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Air Control meets tower defense game - that's the premise of a new game by Lemon Team, published by Amazon. This is the first game Amazon's published for Android (it's also on iOS), and it actually does look like a pretty interesting premise. You get a variety of planes which you route over a map, ala Air Control, and use those routes to destroy incoming enemies on the ground through various maps. It's a pretty cool mashup, if you ask me.

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The game is free to play, and the only real push to purchase stuff comes in the form of maps, which you'll need to shell out $0.99 each for (or $2.99 for the pack) to get the entirety of the game. Personally, I'm fine with this kind of in-app purchase model, because you know exactly what you're getting - as opposed to some arbitrary in-game currency or item whose real value is basically whatever the developer decides.

Anyway, this game, I've noticed, is compatible with pretty much any modern phone or tablet. Except the Nexus 7. Oh, my, I wonder how that little oversight could ever have occurred, Amazon? It's particularly odd since every other Lemon Team game is Nexus 7-compatible.

Update: The Play Store page now says the Nexus 7 is compatible, and that compatibility wasn't available immediately because of a "minor hiccup." OK, never mind all that then.

Anyway, you can pick it up on the Play Store or the Amazon Appstore right now for free.

Amazon had a second announcement today, as well, with the release of its Cloud Drive Photos app for Android. It does exactly what you'd guess: stores your photos in Amazon Cloud Drive. You get 5GB of free storage, and the app contains a photo viewer that allows you to re-download the pictures to your device, should choose. If you're looking for yet another cloud-based photo storage option, I guess 5GB for free ain't bad. Head over to the Play Store or Amazon Appstore to grab this one, as well.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • atlouiedog

    Size: Varies with device

    I've always hated that. How about a range? For example, 24-53 MB. I haven't checked this one out yet, but I've ended up with some deceptively large apps that vary with device.

    • omegavesko

      I had this exact idea today. Just a range would be great.

  • Jonathan

    "NOTE: Air Patriots on Nexus 7 is currently not available due to a minor hiccup, it will be corrected shortly!"

    Sounds like they are working on the issue.

    • carbonated_turtle

      If you can call damage control an issue.

  • John

    "NOTE: Air Patriots on Nexus 7 is currently not available due to a minor hiccup, it will be corrected shortly!" from the Play page. Soon, I guess.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Looks like it's been fixed.

  • carbonated_turtle

    Come on, Amazon. Can't we all just get along? The Nexus is a powerful gaming tablet, while the Kindle is not. You have your place with the books and whatnot, so let Google handle the gaming side of things, okay?

  • Guest

    For reals? Looks like Amazon has fixed the issue - downloading the game for my Nexus 7 right now.

  • http://abhimanyughoshal.com/ Abhimanyu Ghoshal

    For reals? Looks like they've fixed the issue - downloading it for my Nexus 7 right now.

  • Matthew Fry

    It's possible that it really was a minor hiccup... I mean if it weren't, you'd think they'd take longer to *correct the issue* to continue making their point.

  • vitriolix

    "Personally, I'm fine with this kind of in-app purchase model, because
    you know exactly what you're getting - as opposed to some arbitrary
    in-game currency or item whose real value is basically whatever the
    developer decides."

    Absolutely agree. I am totally willing to pay for more content, this stuff doesn't get created for free. Just like I buy a mappack or expansion on Xbox... but as soon as I see a game that is affecting the game play (which always means gameplay is gimped unless you pay), I uninstall

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I almost feel weird giving Amazon credit for something, but they are doing two things I'm surprised about. The first is that they even put this on the Play Store; they love to do exclusives and this is very out of the ordinary for them. The other is that they clearly state in the description that they have In-App purchases and how much they are, not enough apps do this.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    They also just released an update that gives a price drop.
    All Maps for $1.99
    All Maps + a paid plane and some extra gears (in-game currency) for $2.99

    As IAP goes, they are making it a good deal and really turning it into more of a fully playable demo.

    I admit though, not loving the game. The fact that planes throw out ALL directions if they run into another, which turns into a huge domino effect...drives me kinda nuts.