What are the best Android games without in-app purchases/paywalls?

Question Notes: Android in app purchase free games are absent of in game payment models. An exception to the rule are games that are marked in the Google Play Store as having in app purchases but only have a singular link to donate.

Games that are absent of in app payments are reminiscent of the older type of payment model for games where a consumer pays upfront once for the entirety of a games content. Many gamers still consider this to be the only honest way to sell a game even though there are some perfectly fine exceptions where a full game is sold through an in app purchase or cosmetics are the only thing sold to support a free title.

With the befuddlement by Google for allowing an easily navigated storefront it can be difficult to find games that are in app purchase free and so this pro/con comparison is meant as a resource and tool to find and recommend the better of those types of games.

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Why do you recommend Pixel Dungeon?

Why do you not recommend Pixel Dungeon?

Pixel Dungeon is a traditional roguelike that is completely free, with pixel-art graphics and simple interface. The gameplay revolves around explori...

Free and open source

No advertisements, no in-game store and available for free with code available on GitHub.

Maps and items are randomized allowing for lots of replayability

In a true roguelike fashion, levels are randomly generated each time a new game is started. And Pixel Dungeon goes one step further by randomizing ef...

Randomness can be a turnoff

Since everything in Pixel Dungeon is randomized, sometimes player's character can get killed in ways that cannot be avoided.

Why do you recommend The Banner Saga?

Why do you not recommend The Banner Saga?

The Banner Saga is a tactical role playing game that costs $9.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Distinctive looking hand drawn graphics

The graphics really stand out in The Banner Saga, definitely not many games of this caliber on Android.

Branching, choice based dialog

The dialog interactions in The Banner Saga are reminiscent of Mass Effect's branching dialog.

High price

Even though The Banner Saga is worth every penny of the asking price of $9.99, some may find the price off putting for a mobile game.

Why do you recommend Leo's Fortune?

Why do you not recommend Leo's Fortune?

Leo's Fortune is an adventure platformer that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Charming narration

The story of Leopold is completely narrated, which gives the game a nice sense of polish as well as helps give some life to the story.

Excellent platforming gameplay and touch screen controls

Leo's Fortune offers some solid platforming which is pulled off not just by some good level design but greatly programmed touch screen controls.

Short game

Why do you recommend World of Goo ?

Why do you not recommend World of Goo ?

World of Goo is a physics-based puzzle game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases. The goal of the game is to build structures from balls of...

Beautiful visual style

World of Goo is pleasing to look at. Most of the time it's very colorful and joyful, but it changes from time to time to reflect different parts...

Excellent physics engine

Physics in-game take into account gravity, wind, weight of different goo-balls, structural integrity of your architectural solutions to create an add...

Sound can't be turned off in-game

World of Goo sadly does not have an option to turn off in game music.

Why do you recommend Knights of the Old Republic?

Why do you not recommend Knights of the Old Republic?

Knights of the Old Republic is a port of the popular PC game. It is a role playing game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Engaging story

Being a role playing game, KotOR has a pretty good story that feel very engaging.

Lengthy

The main story of the game can take a good bit of time to finish.

Movement does not work that great on touchscreens

The on screen controls for movement in the game do not work as good as they could giving a sense of non-preciseness.

Why do you recommend Super Hexagon?

Why do you not recommend Super Hexagon?

Super Hexagon is a minimalistic action game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases where you control a small triangle and try and avoid crash...

Addictive, challenging gameplay

You will die. A lot. And that is the point. The game is challenging, but fair. It is as much about memorization as it is about precision of movement.

Aggressive aesthetic

The visual design of the game consists of basic geometric shapes in bright colors that turn and blink while you are trying to stay focused on a litt...

Can cause nausea

The fast spinning graphics could cause some people a bit of nausea.

Why do you recommend 80 Days?

Why do you not recommend 80 Days?

80 Days is a steampunk gamebook that costs $5.00 and has zero in app purchases

Stylish design

With the Steampunk motif and the way that the game transitions, users can see that a lot of style and imagination were used in the creation of the ga...

Very replayable

With the vast swath of options in 80 Days players will be hard pressed to replay the same scenarios more than once.

Unintuitive user interface

The inventory system in the game can be hard to understand at first and it can be difficult to control the scrolling of text in some areas.

Why do you recommend Surgeon Simulator?

Why do you not recommend Surgeon Simulator?

Surgeon Simulator is a surgical simulation game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

New features for mobile version

Surgeon Simulator adds new features for the mobile version such as placing new eyeballs or teeth into a patient.

Touch controls work just as well as mouse inputs

Being that the game is a port of the PC title one would have to wonder if the controls translate. Luckily they work just as good/poorly as they did...

No ART runtime support

Surgeon Simulator doe snot support the ART runtime.

Why do you recommend Osmos HD?

Why do you not recommend Osmos HD?

Osmos HD is a physics based puzzler that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Great ambient soundtrack

This award-winning hypnotic ambient soundtrack will make you forget about your surroundings and completely engross you.

Beautiful visual design

Aesthetic is clear and beautiful. It gives necessary gameplay information and is just pleasant to look at.

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Why do you recommend The Room?

Why do you not recommend The Room?

The Room is a puzzle game that costs $0.99 and has zero in app purchases. It is one of those "figure out how to escape" games, but really w...

Great atmosphere

Due to an excellent choice of music and incremental telling of a dark story, the game creates a nice bit of tension and a creepy vibe in an otherwise...

Amazing graphics

The Room has very detailed graphics that show the intricacies of all the items.

Ends abruptly

The Room is relatively short. Experienced players will be able to beat it in less than two hours. And it ends abruptly. Luckily there is a sequel.

Why do you recommend Thomas Was Alone?

Why do you not recommend Thomas Was Alone?

Thomas Was Alone is a minimalist platformer that costs $5.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Professional narration

What really drives the well crafted story home is the wonderful narration done by British filmmaker, comedian, writer, actor, and presenter of radio...

Ethereal soundtrack

Haunting guitar strums mixed with beautiful piano chords and bits of chiptune creates a very fitting sountrack.

Short

The gameplay only lasts about 3 or 4 hours.

Why do you recommend Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery?

Why do you not recommend Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery?

Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery is a point and click beautiful puzzle game that costs $4.99 but has zero in app urchases that focus on atmosphere...

Excellent atmosphere

A detailed aesthetic, a great score and an intriguing narrative together create a world that engrosses you from the very beginning.

Puzzles are a part of the world

Puzzles in this game are not too difficult and usually can be quickly figured out by being attentive of your surroundings. But they are not supposed...

Subpar gameplay

The gameplay often times feels convoluted or just too high concept.

Why do you recommend Limbo?

Why do you not recommend Limbo?

Limbo is a stylish black and white 2D action platformer that costs $4.99.

Intricate puzzles

Limbo uses a wide range of puzzles in game that range from simply moving a box to puzzles that have multiple parts and normally do not reveal their s...

Touching story

Manages to tell a touching story in spite of it's complete lack of dialogue.

