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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 2 weeks or so.

This is part 1 of the game roundup. Part 2 is here. The app roundup is here.

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Featured

Scrubs

Today's roundup is sponsored by HeroCraft's new game, Scrubs - yup, the official game for the TV show with the same name (one of my favorites).

Welcome to Sacred Heart Hospital and the official Scrubs mobile game based on the hit TV sitcom. As a new intern you'll rub shoulders with your favourite Scrubs characters - JD, Turk, Carla, Elliot, Cox, Kelso and unfortunately the Janitor too! As the newbie you'll have to fulfil all sorts of requests from the senior staff and it looks like you'll have to play detective as well as doctor, helping to find missing possessions, scattered fancy dress costumes and even misplaced medical supplies!

The main gameplay takes the form of a Hidden Object Game, using familiar locations from the series, including the nurse's station and the staff room. You'll also stumble across various unlockable mini-games from stitching body parts to racing wheelchairs. Your task will be to solve an exciting mystery and your investigation will ensure a captivating plot that will keep you guessing right until the end.

The game features:

  • Varied gameplay genres: hidden object, quest, adventure and puzzles
  • Medical based mini-games
  • A dozen familiar game locations
  • All your favorite Scrubs characters
  • Humorous comic book style graphics
  • Black comedy storyline

For those who want to give Scrubs a go before paying the $1.99, there's a free Lite version available here.

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Games

Grand Theft Auto III by Rockstar Games

The sprawling crime epic that changed open-world games forever. Welcome to Liberty City. Where it all began.

Rockstar Games celebrates the 10th anniversary of one of the most influential games of all time. The critically acclaimed blockbuster Grand Theft Auto III comes to mobile devices, bringing to life the dark and seedy underworld of Liberty City. With a massive and diverse open world, a wild cast of characters from every walk of life and the freedom to explore at will, Grand Theft Auto III puts the dark, intriguing and ruthless world of crime at your fingertips. With stellar voice acting, a darkly comic storyline, a stunning soundtrack and revolutionary open-world gameplay, Grand Theft Auto III is the game that defined the open world genre for a generation.

Features:

  • Visually stunning updated graphics, character and vehicle models
  • HD quality resolution
  • Gameplay optimized for touch screen devices
  • Custom controls for the mobile platform
  • Countless hours of gameplay
  • Gamepad Support for select USB controllers

 

Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation by Gameloft

When war hits home, abandon all fear. The best smartphone FPS series returns with even higher intensity and apocalyptic battles.

BE THE HERO OF AN EXPLOSIVE SOLO CAMPAIGN
• Fight through a 13-mission campaign from Los Angeles to Pakistan.
• Witness multiple memorable moments thanks to AAA scenario-scripting.
• Experience different types of gameplay: escort, destroy, helicopter, 4x4 chase, etc.

LIVE THE MOST IMMERSIVE REAL WAR EXPERIENCE
• The deepest and most intuitive FPS gameplay on smartphones improved once again, now with a sprint and slide feature.
• Gaze upon next-gen GFX that allow for an unprecedented rendering of environments.
• Improved SFX and voice acting will immerse you in an apocalyptic scenario.

ENJOY WHAT IS SIMPLY THE BEST MULTIPLAYER ON SMARTPHONES
• Enter battles for up to 12 players in 6 exclusive maps and 7 different modes.
• Use your customized weapons to move up an addictive leaderboard with more than just ranks.

Epic Astro Story by Kairosoft

Battle baddies and foster interplanetary diplomacy in an epic space colony sim. Ready to test your mettle against the final frontier? Pioneer an untamed planet, building roads and houses for your fellow denizens of the future. Cultivate your quaint colony into a stellar space citadel, and you'll pull alien tourists from everywhere this side of Alpha Centauri.

Careful though, not all intelligent life seeks souvenirs. Prepare to engage in heated battle with all manner of cosmic creatures! Win--and you just might be rewarded... Strap into your spacecraft, all systems are go for an epic astro adventure that'll warp you to light speed and beyond!

NFL Pro 2012 by Gameloft

You’ve never played football like this before: free. Get hyped for an amazing 2011/2012 as you level-up and unlock tons of new features on your road to become a gridiron champion.

  • THE ENTIRE NFL IS HERE
    Thanks to the official NFL and NFL Players License, you can choose to play and manage any of the 32 NFL teams with over 2,000 real players.
  • UNLOCK YOUR FULL POTENTIAL
    Play matches to earn points you can use to unlock new stadiums, playbooks, stat boosts and much more.
  • FOOTBALL THE WAY YOU LOVE IT
    Thanks to motion capture technology, enjoy stunning graphics and an impressive level of detailed player animations that include running, tackling, celebrating touchdowns and more.
  • THIS IS YOUR GAME
    - The improved AI promises a challenging game every time. You can also take on the advanced AI if you think you’re ready for the greatest challenge.
    - Choose from over 200 plays to beat your opponents or use the Playbook Editor to create your own tactics to outwit the opposition.
    - An assistant to help you make the right choices depending on time left, team skills and more!
  • AN EVEN MORE IMMERSIVE FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE
    Finely tuned gameplay will give you unmatched control when running, tackling or passing.
  • NEVER LOSE TOUCH WITH YOUR TEAM
    Get all the news about your favorite teams thanks to the official NFL RSS feed integrated into directly into the game!

