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Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

Last week, due to Google I/O, I did not have proper time to put into making the roundup, so this week contains apps from the last 2 weeks. This is the first part of the roundup with games and live wallpapers. The second part with apps will go live later on (probably tomorrow).

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous week's roundups? Find them here:

Games

Battleheart

Android Police review: [New Game Review] Battleheart Brings Functional, Frantic Fantasy Combat to Android

The hit iOS game, now available on Android! Battleheart distills some of the greatest elements of roleplaying games and real-time strategy into pocket-sized form!

Create a unique party of heroes, and lead them in frantic real-time battles against monsters of ever increasing power. Lay waste to your foes with dozens of unique special powers as you gain experience, upgrade your party's equipment, and craft them into the ultimate battle force!

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Free Heroes 2 (of Might and Magic, yes)

Android Police review: [Review + Videos] Nerdgasm – Fully Working Heroes Of Might And Magic 2 (HOMM 2) On Android, And Boy Is It Good!

Free implementation of Heroes of the Might and Magic II engine.
Requires original game data files to run.
You can download DEMO version of Heroes 2 game from startup menu.

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Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD

See the full description for device compatibility.

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Get your adrenaline pumping for the newest edition of the Asphalt series. Discover 42 cars & bikes from world-class manufacturers. Tune your vehicle before tearing up the streets of L.A., Tokyo & other locations rendered in HD. Drive in 11 different leagues with 55 events plus Online/Local Multiplayer for up to 6 players.

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Apparatus LITE

Apparatus is a game about setting up simple mechanical structures to
move one or several marbles to the goal.

This is the lite version, featuring a few levels from the full version. Some features from the full version are disabled in this Lite version.

Connect cables from batteries to motors, build bridges, set up teeter totters, swing with ropes, build vehicles, or just let the marble have a happy roller coaster ride to the goal! Use the hammer or the wrench to connect planks, wheels and other objects together.

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Lets Bowl

Everyone loves to bowl! Now you can be the king of the 10-pin wherever you are! Realistic 3D graphics immerse you into the feel of a classic bowling alley.

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Bang Bang Racing THD

Note: the game is gorgeous, but there were a lot of complaints about the controls. Playbox updated the game listing with the following text now: "**Update: The team at Playbox would like to thank everyone for the fantastic feedback we have received. More control options were planned for future updates but due to the demand we have brought these forward and they will be available in the next few days**"

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Bang Bang Racing THD is a fun, action-packed racing game that has cool visuals and pumped-up sports cars. But underneath its playful exterior, it has the pumping heart of a true racing game. Real-time dynamic physics allow for finesse and control - drifting through corners and clipping every apex delivers huge player satisfaction.

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Nano Panda Free

This game is better than you might think if you only judge by the name. Really, check out the video.

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Pandas are shrunk down to nano size in order to destroy EVIL ATOMS that have infiltrated a science lab.

Nano Panda is a fluffy puzzle game with plenty of creative PHYSICS CHALLENGES exploring electromagnetism and gravitation with a sweet cartoony visual style, cute characters (even the badguys) and a catchy soundtrack. The magnetic pull really is unique and brings new energy to the genre.

Use the MAGNETIC POWERS of two or more pandas in order to grab all the stars and destroy all unruly atomic particles.

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Paper War for 2 players

A fun and simple game for 2 people. If you like 2 Player Reactor, you must like our game too! The game is best for killing boring time between 2 people. So you will feel easy in the moment.

"Snazzy, hand-drawn graphics and three different modes of gameplay makes Paper War for Android a fun, simple yet challenging single-screen multiplayer pastime." by Addictive Tips

There are 3 game modes. Shoot mode, cannon mode and tap mode.
Shoot mode:
You'll challenge your friend with your cannon on the same device. Shoot the same color of items to get more points. Points will be deducted when shot the wrong color's item. Winner will be the one who first get 100 points.

Tap mode:
Tap the same color of ships to gain points. First meet 100 points wins.

Cannon mode:
Two cannons will attack each other with parabolic bullets. First meet 100 points wins.

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Contract Killer by Glu Mobile

Android Police review: [New Game Review] Glu Mobile Releases Contract Killer – But Is It a Kill Shot?

They might call you an enforcer, or an assassin. Call it what you like - you're a CONTRACT KILLER.

Pulled into a world of bounty hunters, mobsters and criminals, you must check in with your contacts and accept SECRET MISSIONS that only you can handle. Select your WEAPON OF CHOICE from an inventory of sniper rifles, assault rifles and machine guns. Locate your target, zoom in, take aim and GO FOR THE HEADSHOT to earn cold hard cash. You might eliminate a crime boss and escape without being spotted, or you might walk straight into an AMBUSH...

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Hyperlight

Get ready for an innovative gaming experience, super-fast, psychedelic, get ready for Hyperlight! In this game, tons of evil cosmic beings will chase you, but in an instant you will be able to torn them to pieces at the speed of light!

