The Best Android Games and Apps for November 2015
November is here a with it a new batch of exciting Android games and useful applications. We have selected the best new or updated apps and games to save you some time when you are in a mood to try something new.
Best Android Games for November 2015
We start off with what’s new when it comes to games. So far, November has been a very solid month for Android with plenty of big releases and important updates.
Need for Speed™ No Limits
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Need for Speed No Limits is a new free-to-play version of the popular racing series, this time developed by the same guy that stand behind Real Racing 3 – one of the very best racing games on Android.
The game is everything we love about the series and more. You get lots of customization options, a wide range of cars to choose from, and many different challenges that will keep you occupied for a long time. You can sit behind the steering wheel of Subaru BRZ, BMW M4, McLaren 650s, Porsche 911, and others. The built-in Mod Shop and the Black Market together amount to astonishing 2.5 million possible customization combos – more than enough to express your individual taste and preferences.
Races take place on the streets of Blackridge with thrilling jumps, sharp corners, intense traffic, and high-speed Nitro Zones. More than 1,000 different races provide plenty of opportunities to show the whole world that you are the best races in the city and rank your name high on leaderboards.
Ski Safari 2
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Ski Safari 2 is a fun, family-friendly game where you ski down the mountain and perform awesome tricks on snowboards and skis along the way. Everything from 360 spins to handstands and snowboard nose-grabs is in this game. The built-in multiplayer lets you challenge your friends and family members for an endless amount of fun and entertainment. Your job is to collect coins that let you purchase new gear, crazy costumes, and powerful vehicles in the shop.
There are three different locations that you can explore. Penguin Peaks is filled with frozen Mammoths and crazy jumps. You can grab a snowmobile and perform memorable stunts and tricks. Jurassic Lark will take you back to prehistoric times and Twister Canyon has the atmosphere of Wild West.
Dead Effect 2
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If you like big guns, angry zombies, beautiful graphics, and price of zero dollars, you will love Dead Effect 2. This new FPS game brings to mobile devices the same level of polish and attention to detail that we are used to from AAA console and PC games. It features a well-written storyline, complex character development, and weapon upgrades.
The game takes full advantage of the newest Android and NVIDIA technology and includes realistic ragdoll effects and professionally narrated dialogues. A very high replay value is guaranteed thanks to 3 different personas that you can play us. Each character is developed in a unique way with more than 100 upgradable body implants and gear sets.
The campaign is over 20 hours long and is intertwined with plenty of interesting achievements and side missions. A full controller support and customizable on-screen controls are a nice bonus. NVIDIA devices with X1 graphics chipset can enjoy HDR, Depth of Field, high-quality textures, and bloom effects.
This game set out to deliver the best graphics that current generation of mobile devices are able to support and it achieved this goal with flying colors. Just be aware that unless you have a modern Android device, you might have big problems with performance.
LEGO® Speed Champions
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LEGO® Speed Champions puts you right behind the driving wheel of any of 6 LEGO vehicles including Ferrari, McLaren Mercedes, and Porsche 911. With three different challenges to face every time – no race will be the same. As you race around the track, you get to perform slides, fast turns, and dangerous overtakes just to get on top of the leaderboards.
The game is available for free with in-app purchases and runs very well on most devices.
Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom
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Sonic Dash 2 is a sequel to the popular endless runner. This time, we get to play on brand new worlds and experience fun and challenging gameplay as Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, and Sonic’s new friend, Sticks.
Players can race with up to three characters in new Team Play mode, swap runners mid-race to earn points, unleash new special powers, conquer new obstacles, dash on new fast-paced tracks in and above the Sonic Boom world, and earn special prizes in Events and Daily SEGA Challenges.
Developers did a very good job and they managed to improve upon all gaming mechanics.
Minecraft: Story Mode
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Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The alpha version was publicly released for PC on May 17, 2009, and after gradual updates, the full version was released on November 18, 2011. A version for Android was released a month earlier on October 7, and an iOS version was released on November 17, 2011. Minecraft received five awards during the 2011 Game Developers Conference. As of June 2015, over 70 million copies had been sold, including 20 million between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One and 20 million on PC, making it the best-selling PC game to date and the third best-selling video game of all time.
Minecraft: Story Mode is a five part episodic series, where players get to play as either a male or female hero named ‘Jesse,’ and embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, you and your friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.
The game is created by award-winning adventure game powerhouse Telltale Games, in partnership with Minecraft creators, Mojang and it features the voices of Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens.
As with all Telltale games, the main attraction is the ability to drive the story through the decisions you make: what you say to people (and how you say it), and what you choose to do in moments of thrilling action will make this YOUR story.
