What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store?
There are thousands and thousands of games available in the Google Play Store, with more being added every month. With so much content hitting the app store, it can be damn near impossible to keep up on all the latest releases and determine which games are worth your time.
Here at Android Central, we want to help. We'll be using this space to let you know about the latest gaming releases for Android that we think deserve your attention. We'll be checking in and updating this page weekly as new games are released, so refresh often!
Update, April 21: Relive the cult classic film and takedown Initech in Office Space: Idle Profits; Join up with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang in Snoopy Pop; and explore the archeological history of Naples in Father and Son.
Office Space: Idle Profits
Mike Judge's created a comedy cult classic with Office Space, his brilliant satirical take on raging against the Corporate machine. Featuring memorable characters and iconic scenes that captured the pre-2000s tech era so perfectly, it's no wonder why the film stands out as one of the most quotable movies of all time.
Developed by Fox Interactive and published by Kongregate, Office Space: Idle Profits is an incremental clicker that does a very good job of using its source material. It's a well-designed game that actually makes sense within the genre, considering the plot of the film revolves around incrementally skimming pennies off of transactions using a computer virus (like in Superman III). There's a lot of clicking to upgrade your virus early on, but soon you'll start unlocking higher floors in the office. Using your pieces of Flair, you can unlockable characters from the film and assign them to rooms, which are wonderfully animated.
I mean, I don't want to… jump to any early conclusions here, but this game might justify the existence of the incremental clicker genre as a whole — but I'm biased by being a huge fan of Office Space. If you are, too, then you should definitely check out this game if only to appreciate the attention to detail that was put into this game.
There are some in-app purchases available but you won't need it. If you're patient you can tap your way and unlock all the upgrades, collect enough of Milton's red staplers until he's ready to burn the whole office down — which I imagine works as a way of prestiging and starting from scratch. And that sounds like a surefire cure for the Mondays to me.
Snoopy Pop is a match-three bubble shooter that features Charles Shultz' Peanuts characters. All your favorites are here, and they've all been lovingly rendered in this licensed game by Jam City. You play as Snoopy who must strategically match bubbles to free everyone's favorite bird Woodstock and his bird friends.
If you've played these bubble shooter puzzle games before, you'll know exactly what you're in for here: colorful puzzles that get increasing challenging as you progress through the game. As you play, you unlock other Peanuts characters that offer power ups to help you reach your goals. Currently there are over 80 levels to play, with more to come along with special seasonal events to look forward to. The game really captures the animation style of the classic Peanuts cartoons, and also features original music from the TV specials.
There doesn't appear to be any ads which is pretty nice, however this is one of those games that wants to pester you with notifications to come back and play. So annoying. Fortunately, it's easy to turn notifications off in the settings and you'll probably want to do that right away.
If you're a fan of Charlie Brown and the gang, you'll definitely want to check out Snoopy Pop!
Father And Son
Father and Son holds the special honor of being one of the first games developed by an archeological museum. The game tells the story of a son who discovers a letter from his estranged father who had neglected his family for his work as an archeologist. From the grave, he asks that his son go to his office at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (MANN) and read his notes to understand the reasons why he abandoned the family.
Built around casual controls, what unfolds is a beautifully animated narrative that offers a unique and earnest story featuring beautiful art and sound design. I've seriously just had it sitting open as I've been writing this and it looks like a living painting. The music in the museum halls is equally beautiful.
I always love to share beautifully made indie games, but Father and Son is special. Features in the game are unlocked via GPS — if you're visiting the MANN in Italy and play the game, you unlock a whole bunch of additional content within the game. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to swing by Europe to check it out, but I love this concept of creating game experiences that are tied to particular museums, monuments, or historical buildings.
Naturally, you're able to choose between playing in English or Italian. And if you happen to live in Naples or are planning a trip to Italy, let us know what it's like to play this game where it was meant to be played.
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