Published on September 6th, 2014 | by James Maxwell0
Friday Night Indie Game Round-Up #58
Welcome to a special Saturday edition of the Super Game Droid Friday Night Indie Game Round-Up, your weekly guide to the latest and greatest indie games available on the Android platform. Each week our dedicated editorial team spends countless hours scouring the depths of the internet in order to bring you the best new indie Android games we can find. We then take our absolute favorites for the week and compile them all together in this handy dandy round-up so you’ll always have an easy way of discovering some awesome new indie games to play on Android!
Whether you’re looking for a challenging new platformer, an epic action adventure, or even just a good old fashioned puzzler SGD has got you covered so check out all 25 of the awesome new indie Android games we’ve hand picked for you below and make sure to vote for your favorite on the poll at the bottom of the page. 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 for the whole week as well!
Adventrix from Onitocopter
Part puzzler, part platformer, and part Tetris – Adventrix is a game unlike anything you’ve seen before. This unique fusion of classic genres drops you into the shoes of a toad soldier that must prove his worth and save the frog princess from the dastardly pirates that have kidnapped her. You’ll progress through the game’s world by plant blocks of varying shape that act as new platforms that this frog soldier must use for traversal. Just make sure to keep an eye out for any traps, pirates, or bosses that want nothing more than to see you fail!
Adventrix is an inventive new puzzler platformer that must been seen to be believed. Download it from Google Play today for just $1!
ALMA – Rainbow Climber from Quickshot Development
ALMA – Rainbow Climber is an extremely colourful and extremely addictive endless platformer that all mobile gamers need to check out! Your goal is quite simple: move your block from side to side and try to stay alive for as long as you can. Simple. Well, kind of. The blocks that fall from the ceiling can be both a blessing and a curse to players. On the positive side these blocks fall right where your character is and if used successfully can be used to create a safe path to the top of the screen. However, on the negative side since these blocks fall right where your character is there is a good chance that they’ll end up destroying you!
ALMA – Rainbow Climber is a challenging yet endlessly addictive endless platformer that is sure to be fun for gamers of all ages. Download it for free today from Google Play.
Bio Inc. from DryGin Studios
When it comes to strategy games the genre seems to suffer from a lack of variety in gameplay scenarios, with most strategy games revolving around the same old modern warfare or space battle tropes. So when indie developer DryGin Studio’s dark and intriguing immune system centric strategy game Bio Inc was released on iOS its unique approach piqued the interest of jaded gamers and went on to receive critical acclaim. After a long hiatus gestating on the Apple based platform it seems Bio Inc has spread its pathogen inducing ways onto Android as well so that we too can finally get in on the strangely addicting medical strategy action.
Bitless from Nicholas Rapp
Bitless is a sadistic little platformer that seems quite content on dishing out all the punishment it can. First off, there’s the punishing level design. Big gaps, small gaps, falling blocks, walls that need to climbed… all while being in constant movement. It’s tough and you will die – a lot! To top things off the game’s narrator sees fit to mock you each time you die, thus adding even more to your level of frustration.
Bitless is a relentlessly challenging platformer that features a fantastic retro aesthetic, 50 brutal levels to master, a fun level of humor, as well as leaderboards and achievements through Google Play Games Services. If you think you’re up for the challenge download Bitless today for free from Google Play!
Block Fortress from Foursaken Media
Indie developer Foursaken Media’s fan favorite first person shooter Block Fortress hit iOS way back in early 2013 and at the time was critically hailed for its seamless amalgamation of the ‘crafting, shooter, and tower defense genres that made it more than just the sum of its parts. It’s been a long wait, but it seems that the patience of Android gamers has finally paid off as Block Fortress has just made landfall on Google Play with all its charming genre bending qualities intact. At its core, Block Fortress is essentially a tower defense game. A tower defense game with awesome horde mode shooter action and deeply layered crafting mechanics, but a tower defense game none the less.
Cheer Cubes from Lost Autumn Studios
Cheer Cubes is an incredibly vibrant (just look at those screenshots!) new puzzle game that fans of the genre need to check out right away! It’s simple gameplay is easy for gamers of all ages to pick up: just select a rectangular area on the grid where all four corners are the same colour and earn points for doing so. As you may have guessed the bigger the area selected the bigger the reward you’re going to receive.
