Hey there. If we know you like we think we do, you’re probably in the trips ofnsomething we like to call Back to School Mania. Our condolences.

What to do once the kids are back learning again? Why, play some new mobile games, of course. That’s something you can count on, even during this time when your nerves are more frazzled than usual just thinking about that light at the end of the tunnel.

Of course, the kids are going have soccer practice and PTA meetings and …

You know what? Sorry we brought that up. Along with a pretty keen puzzle game that released this week, here are 10 other games that have caught our eye even while running around frantically.

1.Radiation City

Take me down to the Radiation City, where the grass ain’t green and the girls are … Sorry, sorry. Based on the all too real Chernobyl disaster, this open world adventure and survival game looks amazing in a melancholy way. Like Fallout, but realer.

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2.Darkest Dungeon

Genre:Adventure Developer:Red Hook Studios Inc.

Can we be sure this dungeon is actually the darkest? No, no we can’t. But it does look like it’s going to easily make the list of top five darkest dungeons, so that’s something. Plus it’s psychologically dark, exploring the stresses that come with fantasy adventuring. It’s not all gold and glory, apparently. This game was lauded during its PC release, so it’s great to see it on mobile.

Darkest Dungeon is a fantastic roguelike RPG that highlights the psychological stresses that come with adventuring. You lead your band of heroes (or wanna-be heroes) across all kinds of dungeons and see their sanity and mental health slowly deteriorate. As the descent into madness (among other things), they become less effective and will often act not in the ways you asked them to but according to their messed up mental state. They can get paranoid, greedy, angry, and even hopeless, and all those mental states have direct effects on the gameplay. Add to that a lovely, Gothic 2D art and entertaining turn-based combat, and you can understand why the game has been a huge hit on PC.

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3.Little Red Lie

Genre:Puzzle Developer:WZO Games Inc

Lie is a narrative-focused, interactive fiction experience that reduces the traditional nine-verb adventure game structure down to a single, context-dependent interaction: LIE. Gameplay consists of navigating conversations and environments which will require you to lie to both others and yourself in order to secure your financial and personal future. If you enjoy realistic and dramatic stories in a contemporary setting which deal with weighty issues of family, society and politics, Little Red Lie will offer a unique perspective into the subtle (and not-so-subtle) deceptions that shape our daily lives.

It’s just occurred to us that the games leading off this week’s list are all kind of heavy. Little Red Lie is too, as you dive into the lives of two different characters and see how their lives can change for better or worse by not telling the truth. Not exactly time-killing fluff, but you can’t fill your phone up completely with lighter fare, right?

 

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4.Disney Magical Dice

Genre:Adventure Developer:Netmarble Games Corp.

Board games plus Disney = magic. And that’s not even their marketing spiel, it’s just a knee jerk reaction to Disney Magical Dice. With all the characters you love and a bunch of social features, this looks like one to check out even if you don’t walk around with Mickey Mouse ears most of the time. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

In Disney Magical Dice players will travel around the enchanted board, purchase their favorite characters’ landmarks, and relive classic Disney moments. The game will feature simplified game mechanics so that it’s easy for people of all ages to pick up and play.

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5.Bitgram

Genre:Puzzle Developer:1Button SARL

There are definitely apps out there already called Bitgram that have to do with cryptocurrencies, but this is not one of them. Instead, it’s a cross of sorts between Tetris and a color-matching puzzler from the same studio that gabe us Mr Jump. Intrigued? We are too.

This app is relaxed, but still tricky puzzle game. Task of the game is very interesting and tricky puzzle game. place geometric 2D shapes on an 8 × 8 field game. These appear randomly at the bottom of the screen. The puzzle pieces have two different colors, the playing field as well. The individual parts can only be stored on differently colored fields. In this way, you can change the playing field in color with each turn, until it is so jagged that none of the ever-growing puzzle pieces can be accommodated – the end of a round in this entertaining and tricky iOS puzzle Bitgram . Until then, every puzzle piece you put in has given you a point for your highscore.

