Fresh Android Apps for Mar. 2: Comics Mask Free, Ash, Skater Boy

by Ian Black

Read the fascinating history of the masquerade ball and then get in the mood yourself with Comics Mask Free. In fresh games, try Ash for role-playing adventure and Skater Boy for going wild in the streets.

Comics Mask Free (Free)

Wish they had costume parties on days other than Halloween? Want to place cartoonish masks on your friends without them knowing it? You’ve found the right app.

Decorate your photos with mask art and face overlays that you can move and position by selecting and dragging with your finger. Use the eraser tool to make the masks fit perfectly over your best friend’s or worst enemy’s face. Share your finished work with other apps by the same creator (like Photo Comics) or out over your favorite social network. Upgrade to the paid version for more masks and faces.

Ash ($1.99)

Konami delivers a retro role-playing game that was a big hit on the iPhone. It’s called Ash and the reviews say it offers a great story, cute 16-bit graphics and a smooth real-time battle technology that lets you duke it out with monsters, wizards and villagers alike.

Follow two mercenaries – Nicholas and Damien – as they return the kingdom of Aghaus five years after the death of its strong and benevolent king. You must discover the mystery surrounding the city and their troubled pasts before you can save the day.

Skater Boy (Free)

Kickflip, ollie, tail slide, nose slide and the shoveI – these are the skateboard tricks you can perform on your Android, if you download this app and get your index fingers to work in coordination with each other.

The controls seem simple – just two on-screen buttons – one for jumping and one for accelerating, but pressing them in combination brings on the stunts. You skate in three different worlds, trying for power-up trophies while avoiding deadly obstacles like animals and fire. It’s side-scroller action for rebels. Maybe that’s why thousands have rated it five stars.