On top of the fun gameplay Cheer Cubes also features two unique game modes that will keep you entertained for hours. Arcade mode pits you against the clock to see how many points you can earn in two minutes while puzzle mode has a wide array of puzzles for you to solve. Both modes are a lot of fun and well worth checking out.
Cheer Cubes is an adorable puzzler that is sure to be fun for the whole family. Download it today for the cheerfully low price of free!
Cordis from C.I.T.Y. Games
Cordis is an interesting game. It’s charming, it’s relaxing, and it looks freaking awesome! The game’s ambient music and stunning minimalistic art style really draw you into the simple one-touch gameplay.
So what is the gameplay all about? Well, that too is quite interesting and I am having a hard time really thinking of a genre to sort it under. Your goal is to protect the heart in the middle of your screen by knocking bad (not matching) blocks away with three paddles that constantly revolve around it. So, it’s a defense game then? Well, no it’s not. You do knock away bad blocks but you’re also given the task of allowing good (matching) blocks to make their way to the heart. So I guess you could say it’s a collection/defense game? Sure, let’s go with that.
Cordis is a truly stunning game that anyone will be able to pick up and enjoy with ease. Download it today from Google Play for free!
Demon Blitz from Moonfish Software
From Moonfish Software, the indie studio behind the hit space-battle rpg Galactic Phantasy Prelude, comes a great new monster themed shooter called Demon Blitz that’s all about bringing back the intense arcade action offered by the retro shoot ‘em ups of yesteryear. Like an old school version of House Of The Dead, Demon Blitz is a challenging tap-to-shoot light gun esque game where players must blast their way through over 100 levels filled with all sorts of pixelated ghoulies while pulling off trick head shots and building up their combo streak. Multiplayer also plays a big role as players can import their friends characters to fight against the undead hordes alongside them on each mission.
DevilWorks from Moitititi
When I heard that indie developer Moitititi had released a new game I was very excited. His previous release, MinuteQuest, is easily one of the most addictive games I have played on mobile – so I was more than a little bit intrigued to see if this new game release could even compare to MinuteQuest.
This new game is called DevilWorks. DevilWorks is a culmination of several fun genres into a game that is unlike anything else out there. It’s part Tiny Towers, part ‘rapid-tapping-economy-game’, part Pokemon, and even part Tamagotchi. Your goal is quite simply to build a tower and fill it with a wide array of monsters. You will need to feed and train these monsters – and then you’ll send them off to raid villages in order to earn more money – which can then be used to buy a wide assortment of upgrades for your tower.
DevilWorks is a game I can’t recommend more highly. The fantastic combination of several fun genres ensures that it will keep gamers hooked for many many hours. Download DevilWorks for free from Google Play today!
Dots and Boxes from Pocketcrafts Studios
Some of you may remember playing a pen and paper game similar to Dots & Boxes back in your school/college days. With a friend you would pull out a piece of graph paper and take turns drawing lines and creating as many boxes as possible. It wasn’t the most complex game out there but it did provide a fun way for friends to kill some time during class.
Pocketcrafts Studios goal with Dots and Boxes was to bring that classic game to mobile devices and make it accessible to anyone at any time. Want to kill some time while you’re by yourself? Boot up a match against the AI. Have a friend with you in the same room? Set up a single device pass-and-play multiplayer game.
However, where Dots and Boxes really shines is through it’s asynchronous online multiplayer matches through Google+. Set up as many online matches with your friends as you’d like and take your turn when you have the time to. It’s a brilliant new way to make this classic game available to more people than ever.
Dots and Boxes is a super addictive multiplayer puzzler that’s wide array of modes will keep this game on your device for a very long time. Download it today for free from Google Play.
Gravity Flipper from VG Games
Although the lead designer behind indie developer VG Games’ new arcade runner Gravity Flipper is only 16 years old, he’s already showing more creativity than developers twice his age. There have been endless runners before and there have been gravity based games before, but what makes Gravity Flipper so special is the intuitive nature of its gameplay and its ability to capture your attention for more than a few minutes unlike most of its peers in the genre. The premise is simple, players control two blocks that operate on different gravity polarities in an attempt to keep them on the move for as long as possible which may sound familiar, but its Gravity Flippers positively addicting physics based action that will keep you coming back for more.
