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Last Updated: July 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 week or so.

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Featured App

Petri

This roundup is sponsored by Petri, from developer MobilWerx. The latest entry in the increasingly popular "chill out" genre, Petri follows the microscopic battlefield at 500x power. Part physics puzzler and part strategy, the laid-back visuals and music are meant to relax and challenge at the same time.

Though the theme of Petri is microscopic, some of the tactics you'll use are surprisingly familiar. You can use mitosis to literally divide and conquer, or expend energy to move your microbes rapidly or intimidate tiny opposing fauna. The game uses these three tactics to create multiple challenging levels.

Petri is 99¢ in the Google Play Store. It should work with all devices running Éclair or higher. If you're looking for a solid game with a decided lack of explosions, give Petri a try.

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Venture into the hostile world of a Petri Dish. Part gobble-up and part life simulation, Petri is survival of the fittest on a microscopic level. The game is easy to play, but difficult to master as you guide you microbial soldiers into battle against other hostile dishmates. Your choices, while navigating the dish, are simple. You can choose to split and expand your ranks, expend energy speeding away, or scare off potential threats and competition. Petri is deceptive, ambient, infuriating and soothing, all at the same time. Tactical warfare on a microbial level. Split, Speed, or Scare..What's a microbe to do?

Games

Amazing Alex by Rovio

Android Police coverage: Amazing Alex Is Now Available In The Play Store, Comes In Three Different Versions For Your Confus-Er, Enjoyment

Let's go ahead and get this out of the way: Amazing Alex is from Rovio, the same folks who gave us Angry Birds. That alone should be enough to grab your attention. While remaining firmly in the genre of physics puzzler, Amazing Alex brings things to a whole new dimension, charging the player with the creation of a series of Rube Goldberg machines to achieve the kid's goals. Even if you're not a fan of the Birds, you might as well check this one out - it's all you'll be hearing about at the water cooler for weeks.

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Meet Amazing Alex. This whiz kid has a boundless imagination and a houseful of fun toys that can turn anything into an adventure. From cleaning up his room to battling cardboard robots in his backyard, Alex creates amazing chain reactions to get the job done with the maximum amount of fun. Now he has some challenges for you -- and he wants to see the most creative solutions YOU can create. There's a whole world of creations waiting.

    

METAL SLUG 3

Android Police coverage: Editorial: The In-App Purchase Conundrum, Or, How Dead Trigger Has Wrongly Become The Target Of A Witch Hunt'

If you don't know what Metal Slug is, then you might be too young to play it. (Check out Toons Summer Games 2012 further down the page, kiddos.) For those of you who are still with us, Metal Slug 3 is nothing short of a legend in the twitch shooter genre, and now it's available to hundreds of millions of people who never had the chance to buy a NeoGeo. Travel to exotic locations, meat fascinating people, and shoot them! It's nice to see yet another classic headed to Android, though truly old-school gamers may be desperately wishing for a joystick (or an Xperia Play) by the end of the first level. Nostalgia don't come cheap: Metal Slug 3 is $6.99.

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The legendary NEOGEO 2D action shooting masterpiece “METAL SLUG 3” heads out to Android devices. Use various weapons and slugs to fight your way through and survive on the battlefield. Intense cooperative gameplay via the Bluetooth function. "METAL SLUG 3” can be doubly enjoyed by playing with another brother-in-arms simultaneously via the Bluetooth function. Will you be able to clear the hardest stages with your friends? Compatible with OpenFeint.

 

Battle Monkeys

Android Police coverage: Battle Monkeys: A Game With Apes, Guns, Explosions, And Lava - Need I Say More?

There are times when explosions are absolutely necessary. As Mr. Heston might say, most of those times involve apes. In Battle Monkeys you take the mantle of an army of simian warriors whose only goal is to climb the evolutionary ladder by stamping out all competitors with extreme prejudice. Combining turn-based strategy with monkeys (with guns) might be reason enough for you to give it a try, but there's also an extensive customization system for the in-game avatars. Battle Monkeys uses a "Freemium" model, with a free initial download supported by optional in-app purchases.

