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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 edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.

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Featured App

Video Locker Pro

Today's roundup is sponsored by Handy Apps' newest addition to its privacy and security stable, Video Locker and Video Locker Pro.

The principle is the same as their Photo Locker apps featured in many of our previous roundups: protect the videos stored locally on your device with a PIN, and keep them away from prying eyes.

The protection goes beyond mere denial of access. Video Locker will not appear in your list of recent apps, and the Pro version has an option to hide it from your app drawer as well.

Should you choose to enable it, the only way to access Video Locker Pro will be via an inconspicuous calculator widget and your personal PIN code. Speaking of which, you can recover your PIN via email if you forget it in either version.

Other features include a tablet-friendly user interface, 128-bit AES encryption, bulk video hiding, and folder-level locking. The standard app is free, while Video Locker Pro is advertisement free and hidden from your app drawer for a reasonable $2.99.

 

 

 

  

Games

The Dark Knight Rises by Gameloft

Android Police review: The Dark Knight Rises For Android: Not The Game That Gotham Needs

Android Police coverage: The Dark Knight Rises From Gameloft Lands In The Play Store

It's Batman. It's Gameloft. That's about all you need to know. While The Dark Knight Rises is a decent attempt at recreating the excellent Arkham Asylum games on a mobile platform, poor performance, sloppy controls and an unjustifiably huge file size keep us from recommending this one to any but the most die-hard fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Save your $6.99 towards Batman: Arkham Asylum on your console or PC.

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The epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy arrives on Android in the exclusive video game inspired by the movie. Become completely immersed in the story thanks to likenesses of all the movie’s main characters like Catwoman, Lucius Fox and Commissioner Gordon. Collect items hidden within the city to unlock upgrades and new fighting skills for Batman. Access Batman’s complete arsenal and learn how to take full advantage of each tool. Use the Grapnel to cross the city or to defeat foes, throw the Batarang to knock out your enemies or to hit a distant button; the possibilities are infinite. Explore the entire city of Gotham and its different districts spread across a huge map and enjoy stunning graphics for total immersion in the dark universe of Batman.

Asphalt 7: Heat by Gameloft

Android Police review: Asphalt 7 Review: A Racing Game That Never Quite Makes It Off The Starting Line

Android Police coverage: Gameloft Releases Asphalt 7: Heat To The Play Store

Asphalt 7 is the latest in the most egregiously serial Android racing franchise around. The seventh entry brings the price down to just 99¢, but adds in-app purchases that are almost a necessity to make it to the higher levels of the game. Combine that with lackluster graphics and a control scheme that hasn't changed in the slightest, and it's hard to recommend Asphalt 7 over its predecessors, especially if you already own one or two.

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Hit the speed of heat in the newest, fastest, most visually stunning edition of the famed Asphalt series.

  • Drive 60 different cars from the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, including the legendary DeLorean.
  • Gear up to race on 15 tracks set in real cities around the world, including brand new tracks in Hawaii, Paris, London, Miami and Rio.
  • The completely revamped multiplayer lets you take on up to 5 of your friends locally or online.
  • Play however you please with 6 different game modes packed with 15 leagues and 150 different races.

Kairobotica

Kairosoft has earned a reputation for fun, quirky games in the RPG/sim category that are downright addictive to those of an analytical mindset. Their latest miniature masterpiece is Kairobotica, a spiritual sequel to the popular Epic Astro Story. Instead of managing a single colony, you're in control of an army of peacekeeping robots, assigned to patrol and defend an entire sector of space. The biggest addition to the typical Kairosoft formula is turn-based battles, something that fans have been craving for a while. It's $4.99 well spent.

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In a galaxy not so far away, miscreants and monsters are wreaking havoc, and it's up to everyone's favorite mechanical mascot to dole out a heaping helping of bot-kicking justice! And he's bringing an army of his Kairobotic brethren to do it. In this new spacefaring sim, you command the Kairobot Corps, a state-of-the-art brigade of mass-produced guardians of galactic peace. Heed calls for help to patrol planets and vanquish villains to build your reputation as the most elite interstellar security force this side of the Andromeda.

