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Last Updated: May 21st, 2012

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 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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Featured Game

Exhaust Thing

Today's roundup is sponsored by FencingFleas and their game Exhaust Thing. In Exhaust Thing, your mission is to save Earth from getting polluted by various shady smoky characters who are eating away at our atmosphere. Armed with your fingers and a variety of power-ups that you will gain as you progress, you have to finish each of the 8 levels by tapping the pesky buggers before they reach the sky and poke a sufficient amount of holes in it.

While the game may look a little too simplistic in the beginning, things heat up pretty quickly. You will catch your heart and mind racing a few levels in while trying to deploy power-ups and squashing approaching enemies. Don't take my word for it, watch the video below around 3:10.

Check out Exhaust Thing along with its hilarious and sarcastic Play Store description for free by using the widget below.

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Games

Machinarium

Android Police review: Machinarium For Android Game Review: The Best $4 You'll Ever Spend On An Android Game

Android Police coverage: Machinarium Combines Puzzles, Mini-Games, And A Beautiful, Award-Winning Art Style

If you haven't played Machinarium yet, you're missing out. Note, however, that 1024x600 and 1280x800 is preferred, while 1280x720 on phone screens may experience issues in certain puzzles.

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Discover the award-winning, steam punk world of Machinarium, navigating a clever little robot called Josef from the scrapheap into the city to save his robot girlfriend. Solve puzzles, quests, brain-teasers and mini-games to rid the city of the wicked Black Cap Brotherhood robots. Gorgeous hand-drawn graphics and animations bring the robot's story to life, using unique comic bubbles and symbols to convey the plot. The Machinarium world is populated only by robots of various forms and functions. One of the most interesting places in this world is old, rusty and legendary city of Machinarium where the game takes place. Backgrounds and characters are 2D hand-drawn represented through carefully crafted animations. An award winning and original soundtrack compliments the game play throughout.

Sonic 4 Episode II THD

Android Police coverage: Sega Announces Sonic 4 Episode 2 Is Heading To Tegra 3 Devices May 16th

Android Police review: Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II Review: A Really Great Game - If You Have A Controller... And Some Patience

The Sonic 4 Saga continues in Episode II with the return of a beloved side kick and fan-favorite villains. Following the events of Episode I, Metal Sonic has returned to form a formidable alliance with Dr. Eggman! To face this new evil, Sonic will have to call upon an old friend to help him save the day! Now joined by Tails, race across four brand new Zones and take down fearsome new badniks with deadly combination moves in order to put an end to this dastardly duo’s plans.

  • Powered by Nvidia Tegra
    Episode II comes to life on the Android using the Tegra 3 Nvidia Chipset for silky smooth gameplay and graphics
  • Collaborative Play
    Team up with a friend via Bluetooth and take control of Sonic and Tails as they battle against Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic
  • Lock-on with Episode Metal
    Users who own both Episodes I & II will unlock an exclusive scenario featuring Metal Sonic! Explore four Acts across four reworked Zones from Episode I and experience the story of Metal Sonic's revival after his defeat in Sonic CD

Mini Motor Racing

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Mini Motor Racing Has Little Cars And Big Races In One Massive Download

Little cars, BIG fun. Start your engines! The most vibrant, super-charged racing game you’ve ever seen is here. Mini Motor Racing plays like a favorite remote-controlled car showdown, combined with modern tech to nitro-boost your engines! Play multiplayer against up to four of your friends via WiFi! Race in campaign competitions for big rewards! Upgrade your skills and cars to win more! It’s all here in Mini Motor Racing.

Big Win Hockey

It's time to hit the ice with Big Win Hockey! From the opening face off to final buzzer Big Win Hockey is the game for everyone. CREATE your own unique dream team, COMPETE against opponents from around the world, WATCH your team battle it out on the ice, BOOST your player’s passing, shooting, skating and other skills and get ready to hoist the Daily Trophy for the ultimate BIG WIN.