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The warriors gather, the crowd chant your name, are you ready for the most intense battle of your life? In a world where monkeys rule, there is only one way to find out who's the boss... FIGHT. In this awesome 3D multiplayer game, you control a small army of monkey warriors and battle against other contestants in a live fight for your life.

 

Astro Shark

We've all taken the mantle of space marines, lone commandos and strangely-placed plumbers in our various gaming adventures, but I'll bet no one reading this has ever played as a whale shark. (Sit down, Sega fans - Ecco doesn't count.) The undeniably unique Astro Shark Demo does just that, putting you in the rubbery skin of the world's largest fish. Who for some reason is breathlessly in love with Laika, the famous Soviet cosmonaut dog. Gameplay has Astro the flying shark rocketing through space, using planetoids as gravity guiders for hair-pin turns. The game is just a demo at the moment - presumably the developers will finish the full, paid version sometime soon.

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Help Astro Shark find Laika the space dog. Join Astro Shark’s space adventure by trying out this free demo. Playing as a whale shark, this arcade game will draw you into a fantastic space world where you’ll help Astro Shark find his missing love, Laika the space dog. During this intergalactic journey he will meet weird animals, fight ferocious enemies and hopefully rejoin with his beloved Laika. Be quick though. For him to succeed we need your help, to finish the game and bring it to you in all it's glory, with deeper story, more characters, music, animations, and many other bells and whistles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcoU2vgs4bk

Major Mayhem by Adult Swim

Android Police coverage: Major Mayhem Brings Cover-Based Shooting To The 2D World, Courtesy Of Adult Swim

Admit it: deep inside all of us, there's a tiny Schwarzenegger just dying to get out and shoot ninjas. If this sentiment rings true for you (and why wouldn't it?) then you owe it to yourself to check out Adult Swim's latest Android offering, Major Mayhem. Cover-based shooting and cutesy graphics combine with the developer's signature quirky humor (and lots of 80s one-liners) to create something surprisingly compelling. The game is free to play all the way through, but you can upgrade costumes and weapons as in-app purchases.

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Meet the newest recruit in the Adult Swim Games army: Major Mayhem. He's got an itchy trigger finger, some scratchy stubble, and a fondness for shooting dudes in the face. Run and gun your way through gorgeous 3D environments as you embark on a mission to rescue your kidnapped girlfriend from the Forces of Evil. Guns, grenades and an assortment of other tools of destruction are at your disposal, and you'll need every last one of 'em. So what are you waiting for, Major Mayhem? The future of the Free World -- and your love life -- hangs in the balance.

Great Big War Game

Android Police coverage: Great Big War Game Hits The Play Store With More Missions, Online Play – Rubicon: "See What We Did There?"

Alright, setting aside that the title of this game is play on words that straddles the line between clever and cheeky, there's a lot of folks who have been waiting for this one. Great Big War Game is (of course) the sequel to Great Little War Game, Rubicon's signature title up to this point. The biggest addition to Android's biggest turn-based combat game is online multiplayer. $2.99 is not much to ask for the privilege of new units, better graphics and a ton of missions.

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The generalissimo is back, causing more mayhem than ever. A tap and swipe turn-based strategy game with a huge sense of humor, featuring funny cartoon military units set in a stunning fictional world. “Great Big War Game” is the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed “Great Little War Game”. (See what we did there?) With a greatly expanded single player campaign, brand new online multiplayer and a whole raft of other cool new stuff, there's plenty to please that 2.5 million strong player base. NOTE: By purchasing this game, you agree to hold Rubicon harmless for any loss of sleep, drop in work productivity, poor school attendance, family break downs, melted cellphones or medical claims of "addict's finger".

