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Last Updated: January 28th, 2013

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store 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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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

Ant Raid

Today's roundup is sponsored by Ant Raid by Herocraft. This brand-spankin' new game has you controlling a literal army of ants as they defend their colony from evil snails, bees, worms, and other nefarious backyard baddies. Gameplay is a mix of tower defense and real-time strategy, with your colony constantly spawning new ants to help defend from the mutated critters that surround you. For a limited time, Ant Colony has an introductory price of just 99 cents, so grab it while it's cheap!

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With the original game averaging a 90% review score on Metacritic, there simply isn’t a better arcade-strategy game on mobile! Ant Raid fills your device with fun cartoony action! Jump into the hilarious story of an ant colony trying to survive swarms of fellow insects, mutated into mindless monsters! You’ll know when you’ve been bitten by the Ant Raid bug!

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Games

Beat the Beast

Tower Defense gets a little recursive in Beat The Beast, which takes place in a series of hillside castles that force you to build your towers in a rough spiral. Full 3D graphics are pretty impressive, as are the upgrade mechanics. Three different game modes should provide for pretty good replay value. If you'd like to give it a spin, here's the free demo version.

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Beat the Beast is "Strategy & Action" game with beautiful 3D environments, HD graphics and unique 360 degrees gameplay that will bring you a completely new experience in video games. Get Beat the Beast now and lose yourself in a unique and beautiful fairy world. Use a vast arsenal of towers, magic powers and obviously your tactical skills and the wisdom to defend your kingdom’s gates against the beasts.

Portalizer Free

Portal just isn't Portal without GlaDOS... and this isn't Portal. But it does a pretty good imitation (even without the friendly killer AI) if you want some reality-bending physics puzzles on the go. And it's got communism, for some reason. The full version is a dollar.

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It finally happened. Puzzle game 'Portalizer' finally came out on Android. Immerse yourself in outstanding atmosphere of 3D-puzzles, portals and communism.

Features:

  • Outstanding mobile 3D graphics
  • Entertaining gameplay
  • 5(Free Version) absolutely different locations will squeeze your brain
  • Communism style

Space Ace

Android Police coverage: Don Bluth Insists On Making Your Life Weirder By Releasing The Laserdisc Classic 'Space Ace' On Android

Just in case you didn't get enough 80s-flavored nostalgia from Dragon's Lair, legendary animator Don Bluth has pulled a lesser-known gem from his Laserdisc backlog. Space Ace plays exactly like Dragon's Lair (which is to say, a lot like the "press X not to die" quick time events of modern games) with a science fiction slant. A minor classic, Space Ace might be worth the high price for fans of Bluth or Laserdisc games in general.

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Experience retro gaming at its best on-the-go with Space Ace on your Android devices. Both the phone and tablet editions included for one low price. Immerse yourself in the visually stunning world of hand-drawn animation adapted from the original smash hit arcade classic. Transferred from the original high definition master film, you’ll experience this fully arcade authentic experience right in the palm of your hand. Simply press on the direction pad to guide our hero Ace in the correct direction. Use your ray gun to take on all that the Evil Commander Borf throws your way.

ShaqDown

Android Police coverage: ShaqDown Arrives On The Play Store - All The Mutant Zombies You Can Throw A Basketball At For $0.99

ShaqDown is hands-down the craziest game you're going to see in this roundup. Amazingly it's not a sequel to the infamous Shaq-Fu. Instead, it's a new game wherein The Shaq kills legions of mutant zombies. Not just zombies, mind you - mutant zombies! With basketballs! It's an instant classic.

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Celebrity Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal stars in his first action game for mobile. In a post apocalyptic future, the mutation of a zombie virus creates a new sentient breed of zombies that have enslaved mankind. It's up to SHAQ to take down these Mutant Zombies with his awesome powers and abilities. GET READY FOR A SHAQDOWN.

