Many folks out there just have a deep appreciation for simple games, including yours truly. I’m not sure if it’s because of the distinct art styles not normally seen with resource-hungry 3D epics, the simple casualness and addictiveness of their gameplay, or just the fact that it may not take as much effort to enjoy. Merge these aspects with a spooky, midnight bike ride, and you have Dark Roads.
Developed by XDA Forum Member laubak75, Dark Roads’s gameplay consists of bumping and traversing your way over challenging terrain on your motorcycle. Controls include simple forwards and backwards arrows, while tilting your device one way or the other will allow you to flip forwards or backwards when you’re in the air. The objective? Don’t land on your head, back, or anywhere but your two wheels. The further you go, the higher your score gets. Fans of casual games will appreciate the modest, yet eerie and atmospheric grayscale graphics and the appropriately spooky, yet pleasant background music with organs, creaking doors, and a haunting choir.
Dark Roads checks all the boxes, be it atmospheric art style, addictiveness, and simplicity. If you want to give it a go yourself, you can download it for free from the original thread.
Hint: The moon will rise with every bike flip
r u mad bro wen ppl talk lyk dis? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, I may have had a mild aneurysm as a result of the preceding sentence. No matter how facile you are with the language, however, there are always undoubtedly some weak spots. For many, this is unearthed in the spellings of unfamiliar words. For others, it’s differentiating between homonyms. Whatever the case, it’s always good to get a little more practice.
To aid in one’s quest towards literary perfection, XDA Forum Member The Waswas created the edutainment title Typo! As its name alludes, the game tests your skills in determining which commonly misspelled words are written incorrectly. It also tests punctuation and grammar, albeit considerably less frustratingly so. After all, fullfil seems legit, right?
Typo! is useful in teaching some of the basics to young kids and non-native speakers in a fun way, as well as frustrating for your less verbally inclined friends. Whatever the case, your English test is waiting for you over in the game thread.
July 27, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Tired of common puzzle games? Think you’ve basically tried every type there is? Well, you’d likely be mistaken, as XDA Forum Member knutson created a pretty unique new game called Buttons and Scissors. It’s sort of like Connect 4, but with (you guessed it) buttons and scissors.
Differing from the aforementioned Connect 4, only two buttons required to eliminate pieces, and the game pieces don’t shift after others have been removed. Furthermore, the buttons don’t have to be contiguous in order to be eliminated.
OK, so the game’s concept isn’t entirely new. However, how it is presented is undoubtedly unique. Plus, the graphics are crisp (with resolutions supported from QVGA all the way up to 1080p), and there are varying levels of difficulty thanks to different grid sizes (5×5, 6×6, and 7×7). This leads to a game that has you coming back again and again. Another cool feature is the cloud save and leader board support. And if you decide you’ve had enough, the game can also give you solutions or at least unlimited undo actions.
If you’re looking to get snipping, head over to the game thread and give Buttons and Scissors a shot. You may just find that the game cuts it—in more ways than one.
We’ve all been there… You know, when a casual game stops being quite so casual and the obsession starts to kick in. Soon thereafter, the game stops being so fun, and quickly becomes something that you have to do, rather than something that you want to do. At just about this stage, though, a funny thing happens. You stop being able to accept defeat, and instead become hellbent on finishing every puzzle the game has to offer. Word puzzle games such as the incredibly popular 4 Pics 1 Word are especially prone to this effect.
So what do you do when you’re playing 4 Pics 1 Word and you encounter a puzzle that you are simply unable to solve yourself? Thankfully there is a solution, thanks to XDA Forum Member alinium_, who has crafted a solver application to put your fatigued mind at ease.
A solver app—no big deal, right? We’ve all seen similar apps on the Internet before. However, what sets alinium_’s app apart is that it uses OCR to read the possible letter choices so that you don’t have to type them in manually. After all, the goal is to save yourself the grief, not add to it.
Using the app is incredibly simple. All you have to do is take a screenshot and import it into the solver app. After that, you’re presented with a list of possible solutions. And if your device doesn’t have baked-in screenshot functionality (pre 4.0 or disabled by OEM) and you haven’t rooted and added a screenshot app, you can still enter the letters and number of characters manually.
Save yourself the headache and head over to the application thread if you’ve had enough brain drain for one day.
It’s not always about the giblets and gore in today’s popular shooter games. It’s also not always about the fancy graphics, with more pixel and vertex shaders than you can shake a stick at. Sometimes, you’re after a simple and relaxing, yet infuriatingly frustrating game, and that’s exactly what XDA Forum Member llcdraco offers with his chain reaction-type game Cilink.
Cilink falls under the category of chain reaction games, and if you’re anything like this self-professed gaming addict, you’ve never even heard of the genre. How the game type works is simple: You are presented with a moving array of circles, and you are given one chance at starting a chain reaction of explosions by carefully timing your initial blast. Need further explanation? Check out this online game.
