New Android apps worth downloading: Kii Keyboard, Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery, Uberstrike: The FPS

by Phil Hornshaw

Fire up your new holiday Android device (or your old one) with Kii Keyboard, an alternative keyboard that brings lots of features to your virtual typing. Two newer games are now available: Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery, an award-winning indie title formerly exclusive to iPhone and iPad, and Uberstrike: The FPS, a free-to-play first-person shooter.

Kii Keyboard (Free)

What’s it about? An alternative to the standard Android keyboard, Kii offers word prediction, a couple of different keyboard arrangements, and gesture typing.

What’s cool? Kii is a pretty slick alternate keyboard and includes a number of great features that didn’t make it into Google’s Android keyboard. For one, it supports gesture typing, which has seen a lot of popularity through other new keyboards hitting the Google Play app store. You can also split the layout for a thumb keyboard setup and make use of Kii’s word prediction capabilities. Kii comes with eight HD themes and supports 34 languages.

Who’s it for? If you’re in the market for a different keyboard, start with Kii, as it offers a lot of configurations and capabilities.

What’s it like? Other alternative keyboards include the predictive SwiftKey 3 and the gesture-based TouchPal.

Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery ($1.99)

What’s it about? Award-winning action-adventure game Sword & Sworcery has made the trek from the iTunes App Store to the Android side, bringing its musical journey of discovery to new players.

What’s cool? Sword & Sworcery focuses more on aesthetics and experience than it does on things like dialog and story. As you play through it, you’ll find yourself in a strange and beautiful 8-bit world, where sound and music are just as important as visuals. Superbrothers’ game is about searching for an ancient magical tome and using its power against an evil growing in a distant mountain, and you’re the only one who can stand against it – but you’ll need to unlock the mysteries of the land by solving the game’s puzzles. Sword & Sworcery is well-loved on iOS and PC, and is definitely worth a look while it’s on sale.

Who’s it for? Superbrothers is definitely for those who enjoy adventure gaming experiences.

What’s it like? For more adventure games with captivating storylines, check out Broken Sword II Smoking Mirror or The Lost City.

Uberstrike: The FPS (Free)

What’s it about? Free-to-play first-person shooter Uberstrike packs great graphics and a ton of multiplayer action.

What’s cool? If you’ve been looking for an experience similar to Call of Duty on your Android device, Uberstrike is a good pick. The app is all about multiplayer combat, letting you take on players from all over the world. The more you play, the more weapons and items you unlock to adjust your loadouts and give you an edge in multiplayer. The game also supports the ability to play on teams or to create “clans,” which are persistent groups of players – so you can make a clan with your other gunslinging Android-player friends, and take on other clans. New content is added every week for you to either unlock through playing or purchase with real money.

Who’s it for? First-person shooter fans in the market for a mobile experience should definitely take a look at Uberstrike.

What’s it like? Try Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour for another high-quality shooter experience, as well as Frontline Commando.

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