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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.

Featured App

Majesty: Northern Expansion by HeroCraft

Today's roundup is sponsored by Majesty: Northern Expansion, a sequel to the very popular and beloved Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom Sim. The original Majesty, which is currently rated an admirable 4.4/5 in the Android Market, was an interesting combination of RPG and RTS featuring what HeroCraft is calling "indirect control" - heroes and various characters that are under your control live their own lives and do whatever they want, and you have to tempt them to do what you want with various rewards.

The Northern Expansion adds new missions in a new location (Northern Lands), new monsters, spells, heroes, and buildings along with improved graphics and changeable weather.

You can download the lite version here or hit up the widget below for the full version.

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Games

Anomaly Warzone Earth HD

Android Police review: [Review] 11 Bit Studios Revolutionizes The Tower Defense Genre With Anomaly Warzone Earth HD

Android Police coverage: [Update: Now In The Market] New Game: 'Anomaly Warzone Earth' Lands In The Amazon Appstore, Lets You See What It's Like To Play Tower Defense From The Attacking Side

Award winning game Anomaly Warzone Earth HD turns tower defense on its head. This time you take control of the attacking force, pitting your heavily armored squad against the destructive towers of an alien horde. Carefully lead your squad through the invaders' defenses, shattering their towers and turrets with special weapons and power-ups in this groundbreaking new experience in tower offense.

- Experience a new type of tower defense game where you're the attacking side
- Think tactically and choose the right squad, route, special weapons, and plan to guarantee success in Tower Offense strategy
- Gather resources strategically to buy and upgrade new and more powerful units
- Play for hours on end in engaging modes of play: Story Campaign and Squad Assault modes
- Immerse yourself in the cutting-edge graphics and atmospheric soundtrack

Galaxy Defenders

Galaxy Defenders is a retro space shooter about surviving from invading forces. The End Is Near! Protect your galaxy from invading forces in a retro Space Shooter. Your mission if you choose to accept is to defend your nation and survive the attacks. Defeat strong and fast enemies, upgrade your spaceship and destroy powerful Bosses. Be the Hero of Galaxy Defenders, an Arcade Space Shooter in a Survival Game style.

GBikes

Android Police coverage: [Hands-On] GBikes Is A Great Futuristic Racing Game, But Still Leaves A Bit To Be Desired

Beautiful adrenaline racing game with hi-end graphics and entertaining gameplay.

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GLWG: All Out War

Android Police coverage: Great Little War Game Gets "All Out War" Addition, Offering Two Campaigns Of "Fiendishly Challenging" Levels

All Out War is another exciting episode of the critically acclaimed 3D turn-based strategy game "Great Little War Game". Retaining the in-depth gameplay, humour, comical style and graphical excellence of the original game. Please note that this is not a sequel but a stripped down version of the original game, designed just to allow play of these two extra campaigns. If you don't already own the main game, we recommend you look at that first as it contains more general features and a gentler introduction to the gameplay.

The Serpent of Isis

Android Police coverage: [Hands-On] Big Fish Games Brings Suspense And Adventure To The Hidden Object Genre With 'The Serpent Of Isis'

In the early 1900s the legendary artwork, the Serpent of Isis, was stolen at the grand opening of the Egypt Museum in Cairo. Originally discovered by your grandfather, you have been searching for the missing masterpiece your entire adult life. One day, a mysterious letter arrives indicating that the person who possesses the artwork can be found on board the Mont Palu Express. Catch the train and solve the ancient mystery.

➢ Travel through six European destinations, including Bucharest, Vienna, London, & Paris.
➢ 10 Chapters, over 20 mini games, and multiple interactive scenes.
➢ Timed or relaxed game modes.
➢ Gain extra hints by finding bonus clues and suspect items.
➢ Collect and combine inventory items to solve intriguing puzzles.

SupaSupaCross

SupaSupaCross is an arcade style racing game where riders tap, tilt, and turbo-boost their way to the finish line. Be a SupaSupa star as you race across ten exciting stadium levels and increasingly difficult series challenges. A nostalgic top-down racing experience full of fun tracks, boost pads, slow-downs, and SupaSupa offroad action.

Features:
* An exciting casual game experience that anyone can play
* Touch or tilt controls for all types of device gamers
* Leave other riders in the dust with fast-tap starts
* Hit boost pads for added speed
* Race against increasingly difficult AI as you progress through each series
* Integration of stats and achievements lets you compare your progress against other braaaping SupaSupa stars
* A universal build means you can enjoy the game across all mobile devices
* Developed by the same talent to produce the top-selling MX vs. ATV series
* Original cool music and sound environment

A Long Way Home

You have been stranded 100 light years from Earth, can you survive the long way home? After a catastrophic ship explosion, you must make your way home 1 light year at a time. Encounter exploding asteroids, teleporting dark matter, comets and more on your epic journey home. A Long Way Home is an action / physics / puzzle game set in space. Making you way through 100 levels across 10 stages you must jump from asteroid to asteroid collecting enough dark matter to open a portal to the next level.