Airbag Frank 3D

Remember Dumbo, the flying elephant? Cross that basic idea with some Domo-inspired zaniness and physics smash-em-ups, and you get Airbag Frank 3D. It's the story of a cat (maybe?) with an obvious flying fixation, a slingshot and a dream. But the notable thing about Airbag Frank is the "3D" part. Those of you with a pair of 3D glasses (The old-school red-and-blue kind that Biff's buddy wears in 1955) can get some cheap thrills with an eye-popping effect. Airbag Frank 3D is free, but there's a premium "Gold" version available as well.

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Help Frank reach for the stars in this incredibly cute and dazzlingly fun game. Frank always wanted to fly. Help Frank reach for the stars in this incredibly cute and dazzlingly fun game. Launch Frank from his slingshot by dragging back the rubber band and catapult him into space. Use your arsenal of powerful fruits and jetpacks to help Frank reach new heights. Along his way Frank will encounter a variety of monsters that might help him to travel further.

 

Bridge Constructor

Those of you who were fortunate enough to take high school physics class in the computer age might get a pang of nostalgia out of this one. Bridge Constructor FREE is just what it says: a free engineering simulator that tasks you with building bridges. Each level assigns you a project to build a bridge within constraints like the environment, budget, and building materials. Oh, and if it falls down you become the laughingstock of the civic contractor world. Enjoy.

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In Bridge Constructor, you can become an accomplished bridge builder without any formal training. Play 30 different levels, and build bridges over deep valleys, canals, or rivers. Stress tests reveal whether the bridge you build can withstand the daily stress of continual use from cars and trucks. You can choose between a range of materials for each individual bridge, such as wood, steel, cables, or concrete pillars. Use the appropriate materials and stay within budget to build the perfect bridge. Thanks to the choice of materials, you can build each bridge in any number of ways – your budget is the only limit. Set your imagination and creativity free in this fun physics puzzle and simulation game.

Chicken Revolution by GAMEVIL

Remember Chicken Run? If you identified with the villainous humans in that claymation movie, then 1) you're a horrible person and 2) the latest GAMEVIL title is right up your alley. Chicken Revolution brings the Plants vs Zombies formula to the farmyard, equipping murderous fowl with an army of feathery soldiers and weapons, all bent upon escape. Say it with me now: "The chickens are revolting!"

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Don’t let the chickens escape. The rebellious chickens have assembled against you and are looking to fly the coop. Stop them in this zany defense game as you strengthen your fence and fend off chickens with a vast array of crazy items. Filled with non-stop hilarious action, stomp out the revolution one chicken at a time. Roast ‘em, toast ‘em, smash ‘em- whatever it takes to keep them in.

 

Cro-Mag Rally

Ugg love kart racing games. But Ugg's cave have no TV for play Super NES ever since Ms. Ugg smash with club, so Ugg no have Mario Kart for last fifteen seasons. Good thing Ugg trade sabertooth pelt for Android phone: Cro-Mag Rally combine 3D racing with Ugg's favorite non-historical setting. Now if only Ugg figure out how to get 99¢ in Google Wallet account.

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Wild kart-racer on historically inaccurate tracks. Race through the ages in the wildest kart-racer since Man invented the wheel. Tons of tracks, karts, power-ups, and weapons to impress your friends and humiliate your opponents.

Whale Trail Frenzy by ustwo

The smash hit endless flyer is now FREE and even more addictive! Willow the Whale is back and this time he's brought his friends. Get ready to collect more Blubbles, loop the loop, upgrade your skills and abilities, smash enemies, unlock costumes and meet bonkers characters along the way.

• Simple and intuitive one touch gameplay
• Upgrade Willow's skills to suit your flying style
• Use 'Treats' while flying for instant bonuses
• Unlock and fly as Willows friends including Wagner the Killer Whale
• Smash the Thunder Bros in 'Frenzy' mode
• Loads of challenging achievements to unlock
• Compete against friends with Scoreloop
• Soundtrack by Gruff Rhys of ‘The Super Furry Animals’

MUTANT ROADKILL by Glu Mobile

Android Police coverage: Race Through City Ruins And Annihilate Mutants In Glu Mobile's Mutant Roadkill

In this free game Mutant Roadkill, race through an apocalyptic wasteland overrun with mutants and other hazards. Blast your way through city ruins as you try to escape a world overrun with danger. Drive as far as you can and compete against the world! Can you make it out alive? Intuitive tilt and swipe controls make driving and shooting easy! Mutant Roadkill is a free game to play, but you can choose to pay real money for some extra items.

