Published on April 11th, 2014 | by James Maxwell0
Friday Night Indie Game Round-Up #40
It’s time once again for the SGD Friday Night Indie Game Round-Up, our weekly salute to the best new indie games to arrive on the Android scene. Like relentless detectives closing in on our quarry in some sort of pulse pounding 1930’s noir thriller, SGD has been on the hunt for greatness in order to bring you this comprehensive guide to the coolest new indie games for Android from the past week or so. And after spending countless hours investigating great new titles we’ve come up with 23 awesome new indie Android games for you to check out below!
Be sure to vote for your favorite new indie Android game in the poll at the bottom of the page too. As always, the game with the most votes as of Tuesday morning will be declared our indie game of the week and will also be featured on our front page!
Ace Tales from Bugbyte
One of the coolest Indiegogo projects in recent memory has arrived on Android and its innovative approach to making the simple act of playing a video game mean something important will blow your mind, or at least touch your heart. The brainchild of indie developer Bugbyte, Ace Tales is a vibrantly animated new hybrid shooter/runner that delivers action packed gameplay and a great reason to earn the most points you can. That’s because in addition to being an excellently crafted arcade style romp Ace Tales allows players to help donate to charity without ever having to spend a dime. How is this possible? Simple, completing in-game challenges and climbing to the top of the leaderboards in this novel new game means a portion of the games revenue will be donated to a variety of worthy causes each week.
Archangel: Martian Orbit from Born3d
Archangel: Martian Orbit is a point-and-click adventure game that blends alternate history, jaw dropping graphics, and genre re-defining gameplay into what might just be the most impressive adventure game to ever hit the Android platform! While most mobile adventure titles tend to stick with the traditional static CG screenshots for visuals, Archangel has some of the most stunning 3D graphics I have seen on mobile devices to date!
In Archangel players will explore a derelict and deserted Soviet Union spacecraft as the last survivor of a mission to Mars that has gone terribly wrong. With no memory of what happened and with very few resources at your disposal it’s truly a race against time to find and repair the last remaining shuttle so you can escape to the planet’s surface. It won’t be easy though as the automated defense system has been mysteriously activated and most of the ships equipment has ceased to function.
Fans of point-and-click adventure game’s owe it to themselves to check out this absolutely fantastic addition to the genre.
Bad Vamp from Hybrid Game Labs
This retro horror game from indie dev Hybrid Game Labs provides tons of addicting arcade fun as players become digital Van Helsing’s in order to survive a night in a room full of vampires. Oh noes! Putting a stake in these bloodsuckers before they get a chance to climb out of their coffins and turn your head into pixelated goo is your only chance for survival at this point. Bad Vamp is a great retro arcade game, check it out!
Black Nebula from Alchemic Tempest
Black Nebula is a beautiful new dual-stick arcade space shooter from the indie developer Alchemic Tempest. It turns out that you are under attack by hordes of evil space pirates that want nothing more than to see you turned into space dust. What are you going to do about it? Well… destroy as many as you can, obviously! As you blast away at your enemies you’ll earn points that go towards setting a new high score. What are you waiting for? Gather some power-ups, enhance your abilities, and destroy space pirates as quick as you can.
Campfire from William Morrison
Campfire is a game that is minimalist in its art design yet intrinsically open ended to a degree thanks to straightforward and intuitive gameplay that leaves it up to players to develop their own strategy for beating each of the game’s stages. As a blazing fireball destined to light a cold grill, players must flick their way to a campfire at the end of over 90 bizarrely beautiful scenarios that are filled with an immense variety of physics-based challenges to conquer. Campfire’s gorgeous graphics are for more than just show however as lighting and environmental physics play a huge role in the game design and serve to distinguish Campfire from the rest of the platforming crowd.
Looking for a fun new platformer that brings back the 16-bit magic of your childhood without making you want to smash your phone due to shoddy controls? Check out Campfire, it’s available now for free on Google Play.
Crystal Story from Emmanuel Salva Cruz
Crystal Story, the first game in Emmanuel Salva Cruz’s popular turn-based RPG saga, has finally made its way over to Google Play. Back in February this game’s sequel, Crystal Story 2, was released onto Google Play but it seems that the developer wanted to bring the game that started it all to mobile gamers – and I’m really glad he did! If you’ve already checked out Crystal Story 2 and want to fill in a few of the plot holes or just want some more hugely addictive turn-based RPG gameplay you really need to check out the game that started it all. If you’ve never tried either game Crystal Story is without a doubt a great place to start as it is among the best RPG’s available on for mobile devices. Crystal Story is an absolute steal at it’s $0.99 asking price.
