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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.

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon, and you can find the tablet app roundup here.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

Android Police coverage: Twisted Physics Game 'World Of Goo' Now Available In The Android Market

World of Goo Demo

World of Goo is the most awaited game since Minecraft. It firmly occupies the #1 spot in this week's roundup.

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Beautiful and surprising, the millions of Goo Balls who live in the World of Goo are curious to explore - but they don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious. This is the FIRST CHAPTER of the award winning game. Drag and drop living, squirming, talking, globs of goo to build structures, bridges, cannonballs, zeppelins, and giant tongues. Mysterious Levels - Each level is strange and dangerously beautiful, introducing new puzzles, areas, and the creatures that live in them.

  

Shine Runner

Android Police coverage: New Game From Vector Unit 'Shine Runner' Lets You Play The Backwoods, Shine Lovin' Hillbilly You've Always Dreamed Of Being

Android Police review: [Review] Vector Unit's Shine Runner Puts Hillbilly Fun In The Palm Of Your Hand

There ain’t nothin’ like the thrill of runnin’ shine! Throw your flat-bottomed fanboat into high gear and slip and slide through the muddy waters of the backwoods bayou. Smash and crash through a destructible world filled with rickety swamp shacks, fishin’ boats, chicken coops, gators, and more. Pack your cargo hold to the brim with moonshine, tobacky, snake oil and other contraband and then sell ‘em to the highest bidder in a rampagin’ 10-day race for profit and glory. Just make sure you keep an eye out for Smokey–the more notorious you get, the more cops will come gunnin’ for you.

Brothers In Arms 2 Free+ by Gameloft

Android Police coverage: Gameloft's Brothers In Arms 2 Now Available In The Android Market For Free

On these battlefields, soldiers become heroes. Now you can play the highly acclaimed Brothers in Arms series for FREE! Prepare to step onto the most intense and explosive battlefields of WWII.

  • PLAY FOR FREE
    Download the game and start playing for free in Story mode or Multiplayer. Earn Dog Tags and XP as you play that can be used to unlock tons of extra features and gear to customize your soldier, or purchase Medals to unlock them faster. It’s up to you!
  • JOIN YOUR ALLIES ONLINE
    Challenge up to 5 friends to multiplayer battles on five maps in 3 different modes (Free For All, Team Deathmatch and Domination). You can connect locally via Bluetooth or even go online with Wi-Fi to battle friends anywhere.
  • A FIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE
    Experience every front of the war with 50 missions to unlock across 5 locations: the Pacific, Normandy, North Africa, Germany and Sicily.
  • WAR MACHINES
    Take control of 3 different vehicles including the tank, off-road vehicle or glider to overrun your opponents or to make a daring escape. You can even jump behind the vehicle turret to lay waste to foes with the machine gun.
  • THE BATTLE COMES TO LIFE
    The stunning graphics and authentic settings are inspired by real-life battlefields from WWII and created in detailed 3D.
  • AN EPIC EXPERIENCE
    Witness compelling cinematic moments with more interaction between you and your squad members that deepens the gameplay.
  • AN ARSENAL AT YOUR DISPOSAL
    Grab a wide variety of historically accurate weapons including machine guns, bazookas, sniper rifles and flamethrowers.

Inertia Escape Velocity LiteHD

Android Police review: [New Game] Inertia Escape Velocity Is A Side-Scroller That Will Infuriate And Confuse You In The Greatest Way Possible

Control gravity to leap, hover, bounce, float, and zoom past deadly obstacles. Gravity is Going Down! You are Hermes, a high-tech scavenger who can turn his personal gravity on and off at will. Utilize your power to control Inertia to leap, hover, bounce, float, and zoom through intriguing challenges and deadly obstacles in this beautiful 3D platform game.

