It’s Sunday. Statistically speaking you probably have no plans to attend church today, which means you’re at a loose end.
That’s where we come in, with eight Android game recommendations to keep you stimulated until Monday.
Whether you’re in the mood for deep strategy or shallow arcade, cutting edge graphics or creaky retro megapixels, there’s something for you in this week’s roundup.
Android game of the week: Iron Marines
Iron Marines is the follow-up to Ironhide Studio’s awesome Kingdom Rush series of tower defence games.
It’s a big, bold, cartoony real-time strategy romp bursting at the seams with dynamic gameplay, flamethrowers, turrets, gigantic monsters, underwater creatures, robot armies, and basically all of the things you used to daydream about in third period maths. Grab it on Google Play right now.
Through the Ages
Through the Ages is an adaptation of a boardgame by Vlaada Chvátil. I’ve never heard of him either, but according to the Google Play blurb the original is considered the second best boardgame of all time by Board Game Geek.
For the uninitiated, it’s basically another take on Civ, with deep and complex strategy gameplay and online multiplayer functionalty. Grab it now on Google Play.
Cat Quest is a much-anticipated RPG starring a cat. It’s been doing the rounds of various indie game showcases for the last couple of years, and we’re excited to finally get our hands on it.
Gameplay-wise, you’ll know what to expect if you’ve ever played an isometric action-RPG like Deathspank or Bastion – fights, loot, dungeons, and all the good stuff. Plus a cat. Grab it on Google Play right now.
Steampower 1830 is all about building railways to facilitate the movement of goods throughout Europe in order to maximise the commercial expansion and capital growth of your business enterprise.
It’s much more fun than it sounds. Grab it right now on Google Play.
Space Harrier II
Included under the Sega Forever banner, and available right now at a 50% discount, Space Harrier II is a barmy shooter from the ‘90s.
Unusually for the time it takes place in a 3D environment (of sorts). It’s rubbish and will give you a headache, but there’s no gainsaying its classic status. Grab it right now on Google Play.
Another temporarily half price Sega Forever offering, Crazy Taxi is a home console port of the innovative driving game that dominated amusement arcades and student union bars throughout the early noughties with its frenetic gameplay and obnoxious skate punk soundtrack.
It’s a blast from the past that still more or less holds up, and thanks to Sega Forever you can try it for free (with ads) before deciding whether to lay down any cash. Grab it now on Google Play.
You’ve got to give it to Square Enix – it is totally committed to the whole overblown melodramatic cliche RPG thing, and shows no signs of slowing down. King’s Knight is a gorgeous fantasy opera of a JRPG with a rich storyline, 4-player multiplayer, and a dragon called Tolfidan (or just “Dan”, for short).
It’s a camp, classic, vertically scrolling RPG epic, and it’s free. Grab it right now on Google Play.
Champions and Challengers – Adventure Time
Adventure Time has a mixed record when it comes to mobile game spin-offs, but Champions and Challengers could be a winner.
With simple tactical RPG-style combat, a CCG-style character collecting element, and a massive cast of nicely animated Adventure Time regulars such as BMO, Princess Bubblegum, and the hideous Lemongrab, Champions and Challengers is worth a look.