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dotdot

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.

save the earth

*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.

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fingershepherd

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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Run ‘em Zombies Over!

May 16, 2013   By:

zombies

C’mon. Pack your bags, grab some chocolate and mints, turn off the gas to the stove, and make sure the dog’s fed. Today we’re going for a nice drive… over zombies! Ha. Terrible jokes aside, if you are on the lookout for a good ol’e hit-and-run game, you may like Run ‘em Over.

Developed by XDA Forum Member frikec, Run ‘em Over is a side-scrolling 2D game where you basically ‘drive through a zombie apocalypse,’ as the developer puts it. And it’s surprisingly quite fun. With game play much in the vein of the previously introduced ‘time waster’ (in a good way) Bad Roads, instead of trying to deliver crates of ducks, this time you have to traverse yourself and your beat up vehicle over roads that desperately need some government funding. This is all done while running over any stray zombies that may have gotten in your way. With a somewhat exponential pace of game play, starting off with some sort of ancient car, you will be able to earn enough cash to upgrade your vehicle in terms of speed, acceleration, handling, and fuel capacity. And with all this, some appropriate rock music accompanies you on your pleasant road trip.

It’s compatible with Android versions 2.2 and newer, and is free from either the Play store, GetJar, and SlideME. With an active developer behind a game that does a great job wasting time in a good way, you may want to give Run ‘em Over a look. More details and downloads can be found in the original thread.

agentsheep

Puzzle games are always a great way to kill time while having some fun in the process. However, after a while, they all pretty much start looking alike and concepts begin to blend together. On top of this, sheep (one of the most under-utilized farm animals in the world of gaming) have not been seen as important part of a video game since Worms. Well, the day of redemption seems to finally be here for the walking cotton balls because XDA Forum Member Beep_Beep just granted the little quadruped a new chance to shine on the small screen with Agent Sheep.

The premise of the game is quite straight forward. You are an undercover sheep trained by some of the most skilled secret agents in the world. Your mission is to retrieve the missing key fragments scattered throughout the different levels of the game, which happen to be disguised as bones. Retrieving them, however, is not as simple as it sounds as there are vicious Doberman dogs guarding the area (as well as their bones). It will be up to your to properly guide Agent Sheep to be able to collect the key fragments while going completely unnoticed. The maze type levels can help you escape a possible dismemberment if you are discovered by the dogs, but it is on your best interest to avoid getting spotted.

Again, the game is a fun way of killing some time if you have any. Animations are quite smooth and graphics are very well done for a game of this kind. The dev is actively looking for feedback in the form of bugs and suggestions to make the game better, so if you happen to try it, please provide the dev with your thoughts so that the game can grow. Enjoy it!

We play with a secret agent “Sheep”, which has been sent by the “Agency” on the dangerous mission.
This time,our task is collect the secret key that has been divided into parts and disguised as a bones, which is guarded by dangerous policeman-dogs!

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Gravity Pro

With so many games available for Android,  be it tower defence, disgruntled feathered creatures or chopping up fruit; it can be difficult to find something original that requires a little bit of thought. Some may enjoy randomly tapping the screen just to pass the time on their coffee break, but others might like to use a few brain cells in the process.

XDA Forum Member Rob5ur has developed one such game that requires a little bit of thought before any screens are tapped. Gravity Pro is a physics-based game that requires you to move a ball (or balls) to a target, by drawing lines and shifting gravity. It sounds rather simple, until you find out each level has a limit on the length of the line that can be drawn.

Draw lines and control gravity, so that the ball ( or balls) hit the target.
Gravity Pro is an challenging physics-based puzzle game which consists of 40 levels.

This addictive game comes with the following features:
- Easy to learn gameplay.
- Online leaderboards
- Nice music

Gravity Pro has 40 levels to challenge yourself with. It has a number of modern audio tracks that play as you work your way through the levels. These can of course be turned off for those sneaky school or college class gaming sessions. You can start the game as a guest, or sign in with your Facebook, Twitter or Google account, which let’s you view a leader board of scores from users across the world.

If you have some time to kill, you might like to visit the Gravity Pro thread.

Screen2

It’s well established that addictive games are fun. There’s something about them that just clicks with your dopaminergic reward system, and before you know it, your night’s over after a couple of ‘quick’ rounds. Now mix this with fruit and juice, and you have FruitPunch in your hands, courtesy of XDA Forum Member hIVESaRELaW.

