Agent Dash tops Android Games of the Week

by Andrew Koziara

Topping off this week's list is Agent Dash, a spy-themed take on Temple Run with interesting changes to the formula. We've also got the latest in Gameloft's massive Asphalt racing franchise, a new platforming shooter from the developers of Wisp, the latest and greatest from Kairosoft, a frustrating yet complex alchemy-based puzzler, and the official mobile gaming debut of Epic Meal Time. Serve it up. Here are this week's top Android games.

Agent Dash (Free)

Leading our list is Agent Dash from developer Full Fat. It's an endless runner heavily inspired by Temple Run. It is quite derivative, but also full of interesting elements, style and charm. You start games running through a jungle, leading into a secret base of some kind, and even a volcano. Instead of swiping to turn and having full movement control, you switch between three lanes while still jumping and sliding to avoid obstacles. The characters are amusing and the world is surprisingly colorful and great looking. There are even shooting sections similar to Temple Run: Brave. It's a fairly great game, but also has crazy freezing issues on some devices, so watch out.

Asphalt 7: Heat ($0.99)

The latest in the Asphalt racing games from Gameloft, Heat decides to mix things up a bit. The game is starting out much cheaper than previous iterations, but switches up the formula of play and the structure of the various cups. It has several freemium elements in it, with lots of IAP, but nothing seemed totally necessary to buy for quite a long time, so they may not really push that. The actual gameplay and race types are mostly more of the same, but refined throughout these many iterations. For only one dollar, this is an awesome title.

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Megatroid (Free)

This is the latest from Triolith Entertainment, who also brought us the elegant Wisp. It's a take on the platforming shooter, with plenty of familiar elements from games such as Mega Man. You play as a girl named Hali who seeks to overthrow the totalitarian machine empire. As you play and collect credits, you unlock various weapons and upgrades, plus you can wall jump up single walls, plus you're fighting lots of robots. So like I said, Mega Man. This game has some rough edges and minor technical issues, plus hit or miss writing, but has a solid gameplay heart.

Alchemy Classic HD (Free)

Alchemy Classic is actually a very old game, but NIAsoft just released this HD version, and I don't really know if it's been featured here before, so here it is! This game… is odd. And crazy. It's crazy odd. You start with four elements which, in reality, aren't really elements, but we'll let that slide. These are air, fire, water and earth. Your job is to combine these elements to make new ones, which you then combine again to get more new things. The thing is, the game offers you very little direction at all, and is anything but easy. It will probably frustrate most people, as it frustrated me, but the sheer number of possible combinations made this game stand out to me. Plus it's free, so no harm in trying it.

Kairobotica ($4.99)

Here is the latest and greatest from Kairosoft, everyone's favorite developer of random simulation games full of charm and colorful pixel art. But this time around, the game is so much more than you'd expect. It's still mostly a management sim, yes, but you aren't running a store or restaurant or company. You're building armies of robots to defend the galaxy, and you even play through various combat sections. It builds on the mechanics of Epic Astro Story as its foundation, and it's totally awesome. This is turning into one of my favorite Kairosoft titles, and you can’t go wrong with it.

Epic Meal Time ($1.95)

And finally, we have Epic Meal Time game from Molecube. The game is fairly fun and amusing, but not great. Your job is to stuff our bearded host's face with as much meat, candy and alcohol as you possibly can, while avoiding all vegetables. Food will randomly fly into screen Fruit Ninja style, and you just drag it around. Drinks like soda or "Jack Dagnels" give you various power-ups, like a time slow down. Music and sound clips from the YouTube show will randomly play, and practically make this game worth it alone for the laugh. Haters of the show will probably be unimpressed, and even though I enjoy the show, I wouldn't say it's worth the price point, but I still had fun playing. Beware of the horrible stability issues, though.