Android Games Catch-All

BlackSabre wrote:

Happy with all the recommendations, bring em on ;)

Almost all the games on Android are also on IOS. When I moved I grabbed a couple of my mainstays like the Stickman Golf and Kingdom Rush series.

Crashlands is amazingly good, one of the few games I have ever beaten and then immediately started playing again.

I've had Crashlands on my phone forever, I keep hearing about how good it is. Maybe it's time I tried it out!

I burned out on Crashlands pretty fast. It felt like "busy work" the game.

EvilDead wrote:

I burned out on Crashlands pretty fast. It felt like "busy work" the game.

I had the same experience. It's a survival/crafting game, so if you normally find those to be an insufferable grind you're unlikely to feel differently about Crashlands.

BlackSabre wrote:

Happy with all the recommendations, bring em on ;)

Here are boardgame adaptions that I spend 95+% of my mobile gaming time playing. I just really like being able to pick up and put down games easily and the turn-based nature of board games facilitates that for me. I play the vast majority of these solo vs the AI, but will occasionally play online with friends.

Sentinels of the Multiverse - The best superhero board game IMO. Play as a crew of 3-5 superheroes with pre-built decks, each with super clever/unique mechanics and face off against a supervillain in a variety of environments. I may have played this more than any other game on my phone.

Race for the Galaxy - RFTG is one of the best tabletop engine builders out there. You're building a space empire and trying to guess what your opponents are going to do each round so you can take advantage of the moves they are making. Games are quick and satisfying.

Star Realms - A quick deck builder game where you go head to head to build a fleet of ships and space stations to take down your opponent. The easy deck thinning mechanics give you the ability to create some really powerful combos that ramp up dramatically at the end of each game. The base game is free.

Ascension - This is another all-time favorite of mine. I've been playing it for year now. Ascension is another deck builder with a dark fantasy theme. It plays similarly to Star Realms, but it is less directly confrontational. There is a metric ton of expansion content out there if you enjoy the base game, which is free.

Galaxy Trucker - This is one of he best mobile implementations of a board game ever. In addition to a flawless implementation of the mechanics of the game, the developers have even made a campaign mode for folks to play. Each game has you race to build a spaceship from a bunch of spare parts then send it off on a mission to face off against asteroids, pirates, and the like. It is a fun bit of chaos.

Burgle Bros - Assemble a team of criminals and break into a bank while avoiding guards and security systems. A fun co-op game.

Onirim - If you like solitaire style card games check this out. The base game is free.

Bottom of the 9th - In this game you are playing the last inning of a baseball game and are either batting or pitching. Each player has to guess what the other player is going to do. There is also a bit of dice management and each player has a set of special abilities available.

Neuroshima Hex - A fun little tactical combat board game with post-apocalyptic theming. Play one of several factions with different abilities and units.

Lords of Waterdeep - A great intro worker placement game with a nice D&D theme. Definitely get the expansion if you enjoy the base game.

Non-board games I like

Tilt to Live 2 - Use the accelerometer on your phone to move your little ship around to evade and destroy hordes of enemies with various weapons scattered across the map.

Doug Dug - A super-simple and fun digger game. Dig deep to find gems and face off against monsters. Be careful how you dig out the level, because you can and will frequently cause cave-ins.

Lara Croft Go - A great, stylish turn-based puzzle game using the Tomb Raider license. If you like this check out Hitman Go and Deus Ex Go.

Shortyz is a pretty good crossword app. I use it almost every day. Wish there were others since the Times Crossword app subscription is so pricey.

Anyone know of any others?

Rave wrote:

Shortyz is a pretty good crossword app. I use it almost every day. Wish there were others since the Times Crossword app subscription is so pricey.

Anyone know of any others?

Had that one since my first Android phone on 2010 or so. Still love it

Looking for a completely free and ad-free sudoku app? Sudoku4ever Plus. It also has the interface that I click with the best of the apps I looked at a while back. It hasn't been updated in since 2016, which is a good thing to me in this case.

Podunk wrote:
EvilDead wrote:

I burned out on Crashlands pretty fast. It felt like "busy work" the game.

I had the same experience. It's a survival/crafting game, so if you normally find those to be an insufferable grind you're unlikely to feel differently about Crashlands.

On the other hand, it's kind of the casual mode version of a survival/crafting game, so if you don't like that sort of game because you find the challenge level's a bit too much, this one might be a better fit. (The final boss is definitely a tick or three up in difficulty, though.)

Board game sale (for IOS too)

I already own Carcassonne and Small World. Any other must haves?

You can thank me for this one. I bought Carcasonne for full price a couple days ago.

Delbin wrote:

You can thank me for this one. I bought Carcasonne for full price a couple days ago.

Could you do me a favor and buy either Assassin's Creed: Odyssey or Red Dead Redemption 2? I'd like to play them, but don't want to pay full price.
Thanks!

Saw elsewhere that the Oddworld mobile games are on sale for $0.99 right now. Which do you recommend?

And which ones have been updated for the new resolutions of this generation of phones (or were programmed flexibly in the first place)? I'm wary of buying games right now, after downloading a couple of freebies and finding that where I had to touch was offset from what appeared on the screen (sorry, Bejeweled, I guess I'll get my match-3 itch scratched on Candy Crush, like everyone else these days).