Guns Blazing! from Dancing Cat Development
From Dancing Cat Development, the indie studio behind games like Star Armada and Down In The Deep, comes a new side scrolling shoot ’em up called Guns Blazing! that’s all about doing things in excess. For example, while Guns Blazing! is fashioned after old school shooters from the 16-bit era it also pumps up the action packed gameplay to almost absurd levels of carnage. As a futuristic super soldier players will take to the streets of a crime-ridden cyber punk city as a one man army against a horde of deadly techno gangsters.
Iron Snout from SnoutUp
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a kung-fu fighting pig? If so today is your lucky day! In Iron Snout you find yourself in the shoes of Pork Lee, the world renowned swine-fu master, and you must help him fight off waves of blood thirsty murderous wolves. Using simple but intuitive touch controls you’ll take the fight to the wolves and show them that you’re a pig that’s not to be reckoned with!
Iron Snout is an incredibly charming arcade beat-em-up that’s sure to make gamers squeal with glee. Download it from Google Play today for the deliciously low price of free!
Looper Jump from Funn Media
Looper Jump from Funn Media is a game that I assure you is not in any way related to the Hollywood blockbuster Looper. Looper Jump is a retro themed arcade twitch-platformer that’s all about running around a circle while timing your jumps so you can make it over as many obstacles as you can before your demise. Along the way you’ll gather a plethora of power-ups that might just give you the edge you need to best your current high score.
Looper Jump is a great new challenging arcade platformer with a killer retro art style that shouldn’t be passed up. Looper Jump is free on Google Play so be sure to download it today!
Magnet, Go! from Metamoki
Magnet, Go is a fun new endless arcade game that uses a formula similar to that found in Slingshot Racing. In that game you would race around a pre-created track by connecting your grappling hook to various points throughout the stage to change your trajectory. The premise in Magnet, Go, is quite similar, but here you wont find yourself on a race track. Rather, you’ll be tackling things in traditional ‘endless runner’ style, activating magnets to change your orbs directory and stay away from the walls and other obstacles for as long as possible. It’s challenging, it’s fun, and it’s also free! So be sure to check out Magnet, Go today!
Ninja Girl: RPG Defense from Halfgeek Studios
Star Nomad developer Halfgeek Studios has recently released Ninja Girl, an awesome new arcade inspired shooter-rpg with a twist. As a stoic ninja warrior players must do battle with a horde of deadly assassins through terrific physics based combat that bears a striking resemblance to arcade shooters like Virtua Cop and Time Crisis, albeit in 2D. The twist here is that anytime an enemy throws a projectile like a shuriken at the player, the player has the opportunity to shoot it down or even knock it back to do damage against the attacker which makes for some intense gameplay.
Office Warrior from LEMAY
Anyone who’s ever spent time filing paperwork in an office has probably felt like it was a bit nightmarish from time to time, but they’ve probably never had to put up with anything like what the poor sap in indie developer Lemay’s awesome new arcade action game Office Warrior has to go through. A 3D physics based game, Office Warrior feels a little bit like Fruit Ninja but with a novel twist on proceedings. As an onslaught of loose files come flying toward the player they’ll need to quickly sort them away in the correct color coded folder or else face one heck of a pink slip which comes in the form of a giant explosion.
Quad Math: Challenge Yourself from Run Jump Fall
When I go to play video games, solving math equations is usually the last thing i’d want to do. However a great new action oriented brain teaser called Quad Math may just change my opinion on the matter. You see, it still focuses on solving math problems, but the way Quad Math incorporates algebraic expressions into a mobile gaming friendly format serves to make the experience genuinely fun. Players are given 4 equations on screen to solve simultaneously while a timer ticks in the background. A right answer will add to the timer, while a wrong one will take away from it which gives Quad Math a simple but addicting approach to the age old question of how to get people more enthusiastic about learning.
Red Green Blue from Michal Z.
