G5 is arguably the most generous Android app development house out there, and its current giveaway allows it to lay more of a claim to that crown. Mahjong Artificats: Chapter 2 is free for users of the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore.
Details of the game (per the Play Store):
Free for a limited time! Donâ€™t miss out!
Have you played the prequel to this fascinating game? Donâ€™t miss Mahjong Artifacts – on Google Play!
Mahjongg Artifacts: Chapter 2 is highly addictive tile-matching game. It takes tile-matching games in an exciting new direction! Gather pearls for purchasing special powers, utilize a selection of ground-breaking powerups, earn trophies, and enjoy the game`s beautiful graphics and rich audio. There’s more than enough tile-matching action in Mahjongg Artifacts 2 to keep you tapping the screen for months!
â— Epic quest mode with 25 levels
â— Additional 99 levels in classic mode
â— Thrilling endless mode
â— Five tile sets and numerous backgrounds
â— All ground-breaking powerups
â— Gorgeous graphics and rich audio
The game will remain free until January 17th; it is also free on other platforms.
As Gotham City and the world at large looks towards the future and Batman: Arkham Knight, Android-centric gamers are only now getting a taste of what caped crusading in the early days of the Dark Knight’s career entail.
Batman: Arkham Origins, at its core, follows the template set by Infinity Blade. It’s a path taken by many a mobile title– including quite a few licensed ones, such as Man of Steel– but for the most part, Batman does it better than numerous others which have nipped at the popular title’s heels. It takes some of the key aspects of the console title of the same name– features such as story, setting, visuals, etc.– and grafts it onto a game more streamlined and arguably better suited for a mobile title.
As the recently-debuted Batman, players find themselves having caused a fair bit of trouble for one of Gotham City’s top crime bosses, the Black Skull. Black Skull is not terribly keen on this, and so he sets a massive bounty in the head of the Bat that draws in mercenaries from all over to take a stab– or various other kinds of lethal blows– at claiming the bounty. Among those the Dark Knight will contend with are the likes of the Electrocutioner, Copperhead, Bane, and Deathstroke the Terminator– as well as a number of random masked thugs here and there.
The game is free-to-play, which of course means that while playing is free, investments are needed in order to secure more desirable components in a timely manner. Though you can slowly accumulate soft currency, hard currency (the most expensive option of which is over $100) is likely the only way that anyone will be dressing up in a variety of the Batsuits available (each with their own stats and bonuses) in a timely manner. Among others is the Beyond Batsuit, which makes the prospect mighty tempting.
One can also customize the Batman in a number of ways, from different tools to restore health or unleash a flurry of bats on an opponent to increasing the effectiveness of punches and strikes. Different stances are even available, for those who would rather focus more on defense than offense. Certain options, however, require leveling up to a certain degree before they become accessible.
As players progress, more missions open up for Batman to swoop in and put a stop to. They begin in the upper-west side, but soon spread to all four quadrants of the Gotham City map, and no sooner than one crime is foiled than another pops up, along with occasional ambushes by those hunting the Black Skull’s Bat-bounty. This is where Free-to-Play rears its ugly head, as Batman can only go for so long, as measured by his Stamina bar. When depleted, there are of course two options: Wait for the bars to replenish over time until the amount required for a mission has been refilled, or say “Screw the rules; I have money!” and just buy a second wind.
Batman: Arkham Origins looks good and sounds great, too, presumably sharing its voice acting with the console title as Not-Kevin Conroy does a good job as a younger Master Wayne. The music is quite nice and fitting, reminiscent of the kind of tunes one might associate with the classic Batman: The Animated Series or some of the World’s Greatest Detective’s higher points in cinema. The touch and swipe-based controls work well for the most part, though we did notice that Batman seems slower to guard than he is to strike, the problems with which should be obvious.
All told, if one considers themselves a fan of Batman, yet for whatever reason could or would not play the console version, the mobile version of the game is a pretty good alternative for those still wishing to experience the story.