May be too dark for children

The game, by design has the main character dying quite a bit, often very gruesomely and so may not be appropriate for younger players.

Why do you recommend Ingress?

Why do you not recommend Ingress?

A revolutionary augmented reality game from Google that is truly free to play as there is no upfront cost or in app purchases.

Real-world gameplay

It's an augmented reality game, so you have to move around the real world to progress in the game, with all that it entails - weather, time of da...

Explore your World

Ingress will get you out and about, walk, bike, drive, swim, float or otherwise. You will notice more of your surroundings, more artworks and interes...

Poor interface

It's a pain to manage 2000 keys manually without any option of group operation on them.

Why do you recommend Shadowrun Returns?

Why do you not recommend Shadowrun Returns?

Shadowrun Returns is a turn based tactical role playing game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Battle system easy to understand

With a set amount of move and action points it is fairly easy to understand how the battle system works.

Fleshed out interesting world

There has obviously been painstaking care taken in crafting the world and story of Shadowrun Returns.

Crashes

Shadowrun Returns may crash on the player mid game.

Why do you recommend XCOM: Enemy Within?

Why do you not recommend XCOM: Enemy Within?

XCOM is a mix of strategic turn-based combat with a focus on long-term base-building. that costs $12.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Hardcore strategy gaming at it best on a mobile platform

For a series that is regarded as hardcore gaming even on PC, to see this franchise come to mobile is a godsend.

Online multiplayer

There is support for asynchronous online multiplayer built into the game over Google Play Services.

Second half of game lacks as many options as first half

The second half of the game feels a bit lack luster in options when compared to the first half.

Why do you recommend Eufloria HD ?

Why do you not recommend Eufloria HD ?

Eufloria HD is a minimal real time strategy game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Calm and minimalistic

The game has a minimalistic approach towards audio design, visual representation and gameplay mechanics, creating a calm, zen-like state while playin...

Multiple game modes

Eufloria has a three modes. Two of them, "Skirmish Arena" & "Dark Matter" are unlocked after completing the Campaign mode. &...

Lots of waiting around

Many portions of the game require waiting for events to unfold, even with the inclusion of a fast forward button there will be a lot of waiting.

Why do you recommend Civilization Revolution 2?

Why do you not recommend Civilization Revolution 2?

Civilization Revolution 2 is a 4x turn based strategy game that costs $14.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Offers lots of replay value

Civilization Revolution 2 offers so many maps, leaders and scenarios that the replayability of the game is pretty much endless.

Enhanced graphics

The graphics of Civilization Revolution 2 have been enhanced from the first iteration of the game.

Civilization Revolution 2 is expensive

At $14.99 Civilization Revolution 2 is one of the more expensive games on the Android platform.

Why do you recommend Little Inferno?

Why do you not recommend Little Inferno?

Little Inferno is a beautiful puzzle game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases

Delightfully warped

You spend most of your time throwing things in an ill-conceived invention for kids called the Little Inferno fireplace. By setting things on fire you...

Wordplay based puzzles

Certain items may have odd properties or work together with other items to create unexpected results. A list of combinations, where the only hint is...

Short

Little Inferno is a short game.

Why do you recommend Terraria?

Why do you not recommend Terraria?

Terraria is a 2D platformer Minecraft like game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

There is lots to explore and find

Terraria has a randomly generated world with all kinds different areas to explore, items to find and craft, and secrets to unearth. There is a basic...

Allows for great freedom of expression

The game has all kinds of tools and materials that you can acquire and use to build whatever you can imagine.

Cloud saving is broken

Currently cloud saving is broken so that means you can build your world but it sits in your phone. You cannot back it up, you cannot sync it with oth...

Why do you recommend The Room Two?

Why do you not recommend The Room Two?

The Room Two is a 3D puzzle game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Multiple objects to interact with

There are now multiple objects in a room that all need to be utilized to solve the puzzle.

Up to three user profiles

A new addition from the first title is user profiles. Now up to three of your friends or family can create their own game saves.

Short and lacks replayability

The game can be finished in under four hours and lacks any real replayability once all the puzzles are solved.

Why do you recommend Game Dev Story?

Why do you not recommend Game Dev Story?

Game Dev Story is an economics based game that costs $2.50 and has zero in app purchases where the goal is to manage a video game start-up beginning...

Very engaging due to quick progression and frequent events

Contracts are measured in weeks and development cycles in months, but time passes at the rate of one day per second. Though the core gameplay involv...

A demo version is available

Game Dev Story Lite is available for free on the Google Play store. The Lite version ends after 2 in-game years.

Has punctuation and grammar errors

Game Dev Story is a Japanese game that was translated to English, which shows sometimes as there are a few grammatical errors in game.

Why do you recommend GTA San Andreas?

Why do you not recommend GTA San Andreas?

GTA San Andreas is a 3D open world action adventure that costs $6.99 and has zero in app purchases.The mobile version of the Rockstar classic has eve...

Hours of gameplay

It takes days just to finish the story missions, not to mention side missions, one-off encounters and just plain goofing off.

Huge open world

There are 3 huge cities to explore Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas each loosely modeled after certain real-world cities. There's a select...

The control scheme does not translate well to touch interfaces

For a game that was originally designed to be played with 14 physical buttons it can be difficult to translate that to a touch screen interface. Sad...

Why do you recommend Frozen Synapse?

Why do you not recommend Frozen Synapse?

Frozen Synapse is a turn based tactical shooter that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Great tactical depth

Frozen Synapse has deep tactical possibilities. You have to take into account your environment (there's even destructible terrain), strengths and...

Online Multiplayer

There are 5 different online multiplayer gametypes (Secure, Exterminate, Charge, Disputed & Hostage) and you can play with people on other table...

Story is forgettable

The story in Frozen Synapse is generic sci-fi.

Why do you recommend GTA: Chinatown Wars?

Why do you not recommend GTA: Chinatown Wars?

GTA: Chinatown Wars is a top down 3D open world game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

HID controller support

GTA: Chinatown Wars has built in HID controller support which means it is compatible with the Google Nexus Player as well as the Amazon Fire TV.

Graphics are enhanced from Nintendo DS version

The graphics and lighting effects have been enhanced from the original Nintendo DS version.

Controls on touchscreen are not that good

Driving can be pretty difficult with the touch screen controls though there are two different settings, so one may work better than the other.

Why do you recommend Goat Simulator?

Why do you not recommend Goat Simulator?

Goat Simulator is a goat simulation game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, b...

Physics based sandbox mayhem

Goat Simulator is a sandbox game where the point is to just cause as much destruction and mayhem as possible.

MOGA controller support

Goat Simulator support for MOGA controllers.

Missing content from PC version

There are a few portions of the map that are missing from the PC version.

Why do you recommend 10000000?

Why do you not recommend 10000000?

10000000 is a puzzle role playing game that costs $2.89 and has zero in app purchases.

Mixed match-3 & RPG elements

The gameplay mostly consists of typical tile matching, but is supplemented with items that you can acquire and stats you can upgrade.