Faced with a glass filled with fruits and juice, the most obvious and instinctive action would be to squash them as quickly as possible.You achieve this by launching fruit into the glass and aiming them at other fruits of the same kind until three or more connect, at which the fruits explode with a satisfying ‘squish!’ However, if you miss the glass, or fruits overflow out of the glass, game’s over, and you’ll have to restart the round.

It’s the little touches here and there that truly makes this game that much more enjoyable. The bright and chromatic colors mixed with the true-to-life sound effects ranging from fruit hitting the glass, to the splashes of the water really adds to the atmosphere and zest of the game play. And with 144 unique levels and an arcade mode, a productive night is no longer an option.

FruitPunch is simple and satisfying with game play in the vein of Match 3 games, which means one addicting game. It’s compatible with any device running Android version 1.6 or newer, and can be downloaded for free from the Play store. So if this has gotten your attention, definitely check out the application thread for more information.

thegreatfusion

It’s rare to see an old school point-and-click adventure on the relatively modern tablet and smartphone, which is surprising, as the touch screen is probably the perfect medium for such a genre. Hoping to change that, we introduce The Great Fusion: developed by XDA Recognized Developer hazex. It’s a classic point-and-click adventure game driven by a not-so-futuristic plot that’s eerily within the realm of possibility of  our world’s future.

You take on the role of Max in the year 2022, a once aspiring hardware and biotechnology engineer who had his future and aspirations stripped from him due to the prevailing social, economic, and political corruption in wake of the drastically degenerating global economy. It’s a world that you don’t want to be part of, but are forced to dwell in as you try to scrape a living. The Great Fusion isn’t a game of action or simple-minded fun. It’s a journey that explores the underlying social, economic, and political criticisms of our modern world through an enjoyable medium. As you point and click your way through a journey represented through beautifully hand-drawn graphics and atmospheric backtrack music, The Great Fusion cleverly alludes to the many affronting aspects of the society we live in and further draws you into the a well crafted plot.

The Great Fusion isn’t for everybody. The Great Fusion is compatible with Android versions 2.2 and above, and can be downloaded for free from the Play store. So if you’re a fan of the point-and-click genre, or a patient person who can appreciate the thought, design and cleverness that The Great Fusion has to offer, check out the original thread for more details.

TicTacCubed

The ever-popular games that can get us through times of boredom are some of the best ways to enjoy oneself with friends in a pseudo-competitive environment while having some fun. In the case of TicTacToe, which for all practical purposes, is the first multi-player head-to-head strategy game, all you need is a piece of paper, a pen, a friend, and you are good to go. However, being that XDA is all about taking an existing concept and expanding it into oblivion, some of our members have taken this seemingly complete concept and mixed it with yet another dash of mind bending lunacy. What if I told you that there is a version of TicTacToe in beta that allows you to play with a bunch of people, at the same time?  Interested? If you are then you should definitely check out the new beta version of Tic Tac Cubed by XDA Forum Member pizzaforbreakfast.

Tic Tac Cubed is like a regular TicTacToe game with the added difference that instead of playing it on a 2-dimensional grid, you play it on a cube that somewhat resembles a Rubix cube. A cube has 6 faces, and because of that, you will be playing 6 games of TicTacToe at the same time. Of course, as if that weren’t mind bending enough, the developers decided to add a few extra twists to the already twisted equation with power ups that you can use to annoy the lights out of people competing against you. The game features an online system that will allow you to play against friends (which you can have in your contact’s list) or completely random strangers.

As previously stated, the game is in beta right now, and as such, many things are disabled. The devs are interested in ironing out any and all bugs before final release and will progressively release updates with more features enabled to test. Please take the game for a spin and provide any feedback that you deem necessary such as features requests or bugs. Have fun!

The beta build will be stripped of some things. We will only have 1 or 2 power ups available when we first send it out.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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bad roads

We all love addicting games. Games such as Doodle Jump and Fruit Ninja were, and still are, true time wasters. They’re simple and uncomplicated, with a straightforward objective. They are literally child’s play, yet even as adults we still love them. If you’re looking to get hooked on another addictive game for your Android device, maybe you should check out Bad Roads by XDA Forum Member laubak75.

