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Alpha Squadron

Wow. It's been a long time since we had a good Rogue Squadron game, eh, Star Wars fans? While the official IP isn't here, the inspiration clearly is, and on the upside, you won't have to listen to Duel of the Fates for the millionth time. Instead, you get Holst's Planets Suite! Take my money!

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An epic battle across the stars puts you in the pilot seat for some amazing fun. Join up with Alpha Squadron and take on the evil Hadian Empire in this 3D Action flight game. With missions set in deep space as well as planetside sorties versus hordes of enemy fighters and capital ships, you will be immersed in the intergalactic conflict. Dogfight with enemy ships amidst beautiful floating cities, desolate desert planets and dangerous asteroid belts as you fight to stay alive and protect your fleet. Dodge the laser blasts as you provide cover for a planetary evacuation, capture an Imperial General and rescue prisoners of war. Launch your starfighter through a thrilling tunnel chase in a race against time to stop a galactic superweapon of doom. Awesome cinematic graphics and intense action packed gameplay.

Contre Jour

My French is not so good, but I think Contre Jour translates as "like World of Goo but more moody."

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Morph the landscape, propelling the mysterious creature Petit to safety. Blurring the lines between games and interactive art, Contre Jour welcomes you to a hauntingly beautiful world shaped by the interplay of light and darkness. Use your finger to morph the landscape, propelling the mysterious creature Petit to safety. Pull, swipe, and tap gadgets such as tendrils, air geysers, and pulleys to complete clever puzzles. Set to a poignant orchestrated soundtrack from composer David Ari Leon, Contre Jour both delights and bedevils from start to finish.

Space Hell

What's scarier than hell? How about hell... IN SPACE! (Which is basically the entire plot of the movie Event Horizon, by the way.) OK, so the title's a little lacking, but Space Hell actually looks interesting. Imagine the side-scrolling gameplay of Metroid combined with a little physics game action and some platforming horror, and you're just about there. For an independent title, the graphics looks surprisingly good as well.

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Space Hell is a 3D shooter/platformer game. One of the games innovations is to connect 3D graphics with fast 2D physics simulation. High quality physics simulation made it possible to create interesting, interactive environment. Main game character can move objects and destroy them. Thanks to that many unexpected situations may occur, for example after main hero will destroy a bridge that hangs over his enemies, it will fall on them and destroy them. A strong attention to detail is obvious in level and character design. Many special effects has been used like: advanced particle system, light glow, light-mapping.

World at Arms

Since Gameloft has about as much creative juice as a pirated copy of Transformer 2, they've expanded their admittedly abundant technical prowess to an Advance Wars clone. Turn-based strategy is mixed with a post-modern story. Multi-player seems to be missing, but you can borrow and lend units to your friends on Facebook. You know, if you like people to be annoyed at you.

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LOCK AND LOAD. The United States of America is under attack by an evil alliance of highly trained forces known as the KRA. As the leader of the free world, YOU have to stand and fight. Build and develop your military base, train your army, and battle against or ally with players from all over the world online in order to defeat the enemy for good.

King Oddball

King Oddball is a living moon, or meteor, or rock creature, or something. His only aim seems to be hurling boulders at humans, via the pure locomotive force of his tongue. This physics-based destruction game might look familiar, but the sheer lunacy of the premise might make it worth a look for a few of you.

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End the world with boulders. The King swings a boulder back and forth with his tongue and you get to release it by tapping on the screen. Time the release accurately and crush as many targets as possible with each boulder. Simple, but surprisingly addicting. You'll get shiny extra boulders when crushing three or more targets with a single throw. To master the game you need to anticipate how boulders roll, bounce, and launch from explosions. Take advantage of collapsing structures too. Conquer the world by defeating the humans in more than 120 fun and increasingly challenging levels.

Crazy Fairies Beta

If the classic tank game Scorched Earth took place in Munchkinland, the result would be Crazy Fairies. Outfit your diminutive killing machine with equipment and spells, and pit him against the world in tournaments or free-for-alls. There seems to be a huge following for the browser game, but login issues are giving the Android version a lot one one-star reviews.