Legend of Master 3 by Gamevil

If Gamevil isn't the master of the RPG genre on Android, then it's certainly its most prolific publisher. Their latest attempt is Legend of Master 3, the sequel to two action-RPGs previously exclusive to iOS. The latest puts you in control of the reincarnated princely form of a man out for justice - which is pretty standard RPG fare, considering there appears to be no orphans from tiny villages around. The game is free, but appears to have some issues with formatting in 16:9 screens. You might want to wait for another update or two.

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Long ago, an evil sorceress named B'Kar petrified Cain's family. Determined to one-day defeat B'Kar, Cain's spirit was split into 7 pieces and sent across the world as he fell into a deep slumber. 400 years later, Cain's spirit is awoken in the body of William, a wanted prince in his kingdom. Struggling to adapt to the futuristic world while retrieving his lost spirits, Cain must overcome difficulties and train hard to avenge his family. Join the ultimate RPG experience as you help Cain find his spirits and kill B'Kar.

FINAL FANTASY by Square Enix

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Square Enix Brings The Original Final Fantasy To Android

After surprising success with Final Fantasy III, Square Enix is coming back to Android with an undeniable RPG classic. Final Fantasy brings the very first entry in the legendary franchise to the Google Play Store with improved graphics and sound (though it's all 2D, so it won't tax your system too much). Unfortunately, it's still pretty pricey for a 25-year-old game at $6.99.

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The FINAL FANTASY that started it all! Initially released in Japan in 1987, the original FINAL FANTASY amazed audiences with its rich story and stunning graphics. Players guide the Warriors of Light as they set out on a quest to restore the crystals to their former luster. Its side view battles, choice and promotion of character classes, and sprawling world explored with fantastic vehicles quickly became standards of the series. This game set the stage for all FINAL FANTASY games to come.

Agent Dash

Android Police coverage: Agent Dash Is A Secret Agent Themed Running Game, Has No Idea Who This James Bond Character Is

Feeling more like Sean Connery than Harrison Ford? Then you'll probably want to pass over Temple Run in favor of Agent Dash. The premise is pretty much the same as the seemingly endless repetition of "running games" available at the moment, with the added benefit of multiple characters, skills and gadgets. The download is free.

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Don the tux and run for Queen & Country in the best action game of the year. From the makers of Flick Golf, Flick Soccer and NFL Flick Quarterback comes the most intense, explosive, white-knuckle ride available. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to destroy as many villainous bases as you can! Sprint through gorgeous environments, using secret agent skills to evade every hazard the evil megalomaniacs can throw at you, from laser beams and falling trees to skidding trucks and fiery lava.

Total Recall

Get your ass to... uh, Earth. The jury's still out on whether the Total Recall remake can match the greatness of Arnold's campy original, but if you're dying to get your hands on reality-warping Sci-Fi, you can try your hand at Jump Games' first-person shooter based on the upcoming movie. A dollar gets you eight levels and a variety of weapons, and the developers promise more content to come.

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Plunge into fast-paced, First Person Shooter action that follows the same mind-bending storyline as the new Sony Pictures’ sci-fi thriller. It is the year 2084, and you suddenly find yourself on the run from mysterious assailants after a trip to the memory implant center Rekall goes horribly wrong. The Fate of the World hangs in the balance, as the line between Fantasy and Reality dissolves into a Paranoid Dream.

GraveStompers

For those looking for a console experience, GraveStompers might just fit the tombstone. Using the standard 3rd-person action formula, you're to shoot, slice, whack and generally re-kill every zombie you come across. A high-powered device is recommended for this free, DLC-supported game.

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GraveStompers is a console-style, 3rd person shooter with intuitive touch-screen controls. Zombie eradication has never been more fun! Choose to play as one of our many interesting characters. Arm yourself with high-powered shotguns, rocket launchers, chainsaws, and more! The armory is overflowing with weapons of all types! Produced by Mad Menace Entertainment, this game is for zombie slayers, horror fans, and hard-core gamers. GraveStompers also includes downloadable characters from famous horror franchises! Upon release, purchase the notorious killer as exclusive DLC from the horror film Scre4m!

AstroWings3 - ICARUS

Android Police coverage: [New Game] AstroWings3: Icarus Is High On Ships, Lasers, Missiles, Bullets, And Advertising

Bullet-hell top-down shooter gameplay, incredible sprite-based graphics, and mythological tie-ins. What's not to love about AstroWings3 - ICARUS? Well for starters, it's the third in a series of shooters that the developer didn't see fit to bring to Android for episodes one and two. Second, it's a free game with both ads and most of its content hidden behind in-app purchases - two of three ships and all but the Easy difficulty, to be specific. That's double-dipping your prospective customers, folks.