 

Toy Shot by GAMEVIL

In the peaceful land of Toy Kingdom, the rebel army who called themselves as the Undead Warriors devised a deadly plan to spread violence across the nation. They kidnapped the lovely princess and killed those who dared to rescue her. Now, the Hero is the only one that remains for the rescue. Over 100 unique levels and 6 Boss modes for hours of fun. Choose from explosive bombs, destructive missiles, crossbows and many more. Precisely attack by tilting your device and demolish the intelligent enemy with your skills. Command the Dragon to sweep the enemy and prevail in the battle.

 

ELECTRIC CITY The Revolt

‘Electric City The Revolt’, is the official game based on Tom Hanks’ first ever multi-dimensional animated series, “Electric City”, released worldwide by Yahoo (Online) and Jump Games (Mobile). The world as we know it has come to an end. From the ashes has come a new society ruled by Wire Central, controlling the distribution of electrical power and information. This society is known as Electric City. In Electric City The Revolt – you play a rebel character Frank Deetleman, who plays a key role in the uprising against Wire Central. You have to lead the revolt in your mission to fight for freedom. Freedom from the dictates of Wire Central, freedom of will, and freedom to breathe in a free city.

FEATURES:
• Undertake challenges in different precincts of ‘Electric City’
• Complete exciting missions with Allied Municipal Patrol (AMPs) breathing down your neck
• Unfold mysteries and unlock puzzles to surge ahead in your quest for freedom.
• Challenging mini-games to test your skills
• Compete against your friends on various leaderboards.

 

AREL WARS 2 by GAMEVIL

The three tribes of Union, Buster and Deven lived peacefully amongst one another until one day, from the Deven clan, rose Destroin- the evil twin brother of Adonis. Seeking to rule the world whilst bringing destruction and demise, Destroin leads his troops to the neighboring tribes. Amidst the chaos, the three tribes rise in to action and ready their troops for battle. Join the legions as they battle for the safety and security of their kingdoms in this non-stop defense game. Full of in-depth skill building and customization as well as deeply rewarding challenges, AREL WARS is back and better than ever.

  • THREE NEW CLASSES WITH UNIQUE HEROES AND COMMANDERS
    Choose from Union, Buster or Deven and control your Heroes while launching waves of unit attacks!
  • ENDLESS UNIT COMBINATIONS
    Stock up on a wide variety of units, then upgrade them or combine them to create crazy warriors!
  • CASTLE UPGRADE SYSTEM
    Fortify your stronghold as you upgrade and level up your unique castle.
  • CHALLENGE MISSIONS
    Clearing a stage isn’t enough! Accomplish Challenge Missions for gold and awards!
  • INTENSE PVP WITH SECRET ITEMS
    Challenge other players in PvP as you rise in the ranks! Collect special items and level up!
  • 8 BEAUTIFUL NEW WORLDS TO DISCOVER
    Featuring 8 different worlds, each with 15 stages and backgrounds

Radical Tube

Normally I'm wary of anything made after 1996 that claims to be "radical", with the possible exception of Swat Kats. But considering that the genre of hoverboard racing has been severely underrepresented ever since the lamentable Sonic Riders, I'm willing to make an exception. Radical Tube takes a futuristic bent to racing a la SSX, awarding points for speed, tricks and item collection as you blast through one of four 3D environments. The game is free, but you'll need at least a mid-range device to take advantage of the graphics.

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Welcome to Radical Tube. A machine capable of creating fantastic VR scenarios.