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The ultimate play anywhere with anyone multiplayer casual game. Multiplayer turn-based artillery game set in a twisted fairy tale universe. Connect with players across multiple web platforms and mobile devices to train and fight in real-time. This version of Crazy Fairies is BETA. That means it contains bugs, will misbehave on many devices and might crash frequently. The Beta phase is meant to help discover problems and polish the game to perfection, but to do that we need YOUR help. If you are NOT interested in being a Beta guinea pig please ignore the game for now and wait for the Final release, which should arrive mid-December 2012. If you ARE interested in helping to improve the game, then install and play the game. Your progress and purchases WILL carry over to the Final release. If you find problems or things you feel should be improved in the game, email us: crazy@spicyhorse.com

Baseball Superstars® 2013

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Gamevil's Baseball Superstars 2013 Goes Global, Complete With Vampires, Barbarians, And Robots

Gamevil's baseball series has become inexplicably popular. Which is strange, since the actual baseball element is limited to pitching and batting. It's like practice in little league. Of course, it could have something to do with the insane cast of recruitable characters, the anime style, or the RPG leveling system. Or maybe the fans are just insane - always a possibility.

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The best smart phone baseball game. The Ultimate Smart Baseball Experience Returns. The anticipated Baseball Superstars series is back better than ever. Featured in crisp, clear HD- this is the best baseball game for mobile devices. With enhanced batting and pitching moves, players experience smart intuitive baseball as never before. New and improved My Pitcher and My Batter modes lets you experience best of both worlds as you train, challenge, and compete for first place. Grow from rookie to super star by tackling new quests and relationships with your fans and cohorts.

Air Soccer Fever

OK, it says Air Soccer, but for anyone who's visited an arcade in the last 20 years, it's air hockey. Throw in multiple paddles and online multiplayer, and you've got yourself a nifty little experience. Different "fields" are available, and you can play as different countries, but it's all cosmetic - what isn't, though, is the fact that it works across Android and Windows Phone platforms.

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Air Soccer Fever is the hit casual soccer game from Windows platform. It provides real-time online multiplayer gameplay across Windows Phone, Windows 8 and now Android. WARNING: This is a beta version for Android and may have bugs that we are working through. We strongly recommend you go through the help screens to understand the mechanics of the gameplay. You can play 1 player against the device, 2 player on the same device, local tournament and online multiplayer with anyone in the world. Please use WiFi Internet for online matches, 3G may not work well. We are working on user profile, leaderboards, achievements etc.

Bang Bang Racing HD

Bang Bang Racing is - hey, you! In the back! With the rude gestures! Cut that out! As I was saying. It's a fun super-deformed racing title with some great graphics that is now blessedly free of its THD rating, which means that those of us without Tegra-based hardware are invited to the party.

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Pumping physics, gorgeous graphics - a true console racing experience on mobile. Interact with us and get involved with our new developments www.atomicom.co.uk A home console racing experience designed and optimized for mobile devices and which utilizes NVIDIA® PhysX (tm) technology. Bang Bang Racing THD is a fun, action-packed racing game that has cool visuals and pumped-up sports cars. But underneath its playful exterior, it has the pumping heart of a true racing game. Real-time dynamic physics allow for finesse and control - drifting through corners and clipping every apex delivers huge player satisfaction.

Retro Racing

Retro Racing is a study in truth in advertising: it delivers exactly what it promises. Sprite-based, top-down racing, just like Grandma used to code. (For those of you in the dark, think of Reckless Racing, only more, well, retro). Unfortunately the game uses in-app purchases to "unlock" the complete list of cars and tracks - why not just charge us and offer a demo, dev?

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From the same developer behind the classic Amiga racers, Nitro (Psygnosis) and ATR (Team17). Choose your car, then skid, slide, spin and drive around the track at break neck speed, collecting power-ups as you go. Master the perfect racing line, avoid other cars and cones, and speed your way to victory in this adrenaline pumping top-down racer... Just how fast can you go?