Llcdraco’s offering plays much in the same way as other offerings in the genre. As with other chain reaction games, but it sets itself apart with its fantastic soundtrack, as well as its modern and clean visuals with light colors and typefaces. It also features additional obstacles once you advance far enough in the levels—something I have not yet been so lucky as to accomplish.
If you’ve never played a chain reaction game, do yourself a favor and check this game out. You can get your fix by heading over to the game thread and giving it a whirl. And if you somehow manage to get past the level requiring 15 connected dots, leave a comment below so I can scowl at you.
Do you remember when computer gaming was a simpler affair? You know, back when it was less about the graphics and gibs, and more about just defending some futuristic base from alien attackers? Well, lucky for you, XDA Forum Member llcdraco does as well, and he has just your fix with Space TD.
As its name implies, Space TD is a Turret/Tower Defense game, in which your sole responsibility is to defend your planet against a fleet of angry alien invaders. To do this, you place automated turrets below the would-be invaders, in hopes that they have what it takes to prevent the onslaught.
Due to the attackers coming from overhead, it differs from traditional TD-style games in that there is no set track for the assailants to come through. Rather, they fly towards your planet in as efficient of a flight path as they can. But armed with several types of turrets and a wonderful retro-inspired soundtrack, you are more than able to give them a run for their money.
Can’t wait to give this a shot? Head over to the game thread to defend your base!
Hey, lawn bowls may not be the most exciting, adrenaline pumping, fingernail biting, and ‘edge-of-the-seat’ sport to watch on television. However, I’d imagine it to be pretty fun to play. And if we throw in a little bit of air hockey into the mix, I’m sure it’ll make a very interesting concept for a game. The thing is though, it already exists, as XDA Junior Member hgoran has done just that with Flicky Circles for Android.
As hinted previously, the game’s concept is very much like a fusion of lawn bowls and air hockey, as you’re presented with six circles (or balls) of differing sizes and you must try to flick (or bowl) into the opposition’s zone. Unlike a lot of games out there, the color scheme in Flicky Circles has an integral role in the game play. With one color designated for you and your opponent, your circles’ color corresponds with the opposition’s zone, where you must aim for. It’s not as easy as it seems, because the game also has white colored end zones, where if you managed to flick a little too hard or too soft, your circle will respectively disappear from the game, or be returned to your lineup of remaining circles.
You may flick your circles towards those of your opposition as a rebound object, or to simply knock them back to the other side. There’s also a lock feature, which when activated, will secure your circles in their current positions for one turn. You can either play against the computer, or you can have a friend to play with as your opponent. And once you’ve won against them, you can proclaim the glorious victory by sharing the score on Facebook.
Flicky Circles can be downloaded for free from the Play store, and will support any device running Android version 2.3 or newer, and with any screen resolution between HVGA and 1080p. So if this has stirred your curiosity, be sure to check out the original thread for more information.
July 7, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Geolocation games are just inherently cool. Don’t believe me? Just think how much of the magic of Ingress would be lost if it weren’t based on your position.
If you’re a mobile games developer, you more than likely have already considered creating your own geolocation-based game. Thankfully, if you decide to force others to get off their lazy behinds by creating such a game, XDA Forum Member Robyer has a library that you can use that will help get you started without much hassle.
Originally created as part of his Bachelor’s degree thesis, the Gamework library is currently aimed at creating single-player games without moving enemies (i.e. without enemies or AI). Thus, you’re best left using it for puzzle or strategy games. However, Robyer is eager to hear suggestions to expand the library to support additional features that developers may desire.
Want to know the best part? The library is fully open source, licensed under Apache v2, meaning that you can use it however you’d like—even for commercial applications. So if you have any ideas and want to either contribute to the development of the library or create your own game, you should head over to the original thread.
If some fast paced, dodge-em action in a retro, yet colorful matrix-like dimension sounds like something fun with which to make the time fly by, you may want to check out XDA Senior Member DDeleted‘s Cube Run 3D for your Android device. The developer behind the previously featured Smart Screen On and Keep Screen On, DDeleted’s Cube Run 3D’s central game play consists of speeding and dashing your triangular racer between ‘cubular’ obstacles, all the while trying to hoard as many coins as possible.
Power ups are scattered all across the map, with magnets allowing you to pick up all surrounding coins without actually coming in contact with them. Picking up a shield will grant you immunity from all obstacles for a set amount of time. Upgrades can be purchased with the coins accumulated during game play, and include goodies such as longer magnet and shield duration, increased frequency of power ups, and upgrades or your racer. Accompanied by appropriate Midi techno music, the game is pleasantly reminiscent of the classic film Tron, with its bright neon colors and fast paced action.
Cube Run 3D will run on any device running Android version 4.0 and over, and is free from the Play store. If you would like to check this out, visit the application thread for more information.