 

Little Empire

Play the World's first LBS (Location Based Services) mobile MMO game in 3D. Little Empire is a top-rated massively-multiplayer-online mobile game that you just can't put down. We combined tower defense and real-time strategy in a unique combat system that lets you plan strategic battles and utilize formation tactics.

FEATURES

  • No more boring text-based battles and fully experience the thrill of combat.
  • Command your hero to use spells and special abilities to crush oncoming enemies.
  • A top-class arena that brings players world-wide in close contact with each other.
  • Snatch resources, enslave players and arena showdowns.
  • Dozens of 3D buildings and combat units, more than a hundred missions, countless equipment and skill combination.
  • A flawless LBS integration that brings the game onto the real world. Careful, your enemy could be right next door!
  • The game play is limitless as you and your friends battle towards the very top.

Real Racing 2 by EA

Note: Use this version if you are located outside of North America.

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REAL RACING 2 is here. Now, take the most hotly anticipated racing game ever made for Android for a FREE test drive. Once you get a taste of the adrenaline-fueled action, UPGRADE to get the total experience. Race away with 30 high-performance cars, 15 awesome locations, and an immersive Career mode.

WITH THE FULL GAME YOU CAN…

  • Test your racing prowess on a 16 car grid against highly skilled AI drivers.
  • Select from 30 officially licensed cars including the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, 2010 Nissan GT-R (R35), 2012 McLaren MP4-12C, and more!
  • Work your way from rookie to pro in a robust Career Mode, offering 10 hours of racing enjoyment. Jump into a Quick Race for instant fun – or race against the clock in Time Trial Mode.
  • Race in 15 beautiful locations, with 40 miles of highly detailed race tracks, speedways and city circuits – including twilight and night races.
  • Touch or tilt to steer, as you experience state-of-the-art handling with customizable options that tailor to your personal driving style.
  • Experience the intensity of head-to-head racing with 5 unique camera angles and breath-taking graphics powered by Firemint’s exclusive high performance Mint3D™ engine.

  

SHADOWGUN THD

This THD edition of what is probably the most graphically impressive game on Android is optimized for Tegra 3.

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The Tegra 3-optimized version of Shadowgun features console-quality water, enhanced rag-doll physics, particle effects, enhanced shaders and dynamic textures. These are only possible using Tegra 3's multi-core capabilities, and they make for a truly immersive and realistic gaming experience.

Siegecraft THD Lite

SIEGECRAFT THD is the definitive version of the ultimate 3D physics-based game. Lay waste to your enemies using crossbows, catapults, battering rams and more. You are the best siege team money can buy. Work for each race as they rage war on each other. Perform well to get paid more and buy awesome power-ups and upgrade your siege machines.

Dead Space by EA

Note: Use this version if you are located outside of North America.

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The sci-fi horror masterpiece DEAD SPACE has finally arrived on Android. This stunning vision of the Dead Space franchise is truly a landmark in mobile gaming. Featuring hardcore gameplay and a rich audio experience, immerse yourself in bloodcurdling events that unleash the Necromorph horde. Once you’ve played, this sci-fi horror masterpiece will truly change the way you think about Android games.

  • A CHARGED SENSORY EXPERIENCE
    Survive one of the most gripping, bone-chilling experiences on mobile. Cutting-edge visuals – rich in effects and atmospheric lighting – reproduce the cinematic horror of the console game. Featuring a fully voice-acted stereo soundtrack, plus a movie-quality score and sound effects, find yourself fully immersed in the dread of Dead Space.
  • SHOCKINGLY EASY TO CONTROL
    Intuitive controls focus you on the action. The on-screen HUD is seamlessly integrated into the game. Navigate 6 varied environments and battle Necromorphs with simple swipe and tap controls.
  • FEATURING 2 EXCLUSIVE WEAPONS & CLASSIC MODULES
    Access the new Plasma Saw and Core Extractor, plus 3 more weapons from the Dead Space universe. Also utilize Kinesis and Stasis Modules well-known to players of the console game – and get on with the business of strategic dismemberment.

