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Last Updated: January 28th, 2013

Sand Slides (Puzzle Game)

Here's a unique idea: the only point in this game is to get the correct sand into the correct bottle. To that end, you draw guides in the space between to guide the different colors of sand along their path. Simple, right? Things get complicated when new sand pops up every few seconds, and you've got to hold or defer the flow in order to complete the level.

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In this unique puzzle game you must guide the sand into the right coloured chutes, by drawing slides and buckets with your finger, but watch out. You will need to pick up the pace in order to keep on top of the action. With simple game play rules, Sand Slides is a very unique addictive puzzle game that is simple to pick up but will take some time to master.

 

 

 

 

Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot

There's not a lot to say about pinball games - keep the balls on the table and you're doing well. Even so, Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot looks like an exceptional (and appropriate) entry for Android, with a full 3D table and special attention paid to physics. The Flash Gordon-inspired theme, with some really fantastic element art, doesn't hurt.

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Classic pinball at its best; fantastic physics, great sound and fast gameplay. Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot is classic pinball at its best; with fantastic physical feel, great sound and realistic gameplay. And a bit rugged and worn from its years of use in the arcades, as it should be. The Intergalactical Rob-O-Bot has invaded Femtopia and is laying waste to this once peaceful city of the future. No-one knows why or where he comes from. It’s not important. Just help Bazooka Commandrix Betty to save the metropolis from destruction. ...But beware, the Rob-O-Bot is programmed for REVENGE.

Doodle Army Boot Camp

Who needs realism? Sometimes you just wanna shoot stuff until it blows up like every other scene in a Jason Statham movie, and a doodle figure is as good a method as any. Doodle Army is a simple Contra-style shooter with some interesting if simple art, and a lot of humor. The "Boot Camp" version of the game is limited - here's the $1 full version.

 

The Doodle Army wants you. Enlist today and cut down wave after wave of enemies in this endless shooting adventure. Hear the sweet screams of your victims as you strafe them with submachine gun fire or explode them with grenades. Doodle Army Boot Camp contains the first level and mini a mini game from the Doodle Army full version. Getting started is easy with the Sarge's in game tutorial to guide you through the basics. Soon you will be on your way to creating your very own heaping piles of bloody bad guy parts. See how far you can go before the enemies overwhelm you.

Going Going Gone

Welcome to ESPN's terrifying vision of the bleak future of baseball, where every player plays for ESPN, and the only game is Home Run Derby. Inside this sports nightmare the luckless, roided-up souls are forced to swing for the fences again and again, their only reward an arbitrary level boost and prowess in online multiplayer. Dan Shulman narrates your descent into the hellish torment that is the Home Run Derby, while 50,000 screaming demons in the stands accost your pinstriped soul for all eternity.

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‘Going Going Gone’ is a one of a kind and explosive home run derby experience. Prepare to rise through the ranks from Rookie to Superstar by hitting monstrous home runs. Choose your superstar, upgrade your equipment, and beat down your opponents in Arcade and VS modes. Earn special Feats by completing challenges that will further improve your slugger. So what are you waiting for? Grab your bat and get ready to knock it out of the park with ‘Going Going Gone’.

Rocket Island

The earth is doomed, and a rocket ride to the moon is the only way to save your steampunk hide. Essentially a hexagonal sliding puzzle, Rocket Island tasks you with cultivating and prepping land, building a launch pad, then a rocket, and finally blasting out of there before the land you're standing on goes past its sell-by date.

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Launch rockets and fly to the moon. Save mankind from the apocalypse. Play swiftly and plan ahead to escape from the sinking island. Devastating disasters threaten the planet. In the fantastic steampunk world of Rocket Island, it is up to you to save mankind. The End is near. The Moon becomes your refuge. Natural and cosmic disasters threaten your island. Rescue the inhabitants of this steampunk world and launch hundreds of rockets to the moon. Beat the high scores of your friends before the island is swallowed by the sea. The fate of our world lies in your hands.

 

Crazy Vampires Lite

If you've ever felt strangely protective of Count Chocula, then Crazy Vampires is for you. You're a benevolent lord of the underworld who sees the children of the night safely to their crypts by means of a series of turning block puzzles, guiding them away from light. And canons, which seem to work just fine on these amiable fiends. Graphics are surprisingly good and charmingly kooky. The full version is just under two bucks.

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Crazy Vampires is an offbeat action puzzle game, filled with vampires, traps, crazy Transylvanian music and fun. It’s almost dawn and vampires are returning into their coffins for a well-deserved sleep after a long night. Time is ticking until the dawn and they’ve discovered that a bunch of vampire slayers got there first and set up traps. Now it’s up to you to use your supernatural powers of tile rotation, garlic-based repellent and spider net slow-down, to help them overcome all obstacles and reach their regular daily rest.

