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Monster Shooter tops Android Games of the Week

by Andrew Koziara

This week, the twin stick title Monster Shooter really shot to the top of the charts, taking hordes of alien octopi with it. The new bullet hell shoot’em up, Shogun saw an Android release and quickly grew in popularity. Two new freemium games with lots of IAP options were also released. Running Fred; a casual auto-run platformer in three dimensions, and Legendary Heroes; a pocket sized take on League of Legends and DoTA. All of this and more can be found in this week’s top Android games!

Monster Shooter (Free)

This is a new dual-stick shooter from GameLion Studios, who also brought us Doodle Fit and I Must Run! The game will quickly evoke memories of Halfbrick’s Age of Zombies due to similar stylistic and structural choices (such as your main game modes being Story and Survival), though there are several key differences between the two. Besides the obvious thematic shift away from zombies and towards alien octopi, a character leveling system, equipment shop and even Jetpack Joyride’s sub-mission system have all been thrown into the mix. It’s a bit difficult to control and has some problems, but overall this is definitely worth a second look.

Shogun: Bullet Hell Shooter ($2.49)

Shogun is a great new bullet hell shooter (I thought I’d clarify in case the title wasn’t obvious enough) that really mixes old and new in cool ways. Developed by Int13.net, this action-packed scrolling romp combines 3-D backgrounds and settings with retro pixel art ships and projectiles for a great aesthetic effect. Players have three unique weapon types to employ: focused laser beams, homing missiles and wide-spread plasma blasts. EMP’s and auto-firing companion drones may also be added to your arsenal throughout each level. In case you aren’t sold on it yet, there is a Demo Version that even the developers recommend you play first.

Running Fred (Free)

This is a great new 3-D auto-run platformer played from a third-person perspective. It’s technically the sequel to Falling Fred, brought to us by developer Dedalord. They were also responsible for Psychoban, a rather twisted puzzler. This platformer is controlled through tilt and touch as you guide Fred through a chaotic castle filled with deadly traps and hellish hazards. As you collect golden tokens, you’ll be able to purchase new abilities from the shop, such as a double jump or wall run, and many of them can be upgraded. There is a lot to get through and several secrets to find in this fantastic freemium title, and you’re never required to dish out the dollars for in-app purchases, which makes this a winner in my book.

Legendary Heroes (Free)

Many PC gamers have sunk weeks of their lives into hero-based tower defenses like League of Legends or Defense of the Ancients. If the only thing stopping them from playing 24/7 was the cumbersome nature of a gaming PC, then this is the perfect game for them! Despite being somewhat slow, a little bit limited and far too focused on in-app purchases for general success, the experience has been translated to touchscreen devices fairly well. It won’t fill the gaping hole in your heart as you move about the outside world, but at no monetary cost, it is most definitely worth giving a download and trying out.

One Epic Game (Free)

Here we have yet another game that evokes memories of a Halfbrick Studios original. It’s the first Android release from Grip Games, and it is very clearly and heavily inspired by Halfbrick’s Monster Dash! Although the game seeks to explain the bizarre amalgam of enemies with something resembling a plot, the gameplay itself is not really up to par. It’s not a bad game, but the clunky controls and occasionally poor level design definitely drag it down. Though I must say that the art is quite nice, and if nothing else, the soundtrack is most definitely ‘epic’ in nature, setting the perfect tone. Despite the lack of polish, the game is entirely free, so enjoy yourself!

C.H.A.O.S. ($0.99)

C.H.A.O.S. is a very comprehensive and complex helicopter combat game. It’s the first Android title from Sky Jet International, and it offers a rather unique mobile gaming experience. The controls will be the biggest barrier to entry here, incorporating both tilt and virtual button controls in complex ways. Once you get used to the game, it really opens up, offering several missions, online multiplayer and an expansive hangar full of helicopters, each fully customizable with dozens of upgrades. The low resolution 3-D graphics may look somewhat plain, but they’re still well done given the nature of the game. This game won’t be for everyone, but I’m sure many of you will love it.