You really never know when a horde of strange animals will attack. For these moments, it’s best to prepare yourself in advance. And if you’re looking to escape from, let’s say, a crazy mob of critters, you’d best be served by practicing with Crazy Mob by XDA Junior Member ipkapu.
OK, fine. You’ll likely never have to defend your home from such a bunch of beasts, but it still makes for quite an interesting game. The goal of the game is to do whatever you can to stop the crazy mob from attacking. While there are more than a few games of this genre, Crazy Mob is unlike most other defense games. For starters, at your disposal you have several “weapons” such as watermelons, bubbles, gift boxes, snowmen, and anvils. Next, you can also change the gravity to spice up game play. Finally, you can even choose to play as one of the monsters if you so desire.
Whether you’re looking for a simple time pass the time or you’re looking for something to sit down and play for extended periods, Crazy Mob may be worth an install. To get started, head over to the game thread.
If you’re a fan of games similar to Bejeweled and Candy Crush Saga, packed with color, simplicity, and addictiveness, you most definitely want to check out XDA Forum Member lordjone‘s Dotdot for Android.
Dotdot puts a slight twist on the familiar game play of Candy Crush Saga, because much like many other ‘match 3′ games, the aim of the game is to connect as many dots of the same color horizontally, vertically, diagonally or any combination of the three, to achieve the highest score. The high score is calculated by the number of different dots you’ve collected during the 90 seconds time limit runs out.
One of Dotdot’s notable features is its extensive social integration. It has a leaderboard and achievement features that are synced with your Google+ account, and allows for the synchronization of achievements and saving and loading of your current progress to cloud. Dotdot is also one of the first few games adopting the the recently introduced Google Games services.
However it’s the design philosophy pursued by lordjone in Dotdot that’s quite the stand-out. With a Holo-like simplicity with pops of color, it is the direct antithesis of Candy Crush Saga, which can be considered ‘colors on steroids.’ There are also multiple themes designed by the community, and the background color can also be chosen from a Hex color palette.
So next time you have some good old time to kill, whip out your phone and try something a bit different with Dodot. It’s free from the Play store, ad-free, and compatible with Honeycomb and later. Check out the original thread for more details.
*Cue Dramatic Music*
Put on your red and blue latex overalls and cape because it’s time to save Earth from the horrors of adorable aliens set on extinguishing all life as we know it. “Everyone you’ve ever known is now relying on you to fend off a devastating attack from space.
Will you accept the mission?”
Well you better, because that’s exactly what you’ll have to do when you pick up your phone and play Save The Earth by XDA Forum Member jay613. A side-scrolling arcade game, you take on the role of ‘Red ‘n’ Blue Latex Man’ in his honorable mission to save Earth. Control him with the on-screen control pad as you shoot waves upon waves of enemy aliens all the while collecting stars used as currency necessary to upgrade your gear, attacks, skills, and attributes.
Delivered with some gorgeous 2D graphics that really stand out and accompanied by appropriate music playing in the background, the game play really is quite fast-paced as you’re maneuvering and dodging your way around the aliens, shooting them, and collecting the stars that are dropped. Completion of missions will unlock different areas of the world you must defend, and achievements and rankings are also thrown in to keep things interesting.
Save The Earth is a well designed and refined game that excels on many fronts such as game play, graphics, and variety. It’s a great side-scroller that fans of the genre will thoroughly enjoy while killing time. The app is compatible with Android versions 2.2 and newer and free from the Play store. More information can be found in the original thread.
Just a coupe of days ago, we brought you news about a game called Agent Sheep. In that article, we said that sheep were effectively “one of the most under-utilized farm animals in the world of gaming.” It seems that this was not entirely accurate because as it turns out, while we were writing about this, yet another game featuring the fluffy quadrupeds emerged from the depths of XDA-Developers, and XDA Forum Member ShibbyUK is the one responsible for making this happen.
Finger Shepherd is an interesting puzzle type of game where you, a shepherd dog, need to pick up your sheep from across the land, flock them together, and make sure that they make it in one piece back in their pen, all in the least possible amount of time. You start off with your sheep scattered throughout different parts of the screen. Each time you touch on the screen will represent you barking at the sheep to try to get it to go where you want it to go. Sheep will try to run away from the bark, so you will need to use this to guide them all the way into the pen. As you go further along in the game, things will start getting more complex, as there will be obstacles that will either distract your sheep or put them in peril such as water, harvesters, and more.
The game also features full 3D graphics and a score board where you can see your best times compared to other players around the world. The dev is looking for feedback and suggestions on how to improve the game. If you happen to download it, please let the dev know what you would like to see in future versions of it.
Finger Shepherd: The game where You are the Sheepdog!
Use your finger to herd your sheep to the safety of their pen.
You can find more information in the original thread.
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