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Last Updated: July 16th, 2011

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.

This is the first part of the roundup, which features games only. Apps and live wallpapers will come in a separate post soon.

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 roundup editions? Find them here:

Featured App

Today's roundup is sponsored by Gameview Studios and their game Tap Fish. Tap Fish, if you haven't picked it up for the name, is a beautifully designed Tamagochi-style aquarium game - you grow fish in multiple aquariums, breed new fish variants, clean up after them - you know the drill. Check out its features and jump to the Market to download it for free:

  • Hundreds of exotic marine life including killer whales, sharks and sting rays
  • Buy, feed, love, sell and revive your fish to gain experience
  • Breed your fish to your heart content and for extra coins
  • Level up to 80 tanks and 80 levels
  • Dozens of backgrounds including Atlantis and Stonehenge FREE!
  • Hundreds of decorations and plants: sea reefs, caves, mermaids, sunken ship and castles!
  • Visit / clean friend's tanks and level up to become "featured" neighbor tanks

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Games

N.O.V.A. 2 HD by Gameloft

Android Police coverage: N.O.V.A. 2 HD From Gameloft, One Of The Best Android FPS Games To Date With Multiplayer Support, Available Now In The Market

Gameloft games are usually of topmost quality and deserve to be at the top, especially now that some of them are in the Market as opposed to Gameloft's own awful store. N.O.V.A. 2 HD and the next game Order & Chaos Online are no exception.

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The ultimate sci-fi FPS is back! Step into a whole new level of gaming!

BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER!
- Meet new enemies with improved AI!
- Master a larger range of weapons & powers
- Much more diversified gameplay: run, shoot, fall, drive a motorbike, pilot a giant mech, and blast a laser
- The more, the merrier, now with up to 10 players in 10 multiplayer maps
- Build a career and rise through the multiplayer leaderboard
- Explore new locations, offering amazing graphics
- Enjoyed the first N.O.V.A. – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD? Be rewarded with extra bonuses.

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Order & Chaos Online by Gameloft

Any WoW fans want to jump in on this?

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Finally a true real-time, full-3D MMORPG comes to the Android: Explore a vast heroic fantasy world and join thousands of players in this massively multiplayer online experience that pushes the boundaries of epic!

** FREE 3-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION GRANTED at your first log in! You can then renew your allegiance for only $0.99/month, $1.99 for 3 months or $2.99 for 6 months! **
** A Wi-Fi connection and a Gameloft LIVE! account are required to play the game. **

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Settlers of Catan

Android Police coverage: Settlers Of Catan Finally Released For Android - But It's Definitely Not Cheap

The long-awaited Settlers of Catan, or simply Catan, finally made it to Android!

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"Catan", the legendary strategy game provides gaming fun anytime, anywhere - now also for Android. True to the original game, you can compete with up to four players for the most settlements, the longest roads and the largest army. You can trade with each other and claim the precious land with all its resources.

Features:
- Available languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
- Initial version optimized for standard and high resolution smartphones

- Original "Settlers of Catan" rule set
- Hot seat multiplayer mode
- Smart computer opponents with individual strategies
- Scrollable game board including zoom option
- Freely combinable game settings
- Situation-related music and sound effects
- Game statistics
- Comprehensive tutorial
- The new scenario "The 4 Islands" and two additional game variants
- Info ticker line: Keep track of your fellow players’ actions while still keeping an eye on the game board
- 3 different graphic sets to choose from: Play with the classic set or select the original graphics from the US or German board game editions

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Cut The Rope

A very polished port of an excellent iOS game to Android. Now in the Market ad-free.

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The little monster Om Nom is hungry and the only thing standing between him and a full belly is you – that is your help cutting the ropes that hold the candy he wants. Swipe your finger across the ropes to release the delicious bundles into his mouth. But don’t forget to collect the stars and break the bubbles along the way – easier said than done when enemies and obstacles await!

The long-awaited hit game has finally arrived at Android! Join MORE THAN 40 MILLION PEOPLE who have already played this game and gave it an average rating of 4,81 (out of 5)!

