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Last Updated: May 13th, 2013

Dragon Portals

Unfortunately, this isn't a sequel to Portal featuring dragons. Instead, it's a rather typical match 3 puzzle game, featuring some pretty decent sprite graphics and an appealing eastern theme. Why the puzzle takes place on Chinese dragons is not something that I'd venture a guess at. 70 different levels with five star ratings should make it a decent time killer.

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Venture into the Dragon Portal and help Mila save the world. Inventive new match-three gameplay in a world full of wonder and style. The friendly dragons have been bound to the ground by dark magic. The radiant heroine Mila can save the dragons, but she needs your help. Experience four fantastic environments throughout the more than 70 levels and unleash more than a dozen powerups. Free the dragons by activating the Dragon Portals with your amazing orb matching skills.

 

 

 

 

DeProfundis

This game wants to be Diablo so much it can feel it in its +2 Boots of Magic Resistance. The dungeon crawler isn't all that innovative, but the visuals are surprisingly good, and those who just want to kill monsters and get loot erryday will be in hog heaven. Environments and characters are a little static at this point, but the developer plans to upgrade the game regularly.

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Ever wanted to play a true hack'n slash on Android ? Come and venture in the deep dungeon of DeProfundis. Fight you way thru horde of monsters and zombies. Grab loot and learn powerful spells in the torch light of the random selected labyrinths. As the guard's captain of your land, you must discover what happened to your king and free your country from the evil presence who awakes the deads and force them to fight the livings.

Aftershock

Imagine Missile Command in reverse, with full 3D graphics and non-specific aliens. Aftershock is a modified take on the tower defense genre, with one tower. The graphics are definitely inspired by the Terrans and Zerg from Starcraft, though there seems to be quite a bit of upgrade potential. You'll need to manage time and resources to come out on top.

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Crazy arcade survival action game AFTERSHOCK comes to Android. Aliens have invaded Earth. It up to you to defend it with your fingertips. Survive multiple waves of alien invaders and blast them away with RAILGUNS and ROCKET LAUNCHERS. Gather enough resources to call down devastating SUPER WEAPONS like PARTICLE CANNON and BOMBARDMENT to obliterate your foes. Enemy grows stronger every minute prepare yourself by collecting power ups on the battlefield.

Zombie Toy Attack

The streak of roundups featuring zombies continues. This time it's a rather inventive little title with an augmented reality feature: point your camera at a printable game board, and you'll see undead kid's toys marching across the table. It's a pretty basic action game, but the shifts in perspective as you move around the real world are interesting.

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You are going to fight your old toys that turned into zombies. Do your best to rescue your new toys. You can play with your friends over a local wifi network so don’t miss that. Most probably, you will need a friend or two to survive this spooky attack. P.S. you will need to print this poster for a better gameplay but you don’t have to. http://zombietoyattack.com/Resources/zombieToyAttackPoster.jpeg

Astro Shark HD

We've seen Astro Shark, the touching not-so-true story about a flying shark in love with a cosmonaut dog, before. This is the final, HD release of the game, and it's a steal at $1.09. Physics-based gameplay in the vein of Angry Birds Space outlines a unique, cute story.

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Dive into outer space with Astro Shark to save his abducted love, Laika, the Russian space dog. Travel to the end of the Universe and beyond to meet new friends in this gorgeously hand illustrated tale. Outsmart your pursuers, collect stars and beat everyone on the leaderboards. Each level in Astro Shark will challenge you to master new game mechanics while constantly improving your rocket-evasion skills.

Skullpogo

Zombies and pogo sticks wouldn't seem to be a natural combination. For one thing, not every skeleton has two intact feet. But the protagonist of Skullpogo seems to managing, as he bounces around a graveyard caving in the skulls of various monsters. Execute super moves after combos, and you'll be the belle of the Monster Mash. Tilt controls are pretty similar to the other jumping games available.

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The hordes of undead are invading. Zombies, bloodthirsty bats, and... vampire PIGS? It's time to deal with these vile cretins using your secret weapon: a POGO stick. Tilt your Phone or Tablet left or right, and bounce those undead monsters back to their graves. The deviously simple yet addictive gameplay will keep you coming back for more, and the real pros can compete for the top spot on our OpenFeint leaderboards.

 

Temple Run: Oz

Android Police coverage: Disney And Imangi Studios Release Temple Run: Oz To The Play Store, Make The Wizard Work For His Treasure

You know the drill: Disney's got a new movie they'd like people to watch instead of playing on their phones, so they try to get the kids interested with that danged old Temple Run. You play as the famous Wizard before he gets famous, with environments and obstacles inspired from the (rather uninspired) movie.