Mad Squirrel

Here's something you don't see often: a side-scrolling shooter almost literally turned on its head. Mad Squirrel places you in control of a ground-bound rodent, avoiding obstacles and enemies along the way, in a sort of reverse jumper. There are various collectibles and powerups, though it's hard to know how a squirrel could become even more powerful after reaching terminal velocity.

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Help Mad Squirrel to fight against The Beaver and his crew to save Squirrel Land and put some peace in there. Mad Squirrel Rock´n´Roll is a fun 2D scrolling game with awesome levels and gameplay. Use your hand-shake to escape from the forest enemies and traps using
Mad skills in this colorful adventure. Collect nuts, special nuts and more items to keep Mad alive and strong to banish The Beaver. Mad Squirrel is funny and can be played by all people of all ages,with cute character and amazing graphics is one of best addictive games for Google Play.

Dead City

You didn't think we'd get through this roundup without at least one zombie game, did you? Dead City is a standard dual-stick shooter with the addition of vehicle sections, where it isn't a drive if you're not picking bits of undead spleen out of your grille at the end. The art style is a bit grim for the current happy-go-lucky trend in zombie games, though.

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The last survivor takes on the rest of the world gone zombie. Who will come victorious? Prove your valor in [Dead City], the ultimate shooting action. After the nuclear war, humanity is no more. Except . me. D-virus turned the rest of the world into zombies. Now kill or be killed. Shoot in all directions infinitely, or go for the one-shot-one-kill headshot. Overcome tight situations with special skills firing up the whole screen. Run over the zombies with a vehicle, feel the adrenaline rush. Survive zombie hell.

 

Draw Wars

Real Time Strategy is getting a lot of attention on mobile, but there's no denying that the mouse and keyboard interface needs a little bit of tweaking for touchscreens. Draw Wars is up to that challenge, with a gesture-based command system replacing the old PC standard. The game itself mixes in a hearty dose of tower defense for good measure.

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Draw the paths for your units, take part in over 40 battles located in different sceneries. Take control over tanks, planes and infantry to destroy enemy. Take advantage of military buildings - towers, bunkers and rocket launchers to defend your base. Unique gameplay where real-time strategy meets tower defense and puzzle game.

Bacteria™ Arcade Edition

If Asteroids and Fantastic Voyage had a baby, it would be Bacteria. You're in control of a tiny ship assigned to protect a cluster of nerves from invading bacteria, with thruster and laser controls mirroring the classic arcade game. This title might take "classic" a bit too literally, in fact - the booming, scratchy bad guy voice at the beginning of every stage gets on your nerves in an otherwise solid shooter.

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This is a strangely addictive game retro classic-style arcade game for one or two players. It has freaky style classical music - be prepared to have it's tune fixed inside your head. This game starts off slowly, but by wave 4 the game is frantic, loads going on, bullets everywhere. Inspired by multiple classic arcade games, the basic idea is to stop multiple waves of enemy bacteria from snatching away your last few remaining cells that are located in the center of the screen. However, there are also some bacteria who are intent on destroying you - so you must destroy them first. If you succeed in lasting 60 seconds then you will be rewarded with a further cell to protect on the next wave, and so on...

Duncan and Katy

Duncan and Katy looks like something you'd find in an N64 bargain bin... in a good way. The colorful environments and simple gameplay combine elements of Zelda and other action RPGs, with a dual hero system that should add some nice variety. The only thing that looks off is a the snail's pace of both the player characters and the enemies.

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Fight the alien invasion with two heroes Duncan and Katy. The world was a peaceful place until the aliens arrived. Fight the invasion with two heroes Duncan and Katy. In this adventure you will find:

  • 15 primary weapons.
  • 4 secondary weapons.
  • 15 items.
  • 19 different enemies.
  • Boss fights.

Lunar Eclipse - Asteroid game

This space shooter distinguishes itself with elements more usually seen in RPGs, namely exploration. You've also got multiple power-ups scattered throughout various levels, bosses, and a free-roaming propulsion system that's more like Asteroids than the standard 2D shooter. All wrapped up in a conspiracy theory story that's... well, it's pretty ridiculous, but at least it's there.

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Collect power-ups and skill upgrades to enhance your speed and shooting power. Do you have what it takes to enter Lunar Eclipse? 5 initial levels that introduces you with the fearless world of Lunar Eclipse. You can already start preparing yourself emotionally for the boss you will face at the 5th level. Because, believe us, its not for pussies and only strongest will survive. And if you do you’ll get access to what this game is really about - Lunar Eclipse. Lunar Eclipse is why you’ll be getting up in the morning, Lunar Eclipse will be the thing that keeps you going and you will love it, you’ll love it like you’ve never loved anything before.

Galactic

If the gravity-based gameplay of Angry Birds Space appeals to you, but you'd like less, well, birds, give Galactic a spin. You'll be zipping through the universe as a tiny meteor, adding particles to your mass without ever falling into the gravity well of other bodies. There are 50 levels of puzzling physics, plus a sandbox mode, where you can take a galactic stroll down Gravity Lane.