Great as a timewaster

10000000 has gameplay that is easy to pick up and play a few rounds of. It's not too deep, but engaging enough to be a fun distraction.

Main adventure is short

On average the game can be completed in about 5 hours and while there's an Endless mode the lack of true progression in it is a strong deterrent.

Why do you recommend Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition?

Why do you not recommend Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition?

Large selection of sidequests

Various improvements over the original

Combat system can be confusing

Why do you recommend Fiz : Brewery Management Game?

Why do you not recommend Fiz : Brewery Management Game?

Fiz : Brewery Management Game is a management game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Variety

To break up the monotony of constant stale management of business there are challenges and events that happen, usually in the form of a goal that you...

Great depth

There are a huge selection of recipes for beers, that need the correct amounts of specific ingredients that can be made with the correct equipment by...

Not a lot of variety in visuals or music

The 2D sprite graphics are a little generic just as the music.

Why do you recommend Devil's Attorney?

Why do you not recommend Devil's Attorney?

Devil's Attorney is a turn-based strategy game that costs $1.99 and has zero in app purchases. It is set in the 80's where you play as Max Mc...

Great sense of humor

Both the comedic writing and delivery are top notch. Not only that, the gameplay elements reinforce the absurdity of the presentation - "Credibi...

Rarely seen, turn-based gameplay

You take turns choosing from a select set of skills, such as Mesmerize, Ego boost, Tamper with Evidence, etc to get rid of witnesses, evidence, and p...

Short

Devil's Attorney is a pretty short game.

Why do you recommend DRAGON QUEST VIII?

Why do you not recommend DRAGON QUEST VIII?

DRAGON QUEST VIII is a full 3D role playing game that costs $12.99 and has zero in app purchases.

A new skill system that deviates from the class system the series normally uses

Instead of a class system Dragon Quest VIII uses a skill system to level up the characters and learn new skills.

Classic JRPG battle system

As one would expect of a JRPG there are random battles on the map that are strictly turn based.

Removed content from North American PS2 release

Things like the original orchestrated music and voice acting that were in the original North American Playstation 2 release have been removed from t...

Why do you recommend Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath?

Why do you not recommend Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath?

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath is an open world 3rd person action-adventure 1st person shooter that costs $5.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Graphical settings options

There are actual graphical settings options in the setting of the game allowing the player to choose what settings work best for their device.

Intuitive adapted controls

From what was originally an XBox game meant to be played with a controller, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath has been adapted quite well to touch scree...

FPS sections are difficult to control

The first person shooter sections of the game can be a bit difficult as the player needs to remove their thumb from one of the touch screen movement...

Why do you recommend Out There?

Why do you not recommend Out There?

Out There is a space exploration simulation strategy roguelike game that is paid upfront at $3.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Beautiful hand drawn graphics and great score

The hand drawn graphics coupled with the lonely score create a fantastic original feeling atmosphere.

Turn based resource management

Out There features a great mix of turn based strategy with complex resource management.

Restart always from the beginning

There is a multitude of ways to die in Out There and being that the game is a roguelike, there will be a lot of restarts. Each and everyone brings t...

Why do you recommend Battleheart?

Why do you not recommend Battleheart?

Battleheart is an action strategy role playing game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Deep and complex gameplay

Manage money, characters, their equipment and abilities and create strategies that make the best use of what you have available.

Perfectly balanced

You will never feel too under or over-powered, you'll have to work for every victory.

Android support dropped

Battleheart's developer has stated that Android support has been dropped going forward as the system is "unsustainable".

Why do you recommend Rebuild?

Why do you not recommend Rebuild?

Rebuild is a strategy game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Well balanced

Gameplay consists mostly of managing people, their skills, resources, tools and property. It has enough depth and good balance to present a challeng...

Zombies!

Probably not for everyone, but if you like a zombie overrun post-apocalyptic scenario, this game sets the atmosphere accordingly with constant scaven...

Can get easier the further in the game one gets

Rebuild tends to get easier the more farmland one obtains.

Why do you recommend Fist of Awesome?

Why do you not recommend Fist of Awesome?

Fist of Awesome is a 2D side scrolling beat'em up that costs $3.99 and has zero in app purchases.

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Why do you recommend Star Command?

Why do you not recommend Star Command?

Star Command is a space simulation management game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Beautiful pixel-art

A detailed, colorful and varied aesthetic throughout the game. Ships, menus, and cutscenes are all beautifully made.

In-depth starship management

You get to decide which components go where, which crew members to assign where, etc.

Unstable

The game might crash often so save often.

Why do you recommend Chaos Rings II?

Why do you not recommend Chaos Rings II?

Chaos Rings II is a Japanese role playing game that costs $15.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Great combat system

Choose between solo and paired combat, where damage dealt is increased and damage taken in shared. Add to that a 'rock, paper, scissors'-type...

Varied, beautiful world

A variety in locations visited and enemies met, that all are beautifully designed, gives the game a world that feels alive.

High price

While Chaos Rings II is a premium game the price of $15.99 is a bit high for a mobile game. But understandable since it's quite beautifully craft...

Why do you recommend Secret of Mana?

Why do you not recommend Secret of Mana?

Secret of Mana is an action role playing game that costs $9.00 and has zero in app purchases.

Top down real time battle system

Secret of Mana features a top down real time battle system akin to other action role playing games such as Legend of Zelda.

One of the best action role playing games ever made.

Twenty some odd years later and Secret of Mana is still one of the best action role playing game experiences there is.

Graphics could have been optimized for Android in this port of a 4 year old iOS release

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Square Enix has done nothing to polish the graphics in this port from iOS which for the price point is a little disheartening. The black borders on b...

Why do you recommend Machinarium?

Why do you not recommend Machinarium?

Machinarium is an award winning indie point and click adventure game that costs $4.99 and has zero IAPs.

Hand drawn steam punk graphics are visually stunning

Machinariums graphics are quite exquisite to look at and definitely give the game a fantastic steam punk vibe.

Machinarium includes immersive mode

Immersive mode is a full screen feature that hides navigation and notification bars on Android 4.4 and up and is thankfully included in Machinarium

Difficult to play on a small screen device

Machinarium can be difficult to play on small screen devices such as phones.

Why do you recommend The Cave?

Why do you not recommend The Cave?

The Cave is a 2D adventure platformer that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Humorous narrator

The main character of the game is The Cave itself. The Cave has a tendency for ironic, deep-voiced remarks regarding his new inhabitants, their past...

Clever, sin-based puzzles

You control 3 out of 7 characters representing deadly sins. They have to use their special abilities and work together to solve logic puzzles. The pu...

There is lag and stutter on some devices

On lower end devices there may be significant lag and dropped frames.

Why do you recommend Minecraft - Pocket Edition?

Why do you not recommend Minecraft - Pocket Edition?

Minecraft - Pocket Edition is a open world survival game that costs $6.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Great freedom of expression

In Minecraft you explore different landscapes, fight monsters, gather resources, craft items and build. Build houses, traps, monuments, roller coaste...