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Disney and Imangi Studios present Temple Run: Oz – a brand-new endless runner inspired by Temple Run 2 and the film Oz the Great and Powerful. Play as Oz and outrun the shrieking flying baboons as you turn, jump and slide your way across the land. Begin your exhilarating adventure now and see how far you can run.

The Jump: Escape The City

If you've ever wanted to play with Bruce Willis' taxi from The Fifth Element, this might just be your one and only chance. An endless runner with a hovercraft theme, The Jump seems especially proud of its music, from the overdressed fellow you see in the screenshots below. If you've played Temple Run, you know how it goes.

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In Monopolis, fun is illegal and your party just got busted. World Corp’s mob is in hot pursuit but some people say you're just 5 minutes away from your one shot at freedom... Can you reach the end of the road and escape the city? In The Jump: Escape The City you take control of a high-powered hover car, headed for city limits on a hunch. Test your reflexes as you tap and swipe between lanes, along a futuristic wasteland highway, at breakneck speed. Collect power cells for your epic escape as you avoid a host of deadly obstacles.

Pettson's Inventions 2 Lite

Another entry in the strangely alluring "invention" sub-genre, Pettson's Inventions takes a decidedly rural approach to engineering. As usual, the key lies in making the most efficient machine possible in the available parameters. This is the free version of the game - the full version will cost you $1.90.

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Bigger, better and more fun than ever. The free version includes six new exciting inventions to solve. Help old man Pettson and his cat Findus build their amazing inventions. Which of the objects should be included and where do they fit in the machinery? Drag and drop the parts to their right spot and watch the invention go. A fun and pedagogic app that teaches logic and stimulates creativity for children of all ages.

Solar 2 Demo

Solar 2 is on sale in the Humble Android Bundle #5 right now, so go over there for some sweet deals. If you'd rather try the simple universe sandbox game for free, the limited demo aims to please. The full game costs $4 on Google Play.

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This is the demo version of Solar 2. Get the full version for the full experience. Solar 2 is an open-world, sandbox game set in an infinite abstract universe. Play constructively: grow your system, nurture life on your planets and attack enemy life in huge space battles. Play destructively: crash into other objects and cause chaos, use your orbiting objects like wrecking balls, steal planets from other systems.

Pixel Dungeon

Ah yes, another rougelike. That means crippling difficulty, ascending levels, and permanent player death - so watch your step. The interface in inspired by ye olde PC RPGs, as are the pixelated graphics.

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Pixel Dungeon is a traditional roguelike game with pixel-art graphics and simple interface. Explore the depths of Pixel Dungeon, collect useful items, fight fierce monsters to find Amulet of Yendor (surprise.) - the ultimate artifact of this game world. This is a beta and it's going to stay beta for some time, but it's fully playable. For now there're 15 levels, but I'm going to add 4-5 more levels with new monsters and items in every major release.

Soldier vs Aliens

Have you ever played Plants vs Zombies only to wish that it had a lot more in common with Starcraft? Well here ya go. Shoot aliens while wearing space armor, instead of pushing up daisies.

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You are the last man standing. One soldier against a swarm of violent aliens. Hold your position fighting off wave after wave of invaders and clear the area of aliens. Switch off your brain and grab your weapons: rifle, shotgun, railgun, laser, grenades, flame thrower You have only one obligation: to kill everything... It’s going to be a carnage and that's exactly what you need.

Briquid Free

Briquid tasks its players with transporting some strangely angular water to a separate space. Yup, it's just like Where's My Water and Where's My Perry with bricks, but won't make you feel like a kid when playing it. $4 is a bit steep for a "me too" title, but there are plenty of levels, and the game gets extra points for a passable Russian accent in the trailer.

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A new puzzle sensation has arrived and it’s called Briquid. Build bricks, remove them, or change the direction of gravity to get the water to the reservoir. All you need is the touch of your finger and lots of brainpower to complete all 100 fun and challenging levels.

 

Robo5

We featured Robo 5, a vertical platformer in the vein of Q*bert, in our last gaming roundup. Now it's out of its Amazon exclusivity and available on the Play Store, like all God-fearing apps should be.

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Robo5 is a 3D action puzzle game that gives you control of a tiny robot climbing a fearsome mountain of boxes in a strange decaying future world. Play it now on your Android device. Enjoy hours of mind-bending fun as you help Robo #5 escape from the freezing cold lab where our mechanical hero begins his adventure. Marvel at the steampunk charm as you guide Robo on a journey of self discovery and puzzle-solving.