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Intelligence, skill, reaction, reflex, action, adventure and entertainment. They all come together for you in this game. In the Skill mode, goal is to solve different puzzles in space physics with quick thinking and reflexes through 60 different levels. In the Sandbox mode, goal is to, get bigger and bigger from a meteor to a planet, star and even a blackhole, using gravitation, orbital physics, meteor showers and space shuttles and accomplish different missions etc.

Rescue Roby Lite

Blatantly including the names of more successful games in your description to score some Play Store searches is a jerk move, Runaway Studios. Even with the questionable description, Rescue Roby deserves some attention for fans of physics puzzles, thanks to a unique mix of environmental variables. Help the annoying, deranged little robot escape the factory through the first chapter. The full game is $1.

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Move over, grumpy birds with bad attitudes. Take a hike, you candy-addicted gluttonous blob. Head for the hills, dazed and confused, waterlogged reptile.* There's a new game in town, so prepare for the robot invasion. Rescue Roby is an exciting new physics-based puzzle game designed by Runaway Studios - the casual play division of the preeminent app developer, Intellijoy. Runaway Studios' mission is to create a new category of handcrafted artisanal game apps, complete with one-of-a-kind immersive narratives, stunning graphics and unique game mechanics designed to inspire mobile gamers all over the world.

Dungelot Lite

If you've never played a "Roguelike" game, it goes something like this: randomized dungeons, turn-based combat, permanent player death. Delve as deep as you can before dying, but don't worry: gold and loot from previous lives can be spent on new characters, so there's always reason to come back. The ad-free paid version is $1.

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-Endless gameplay
-2 heroes to choose
-Tons of monsters with abilities
-Loot&magic

Oasis: The Last Hope

Halfway between a point-and-click adventure and a Sims-style life simulator, Oasis tells the somewhat outdated story of the Mayan apocalypse and one man's quest to escape it. Your job is to explore the South American jungle, looking for clues to a mysterious planet, and buying pets. For some reason.

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In 2012, the Earth is predicted to be destroyed by a fiery fireball. Your uncle has uncover secrets that might save the Earth. These mysteries point to a distant planet called Oasis and he has traveled there for answers. News of your uncle never came and you decided to follow in his footsteps to find him and to solve the mysteries of Oasis which may save the earth from disaster.

 

Herd Herd Herd™

Having been blessed with an apparent lack of root vegetables to cultivate, Farmer Jed (who is more accurately a rancher) needs to get all his critters back in their respective pens. Different creatures react to your touch differently, and environmental and time variables will keep the challenge up.

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It’s Ei-Ei-Uh-OH. at Farmer Jed’s Haywire Homestead – the animals are makin’ a break for it, so you better wrangle ‘em in quicker than a hiccup. Use all kinds a herdin’ skills to scoot cluckin’ chick’ns, springy sheep and balky bovines back to their pens while avoidin’ coyotes, foxes and chick’n poxes. Things aren’t exactly OK at this corral when the terrain gets tricky; bridges collapse and the fences give you a shock, so be careful herdin’ or yer livestock won’t be live very long.

LEGO® HeroFactory Brain Attack

LEGO's latest Bionicle-type franchise may be a bit beneath most Android gamers, but Hero Factory makes for a fun and ostensibly safe top-down shooter for tykes. Build a warrior out of real LEGO parts, then set them loose in an arena with dual-stick controls, smashing brains into block-sized bits. According to the description, this free game will be regularly updated.

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Action-packed LEGO® Hero Factory game – fight the evil brains. Enjoy the latest, all-action LEGO® Hero Factory game, featuring awesome 3D graphics, incredible weapons and an army of evil brains. Makuhero City is under attack and only you can save the day. Defend Makuhero City and stop the waves of brains attacking the Hero Factory. Customise your hero with fantastic weapons and armour. Select Furno, Bulk, Breeze or Rocka to fight as your sidekick. Earn game points to upgrade your firepower and defences.

LEGO® City Fire Hose Frenzy

There's an attraction to games about civil service, maybe because there are only so many drug dealers you can shoot in Grand Theft Auto. And this one certainly fits the bill: who wouldn't want to be a handsome, grizzled firefighter? And by handsome, I mean square and yellow. There doesn't seem to be a lot of LEGO in LEGO City Fire Hose Frenzy, but then it's probably not aimed at you or me... who might prefer to play with actual LEGOs instead.

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There’s a fire in LEGO City. Help the fireman and his trusty firedog put out the fires across LEGO City by climbing the fire truck ladder and using the fire hose. Use the fire hose to put out all of the fires in every level. Some fires will be harder to reach than others. Fires over a larger area will need you to control the helicopter. The biggest fires will need you to take charge of the Fire Truck. You will need to raise the ladder up and down and aim the hose.

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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.
  • 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
  • support

    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)