The competitions are:

  • Sprint: Using the speed energy arrows to boost the speed, they must end the circuit in the least time possible, being challenged on reflexes to skip the obstacles in incredible high speeds.
  • Grab All: Grab all items you can, as your agility and mind are challenged.
  • Stunt: It will be necessary cold blood to deal with all obstacles and still make some smooth acrobatic movements. Pressure is up your combo multipliers grows
  • One hit: Simply skip the most barriers as you can to stand still The longer you stand, the higher your score.

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Toons Summer Games 2012

Knowing the English and their talent for expression, at least one announcer during the 2012 Olympic Games in London will probably refer to Michael Phelps as "a pretty good swimmer". If you require a little more color in your cross-national competition, Toons Summer Games 2012 is here to give you as much as you can possibly handle in a mobile game. Ten events (including BMX, which has only been in the real Olympics for two cycles) and a handful of certifiably zany characters should keep you entertained, or at least distract your kids for a while. Toons Summer Games 2012 is a reasonable 99¢ at the moment.

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Whether you’re looking to kill some time or beat the best in the world, you'll find it amongst the different game modes and the variety of athletic events this game has to offer.
Toons summer Games 2012 includes:

  • Swimming
  • BMX
  • Ping Pong
  • Canoe
  • Weightlifting
  • Hammer throw
    And more.

 

9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013 by Com2uS

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Com2uS Brings Authentic Baseball Gameplay To Android With 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013

Continuing our sports theme, 9innings Pro Baseball 2013 (really, guys? It's July!) brings a decidedly deeper sim flavor to Android games. Don't let the blank uniforms fool you - this game has the officially licensed likeness and stats of over a thousand MLB players, even if there's a definite lack of team licensing. Developer Com2us seems to have skipped the 2012 season, put players of the last version of the game seem pleased in the comments. The game is free and ad-supported.

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  • Official licensing contract with Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA).
  • Uses real data, photos, and stats of 1,400 players on different 30 teams
  • Provides latest player data and constant roaster updates.
  • Standard player and Monster Season players.
  • You can control them only in 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013.

 

Letris 2 by Noodlecake

Tetris. Scrabble. The two games have been a haven for the brainy and the bored for decades, but never have the two met... until now. Letris 2 continues the tradition of its predecessor by combining Tetris' falling block play mechanics with Scrabble's word creation goal, in a game that requires vocabulary, reflexes and quick thinking. The new WordMatrix mode provides a less stressful playing experience for those who want to take things a little slower. The game is free, but requires an in-app purchase after the first set of levels.

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Build words to keep the screen clean and tidy as long as possible. Do you like word puzzles? Letris 2 provides an awesome twist on the puzzles you are used to. Three completely different modes will keep you playing for hours. Do you like the relaxed games where you can try to create long words without pressure? Then try the calming WordMatrix mode. You'll be trying to remove as many letters from a full board with no time constraint. Do you like solving enigmas? Acronymus is the word puzzle for you. You'll be given a few letters to make words out of, and you must use all of the letters.

Pocket RPG

We've covered Pocket RPG before, but back then it was limited to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. No longer - the game is now available to many more devices. Imagine a combination of the dual-stick shooter (like Geometry Wars or Gun Bros) and old-school dungeon crawling, and you've got Pocket RPG. The standard mage, ranger and warrior classes combine with full 3D graphics for an old-school setting with modern mechanics. This one's been hanging around on iOS for a while, but considering the rave reviews it's been giving, we'll just consider it fashionably late. Pocket RPG is an affordable $1.99.

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Enter a world overrun by hordes of monsters. Optimized for Xperia Play

  • The Blade Master:
    A duel wielding melee specialist. He survives by clearing swathes of enemies with each of his mighty strikes. He has devastating special moves which skillful players will be able to use to decimate their foes.
  • The Dark Ranger.
    A deadly archer who can summon waves of arrows that bounce, seek and split. Perforate your enemies with dense walls of arrowy death.
  • The Battle Mage
    A powerful, but fragile, nuker who controls the forces of fire, ethereal, ice and lightning to obliterate groups of enemies. Charge up her spells to critical levels and unleash maximum destruction.

