160 different levels!
  • Board sizes from 5×5 to 7×7!
  • Secret bonus levels!
  • No ADS!
  • No time limits!
  • High resolution support
  • A great way to exercise brain
  • Both challenging and beautiful experiments
  • Gameplay that won’t get boring ever
  • Unlimited number of levels with Abyss of Random

Laser Flow is free to download, but will only provide you with a fraction of what the game has to offer. There is a tonne of content in Laser Flow, and you can have access to all of it through a small $0.99 in-app purchase. I highly recommend it! The game is a steal at the price point, and it might just be the best reflection-puzzle game ever created!

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Mecho Wars from Nine Tales Digital

Mecho Wars is a remake of a fun iOS game of the same name. While the iOS version has been out for a couple of years now, the game has received some majoy upgrades for its arrival on Google Play.

If you are a fan of games like Advance Wars you should stop reading this and go download Mecho Wars right now! The game shares a very similar style of turn-based strategy, and it’s all set out in a great looking cartoon-ish world. As you would expect in a war game there are two factions involved; the Winged Crusade and the Landians. You can choose whichever side you want to play as in the game’s campaign mode, or you can take your skills online for some multiplayer action!

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This fantastic looking turn-based strategy game can be yours for just $1.99 on Google Play. Fans of the genre are definitely in for a treat with this one!

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Mr. Dandelion’s Adventures from Kulíš

Mr. Dandelion Adventures is a new casual platformer that has you controlling Mr. Dandelion using the wind that you guide with your finger. Along his adventures you will ctravel through all four seasons while avoiding traps and collecting precious coins. If you manage to collect all of coins in a level with a single wind gust you will be awarded with a three star rating. Do you think you have what it takes to 3 star every level in the game? There’s only one way to find out! Oh, and while you’re at it be sure to submit your score on Facebook to see how you rank against all of your friends.

See this game in action: Mr. Dandelion’s Adventure Trailer

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Features:

  • Free to play
  • Currently two stages/seasons, 42 levels in total
  • Cartoon graphics and physics
  • Pinch Zoom In/Out to see details or the big picture
  • Works both with phones and tablets
  • Share your scores on Facebook!

Mr. Dandelion’s Adventure is a unique platform-puzzler that demands your attention. Download it for free off of Google Play.

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Neon Bunniez from Josh Websites

Neon Bunniez is a new physics-puzzler that tasks you with launching your glowing bunny through 80 levels of ever increasing difficulty. Your goal in each level is to collect the golden star – and to get to it you will need to use teleporters, dodge lasers, move blocks, and use the game’s realistic physics to your advantage. To top things off Neon Bunniez also has sports some awesome graphics, some catchy music, and it’s simply a blast to play! This is a MUST for any fan of physics-puzzle games.

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Features:

  • 40 Levels, ranging from Easy to Insane!
  • Hi-tech Graphics
  • 5 Unique Soundtracks
  • Simple but fun Gameplay
  • Teleporters
  • An Awesome Minigame!
  • Lots of Secrets

Neon Bunniez is free to download, but through an IAP you can get access to the “Ultimate Expansion Pack” that will give you 40 additional levels, a fully featured level editor, and it will also remove the ads from the game.

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Plingi from Gamebet Studio

Plingi is a very unique take on what you’d expect from the traditional tower defense genre. You control a group of spiders and your main goal is to collect as many berries as possible. You will place spiders in the tree, they will harvest and then drop the berries toward the ground, and you will be controlling a small trampoline that guides these berries into a juicer. So this sounds simple, right? Well I did forget to mention that you’re going to be under attack by a relentless mob of enemy ants. You must place new defender spiders to protect your harvesting spiders from an untimely death. You will have to manage your defenses while making sure to collect as many berries as possible if you want to succeed! Talk about multitasking!

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Features:

  • 12 engaging stages to clear
  • Lightning fast arcade gameplay combined with the strategic tower-defense gameplay
  • Vibrant hand-drawn graphics and a delightful soundtrack

I have spent a bit of time with Plingi and I am definitely impressed. It’s a unique take on the TD genre, and it’s a game that will provide you with a serious challenge. Check Plingi out today. It’s available as a free download on Google Play.

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Telekinesis Kyle from Vellum Interactive

Telekinesis Kyle is a puzzle-platformer that puts you in the shoes of Kyle, a nerdy kid with the ability to move objects with his mind. Kyle is trapped in a military facility and he’s going to use his special telekinetic powers to help him escape. He will need to solve puzzles, avoid guards, and Using his telekinetic powers you must help Kyle escape from the military facility that is holding him captive. You will be moving objects with your mind to solve puzzles, evade guards, and avoid the array of deadly traps he is sure to encounter on his way to freedom. Do you have what it takes to help Kyle escape from the military facility and get back home?

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Features:

  • Play free before you buy! Play the first 7 levels to learn how good you are at helping Kyle use his telekinetic powers!
  • Beautiful, console-quality puzzle platformer with a new type of game play mechanic that uses your mind!
  • Level up by completing the puzzles, but do it quickly and you’ll get more game center achievements!
  • 27 unique levels with in-game video and story-line throughout.

Telekinesis Kyle is a free download on Google Play, though this will only give you access to the first 7 levels of the game. If you want to experience everything this game has to offer you can unlock the full game through a small $1.99 in-app purchase. From the looks of it this wonderful puzzle platformer will be well worth its small asking price.

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SGDjames’ Top 3 Picks of the Week:

  1. Bubble Unblock

  2. Hell, The Dungeon Again

  3. Laser Flow

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