We want to know what games you're playing!
Update April 22: We've highlighted a couple of "odd" game recommendations this week: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath and King Oddball.
What games are you playing on your Android phones or tablets? We want to know!
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King Oddball manages to walk the fine line between being outlandish and bizarre, and yet with gameplay that feels instantly familiar. It's been out for a while, but you may have easily missed it.
Recommended in the comments by JazMac, this is a great time waster that feels and plays like a matured version of the Angry Birds format… except replace the cute and colorful birds with the floating head of a King that swings boulders at tanks, helicopters, soldiers, and structures as he tries to destroy the world. Still with us? Good!
Part of what makes this game so enjoyable is the physics — boulders have the right amount of weight to them and are affected by explosions so you quickly learn how to effectively use your boulders. There are over 120 levels to play through, which are spread over a map of "the world" which you concur one square at a time. Just like Angry Birds, later levels will require you to use your boulders strategically as you get three to use for each level!
This is a free game with frequent ads to contend with, which can be turned off with a one-time in-app purchase.
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath
If you're looking for something a little more substantial, you should check out Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath. First released back in 2005 for the original Xbox, this game has been remastered and released for multiple platforms since and came to Android back in 2014.
Recommended by mannyc5 in the comments, this is a fully fledged game that mixes third-person platforming and first-person shooting for a really unique gaming experience on Android. You play as the Stranger, a mysterious bounty hunter who is on a mission to rid the undeveloped wastelands of Western Mudos of murderous outlaws wrecking havoc on the townsfolk.
This game really has been optimized for mobile, with features that allow you to shake your phone to shake off enemy damage, however the touchscreen controls are admittedly a bit spotty. Fortunately, the developers have included support for bluetooth controllers which is key. This game looks great and runs so well on my Pixel, but if you've got an older phone you may notice some performance issues. If you need to scale back the display performance to keep things running smoothly, you can do so in the settings at any time. Check the Google Play entry for more details on recommended phone specs.
This is a paid app, so there's no in-app purchases or ads to deal with which is always nice. Whether you've never played an Oddworld game before or are looking to reminisce with a great port of a fun game from over a decade ago (crazy!), check out Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath.
What are you playing?
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