Burn it All

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Burn It All Is A Great Game For Puzzle Solvers, Aspiring Pyromaniacs Alike

Help 3 little Flames rise from the molten depths and make their way back home. Burn it All gives you control at the tip of your finger of three different little Flames as they venture through stages of brain-rattling puzzles, from the molten depths beneath the Earth’s crust to the Top of the World. They’ll use their unique fiery abilities to burn through all sorts of objects, avoiding water and gas, dealing with underground monsters, blowing things up, and even putting time in a loop to make their way back home, where their father, The Sun, awaits.

Ricky Carmichael's Motocross

So you think you have what it takes to ride with the big boys? Well, here is your chance to step up and prove it. Try to own your friends and rivals in this newest installment from the team that brought you the hits 2XL Supercross, 2XL MX Offroad, X Games Snocross and XLR8. Ricky Carmichael Motocross Matchup Pro is an all-new racing game where it’s just you against online competitors from around the globe! This includes the chance to bang bars with some the of best in the business, including Ricky Carmichael himself. Play Matchup mode and go head-to-head on both indoor (based on the real 2011 Supercross track layouts) and outdoor nationals tracks, including Ricky’s very own backyard.

Pix'n Love Rush

Android Police coverage: Pix'n Love Rush Is A Delightful Retro Platformer, Hearkens Back To A Simpler Game

Run, jump and shoot. Go back to the 80’s retro gaming universe, with the game Pix’n Love Rush. Controlling the Pixel Cat, run the different levels as fast as you can while you collect all the bonuses on your path. Your heartbeat will not resist the Rush. All you love in classic Jump & Run games stuffed into 5 minute sessions or in infinite mode, for those who have solid nerves and incredible reflexes. Try both in 4 different challenging modes the cursed rush where getting a 100% score in 5 daunting levels will exhaust your nerves and your fingers.

Towers N' Trolls

Fast paced fantasy tower defense... from the creators of Toy Soldiers and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. Defend your kingdom from invading troll hordes, with addictive quick-to-learn but difficult-to-master gameplay. Towers N' Trolls combines fast-paced arcade action with quick-thinking strategy. The tower defense genre is updated for 21st Century mobile gaming with nail-biting moments where your fate teeters on a razor's edge. No sitting and waiting for the enemy, they're already at your door - it's up to you to stop them. Towers N' Trolls features beautifully hand-painted environments and playful, light-hearted monsters from the Age of Fantasy. Play across 9 worlds and 45 unique maps, including the Lonely Forest, Fertile Pastures, Snowy Forest, Underworld, Badlands, and the North.

★ 45 Levels
★ 3 Game Modes (Story Campaign, Challenge, and Open Mode)
★ 9 different worlds across completely different environments
★ 10 Enemy types with thousands of frames of animation
★ 3 Levels of Difficulty
★ Unique, Hand Painted Backgrounds
★ Randomized loot generation provide countless hours of replayability
★ Leaderboards & Achievements
★ OpenFeint Support
★ Outrageous Special Weapons including - Powder Kegs, Mine Fields, and Poison Gas Clouds

Monster of Puppets

Monster of Puppets combines swipe & slash gameplay with a "tap-to-shoot" method that makes it very funny and dynamic. The old “fruit” salad is not enough anymore, fruits don’t fight back. The game offers a virtually infinite number of levels in which the player is challenged by the progression of difficulty and game speed. Monster of Puppets’s cute and expressive 3D characters, combined with a lovely graphic implementation will keep you and your kids entertained for hours. Simple and well known game’s mechanics allows for everyone to have fun from the very beginning. A wide and expandable set of weapons and abilities will help in your mission.

Lunar Racer

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Lunar Racer (From The Creators Of Super Stickman Golf) Takes Fun, Touch-Based Racing To Outer Space

Strap on your moon boots and fire up your nitro boosters. The real space race is about to begin. Sure there are racing games... but then there are racing games with power-ups! Ever tried racing with homing missiles, land mines, bubble shields and gravity thrusters? Yeah, didn't think so. Shoot, dodge, blast, and nitro boost your way through the solar circuit. Achieve the ultimate prize and conquer the solar system by beating any competitor in your way. From the creators of Super Stickman Golf, Lunar Racer is the next free casual racing sensation.