World Series of Poker by EA

Android Police coverage: EA Releases Official 'World Series Of Poker' To The Play Store, And It Might Actually Support Your Device

Ah, poker video games. You don't have to wear a green accountant's bill to play them, but it helps. EA's latest entry into the game (no, uncle Clyde, it's not a sport, even if you wear a football jersey while playing it) is World Series Of Poker, given a completely unnecessary abbreviation to WSOP. Take note, privacy advocates: a Facebook login is required to play this free game.

Note: Those of you outside of North America can click here for the international version.

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WSOP currently requires a Facebook login – look for a guest mode coming soon.

  • Grab a seat at the WSOP tables and try your hand at Texas Hold’em, Omaha poker, and more.
  • PLAY THE GAME JUST LIKE A PRO – With PRO status you can challenge elite players, stack up the chips, and build your reputation as a card shark. Play your cards right to the top.
  • GIVE YOUR POKER GAME A COMPETITIVE EDGE – Check out the detailed statistics and follow the Poker Wall for the latest news.

 

Spaced Away

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship... Starship. Its incredibly short mission: to use limited fuel capacity to escape an asteroid field before the lone pilot suffocates and dies. To seek out more fuel and more oxygen. To boldly go where someone will give him you gas and possibly a pot of coffee. $1 grants you airlock access to Spaced Away, a unique physics puzzler that's already amassed quite a following on iOS.

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In space, no one will give you fuel. With only a small fuel reserve and even fewer oxygen, trapped in an escape pod in the middle of asteroid field you have to find your way back home. How? Use your brain, reflexes and orbital acceleration.

 

Traktor Digger

There's gold in them hills! And what's a contractor with nothing but a backhoe, a ticking clock and a sense of greed to do? Why dig it out and deliver it to the truck, of course. Combining Dig Dug and a simple 2D simulator (and unnecessary spelling errors), Traktor Digger tasks you with finding the gold and getting it back before the time runs out. The game is free, simple, and ad-supported.

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Traktor Digger is a tractor game where you control tractors to dig for gold. Traktor Digger is the first tractor game for Android where you can control different tractors to dig for things. Your objective is to master the controls of your tractor in order to retrieve the gold nugget and deliver it to the truck in the shortest amount of time.

   

Circus Atari

Gaming legend Atari is throwing their hat into three rings at once with Circus Atari, a collection of old-school minigames reminiscent of the penny arcade. While patterned after the simple games some of you might remember from LCD portables, all the challenges are new and united in a circus theme - those with a clown phobia need not apply. Circus Atari is a free ad-supported download compatible with devices running Froyo or later.

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The Circus Atari is in town. Like a human cannonball, launch your fearless clown into the air and guide him through the big top by tilting your device. Pop balloons to hurl yourself up higher while grabbing as many Coins and Power-ups as you can—just be careful not to fall.

  • Land in Barrels and jump on Springboards to aid in your journey to the top
  • Grab special Power-ups to quickly soar through the air!
  • Navigate around the new bum-burning fire obstacle
  • Deploy safety nets to break your fall
  • Collect keys to unlock treasure chests filled with coins and nets
  • Fly in style by unlocking additional characters! Collect the Convict Clown, Hippie Clown and more
  • Awesome cartoon-style graphics and animation
  • Claim daily rewards by playing every day (requires internet connection)

 

Zoo Defenders

Tower defense games have seen every possible variation of setting and theme in the last few years. But the last time you went to the zoo, didn't you think it would be at least 30% more awesome if the animals could shoot at you? That seems to be the inspiration behind Zoo Defenders, where the more amiable animals have to fend off the likes of bears and yetis. The game is free, but commenters say the Facebook integration is a little heavy-handed.