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Mythology meets technological mayhem in this legendary space adventure. Choose from 3 classically named futuristic fighters: Athena, Ares and Poseidon 3. High quality FULL HD Graphics for stunning visual effects and unbelievable animations (To maintain compatibility with older devices, users can customize the game’s graphics via the options menu; gamers with newer devices should choose “High” to enjoy AstroWings 3: Icarus at its best.)

Aby Escape by Bulkypix

Android Police coverage: Aby Escape Lands On Android, Perpetuates Stereotypes That All Raccoons Are Thieves On The Run

Inspired by Temple Run and not (we repeat, not) to be confused with Ape Escape, Aby Escape puts you in the paws of a felonious raccoon on the run from the law. Cartoony visuals and goofy enemies will bring a chuckle, and the surprising addition of a story mode is admittedly novel. The game is free.

Help the poor Aby, the unluckiest and bumbling of the raccoons, to escape his pursuers. Whether hunters in his native forest, policemen in the city or bikers on the road 66.5, Aby never stop running to escape all dangers.

  • 50 challenges in unlimited mode
  • 30 levels in story mode
  • Many enemies to sow or to avoid (hunters, cops, bikers, footballers, elephants, ...)
  • Numerous power-ups available (Phantom, Magnet, Vie additional shield, ...)
  • Items to unlock (characters, shoes, ...)

BLAZING STAR SNK Playmore/NeoGeo

Android Police coverage: Blazing Star Of Neo Geo And Engrish Fame Comes To Android, Encourages You To 'Get It More!'

The Neo Geo classic Blazing Star is famous for two things: fast, furious side-scrolling shooter gameplay and SNK's hilariously bad English translation. It's not quite "all your base" bad, but for those who want to relive the unintentional humor of terrible console localization, Blazing Star is just a $2.99 purchase away. Bluetooth-based co-op play is icing on the cake.

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The legendary NEOGEO 2D action shooting masterpiece “BLAZING STAR” heads out to Android devices! Shoot down enemies with your powerful options and various weapons. In addition to its classic “ARCADE MODE”, this perfect conversion of “BLAZING STAR” includes a “MISSION MODE”, allowing you to select in which stage you want to play. You can now train yourself in your favorite stages or those which give you a hard time! In total, 6 spaceships with various strengths (spaceships for beginners, high scoring or with an increased defense) are available for selection in “BLAZING STAR”. “CHARGED SHOT BREAK”, which will vary depending on the selected spaceship, is definitely worth a watch.

MEGATROID

If MEGATROID reminds you of a certain orange-suited Nintendo heroine - well, that's probably intentional. Fans of Metroid and Castlevania should find plenty to love in this one, where 2D combat and exploration combine with 3D graphics for a slick interpretation of a classic genre. You'll need a relatively recent device for this one, but at least it's free. Fans of Wisp, take note: this is the latest from developer Triolith Entertainment.

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Rebel against the Machine Empire and save the galaxy in this FREE game. MEGATROID is a fun and engaging platform game that allows you to choose your destiny by infinitely generating new stages! You’ll never run out of action because no two levels are ever the same! If you're a fan of the classic game Megaman or just love really awesome platformers, this is THE game for YOU and your FRIENDS!

Z Origins - (Z The Game)

Android Police coverage: Z Origins Makes Its Way To Android, Reminds You That RTS Games Existed Before Command And Conquer

Real-time strategy is hard to come by on mobile, where pudgy fingers and small screens make battlefield management difficult. But one of the first in the genre is making a comeback: Z, a PC game from the grand old era of 1996, features two armies of robots duking it out for supremacy. All the elements that later showed up in the likes of Command and Conquer - multiple building and units, resource gathering, and micro-managing of your army.

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“Z”, the classic Real Time Strategy Game by the Bitmap Brothers remade for Android. Fans of this classic strategy title are in for a real treat. Everything is in here from the terrific comedy cut scenes to the frantic game play making this is the definitive version of Z. Z is... the fastest, funniest, most frantic, feature-packed action-strategy game you'll play this century.