Ski Challenge 13 FREE

Skiing simulators are surprisingly rare, even on consoles, but for the four of you who've been eagerly waiting a professional alpine experience, fire up the Play Store. The developers of Ski Challenge are holding challenges every weekend on the various tracks, so get to it, powder monkeys.

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Ski Challenge 13 is the ultimate 3D ski simulation - giving you speed and action. Hit 130km/h in the downhill position as you blaze toward the finish line. Just pass through the last few gates, hit the s-bend, over the final jump and... you made it. NEW BEST TIME. GameTwist’s Ski Challenge 13 is the ultimate 3D ski simulation - giving you speed, action and thrills. FOR FREE.

LightSpeeder

Look, there are only so many ways to say that this is the light cycle game from Tron. So... this is the light cycle game from Tron. With pixels. And a Segway. Actually, that's kind of cool.

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LightSpeeder delivers an intense adrenaline rush and lets you race and battle high velocity vehicles through magnificent 8-bit environments as you pick up and use numerous power-ups to destroy opposition vehicles in spectacular ways. Exhilarating driving action, unbelievable vehicles and amazing environments are the main staples of this racing combat game. LightSpeeder delivers a great combination of simple driving controls and easy-to-learn but deep gameplay that players of all ages will enjoy. Drive numerous fast-paced and hilarious vehicles in epic battles. Each vehicle looks completely different but they are all amazingly quick, easy to control and responsive.

Babel Rising Cataclysm

Babel Rising is a fun physics game, but it's also incredibly intensive on your hardware. Cataclysm, a new take on the premise of divine retribution, is mostly in 2D, allowing everyone to be part of the fun. Punish those unrighteous followers with your holy wrath. The premium version runs three dollars.

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Discover Babel Rising Cataclysm for free. You are God. From high above in the sky, it appears the humans are bustling about... and building a tower. A tower, what for? To raise themselves to your level? How conceited, how foolhardy. It is time to show them the price to pay for defying the Creator. Babel Rising Cataclysm is an action game in which you can make humans tremble with the tip of your fingers. Use your destructive powers by sweeping the screen top to bottom, left to right, with one or several fingers. Manage your powers, enhance them, use them at the right moment and eradicate the workers before they have a chance to complete the last storey of the building. Show them who's boss.

Spell Sword

Dedicated platforming fans call this kind of game "Metroidvania," after the classic franchises Metroid and Castlevania. Spell Sword definitely resembles the latter, though it's decidedly brighter. Guide your hero through the levels and collect pickups for bigger weapons and better armor... and don't be surprised if vampires and werewolves show up at some point.

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Spellsword is a retro-inspired Hack 'N Slash survival based game. There is a tale of a sword mighty enough to destroy hordes of minions with a single blow... Yet this sword needs a hero...of epic proportions. The game follows the path of an unlikely hero as he quests to unleash the power of his newly found Spellsword. The player will fight in a variety of arenas to unlock new items and spell cards. Collect rupees and gold coins to spend on those new items, increasing your sword's and card's power while also protecting you from the minions attacks, who will do everything they can in order to stop you.

Knightly Adventure

There are a ton of action RPGs available on Android. So what separates Knightly Adventure? Well, there's full 3D gameplay, cross-platform multiplayer and... not much else. And it takes place in a world called Loreland. Yes, really. Oh, and it's restricted to late-model Samsung devices. Huzzah!

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Knightly Adventure's dynamic 3D social action, role playing, and simulation is also an enchanting world of medieval fantasy and addicting adventure. Players build and battle in wild, uncharted lands with mystery abound, helping and challenging friends in quests for rewards. This pioneering simulation and action RPG hybrid is a magical world that spins from mobile to web, breaking boundaries in every realm. Are you game for adventure in the mystical Loreland? Plunge into a refreshing animation movie. Live and fight vibrantly as one of the captivating characters. Extraordinary medieval graphics unfold magnificently before your very eyes.