 

 

The Great Fusion

Android Police coverage: [New Game] The Great Fusion Is An Adventure Game That Hates The Future... In A Fun Way

The Great Fusion is a game that tackles social injustice, the failings of capitalism, abuse of the legal system by corporations, and ridiculous iron-clad copyright laws. Into this bleak future is thrust Max, a talented but unappreciated programmer (who's not an author insert in any way, my word, no). It's another point-and-click adventure game with a creative setting, in the tradition of Grim Fandango.

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Year 2022: Society has truly changed during the last decade. The good old times have vanished. Discover this unusual and hilarious graphic adventure inspired by our childhood’s point-and-click classic adventure games. The Great Fusion is a third person graphic adventure set in the year 2022. Rich people are richer and poor people are even poorer. Laws are absurd, the Copyright crusaders prosecute free culture and large corporations are managed by incompetents. And that’s science fiction, right?

King's Bounty: Legions

Android Police coverage: King's Bounty: Legions Comes To Android, Brings Turn-Based Fantasy Strategy Along With It

King's Bounty is a PC classic, one of the original western-style RPGs that helped influence the Skyrims and Dragon Ages of today. Combat is turn-based (so, pretty easy to manage on a touchscreen) and you can recruit some of the various monsters on your journey to recover the Scepter of McGuffin from Arech Dragonbreath. Ah, simpler times.

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Forge and equip your army of fantasy creatures, fight and defeat your enemies, find allies and save the King’s Bounty world. In the 3D universe of King’s Bounty you will command an army of strong, will-powered faithful warriors that will obey your every order. Choose from the best soldiers, provide them with the most effective equipment, and lead them to victory. Be wise, be brave, be the winner.

The Lords of Midnight

Android Police coverage: ZX Spectrum/Commodore 64 Classic 'Lords Of Midnight' Comes To Android – 'The War Of The Solstice Has Begun'

If you've never heard of Lords of Midnight, then congratulations - you're statistically fated to inherit a crippling national debt, environmental decay, and an incredible sense of ennui in late life. For those who remember the 1984 classic, a return to the strategy RPG styling of Lords of Midnight will be a welcome bit of nostalgia. Hero it up with your original party, or recruit more than 20 warlords to defeat the armies of Doomdark. Yes, really.

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Mike Singleton's '84 classic Adventure Strategy game, brought to and updated for Android. Some users have reported a black screen of death when starting the game. The problem seems to manifest itself if the device is held in portrait mode before the game starts. Holding the device in Landscape mode usually fixes the issue. Please contact support if you experience the problem. I've tried to make this compatible with as many Android devices as possible without actually owning them all. Hopefully we won't have too many hiccups along the way. If you have any issues please please contact me through www.thelordsofmidnight.com/support so that I can work with you to resolve them.

Stargate Command

DaaaaDAAAAAAAADaDaDaDaDAAAAAAA... SG-1's been off the air for years, but it's never too late to cash in on a sci-fi franchise (or even a SyFy one). Stargate Command lets you play as everyone's favorite snake infestation, Teal'c, in a mix of Infinity Blade-style "combat" and turret-based shooting. You can engage in a little Stargate trivia and explore the SGC as well. Or you could just rewatch Window of Opportunity.

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Stargate Command is under attack by legions of enemies and only Teal’c remains to defend the SGC in a series of one-on-one battles against Jaffa, Replicators and Goa’uld. Left alone, Teal’c, the beloved Jaffa warrior allied with SG-1, must defend the SGC from being overrun by the enemy. Can he hold off the invasion with his staff weapon and awesome combat skills? Each enemy unleashes a variety of attacks so be ready to dodge quickly and strike back. Earn XP by defeating enemies and cash it in to bolster Teal’c’s health, shield, attack and defense.

Killer Escape

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Killer Escape Brings Survival Horror And Point-And-Click Adventure Together

Point-and-click games are experiencing quite a revival on Android, but even in the currently crowded field, there's nothing quite like Killer Escape. This 3D horror game has you escaping from a serial killer (natch) through a series of randomly-generated puzzles. Graphics look amazingly spooky, though those with older hardware may be out of luck.