SummitX Snowboarding by Com2uS

This game has the longest package name I've ever seen - is it really necessary, Com2uS? "com.com2us.summitxsnowboard.normal.tryandbuy.google.global.android.common"

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In Summit X Snowboarding, you are truly carving down the mountain. Experience the highest quality HD graphics and rawest “true-to-life” physics of any snowboarding game in the world. Feel the speed. Catch big air. No game is more real or more gnarly. "Go Big to Win": perform the best tricks to get time bonuses so you can reach the bottom.

Multiponk

Up to 4 players on tablet and up to 2 players on Smartphone. The HD graphic designs and the ultra-realistic physical engine will make you feel like playing on an real wooden board. One finger to control your paddle. Give your ball smooth effects and thwart the traps to win the game. In Multiplayer mode, catch the bonuses, use the bumpers and beat your opponents. In Solo mode, try to beat A.I computer and defeat Mr Monster. Don't lose control of the ball.

Dead on Arrival

Fast paced action survival shooter. Survive against massive waves of the undead. Two days ago a bomb went off in central park. Fatalities were few but hundreds more were injured in the blast. They got them to the hospital some how... but it wasn’t long before all of the injured had suddenly died as well. The doctors said it was some kind of ‘mass cardiac arrest.’ If that was true they wouldn’t have boarded up the windows and barricaded the doors. No one’s heard anything from inside for 12 hours now, and what we heard then wasn’t good...”

With an armoury of deadly weapons at your disposal you must fight to survive against an endless horde of zombies hungry for one thing: You. You’ve gotten into the hospital, but all the other rooms are locked. Your only chance for survival is to kill for cash, letting you unlock additional rooms or purchase more powerful weapons in your endless fight against the undead. Board up the doors, run fast, shoot to kill and maybe you might see tomorrow after all.

FEATURES
- Fast paced action survival shooter
- Survive against massive waves of the undead!
- Purchase loads of different weapons to defend yourself from the horde
- Buy yourself some time by boarding up doors to keep the undead at bay
- Unlock rooms to make space and find different weapons to finish the fight
- Search for the “random box” and destroy your enemies with the most powerful guns!
- Massive hospital level to explore and defend all by your lonesome
- Turn on the power and use deadly traps like the Masher, Flame Wall, Zapper or Defence Turret to help get to the next wave!
- Vending Machines give you the edge to push on with Quick Repair, Speed, Instant Cash and Armour
- Tutorial level to help you get to grips with the gameplay
- Full 3D action and gory effects in high detailed graphics perfect for all mobile devices!

Xperia PLAY optimized

Grabatron

Take control of a UFO with a retractable claw and destroy the puny humans. Grabatron is the latest massively addicting game from the makers of Hungry Shark. Terrorize them anyway you like: Toss them, crush them, abduct them - it's up to you. Grabatron - where being evil has never been so much fun...

 

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Pirates of the Caribbean by Disney

Take your social gaming to a completely new level with Pirates of the Caribbean. Master of the Seas is the first mobile game to combine deep story and brilliant graphics with compelling social gameplay. Become a pirate as you create your ship, build your crew, and embark on quests wrapped around the lore from the Pirates of the Caribbean universe.

Mike V: Skateboard Party HD

Complete achievements, gain experience and upgrade your skaters. Customize your outfits, shoes, board, trucks, wheels and bearings. Challenge skaters from all over the world using Game Center leaderboards.

FEATURES
• The only HD Skateboarding game available on the market.
• New, fully customizable control system.
• Learn over 40 tricks, create hundreds of combinations.
• Massive skateboard locations to ride including a community center, motel, downtown plaza, junkyard and indoor skatepark.
• Customize your skater or board with tons of exclusive content including outfits, shoes, boards, trucks, wheels and bearings. Select from your favorite brands including Airwalk, Powell & Peralta, Tork Trux and Iron Fist Clothing.
• Gain experience and upgrade your skater’s attributes.
• Achievements & leaderboards.
• Share your results with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
• Soundtrack by Conditions & Revolution Mother.
• Universal version for Android phones and tablets

Fantasy Town by Gameloft

Explore a world of your own creation. Somewhere between your dreams and reality lies a place where creatures of your imagination are given life to create your own personal fantasy world. Guide your villagers in unearthing treasure, farming exotic plants and building a thriving village of your own design.

The Oregon Trail: Settler by Gameloft

Experience a brand new adventure in The Oregon Trail: American Settler. You’ve conquered the journey, now tame the frontier in this free game that continues The OregonTrail story as your pioneer family finally settles down to start a new home.

Alpha Wave

Very beautifully done.

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A throwback to old school type shooters redone with modern graphics and intense gameplay. Alpha Wave is an asteroid survival type game with influence from the early arcade classics. Asteroids rain down at you from different angles and at different speeds, you must destroy and avoid them to survive. Various enemies also show up along the way to attack you and generally make your life difficult. You are armed with a nice array of weapons and the ever powerful singularity bomb to even the balance of things.

