Top Ten Best New Android Games - November 2013
The best new Android games we've played over the last month.
There were some huge new releases for Android gamers in October, from the full-on, in-your-face zombie-slaying antics of a Dead Trigger sequel, to the more sedate and cerebral charms of Type:Rider.
Here's our pick of the ten best games to hit the Android platform in the month of October.
10. NBA General Manager 2014
NBA fans won't want to miss out on this chance to take charge of a team, lick 'em into shape and then lead (or drag) them along the path to glory. Once you've really mastered the game, you can even take the challenge to a global stage, and crush the dreams of rival players online.
9. Drift Mania: Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws is the latest in a very long line of Drift Mania games to hit mobiles, and although we found it a tough game to get accustomed to, we had plenty of praise for the game in our review last month. It's all about executing tight drifts to rack up big points in this new racer, then using those points to unlock even better cars and upgrades.
8. Fist of Awesome
If the mention of games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage sends a wave of nostalgia flooding over you, then you should definitely take a closer look at Fist of Awesome. From the graphics to the combat itself, this is every inch a love-letter to old-school 2D scrolling combat games. That it's also stuffed to the brim with daft humor really doesn't hurt either.
7. Star Command
Star Command was released for iPhones and iPads earlier this year, and we had plenty of praise for this strategic space sim. Now, Android gamers can boldly go where iOS gamers have already been, and we think you'll be won over by the gorgeous pixel artwork and endlessly fresh replay value in this excellent new game.
If we told you that Type:Rider was a game all about the history of typography, you'd be forgiven for snoozing off. The reality though is that this gorgeously crafted game doesn't just impress visually, it's also packed with some seriously satisfying puzzles as you guide two loosely connected orbs on a journey passed the cave-paintings of the prehistoric age, all the way up to the modern era of digital communication.
Type:Rider - Review
5. Call of Duty: Strike Team
With the release of Call of Duty Ghosts on the major console platforms, you might be getting an itchy trigger finger while you're on the go. The good news is that this new mobile Call of Duty ticks all the right boxes, and should help keep the console cravings away on the journey to school or work.
4. The Blockheads
We had high praise for The Blockheads when it hit the App Store at the beginning of this year, and now Android gamers can finally get stuck into this charming world-building and exploration game. This 2D adventure will have you digging, crafting and building with friends to create a whole new home from home. Don't call it a Minecraft clone - this game has a character that's entirely its own.
3. ARC Squadron: Redux
The core feature of this Redux edition of ARC Squadron is that the game is now free to play - even better, you can play an awful lot of this superb aerial shooter without feeling obliged to spend so much as a single cent. Starfox fans will want to place this new version of the game straight to the top of their download list.
2. New Star Soccer
We've been waiting a very long time for Simon Read's light-hearted flick-soccer sim to make the transition from Apple's app store to Google Play, but it was well worth the wait. Expect one of the most addictive mobile games you can get from this modern masterpiece, loads of satisfying soccer gameplay, and a lifestyle management game that pokes plenty of fun at the great and good of the world's favorite sport.
New Star Soccer - Review
1. Dead Trigger 2
No prizes for guessing Madfinger's zombie-packed sequel would take the top spot for Android gamers this month. Yes, it's all rather predictable, but this was hands-down the best new Android game to hit Google Play last month, and any fan of first-person shooters shouldn't hesitate to download this superb free-to-play title today.