  • AWARD-WINNING GAMEPLAY. Inertia: Escape Velocity builds on the award-winning gameplay that won Best Non-Professional Game, Achievement in Gameplay, Technical Achievement, and Gamers’ Choice Awards at DICE’s Indie Game Challenge 2011.
  • DEFY PHYSICS! Manipulate gravity at will to float through levels, bounce off of walls, and negotiate challenges such as attractors, repulsors, accelerators, launchers, force fields, and more.
  • PLAY FREE! Play through 15 incredible levels to try out your powers amongst an amazing variety of challenges. You can buy the full version from within the game at any time.
  • HD. The special HD version features incredible high-resolution graphics that take full advantage of your tablet’s display.
  • EXPLORE. Investigate derelict space stations and junkyard planets to collect scrap and gain access to new levels.
  • REPLAYABILITY. Win badges for speed runs and completion, collect scrap to unlock advanced levels.
  • OPENFEINT. Integrated with OpenFeint for a great social gaming experience, complete with Achievements and Leaderboards.

Generation of Chaos

Android Police coverage: HyperDevBox Studio's New Massive Strategy RPG "Generation Of Chaos" Beats Previous Record, Requires 1.8GB Of Space

1.8GB - that's a record-setter right there.

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After “Spectral Souls”, HyperDevbox strikes again with “Generation of Chaos”, a new 100-hour game experience. Build and govern your own kingdom. Engage in 30 vs 30 thrilling battles in real time to defend and expand your territory. Immerse yourself into each kingdom’s story and play as over 150 characters through 10 different campaigns.

- The first massive Strategy RPG for Android
- Over 150 unique commanders
- 10 different campaigns
- Over 100 hours of gameplay
- 30 vs 30 epic battles in real-time
- Animated special attacks and spoken events
- Two touch configurations (including a tablet mode)
- Support for Touch & Keyboard with key mapping
- Xperia PLAY optimized

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Zen Pinball THD

Android Police coverage: [Update: Now Available On The Tab 10.1] Zen Pinball THD Finally Hits The Android Market, And It Was Well Worth The Wait

From the creators of Zen Pinball, Marvel Pinball, and Pinball FX2, comes Zen Pinball THD, the most exciting mobile pinball game experience available! Featuring interactive 3D models, the most advanced ball physics, rich social features and hot seat multiplayer, Zen Pinball THD continues the rich pinball tradition established by Zen Studios, the definitive leader in pinball videogames. Available for the first time on any mobile platform, Zen Pinball THD harnesses the power of Tegra’s GeForce GPU and dual-core CPU to produce a hyper-realistic, graphically-rich pinball gaming experience. The game sets a new standard for realistic ball physics and graphical detail in pinball video games employing cutting-edge visuals, challenging tables, true-to-life ball and table physics and combines them with innovative features not found in any other pinball game.

Zen Pinball THD is available for NVIDIA Tegra powered Android devices running Android 2.3 or greater.

Tank Riders

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Tank Riders Lets You Blow Things Up With A Tiny Tank

Android Police review: [Review] Polarbit's Tank Riders Has Good Gameplay But Needs Work

Join the fray in Tank Riders, a 3D tank battle game, which combines vibrant, colourful graphics, fast-paced action and exploration to create a package that will charm everyone - from hard core gamers to wet-eared newbies. Attack hordes of oncoming baddies with an arsenal of cannons, missiles and mortars. Bounce shots off walls to hit lurking enemies before they have a chance to attack. Blast through walls and charge ahead, or find hidden paths to sneak up on enemies unawares.

A challenging single-player campaign, downloadable levels and the ability to face off against friends and foes in frenzied multiplayer battles ensures an experience that will stay fresh and fun for a long time.

Dragon’s Lair

Android Police coverage: Classic Arcade Game 'Dragon's Lair' Comes To Android, Quirky Cutscenes Included

Now you can experience the best in retro gaming on-the-go with Dragon’s Lair on your Android device. Both the phone and tablet editions included for one low price. Immerse yourself in the visually stunning world of hand-drawn animation adapted from the original smash hit arcade classic. Transferred from the original high definition master film, you’ll experience this fully arcade authentic experience right in the palm of your hand.