So far, the game has 4.3 stars on Google Play Store and players are generally satisfied with the game’s ability to recreate the wonderful feeling players experience when playing Minecraft. If you like Minecraft or adventure games by Telltale then this game is definitely worth trying.
SNIPER X WITH JASON STATHAM
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Touch based sniper games are very popular on smartphones and tablets because their controls perfectly integrate with their gameplay mechanics. In Sniper X, you play as a member of a paramilitary team called SPEAR led by Jason Statham. Your goal is t eliminate enemy soldiers, officers, vehicles, and even drones as you take part in hundreds of military missions in a very detailed 3D environments.
The game features many innovative upgrades that you can use to turn your sniper rifle into an ultimate killing machine, zoom and time slowdown mechanic to deliver the perfect shot, and even a cinematic kill-cam that will showcase your murderous achievements in their full glory.
However, Sniper X doesn’t limit players to just a single weapon. Players are encouraged to switch weapons depending on which enemy type they are facing. There is a powerful shotgun that will help you blast drones down from the sky, assault rifle for dealing with larger groups of enemies, and much more.
The game is free to play with in-app purchases for premium items and weapons. The good news is that now purchasing these items doesn’t prevent from enjoying what the game has to offer.
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The NBA 2K franchise is back with the realistic NBA experience to date with NBA 2K16. NBA 2K16 is packed with enhancements, new features, updated rosters, and more opportunities to earn Virtual Currency.
NBA 2K16 also includes the popular MyCAREER mode as well as a new soundtrack curated by pop super-producer DJ Mustard, renowned producer and rapper DJ Khaled, and legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier. With enhanced graphic and player models, new animations that provide smoother movement and more realistic articulation combined with new controls and expanded device support.
Sadly, many players complain about the lack of fluidity, buggy controls, and very unpleasant multiplayer experience. This is reflected in a relatively low score of 3.8 stars. Given that the game costs $8, it might be a good idea to wait a little while until developers manage to fix all of these problems.
Best Android Apps for November 2015
If you like to tinker with your phone, you will be pleased to know that there are a couple of great new applications that you can use to make your smartphone or tablet even more useful than before.
Backdrops – Wallpapers
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Who doesn’t enjoy a good looking wallpaper on their smartphone or tablet? Backdrops lets you browse through hundreds of original wallpapers that have been hand-picked by the Backdrops team in order to ensure maximum quality.
Users can take part in the process and share their own original pieces of work, which may then get featured together with other wallpapers of the day and premium packs that can be unlocked to gain access to an even larger selection of great looking original artwork.
When you stumble upon something that you like, you can add it to your own personal collection for convenient access. The user interface is built with the respect to modern design principles of Android applications and Android’s Material design guidelines.
There is also the pro version with some great bonus features and the Pro Pack, which is a collection of exclusive backgrounds that are being continuously updated.
KWGT Kustom Widget Maker
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KWGT Kustom Widget Maker is easily one of the most powerful widgets ever created. It is essentially a visual editor that lets users create their own designs and display any date they might need. It is very gently on the battery and comes with handy presets for Digital and Analog Clocks, Live Map Widget, Weather Widget, Text Widget, sophisticated Battery or Memory meters, randomly changing images, Music Players, World clocks, Astronomy widgets and much more.
You can add text with custom fonts, various shapes, 3D flip transformation effects, gradients, shadows, Zooper like progress bars and series, complex logic operations using the built-in programming language, dynamic download of content via HTTP, RSS feeds, and all kinds of internal data and variables.
The Pro version removes the ads, unlocks import from SD card, and adds the support for Buzz Launcher.
Squid (formerly Papyrus)
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Squid lets you write just like you would on paper. This is very handy when you need to mark up PDFs to fill out forms, edit/grade papers, or sign documents. The application is able to import images, draw shapes, and add typed text to your notes. There is also a support for quick select, copy/paste, and move content between pages and notes.
Everything you do in the app can be casted wirelessly to a TV or projector, which is very handy during class presentations and meetings. Notes can be exported as PDFs or images and then shared with others.
Squid is vector based – keeping your notes beautiful at any zoom level and on any device. You can erase entire letters and words quickly with the stroke eraser tool, or just parts of words with the true eraser tool. The selection tool allows you to change the color and thickness of your handwriting and even resize a drawing whenever you want without any loss in quality.
The app can be installed for free and more features are unlocked via in-app purchases.
Custom Quick Settings
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Custom Quick Settings does exactly what it sounds like. It allows users to add app links, web links, and other custom toggles to their quick settings without the need for root access.
You can add as many quick settings as you like, choose from over 1,200 different icons, define both short and long press actions, and much more.
There is no guarantee that the app will keep working in the future due to its experimental nature. However, so far, it does and amazing job and can be highly recommended.