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Samurai II: Vengeance now for non-Tegra devices

Android Police coverage: [Update: Now Available For Non-Tegra Devices!] The Amazingly Brutal, Yet Excellent Samurai II: Vengeance Hits The Android Market [Blood Warning]

An amazing game previously available only to Tegra-powered devices is now available to everyone.

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Samurai II sends Daisuke on a quest for revenge across the war-scorched countryside. From a seafaring village to a flying fortress to the legendary Isle of the Dead, the samurai will stop at nothing to hunt down his arch-enemy Orochi. Will he get his Vengeance?

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ZENONIA 3

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Zenonia 3 Lands In The Android Market, Brings New Characters, A New World, And A Lower Price Tag

The ZENONIA series gets revamped and up-scaled for an epic third generation, providing even greater enjoyment than the previous two ZENONIA's combined!

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Myth Defense LF (beta)

"Myth Defense: Light Forces" has the best elements of tower defense games and also includes such original features as alchemy, random maps, campaign and more. The game supports all screen resolutions, and it is highly recommended for HD devices.
This is a free trial version of the game.

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Beer Pong HD

The most realistic Beer Pong experience on Android™ phones with HD graphics!

Full set of features:
- It's free!
- Great realistic 3D visuals!
- Realistic physics
- Official rules as used in the World Series of Beer Pong
- Easy to pick up throwing mechanism similar to Angry Birds
- 8 different tables (mail us for more suggestions!)
- Drunken camera
- 3 difficulty levels
- 3 cup-setups
- Play with your friends in a hot seat multiplayer game
- Prepare yourself for a barrage of trash talk by both male and female A.I. players!
- Online leaderboards through OpenFeint, for the best social gaming experience on Android.

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Herman the Hermit by Capcom

Take the role of Herman, a crazy old hermit that lives high up in the Himalayan Mountains. With years and years of meditation and training, Herman has developed Ninja-like skills and the mindset of a mad man. Take control over this lunatic and jump from platform to platform in this endless, extremely addictive jumper game!

FEATURES:
• Bright and beautiful visuals
• High resolution graphics
• Unique powerups
• 61 Achievements and a ingame achievement list
• Addictive and endless gameplay
• Collectable trophies and a trophy room to admire them
• Openfeint integration with leaderboards and achievements
• Facebook support: post score, achievements and collected trophies
• Works on both phones and tablets

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Naval Clash

Android Police review: [Review] Naval Clash Blows The Original 'Battleship' Out Of The Water, Brings Smooth Multiplayer Gameplay to Android

Play classic battleship game from your childhood. Setup your ships on the field, then shoot enemy's ones.
The objective of this guess and shoot game is to find and sink all enemy ships. You should do it faster than your opponent.

Features:
- Nice hand drawn graphics
- Single player fights with your Android
- Multiplayer clashes via bluetooth
- Worldwide battles on the Web (beta)
- High scores
- Global high scores
- Free, no Ads.
- App2SD

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Ball-Hop Bowling

Android Police coverage: New Game: Ball-Hop Bowling Replicates Skee-Ball To a T, Wasted Money Included

The #1 skee ball style game in the universe! FREE!

• High Definition 3D graphics
• Fun ultra-realistic physics
• Tons of prizes to redeem
• FREE new content updates
• Premium content available

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Age of Wind 2

Get ready for captivating adventures in the sea full of dangers and possibilities. Become a sailing-ship captain! Discover new islands, win nautical battles, trade exotic goods without forgetting about searching for the main treasure.

Features include:
- 17 unique ships
- 21 unique islands
- 100 unique battles

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ATV Madness

Ride your ATV with this amazing ATV racing simulator. Make tricks to earn extra-credits to unlock vehicles and tracks! Feel the realism of the full 3d outdoor environments with 5 long tracks and 12 ATV models coming with different power,grip and brake settings. Enter the game right from the beginning with the stunning 3d menu replicating the real scene of a race backstage!