Everland: unleash the magic

What's impressive about Everland isn't its ho-hum western RPG setting. Or its admittedly interesting touch controls. Or its full 3D graphics. It's that it manages to pack all of these into just 98MB. And holy cow, there's an attractive female heroine... with all her clothes on! Everland is practically unique in the history of gaming!

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Unleash the magic. Everland is the new epic action RPG for Android. The Everland kingdom is under attack, the forces of darkness come stronger than ever... we need you, help us to save the realm. Immerse yourself in a 3D epic medieval / fantasy world. Enjoy now the most hardcore and epic adventure for Android, unleash the power of magic casting powerful spells and beating enemies in melee combat.

Finger Hoola

Finger Hoola is exactly, precisely what it sounds like. Though I'm wondering where the developer is getting "sensory climax" from.

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Develop your dexterity and unwind your mind.LAUNCH SALE 50% OFF. Spin rings around your fingers and escape into a world of ambient sound and abstract shapes. WARNING: Moments of meditative focus can lead to sensory climax. Grass skirt NOT required.

Polygone - Lite

Remember Geometry Wars? Well this is like that, only less so. Less about shooting and more about navigating, Polygone tasks you with getting through obstacle-packed levels in a time limit. The difficulty curve is dynamic, which basically means that it gets progressively harder unless you suck. Try the free version before shelling out a dollar on the full game - kudos to developer Malum for the demo pricing model!

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Destroy your monochrome enemies by navigating through their missing sides and releasing the color they hold in their center. Polygone is a new, addictive, arcade-style game in which you gain points by maneuvering through a world of random shapes as they move and rotate around, all the while collecting power-ups to assist you. The rules are simple: don't touch the outside of the shapes, or you'll get hurt. Get hurt three times, you lose a life. Lose all three lives, it's game over. The more points you score, the more populated and dangerous the world becomes, so make your choices wisely.
available as updates.

Finger Balance

Yes, yes, more physics puzzles. But thanks to the unique dual-thumb control scheme of Finger Balance, this one's worth your attention. Screenshots don't do it justice, so check the video: you literally balance a ball between your thumbs to guide it through bite-sized obstacle courses.

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Featuring innovative and unique gameplay never seen before on Android, Coconut Island, maker of iDragPaper and One Tap Hero with over 12 million players worldwide, is proud to present to you Finger Balance, brand new one of its kind puzzle game. Test the dexterity and stability of your fingers, by balancing a ball on a rod and navigate through challenging and fun levels. You're given a rod and a ball on it. Your objective is raise and lower both ends of the rod to balance the ball and navigate it through obstacles.

MegaCity

It takes a lot of creativity to put a new spin on the city creation genre, doubly so for puzzle games. But MegaCity might have done just that with a combination of both. You've got the standard trope of having to place essential city structures in the right places, with a more rigidly enforced geography that turns the whole thing into a brain-teaser. If you've always wanted a little Bejeweled in your Sim City, definitely give this one a try.

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MegaCity is a highly original and fun 'one-more-go' style city building puzzle game. It's easy to learn but hard to master and features gameplay that sees you inadvertently creating your own puzzles. Place requested buildings in the queue to earn points, but watch out: Nobody wants to live next to a landfill site or industrial estate. Everybody wants a nice park or school nearby, but the city's budget is limited. This is where you come in... Megacity is a game of planning and thinking ahead to squeeze the most points of out your citizens by clever town planning. And if it all goes wrong, it's their fault for electing you mayor, right?

 

Super Monsters Ate My Condo!

Adult Swim makes some of the nuttiest and most entertaining games on mobile, not the least of which is the kaiju-themed Monsters Ate My Condo. The sequel brings all the somewhat politically incorrect charm of the original with better graphics, more varied gameplay and new bonus elements. It's basically a simplified version of the old match-3 gameplay with, well, gigantic monsters.

