Best New Android Games and Sales: MudRunner, Professor Layton, Thumper, and More

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It’s been another great week for mobile game releases. We’ve been spoilt not only for quality, but for choice as well. There’s a mud-soaked driving game, a family board game, a plucky metroidvania, and a classic puzzle-adventure in the mix, all of them top-drawer.

And bargain-hunters are well-served, too, not least because one of this week’s new releases – Layton: Unwound Future – is on sale at launch. We also recommend the fantastic Cultist Simulator.

New Games

Willy Jetman: Astromonkey’s Revenge is a reasonably acclaimed metroidvania that came out earlier this year on PC and consoles. It sees you exploring caverns and kills critters on an alien planet. Oh, and you play as a street sweeper. Heroic.

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The latest mobile RPG from Bandai Namco, Tales of Crestoria takes place in a whole new world within the overarching Tales universe. It’s had a somewhat confusing launch, going live as a pre-install before apparently going live proper, presumably because the bugs were fixed sooner than expected, though it’s still reportedly buggy.

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Game of Life 2 deserves to be a hit. Brought to you by Marmalade Studios, the team behind a number of polished board game ports on mobile, Game of Life 2 takes the classic gameplay of the original and updates it with contemporary career options and a number of clever tweaks.

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A cult hit on PC, MudRunner sees you driving around the hostile terrain of Siberia in the most unwieldy vehicles imaginable, armed with only a map and a compass.

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Layton: Unwound Future – an ASO-friendly contraction of Professor Layton and the Unwound Future – is the third in a trilogy of mobile ports. It sees you travelling to the future to derail a catastrophic sequence of events that sees Layton becoming a crime lord in a dystopian London. It’s temporarily discounted.

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The Gardens Between is an acclaimed indie puzzler that explores the relationship between two youngsters on the eve of one of them moving away. Their shared memories form a sequence of puzzle stages in a moving, ingenious, thought provoking puzzle adventure.

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Sales

Cultist Simulator, published by Playdigious and developed by UK studio Weather Factory, is a clever, atmospheric, mildly disturbing card-based roguelike in which you steer a path through a branching narrative with the overall goal of forming a horrible cult. It’s $1.99, down from $6.99.

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For the first time ever, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition is discounted on mobile. You can currently pick up this popular visual novel about a murderous game in a high school for $11.99, down from its usual price of $17.99.

Evoland and its sequel are two of the cleverest and most enjoyable action-RPGs available. Their USP is that you move through the technical and creative evolution of RPGs as you move through the campaign, steadily working your way up from 8-bit to 64-bit and beyond.

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Thumper is one of the greatest arcade rhythm-action games of recent years. It sees you controlling a shiny beetle as it rockets on rails into the screen through a hellish 2001-inspired glowing universe. You can pick this bonafide classic up right now for less than half-price.

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