Local multiplayer

Minecraft can be played with other people locally over Wi-Fi.

Not as deep as other versions

Minecraft - Pocket Edition does not have as much content as other versions due to it's limited size and resources.

Why do you recommend Delver?

Why do you not recommend Delver?

Delver is a first person view roguelike that costs $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Great atmosphere

Delver has a simplistic, blocky, yet colorful and friendly aesthetic combined with inviting music and detailed sound design.

Mods

The game can be modded, bringing new items and mechanics in the game. There are resources that can help with creating your own mods.

Loot description hidden underneath finger

Loot that is picked up in game has a description box that gets hidden underneath the players finger, making it difficult to tell what was just picked...

Why do you recommend Ridiculous Fishing?

Why do you not recommend Ridiculous Fishing?

Ridiculous Fishing is a casual arcade fishing game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Polished arcadey gameplay that's great as a time-waster

Ridiculous Fishing offers a fun casual gaming experience that is enjoyable in short or long bursts.

Can be played while offline

Ridiculous Fishing allows the game to played while offline.

Eats battery

Playing Ridiculous Fishing can run through a fully charged battery pretty quickly.

Why do you recommend rymdkapsel?

Why do you not recommend rymdkapsel?

rymdkapsel is a minimalist real time strategy game that costs $3.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Stunning minimal graphics

While being minimally design the colors shapes and space around them create what could be considered an artistic masterpiece.

Wonderful touch based interface

The controls for the game such as swiping and dragging feels intuitive and works great.

Not all elements of the games mechanics are obvious

On the players first playthrough the mechanics of every element in the game are not obvious and may take some trial and error.

Why do you recommend Gemini Rue?

Why do you not recommend Gemini Rue?

Gemini Rue is a point and click adventure game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.A sci-fi noir adventure in the tradition of "Blade...

Great story and aesthetics

The story is a really good Sci-FI tale that takes advantage of good music and wonderfully made pixel art.

Parallel stories

There are two stories that the player switches between while playing.

Poor combat sequences

The combat sequences feel a bit forced and not all that fun.

Why do you recommend Another World?

Why do you not recommend Another World?

Another World is an adventure game that costs $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Controller support

Another World features controller support for MOGA devices as well as the Xperia Play.

Great remake

The newly added HD graphics show that much time was spent creating a fantastic remake of what was a very iconic game.

Some issues with the control scheme

Touch controls for movements such as jump can be hard to pull off as the swipe gesture needs to be very exact.

Why do you recommend Amoebattle ?

Why do you not recommend Amoebattle ?

Amoebattle is a real time strategy game that costs $0.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Beautiful

Amoebattle has many colorful and friendly worlds and characters to offer.

8 to 10 hours of gameplay

There's quite a bit of gameplay and variety for a mobile RTS game.

Gets difficult

Amoebattle is easy to learn but once a player gets into a bit of the game the battles become very tough.

Why do you recommend Spirits?

Why do you not recommend Spirits?

Spirits is a beautiful puzzle game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Great atmosphere

Dream-like art direction with hand-drawn characters and levels, and excellent sound design.

Varied, Lemmings-style puzzles

The game has interesting and often challenging puzzles, especially if you wish to complete the level perfectly, made possible with varied abilities...

Slow moving gameplay

Spirits is mean to be a slow relaxing game though some people may not enjoy the slowness of the title.

Why do you recommend Doom & Destiny?

Why do you not recommend Doom & Destiny?

Doom & Destiny is an award-winning indie JRPG for XBox and Mobile that costs $3.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Beautiful

Doom & Destiny has a colorful, detailed aesthetic.

Great storytelling

Doom & Destiny is very well written. Full of references, humorous dialogue and excellent satire of RPGs.

Translation errors

With a game that's heavily focused on storytelling grammatical errors are quite noticeable.

Why do you recommend Bean's Quest?

Why do you not recommend Bean's Quest?

Bean's Quest is a fun platformer for mobile that costs $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Platforming perfection for mobile

This is a mobile platform game which is easy to control but very hard to master. You can only tell your character to go left or right, jumping happe...

Lots of replayability

Bean's Quest has things to find, challenges based on complexity and the amount of times you've jumped in each level. Trying to hit everything...

Bean's Quest is short

The length of the game is a bit short.

Why do you recommend Sonic the Hedgehog 2?

Why do you not recommend Sonic the Hedgehog 2?

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a 2D platformer for android that is a completely rebuilt release for Android and other HD platforms. It costs $2.99 and has z...

Not just an emulation

This port introduces several new features, including a wider viewing screen, and new levels based on Hidden Palace Zone, which was cut from the origi...

Decent controls

The controls are surprisingly decent, given how poor controls tend to be for console games emulated on touch devices.

Touch screen controls not as accurate as using a controller

While the touch screen controls are good compared to other games they are still not as accurate as using a controller.

Why do you recommend Anomaly Warzone Earth HD ?

Why do you not recommend Anomaly Warzone Earth HD ?

Anomaly Warzone Earth HD is a tower offense game that costs $3.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Great Graphics

The graphics are fantastic looking ranging from all the different vehicles to the explosions, there is definitely a lot to behold.

Controls work well on touchscreen

Even though Anamaly Warzone Earth HD was created for PC, the mobile port has excellent touch screen controls.

Double speed has to be continuously pressed in order for it to be working

Having to hold down double speed gets very tiring after a while, especially on tablets.

Why do you recommend Botanicula?

Why do you not recommend Botanicula?

Botanicula is a point and click adventure game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Immersive mode

Botanicula utilizes immersive mode which is available on all Android devices that are on 4.4+.

Intuitive puzzles

Unlike this studios previous work (Machinarium) the puzzles are intuitive and difficulty ramps up fairly.

Buggy and crashes

There are quite a few graphical bugs in the game as well as a lack of stability.

Why do you recommend The Great Fusion?

Why do you not recommend The Great Fusion?

The Great Fusion is a point and click adventure game that costs $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Good story

The Great Fusion has many moments of satire and is even charmingly synical, giving the story a lot of character and making it a joy to play through.

Poor translation

There are grammatical errors in almost every line of dialogue.

Why do you recommend Hellraid: The Escape ?

Why do you not recommend Hellraid: The Escape ?

Hellraid: The Escape is a visually stunning action-adventure game with free updates, no in-app purchases or pay-to-win elements! Challenging puzzles,...

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Why do you recommend Puddle?

Why do you not recommend Puddle?

Puddle is a physics puzzle game that costs $0.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Beautiful graphics

From the different environments to all of the different liquids in the game, everything looks very striking.

Gameplay based on physics and chemistry

Puddle is a physics based game that also uses aspects of chemistry in it's gameplay.

HDR graphics setting buggy

The newly added HDR graphics setting is bugged in that the fluid in game does not appear when used.

Why do you recommend AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!?

Why do you not recommend AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!?