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They're back...and they're still hungry. Adult Swim's giant, hungry monsters are back for a second helping in Super Monsters Ate My Condo. Everyone's favorite colored condo-matching experience is now more frantic than ever as you try to get as many points as possible in TWO MINUTES. Make matches with helpful new condos like the bank and the clock while avoiding nasty new condos that generate nukes and acid. Spin the Monster Wheel for good luck and grab all-new boosts to send your multiplier (and your score) into the mesosphere.

Team Awesome Free

Ready for some self-referential, superhero-themed running? The generic heroes of Team Awesome can run faster than a tall building and leap speeding bullets in a single bound, but to collect as many coins as possible (and avoid various kooky obstacles) they'll need a little help from the player.

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GET AWESOME WITH TEAM AWESOME. They were just four ordinary people, stuck in four dead-end jobs - until one day a mysterious meteor crashed to earth and made everything... AWESOME. Get ready for the explosive new side-scrolling arcade game from the Edis Brothers Team Awesome. It's the game with everything: aliens, robots, explosions, cats, trains, trucks, and shiny gold coins... lots of shiny gold coins. More cats, hover cars, hover boards, fruit bowls, brick walls, wrecking balls, a crazy dentist, soccer games and coffee? Giant toxic spiders, fires, cross dressing, break dancing, pizzas, donuts, guys in giant toilets, pool toys, ufos, and even more cats.

The Adorables

The premise for this game is so sweet it gave me diabetes. You're part of a family of fairies that keep the Northern Lights lit, but they can no longer fly. Gameplay for The Adorables is similar to Peggle in reverse, with more interesting graphics.

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The Adorables have the greatest job ever – they create the magical Aurora Borealis. But, they have a problem They’ve lost their ability to fly. The night skies have been empty for months but with the invention of the Aurora Beam hope has been rekindled. However, they cannot do it alone. They need someone to operate the beam they need – you. Using Pachinko style gameplay similar to that of Peggle, you’ll control your Adorable by firing it up, instead of down through the level, directly influencing its path with the Aurora Beam and tilt after-touch.
Hit all the pins in the level three times, to create an Aurora Borealis of green, orange and purple. With a variety of collectables and mechanisms such as warps and sticky walls, each land you explore offers challenge and addictive fun.

OutFight

This one's a little weird. OutFight fits roughly into the tower defense genre, but instead of shooting platforms, the towers are bases and points of attack for an army of orcs. Capture new towers while fighting off the opposing army, and eventually wipe them out. It's a free download, with the usual caveat of in-app purchases.

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Leading the green-skinned army destroy you enemies and build a new empire on the ruins of the old world. But don't forget about strategy, courage alone will not be enough.

Total Defense 3D Tower Defence

Is the current crop of doodle, animal, and adorable fuzzy nothings in tower defense just not doing it for you? Then try Total Defense, a 3D take on the genre that uses futuristic military weapons and don't take no guff from nobody. I love the smell of polygons in the morning.

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Play the ultimate 3D Tower Defender RTS in HD. The future of TD games is now. Total Defense 3D brings a whole new level of action to Android tower defense games. This state of the art strategy will unleash a cascade of new RTS and RPG features as you drown in the intensive battles across the unknown universe. Combat & conquer planets, raise towers and erase alien monuments, repel enemy legions, advance technologies, mine resources and even destroy enemy passageways – adopt your own strategy. Lead the rebellion. Discover the dangers of faraway galaxies and face the armies of the evil Emperor in more than twenty epic missions, inspired by the gems of the space opera genre. (StarCraft, Total Annihilation, Red Alert, C&C)

Clash of the Olympians

Toeing the legal line with that title, aren't we, Ironhide? In any case, Clash of the Olympians has you pick your favorite Greek hero and defend his holy ground from various monsters, in a blend of shooter and tower defense gameplay. Just watch those heels, fellas - they're killers.

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Become a demigod and keep the horde of heathens away from your temple. Take on the role of one of the mighty Greek heroes and defend your temple against hordes of mythological creatures using a vast array of powerful weapons and godly powers. Action packed defend the temple game that will test your wits and precision. 3 Heroes to choose from: Play as the mighty Heracles, the quick Perseus or the legendary Achilles. Face mythological creatures with different abilities. Minotaurs, Gorgons, Harpies and more.