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Gurk II, the 8-bit RPG by Larva Labs

The super-charged sequel to the famous 8-bit RPG, Gurk II is a huge new adventure with all of the most requested features added: quests, music, sound, potions, and an improved look! Fans of the original will be shedding tears of joy as they roll for their character's stats, board ships, summon monsters and cast powerful area of effect spells. Players not previously familiar with the realm of Gurk will simply stare in slack-jawed wonder at the beautifully pixelated graphics, all the while being serenaded by the lush and authentic MIDI soundtrack. Only the viscerally-compressed sound FX and challenging new combat tactics will snap them back to their senses. This game radiates a pure and unabashed joy of old-school RPGing; your $1 couldn't possibly go any further now, or back in 1986 when these kinds of games were actually commercially viable.

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Fly Boy

Endless enemies show up from the sky to the Earth. As the best fly boy, rule the sky to defend your land.

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Fists For Fighting (Fx3 Free)

Put gloves on and use his fists to achieve your goal. In Fx3 take the role of different fighters, each fighting for different reasons and giving everything of whether to beat all their opponents.

--In the free version can only play in mode "versus"--

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HOOPS AR

Watch the video at www.bigplayar.com to see this game in action.

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Augmented Reality is the concept of superimposing virtual content (such as rich 3D graphics) on top of a view of the real world as seen through your phone's camera.

With Hoops AR, you simply view your ticket using an Android-based device (smartphone, tablet, etc), and then your basketball ticket turns into an interactive basketball game- awakening the ticket to life. Control the speed of the shot by using your index finger to shoot the basket.

Download and print the sample ticket:
http://www.bigplayar.com/HoopsAR.jpg

This exciting and fun Hoops AR augmented reality app is based on Qualcomm's Augmented Reality Platform, which is currently available for Android devices.

For more information about augmented reality, visit www.bigplayar.com

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Dragon Chaser

Arcade dragon/viking action game.

Features of the game:
- There are three game modes built in the game: action game mode, defense mode and flight shoot mode.
- The character can upgrade their properties and skills.
- Upgraded weapons and equipment.
- Multiple dropped items.
- Much super scenes.
- Cool skill effects.
- Special BOSS combat mode.
- More than 50 kinds of enemies.

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Angry Viking

Holy shit, this is bloody.

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★ Angry Viking ★ is an intense close combat experience. Slaughter your way through hordes of enemies and reach Valhalla like a true warrior! In a unique graphical style - blood has never been so beautiful on your phone before!

Use your skills to hack 'n' slash your way through hordes of enemies with your gruesome axe. Initiate special moves and get mad combo kills. Make new high scores and compete with your friends!

Force your enemies to their knees and watch them crawl away in a last desperate effort to survive. Slaughter them all before they escape. Let the world become covered in blood!

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Lord Of Magic Free

Unique HD game in android market! Mix of rpg and casual gaming. You are a young mage that have to protect world from monsters invasion.

23 spells and abilities in 3 magic and 1 ability schools.
19 levels in 3 different locations
12 hard monsters with 3 power levels and special abilities.

Awesome innovation in mana presentation and spells casting. All spells are controlled only by gestures, starting from simple swipe and ending with complex figures.

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Word Game – Anagram Online

The #1 multiplayer word game, word puzzle lovers must not miss it!

The only Anagram that can play with other real persons!

If you like Scrabble, you will probably like our word game. You'll make words from 9 letters and score points to compete with other playes in the world. Make the best scoring word, solve the word puzzle before the time runs out. Challenge others now!

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GRave Defense HD

Android Police review: [New Game Review] GRave Defense HD Brings Sexy TD Action, Spelling Errors and All

Grave Defense HD is the next step in the evolution of tower defense games for the mobile platform! It takes the best qualities from other tower defense games and adds many new features as well! It is an old-school hardcore game for Android only!

New Features of GRave Defense HD:

- Amazing high-res graphics! All levels, towers, mutants, special effects and achievements now in HD!!
- NEW achievements, enemies and towers!
- NEW Military Ranks! Climb the militant ladder, all the way to the "Top"!
- NEW Survival mode:
- More tower upgrades!
- Earn more points and get the High Score!
- Online ranking system!
- Four difficulty modes, from Casual to INSANE!!
- New and Improved gameplay features:
- Visible monster paths! Now see where creeps are going to travel!
- Visible tower states and cooldowns! Improved tower states prompt an ever-changing battle plan!
- Displays money earned for each creep killed!
- New and Improved UI changes:
- Improved in-battle HUD
- Animated briefings
- Convenient level selection
- Better help system
- Towers change their appearance with updates
- Various gameplay balance improvements.

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Pumpkins VS Monster

The broken English in the description is hilarious. Leaving it as-is.

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Simple control,flick the pumpkin, attack monster!

Full moon night, the dark world is no longer calm,Monsters are revived, began to invade human homes.
But the human is still sleeping,Pumpkin hero appeared,They used the body together,Started against the monster,Protection of human homes.

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Cleopatra’s Pyramid

The hit game from iPhone has arrived for Android!

Pharaohs going wild: Cleopatra‘s Pyramid has hit the desert!
If you like classic Solitaire and Pyramid card games, you'll love this one!