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Escape from a serial killer. You awake in a cold and dirty cell confronted by a twisted serial killer. Your only option is to escape from this hell.

Steampunk Racing 3D

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Steampunk Racing 3D Is Wacky Races By Way Of Tim Burton

If you ever thought that Wacky Races lacked a certain turn of the century industrial flair, Steampunk Racing is right up your alley. In this kart racer you can choose from a variety of jalopies, which seem to have been given all the creativity and attention that the tracks themselves weren't. It's free to play, though you might get into a pay-to-win situation if you make use of the online multiplayer.

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Don't just race...ANNIHILATE. In the realm of steampunk racing domination and destruction is a way of life. Each day we risk death for the rewards and thrills of our chosen path. We are the racers, the heroes of our war torn world. Our vehicles shield us, our weaponry brings forth our vengeance, the world is our playground, and the corporations that run things are a necessary evil.

Battle Alert - Red Uprising

Attention, intellectual property lawyers: Battle Alert - Red Uprising is in no way, shape or form related to Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Certainly not. Grid-based building and unit creation? World War II setting? Resource gathering? Cartoonish violence? Mere circumstantial similarities. There are at least a couple of important differences: inspiration from the tower defense genre, and multiplayer is skewed in favor of those who have paid to win. Oh, and the bad guys are called the NOD brothers. Come on, Empire Game Studio, you're not even trying.

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Download Battle Alert for free to experience a real and interesting war. Combat mixed tower defense and strategy. Upgrade your Marine, Flamethrowers, Grizzle Tanks or other powerful units. Lead your army to attack and get lots of resource. It's time for you to rule the world. Battle Alert – Red Uprising is a new epic military strategy game, taking the postwar World (World War II) as background, which mainly describes that the players lead and develop their free army on battlefield step by step to defeat despotic world army, frustrate NOD brothers.

Red Warfare

Two Red Alert clones in the same roundup? Aren't we lucky. Red Warfare is even more brazen about its association with Activision's strategy classic, lifting units, buildings, terrain and setting from everyone's favorite over-the-top WWII spoof. They even let you know that they "Represent Red Alert 2" right there in the description.

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Bring your Apocalypse Tank, Let's start our journey of conquering the world. Apocalypse Tank、Navy SEAL、Black Eagle Jet,V3 Rocket. You are right. The red alert is coming again. In the endless war, who can be the real king to conquer the world? The most expected strategy game of 2013. Taking you back to the era of WWII. Lead the army to conquer the disorderly world with your wisdom and strategy. GO.

Asura Cross

It's hard to get behind a 2D fighter on a touch-based platform, but Gamevil's Asura Cross is making a go of it. It follows all the conventions of classic Japanese fighters: crazy combos, fast gameplay, and female characters who leave nothing to the imagination. Story, arcade, and online battle modes are included, but like pretty much all of Gamevil's titles, you'll have to pony up to be a contender in multiplayer.

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Play the most exciting adventure fighting game for mobile. After serving in the army for two years, Jin returns home only to find himself in the middle of an ancient conspiracy. As he delves deeper into the secret world of Asura Cross, Jin meets a cast of strange men and women. He must fight them to save a friend and uncover the mysteries that surround him. Be the decision maker as you fight against enemies and alter Jin’s fate.

 

Race, Stunt, Fight, 2!

Full 3D racers are becoming more common on Android, but they're still overwhelmingly of the four-wheeled variety. Race, Stunt, Fight 2! believes in truth in advertising: all three elements are present in this kart racer, though I doubt Mario ever employed a chainsaw, and you can permanently unseat your opponents Carmegeddon-style.

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Race stunt and fight your way across the all new Adrenaline Crew game. Choose your rider's statistics, unlock new characters as well as pick your weapons to even the score. Choose from a chainsaw, shotgun even a flamethrower as you wheelie your way down the road. Your choice of a street bike stunter, a Harley rider or even a cop. Over 50 moves, 10 weapons and countless tracks.