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! is a falling dodge object action game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Fun arcade style gameplay

The way the game is set up is that the player chooses a level and then proceed to rack up points as they fall down around buildings. It definitely gi...

Mobile version of game does not support camera pan for viewing

The console version have a feature that allows the character to look to the sides and above him, this has been cut out on all mobile versions sadly.

Why do you recommend Anomaly 2?

Why do you not recommend Anomaly 2?

Anomaly 2 is a tower offense game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Perfectly paced learning curve

With the way Anomaly 2 introduces players to the mechanics of the game it makes it really easy for all skill levels to get a grasp of how everything...

Online "tower offense vs tower defense" multiplayer is really fun

One player sets up defenses, and the other tries to break them. Really fun multiplayer dynamic to play with friends.

Large file size

At 1.5 gigs Anomaly 2 is a large game that can take a while to download and install.

Why do you recommend Shu's Garden?

Why do you not recommend Shu's Garden?

Shu's Garden is a 2D open world platformer that is free to play with zero in app purchases or advertisements.

Pure sandbox

There are no goals or objectives to be found.

Relaxing

The soft cartoony graphics, docile animals and no set goals playing Shu's garden is a relaxing world to play around in.

May become boring

Considering there are no real goals to the game some may find that there is not much to do after seeing all there is to see.

Why do you recommend Plasma in Engineering?

Why do you not recommend Plasma in Engineering?

Plasma in Engineering is an endless runner game that costs $0.99 and has zero in app purchases.

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Why do you recommend Bad Hotel?

Why do you not recommend Bad Hotel?

Bad Hotel is a music generation tower defense game that costs $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Streamlined tower defense mechanics

Bad Hotel has stripped away all of the fluff from tower defense and has boiled it down to it's essence without making it too simple.

Good controls

The drag and drop controls work well for this type of game.

Irritating sound design

The samples used in the music of this game can be irritating and annoying.

Why do you recommend Sorcery!?

Why do you not recommend Sorcery!?

Sorcery! is a mix of interactive storytelling with some tabletop role playing game elements. It costs $5.00 and has zero in app purchases.

Tabletop RPG mechanics done very well

Sorcery! has combined interactive story books with tabletop role playing game elements to create a great game.

Not much replay value

After completing the game there is no much replay value as most content has been seen.

Why do you recommend King of Dragon Pass?

Why do you not recommend King of Dragon Pass?

King of Dragon Pass is a text based strategy game that costs $9.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Plenty of depth

There is so much attention payed to the details of the game that gives the player a large sense of depth to the story.

Beautiful hand painted art

While King of Dragon Pass does forgo animations, the hand painted art that is featured in game is outright gorgeous.

Touch controls are not implemented well

While scrolling through text the play can easily accidentally click on text that performs an action. This can result in the player making game advanc...

Why do you recommend Back to Bed?

Why do you not recommend Back to Bed?

Back to Bed is a beautiful puzzle game that costs $4.00 and has zero in app purchases.

Great sound design

From the background music to the voice work the sound in this game not only fits with the theme but adds to the immersion.

Surreal graphics

The graphics in back to bed have a very surreal look to them, as if Dahli and Escher had teamed up to design a game.

Puzzles could be deeper

With such an amazing graphic design, the level of depth to the puzzles feels almost disappointing.

Why do you recommend First Strike 1.1?

Why do you not recommend First Strike 1.1?

First Strike 1.1 is an armageddon real time strategy game that costs $3.99 and has zero in app purchases.

1/4 of revenue is given to charities that help reduce nuclear arsenal

One quarter of all sales of First Strike 1.1 goes to a charity to help reduce missile arsenal in the world.

Looks great

The effects of missiles flying and exploding are impressive to watch.

No mid game save

There is no mid game save which means for some of the longer harder battles if one leaves the game, there is no going back to it.

Why do you recommend Danmaku Unlimited 2 ?

Why do you not recommend Danmaku Unlimited 2 ?

Danmaku Unlimited 2 is a bullet hell Bullet shmup that costs $4.59 and has zero in app purchases.

Challenging, but fair

In a typical bullet-hell fashion, the game requires constant focus, precise control and looks impossible at a distance. But if you are good enough, D...

Online leaderboards

You can compete with other people to get a higher score.

Not a lot of features

It only takes 10 minutes to see all of what the game offers.

Why do you recommend Anomaly Korea?

Why do you not recommend Anomaly Korea?

Anomaly Korea is a tower offense game that costs $3.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Great graphics

Background design, lighting effects, character models, it's all here and it looks great.

A lot of content to keep the player busy

Between upgrade, purchasing more units and arranging it all, there is a lot of content in game to keep the player busy.

Shorter campaign

Anomaly Korea has a shorter campaign compared to the first in the series.

Why do you recommend Circle Rush?

Why do you not recommend Circle Rush?

Circle Rush is a free, supersimple, yet a very fun game that looks great.

Local multiplayer for two players on the same device

Play with a friend on the same phone and choose how much games to play.

Beautiful and minimalistic design that fits the idea.

Looks great and feels smooth.

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Why do you recommend 99 problems?

Why do you not recommend 99 problems?

99 problems is a free to play arcade game, made of 99 levels with a flat design that has in app purchases that are $1.00 per item.

Very funny with friends

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Very hard game

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Why do you recommend Electro Rush?

Why do you not recommend Electro Rush?

Pong, but 3D, and with upgrades. It has no annoying IAP, and decent enough controls. With upgrades you can modify your paddle to do things like si...

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Why do you recommend POSTAL?

Why do you not recommend POSTAL?

POSTAL is an isometric view shooter with extreme violence.

No in app purchases

POSTAL is an upfront priced game at $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Customizable controls

POSTAL for Android features customizable touch controls so users can adjust the controls to their liking and play style.

Very violent

POSTAL has a checkered history of many moderates coming down on the title for its violent gameplay. Even recently Google Play has passed on publishi...

Why do you recommend Fur-Guardians?

Why do you not recommend Fur-Guardians?

Retro platformer that's totally free with no ads and no in-app purchases, lets you customize your own character

Open source

Programmers can get the source code and use it as a starting point to make their own games

Character customization

You can pick your animal and fur color, change your eyes, and buy clothing/upgrades with gems collected in the game.

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Why do you recommend Birdie Pirdie(Trini Tap2Fly)?

Why do you not recommend Birdie Pirdie(Trini Tap2Fly)?

A pretty good free Flappy Bird style game.

100% free, mo ads, no permissions

The game requires no permissions, so you don't need to worry about what it might be doing or accessing on your device.

Easy to learn, hard to master

Like any of the games in this style, it's easy to start playing. But it's challenging to get far.

May have IAPs added to it

The developer does state that IAPs may be added in the future.

Why do you recommend Dead Space?

Why do you not recommend Dead Space?

Dead Space is a mobile version of the popular console survival horror game of the same name. The story fits neatly between Dead Space and Dead Space...

Great story

Dead Space Mobile fills in the story as things progress between Dead Space and Dead Space 2. The experience of Dead Space 2 is enhanced by playing th...