City Of Secrets

Android Police coverage: [New Game] City Of Secrets Makes Its Way To Android, Offers Hidden Object, Puzzle, And Adventure All In One

Smartphones have beget a revival of the classic point-and-click adventure, and not just in quick-and-dirty rereleases. City of Secrets brings beautiful 2D and 3D graphics to your smartphone or tablet, and combines them with story-based puzzles. The first level is free, but you'll need to buy subsequent levels via in-app purchases.

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Want to see my Mole? If you're tired of hammering bird brains against the wall, go underground in the tap adventure game, City of Secrets. Requires logic and puzzle solving skills so turn your brain back on and prove you know your head from a Mole in the ground. Enter a brilliant high definition world of revolution, mystery, and adventure as you pull together the clues and solve puzzles to uncover the sinister plot. Get it on the tablet for the vivid big screen impact. The hero's – Rex, the dog, and Mr. Moles - well of course - the mole, can't save Poco Pane without you.

Auralux

The latest in the genre of ambient gaming, where the aim is a chill sort of fun rather than twitchy excitement, combines deceptively simple gameplay with colorful graphics. Auralux (not to be confused with a certain Green Lantern villain) is ported from the popular PC game of the same name, and is available for Tegra-based devices only. The game itself is free, but you'll need to pay for additional levels if you want the full experience.

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You command only one type of unit and have only one type of order to give those units. You and your opponents start the game with precisely equal resources. Quick reflexes will get you nowhere. The only path to victory is through clever strategy. Auralux features a slow, floating feel and vibrant minimalistic graphics. The entire game pulses to the rhythm of ambient music, and the player's actions evoke sounds that smoothly coalesce into melody. This game is designed to provide a relaxing, cerebral experience. Every choice matters, and only the best strategies will succeed.

Bluetooth Holdem Poker FREE

Poker games are a dime a dozen (or less, considering that many of them are actually free). But one enterprising developer has thrown in a wildcard for poker fans. Bluetooth Holdem Poker FREE does just what it says, and makes local multiplayer over a Bluetooth connection possible. You can play with up to six at a time (one hosting, the other five connecting) or add in AI players to round out the table. The free version includes ads, but you can get rid of them with the premium version for $2.46.

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It is the first Texas Hold'em Poker for Android devices that is playable over Bluetooth. No charges for Internet bandwidth, no accounts or sign ups needed. All you have to do is to download Bluetooth Holdem Poker FREE on two or more Android phones or tablets that support Bluetooth, and start playing between each other. Also, you can add computer bot players as additional players at your table. Or if you want to play poker solely against bots, there is Singleplayer mode where you don't need real-world opponents to connect over Bluetooth to start a game. Bluetooth Holdem Poker is limited to Android 2.2+ devices, but due to various Bluetooth issues on different Android phones we advice you to play on 2.3.3+ if you play it in Multiplayer mode with more than 3 phones.

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Retro Athletics

Who needs official licensing for the Olympics a certain worldwide sporting event being held in a large city in England? Those looking for simple fun without the cut and thrust of international intrigue and corporate crackdowns can try Retro Athletics, a simple title that aims to recreate the many, many similar titles from the 8-bit era of gaming. Six events will challenge your reflexes, but only three virtual buttons at a time. Retro Athletics is free and ad-based.

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We offer 6 different sports that will force you to push yourself to the limit to climb to the top of the podium:

  • 100 meters: Race the Queen of the Track. Demonstrate that you are faster than the wind.
  • Long jump: This is a good test of power and lifting. Be sure to get power and jump into the air at the right time with the right angle.
  • 110 Meter Hurdles: You need speed and accuracy. You must be fast, but also watch out for the obstacles. One stumble could ruin your career.
  • Javelin: Do you have a lucky arm? It’s time to prove it by throwing the javelin further than your rivals.
  • 50 M Freestyle: If you move like a fish in the water and in the pool you can win!
  • Weight lifting: Prove that you’re the strongest.

You can play a single event or try your luck in the whole tournament. Retro Athletics will hook you as you get into the routine of the game, and it will force you to give it your best effort. In fact, did you know that you can burn calories
playing? Give it a go and check it out.