 

Glory of Sparta!

I will not make a 300 joke. I will not make a 300 joke. I will not make a 300 joke... Glory of Sparta is a mix between the Battleheart-style strategy and basic real-time strategy. While you only get one playable hero, you can summon Spartan soldiers at any time, fending off Persians, monsters, and other baddies. You'll also have to manage your camps, equipment and upgrades.

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What is there to fear? We are Spartans. For the glory of Sparta.The tyrannical king of Persia, Xerxes, has amassed his dark legions against Greece. It is our solemn duty to defend Greece and dispatch his minions to Hades. We will make our stand at Thermopylae, where we will engrave in eternity the bravery and name of SPARTA.

Gravity Racing Madness

It might be easy to dismiss this one as a low-fi rip on Gravity Guy, but Gravity Racing Madness is worth a closer look. One-tap controls will flip the terrain upside down, allowing the player to control the roll of the ball. Various environmental switches will have your brain bending to get to the finish line and beyond. 50 stages and a price of zero dollars make it a compelling time waster.

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The gravity switching mechanic will screw with your mind - total madness. Gravity Racing Madness - in the far future a singularity has torn gravity into two opposing forces splitting the universe in two dimensions. You are ONE of a small elite of pilots known as GRAVITEERS. You have the ability to switch between the worlds with opposing gravities with a simple touch to your display. Your mission is to defeat time and space to fight the singularity. Complete 50+ stages as fast as possible to restore order.

 

Tupsu-The Furry Little Monster

Tupsu wears its inspiration (World of Goo) on its sleeve, but that doesn't make it bad. Instead of dripping goo, you control a tiny monster who swings from perch to perch on his eyeballs. It's less weird than it sounds, but only slightly. The 2D monster visuals are appealing, and the gameplay should be a hit with anyone who likes swingy-style games.

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Guide Tupsu through a series of challenging and fun levels in this beautiful physics based puzzle game. In Tupsu, you connect your cute furry little monster’s eyes to floating islands that advance him closer to the stars he wants to collect. Levels offer a wide array of difficulty, some even quite challenging even for advance players. Sometimes you have to think way outside the box to clear levels. Tupsu is based on the same name award winning game that won second place in the Pokki.com 1up Contest in March 2012.

Paper Galaxy

In this game, all the celestial characters are made out of paper, and the Crab Nebula is cranky. Black Holes have little paper skull masks that eat you. Adorable design aside (the moon sneezes around space! DAAAAW) it's a pretty solid game, with a nice mix of physics and runner gameplay that'll keep you occupied.

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What happens when the moon gets lost, catches a cold, and runs into the cranky Crab Nebula? A family-friendly and fun-filled chase through a galaxy of adorable planetary oddballs ensues. As Luna, you sneeze from orbit to orbit on your way back to Mother Earth. Along the way, you’ll make new friends, collect stars, and have more than a few close encounters with hot-headed Suns and mysterious Black Holes.

Touch Detective

If you're the type of irrational maniac that keeps a supply of Pocky in your desk drawer (right next to the stack of manga that's so much better than American comics) you've no doubt heard of Touch Detective. It's a more cutesy, quirky version of Nintendo's Professor Layton games - and that's saying something. Unfortunately, you'll have to pay through the nose to unlock all the stages, and early reviews indicate a poor Nintendo DS port with low resolution and constant crashing.

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Rookie detective "Mackenzie" and her assistant "Funghi" solve mysterious cases. The original game of "Mushroom Garden" is finally released for Androids.
・Become Mackenzie, a fledgling detective, and solve various mysteries in a "Touch Adventure".
・The controls are simple...investigate suspicious items and people with a single touch..
・The items and testimonies you collect are the keys to the mystery...apply your deductive skills and intuition to tough(?) cases.
・Capturing a dream thief, rescuing a snow fairy...all four chapters of a mysterious tale with heart.