Great controls

This game feels immediately familiar to fans of the console game, and controls very well.

Does not work on some newer devices due to lack of support

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Like all of the rest of EA's mobile games, they do not bother to support the title by pushing out new updates. Whatever devices the game does not...

Why do you recommend Galaxy Trucker?

Why do you not recommend Galaxy Trucker?

Adaptation of masochistic board game.

Performs amazingly well

Everything is silky smooth and there's no lag at all.

Great AI

Lots of different AIs with different focuses to play against.

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Why do you recommend Riddick: The Merc Files?

Why do you not recommend Riddick: The Merc Files?

Riddick: The Merc Files is a stealth action game that costs $2.96 and has zero in app purchases.

Good visuals

The visuals stand out as highly polished and give the game a very appropriate gritty feel.

Actual voice work done by Vin Diesel

Just like the rest of Vin Diesels games, he actually does the voice work.

Buggy

The AI for enemies does not work to well with them getting stuck on one another or falling over parts of the environment.

Why do you recommend Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction HD?

Why do you not recommend Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction HD?

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction HD is a stealth action adventure game that costs $4.99 but is only available on the Gameloft store.

Evenly paced with a lot of variety

The pacing of the game sis close to what one would expect of a console title as well as the variety of situations and movements.

Not available on the Google Play Store

For some reason this Gameloft title is not available on the Google Play Store but can be found on the Amazon Appstore and the Gameloft store.

Why do you recommend SC Blacklist: Spider-Bot?

Why do you not recommend SC Blacklist: Spider-Bot?

SC Blacklist: Spider-Bot is a stealth action game that is free to play and has zero in app purchases.

Three modes of play

There are three modes of play available in game with a different robot to play in each.

Transferable currency to PC title

Being that this is a companion app for the PC title Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Ubisoft has made the in game earned currency transfera...

Has trouble connecting to UPlay

In what is at this point expected behavior from Ubisoft there is apparently connection problems with this game to their servers.

Why do you recommend Dynamite Jack?

Why do you not recommend Dynamite Jack?

Dynamite Jack is an arcade stealth game that is $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Two control schemes

There are two control schemes available in the settings. The forst is drawing lines that the character follows on screen and the other is a virtual...

User created levels

There are an assortment of user created levels available for download as well as any number that the user can come up with and create themselves.

Gameplay somewhat overwhelming

When first starting out all of the pop ups on the display may be confusing or just too much for the player.

Why do you recommend Crazy Taxi?

Why do you not recommend Crazy Taxi?

Crazy Taxi is an arcade open world racing game that costs $0.99 and has zero in app purchases.

HID controller support

Crazy Taxi supports all HID controllers, such as the PS3 and XBox 360 controllrs.

Music from Bad Religion and Offspring

For a port to hold onto it's music licenses is pretty much unseen now a days but luckily Crazy Taxi still has all of the original tracks found in...

Graphics look dated

Considering that the game is fifteen years old (as of 2014), the graphics do look a bit dated when compared to other high end games on Android.

Why do you recommend Neon Shadow?

Why do you not recommend Neon Shadow?

Neon Shadow is a sci-fi first person shooter that costs $0.99 and has zero in app purchases.

SHIELD games support

nVidia SHIELD support built in.

Local multiplayer

Neon Shadow supports local area network multiplayer support for Death-match play.

Shallow gameplay

While the story and game mechanics are serviceable one has to wonder how much better the game could have been if more attention was focused on these...

Why do you recommend Shapik: the quest?

Why do you not recommend Shapik: the quest?

Shapik: the quest is a point and click adventure game that is free to play and has zero in app purchases.

Straightforward puzzles

The puzzles are pretty intuitive and straightforward.

Short

The game is pretty short and can be finished in under half an hour.

Why do you recommend Grimma?

Why do you not recommend Grimma?

Grimma is a point and click adventure game that costs $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Interesting two tone graphics

The graphics are an interesting shade of beige, which give the game an individual look.

Short

Grimma can be completed in a little under an hour.

Why do you recommend Lethal Lance?

Why do you not recommend Lethal Lance?

Lethal Lance is an old school 2D side scrolling platformer that costs $0.99 and has zero in app purchases.. You have to run & jump, kill enemies,...

No in-app purchases

Although it says there are In-App Purchases on the Play Store page of the game, in reality there are none. Once you buy the game, you get the full ex...

nVidia Shield support

The game can be played with either on screen virtual buttons or a nVidia Shield gaming device.

Oldschool gameplay may have trouble holding attention of player

Lethal Lance holds so tight to the design of old school platforming of yor that in this day in age some may consider the gameplay boring.

Why do you recommend UniWar HD ?

Why do you not recommend UniWar HD ?

UniWar HD is an asynchronous online mulyiplayer turn based strategy game that cost $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Asymmetrical turn-based gameplay

UniWar has three races to choose from - Sapien (humans), Titan (machines), Khralean (bugs) each with their strengths, weaknesses and slightly differe...

Online multiplayer

There are 53 maps to play on and it can even be played when the other person is offline via e-mail. Additionally, you can play up to 20 games at any...

Slow moving

Games tend to be pretty slow.

Why do you recommend Unpossible?

Why do you not recommend Unpossible?

Unpossible is a futuristic looking endless runner that is paid upfront at $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

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Why do you recommend ALONE...?

Why do you not recommend ALONE...?

ALONE is a very stylistic take on an endless runner that also has the benefit of being upfront paid at $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Graphics are very beautiful in motion

ALONE has one of the best designs around for an endless runner.

No in app purchases

There are zero in app purchases to this title.

Controls can be challenging

The controls can be hard to get used to and as such can be extremely challenging to master.

Why do you recommend Grand Theft Auto III?

Why do you not recommend Grand Theft Auto III?

Grand Theft Auto III is an open world action adventure game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

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Why do you recommend Oil Rush: 3D naval strategy?

Why do you not recommend Oil Rush: 3D naval strategy?

Oil Rush: 3D naval strategy is a real time strategy game that costs $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Free demo available

A free demo is available for users to try the game out before purchasing.

Superb graphics

Full 3D rendered ships, ocean waves and all kinds of effects all combine to create on great looking game.

May not perform optimaly on lower end hardware

With all the effects and animations the game uses performance may not be the best on lower end hardware.

Why do you recommend Meatballphobia?

Why do you not recommend Meatballphobia?

Meatballphobia is a 2D physics puzzle game that costs $1.50 and has zero in app purchases.

50 levels of gameplay

There are fifty levels of increasing difficulty to play through in Meatballphobia.

No updates

Meatballphobia has not has a single update since it's release. That is almost a year ago now.

Why do you recommend 7x7 - Best Color Strategy Game?

Why do you not recommend 7x7 - Best Color Strategy Game?

7x7 - Best Color Strategy Game is a strategy game that is free to play and has zero in app purchases.

Simple mechanics, challenging gameplay

The simple mechanics mean the game is easy to pick up and learn, while the challenging gameplay is what keeps players coming back to play more.

Intrusive ads

There are many ads that will pop up in the game.

Why do you recommend oO?

Why do you not recommend oO?

oO is a minimalist indie "dodge-em-up / runner" arcade game that costs $1.97 and has zero in app purchases.

Great game for masochists

oO is hard, extremely hard. Man y many retries will be used but in the end each level is frustratingly fun.

Variety in levels

Each level has it's own look and variety of obstacles.

Precision perception feels off

The precision needed to execute very exactly time moves is sometime hard to judge, resulting in death.

Why do you recommend Gunman Clive?

Why do you not recommend Gunman Clive?

Gunman Clive is a platformer that costs $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Good touch screen controls

The touch screen controls are accurate and work very well for this platformer.

Tough as nails

Very challenging game in the same vein as Mega Man for platforming, boss battles, and gameplay.

Death means a restart at the beginning of the level, no halfway points

Gunman Clive has zero mid level checkpoints, which means upon death the player will have to restart all over again at the beginning of the level.

Why do you recommend Stories of bethem?

Why do you not recommend Stories of bethem?

Stories of bethem is an action role playing game that is free with zero in app purchases.

Intuitive gameplay

Familiar gameplay mechanics resembling games such as :egend of Zelda

No permissions necessary

There are zero permissions required to install and run this game.

Iffy English translation

Having been translated from Spanish to English, there are numerous errors.

Why do you recommend Autumn Dynasty - RTS?

Why do you not recommend Autumn Dynasty - RTS?

Autumn Dynasty - RTS is a real time strategy game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Intuitive controls

Autom Dynasty - RTS offers intuitive controls that work as easy as painting strokes on a canvas.

Plenty of replayability

With the inclusion of battle mode there is plenty of replayabilty to be had.

Buggy speed control

Currently (Oct 2014) there is a bug that randomly sets the speed to max, making it almost impossible to play.

Why do you recommend Bunny to the Moon?

Why do you not recommend Bunny to the Moon?

Bunny to the Moon is a free arcade game in which you guide a flying bunny through 4 different areas in order to reach the Moon. Each of the 4 areas (...

Easy to learn, hard to master

Controls are simple taps to direct bunny's jumps, but they require a fine deal of precision to make good progress in the game. While this may pro...

Free and not an infinite runner

The game is free, has no in app purchases and has only occasional ads in attempts to monetize. Bunny to the Moon also has a clear goal and ending.

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Why do you recommend GRAVITY: DON'T LET GO?

Why do you not recommend GRAVITY: DON'T LET GO?

GRAVITY: DON'T LET GO is an arcade space game that is free to play and has zero in app purchases or advertisements.

Multiplayer

A multiplayer mode was added after release in an update.

Great 3D graphics

The 3D graphics in GRAVITY: DON'T LET GO stand out, especially for being a completely free game.

Only three modes that are finished shortly

There are three mini games in this title and they can be finished pretty quickly.

Why do you recommend Battle Slimes?

Why do you not recommend Battle Slimes?

Battle Slimes is a simplistic local multiplayer battle game that is free to play and has zero in app purchases.

Single device local multiplayer

Battle Slimes can be played by multiple players all on the same device.

Simple and quick

The gameplay itself is pretty simple consisting of jump and shoot, combined with a fast rounds of play, Battle Slimes is a great option for a quick l...

4 players on the same device at the same time can be a bit crowded

Depending on the devices screen size, Battle Slimes may become a little too crowded for all 4 players to comfortably play on the same device.

Why do you recommend LEGO Creator Islands?

Why do you not recommend LEGO Creator Islands?

LEGO Creator Islands is a mix of Sim City and Clash of Clans and it is completely free to play with zero in app purchases or advertisements.

Fun for any age

Even though the game is designed for the age groups 9-11 LEGO Creator Islands remains fun for any age.

Building freedom

LEGO Creator Islands allows for freedom to build what one wants to place on their islands.

Short

Can be finished in under 5 hours.

Why do you recommend Faif?

Why do you not recommend Faif?

Faif is an asynchronous multiplayer puzzler mixed with role playing elements that costs $1.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Fun mix of puzzle and roguelike games

Faif uses and entertaining mix of match tile puzzle games and roguelikes, in that the player matches five tiles to complete moves such as striking th...

In game shop to purchase powerups with earned currency

During matches the player is able to go into a shop that has purchasable powerups. These powerups are purchased with in game currency that is earned...

Can become time consuming and boring

The further one gets in the game the more time consuming matches may become, which in and of itself do not really add much to the actual gameplay, wh...

Why do you recommend The Boy with Bombs?

Why do you not recommend The Boy with Bombs?

The Boy with Bombs is an arcade bomb placing game that is free to play and has zero in app purchases.

Great for quick gaming sessions

The Boy With Bombs is a great game to play when looking for a quick burst of gaming. A single session does not last more than a couple of minutes.

Old School SNES character design

The character design is very reminiscent of games from the SNES such as Secret of Mana.

Bomb upgrade system confusing

The upgrade system for bombs can be confusing as there is nothing in game that explains it.

Why do you recommend 9th Dawn RPG +?

Why do you not recommend 9th Dawn RPG +?

9th Dawn RPG + is an old school action role playing game that costs $2.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Good story

Open world with lots of quests and sidequests

The world is open and vast allowing the player to choose the direction they want to take, with the addition of a multitude of sidequests the gameplay...

Controls poorly

The poor controls can have a detrimental effect on gameplay when using melee combat characters.

Why do you recommend Anodyne?

Why do you not recommend Anodyne?

Anodyne is an action role playing game that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Easy to learn how to play

With simple intuitive controls it is easy to get started playing Anodyne.

Can be played in portrait or landscape view

Depending on what the users preferred rotation scheme is to play games, Anodyne allows for both to be used, portrait and landscape.

Story feels unresolved when the game is finished

after finishing the game there are still many elements that feel unanswered.

Why do you recommend Ys Chronicles 1?

Why do you not recommend Ys Chronicles 1?

Ys Chronicles 1 is a classic RPG from the Master System that has seen many re-releases. It costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Mobile friendly save system

The save system is pretty forgiving, fitting well with a mobile on the go style of gaming.

Simple controls

There are actually no buttons on screen and the whole game is controlled with a floating Dpad. interaction with NPCs is down by just bumping into the...

Translation is full of errors

The translation of the game is chock full of errors, making for sometimes difficult to read text and hard to follow story.

Why do you recommend Evoland?

Why do you not recommend Evoland?

Evoland is a unique RPG adventure game where as the player progresses the graphics in the game advance from 8bit all the way to modern 3D. The price...

Offers a good bit of nostalgia

Starting the game one is playing something very reminiscent of a classic Gameboy game, many elements borrowed from famous franchises of the time. As...

Gameplay shifts from action based to turn based

The gameplay seamlessly changes from action based combat resembling Secret of Mana or zelda to turn based (when fighting bosses) that resembles Final...