KEY FEATURES OF CLEOPATRA'S PYRAMID
★ Hours of card game fun with this exciting Solitaire variation
★ 212 different levels combined in 124 stages (unlockable via In App Purchase)
★ Beautiful Egyptian artwork with full HD display support
★ Build your very own pyramids and unlock more than 40 special decoration items
★ Facebook leaderboards
★ Interactive menus

If you are a fan of games like Maya Pyramid, Pyramid Solitaire, Klondike Solitaire, Cards, Patience, Tripeaks, Cleopatra Pyramid or Wild Tripeak, you will love Cleopatra's Pyramid.

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Chess Chess

Chess Chess is the best designed chess game for all Android users, and it's totally FREE!

This game supports both 1 player and 2 player gameplay, so you can play against friends or test your skills against a challenging computer opponent.

For 1 player mode, various levels combine with an impressive chess engine to offer you a great chess playing experience and an ever increasing challenge.

Game Features:
- Perfect for 1- or 2-player games
- Gorgeous graphics and fantastic sound effects
- Configurable player names
- Outstanding AI engine with 5 different difficulty levels
- Undo/Redo function

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Alien Overkill Lite

ALIEN OVERKILL puts you in the shoes of an action hero. Aliens are overrunning everything, from colonies to space ships in orbit, but not you. You are here to kick some serious alien butt, to drive 'em back to whatever hole they crawled out of and make 'em think twice about ever attacking mankind again!

► Use 5 different weapons with unique death animations to vanquish the alien horde.
► Battle it out in uniquely themed arenas - from space ships and ice worlds to the depths of the alien hive.
► Test yourself against more than 50 different alien waves.
► Utilize an array of powerups, from forcefields to nuclear devices, to give you the advantage.
► Unlock 48 Achievements and compete in online highscore lists powered by Scoreloop.
► Enjoy a complete soundtrack of industrial rock and high quality positional sound effects.
► Experience dynamic lighting, shadowing and weather effects.
► Flip your phone to flip the display - have your controls where you want them regardless of whether you are left or right handed.
► Runs smoothly even on budget phones.

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Live Wallpapers

Android Theme Launcher Live Wallpaper

This is the craziest live wallpaper you'll see this week, or maybe ever. Whether it's so good that it's bad will be up to you to decide.

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This is an adorable Android Theme launcher. Each android have a unique movement on the rack and it is programmable to launch an application. There is an unique sound as well when you click on the mini Android.

After installing the Livewallpaper, you could set the application you want associated with it during the first launch. You may change the association from the configuration page by selecting the wallpaper editor. There are many more setting like transition, resize, color, visibility, rotation etc to customize the livewallpaper. To do so enter the livewallpaper setting/configuration page to find out more.

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Glow Kaleidscope Live Wallpaper

From the GO Wallpaper Dev Team.

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Glow Kaleidscope live Wallpaper can generate thousands of symmetrical patterns with colorful glow lights. Patterns never repeat I promise.

Key Features:
♥ Thousands of symmetrical patterns. Never repeat.
♥ Colorful glow lights.
♥ Hight render and battery performance.
♥ Totally free

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GO Weather Animate WallpaperHD

From the GO Dev Team.

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A new wallpaper theme designed for GO Weather, Animated Wallpaper (HD).

This is not a standalone app, you need to download latest amazing GO Weather v1.6.2 (or above) in order to apply this theme;You can check GO Weather out by searching "GO Weather" in google market.

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Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!

If you have an application in mind for the next issue of the roundup, feel free to send us an email and let us know.

Important: there are 2 requirements in order for the app to be considered, listed below.

  • the app's launch date has to be between Monday and Sunday this week
  • it has to be original, ground-breaking, well-reviewed, interesting, fun, etc - the cream of the crop

Now, if and only if the above requirements have been satisfied, fire up an email to this address: oh.no.its.the@androidpolice.com.

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • sfsdfsdf

    You might want also to take a look at gemRB - it's port of engine for games such as Baldur's Gate series, Icewind Dale series, Planescape Torment. Just installed gemRB with BGT (mod for BG1+BG2, took 5 GB on sdcard but totally worth), Baldur's Gate works flawlessly with similar interface like in Free Heroes 2

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Same developer who ported HOMM2. That guy's a genius!

      • sfsdfsdf

        and I wanted to point out that the developer decided to stop developing those apps (based on sdl android library) because of the crappy comments and low ratings

        so I urge everyone: review it, rate it properly and spread info how great are those apps and maybe we will see more of them (Fallout 2 might be coming in future as its engine was just ported to sdl x86 library!)

  • randy

    I can't believe you guys left off plume for tablet. Its by far the best twitter client out right now for twitter on honeycomb.

    • crasher

      I can't believe you didn't pay attention to see that this roundup contained only games and LWPs.

      Apps are part 2.

  • Eggcake

    Wow, a really nice list this time. Can't decide which games to try first *sadface*

  • b15blur

    I really need to stop reading these articles, my wallet hates me. lol

  • http://www.bigfatostrich.com mike

    Some of these are still pretty good even a year later.

  • Tom D.

    Try with this beautiful livewallpaper (Beautiful thunderstorm): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=memento.thunderstorm.free.livewallpaper It's free and really cool.