I suppose now that I have an Android phone and Katy brought it up, I feel something of an obligation to finally play Candy Crush. However, I looked on the Google Play store and there are about 10 different Candy Crush games. Which one is the best to play if only playing one of them?

If you're anything like me, they will all wear on you quickly. I've tried three, I believe, and the newest one has held my attention the longest. Though, as I type this, I realize I haven't played it in over a week.

Candy Crush Friends Saga

Thimbleweed Park is currently on sale for $4.99.

Any good games like privateer, even if it is mostly text? A game where you can be space pirate, cop, military guy, or space trader? I use to play a game like this on my calculator that was mostly text.

Cory Trese games? Star Trader RPG and/or Star Trader 4X.

I've got their latest game sitting unplayed on Steam. Your query has reminded me.

D-Man777 wrote:

If you're anything like me, they will all wear on you quickly. I've tried three, I believe, and the newest one has held my attention the longest. Though, as I type this, I realize I haven't played it in over a week.

Candy Crush Friends Saga

Thanks! I keep getting that one advertised to me while playing MS Solitaire, so maybe I'll go ahead and give in to the "pressure".

Marvel Battle Lines popped up in the store a little while ago and I finally decided to check it out.

Guys. Seriously. This is some good card gamin'!

It's a grid-based...Match 3? More tactical than it is puzzler. You're goal is to use your cards to summon heroes/villains that can then move around the board to position into lanes. Once you complete a lane, they team up and hit the enemy leader. This is complicated by different combat abilities and on-turn effects.

It looks pretty grindy though. You have to upgrade cards which are dropped randomly, past level 2 it costs 10 copies to upgrade again. But that's pretty common for these sorts of things.

And damn the art is incredible. I can't believe just how good it all looks. Very highly recommended, initial impressions are great. However, I'm not sure where it's available -- I know it soft-launched in Australia first, but people are playing by downloading the APK from somewhere. YMMV.

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A_Unicycle wrote:

Marvel Battle Lines popped up in the store a little while ago and I finally decided to check it out.

Guys. Seriously. This is some good card gamin'!

I have given it a shot this week. I love the game play, I've not really played anything like it before, which is saying something given the number of different card games around, but I'm not sold on the grind.

In the past I have been a bit of a sucker for this kind of game, and Marvel sure like to pump them out. Contest of Champions, Puzzle Quest and Strike Force all have a similar grind, with a bunch of daily/timed tasks to complete across both single and multiplayer, almost demanding a minimum time investment each day to keep up with the meta.

I now find I get sucked in for about a week then quit cold turkey. So far this is following a similar path.

Yeah I've played it for a week, a little bit every day, got the Spider-Man leader and hit level 20.

It's fun. Might finish the campaign as the story is somewhat interesting and fun to see all the characters. But the PVP grind I can already tell I'm not going to be competitive, it's just too much to build up cards. So I'll probably fade out pretty soon after finishing the story.

I gave it a few days, but the fact that the PVP was simultaneous just killed any interest i'd had. It's on a mobile device. I need to be able to hit sleep and stick it in my pocket when life pops up.

For those Candy Crush games, is there any point to getting all three stars other than winning those gold bars that you have to pay for?

Any recommendations for simple non-PVP base-builders? It's hard to explain what I'm after, but I'm not looking for the complexity of SimCity, but I also want a bit more than Fallout Shelter or Tiny Tower. I enjoyed Airport City for quite a while, a bit of the Game of Thrones game, and recently got into Star Trek: Fleet Command. Build stuff, research stuff, send stuff on missions, etc. But I have zero desire to do PVP, and most games of this type seem to be geared towards that, or expect you to buy "peace" shields for a crazy price. It would be great if they had a story to go along with the leveling-up of your base, but that's probably asking too much...

You could try Assassin's Creed Rebellion. It's kinda base building in some ways. Missions. Some story. No PVP.

dewalist wrote:

Any recommendations for simple non-PVP base-builders? It's hard to explain what I'm after, but I'm not looking for the complexity of SimCity, but I also want a bit more than Fallout Shelter or Tiny Tower. I enjoyed Airport City for quite a while, a bit of the Game of Thrones game, and recently got into Star Trek: Fleet Command. Build stuff, research stuff, send stuff on missions, etc. But I have zero desire to do PVP, and most games of this type seem to be geared towards that, or expect you to buy "peace" shields for a crazy price. It would be great if they had a story to go along with the leveling-up of your base, but that's probably asking too much...

My Colony

EverythingsTentative wrote:
dewalist wrote:

Any recommendations for simple non-PVP base-builders? It's hard to explain what I'm after, but I'm not looking for the complexity of SimCity, but I also want a bit more than Fallout Shelter or Tiny Tower. I enjoyed Airport City for quite a while, a bit of the Game of Thrones game, and recently got into Star Trek: Fleet Command. Build stuff, research stuff, send stuff on missions, etc. But I have zero desire to do PVP, and most games of this type seem to be geared towards that, or expect you to buy "peace" shields for a crazy price. It would be great if they had a story to go along with the leveling-up of your base, but that's probably asking too much...

My Colony

Pocket City

BlackSabre wrote:

You could try Assassin's Creed Rebellion. It's kinda base building in some ways. Missions. Some story. No PVP.

It is my current addition. Enjoying that it is completely playable without spending any money, but IAP options are there for those that want to get more characters and things.