Published on April 18th, 2014 | by James Maxwell0
Friday Night Indie Game Round-Up #41
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. Our relentless editorial team has tirelessly combed every nook and cranny of the net in order to bring you this comprehensive guide to the coolest new indie games on Android. And after spending countless hours investigating great new titles we’ve come up with 20 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!
15 Coins from Engaging Games
15 Coins is an arcade game that sounds simple in concept but in all actuality it is excruciatingly challenging! You control a ship that is in constant motion and all you have to do is collect 15 coins. Simple stuff. “Fifteen coins isn’t that many” you might say… well, look out buddy because you’re in for a rude awakening! You’re going to be up against an endless number of clones that follow the path you’ve already traveled – and if you hit one of them it’s good night for you! You’ve got a few power-ups to help alleviate some of the frustration but you’re going to need some serious practice if you plan on ever getting all 15 coins!
Astro Emporia from Squirrelbot Games
Astro Emporia is a casual turn-based space trading game. You will need to buy and sell resources to different planets for one purpose – profit! While this style of gameplay should be enough to get just about any gamer addicted to it the fact that the game’s content is procedurally generated – and thus will provide gamers with a whole new experience each time they boot up the game! How can you argue about a game with infinite replay value!? If you’re into strategy games you absolutely must download Astro Emporia today!
Bloo Kid 2 from Eiseuxe
Bloo Kid 2 is the long awaited sequel to, well, Bloo Kid! It follows the same formula as the game that started it all – it features a fantastic retro art style, classic platforming action, and a full chiptune soundtrack too! Get ready to run, jump and swim your way through three huge worlds that each consist of 9 levels! Oh, and there’s a number of brutal boss fights to master too! If you’re looking for some of the best platforming action around you absolutely must download Bloo Kid 2 right away!
Bullet Pea from Team Popo
Bullet Pea is a beautifully crafted retro platformer that’s quite unlike anything you’ve seen before. As Bullet Pea you must save the world – all while just having the ability to jump. Say goodbye to virtual buttons and joysticks – just press and hold anywhere and then release to jump! Make your way through 15 fantastic levels, collect all 180 jigsaw pieces, and unlock 25 achievements too! All of this for just a one time purchase fee – no ads or IAP’s! Booyah!
Dancing Samurai from Alchemists
Dancing Samurai is a samurai fighting game that has been designed for both single player battles against AI opponents and also multiplayer battles that take place via same-device gameplay. The simple yet challenging gameplay is sure to keep you coming back time and time again. Definitely check out Dancing Samurai today!
Fleet Combat 2 from Triad Gene Software
Fleet Combat 2: Shattered Oceans is the follow up to the popular tactical naval battle game Fleet Combat. The sequel brings more of what made the original such a hit but it also brings new systems, gameplay mechanics, and a whole lot of exciting new content! You’ll be battling your way though over 60 exciting battles that span 5 oceans – while controlling over 50 different battleships and 90 different weapons! If that’s not enough for you there’s also a fantastic leveling up system included which allows you to upgrade all of your battleships and weapons! Wow! Fleet Combat 2 is sure to keep you busy for quite some time!
Fly Catbug Fly! from Cartoon Hangover & Ludoko Studios
Fly Catbug Fly! is a sidescrolling endless runner that is based on the characters found in Cartoon Hangover’s ‘Bravest Warriors’ series. As you might expect from a game in this genre is your goal is to stay alive as long as possible. However, Fly Catbug Fly stands out from other games thanks to its heavy focus on loot gathering. The loot you collect will reward you with cash that can be spent in the game’s store – where you’ll find a variety of power-ups, upgrades, and costume pieces. Best of all the game is a one-time purchase only! There are no IAP’s whatsoever – which might just be a first for a mobile game based on a cartoon series!
Fly Catbug Fly! is jam packed with content and is well worth its low asking price. Don’t pass it up!
Instantion from Finjitzu Software
Instantion is a 2D puzzle platformer that revolves around a unique style of ‘clone’ gameplay. For each of the game’s puzzles you’ll need to simultaneously control multiple clones in order to progress to the next level. There are 50 levels featuring over 120 puzzles – so get yourself pumped to push blocks, hit switches, find keys, avoid lasers, and a whole lot more! If you can be quick and solve the puzzles with as few clones as possible you might even be able to score yourself the best grade!
Jumping Heroes from PIX Soft
In essence Jumping Heroes is just another match-3 sliding tile puzzle game. However, what this game lacks in originality it makes up for with the games fantastic retro-inspired art style, great sound design, and its heavy focus on fast-paced gameplay. You control a super hero that is trying to jump as high as they possibly can – and to do this they need you to quickly match 3 or more blocks of the same color in quick succession. If you’re too slow your hero is likely to fall to an untimely death! Definitely check out Jumping Heroes today! It’s a charming and addictive twist on the always addictive match-3 style of gameplay.
