Here at Uptodown we like talking to you about apps and games of all stripes. We know you don’t just want to hear about the latest news or trendy game – you’re also looking for little gems hidden in our Android catalogue. Luckily, our job is to dig them out and show them to the world. Alive In Shelter is a title with a retro look and feel that brings a new premise to the survival genre on Android.

Once upon a time when you went to an arcade there were certain games that had a special aura. The ones with real-looking motorcycles, flashy machines that simulated a car, and the ubiquitous boxing games. A similar effect emanated from the ever-popular shooters-on-rails, among them legendary sagas like Virtua Cop, Time Crisis, or House of the Dead that also drew big flocks of adolescents. This style of game has largely fallen by the wayside, though we’re always on the prowl looking for heirs to the genre. One of them is Over Touch, an arcade shooter with nothing to envy its distant cousins in the arcades of yore.

A lot of people spend their lives with their phones practically glued to their palms – and their numbers are growing. This has made apps that make it easier to use a smartphone a kind of Holy Grail. Gravity Screen falls into this select group thanks to the fact that it lights up or turns off your Android screen according to device position.

First of all, some details for reference. The built-in emulator on Android Studio or on virtual machine managers like VirtualBox do let you set up higher versions of Android, but the results when running apps over them tend to be a bit iffy. But MEmu is an exception, as one of the first Android emulators specifically designed to run videogames requiring 5.1 Lollipop.

Apps are getting smoother at handling group interactions all the time. Services like Spotify, the Steam game library, and even the different user accounts on desktop operating systems have served to manage family accounts for ages now, so it makes sense for Google to unify and organize all these digital ties in a clearer way. The answer to this need is Google family groups, a new system through which you can associate up to five people with your own account so you can more easily share content over Keep, YouTube, Photos, and all the media services that revolve around Google Play.

The Pokemon Company has already developed a few Android games based on its products  – like Pokemon Shuffle or the trading card games – completely independently of Nintendo. Its latest is a ramshackle spinoff starring the passive Magikarp where you have to collect and evolve them so they can beat other trainers’ Magikarp in jumping competitions. The game is out already for Android.

It’s easy to get lost in the endless catalogue of RPGs that populate Android. To a greater or lesser degree of quality, most of them have all the same social features and standard touch of city-building that’s proved so successful in this ecosystem. We tend not to see many developers distancing themselves from this formula, but there are definitely game alternatives out there that are unique in their tribe. Forge of Glory doesn’t innovate much on what we see in other games, but it’s still masterful in executing the combo of genres that it offers.

Okay, yes, the pretentiousness of this post’s title is off the charts. Video game development is pretty difficult to break into given the huge amount of material available on this complex discipline. Though the main obstacle is picking a development environment that’s both accessible to beginners and reasonably priced, there are still lots of other factors to keep in mind that could present insurmountable obstacles for your average user. To that end, we’ve put together this list of several assisted development tools for several different levels of user and with several different learning curves.

Android isn’t the smoothest medium for reading ebooks. Most smartphone screens simply aren’t cut out for this activity and most people end up turning to an e-reader. A natural enough solution when we’re thinking about hardware, but what if what’s really needed is a change to the story format? Hooked is an app that takes smartphones as its default medium to tell suspense stories.

Although the Clash Royale phenomenon has stolen a bit of its limelight, Clash of Clans is still iconic on Android and Supercell wants to keep it that way. Hence why they’ve gone to the effort of rolling out one of the most important updates of recent times. Drumroll, please, and a big round of applause to welcome the Builder Base.

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