Dice Heroes from Rat Recommends Games
Dice Heroes is a turn-based RPG-strategy game in which you control a team of characters that are… well, dice. It turns out that dark times have arrived in Dice World. Evil is absolutely everywhere and it’s up to you to help raise the Resistance Army and restore freedom to Diceland.
If you’re looking for a unique RPG-strategy game you absolutely need to get Dice Heroes on your mobile device right away!
Extreme Burger Defense from Butterscotch Shenanigans
We’ve all played tower defense games in the past… but likely none quite like Extreme Burger Defense! Extreme Burger Defense is Butterscotch Shenanigans first forray into the tower defense genre and it’s also their 3rd ‘Mini’ game release. In EBD you are a scientist who has just created the tastiest burger ever made! You’d think this would be a great thing for mankind, but you’d be wrong! This burger has been attracting EVERY SINGLE BEAR to it… so it’s up to you to protect it – at all costs! You’ll place towers of sciency death around the forest with the end goal to fend off this ever increasing threat of bar-BEAR-ians!
Extreme Burger Defense is one of the most unique tower defense releases to date and you owe it to yourself to download it today! Right now in fact… download it RIGHT NOW!
Fish Fist from YAKUDZONA
FishFist is an addictive new arcade game that’s all about, well, punching fish! Your goal is to punch as many fish as you can within the time limit while also building up an all new high score in the process. FishFist is a free game that you absolutely need to check out!
Flop Rocket from Butterscotch Shenanigans
Flop Rocket is Butterscotch Shenanigan’s 4th ‘Mini’ release – and boy is it ever addictive! Flop Rocket is most easily described as a Flappy Bird/Lunar Lander mash-up – the ship shares similar controls to the arcade classic Lunar Lander but you’ll be flying through a dangerous space cave filled with stalagmites, stalactites, space ducks, and even HUGE rockworms. Along your journey you’ll collect coins to buy new new upgrades for your ship while you attempt to set a new high score. Global leaderboards through Google Play Game Services has been added to Flop Rockets which means high-score chasers will have plenty of competition when vying for top spot.
Definitely give Flop Rocket a download. I am truly addicted to it! Bscotch’s best Mini to date (IMO)!
Galactikitties from Sweet Roll Studio
Galactikitties is a unique arcade game that gives me nostalgic feelings of Katamari Damacy…. if it had been in space… and if all you picked up was hundreds upon hundreds of kittens. In Galactikitties you control a magical ball of space yarn which you’ll use to save all of the stranded kittens. Each time you add a new cat to your ball it’ll make it harder to avoid the game’s many obstacles like asteroids, black holes, and magnets. It’s up to you to teleport the kittens to safety before they are lost in the great expanses of space forever!
As you play through Galactikitties you’ll unlock a wide variety of achievements that will unlock a number of hilarious costumes for the space kittens. Best of all Galactikitties features no ads or in app purchases and all game modes and features are available from the very beginning! If you’re looking for something a little different you absolutely must give this game a download today!
Glop from Muikin
Glop is a fun action game that’s all about decimating your enemies by tapping on the screen. Glop will find himself blasting away at enemies, collecting stars, and gathering power-ups as he makes his way through the game’s 80 levels and 8 challenging boss fights. Do you think you’ll be able to make it through this adventure alive? There’s only one way to find out!
Hundred Fires from David Amado Fernandez
If you’re a fan of the Metal Gear Solid series chances are you’ve probably heard of Metal Gear: Outer Heaven, the fan made tribute game that did an impressive job of bringing a brand new adventure for Solid Snake to Android devices. Regrettably, Metal Gear: Outer Heaven was removed from Google Play for copyright infringement despite being completely free and clearly labeled as a non-profit title. While unfortunate this laid the groundwork for Outer Heaven developer David Amado Fernandez to use his experience in creating tactical espionage action games to introduce a brand new original IP called Hundred Fires. Running on the same engine that gave Outer Heaven its impressive graphics and cutscenes, Hundred Fires tells an original story revolving around the failed bay of pigs invasion at the height of the cold war in 1961.