6.Shadow Fight 2: Special Edition

Genre:Strategy Developer:Nekki Limited

The first Shadow Fight was pretty keen, so we’re anxious to see what the sequel brings to the table. What makes the Special Edition so special, you may reasonably ask? No ads or energy system, for starters. Plus we’re told it  features the same blend of stylish fighting and RPG elements as its predecessor, so we’re here for that. premium titles are popular these days, well, because they’re free. Add the enticing combination of Ninjas and Martial arts tournament fighting and the formula almost solves itself. It’s a cash cow. Shadow Fight 2 has garnered a whopping 5,000,000 downloads in less than half of a month, taking a sharp katana to the face of existing premium fighting titles already in the marketplace. The franchise’s humble beginning started on facebook and had a very successful run on iOS devices, so the momentum was already primed for an Android release. Shadow Fight 2 eventually snuck its way onto Android to a not so stealthy response, but more akin to sake enriched Sumo wrestler in a China shop. So far for developers Nekki, Shadow Fight 2 has been a total success on the Android platform.

The animation and maneuvers are realistically depicted based from real to life combat forms and martial techniques. In addition to fists and feet, weapons animations are fluid and deadly. Impacts smack hard, and opponents who are struck by an attack flop around realistically taking advantage of a robust rag doll physics engine. It all looks very well animated and very shady.

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7.Bertram Fiddle Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicament

Genre:Puzzle Developer:Rumpus Animation

We were looking for this second Bertram Fiddle episode a while back and then thought it might arrive in May, but better now than never. If you missed the first chapter, it’s a puzzle and adventure game with a much brighter take on the Victorian era than you generally see, and that alone is enough to recommend it.

 

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8.Bust-a-Move Journey

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Like games with different names in different markets? Let us introduce you to the artist also known as Puzzle Bobble Journey. It’s actually a precursor to the many match-3 bubble games out there, and it’s back to reclaim its old throne with 270 levels and apparently even more you can pay to unlock. That’s a lot of bubble popping by any name.

Brothers “Bubblun” and “Bobblun” have been turned into dragons by the curse of a witch. The brothers blow and burst bubbles to search a way to turn back into human form. Bust-A-Move/Puzzle Bobble’s classic, exciting play formula is simple but addictive: connect three or more bubbles of the same color to remove them from the field and progress.

Bust-A-Move Journey has more than 270 stages, with different achievements for each level. For those unfamiliar with the series, the aim of Bust-A-Move Journey is to pop bubbles with a match-3 like system. The mobile version has some new features like an Easy Mode, and in app purchases for levels after stage 270. Bust-A-Move Journey is available right now for $4.99.

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9.Cat Bird!

Genre:Adventure Developer:Ryan Carag

Everyone knows I love cats, and everyone (probably) knows how much I love platformers. And birds are pretty cool too. So it should be no surprise to see that Ryan Carag’s Cat Bird [Free] has managed to woo me into landing itself a Game of the Week recommendation. Ok, so pixel art “throwback” platformers are done to death nowadays, and it can be hard to stomach yet another one even if it’s a genre you enjoy. That said, while Cat Bird doesn’t necessarily break any new ground, it’s rare amongst the flood of retro-style platformers to see one so well-realized with a fantastic control scheme and truly well-designed levels. Cat Bird takes most of its cues from Super Meat Boy. Each level is dotted with traps to avoid, difficult platforming segments to navigate, and hidden items to collect.

ne of the game’s biggest strengths is its simple set of moves–run, jump, float–as it’s simply a means to negotiate your way through more than 40 levels of extremely well-designed puzzle platforming. Rather than having your actual move set become more complex, the game throws increasingly complex challenges your way, oftentimes requiring the use of your unique floating ability in order to suss them out.

Cat Bird sounds like it should be either the best buddy to or mortal enemy of CatDog, but while it’s just as cute, it’s also plenty more deadly. Word is that while the level design on this one is impressive, that also means it brings the pain in terms of difficulty. Not for people who end up throwing their phone or tablet in frustration, but for the rest of us, this looks like a fun test of skill and precision.

 

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10.Wingy Pop

Genre:Adventure Developer:Happymagenta UAB

Take a setup something like the vertical layout of the arcade classic Joust, make the protagonist a bird trying to keep eggs from drowning (’cause they totally do drown, right?) and then make the one-touch gameplay some but very challenging and this is what you get. Wingy Pop also looks cute and has a bunch of things to unlock, so it just might get its pixelated talons in you.

The set-up for Wingy Pop is something like Joust, for those of you old enough to remember that classic, with a vertical layout and a swiftly flowing river at the bottom of the screen instead of lava. A series of eggs falls down the platforms above, and your bird character needs to ensure none of them fall into the water. Wingy Pop is truly one-touch, as all you have to do is tap the screen to make the bird jump, which you can do multiple times if you need him to go higher.

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