Run Fatty Run

The latest entry in the loosely-defined "running" genre is Run Fatty Run, a game which brings an immediate motivation to weight loss. Our portly protagonist must dodge obstacles including fixed environmental hazards and walker-wielding grannies to get away from a hungry escaped tiger. That'll drop pounds faster than Atkins and Weight Watchers combined. A single greenback will get you this ad-free game.

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In a world of convenience, junk food and flabbiness, one government has implemented a drastic new health plan to end the obesity crisis. And one man has to survive it. RUN FATTY RUN is frantic arcade action that pits one overweight man against the forces of natural selection. Guide Bert through an urban landscape of hills, obstacles, tough old ladies and his most relentless enemy – food. Run, smash and roll your way home as Bert defies the government’s best intentions.

Hatchi

Any child of the 90s will remember Tamagotchi, the Japanese sensation that crammed a tiny virtual pet into an LCD keychain (or if you were one of the cool kids, you remember the more satisfyingly violent Digimon). Bring back that feeling of desperate neediness with Hatchi, a loving, pixelated tribute to thousands of wasted youthful hours, plus achievements and Facebook sharing. And at 99¢, it's a heck of a lot cheaper than it used to be.

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Hatchi is a retro-looking Android app sure to get the nostalgia burning for all those who cared for a virtual pet back in the 1990s when they were at the height of their popularity. Just as with the keychain-sized pets of the 90s, you can now feed, clean, play with and generally look after your pets to ensure they grow up to be healthy, happy little Hatchis. Your Hatchi monster will go through several stages of growth, and will evolve differently depending on the quality of care the player provides.

 

Crabs and Penguins by Coca Cola

What do crabs, penguins and and soccer have in common? If you said "a loose association with Coca-Cola via one of their increasingly baffling CG shorts," you're absolutely right. This free game based on the commercial below is a standard platforming collect-a-thon, but early reviews indicate that it's having a lot of crashing issues at the moment.

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Leave a Crab Return a Hero. A beautiful and epic oceanic adventure game free from Coca-Cola. Lead the Hero Crab by jumping swimming and diving. Travel from a tropical paradise through shark infested waters full of sunken pirate ships into the frigid and dangerous arctic north. Bring happiness to the penguins by returning a lost ball and collect coins and bonuses on the way by making friends with whales and polar bears. Experience six levels of gameplay through an amazing 3D oceanic world.

dab-Titan

We've seen a lot of classic shoot-em-ups on Android as of late, but dab-Titan brings a unique twist in that your aim is delivery, not destruction. You'll still have to clear out enemies with a variety of weapons, but the aim of the game is to successfully guide your craft into a spinning spacedock, matching trajectories in a physics-based puzzle. The game is 99¢, but requires the GLES2.0 framework to play.

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Easy to use controls, Left/Right and rotational thrusters - and to fire just tap the screen (or swipe and launch missiles in the pattern of your swipe). Learning the best timing to dispatch them with well timed and placed missile barrages :) As a dAb trained pilot your job is deliver cargo to the automated distribution stations through out the sector and get paid for each successful docking. Using your dock’o’sledge rotation thrusters to match the station rotation and speed. You maneuver your collect of containers into position.

Hank Hazard: The Stunt Hamster

Hank Hazard is a tiny rodent inspired by the stunt greats of old. And he could eat Alvin and the Chipmunks for breakfast. Guide him through each level to the end, then exclaim, "He's OK, folks!" 100 levels are included for free, but a single in-app purchase unlocks training videos for each level and a few bonus power-ups.

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So you thought Evel Knievel was the last of the daredevils? Guide Hank Hazard through over 100 levels of death-defying stunts, ingenious puzzles and unlockable bonus challenges. Collect stars and dodge environmental hazards while using hamster-safe bombs, accelerators, ham-fisted boxing gloves and more. Help Hank become the world's first stunt hamster.

• Over 100 ingeniously designed levels
• The perfect blend of arcade & puzzle gameplay
• 18 bonus levels - find and collect secret gold stars to unlock
• More than 15 interactive game objects across 5 unique worlds
• Outwit and evade sharks, flames, balls of electricity and more.

Masters Of Light

Imagine Chu Chu Rocket with the aesthetics of Asteroid, and you've got Masters of Light. The game tasks you with guiding a beam of light through increasingly difficult levels, using mirrors and gravity effects to change its linear path. $2.14 gets you an ad-free experience, but a lack of current reviews makes it a bit of a gamble.