Stick Cricket

Now you can carry the World’s most popular cricket game in your pocket. It’s all about shot selection and timing but only a master can hit every ball for six. Choose your team and face the world’s best bowlers as they try to get you out with some devious fast and spin deliveries. Watch out for those head cracking bouncers.

Basic Features - for free:
* Stick Cricket® Academy – work on your batting prowess against our crack bowling line-up
* 5 Over All Star Slog – score as many runs as you can against the All Star bowling team
* World Domination Levels 1-3 – dominate the world one country at a time
* Detailed statistics
* 5 exclusive achievements to win
* Update teams

Sprinkle Junior

Ready, aim, squirt! A water-physics based playground for young children to play with! The Junior version of Sprinkle lets kids splash an unlimited amount of water in a variety of fun and playful environments! Unlike its senior, Sprinkle Junior is all about playing around and having fun, rather than solving tricky puzzles and fighting against the clock.

Sprinkle Junior features:
* Incredibly realistic and fascinating water physics
* Intuitive touch controls
* 22 unique and creative levels
* Blocks, boulders and contraptions

Ski Challenge 12 Lite

With Ski Challenge 12 you can take part in exciting, virtual skiing races, in which you can test yourself directly against fellow gamers.

  • With Beaver Creek you get the first of 6 original Super-G and downhill tracks for free.
  • 3 different weather conditions: sunny, icy and snowy tracks
  • Compare yourself with all other races of the international ranking.
  • Achieve the qualification time and participate in the exciting tournaments.
  • Race against your own personal best in training mode
  • Customize your racer and tune your racing ski
  • Easy to control! Ski Challenge supports tilt and touch control steering
  • Replay mode, race statistics and more

Tip-Off Basketball

Play the most addictive game on the market arcade style with Tip-Off Basketball. The latest basketball game from IoPixel after its highly downloaded Basketball EM.

FEATURES

  • Intense solo career mode with more than 40 levels and 100 achievements.
  • Online cross-platform multiplayer mode
  • Challenge your friends or random opponents online, across the global network
  • Scheduled special event games with bigger coin rewards
  • Training mode: free throw, timed mode.
  • Earn coins to acquire various items in the shop
  • Worldwide leaderboards with achievements (requires OpenFeint)
  • Optimized for phones and tablets from 320p to 1080p
  • Progress saved on the cloud

Fling a Thing by Big Blue Bubble

Fling a Thing is a simple and fun game where the player stretches and flings cute little characters into the air to collect bubbles. When the player has cleared away all the bubbles they move on to the next level, climb higher, and interact with some really bizarre objects. Players beware: there’s a limited amount of shots for each level, so the more accurate you are the higher your score will be! The more stars the player gets the more upgrades they can unlock to help them achieve a higher score.

Did we mention how cute the little characters are? There are 7 very different ‘Things’ but they are all incredibly adorable little creatures with suction cups for mouths. (almost makes you not want to fling them… almost.) They cling on to platforms and suck in bubbles as they go through 3 different unlockable worlds. Fling a Thing controls and physics are fluid while the play sessions are short, perfect for a bus ride or a 5 minute break. The content is appropriate for any age, and the controls are so simple even a three year old can play. What’s even better is that this game is challenging for any age.

Paper Zombie

Paper Zombie is a fast action shooting game where your mission consists of facing challenging waves of zombies in relatively short but very exciting and intensive stages. Luckily you have three kinds of different weapons, each one with its own capabilities. You should combine them to succeed at this unevenly-matched fight.

- Cutting weapons. Everyone knows that one of the best ways to destroy paper is cutting it, but you’ll need to be relatively close to the zombies.

- Shooting weapons. Shoot at the zombies to knock them down but remember that you may only have a limited amount of bullets.

- Launching weapons. Paper burns easily. Launch firebombs to the areas plagued by zombies to finish them off but be careful that there aren’t any innocent ones in the area!