Features:

  • Amazing physics emulation
  • 12 different ATV models
  • 12 different freestyle tricks
  • 5 amazing 3d tracks
  • Accelerometer support
  • skeletal animation

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Stardunk

Android Police review: [New Game Review] Stardunk Brings Some Polish To Side-View Basketball Games

Bastketball in Space with thousands of players from Earth. Stardunk is a Massively Multiplayer Online Basketball where you play against all the players from the planet Earth in realtime.

More than 4 millions have downloaded and are enjoying Stardunk on iOS, come and join us for super fun parties of hundreds of players.

StarDunk is combining the best of basketball, massive online competitions and retro games.

Features
- Massive online competition against all the players from the planet from both Android and iOS world
- Powerful bonuses to increase your score
- Earn awards and unlock more than 20 unique balls, each with its unique capacities
- Create and customize amazing new balls with a wide variety of abilities and visuals
- Add your friends to Openfeint and play against them online
- Race to the top of global leaderboards for high scores glory

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Iron Wars

A 3D shooter that supports simultaneous multiplayer game on any of the following devices: iPhone, iPad, Mac OS, Windows.

Your goal is to survive in labyrinths full of aggressive armed balls. The game is perfect for those who like shoot-and-run games. You will love the simplicity of the game and catch on to the levels and action very quickly.

◆ FEATURES

★ 30+ levels in campaign mode!
★ 9 different maps
★ 3 game modes (death match, team death match, domination)
★ local multiplayer via Wi-Fi & Bluetooth ( including interconnection with iPhone/ iPad / Mac / Windows version )!
★ full range of weapons - from pistol and shotgun to plasma gun and rocket launcher!
★ smart bots! The enemies in Iron Wars are very smart, and will come looking for you.

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Fashion Story by TeamLava

Welcome to Fashion Story™, the stylish new game in TeamLava's hit virtual world "Story" series! Fashion-hungry consumers are on the sidewalk waiting for the doors to your hot new clothing boutique to open. Choose and stock the very latest fashions and designs, then layout the store and changing rooms before preparing for the shopping rush.

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JAGEN

JAGEN is a new and exciting arcade game where you control a drone through 30 challenging levels full of surprises. Force fields, Jump Pads, Laser Barriers and much more will make it a real challenge to beat! If you love games like "Marble Madness", "Labyrinth" or "Super Monkey Ball" you will love JAGEN!

JAGEN features:
- 25 levels of non-stop fun
- 5 unlockable bonus levels
- High-quality 2D graphics
- Physics-based gameplay
- Immersive music and sounds
- Accelerometer based controls
- Optimized for HD devices

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Box Buster

Tilt your phone to stack tons of boxes and survive for as long as you can. While it’s easy to pick up and play, you’ll need strategy and quick reflexes to set a high score. Dodge danger, chain for multipliers, and reach achievements in an endlessly fun experience!

FEATURES

*Lots of different boxes which provide opportunity for countless strategies!

*Intuitive and responsive movement through the utilization of your phone’s accelerometer!

*Randomly generated gameplay which creates a unique challenge every time!

*Twenty-one Openfeint achievements that test your skills in all aspects of the game!

*Three leaderboards on which you and your friends can compete and set high scores!

*Seven handmade, unlockable backgrounds that provide various backdrops to the box-busting action!

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Elf City

Welcome to Elf City where you and your friends can create your new civilization on this wonderful planet. Build and decorate your city with Great Villa, Palace, Town Hall and Arch.

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Draw Slasher

If you read the description and don't run to the Market right away, there is something wrong with you (I kid, I kid).

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"Draw Slasher" is a survival action game in which you take control of a cute ninja fighting against Pirate Monkey Zombies. These monsters invade your peaceful island, and you are the only one, who can stop them!

Slash through your enemies in style known from countless Japanese anime, and movies!

Cut off your opponents heads, hands, legs - whatever you want! Slash them to pieces and never stop the mayhem!

Hack your opponent and reappear behind his back. Do it over and over and make the biggest combo ever seen without being wounded once!

Features:
- Gameplay modes: survival, waves, hardcore, classic
- Opportunities to make unbelievable (100+) combos
- Lots of gore and cut off limbs!
- Easy, but fun fighting mechanics
- Pirate Monkey Zombies!

