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Will Verduzco · Jul 17, 2013

OCR-Enabled Auto Solver for 4 Pics 1 Word

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 16, 2013

Chain Reaction Fun with Cilink

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 13, 2013

Relive Your Retro Gaming Past with Space TD

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....

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Samantha · Jul 12, 2013

Flicky Circles: Where Lawn Bowls Meets Air Hockey

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 7, 2013

Open Source Gamework Library for Geolocation Games

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...

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Samantha · Jul 4, 2013

Travel the Matrix with Cube Run 3D

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 29, 2013

Defend Yourself from the Crazy Mob

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...

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Samantha · Jun 12, 2013

Kill Time by Connecting the Dotdots

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...

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Samantha · May 20, 2013

Gear Up Because it’s Time to Save 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...

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egzthunder1 · May 19, 2013

Guide Your Sheep to Safety with Finger Shepherd

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...

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Samantha · May 16, 2013

Run ‘em Zombies Over!

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...

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egzthunder1 · May 14, 2013

Stay Stealthy and Fluffy with Agent Sheep

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...

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David Watt · May 13, 2013

Physics Fun with 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....

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Samantha · May 4, 2013

FruitPunch Leaves You Thirsty for More

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...

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Samantha · Apr 29, 2013

The Great Fusion: a Thought-Evoking Adventure

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...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 25, 2013

Think You Know TicTacToe? Blow Your Mind with Tic Tac Cubed

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...

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Samantha · Apr 22, 2013

Warning! Bad Roads May Cause Gaming Addiction

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...

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David Watt · Apr 15, 2013

Fleecey Fun with 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...

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Samantha · Apr 13, 2013

Some Arcade Fun with 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...

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Samantha · Apr 9, 2013

Practice Your Knife Throwing Skills

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...

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