FEATURING:
- 100 Levels
- Physics Style Gameplay
- 2 Control Types (Accelerometer and Onscreen Buttons)
- Stunning Graphics
- Fantastic Ambient Music

EDGE

Mobigame's multi-awarded and critically acclaimed game is back. Develop your telekinetic strength by pushing a Cube within a geometric universe. Platforms, enigmas and reflexes combine to make EDGE a rich and very comprehensive game.

• An original game ideally suited for mobile devices
• Catchy electronic soundtrack!
• A simple, addictive game for every type of player
• 12 level in the demo - try EDGE Extended for 48 more!

NFL Kicker!

Become an NFL Kicker! Choose your team, customize your player and get ready for the ultimate placekicker game. Depth of play includes PUNTING coffin corner kicks, placekicking FIELD GOALS and MORE across five game modes. Legendary football flick and ‘after-touch’ controls from Full Fat as seen in NFL Flick Quarterback, Flick Golf and Flick Soccer. Awesome graphics set in the Super Bowl XLVI themed Lucas Oil Stadium featuring you as the kicker, the placekick holder, officials, cheerleaders and the most detailed field artwork in a kicker game yet.

FEATURES

• Kick field goals like a pro NFL footballer
• Punt coffin corner kicks with casual and pro game modes
• Hit the uprights in a true test of Kicker skill
• Pick your favorite team and customize your jersey, name and number
• Interactive tutorial
• Play in the Super Bowl XLVI Lucas Oil Stadium
• XP Level up system based on your kicking skill
• Live NFL news feed ticker
• Dancing cheerleaders before the game
• Superb high resolution graphics

Triple Town

Triple Town is an original puzzle game in which you try to grow the greatest possible city. The larger the city you build, the more points you score. You build your city by matching three or more game-pieces: combine three grasses to make a flower, three flowers to make a bush, three bushes to make a tree... until you've filled the board with houses, cathedrals and castles. Along the way, you'll have to outwit giant bears who will try to block your progress. How large can you grow your dream city before the board fills and the game ends?

Finger Gravity

Want to prove your talent on Hand-brain coordination? Just challenge this game. In a world without gravity, you will bump into various monsters on your way to destination. Use your fingers as the motor engine and steering wheel, and drive as fast as possible to finish the race. Hi, boy, drift like a racing car. Aside from simple and stuning game graphics, a variety of challenging stages, brand new challenge modes and diversified mini games are waiting for you.

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Naught

Picture a virtual world in which gravity acts like it does in real life. Now imagine that world is contained within your Android phone, and you have control of everything therein. Picture yourself shifting the source of gravity by turning your phone and making what was once the ceiling of a cave the ground on which your character, an agile cat named Naught, can walk. See Naught drop through an abyss, land on a moving platform and deftly avoid deadly spikes as you turn your phone 180 degrees. No matter which way you turn, Naught will always land on his feet. Explore a stylish black and white gamescape that's light on detail but heavy on atmosphere, enjoy ethereal music that sets a relaxing tone, and marvel at how skillfully you can avoid death as you gather diamonds.

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Burn the Rope:Worlds & Friends

Afraid that this expansion of Burn the Rope might be a rip-off, I reached out to BigBlueBubble, but they confirmed that PlayPhone's version of the game is legit and was licensed to them fair and square.

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Burn the Rope:Worlds & Friends lights up your Android all over again with 100 brand-new levels, four different themed worlds including Jungle, Mechanical, Fantasy and Space; and an exciting brand new mini-game called Endless Burn. Like the original Burn the Rope, the goal is to burn as much rope as possible without letting the flames burn out. Flames only burn upwards and the phone must be rotated in order to keep the flames going. Along the way different types of bugs crawling along the rope can help or hinder players as they try to solve each puzzle.

X Fleet

Punch your way through the solar system and get to the bottom of the enigmatic blockade threatening the worlds of man. Your wingmen have your back as you tackle your mission, but you’ll need all your skill to survive - and your interplanetary space ship with its vast array of advanced weaponry. X Fleet is a fast-paced space shooter / rpg that doesn’t compromise. It brings you high-end graphics for your Android phone or tablet (Nexus One-level or better), and it’s deeper than your average puzzle game. Hope you’re feeling ninja-fast today.

