This Week In Gaming Apps

This week: A huge week for mobile running games, ridiculously good sword-combat, strategy titles, a gorgeous 3rd person shooter with a real Painkiller vibe, and more.

Android

Chip Chain -- Free [also on iOS]

A challenging combination of match game and strategy game. Match numbered poker chips and they merge into one of the next highest number. It's combo-riffic.

Marbelous! -- $.99

(Not to be confused with Marbelous without the exclamation point) This is a pretty little puzzle platform adventure, featuring a ball with more character than many human characters.

Rivals at War -- Free [also on iOS]

Belie3ve it or not, this is a collectible card game. Players purchase boosters and build a deck that represents a military squad, and then battles play out real-time in 3D. I can see in-app purchases becoming an issue here, but the concept is very cool.

God of Blades -- $.99 [also on iOS for $2.99]

The ridiculously good sword-combat running game is now on Android, and it's only $.99 -- $2.00 less than iOS. Go, Android!

iOS

Dojo Danger -- $.99

Now here's a unique game. It's zombies vs. ninja using marbles on a tabletop laced with traps. A truly unique turn-based strategy game.

Melodive -- $.99

An incredibly trippy diving/flying game that you need to keep in your pocket for the next time you make bad decisions at a party.

Meltdown -- $1.99

This one's incredibly cool. You're a Russian scientist with the power of teleportation, tasked with trapping roaming monsters in special warp gate dealios. Very tricky puzzles in this one, and a really groovy style.

Journey to Hell -- $3.99

Whoa, where'd this one come from? A gorgeous 3rd person shooter with a real Painkiller vibe to it. You can expect more on it next week.

Color Heroes -- Free

A delightful little platformer starring a painting monkey. The controls are really odd -- tap a side to move in the direction and the opposite to jump, switch when changing directions -- but it's cute enough to power on through.

Outland Games -- $.99

It's an endless runner set in the Monday Night Combat universe, complete with annoying=as=hell announcer! Fun runner, the announcer can die in a fire.

The Ories -- Free

It took me a while to figure out the name of this cute and shiny physics puzzler. Read it again. Get it? Lovely game.

Liberation Maiden -- $5.49

SUDA51's awesome downloadable 3DS shooter comes to iOS, and it's so good. Touch screen controls are a little tricky, but I dare you to find a better sci-fi game starring the female president of New Japan anywhere.

App Reviews for the Week of March 2 - March 8, 2012

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Penumbear Looks Like a Casual Platformer. Then It Tears Out Your Throat.

Aw, look at the little bear. Isn't he cute? Oh my god he's got a little scarf. And look, he's followed around by colourful fireflies. I bet his game is as light and fluffy as his widdle ears. More »

Don't Ever Leave Me Again, Mini Ninjas

I contend that one of Square Enix's finest acquisitions in 2009's take-over of Eidos Interactive was the six miniature trained killers of 2009's action-adventure, Mini Ninjas. More »

Finally an Original Mobile Game That Plays to Sonic the Hedgehog's Greatest Strength

When Sega's Hardlight Studio released Sonic Jump last year, I shook my head. Jumping is not the ability Sonic the Hedgehog is known for. This week Hardlight has released endless runner Sonic Dash on iOS. More »

In a Week of Big-Name Runner Games, This Free Indie is On Fire

It's been a huge week for mobile running games. There's a new Temple Run that's tied to Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful. Mini Ninjas went for a jog, Sonic the Hedgehog busted out time-tested moves, and the Monday Night Combat folks launched the Outland Games.

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