Zombie Flick by Full Fat Games

You better Be Quick or be Dead in this killer of a game. During the 1970s an incurable virus spreads throughout mainland America. With no food or guns to hand, it’s down to you as lone survivor to make the dead masses feel the pain. Using nothing but useless everyday objects, flick, dismember and decapitate all that come at you to survive. Wrapped up in an atmospheric cinematic style, Zombie Flick will provide a fresh and bloody challenge to gamers with the tastiest brains.

Empress of the Deep 2

I love hidden object puzzle games. Can't ever have enough.

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Anna awakens on a mysterious tiny island after escaping the destruction of her underwater kingdom. She must find her way to a mystical floating cloud city in the sky, seek out the four Children of Light and save them from the twisted clutches of the Evil Empress Pandora. Along the way she must rescue and heal enchanted animal slaves in this fantastic Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game.

✓ Rich graphical adventure spanning 9 chapters
✓ Multiple Hidden Object scenes, collectibles, & puzzle modes
✓ Explore a mystical floating city

 

Amazeballs Free

This game is better than you may think. Watch the video and pay attention to switching colors.

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Amazeballs is a physics-based puzzle game where you rotate the world to move the ball under gravity and collect all the stars in the shortest time possible... all while matching your colour to the surfaces you touch. With levels ranging from 10-60 seconds in length it's perfect for those pick-up-and-play moments like tea-breaks at work or while commuting. Great for both the casual player as well as the more devoted gamer who wants to go for gold on every level.

Zombro

Zombro is a puzzle game with a simple goal: Detach Zombro’s basic elements (torso, legs, and braiiiiiinnz) to jump, dodge, and roll while making sure he finishes each level in one piece.
- 50 Puzzles
- Solve mind bending puzzles, while detaching Zombro in three pieces
- Outfit Zombro in cool gear. Even customize his brain
- Choose from over 30 cool items in the store
- Play offline! No internet connection needed except when making purchases.

Dr Rocket Free

Dr. Rocket is a exciting, addictive, fast paced physics game. You control a wacky flying professor with rocket boots attached to his feet. You can choose your controls between, "Tilt" or, "Touch". Your objective is to launch him as fast as possible into the stratosphere through a riveting and challenging obstacle course. You will encounter and overcome many hurtles throughout your journey into space. The gripping gameplay will keep your on your toes while you enjoy the exhilaration of extreme flight. After a vertical blast off, you will collect coins and fuel while slipping and sliding through turns. You can fly even faster when you pass through the rocket boosters. But watch out for planes, asteroids, menacing space junk and deadly spikes.

Bloody Mary - Ghost

Bloody Mary Project is a mix of Adventure Game with real paranormal scanning, so if you meet Mary and succeed to invoke her using this app there's a high chance that your place is haunted. The Bloody Mary Project presents a new way of entertainment, creating a personalized experience for each user. Imagine being part of a story and, with your own perceptions and choices, write their end. The story is divided into chapters (releases free in updates). As a novel, the course and its end are undefined and will depend on your choices.

- Stunning 3D/Hand Drawing Graphics
- Innovative Real Time System (If you play during day/night that reflects in game)
- Dynamic Events Based on Real Time
- EMF Sensor that collects data and transform in events
- New Chapter Every Month!
- Constantly Updates

Oven Break by Com2uS

Ginger man’s grand escape adventure, OvenBreak. One of App store’s most popular games has finally landed on Google play. Our crunchy cookie hero, Ginger man, wakes in the witch’s magic oven. Help him break out of the oven. Once you start running, you can't stop. Get as far as the stars, jump over holes, slide under creamy traps, hook your candy cane into helpful objects. It all looks cute, but don't forget: you are running for your life. Don't die on a plate, next to a glass of milk.

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Spirit of Wandering

After an attack by the Flying Dutchman, the crew of the Spirit of Wandering and captain’s true love, Jack, were imprisoned in the spirit world. Use powerful tools such as the Crystal Orb, a trusty compass and the help of fellow prisoners to find hidden objects that are drifting between the two worlds. Remove the lingering curse and prove that true love can conquer all in this romantic adventure.