Maybe it’s the unique premise, maybe it’s the addicting gameplay, or maybe it’s the stress relieving aesthetic, whatever the reason lately I’ve been absolutely hooked on a terrific new arcade puzzler called Red Green Blue. Created by indie development duo Łukasz Żmudziak and Michał Z., Red Green Blue is shockingly clever in the way it twists and molds what should be a simplistic gaming trope into something novel to serve as the fulcrum its gameplay mechanics revolve around. Elements of retro gaming classics like Snake and Bomberman peek through Red Green Blue’s minimalistic veneer to deliver a tinge of nostalgia to the action while still remaining background dancers rather than the main attraction.
Space Kart Racing from Dave Bollinger
Space Kart Racing is a fast-paced physics-based time-trial racing game that feels reminiscent of games like F-Zero. You’re the only one on the track here though, and your one goal is to race your way around the curvaceous tracks as fast as possible while avoiding any contact with the walls. You see, one small bump and it’s KABLOOEY!
What makes Space Kart Racing stand apart from similar racing games is that your movement is controlled via two independently activated rocket thrusters. Simply press on the left side of the screen to activate the left thruster, the right side to activate the right thruster, or hold them both down to blast yourself forward. It’s a bit tricky at first but once you get the hang of things you’ll be drifting around corners like a pro.
Space Kart Racing is an excellent time-trial racing game that features tight controls, fun gameplay, and a whole whack of customization options for players to fool around with. Be sure to download this indie gem today! It’s a free download on Google Play.
Speed Blazers from Fraktalvoid
An awesome new high octane platformer by the name of Speed Blazers has arrived on the scene with slick side scrolling gameplay mechanics that’ll knock your socks off. Created by indie developer Fraktalvoid, Speed Blazers was originally released on iOS back in 2012 but is now available on Android in all its charming over the top glory. This gorgeous 3D sidescroller effortlessly mixes together a hodge podge of gameplay genres like racing, extreme sports, and physics platformers in order to make what can only be described as Sonic The Hedgehog meets SSX Tricky.
Star Clash from Jonathan Powell Productions
Confession time: I’ve never much cared for puzzle fighting games. However, an awesome new arcade puzzle fighter mashup by the name of Star Clash has recently arrived on the scene and it may just be slowly changing my mind on the subject. As the debut title from indie studio Jonathan Powell Productions, Star Clash does a notable job of distinguishing itself from its peers by subverting the archetypal match-3 formula in favor of a more mobile minded connect the dots meets Final Fantasy’s active time battle system gameplay mechanic. As one of many excellently animated anime characters players will engage in puzzle based combat to the death with fearsome killer robots from the future that can only be defeated by stringing together some sweet combos.
Super BoxMan from BigMoth Studios
There are vertical runners and then there’s indie developer BigMoth Studios’ incredible new psychedelic avoid ’em up Super BoxMan. The idea is simple, players need only guide a charming little cube through an onslaught of falling shapes in order to survive as long as possible, but its the creativity in design and the way the levels seem to pulse and ebb with a life of their own that sets Super BoxMan apart. The obstacle designs are constantly in flux and it can be quite tricky to know when the game is trying to fake you out, but that’s all a part of the fun and will push you to just try that much harder on the next go round.
Super Dog Petter HD from Evil Wizard Studios
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Super Dog Petter HD is the best dog petting simulator that I have ever played. Heck, it might even be more fun than rubbing your hands on a real dog!
Your goal in Super Dog Petter HD is simply to keep your little pooch happy. Like in real life the best way to do this is by petting him or her, which here is done by holding your finger on the game screen. Unfortunately this is made more challenging than it should be thanks to the constant onslaught of pesky cats that will do anything to get your hand off your canine buddy. You must swipe these dastardly felines away while continuing to pet your dog in order to build up your new high score. It’s just like real life… right?
How do you think your dog petting skills stand up against those of your friends? Download this free gem today and find out by sharing your high score unlocked achievements through Google Play Games Services!
Water My Plant from Finalslice
Part side scrolling platformer, part physics puzzler, indie developer Finalslice’s charming new aquatic adventure game Water My Plant does a great job of marrying those two genres. As an anthropomorphized raindrop players must make their way through perilous puzzle filled levels in order to make it to the garden hose and deliver life sustaining H2o to the resident fauna. Having to simultaneously guide their onscreen character and solve environmental puzzles gives Water My Plant a unique vibe that feels like an elegant mashing together of Super Meat Boy and Where’s My Water.
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