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Do you have what it takes to become a Master of Light? Enter the halls of light and puzzle your way through the seven phases of light which contain seven trials. Every trial is a new challenge bringing you to greater and brighter heights.

  • 49 levels known as ‘Trials’ ranging from the incredibly easy to the incredibly difficult. You will be challenged but you will not be disappointed.
  • A unique gaming experience where you are in control of the light and everything that it does.
  • No preset solutions: solve every level the way you want to solve it - with any clever trick that you can imagine.
  • Control many different mirrors, gems and switches to reach your goal.
  • A small bonus at the end of the game for those that complete it.
  • A wallboard that shows your progress.

 

 

Bombergeddon

Bomberman. Indiana Jones. What more do you want? Bombergeddon combines the frantic real-time puzzle action of a certain combustible hero with brand-new levels and an apocalyptic story (for what it's worth) to make a worthy-looking tribute. The free version lets you blast through 80 levels with advertising, which you can get rid of for a single dollar in the premium version.

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Take on the role of enthusiastic adventurer Dakota Jackson and travel around the world on a mission to uncover rare artefacts. Backed by the philanthropic millionaire Donald Morgan you'll never run short of firepower should you run into any trouble in your adventures. Watch out as eerie mummies lurk around every corner in the ancient Egyptian tombs, mythical genies will block your way in the Babylonian dungeons, supernatural guards stalk the corridors of Aztec ruins and the Chinese catacombs are filled with the infamous terracotta warriors.

 

little Dragon 3D

Imagine a combination of Pilotwings and one of the more adorable critters from Pokemon, and you've got little Dragon 3D. Guide your little guy through 3D levels collecting goodies and power-ups while avoiding obstacles. Cell-shaded graphics are impressive, but this 99¢ game won't work on older hardware.

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littleDragon is a 3D flying game in which you soar and swoop through beautiful landscapes on a quest to fly further than ever before. With randomly generated levels, littleDragon brings a fresh new challenge every time you play.

 

Rat Fishing by Miniclip

Referring to pest removal as "rat fishing" may rub PETA the wrong way, but for those who love a good Goldberg puzzle, this little game might be right up your mouse hole. Lure rodents out of hiding then send them to rat heaven with various diabolical machines and traps. The game has 144 levels of free, ad-supported gameplay, with Openfeint integration for those who want it.

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Seek for revenge, by using the cheese as a decoy to lure them out of the holes they're hiding in. Go through all the amazing and challenging puzzles. Exterminate the rats. Make sure they won't get away with stealing someone else's cheese.

  • 144 levels
  • 4 different worlds
  • Mind-bending puzzles to test your skills
  • Many fun ways to exterminate the rat
  • Ultra simple controls
  • Amazing graphics
  • Openfeint leader boards

 

Babel Rising 3D!

Android Police coverage: Ubisoft And AMA's New Game Babel Rising 3D Gives You The Power Of God And A Tower Full Of Mortals To Smite

Android Police review: Game Review: Babel Rising 3D Is A Rich, Well-Made Time Waster - But Is It Worth $5?

Blasphemy was never so beautiful. The pesky humans are building the biblical Tower of Babel, and as God it's your task to stop them. But since you're somewhat less subtle than the big guy, you'll have to use more than language barriers to hinder their progress. Crush, zap, burn, and generally destroy your worshippers in an impressive 3D environment. Think of it as a less benevolent version of Pocket God, with some truly impressive visuals.

Note: this is the freemium version of the previously released paid Babel Rising 3D (which we covered and reviewed - see links above).

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Play God Almighty in Babel Rising 3D to prevent the Babylonians from building the famous Babel tower. Unleash your wrath and mortify these arrogant humans with your divine powers. Summon bolts of lightning, massive earthquakes, meteor showers or vengeful floods upon the Babylonians: The perfect apocalyptic arsenal. Your divine intervention will be crucial to resist to the numerous waves of miscreant builders, blasphemer priests or damned urn carriers! Rely on tactics and strategy to achieve the solo campaign and endure an epic survival mode.

GEARS & GUTS by Glu Mobile

Android Police coverage: Gears And Guts Goads You To Grind Zombies Into Goo With Your Gas Guzzling Death Wagon

Vehicular homicide is usually frowned upon, but when your victims are undead, I think Barney will look the other way. GEARS & GUTS (undoubtedly inspired by Zombie Driver on the PC) pits your souped-up death machine against the ravening hoard. To get more cars and other upgrades, you'll need to use Glu Mobile's system of proprietary in-app payments.