Monster Crew

Many a little kid has stopped speaking to his mother when she threw out his baseball cards. But the pint-sized protagonist of this game took it one step further and got himself turned into a Frankenstein monster. With single-button running action a la Jetpack Joyride or Rayman Jungle Run, Monster Crew is a little late for Halloween, but might just hit the neck bolt for fans of the genre.

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Become a monster in this "smashing" endless platformer with a strategic twist. Leave a trail of destruction -- and loot. -- while smashing everything you see in this exciting endless platformer. Battle an onslaught of fierce enemies, dangerous hazards, and even giant bosses in the quest to recover your lost Monster Crew cards. Don't worry, it's going to help that you've been zapped into your favorite member of the Monster Crew, Frankenstein. You're not all brawn and no brains, however. Use your wits to pick the perfect bonus cards along the way. Do you want to take some easy cash for your next big upgrade ... or convert some pesky spiders into delicious cupcakes? Should you use the Luck Talisman for better loot drops... or slip into the Flameproof Undies for when things start getting hot? Strategy matters. The game plays differently with each choice you make.

 

Survival Run with Bear Grylls

Hey look, it's Bear Grylls, everyone's favorite survivalist and urine-drinking enthusiast! In a Temple Run knockoff! For some reason! Seriously, Bear, you're supposed to be surviving - isn't running flat-out for kilometers with no obvious destination and throwing yourself off of cliffs kind of counter-intuitive?

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Run for your life as famous adventurer Bear Grylls. Sometimes you have to RUN to Survive. Survival Run with Bear Grylls is the latest game from F84 Games. As famous adventurer Bear Grylls you will run for your life from the worlds most relentless grizzly bear. Traverse various environments to earn coins and golden grubs as you test your nerve. In Survival Run, there is a hazard lurking around every corner.

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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.
  • defred34

    Not too shabby. I got a few of them. MC4 predictably runs like shit on Tegra 3, so F*ck Gameloft for that crap. 7 bucks down the drain.

    Favorites: Splice, Hamilton, Freeze,Contre Jour, Lightspeeder.

    Will check out: Polygone, Alpha Squadron, Super Monsters

    Complete duds: MC4, Avengers Initiative

    • ickkii

      mc4 runs fine on my transformer prime. suppose there is room for improvement in some areas, but completely playable on my AOSP 4.1 rom. Clearing out memory definitely makes the difference.

      • http://www.facebook.com/cavkic Adnan Cavkic

        could you tell me what rom you're using? I'm using the androwook 1.5

  • Matthew Fry

    Ah poor Rockstar... someone puts a pre release build up and the real thing gets sick with the reviews...

  • jimmy

    just curious, is mc4 playable on mid-end dual core phone, such as those that use tegra 2 or snapdr MSM8225 processor ?
    because my friend said it even lag on sgs3

    • WhoaManWtF

      The snapdragon most likely not, but I know it runs buttery smooth on my Optimus G with the S4 in it...

  • benegessrit

    I'm loving all the adventure games! I do hope The Longest Journey gets re-mastered, or continued!
    Oh, please, please, please!!!

  • Josh Legoza

    My memory may be serving me incorrectly, but I recall articles on this site when Google added IAP abilities to the store praising how now developers can now get rid of their "lite" or "demo" apps and just have one app with IAPs to unlock the full. Now you are praising that they have a lite app and putting down using IAPs to unlock.

    Maybe its a matter of personal preference, or maybe its opinions changing over time, but either way I thought it was interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.moris.18 Tom Moris

    Nice list really nice, thx.

    But check this one to streetquest - run is a game, new really good looking game for runners something other form km counters etc.

  • Matt

    Add Number Paradox to this list!! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mirrorseven.numberparadox . Awesome new game

  • Bobby R

    I like Avengers Initiative and one more latest Android game which did not mentioned in the list, Pocket Mafia. Has anyone tried this game?

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