Swimming back out, we've pulled out a list for you with all the notable titles from the most recent batch of discounts. As we said – it is good – so this time around we've got eight games easy. Most of these got us wondering – is it nostalgia week in Google Play? We must've missed the memo.
Android games on sale
Download Final Fantasy VI ($11.67, was $15,99)
We kick it off with these two games. Any person in the world who enjoys RPGs will know the Final Fantasy franchise. The series has been available for mobile for a while now, however at a rather hefty price point per game. If you've been looking to pick at least one of them up – FF IV and FF VI are currently down 50% and 30% respectively. A word of caution – both games will not run on a device with ART enabled.
2. The Sims 3
Everybody knows The Sims. The simulator that lets you raise your own human, get them a job, find a proper mate, and create a family... or crash-dive their life just for the fun of watching them eat rotten pizza off of a plastic table that just so happens to be the only furniture left in the house. No, we never did that, honestly. Anyway, the game's price tag may usually be a bit on the premium side, however it's now down to $1.99, which makes it more of an enticing purchase, we think.
3. Cruel Games: Red Riding Hood
We have to admit, we weren't aware of this game's existence prior to the sale. However, its grim story quickly got us interested. It's an adventure and puzzle-solver that puts you in the shoes of a girl whose fiancé has been kidnapped by a creepy dude who likes to dress up as the Big Bad Wolf. Naturally, our protagonist has to play pretend as Little Red and go on a quest to find her man before something bad happens to him. Pretty visuals, perplexing puzzles, creepy atmosphere – yep, we are hooked.
4. Another World
We love Another World. Sometimes called Out of this World, this 2D platformer was amazing back in 1991 and its reboot for mobile devices does it full justice, and tops it off by bumping the graphics up quite a bit (classic fans need not worry – one can switch to the old graphics, if they love the nostalgic feel). If you enjoy platformers that send you in an unknown (but definitely hostile) world, perplex you, infuriate and scare you, then you should already have played this one. If not – grab it, at $0.99 – it's a steal.
5. Gobliiins Trilogy
And while we are on the topic of infuriating games – in come the Gobliiins. Now, this trilogy of adventure games comes from the era when quests had amazingly ridiculous puzzles that required not only logic, but also senseless poking around, combined with a pinch of luck, in order to be solved. We have to say – it's an acquired taste, but for gamers who are used to these wacky mind-benders – the Gobliiins Trilogy will be a blast. One thing we didn't like was that some of the controls didn't translate quite well to touch. Nothing gamebreaking, it's just that some commands take much more tapping than one might expect. Otherwise, at $0.99 for three Gobliiins games, this wouldn't stop us.
6. The Last Express
The Last Express is a mystery-solving adventure game, created in 1997 by Jordan Mechner – a.k.a the father of the first Prince of Persia games. It would seem that Mr. Mechner never lost his love for adding a cinematic feel to his games, which is strongly present in this title, even though the images are drawn in more of a comic-book style. The game's non-linear story takes more than 20 hours to unfold and its atmosphere is positively consuming, so be warned – your battery life is in danger!
7. Raiden Legacy
Back in the days of the video arcades, any such establishment would usually have a game from the Raiden franchise. It is a top-down shoot-em-up plane-flying arcade, but moreover - it was a destroyer of kids' lunch money, with its swarms of enemies and unforgivable difficulty. Who would've guessed that in August 2014, one would be able to buy all 4 Raiden games for $0.99 and play them on their own mobile device? Oh well...
8. Bonus: R-Type
We figured that R-Type doesn't offer as much bang for the buck as all four games in the Raiden Legacy pack, however it still deserves an honorable mention. It is a side-scrolling, plane-flying shoot-em-up classic that will chew you up and destroy any belief that you are good at video games. Yup, it's hard.