A weekly column like this is new for Android Rundown. While we normally review Android applications that cost a couple of dollars, this column will be strictly free games and applications. There are a lot of games and apps out there offering a lot of entertainment for no out of pocket expense. Most of the time there are a few ads to endure. That is fine by me.
Below is an inaugural list of free Android games hand picked from the thousands and thousands of applications available in the Google Play Store. Each week on Friday, a new list of free Android apps will be here waiting to try out, so stop back each week.
Crazy Bitsy Spider
This is a fun little game. The idea is to build a web and capture bugs to eat. There are a lot of different levels and upgrades to make it more interesting. Don’t think there is free reign to build a web anywhere, as there are enemeies out to eat you too. Survival of the fittest in cartoon form… kinda.
I likes me some match 3 games. While simple in theory, they can be pretty challenging. Treasures of Montezuma 2 is no slouch when it comes to the match 3 style game. Switching places with different colored jewels and group them together to score points. Collecting crystals lets you pass the level.
Soccer is the world’s most popular game. Soccer Superstars 2012 is an outrageous cartoon soccer game with wild fiery kicks and crazy moves. As the games goes on the players can learn new moves and skills. Also, other players can be ulocked to make a super team.
When humans decide that they have messed up earth as mush as they can and bail out, plants in the last green spot on earth find a hero to fend off all of the evils the humans left behind. With the help of Leafy, the plants might just save the planet. This is a game offereing in-app purchases so be aware of that going in.
Download Plant War
Live in a place where there are no pets allowed? Me too :-(. Mobbles might be the fix to this problem. Mobbles are little collectible digital creatures living in the phone. Well, in the app on the phone. They need to be fed and need attention or they won’t be happy just like a real pet.
Physics-based games on the Android Market are a dime a dozen. There, I said it. And yet, despite their ubiquity, I still enjoy them for a brief time. They offer a simple, proven gameplay mechanic that you can’t help but get into with very little effort. However, when you come across a game that isn’t too novel when compared to similar games, you have to ask for a little more originality. If nothing else, polish and presentation is of the utmost importance. While not a terrible game, Ragdoll Blaster finds itself lacking just such qualities.
From the beginning, Ragdoll Blaster requires you to log into your Mobage account, if you have one. If not, you are simply locked-out of the game until you create one. The social gaming network gives you the ability to connect with friends and compare scores, but the lack of option to use the network seems arrogant. It also requires an internet connection, making this game even less attractive to those who don’t have or don’t want to use their 3G connections while away from a WiFi router. Of course, the game also takes the liberty of installing a shortcut to Mobage right on your home screen. It’s excessive and invasive, but it’s required if you want to play this game. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s fair, considering that this is a free game, but it doesn’t sit well with me, at all.
Beyond the odd requirements, the game is a fun, but standard, physics-based game. Your goal is to fire as few ragdolls as possible from a canon in the attempt to hit a target set somewhere on the screen. It’s a slightly different gameplay mechanic, as opposed to knocking over obstacles or crashing structures for points. Sometimes, you have to hit a moving target while other times you have to act quickly, setting up moving set pieces that open a gap or move the target to a place where you can hit it. Ragdoll Blaster shifts back and forth from being all about precision aiming to patient timing and skills.
Aiming and controlling your shots couldn’t be easier. Simply touch the screen to aim, set velocity and fire a ragdoll, all at the same time. The game even marks your last shot, making it easier to make minor adjustments in case you miss the first time. However, the mark remains, even after you reset the level. This means that you can easily get the lowest score on a level just by restarting and firing again. With just over 100 levels, you might find yourself burning through the game in an hour or two, assuming you don’t come up against a level you simply can’t figure out.
Ragdoll Blaster has little to offer fans of this style of gameplay that they haven’t seen elsewhere. The simplistic visuals might be easier on older Android devices, but it doesn’t help the game compete with better games in the same genre. Given the odd requirements and lack of polish, this is a free game you can afford to miss.