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Zombies have taken over your town! It's time to put some blood on the highway. Just wait until they hear the roar of your engines. In Gears & Guts, the city’s hopes rest on you and your collection of nitro-burning, bullet-spitting, four-wheeled engines of destruction. Crush the undead beneath your tires. Tear the undead limb-from-rotten-limb with whatever military gear and experimental weapons you can bolt to your car. Power-slide a path to victory.

WazHack

Combining the ancient dungeon-crawlers of gaming's past with new graphics and time-based gameplay, WazHack is intriguing to say the least. You'll need to be frugal with your inventory and strategic with your fighting to make it anywhere. And this is no game for the timid - if you die, you're dead. No sissy extra lives or continues here. WazHack is a free download, but requires an in-app purchase to reach higher levels.

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In this dungeon, time only moves forward when you do. You can take your time to solve problems instead of just spamming an "attack" button. With over 250 different types of items to be found, there is no shortage of solutions to problems. With over 100 different types of monsters, there is no shortage of problems either! But this is no puzzler - you will have to fight your adrenalin and use your sword or staff as much as your inventory. It's not a game of plodding to the end and winning (though it is winnable), it's about experiencing the attempt... and learning lessons that will help your next valiant attempt.

Marbles in Wanderland!

Android Police coverage: Marbles In Wanderland! Has Cats, Rabbits, Ninjas, Lasers, And A Bunch Of Other Words You Love

This app has a flying cat that uses lasers and shotguns to shoot suicide bomber bunnies. I'm betting that if Marbles in Wanderland! had been available in Cimmeria, Conan the Barbarian would have said that "suicide bomber bunnies" are best in life.

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Help Marbles fight through the perils of Wanderland! Utilize the 5 different weapons available to defend yourself from hordes of commando rabbits and ninja dogs, earning fish in the process to unlock and upgrade your weapons. How long can you last in Wanderland? Play now and find out.

Iron Crusade

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Iron Crusade Brings Nostalgic, 8-Bit, Worms-like Gameplay To Your Mobile Device

Imagine a combination of Worms and Scorch!, and you've got Iron Crusade. You're put in command of a single tank bent on wiping out the enemy army. It's tough, grueling gameplay that should thrill fans of old-school graphics. The game is supported by in-app purchases, but it's a free download.

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Join the elite Imperial tank squad. Conquer planet after planet. Expand the Empire. You think you are a veteran player and nothing can impress you? Then you have never played Iron Crusade. Experience the hardcore gameplay of Iron Crusade. Iron Crusade is a single player, old school, turn-based action with classic 8-bit graphics and sound. Control the tank and survive in a deadly, fully destructible world. Everything can be destroyed –the enviornment, platforms, weapons, your enemies and even you.

 

Epic Meal Time

Think of this as Fruit Ninja for rednecks. The purpose of Epic Meal Time is to fling as much tasty food at "the Sauce Boss" - your score is directly proportional to his cholesterol count. Avoid bombs veggies - Mr. Sauce isn't overly fond of them. The free app is allegedly based on the Revision3 show of the same name.

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It's the Epic Meal Time mobile game haters. Fling delicious unhealthy food at the Sauce Boss to make your score go sky-high but beware of the veggies, having too many will end your game and bring shame on you. There are tons of crazy items and perks to unlock; Hats with god-like powers, new foods and meals, awesome backgrounds, extra lives and more stuff coming soon.

Trainz Driver

If you think driving trains is easy, then you've never tried to stop 400 tons of cargo and passengers with nothing but a dynamic brake and a sleepy dispatcher. The popularity of train simulators is somewhat baffling, but at least rail-heads have a mobile outlet with Trainz Driver. Real locomotives and custom routes are yours for $2.99.

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It's time to pack more horsepower in your pocket and take Trainz Driver with you everywhere you go. With a new user interface, controls, and a mix of realistic routes and arcade style sessions, there is something for everyone with Trainz Driver. Trainz Driver puts you in the cab of a variety of locomotives from around the world. Choose from the "Easy Mode" speed controls, or the more advanced "Realistic Mode" control system. With multiple camera modes you can fly alongside your favourite train, admire the view from the cab, or watch from trackside all while you interact with industries and passenger stations, picking up and dropping off freight wagons, people, and more.