● 6 Gorgeous settings
● 24 Challenging locations
● Over 450 hidden objects
● 90 cherished items to discover

Zombie Granny

Zombie Granny is an addictively fun puzzle game that combines zany characters, dazzling animated effects of destruction, and tricky mechanical puzzles for a ghoulishly entertaining good time. In this crazy zombie killer game, you control the objects in the environment to solve the puzzle and destroy all the zombies as fast and as efficiently as possible. Travel through exciting different worlds in your quest to exterminate the walking dead, polishing your skills and collecting all the hidden puzzle pieces to set the best hi-score. Think through the puzzle then use your fingers to cut the ropes and break the chains with just the right timing. Watch closely as your actions put the scene and fireballs in motion. If done just right, you will BBQ those zombies and watch them all turn into black ash.

GAME FEATURES:

• 3 different worlds to conquer: Stonehenge, Pirate Ship and Police Station
• 45 tricky and challenging puzzle levels to solve (15 per world)
• More than 100 zombies to kill and incinerate
• 3 strong and clever bosses to defeat
• Tons of weapons to use: colored fireballs, bombs, boxes, etc.
• Lots of tricky devices to maneuver: levers, springs, platforms, etc.
• Cool graphics and atmospheric music
• Arcade elements with fun, ghoulish characters
• Easy-to-use level editor (available only after you have gone through Pirate Ship and Police Station levels - $1.99 for both)

Skyrise Runner Zeewe

Get ready run and jump like never before, in your magic journey trough the Skylands. Protect the skyland forests from the lumberjacks, collect the crystals and get awesome powerups and artifacts! Use the ancient mystic power of the crystals and morph into the great eagle to go further and protect the tree tops. You are Ciellu, the last of the Skyrunners, an ancient tribe that protects the Skyland forests.

 

Tap Dragon Park

Can you build the most beautiful Dragon Park? Your Kingdom and Dragons await you. Hatch, raise and train magnificent dragons in Tap Dragon Park. Collect tons of adorable dragons and raise and train them with the help of wizards. Use your dragons to help guard your Kingdom’s treasure and keep out the evil Trolls! Mix and match your dragons to discover many more rare species.

AWESOME FEATURES INCLUDE:
- Collect TONS of rare and magnificent dragons
- TRAIN & GROW your dragons with the help of Wizards
- Watch your dragons EVOLVE as you train them
- BATTLE evil trolls to protect your treasure
- Use STRATEGY and combinations of elements to defeat the evil trolls
- MIX your dragons to discover new rare types
- DECORATE your kingdom to make your citizens happy
- Play for free

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].

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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://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    So, Tap Dragon Park seems to be inspired by Dragon Vale because they are too lazy to port their game to Android.

  • bit

    wow, what a list. I installed 6 of these I think.

  • Greatwhite

    Great list. More than 5 installed! Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

    You didn't mention Trainyard (came out this past Thursday)! Its from the Noodlecake (The guys behind Super Stick Man Golf and Lunar Racer). Noodlecake is actually releasing a game every week for the next couple of weeks, so keep your eye out for them :)

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

      Yeah, I saw that but it was too late, so I got it penciled in for the next roundup already.

  • Andrew

    Not sure if it's just me, but each one of those linked videos is for the game prior to the one it's showing as. Just a heads up.

    Excellent post, as always. Installed a few of these, thanks!!

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

      I think it's something on your end - everything is showing up correctly here, and I am not doing anything differently from the usual procedure.

  • http://twitter.com/welcomezik piratesystem

     Discover the latest apps and games. FREE and enjoy instantly on your Android phone or tablet.

    http://piratesystem.net

  • http://www.statsprofessor.org/ StatsProfessor

    Going to go try out Mini Motor Racing.

    Thanks for the List. 

  • Simonjacobp

    Delver is quite a good game, a dungeon crawler with minecraft visuals.

  • Simonjacobp

    Delver is quite a good game, a dungeon crawler with minecraft visuals.

  • Simonjacobp

    Delver is quite a good game, a dungeon crawler with minecraft visuals.

  • Simonjacobp

    Delver is quite a good game, a dungeon crawler with minecraft visuals.

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