X Fleet will have you:
- Blow hundreds of hostile ships out of the sky
- Snap up loads of weapons and special ship modules
- Explore 10+ worlds
- Face off against massive capital ships and motherships
- Work with - and against - various people you’ll meet on your journey
- Explore a vast narrative spanning the entire Solar System
- Rocking out to a full soundtrack including an original track

Mac Hunter

Mac Hunter is an explorer monkey who loves treasures and golden coins. He must travel alongside the river, crossing the jungles, deserts and ancient ruins to gather all the blings on the way.

Marble Droid

Pilot your Marble bound for Droid glory. Amazing 3D graphics and colorful playgrounds await you! Use your phone's tilt sensor or onscreen joysticks to navigate through Easy, Medium and Hard tiers to find out what a Marble on Android can do. Casual and Hardcore gamers alike. Hours of gameplay, unlockable content and plans for more content in the form of new levels.

Captain Skyro

Embark on a swashbuckling adventure as you sling-shot your way into the sky. A mutiny has been staged and the captain has been forced to walk the plank. Captain Skyro takes you on a swashbuckling adventure as you sling-shot your way into the sky to reclaim your ship. Each of the 40 levels requires speed, skill and strategy to avoid the enemies, collect the treasure and complete the challenges.

 

Caps

Take on the role of Caps Commander. Your mission is to exterminate enemy caps by throwing them out of table. You have 3 battle caps available with whom you need to throw your enemy out of battlefield (table).

FEATURES:
• 9 different tables (various objects)
• 54 addictive levels
• Increasing levels of difficulty
• Easy controls
• Full featured physics of objects based on Box2D engine
• 2 different cap types
• Singleplayer and multiplayer
• Hand drawn high resolution graphics

/ ESCAPE by Kongregate

You had me at "PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew." And "You’re a pixellated ninja with lightning fast reflexes, escape on his mind, and a giant laser beam on his tail." And pretty much the whole description.

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/ ESCAPE is here, and is the first native Android game that lets you earn Kongregate badges and GameStop PowerUp rewards points when you play. Incredible Ape, the makers of the hit game PewPewPewPewPewPewPewPewPew, bring you a game so deep, you won’t be able to get out.

You’re a pixellated ninja with lightning fast reflexes, escape on his mind, and a giant laser beam on his tail. Tap to wall jump higher and higher, but watch out for the obstacles that await.

Helidroid 3D : Helicopter RC

Helidroid 3D is a realistic 3D game, which let you control a little RC helicopter in a house. The first part takes place in a bedroom, where you have to accomplish 30 missions : At the beginning, there are only easy misisons, like taking off from the bed and landing on the desk. But Step by step, the missions will become more and more complicated, and a lot of new toys will appear, like a car-circuit or an electronic-train... When you finish the game, you become a real pilot.

Dino Picker

This game is evolved from a fantasy story of alien world. There is a planet called 'Drakota" which is far from earth and it was habituated by alien creatures which has three life zones called "Desert", "Forest" and "Deep Sky". One day all their three life zones were occupied by dinosaurs causing havoc. The planet management calls on Mr. Crazy Pickers a special army commander to pick dino's and clean the planet. The Crazy Picker has a unique spaceship which can operate with fuel and can send powerful radiation beams. These beams can lift the dino's and transfer them to another planet. However the spaceship can pick all dino's without any difficulty but two species of dino's can release fire balls which can damage and collapse the spaceship. All depends upon the skill of Mr. Crazy Picker to operate spaceship without being hit by fireballs.

The Goolalies - Monster Pet

The Goolalies come from far far away planet to the Earth planet. They come with peace and like to be friends with humans. It’s your job to take care of them and protect them from enemies.

 

BlockWorld 2D LITE

BlockWorld 2D is an addictive independent action sandbox game similar to Minecraft with full destruct-able environment, monsters and challenging quests.

For The Lulz

Snake '97

Nostalgia!

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Play Snake like it is 1997. This is a remake of the original Snake, complete with dot-matrix display and monotone sounds. It is as addictive (and frustrating) as the original, play Snake '97 and be prepared to loose some productive hours.

Snake '97 features:
- old school controls (or choose for big easy controls)
- original sounds
- 9 original and 2 extra difficulty levels
- a high score that cannot be reset (just like the original)

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://justreboot.wordpress.com Dei

    Neat, a game I reviewed made the list ^.^

  • Lucian Armasu

    Majesty really is an awesome game, I loved it on the PC, but on Android it's even better.

  • md

    If you plan on getting EDGE or Anomaly HD -> get it in this pack, also for charity http://www.humblebundle.com

    You get PC/MAC/Linux versions aswell

  • Ben

    Captain Skyro looks like a mix of Puffle Launch, Bouncy Mouse and pirates :)

  • dutchy

    sweet collection (Y)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Ee/100000726601304 Jeremy Ee

    Triple Town is good. I just found another similar game recently called Incredible Castle - it was recommended by Applorer https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.movend.gamebox2

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