Drip

Most raindrops can only hope to land on dry land, buildings, or somewhat incestuously into the ocean. Not Guti, a raindrop with more ambition than the average Wall Street tycoon. He wants to make it to the stars, and with the aid of various gadgets and guidance from you, he'll be able to do it. Drip is a cute game with an interesting premise, for a fair price of 99¢.

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This is the story of Guti, a drop like no other, who dreams one day to reach the stars. Struck by a twist of fate, Guti falls into the sewers ... An amazing and epic adventure will start. With a great determination, bravery and speed, Guti will pass through no less than seventy-five different levels of labyrinths full of obstacles and cross over five majestic worlds to be able to reach the stars. Help it to cross those vast worlds of pipes to make its dream comes true.
But be careful, you must act quickly before Guti evaporates ...

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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://twitter.com/tweet077 RonaldoVerta

    13 games that have already been covered on the site...so only 21 new games. hmm..

  • CeluGeek

    What?! Forever Drive didn't make the cut?

  • Arthur Starsky

    good round up, even if you have covered these before i dont recall!

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

      We don't repeat apps between roundups. But, of course, we do include apps we wrote about in the last few weeks since we found them, along with the relevant links. Either way, I'm not really sure what you're responding to.

  • configurator

    "Most raindrops can only hope to land on dry land, buildings, or somewhat incestuously into the ocean." Brilliant!

    Thanks for these roundups, by the way. Without them I'd barely have any games to play!

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I'm afraid I can't claim credit for that - It's a line from one of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.

      • configurator

        Are you sure? Just did a quick search in my archives and I couldn't find the word "incest" anywhere in the books, but maybe my search was bad...

        • configurator

          No, you're right, of course. It's in Guards! Guards!.

          "Luckier rain fell on upland sheep, or whispered gently over forests, or pattered somewhat incestuously into the sea. Rain that fell on Ankh-Morpork though, was rain that was in trouble"

  • claire

    it's a great list of games to play! they look really fun, especially Hank Hazard, Agent Dash, and Megatroid! Downloaded them to play immediately. thanks for the recommendations!! :)

  • sootie

    nooo astro wings no likey nexus 7 damn being on the bleeding edge...
    Also anyone else have big issues with gears and guts running like crap on nexus 7 /anything?
    Awesome list as usual by all, I really like the short reviews at the top of each app instead of just a quote from the game devs

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

      This is one of those niceties splitting work between Jeremiah and me brought along. Teamwork!

  • jim

    Legend of master 3 now blocks rooted devices. Deep. What are they thinking?

  • fixxmyhead

    video locker looks good but i go with the valuty stocks app cuz no one would ever suspect a "stock" app and if they enter the wrong password it just takes u to some "stocks". its also hidden from your recents app.

  • Garry Bramill

    That Bluetooth Holdem Poker rocks big time! Awesome idea

  • siypion

    Hay AP i know you guys/girls (if any girls work for ya) do a lot of game reviews and that's cool i was just wondering if you ever wanted to add your own rating to the game's you guys review i know you sometimes do a "good/not so good" section but to me that's still part of the review, please Note* though app brain has the stars listed for the games its just a ranking and its just how others feel about the game. but that's not a rating per-say because some jerk with a 1 1/2 year old phone is going to give a game he can't play 1 star. and some of the 3 star games i have tried are darn good. (i did say some right? oh i did okay)

    well let me get to the main point lets say "TWSS" (stands for That's what she said, fake dev name BTW lol) came out with a new game
    "Zoo-zoo Revenge" i would love you see your rating on it.

    here is a small example of a rating system.
    1 to 5 (5 being well you the best duh!)

    Zoo-zoo Revenge

    Graphic - 3 (based on how good it look Vs other game of the same type if any)
    Game play - 4 (based on if its even worth your playing it or if its a new style of play)
    Replay - 3 (covers MP MMO OnlineO SP or just playing a stage again for better score)
    Price - 4 (based on if its free or if that $4+ get you something good, in app of full game)

    Final score 3.5

    score breakdown
    Zoo-zoo Revenge would be 3+4+3+2= 14

    each 4 points = .5