Jason the Game from Mediacollege Amsterdam
Jason the Game takes place in the world of the Greek mythology where Jason’s story takes an interesting twist. In the myth of Jason he is on a quest for the fleece but at some point in his adventure he is betrayed. Jason’s men, the Argonauts, were all murdered and Jason was put away in the dungeons to rot away for eternity. However, Jason isn’t going to sit there idly. It’s up to you to help him escape the dungeons and finish his journey to get the infamous Golden Fleece.
In Jason the Game you must make your way out of the dungeons by solving challenges and creative puzzles, avoiding lethal traps, and defeating mighty monsters and epic bosses. Do you have what it takes to make it out of the dungeon in one piece?
Monster Adventures from Foursaken Media
Monster Adventures is a fantastic new adventure game that combines the monster-catching elements of Pokémon together with the adventure/exploration elements of the Legend of Zelda series. The final product is a fun blend of action/RPG gameplay where you must catch, create and customize your own unique monsters while progressing through the game’s intriguing storyline. So get yourself ready to delve into the deep wilderness to complete quests, find loot, and level-up your monsters. Once you’re ready you’ll be able to battle monsters in the renowned monster coliseum!
POLKA from Binary Laboratory
We have all more than likely checked out at least one bubble-popping game on our mobile devices, but I can more or less assure you that you haven’t played one quite as beautiful as the minimalistic bubble-popper POLKA. Your goal here is simple: tap bubbles of the same color to build up combos. Of you tap a different colored bubble your multiplier will be reset and you’ll have to start again. This is easier said than done though as you don’t want your screen to be overwhelmed by the other colors! You’ll need to think strategically if you want to go about setting yourself a high score in Polka!
Raccoon Lagoon from Lake Lodge Games
Raccoon Lagoon is a gorgeous cel-shaded platformer with addicting gameplay and fantastic level design. Part Tomb Raider, part Crash Bandicoot, Raccoon Lagoon feels like an authentic modern update to platforming classics of yore. As a daring raccoon adventurer players will plunder the depths of ancient temples filled with hidden dangers like traps, bottomless pits, and flying crocodiles.
RAD & MAD from GeneraMobile
Rad & Mad is an original and highly addictive arcade game that’s all about following the rhythm of a song while also tapping the game’s icons as fast as you possibly can. It’s an interesting concept that takes a unique spin on the tap-em-up genre, and if you’re looking for something truly bizarre you absolutely must take Rad & Mad for a spin today.
Space Hoppers from Derelikt Games
Space Hoppers is a fun Flappy Bird-esque title that’s well worth checking out. More or less it is a classic clone of the original but the game’s developer, Derelikt Games, has added enough new and unique content to make Space Hoppers an absolute must try game. The game features a unique retro art style, a wide variety of obstacles to navigate, plenty of adorable characters to unlock, and a great soundtrack to boot. If you’re looking for a fun Flappy Bird styled game you really need to check out Space Hoppers today.
Super Vortex from Supertapp Interactive
This minimalistic twitch action game from our friends at indie developer Supertapp Interactive feels like an adrenaline fueled dodge ’em up in the vein of Tempest. Like any good endless game, Super Vortex is straightforward and simple yet infinitely replayable. Players must fly their retro style ship through a never ending series of deadly rings like some sort of technicolor nightmare. Fun times.
Tower20 from Vulturus Development
Tower20 is a small turn-based RPG that has been inspired by NES classics like Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior! In Tower20 you take on the role of an adventurer who must save the universe from an evil Phoenix who sits at the top of a 20-story tower. You will be battling enemies of increasing difficulty as you ascend the tower. Do you think you have what it takes to make it to the 20th floor of the tower?
Tower20 features no ads or IAPs and is the ultimate way to kill 10 minutes for any fan of RPGs!
Two Souls from Derp Studios
A spacey twinstick platformer that will push your cognitive skills to the limit, Two Souls is an intense new experience with few contemporaries. Players must simultaneously guide two fearless little androids through a series of high flying levels without them falling off and plummeting to their doom. Considering they’re orbiting a planet, that’s a long drop!
Zombie Clicker from Rob Thompson
Zombie Clicker is an interesting tap-em game that’s all about building up a horde of zombies. By tapping on the screen you’ll add zombies to your horde, and in turn these zombies can be used to buy a variety of upgrade that will net you, well, more zombies! The game’s upgrades will start to generate zombies for you at a certain amount per second. It’s an interesting system that mixes tapping with stat-management to make for a game that is surprisingly addictive! How big can you make your zombie horde? Can you make it to the top of the game’s LeaderHorde?
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