Kitten Challenge from nikr3n
What’s in a name? While it may sport a fairly non-descript moniker on first glance, the new arcade platformer Kitten Challenge’s name is really quite apt. You see, alot of mobile games like to look like a title from the NES era but very few dare to even approach the kind of tough as nails game design old school games were infamous for. Enter indie developer Robert Nikicionek’s Kitten Challenge, a hardcore skill based platformer with retro aesthetics and mind bending level design. Part Mario Bros, part Gravity Guy with a dash of Mega Man’s jump puzzles, Kitten Challenge is devilishly hard yet addicting fun that will knock you on your butt faster than you can say: “I can haz more retries?”
PSI from Exano Software
PSI puts you in charge of a futuristic submarine and allows you to place your boat’s systems in a very FTL-alike manner, before taking her out into the 2.5D side-scrolling ocean to explore the deep blue, make random discoveries, trade and fight. The tutorial is essential here, as there’s a lot to take in for the new recruit.
Save Looma from 2d6 Games
This charming action puzzler from indie developer 2d6 Games frontman Luke Thompson has tons of addicting physics based gameplay that make it far more interesting than something like Cut The Rope. Save Looma is about an unbelievably cute alien youngling that escaped his planets demise only to find himself faced with a new threat, the universe itself. Players must help Looma avoid being smooshed by an errant asteroid by guiding him through the perils of interstellar travel, which in this case means solving tons of cleverly designed physics puzzles.
Sheep in Hell from David.CM
It’s not unusual to see demons in a video game nowadays, but it’s not every day that you see a horde of possessed demonic sheep pull their natural enemy the wolf down into the lower layers of hell in a case of unholy vengeance. That’s the darkly humorous vision of the afterlife imagined in indie dev David.CM’s eccentric action arcade game Sheep In Hell. At times feeling like a bizarre meeting of Doom and Crash Bandicoot, Sheep In Hell delivers intuitive arcade gameplay with high replay value thanks to its procedurally generated dungeon design and addicting qualities.
SideSwype from Radiangames
From the studio that brought us the indie hits Slydris and Inferno+ comes an over the top new arcade style puzzle game called SideSwype that feels like Tetris on steroids with a little bit of match 3 action thrown in for good measure. Unlike alot of Tetris esque games this time around players will be clearing blocks from every angle possible while dealing with randomly appearing special blocks that help build up huge combos. If you’re tired of the slow pace of many Tetris style games you’ll definitely want to check out SideSwype.
Smash and Dash from Syncoplay
There are some games that you fall in love with at first sight, for me that game this week was Smash And Dash. This amazingly awesome anti-bullet hell shooter takes on the guise of a retro coin-op but beneath its beguiling charms lies a maddeningly addicting game design that’s easy to learn but incredibly difficult to master. Arcade shoot ‘em up aficionados will appreciate Smash And Dash’s refreshing throwback style and emphasis on precision controls.
Space 😀 from ShadowBrain
Space is a tongue in cheek homage to Asteroids that has finally arrived on Google Play after originally making its debut on the OUYA. Featuring all the same wacky shoot ‘em up action and plenty of asteroid destruction as its OUYA counterpart, the mobile version is just as fun and zany as it was on the indie home console. A simple and fun arcade throwback with plenty of action, Space is worth a look for any twin stick shooter fan.
Space Forest Dilemma from PapaQuark
A beautiful new arcade puzzler that makes clever use of logic chains and timing, Space Forest Dilemma’s minimalist approach to gameplay design makes for a straightforward yet stimulating experience. In each level players are tasked with solving a logic puzzle that usually involves complex mechanics and just-in-time physics. A traditional paid app with no iap’s and an awesome soundtrack to boot, there’s no dilemma when it comes to picking up Space Forest Dilemma.
Star Champion from JDAMS Games
Do you like blasting away at bad guys in retro video games? How does using a ridiculously oversized lazer cannon to obliterate wave after wave of vicious alien invaders in a show of gratuitous pixel violence sound? Well, that’s largely the premise in indie developer JDAMS Games retro arcade shooter Star Champion and it works fantastically well. Taking pixelized shoot ‘em up action to the extreme, Star Champion provides tons of old school style fun.
Subdog Underwater Adventure from Dark Pixel & Osky Studios
This nostalgic underwater platformer brings the 16-bit era to life on Android with an authentic feeling SNES style adventure. Part Ecco The Dolphin, part Sonic The Hedgehog, Subdog is a side scrolling sprite based hero on an epic journey to recover his most prized possession, his favorite bone. This means putting on a doggie snorkel and diving into the ocean for old school platforming fun that feels slightly reminiscent of the underwater levels in Super Mario Bros.
Veritas: LCD from Brainskis
Veritas looks and feels like The Legend Of Zelda Game & Watch on steroids. As a brave young warrior on a quest to save his people from destruction by the dark lord Moldark and his cronies, players will explore a surprisingly huge open world in search of 40 mystical orbs that have been scattered throughout the games hidden dungeons. The level of scale achieved in Veritas is impressive to say the least as Brainskis has managed to infuse the equivalent of an entire SNES rpg into a LCD handheld. There are dastardly enemies roaming the land patrolling for scrawny heroes such as yourself, NPCs hiding out in villages that can clue you into valuable information, mazes that will test your wits, shooting galleries for when you just want good old fashioned arcade fun, and much much more!
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