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Denki Blocks! Free

Denki Blocks! is a puzzle game like no other. Slide sticky blocks around a board and join the same colours together to solve puzzles.

BUT!

There are two important twists that make this game so special:

1. All blocks not fixed or obstructed will slide.
2. Blocks of the same colour stick together when they touch.

"This is a game that demands pride of place on your phone." - 9/10 Eurogamer

"It's still simple, but bloody brilliant. You won't play many better than Denki Blocks" - 5/5

"Denki Blocks truly succeeds as a puzzle game" - 4.5/5 FingerGaming

"Deep enough to hold your interest and keep you thinking long after most games would have been cleared out to make space for something newer" - 4/5 Square Go

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Stand O’Food

The next 3 games were all thrown on the Market by G5 Entertainment at the same time. Interesting strategy, to say the least.

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Stand O’ Food is an original, fast-paced restaurant challenge with millions of players. Feed a host of hungry patrons before they leave in a huff! Slap together burgers and cook up some bacon as quickly as you can! But it's not all about speed – you've also got to plan ahead. Put the sandwiches together in the correct sequence, and set yourself up so you can make the next sandwich without difficulty. Earn money to purchase condiments and upgrade your equipment to serve tastier food even faster than before. Stand O' Food will satisfy all of your cravings!
• 2 gameplay modes: Quest and Lunch Rush
• More than 100 levels
• 80+ sandwiches to create
• Close to 20 upgrades to purchase

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Success Story

Slap together burgers for hungry customers, serve French fries and desserts, and keep the line moving in this arcade time management game! Work fast while the ingredients are still fresh. Choose the ones that will earn you more profit, and complete combos to earn even more! Beat the bosses in the mini-games and turn the fast food business in the big city into your very own success story in this addictive and tasty game!
• 10 different restaurants
• 12 burger components in more than 140 burger recipes
• 7 mini-games and 10 boss characters
• 5 amazing bonus devices
• 14 special dishes in Success Story

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Supermarket Mania

Supermarket Mania® is highly addictive casual time management game with millions of players. Running a grocery store can be a lot of fun! Help Nikki keep five stores stocked to the rafters with the provisions customers want, and show your adversary what a little hometown pluck can do!
The game features:
- 50 Levels in Story Mode
- Endless Shift Mode with Global Leader Board and extra bonuses
- Five Shops
- Seven types of customers
- Over a dozen products to sell
- Over 20 accessories and upgrades for your shop
- Hours of fun!

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Cyber Knights RPG

From the talented creator Cory Trese who made Star Traders RPG (yup, the one who was hit by LodSys).

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Fight, hack and manipulate the mega-corporations for power in the urban shadows! Beta Test of Cyber Knights: The Epic Cyberpunk Tactical RPG for Android! Science fiction role playing for free, ad free!

Inspired by such games as ShadowRun for SEGA, Fallout, Fallout Tactics, Silent Storm, Syndicate and CyberLords this game should keep you plotting your next play for urban power!

If you enjoy adventure, tactical RPGs or cyberpunk fantasy with complex depth (such as Fallout or Mass Effect) you may enjoy Cyberknights urban role playing game.

Full character control and customization. Travel the world in this turn-based tactical/role-playing game. Features 8 unique skills, 5 character classes, 400 different items, weapons and armor. Customized your leader and teams with 65 different cybernetic improvements.

* 40 Weapons
* 25 Armors
* 20 Portable Computers
* 100 Matrix Hosts
* 60 Unique Implants
* 120 Items / Gear
* 521 Buildings
* 82 NPC Contacts
* 31 Monsters
* 21 Monster Teams

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Zoo Story

Create and grow the zoo of your dreams in Zoo Story™, the best zoo game available! Discover countless wild animals from the jungle, the ocean and beyond. Breed cute infant creatures and care for them within your unique zoo layout. Build theme park attractions, complete special quests and experience much more!

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Zombie Takedown

All the zombie gore you could ever want! Competitive / addictive arcade action !