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Monkeys throwing mud, chickens shooting eggs and rams laying massive head butts sound like fun yet? Do it all and MORE in Zoo Defenders. As the petting zoo animals tuck into their cozy pens, invisible eyes peer in from outside the gates. Why do those animals get to have it all? Regular meals, clean water, and most of all, adoring petting instead of shoos and shouts! It’s time for this petting zoo to get a little wild. Will the docile defenders rise up to defend their cushy lifestyle from an onslaught of bears, rats and evil yetis? Find out in Zoo Defenders – a brand new take on tower defense games, chock-full of humor and intense strategy.

 

Gravity Ninja

Remember that moment in Sonic the Hedgehog when you desperately searched for something, anything to keep you from falling onto the sharp spikes at the bottom of the pit? This game is that moment, stretched out across multiple levels of tension and item gathering. Help the nameless ninja (who seems to have escaped from Major Mayhem up there) to avoid his fate in Gravity Ninja. The graphics are surprisingly smooth and appealing, especially for a free game.

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Play as a brave Ninja whose goal is to collect different kinds of coins, gold bars, diamonds and various bonuses. Defy the law of gravity and prevent ninja from falling onto a lethally dangerous shurikens, spiky dragon or sharp spikes. Three different and colorful locations will amaze you with eye-popping cartoon graphics and dynamic game-play.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsNdP9DAkQ0

Hospital Havoc 2

In yet another Kairosoft-style "business sim", Hospital Havoc 2 tasks the player with staffing your hospital with skilled, capable doctors. Do well, and your patients will survive. Fail, and you'll have an intimate understanding of medical malpractice case law (and apparently an angry man in a chicken suit). Fr. Cox isn't here to bail you out, newbie - all you need is a device running Froyo or later and exactly zero dollars.

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Control freaks and chaos junkies alike will find something to love in Hospital Havoc 2. With 150 experience levels to conquer, 20+ side-splitting patient scenarios, 35+ patient profiles, and a plethora of new items and bonus features to earn and use in-game, gameplay is sure to please those looking to earnestly help their virtual patients, as well as those who just want to be entertained by comical health concerns. With addictive and fast-paced gameplay, a fun soundtrack, and wacky atmosphere, Hospital Havoc 2 is something every casual and seasoned gamer should download for their Android device.

Inotia 4 by Com2uS

2D action RPGs seem to be having something of a renaissance in the mobile space, and the latest entrant is the nebulously named Inotia 4. Control your party with a mix of classes, spells and abilities, roam and crawl though 400 maps, and beat the living snot out of any monster unwise enough to get between you and some upgraded loot. Oh, there's probably some kind of story in there too (five will get you ten there's orphans involved). The Chronicles of Inotia IV: Assassin of Berkel is free to play, but there seem to be some formatting and force-close issues at present.

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Inotia saga brought to the next level in the fourth RPG adventure. Which side will you choose when the two forces rise again? Stride along with Kiyan, the Shadow Tribe's virtuoso, and Eara, the influential Channel of Light, in their fantasy adventure story. With improved graphics and storyline from the previous series, get indulged in the battles against goblins, orcs, and more.

 

Galaxy Rush

Have you ever played played a 2D side-scrolling shooter, only to think to yourself that it could be infinitely improved with a protagonist named after a mushroom? Then Galaxy Rush is right up your alley. Control an alien creature named Sir Shitake (for no apparent reason) as he desperately flees the merciless humans pursuing him. Galaxy Rush is 99¢ and seems to be well-received after only a few reviews.

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Help Sir. Shitake to survive the silly human's spaceships as you rush through the vast and unexplored space. Do you think you have what it takes to surpass all danger inside the enormous galaxy? Control Shitake by simply dragging him around the screen, avoiding asteroids, running through space paths or simply collecting temporary upgrades. Your enemies will try to take you down by any means necessary. FIGHT BACK with your own powers and blast them away with laser shots and powerful blasts of plasma.