Touch controls feel a bit slippery

The transition from PC game to mobile has an issue with the touch controls feeling a bit loose or slippery making for a game that is tough to control...

Why do you recommend Broken Age?

Why do you not recommend Broken Age?

Broken Age is a point and click adventure game created by Tim Schafer. It costs $9.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Polished art design

The graphics, music and voice acting are all top notch. Considering the amount of money this game made through its Kickstarter, they very well should...

Full game

For 15 months only the first part of the game was available on a few platforms. With the mobile releases the full game is what is on sale both part o...

Puzzles in second act too convoluted

In comparison of the first act, which had simple puzzles that moved the story forward, the puzzles in the second act are extremely difficult with no...

Why do you recommend Grim Fandango Remastered?

Why do you not recommend Grim Fandango Remastered?

Grim Fandango Remastered is a cross platform HD remastering of the original title, a point and click adventure game created by Lucas Arts. It costs $...

New commentary track

The current remastered developers have added a new commentary track from the original key developers to the game.

Inspired by the Day of the Dead holiday, Mexican folklore and film Noire

Grim Fandango is self admittedly inspired by the Day of the Dead Mexican holiday as well as Noir style films.

No tutorial

A missed opportunity with this remake is the chance to finally add a tutorial.

Why do you recommend LEGO® Star Wars™: TCS?

Why do you not recommend LEGO® Star Wars™: TCS?

LEGO® Star Wars™: TCS is a port of the console and PC version of the title for Android, it costs $6.99 and has zero in app purchases.

Huge amount of playable charcters

There are over 120 different playable character that the player can unlock throughout the game to play with in game. This also gives the game quite a...

Nvidia Shield controler support

LEGO® Star Wars™: TCS has controller support for the Nvidia Shield tablet.

Limited amount of devices the game will run on

Warner Bros. International Enterprises has limited the amount of devices that the game can run on, most likely to ensure that the game will run at an...

Why do you recommend The 7th Guest: Remastered?

Why do you not recommend The 7th Guest: Remastered?

The 7th Guest: Remastered is a graphically updated point and click adventure game classic for Android that costs $3.99 and has zero in app purchases.

HD graphics that upscale

The graphics have all been redone for HD and have been created with up-scaling in mind to allow for proper representation on the assortment of device...

Classic graphics game mode

There is an optional classic graphics setting that can be used that makes the game appear as it originally did with a mouse pointer as the input and...

Large file size

The new HD graphics, included full soundtrack and in game full-motion videos take up quite a bit of room on the device, just short of 1GB.

Why do you recommend Space Marshals?

Why do you not recommend Space Marshals?

Space Marshals is a tactical stealth twin stick top down shooter for Android that costs $4.99 and has zero in app purchases.

All new chapters to the game will be free

After purchasing the singular title (chapter 1 & 2 on the Play Store) the third chapter will be added free of charge when released.

Loot reward system

Space Marshals has a loot reward system where in after the player completes a level, depending on how high their rank is for completion allows for a...

Touch controls not as accurate as they need to be

Twin stick shooter style game do not often control great with touch screens due to the lack of tactile feedback, while Pixelbite tries to mitigate th...

Why do you recommend Laserbreak Pro?

Why do you not recommend Laserbreak Pro?

Addictive and unique puzzler

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75 difficult levels

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Why do you recommend Alpha Wave?

Why do you not recommend Alpha Wave?

A gorgeous, fast paced space shooter with a retro feel but with a very modern look! It's a great little time killer and it's yours forever f...

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Why do you recommend Classic Freecell Solitaire?

Why do you not recommend Classic Freecell Solitaire?

Classic Freecell card game, with a pretty card deck.

Lost games can be replayed until solved

Over 99% of Freecell games can be won. But if a game is lost it can be replay until won.

Huge selection of deals

Features the 1 million numbered deals that are identical to the ones on desktop.

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Why do you recommend Classic Spider Solitaire?

Why do you not recommend Classic Spider Solitaire?

A card game designed for Android with the gameplay you're used to from other platforms.

Game synchronisation

The same game can be played across different devices. The game can be started on a tablet and finished on a phone.

Hints

If needed, the game can provide hints.

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Why do you recommend Solitaire Classic?

Why do you not recommend Solitaire Classic?

If you liked playing Solitaire on Windows to pass time you are going to love this game.

Game synchronization

Game synchronizes between Android devices. A game can be started on one Android device and continued on another.

Beautiful graphics

Cards are easily read.

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Why do you recommend Wordophile?

Why do you not recommend Wordophile?

A fun and challenging word puzzle game for phones and tablets.

Thought provoking

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Very enjoyable word game, with clues and plenty of levels to keep one occupied for a few hours.

Not for everyone.

The game can be hard if word games are not what you're into.

Why do you recommend DuckTales: Remastered?

Why do you not recommend DuckTales: Remastered?

DuckTales: Remastered is a port of the PC/console remastered release of a NES title. The game is an action adventure platformer that uses the license...

Immersive mode

DuckTales: Remastered features immersive mode support for full screen gameplay on hardware with software navigation buttons.

Non linear gameplay with branching paths and hidden areas

The original DuckTales for the NES was created with the MegaMan engine by the main MegaMan design team. This allowed for a non linear gameplay design...

Expensive

While some people may not agree, to see a 2 year old remastered port of a port be released at a price point $9.99, the price is not really justified....

Why do you recommend TinyKeep?

Why do you not recommend TinyKeep?

TinyKeep is a PC port of a 3D randomly generated roguelite dungeon crawler for Tegra K1 and 4 devices.

Different endings and Game+ mode

There are 3 different endings to the game, which gives a good bit of incentive to replay numerous times in order to see them all as well as a Game+ m...

Environment can be used against enemies

Parts of the environment in the game can be used against ones enemies, such as spike floor traps, turned over fire pits or even captive NPCs. Utilizi...

Only works on limited devices

TinyKeep, being a very graphically intensive game has been ported specifically for Tegra K1 devices with newly added support for the Tegra 4. Sadly t...

Why do you recommend High Rocket?

Why do you not recommend High Rocket?

High Rocket is a simple avoidance game that free to play and has zero in app purchases.

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Why do you recommend Merchant?

Why do you not recommend Merchant?

Merchant is a completely free medieval tycoon RPG game for Android.

Fun resource management mechanic

The player can sell their loot (gathered from a dungeon) for in game money, to then be spent on needed equipment or can equip their loot to try hard...

Dedicated subreddit

Merchant has a dedicated subreddit page where users can discuss the game, strategies and bugs.

Wait times

There are wait times in the game for both crafting and adventuring. This makes it impossible to sit and play for any length of time and makes the us...

Why do you recommend Worldcrafter?

Why do you not recommend Worldcrafter?

Worldcrafter is a 2D platform game in the style of Minecraft that costs $1.91 and has zero in app purchases. Build worlds, craft items, battle monste...

Loads to do

A massive play area with lots to do.

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Why do you recommend Gentlemen! (multiplayer!)?

Why do you not recommend Gentlemen! (multiplayer!)?