Bad Roads’ objective is simple. Drive Ted’s truck loaded with cages of ducks without losing them over less than desirable terrain for as long as you can. A 2D side scrolling game, it may not look very impressive with its black and yellow graphics accompanied with ‘corny’ music that’ll hardly chart the top 40s. But as we all should know, looks can be extremely deceiving. In fact, it’s the overly plain objective, the minimal yet atmospheric graphics and bucolic music that actually make Bad Roads an enjoyable, casual, and addicting game. The interface is pleasantly plain and simple too, consisting of right and left arrows that respectively accelerate and reverse Ted’s truck, a pause and reset button, and the current and highest score, represented in meters, in the top left corner.

Laubak75 has done as great job at packing simplicity, casualness, and fun into a game that’s highly addictive for all the good reasons. Bad Roads is optimized for both tablets and phones, and with support all the way back to Froyo, it’s even better that laubak75 has made the game free and ad-free. If you would like to play this game, check out the original thread.

Opposite Sheep Checkers

Animals are making appearances in more games than ever before. If it’s not a pig being attacked by a bird or a crocodile trying to take a shower, it’s a platypus being beamed around in large glass tubes. Another game to continue this trend is Opposite Sheep, posted by XDA Forum Member lildoskers. This is a game that puts a unique modern twist on an old classic—and adds sheep!

Opposite Sheep is based on the tactical game of Checkers (or Draughts, depending on your geographical location). The basic premise of the game remains the same, but with a number of additions along the way. The aim of the game is to move as many of your sheep as you can from one side of the board to the other, gaining points along the way. Each sheep can only move one space at a time. And if you come across your opponent’s sheep, you can take them out of the game, and gain extra points. As you travel across the board, you’ll come across a number of obstacles. These include ice, rocks, and walls, all of which impede your progress. Luckily, you’ll also come across a number of bonuses, including extra moves and extra sheep.

The winner is the player with the most points at the end of the game. There are a number of game modes available:

  • Single player, where you battle against the computer.
  • Multiplayer, which lets two users play against each other on the same device.
  • Online mode, where you can compete against other players across the internet.

The game has cute graphics and a fun soundtrack to keep you amused, and is a game for all ages.

If you want to give it a try, head on over to the game thread.

 

 

mushroom mouse

Games aren’t all about full HD, 3D graphics that requires a CPU with an abundance of cores *ahem Galaxy S 4 ahem* waiting to be utilized by other, ordinary applications. And why should they be? Sure these specs may be impressive and enhance the gameplay of certain genres as well as making certain tasks just that much faster, but not everyone needs them. Furthermore, there are other folks who aren’t into games  may just want to casually waste time or challenge themselves without those full HD, 3D graphics—and Mushroom Mouse does just that.

Developed by XDA Forum Member decentyo, Mushroom Mouse may be classified as an ‘Artsy’ platformer, which showcases graphics that showcasing graphics offer both aesthetics and atmosphere. The player takes control of a little mouse in three different environments, with the aim of collecting as many random items (e.g. cheese and mushrooms) while avoiding and killing hostile enemies (e.g. snakes and bugs) before time runs out. The player has to jump from platform to platform, higher and lower in order to find these items, with a ‘Smell’ meter to guide the mouse in the right direction. There’s also a high scores board to record the scores of each level.

Mushroom Mouse is a simple game with a simple aim, but with a unique aesthetic philosophy. It’s great for killing time on the go, without having to have a charger connected to prevent the battery from being burned through within 10 minutes. The game is compatible with devices running Android versions 2.0 and up, and is available for free in the XDA forums. So if this interests you in any way, check out the original thread for more details and download.

Throwing knife

We can all agree that the creative and expansive nature of gaming allows for nearly unlimited ideas and concepts, including genres we’ve introduced in the past such as puzzle, arcade, and simulation. Of course every person has his or her own personal tastes and preferences when it comes to gaming, and if knife throwing is your thing, read on.

XDA Forum Member Leonid64 developed a game called Throwing Knife, where the aim of the game is to have some good ol’e rounds of knife throwing. There are 4 different levels, each consisting of different targets on a spinning circular board. With 20 knives comes 20 chances to hit the targets, which can be the simple colored spots on the board, the classic circular rings, the roulette wheel, or random spots scattered with a poor man tied amongst them. Game settings allow for different rotation speed, direction, as well as the standard sound, and music and vibration. A handy help screen may also be accessed, providing the player with the basics of the game and the scoring system.

Throwing Knives may not be for everybody, especially when real people are involved. However, those who enjoy such an activity or arcade and puzzle games may find Throwing Knife a staple app in their app drawer. Throwing Knife is available for all users of Android versions 2.0 and newer, and can be downloaded for free. So if this interests you, check out the original thread for more details.

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