Cubles

In an interesting twist on the falling block puzzle, Cubles instructs players to find blocks bordering those of the same color. Obstacles are twofold: the clock, and the titular square monsters, who leap around the stage wreaking havoc on your best-laid puzzle plans. A free download and more than 80 stages makes it a no-brainer for puzzle game fans.

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Are you looking for a highly addictive and super fun casual arcade/puzzle game? Then Cubles is THE game for you. It doesn't matter whether you are more into brain cracking puzzle games or simply like casual arcade games. This game offers it all and is guaranteed to give you hours and hours of addictive and challenging fun. The basics of the game are simple: find and select rectangles or squares with corners of the same color. Sounds simple right? Well wait till the Cubles hit the play-field and start being a nuisance with their water splashes, bombs and locking of tiles.

Nex (demo)

There's a reason that there aren't many first-person puzzle games around, and that reason is Portal. You can't fault Nex for lack of ambition, though, and it certainly tries to do things a little differently. Your particle gun can destroy parts of the environment, allowing your character to escape his pixel prison. The graphics are interesting (especially the effects on the gun) but reviewers call attention to poor controls for jumping and shooting. Here's the full version.

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NEx is a 3d puzzle/platformer in the spirit of games like Portal and Zelda. This is the demo of NEx. It will let you play through the first ten levels. If you enjoy it please check out the full version. Note: this app will not be updated as often as the full version now that the game is out of beta. I'd like to give a huge thank you to all the beta testers..

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.
  • Chicko Miniko

    Thank you for the fabulous roundups!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mr.e.cameron Earl Cameron

    hi, maybe you guys can add soc support badges like "exynos supported," "tegra supported," "snapdragon supported" because I cant dl half the games.[Samsung galaxy tab 7.0 plus|exynos]

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

      If the Play Store easily published such information, I don't see why not. Otherwise, a lot of times we don't know ourselves. Same goes for country availability, etc.

      • Justin Swanson

        Thanks!! I just got it downloaded.

  • Justin Swanson

    Anyone else having troubles getting Stargate Command? Does it require a specific processor?

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

      Only available on the One X+ for me - they have terrible compatibility right now. I emailed their PR, which promised to look into it. That was a few days ago.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rcastles Robert Castles

    Artem, your posts are the highlight of the slew of android rss feeds I track. My boys are fascinated with how I know about all these new games. Thanks.

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

      I can't take the credit anymore - nowadays I just collect the apps throughout the week and hand them off to Jeremiah who makes the magic happen.

      • http://profiles.google.com/rcastles Robert Castles

        Ha! I thought to check after I posted. Updated and thanks again!

  • defred34

    To be honest, I've seen a lot of the "unknown" games on Droidgamers (some new weekly articles that highlights relatively unknown games). Is it just a coincidence a lot of the games can be found there too, or you guys actually take a cue from there (nothing wrong in doing that).

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

      Sure, DG is one of the many sources that I use for the roundup.

  • Mikesphoneandtab

    Stargate Command doesn't work on any of my devices. I have 3 different ones. Besides that it's a great list.. Downloaded about 5 games on my tablet. Can't wait to play them.

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

      It works now, try it again.

  • Jared Morgan

    Rob-o-bot is awesome! The devs are working on a free Feature Pack to be released soon. And rumor has it that a new table is planned.

  • http://twitter.com/RvLeshrac RvLeshrac

    If Touch Detective is "low res" and suffers from "constant crashing," why is it on this list? Generally, functional-but-bland games are better than non-functioning titles, and there are PLENTY of functional-but-bland games that could be on a list.

  • Ali Kasimoglu
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    I can also recommend a new game, launched this month, called Eras Adventures 3D. Its available from Google Play Store, and it has very nice graphics and it has a great gameplay.

  • Bob Aron

    Amazing ant smasher is an impressive game. if you're looking for a game that is challenging, quirky and addictive then this one is definitely something that you need to get your hands
    on.To grab your copy click the link below:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.couk.hamzagames.ultimatesmasher
    (for android)

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amazing-ant-smasher/id724279730?mt=8
    (for iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod)