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Last Updated: May 13th, 2013

If you're the gaming type, you probably didn't get much done this January. The month saw the release of plenty of addictive, time-wasting games that demanded players keep coming back to unlock one more achievement, or pick up a few more coins, or destroy just a few more blobs. If you weren't able to keep up with all of the Play Store's new entries last month, don't worry – we've once again rounded up a short list of last month's very best new games. The list covers everything from basic rhythmic games to chaotic bullet hell, to clever, beautiful physics puzzles, and should suit even the most discerning mobile gamer.

Super Hexagon

Super Hexagon, by Terry Cavanagh, debuted last month ready to distract you from whatever you're doing with flashing colors, pulsing rhythms, and devilishly difficult gameplay. The game's promo video shows off its mechanics better than words could express.

Basically, you control a small triangle faced with ever-encroaching walls around a hexagonal center. As the beat continues, so do the walls, and your job is to dodge them for as long as possible. Believe us, it's harder than it sounds.

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If you've got $2.99 and some serious time to burn, hit the widget below.

Temple Run 2

Taking another spot in our roundup, Temple Run 2 is an interesting case. It's a sequel to the wildly popular endless runner we all know, and in many ways it offers significant improvements over the original. That being said, several of its new features only bring it up to par with other runners like Activision's Pitfall. Of course, it takes those elements and puts them in the context of the Temple Run we all know and love, without the bright, cel-shaded graphics of its competitor. In this way, the game feels familiar, while being new enough to renew the series' novelty.

Besides replacing the three demon monkeys with one huge demon monkey, the game lets players traverse the temple landscape with mine carts, individualized character power ups, and new obstacles.

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The app, like its predecessor, is free from the Play Store, so if you're looking for another great endless-running option, hit the widget.

Rise of the Blobs

Rise of the Blobs, from the maker of Wind-Up Knight, won't disappoint those looking for a quick, colorful romp involving fruit, marshmallows, and…blobs.

The general premise is that you play Marsh Mal, a marshmallow perched atop a column that's being besieged by blobs. As the blobs work their way toward you, you must drop like-colored fruit on them to break up the horde. Oh, and the column rotates.

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The game does feature in-app purchases for upgrades and powerups, but most content can be earned just by blowing up enough blobs. Otherwise, it's free from the Play Store and definitely worth checking out.

Ikaruga

It isn't often that a bullet-hell shooter gets a spot in our top five, but Ikaruga definitely deserves a spot in this month's roundup. Some readers may recognize the title from the arcade, or from the Dreamcast. Ikaruga is essentially the definition of what "bullet-hell" shooters should be, and will easily keep fans of the genre busy.

For those unfamiliar, the "bullet-hell" genre is pretty self explanatory, and – besides its dual-play system and gorgeous graphics – Ikaruga fits the bill. You'll pilot a ship capable of switching polarity, enemies, and bullets, as said bullets hurtle toward you constantly from all directions.

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If you're not yet a fan of bullet-hell or Ikaruga, it's worth noting that this game will take some commitment – specifically, a commitment of about $9.00.

Tupsu

Finally, we have Tupsu. The game, which we accurately described as a "sticky, furry, free physics puzzler," is compelling, easy on the eyes, and fun. It casts players as Tupsu, a furry creature with stretchy, sticky eye stalks that will help the creature maneuver across various environments and into your heart.

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If you're a fan of physics puzzles, Tupsu can't be overlooked. Did I mention it's free? Click through below and give it a try.

Final Thoughts

As usual, January served up some great games. The month had something for just about any type of gamer, but if none of the entries on our list suit your tastes, just keep an eye out for our larger roundups, and check back in next month for another short list of February's can't-miss titles.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • TechGuy21

    rise of the blobs is awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/finnyferret Shawn Finn

    Plague Inc, is def worth a huge mention! Who doesn't love "world event" level destruction at your finger tips! lol Has a bunch of smaller in-app purchases available, but you don't need them; Can unlock them as you play. No annoying prompts or pop ups.... Great game for $0.99. The $6-10 price tags popping up on short-life games is starting to become scary trend.

    • Himmat Singh

      That came out some months ago.

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

      Yeah, Plague Inc came out ages ago. This list is for games from January.

    • Otto Dieffenbach

      RE: the 6-10 price tag is only being seen on top shelf games that actually deserve the price. a buck doesnt justify the hours i have spent playing NFS:MW and others of that caliber in graphics and gameplay. but then again with high priced games comes extreme sales and i gladly purchased it for a buck. but as any gamer knows a fun and entertaining game doesnt need to be HD, i would trade all of these Teg3 games for one quality game from the old days ported and changed for touch controls, like what square did for FF and Lucasarts did for the iphoney Monkey Island. now i didnt purchase FF (i own all in NES famicom and super famicom cartridges) but i am glad a new audience has access to them and if they have to mow a couple lawns to buy it then they will see its value, and 60 hours later and see why the series is so popular.

  • Himmat Singh

    Ikaruga was awesome back in thedday but the touch controls simply do no justice to the game.

    • Kevin Aaronson

      Agreed terrible controls

    • Jared Morgan

      I was going to say "this game better have controller support for that price". Shame they won't be getting my $10.

    • Otto Dieffenbach

      i concur as well.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    The Super Hexagon video was gameplay of "easy." lol

    • Justin Winker

      I bought the game and spent about two hours, and my record at this point is a whopping 10 seconds. Lol.

      • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

        I bought it on android after missing the Steam sale. I don't think they decreased the difficulty at all. On top of the much harder/inaccurate controls on a small touchscreen, you will die. I played one round and immediately rage quit and refunded. I might buy it on Steam though.

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        My record is 52.22 seconds. Yes, I'm bragging, haha.

      • defred34

        Well I'm stuck at Hardest. Won it on my PC but seems impossible on my tab. Bah

  • Temple Ran

    The Temple Run 2 - the minute you get to many gems and coins means the game becomes BORING as hell... Don't buy them unless you want to damage the joy from this game. I had to uninstall it, as it became too boring (won't loose lives because of the gems). Anyways it doesn't make sense to run and never be able to escape...

  • Matti

    Sorry, you lose credibility for not having the latest from Kairosoft in your top 5. They may milk the same formula over and over, but at least their games have actual gameplay, something that can't be said for 99.99% of mobile games.

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

      Sorry, no.

      And please - give me a break. We picked 5 games that we thought were great. Someone may think game A needs to be in the list. Or game B. Or game Z. But we are picking the ones we liked most. It's an editorial selection. There is no credibility involved here unless we were picking them based on getting paid off or something. Which we are not.

  • Berend Jan van Bruggen

    Th best game this month for me was gunslugs from orangepixel.
    A nice retro platform game in a 80 style... think super crate box meets contra

    To bad you didn't pick that one up

    • Tim Eggers

      Someone read my review... :-P

  • http://twitter.com/Howard_Campbell Howard

    Are you serious, Vector (Nekki) should be on the list

    • Otto Dieffenbach

      lag issues on multiple devices and occasional force closes made them pull many devices off the list in acceptable devices to play on through google play. It is a sweet game tho but my galaxy nexus was pulled even though my device had no errors. but then again i am running 4.2.1 PA and many aren't.

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

      Vector just came out, it's not from January.

  • defred34

    Okies...so no Jail Run? Osom game dat is./

  • http://www.yepiclip.com/ yepi

    Thanks for this great post that you share to us.

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