Train Conductor 2 Lite

Take control over locomotives barreling through famous American locations. It's all about quick decisions and strategy as you guide trains to their destination while avoiding disastrous collisions! Simply drag each train to the correct track with the swipe of a finger.

Gravity Guy FREE

In a world where gravity laws were broken, a brave guy, was held captive for defying the rules. Not happy, he decided to escape, being the first one to run for his life flipping gravity at will. Being chased by Gravity troops, Gravity Guy can't stop, he has to keep running and it's your job to guide him through an impossible world of mazes, flipping gravity when needed. This fast paced and frustratingly addictive adventure features 30 challenging levels, and 3 different worlds, and guarantees you many long hours of fun.

Putter King Adventure Golf

Putter King Adventure Golf is the best 3D miniature golf game on the market. Check out the brand that started in Japan and is becoming popular all over the globe. Experience the game’s high definition graphics as you help Putty in his quest to become the Putter King. Test your putting skills on visually stunning holes from all over the world. Use your creativity and imagination to rack up the hole-in-ones as your adventure takes you everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Pyramids of Egypt to Mt. Fuji in Japan. Compete against your friends and post your scores to Facebook and Twitter as you try to unlock all of the challenging Achievements.

Putter King Adventure Golf is also the first game to feature crowd sourced hole design. That’s right, YOU have a chance to design a hole for the Putter King app. Submit your miniature golf hole design to the 2011 Putter King Hole Design Contest and you will have a chance to win $550 and get your design featured in this app! Check out www.putterking.com for more details.

Word Tower Lite

The new word game where you think up words an fill in towers containing pre-given diagonal letters. No such games on android market yet!
If you like word games like scrabble, crossword puzzles, word finding and other word games, you're going to love the Word Tower game.

- Fill in one or many towers simultaneously
- Fill towers with nouns only or with any parts of speech
- Two tower sizes
- Relax mode or time limit mode
- Enter any words or unique only
- Statistics of your active vocabulary (limited by word length though)

Angry World War 2

Fast physic-based WorldWar2 gameplay with ragdolls, explosions and 3D graphics. Have you ever dreamed about Angry Birds in World War II time? No??? Really??? Don't be shy. We are going to war with grenades, tanks and bombers. Creators of Cars And Guns 3D have come back to present a fast action game with fabulous ragdolls, realistic explosions and physics. Over 50 battles in 10 countries, 3 game modes, multiplayer on one device, global leaderboards, allies and axis fractions and many, many more.

Key features:
- 3D graphics
- over 50 battles in 10 countries (more will come in updates)
- 2 military campaigns (Allies and Axis)
- 3 game modes
- physics-based gameplay
- multiplayer (2 players on one device)
- grenades, tanks, bombers and mass destruction!
- in-game shop
- online leaderboards
- lovely ragdolls and explosions
- super turbo cute war graphic style

 

Flickitty

Once you look into the kitty's eyes, you can't turn away.

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Ragdoll physics platformer with swipe controls.

  • Open-ended gameplay in a physics world
  • Simple swipe controls and drag-drop gameplay
  • 5 different regions with 3 different gravities
  • Collect over 20 hats for your character to wear
  • 20 different missions
  • In-game map editor

Run Like Hell!

You are an intrepid treasure hunter. Stuck on a godforsaken island with some locals who haven't had a lunch yet! Wanna stay as a main course? No? So... RUN LIKE HELL! Run Like Hell! is a frantically paced run-and-jump platformer – slide, climb, string, jump and crawl your way to safety as you are pursued by hungry looking savages with spears. Dash through ancient ruins, along nighttime jungle trails and sun-kissed beaches dodging obstacles as you go - every collision brings you a step closer to your doom... and their meal!

Gaslight

Clans are in constant war over the natural resources in the world of Eastland. Much of Eastland’s technology is run on Æther crystals, found in great concentrations in underground caves, cliff faces and underwater. It is used to power advanced weapons and war machines which the major clans of Eastland can bring to bear against one another in a constant struggle for control. Players must build their chosen faction's empire, invade other areas to gather resources, and send units to explore the world for additional resources in a constant tug-of-war over who will ultimately reign supreme.

HeavenHell

In HeavenHell, the goal is to throw every demons out of the screen with the help of angels. You’ll have to change devils and angels in circle or in square by pressing them. It's all about following the physics laws and using your logic. Offering 4 different worlds and 80 levels, HeavenHell will carry you into a challenging and funny atmosphere.

Fling! FREE

Fling! is an addictive puzzle-game based a simple, unique concept, which while simple is at the same time infinitely challenging. Ideal for all ages. Featuring over 100,000 unique puzzles, such that no two puzzles you encounter are ever the same, and split into 35 levels of gradually increasing difficulty, Fling guarantees you many long hours of puzzling fun. Each puzzle has a single, unique solution, and is solved by simply flinging (pushing) the furballs, and watching them bump each other off the edge of the screen, until only one is left.

Candy Carnage

Carnage time in Candyland. Save the kingdom and rescue cute princesses from being brutally slaughtered by ravenous butchers! Tap and aim for their heads before a butcher’s hatchet cuts them off. Once upon a time, the sweetest princesses lived in the peaceful kingdom of Candyland. But one day, a murderous gang of butchers went berserk, spreading fear and terror with their lust for fresh and bloody human meat! It’s time to rewrite the tale and save the damsels before they end up in the meat grinder. Prove your skills in this fast and frenzied splatter orgy and win the princesses’ hearts.

Treasures of Mystery Island

Break the curse of an angry god and find hidden treasure of unimaginable worth. Alex was making a routine run across the Atlantic Ocean in his cargo plane when his girlfriend's lucky talisman started to glow. Moments later, as his pride and joy dove toward choppy waters, he found himself parachuting to the beach of an uncharted island. When a native rescues Alex, he begins a hidden object adventure that will take him to the heart of a strange island, where he'll find hidden treasure and unleash the curse of an angry god. Your seek-and-find skills will be challenged like never before as you beat 20 captivating episodes set in a world time forgot. You'll need to not only find lost objects but also return them to where they belong to receive help from the natives. You'll also have to collect the scattered belongings of 24 clients, beat over a dozen mini-games and earn a slew of trophies! Can you solve the mystery of the island?

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Stick Cliff Diving

Get your kicks and jump down the highest and most dangerous cliffs all over the planet! Perform different jump styles and get rated by the five judges. Fulfill the requested handicap to qualify for the next jump.

Saving Private Sheep Free

Put your brain cells and all your senses to the test and help General Sheepard save his woolen warriors. The war between wolves and sheep is raging. The wolves’ territory is expanding from one day to the next, encroaching on our green pastures. We must fight these bloody barbarians if we want to graze again in peace! We will show the enemy that we are not lambs and that we will not be led to the slaughter in silence.

It is time to launch operation “Iron Wool”. Help the woolen warrior conquer enemy territory by leading it into the secure zone. To do this, you will need just one weapon: your finger. Destroy the obstacles in the surrounding area to enable the sheep to achieve its objective in total safety.
Increasingly complex structures and special blocks (indestructible, explosive etc.) coming in a variety of shapes and with different actions will make your mission harder.

Weapon Chicken

Chicken Bros anyone?

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In the game, you play as a heavily armed chicken. The only task is advancing with courage through three wonderful worlds where variety kinds of monster will appear. The deeper you advance, the more dangerous monsters will be. Are you afraid now? Don't worry. Meanwhile the chicken could refuel the supplies and even more improve the power of bullets.

LYRIC LEGEND 2 MUSIC GAME by TuneWiki

Play to learn the lyrics to your favorite songs in the sequel to the hit music game, Lyric Legend. Earn free music through the virtual currency system to play along with your favorite artists.

New Features:
* ALL NEW 3D GRAPHICS for big time stage performances
* CUSTOMIZABLE AVATARS with score bonuses for special clothing items
* 5 GAME VENUES for bigger and better performances
* NEW EASY MODE where you don't have to tap every lyric. Perfect for learning a new song
* Lyric Legend 1 players can get all their favorite music from LL1 by visiting the Library Management section through the Options button

Hotel Mogul: Las Vegas

Create a hotel empire in the heart of Las Vegas, complete with five-star accommodations, upscale restaurants and glamorous casinos! With colorful graphics, levels packed with animation, and hours of addictive time management action, Hotel Mogul: Las Vegas hits the jackpot of fun!
To many people, Las Vegas is "The City of Lights" or "The Entertainment Capital of the World". But to you, Las Vegas is a city of opportunity! Buy low and then sell high in a winner-takes-all competition for land, money and bragging rights. Outsmart the competition as you acquire new properties, purchase supplies and hire workers. And upgrade your holdings until the city shines like the diamond in the desert it was meant to be.

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Twist n’ Catch Lite

Twist n’Catch is a Puzzle/Dexterity game in which you will play the role of explorer Emmet Black, to travel and discover exotic places and bring back treasures he uncovers on his way. Held by Sergeant Cookie, your faithful companion, you will have to find the best way, hanging in the air by a rope and foil many obstacles and traps to collect diamonds and sapphires.

Cabals:The Card Game

Come on, guys, if you port a game, at least put up screenshots with Android devices in them.

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Created with love, dedication and passion. Cabals: The Card Game is a revolutionary new online card game. It invites you to choose your side, expand your card collection, discover new tricks and combinations, and match your skills against single player and online opponents. Cabals: The Card Game takes the best of trading card games and board games, and combines them for a unique game that is easy to pick up, and fun to master. Experience two ways to win, four cabals with their distinct styles, and the initial set of 100 different cards. Pit your skills against single player challenges and online opponents. Ranking system, clever matchmaking, and global leaderboards guarantee excellent online gaming.

UNO FREE by Gameloft

This is the free version of Gameloft's paid UNO game.

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Get ready to call "UNO" on your Android phone. Play the #1 classic card game for fun with friends and family on your Android phone! The world-famous card game is faithfully reproduced for mobile and also features exciting new rules. Relive all the crazy fun of UNO™: match colors or numbers with all your favorite cards or challenge yourself with increasingly difficult games in Tournament Mode. Compete against friends in thrilling games: with a multiplayer mode that can be accessed 24/7 via Wi-Fi connection, playing UNO™ has never been so fun and easy, so be the first to get rid of all your cards.

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 no longer than 2 weeks ago
  • 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.

  • Marcos

    GREAT selection!

  • Zohan

    Why does "Run like hell" need permission to access my SMS messages?

    • Dandmcd

      Maybe you can share an achievement, or add your friend to a friends list in the game by sending a text? I haven't played, but this permission is very far from malicious.

  • Shawn

    i love these articles, art.

  • http://paralap.blogspot.com Dero

    Muy buena seleccion...

  • TejasEric

    I love how android police does this. I look forward to reading this and downloading the ones that look good and trying them. Thanks for this!

  • Killer

    i reguarly follow this androidpolice blog... im a big best games hunter and this blog is the best right now on the web to get best games without wasting time... bless u guys... u r doing a great job. this week was good as well... best collection...

  • akoli

    No wtf Inclusions this week .... I like to have a laugh at some of the ideas developer have.... waiting for one to top the spinning phallus that hits the balls !!

    Good list though gives you some ideas and newbies to have a play

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

      WTF apps (and games) always go to the apps post, so look for them there.

  • Fox92

    Another one to check out is Rage of Bahamut.  An addictive fantasy
    adventure trading card game.  If you enter the code grl11720 after the
    tutorial, you'll get a bonus pack of $100,000, 5000 friendship points,
    and an ultra rare Angel card.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobage.ww.a692.Bahamut_Android&hl=en

  • Quantz

    what are the minimum system requirements?

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