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Whale Trail tops Android Games of the Week

by Andrew Koziara

This week saw the Android release of the ridiculous and imaginative Whale Trail from developer ustwo. Acclaimed indie puzzler Osmos HD also finally made its way to Android devices, and was immediately catapulted into the Android Market top ten. The popular Gamestop-owned Flash game site Kongregate published its very first mobile game with the simple and fun / ESCAPE\, and plenty of other shenanigans ensued. Here are this week’s top Android games.

Whale Trail ($0.99)

Coming in at the top of this week’s list is Whale Trail. It’s fantastic update on the classic “Helicopter” Flash game formula from ustwo games. Fly through the seven worlds of color as Willow the Whale in your quest to stop the gloomy Baron von Barry. Vibrant colors and offbeat music comprise the game’s rather unique psychedelic aesthetic. Collect bubbles, avoid clouds, and perform loop de loops through numerous classic and challenge mode levels, and check out the game’s ridiculous music video while you’re at it. Every aspect of this game is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Osmos HD ($2.99)

Osmos HD is a hit puzzle game from Canadian developer Hemisphere Games. After its initial release on Steam over two years ago and subsequent iOS port, it’s finally hit Android, and the wait was definitely worth it. It’s really a dog eat dog world out there in the universe of singular celled organisms, in this case called “motes.” Carefully propel yourself through each level, absorbing smaller motes into your being while avoiding being consumed by dangerous larger motes. The clever design, cosmic aesthetic, and top-of-the-line sound design all deserve recognition form this excellent indie title.

/ ESCAPE \ ($0.99)

/ ESCAPE \ is the very first game to be officially published by Kongregate, the popular Flash game website with over 600 available games. You can check out their app here. It was developed by Incredible Ape, and it’s a very fun and simple take on the vertical endless runner genre. As you try to escape whatever high tech facility you’re trapped in, you’ll have to jump from wall to wall, avoiding traps and staying ahead of a massive laser. Quick taps lead to low jumps while holding the screen lead to higher ones, and you can chain jumps together for massive speed. It’s a challenging but simple title that most people will enjoy, and it even lets you earn badges for your Kongregate account!

Chameleon Dash (Free)

Chameleon Dash is a simple game with an original concept from Andwoop Team. At first glance this seems like a very basic platformer without much new to offer, but the inclusion of a unique color changing mechanic challenges that claim fully. You’ll automatically run to the right as you jump and switch between two colors, making sure to always match the ground beneath your feet. Failing to do so will cause you to fall right through the platform. This clever mechanic is built upon with the inclusion of colored enemies and interesting scenarios. It’s a rather short game and won’t take long to complete, but it’s definitely worth a look.

Mortal Skies 2 ($1.99)

Mortal Skies 2 is the official sequel to the free-to-play original from developer Erwin Jensen. It’s basically a larger, more diverse, and more polished version of the original, so definitely look into that one before buying this title. Mortal Skies 2 is the latest installment in a series of simple vertical shoot-em ups set during World War II. There are nine long levels with massive end bosses to blast your way through, all while collecting power-ups and earning ship modifying experience points. The game still has many basic design flaws, but overall it’s quite fun, and should be enjoyed by most fans of the genre.

Fruit Devil (Free)

Fruit Devil is a colorful new endless runner from FeelingTouch games. It asks you to simply help the cute little fruit devil keep up with his insatiable appetite by constantly eating as much fruit as possible. Tapping the screen to jump over the various enemies and hazards costs energy, and as your energy bar drains you’ll slow to a crawl and eventually collapse, which means game over. The only way to keep that energy up is, of course, to eat more fruit! The game makes use of every color under the sun to create this beautiful, vibrant world that honestly makes me feel like I’m living in a box of Trix cereal. It’s simple, fun and a feast for the eyes.

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