Review: Fun Fast Five Reviews (2015-01-09)

Number 5: Scurvy Scallywags

Scurvvy Scallywags

Scurvy Scallywags

While this game may look like a traditional ‘match three’ game, I’m happy to say it is not.

It also isn’t a unique genre; match 3 + rpg.  Puzzle Quest opened this genre a long time ago.  But there is something special about Scurvy Scallywags.

Of course there is plenty of matching to be done, but you have more control over how the pieces shift when you clear them, adding a huge element on strategy to a mostly random luck style of game.  You’ll fight multiple bad guys on the same level, cast spells, build new ships to travel the world (the story and map are just a means to get you to another game level) and improve your pirate.

There is IAP, but it is so unobtrusive, you may never even notice it.

Few games stay installed on my tablet more than a couple of weeks.  I’ve had this one for a long time.

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Google Play | Free + IAP | By Beep Games, Inc.

Number 4: SuperFrog

Superfrog

SuperFrog

Hailing from the 16-bit Amiga roots, SuperFrog is one of my all time favorite platformers.

Pretty much every platformer mechanic is here; running, jumping, long jump, hover, fly, invisibility, hidden areas, projectile weapons – all wrapped in bold, colorful disparate environments.

As with any good platformer, you should use real, physical controls to play it – not the built in touch screen stuff.

For the purists, the original levels are unlockable and the game has some addition modes of play as well.

There is NO IAP and at the time of writing the game was on sale for a mere $1.  No brainer.

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Google Play | $4.99 (currently on sale for $1) | By Team 17 Digital Limited

Number 3: Trivia Crack

Trivia Crack

Trivia Crack

I love trivia games.  I love to play trivia games with friends.  I love well rounded trivia games that give me a chance to win, even if there are categories of which I’m clueless (see Sports).

Trivia Crack is just that; a trivia game featuring many categories and tons of questions (I’ve never seen the same question twice) that you play against real people online.  You play hot seat style; each person plays until they miss a question, then the other person is notified and they get to play.  The game is sub-named “crack” for a reason; it is incredibly addictive.

After three correct questions (or a lucky spin of the category wheel) you will play for a “piece”.  Once you have all the pieces, you win.  You can also challenge your opponent (with the same lucky spin) to a “war” of questions for a piece they possess.  If you win, you take their piece.  Simple – but effective.

There are ads in the game (if you’re playing the free version) and there is IAP.  Every hour you can start another game (and hold up to three ‘game starts’ in reserve).  I’ve had 10 or 15 games going at once.

Fair warning: You better only play with your friends and people you trust because the IAP essentially allows you to “pay to win”.  So you need to play with friends you know will play the same way you will.  Otherwise, a stranger could use the various power ups to get control.  There are plenty of cheaters out there too (questions offer too much time – so Googling the answer isn’t difficult) which makes playing with your reliable friends much more desirable.

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Google Play | Free (w/Ads) / $2.99 No Ads / IAP| By Etermax

Number 2: Stormworm

Stormworm

Stormworm

Who doesn’t love Snake games?  Nokio enslaved a generation of cell phone users by including the eat-and-grow snake game on their phones.  There have been hundreds of snake games over the decades, but this one is a bit different.

The basis is the same; eat and grow.  Don’t hit objects or yourself or you’re all done.  But that’s where the similarities end.

In this Snake game, you are playing on a 3D rotating sphere.  There are powerups, chain bonuses and much more – giving the game a hyper addictive quality and enough new quirky additions to make it almost feel like a new game altogether.

The game isn’t free, but for $2 it is hard to go wrong.

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Google Play | $1.99| By Studio Stormworm

Number 1: Gridwars 2

Gridwars 2

Gridwars 2

Geometry Wars set the world on fire.  Geometry Wars 2 refined the genre.  Recently, Geometry Wars 3 finally came out.

Now we finally have a clone worthy enough to be called a clone of Geometry Wars on Android.  Oh sure, games like last week’s Inferno 2 capture some essence but this is almost an illegal knock off.

Endless waves of enemies.  Smarter, faster, more dangerous enemies.  Twin stick shooter.  Furious action.

Free, no ads.  No IAP.  No reason not to have this.  Now.

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Google Play | Actually Free | By iLinStudio

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