My granddaddy always told me the fastest way to take down the zombie hoard is to go straight to the source. As soon as those zombies rise from their graves you've got to hit them with an old fashioned takedown. Shoot them as quickly as possible, reactions are a must as these zombies can easily overwhelm you!

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SpaceCat (3D)

This was definitely a close WTF app contender.

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Cats on Flying Saucers?! That's it!

In the year 3122, man has conquered space and has taken his favorite pets with him: Cats.

Did you know which are the favorite toys of cats on space? Flying saucers! Even better, chasing mice while flying around! They are the only ones that can go into the narrow spaces and capture the SpaceRats, an evolved species that keeps annoying the crew of the spaceships.

Exactly, it may not be easy, but cats are provided with expert training on the SpaceCat facility. Every kitty deserves a chance to pilot a spaceship.

Do you have what it takes to drive your Spaceship along the SpaceCat training deck?
Dodge walls, avoid lasers, pilot through narrow passages, catch the floating mice and more.

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Game Apps

These are not really games, but rather apps for gamers. Lots of Starcraft 2 love over here. Who's with me?

Warp Prism

Watch Live SC2, LoL, HoN, WoW, Poker, Fighting Streams on your Android.

Fast live game stream watching on your phone. Flick left or right to change the stream you are watching, flick up and down to change the channel.

Current channels include:
- Starcraft 2
- Heroes of Newerth
- League of Legends
- Fighting Games
- World of Warcraft
- Call of Duty
- Poker
- Halo

This application largely arose out of so many people requesting there be an Android version of http://warpprism.com. After getting my inbox filled, I sat down and hammered out a version.

Warp Prism's Beloved Original Home:
- http://reddit.com/r/starcraft

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BuildCrafter BETA

Build Crafter is a real-time build order guide for Starcraft 2. Use it to learn complicated builds, execute perfect timings, and develop a better overall game-sense. Build Crafter synchronizes with your in-game timer, providing simple visual cues alerting the user about upcoming actions. Players of all skill levels will surely benefit from practicing with Build Crafter.

Look forward to the full version of Build Crafter soon with many more builds and features.

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WTF Game

Chicken Massacre

"You ever wanted to slay cute little animals with a chicken that has 52 types of guns? Well now you can! " Did I ever!!?

The screenshot is pure lulz too. Can you say wtf?

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You ever wanted to slay cute little animals with a chicken that has 52 types of guns? Well now you can!

Chicken Massacre is a two dimensional platform game in which you take the role of a chicken that fights against all types of mobs such as wasps, worms, bears and much more. Each level ends with a really cool boss.

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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: [email protected].

1 sponsored placement per week is available (your app would be featured at the top and marked as sponsored) - please contact us for details.

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.

  • Ben

    I read about development of Herman the Hermit a while back - it must be over 6 months ago. I thought it sounded quite promising and awaited the game eagerly until I completely forgot about it because nothing ever happened.
    Behold: Here it is!
    While graphics and the physics of the game are very impressing I found the gameplay completely pointless so I actually refunded it before the 15 minutes were up. Sorry.

    Thanks for a great game round up, though! This is my go-to place when looking for new games for my Desire Z.
    I'll have to try out a few more games from the list now - hopefully they'll keep me entertained a little bit longer :)

  • TA

    Objection! I played Naval Clash and it was actually pretty terrible. Smooth presentation and everything, well put together, but the inclusion of one-square boats means the actual mechanics of game itself are just *bad*. There's no way you can use patterns to look for ships, because you will have to check every individual square anyway.

  • Circs

    All unity engine games fail to run on Adreno 220 based phones. (EVO 3d and HTC Sensation) so Age of Wind is unplayable.

  • https://market.android.com/details?id=com.boots.betelgeuse Steve
  • Tomdroid

    Nice !! Graphics are quite attractive and give feeling of realistic bird's eye view.
    Well done.

  • https://market.android.com/details?id=com.boots.betelgeuse Steve

    @Tomdroid - It's only going to get better too :)

  • adam

    It works all on my original droid

  • Andrei

    This is a nice way to find good games

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