Choose from 3 difficulty levels each with it's own unique style of play. Gameplay starts easy but progresses based on how you play. As you score points, you progress upwards to the next wave. As you move up in waves, the game becomes more difficult and challenging! The stats system helps you track how you play so you can always see your best, worst and last score.

Destroy Gunners SP / ICEBURN

For all Mech Warrior lovers comes Destroy Gunners Iceburn, a sequel to the first Destroy Gunners title.

Dizzy - Prince of the Yolkfolk

The return of the most fantastic eggventurer of all time, with gorgeous HD graphics and glorious gameplay. Lead Dizzy on his ultimate quest to awaken Daisy and bring peace to the Yolkfolk. The eponymous egg-shaped have-a-go hero returns in familiar form, complete with red boxing gloves and his trademark rolls and somersaults as he ventures forth on an eggciting journey into a magical world packed with collect-and-solve puzzles.

As ever, his friends, the Yolkfolk, are in trouble and need saving from danger. Our hero in a whole shell’s girlfriend, Daisy, has been trapped in mysterious castle while our hero has been locked in an underground dungeon by Rockwart the troll on orders from Evil Wizard Zaks. By running, rolling and somersaulting around the fantastic kingdom of Keldor, Dizzy’s adventure takes him throughout the magical land, exploring underground caves, leaping and bounding into the tree tops and bouncing all the way up in the far away clouds to assist Saint Peter in front of the Pearly Gates.

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SnowBomber Lite

A story of man vs fluff... are you ready? It's up to you. Evil Fluffs have invaded, blanketing city after city with snow in an effort to make winter permanent. Do you have what it takes to save the world from never ending snow? SnowBomber is a fast paced game that's sure to get your blood pumping. How else will you fend of frostbite? Armed with only your slingshot and your guts, it's up to you to protect us all from being overrun by Fluffs.

Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots™

BRUTAL ROBOT BOXING ACTION
Pick the iconic Red Rocker™ or the Blue Bomber™ and jab, hook and uppercut your way to victory. Be sure to keep an eye on your health and energy because every punch counts towards maintaining your energy and stamina.

HONE YOUR SKILLS
Get into the gym and level up your four different fighting skills:
- Improve your Strength on the heavy bag
- Brush up your fancy footwork in Defense
- Hit the jump rope machine to up your Stamina
- Pound out a beat on the speedbag for extra Style.

 

SPY mouse by EA

Note: Use this version if you are located outside of North America.

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Danger. Intrigue. Stealth. Cheese… SPY mouse. Embark on a journey of epic proportions from the makers of Flight Control and Real Racing – over two years in the making. Agent Squeak *is* SPY mouse, a super-secret operative serving the needs of mice everywhere. Can the world's smallest hero prevail in one of mobile’s biggest games? His fate's in your hands.

  • Sneak, scamper and snack your way through 70+ deviously challenging levels!
  • 6 unique worlds, full of adventure, each with their own diabolical hench-cat to outwit.
  • Run circles around your feline foes using all manner of zany gadgets, gizmos and power-ups!
  • Cat trouble? Recruit the help of the exotic Kiska and get your mission back on track.
  • Forever fun with achievements, secret levels and thrilling, action-packed updates!

 

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: 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.

  • http://www.funiaste.net Terrible Monster

    Very, very weird. Not a single game I would like to install...

  • ereptor

    I don't get the atmosphere around here, I think that the shown apps really are of quality, and in my opinion android is doing some serious catch up to iOS. I know it's still a long road to have as good (if not even better)of an ecosystem as Apple, but at least the direction seem to be good. Thanks for the advices, now if only I had a powerful phone to run them...

    • Michael R.

      Kindle Fire. I got mine for $180, and you can install APKs from the browser. 1GHz dual core

  • John Smith

    I guess some people just complain for the sake of complaining.
    If some people don't like first person shooters, sports, adventures, racing and others, I guess they don't like anything.

  • P p

    Plants vs zombies killed my life

  • DaForce2000

    Nice list. I'll be getting a few if those.
    A little strange to not see Tower Defence: Lost Earth listed.
    A great tower defence game that was iOS only until just recently it got released on Samsung Apps, possibly only for galaxy S 2. But its a fantastic game, and it will be released early next year for all android devices.

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

      It may be a nice game, and when it comes out on the Market or the Amazon Appstore, we'll be sure to include it.

  • DaForce2000

    A fair and reasonable response :-)

    Have a good Xmas.

  • jdddd

    summitx is great. best game i've played for awhile. takes about 15 mins to learn the controls but after that its easy.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com andy

    If you can't unlock a Love Train hospital song 'n' dance extravaganza, Scrubs will be a disappointment.

  • Cedric

    Great to see so many impressive free games like Real Racing 2, Summit X snowboarding and Dead Space I downloaded for free on the Samsung market :) for my Galaxy S.

  • 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

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