 

Lara Croft: Guardian of Light

Those of you in the extremely specific crossover of Sony Xperia users and Tomb Raider fans, you're going to want to check this out. Thanks to a deal between Square Enix and Sony, Xperia owners can play the mobile version of Lara Croft: Guardian of Light. Naturally you'll still need to pay for it, but $1.29 for a professionally developed adventure game in a long-running series isn't bad. Just try not to make your Samsung and HTC friends jealous.

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The wait is over. Lara Croft: Guardian of Light is here, bringing the award-winning downloadable action/adventure to the palm of your hands. Join Lara as she ventures deep into the jungles of central America in search of the Mirror of Smoke, a powerful artifact from a lost age. Whoever wields this item holds the future of mankind in his hands, with the power to rid the world of light. With the Mirror now in the hands of Xolotl, the God of Darkness, Lara and Totec, the Guardian of the Mirror, have until sunrise to defeat him or else plunge the world once again into an age of darkness.

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  • 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

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.facebook.com/probableigh Leigh Andrews

    Major Mayhem is ace.

    • John

      Yep. Lots of fun.

  • Cheeseball

    Looks like Lara Croft: Guardian of Light is basically a port from the PC version, which is a good thing considering it's reviews. Hopefully they decide to release it on the Google Play store for all compatible models instead of just the Xperia line.

  • http://twitter.com/MrPendulum Mr Pendulum

    Look at the permissions on Lara Croft: Guardian of Light. Hells no.

  • CJ Walker

    Lara Croft was the last game of the list, why are you guys commenting on it??

    Anyways, great list. As much as I say I love the app roundups, the game roundups are so much better. And on a Wednesday night this was a nice surprise. As always, thank you for all the heads up on these new games!

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

      The only reason for that was its exclusivity. Otherwise it probably would have been somewhere at the top.

  • jusatin

    Amazing Alex not compatible with Asus Transformer TF300 :/ the one game from th list I would hae wanted to try :P

    Also, why is BLWG in the list? It hasn't been out for two weeks yet, as it states in the end of your article that games wanting to be in this list need to be out for atleast two weeks.

    • Andrew

      It doesn't say that at all, it says "the app's launch date has to be no longer than 2 weeks ago".

    • Melissa

      It doesn't need to be 2 weeks old, it said it can't be longer than 2 weeks old.

  • Frudio

    Small typo on the Metal Slug paragraph: "You'll meat interesting people" :)

  • Matt

    Haven't seen a lot of coverage of Broken Sword on the standard Android blogs, but I'm really enjoying it - it's a point-and-click graphic adventure in the style of the old Lucasarts or Sierra ones, and works really well on a phone screen. I believe it's a port of an old PC game so there's a lot of depth there.

  • http://twitter.com/thepowerofscott Scott Nienhuis

    Now... which one to try first?

  • http://www.geekchoice.com Dagmar Schneitz

    The MobilWerX game is creepy. It looks like something out of Contagion or a mass pandemic or something. The other games are great though.

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    Amazing Alex, Games by Game Evil, Lara Croft are not compatible with Nexus 7 :( Well, not yet. I'm sure they will be.

    I wish games like Hero Academy, Lux Touch (a risk like game), um..what were some others I loved on iOS..well basically, I just wish that some of the games I really liked would port over. It'd be nice to play them again!

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    Amazing Alex, Games by Game Evil, Lara Croft are not compatible with Nexus 7 :( Well, not yet. I'm sure they will be.

    I wish games like Hero Academy, Lux Touch (a risk like game), um..what were some others I loved on iOS..well basically, I just wish that some of the games I really liked would port over. It'd be nice to play them again!

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    Amazing Alex, Games by Game Evil, Lara Croft are not compatible with Nexus 7 :( Well, not yet. I'm sure they will be.

    I wish games like Hero Academy, Lux Touch (a risk like game), um..what were some others I loved on iOS..well basically, I just wish that some of the games I really liked would port over. It'd be nice to play them again!

  • Ronny Bootsman

    100Feet,centipedes
    A stressing and disturbing game
    If you have too much time on your hand:

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