Ivory Tower Defenders

"The Ivory Tower" is a usually derogatory metaphor applied to academia and the culture of higher learning. In this game, the metaphor collapses somewhat. Most of the time it's pretty hard to get students to come to class, but these teachers seem to be actively discouraging it, through the subtle use of thrown textbooks. It's a standard tower defense game with professors and TAs used offensively - you know the drill.

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TAs, Professors, and Deans, oh my. All the epic drama of college in one strategy game. The Ivory Tower is being overrun by hordes of students. It's up to you to defend the University by placing Ivory Tower Defenders in key locations on campus - the Lecture Hall, the Library, the Seminar Room, and at the Graduation Ceremony. Each beautifully rendered location requires a different strategy as your Defenders launch blue books, dissertations, and academic suspensions at wave after wave of incorrigible students.

Word Up Dog

Your tolerance for this game will be directly proportional to your ability to watch Flavor Flav for extended periods of time. Get past the hip-hop meets Puppy Surprise theme, and you'll find a mix of Dig Dug and Speak'n'Spell, most definitely aimed at kids. The app gets extra points for offering its mechanics in four different languages: French, German, "Queen's English" and "Hip-Hop English."

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A lost puppy finds himself stuck underground, and must dig his way out while spelling words with the letters he finds. Find your way to the bottom of 7 unique levels, collecting items and bonuses and meeting a crazy cast of hip-hop slang-slinging animals along the way. Think you got what it takes, Dog? You ain't gonna know till you try. Word up.

DarkHunt HD: Brutality

Hunting at night is illegal in most of the United States. Luckily, when creating a Duck Hunt rip-off, one doesn't necessarily need to follow the rulings of local municipalities and game wardens. In DarkHunt, you've got a shotgun and a flashlight, and a sky full of ducks to kill. This is the "brutal" version - if you want a more tame interpretation, check out the standard game.

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Duck hunting game like you've never seen before (and not only because it's hard to see in the dark ;)). Point and shoot with your flashlight-equipped shotgun, survive whole night, buy upgrades, beat the best online score. [ This brutal version of DarkHunt is recommended for adult players. For children take a look on our original DarkHunt HD. :) ]

The Rolling Dead

You like marble games. You like zombies, or at least you like killing them. And you like lots and lots of blood. This game is for you.

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“The Walking Dead” meets tilt gaming in this insane splatter fest of zombie killing mayhem. When the zombie apocalypse first struck, the residents of Tilt Labyrinth constructed traps to try to kill them, brought out the heavy weapons to try to blow them away, and invented complicated doors and switches to try to confuse them. Nothing worked. Everyone is a zombie now. Everyone except our hero, Rebound. Now Rebound has to escape while fighting hoards of Zombies and navigating through all the failed traps that were left behind.

Ball vs. Zombies

Is there an echo in here? This one's more of a marble game and less of a top-down shooter, but you get the idea.

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"Roll the ball and break some zombie bone." Tilt your device to accelerate heavy stone ball and crush incoming zombies before they steal your lives. Fast-paced action game with accelerometer-powered controls, physics engine, HD graphics, 3D parallax effects, and the last but not the least - crossplatform online score. Will you be able to beat iOS players?

Ark of the Ages

The XSEED series of console RPGs has been a sleeper hit with the right kind of gamer, and their entry on Android is nothing if not ambitious. Full 3D graphics and a mobile-friendly control scheme are commendable. But just like EA, the developers of Ark of the Ages seem to think that "mobile" means "pay for everything," with long-standing RPG conventions like maps and transport spells costing real money. The game isn't even free.

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Ark of the Ages, a fully 3D action RPG, is now available to download and play. Featuring a fun touchscreen-based battle system, an enchantment system using photos to power-up characters, and a companion system where strength is increased with the number of friends, the game is loaded with new and innovative features. Challenge the Tower of Magic and claim the legacy of the Great Mage Sorienz.

Real Racing 3

Android Police coverage: [New Game] EA's Real Racing 3 Arrives In Play Store For Some Countries With Insane In-App Purchases

The inclusion of Real Racing in this list is by no means a recommendation, it's more of a cautionary tale. Yes, the graphics and gameplay are pretty great - with the nigh limitless resources of EA, that's not surprising. Of course, EA has to get those resources somewhere, and that's where things get ugly. In Real Racing 3, you'll have to wait after nearly every race to repair your car, change the oil, or even get gas... or you can pay up real money to power your fake car. The level of greed on display in this game is almost disgusting, and it shows that EA won't stop until you're paying ten cents a bullet in Crysis 5. If you're outside North America and so inclined, you can download the game here. But don't. Please.

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Hyper-realistic. Pure fun. And FREE. Real Racing 3 sets a new standard for mobile racing games – it really must be experienced to be believed. Trailblazing new features include officially licensed tracks, an expanded 22-car grid, and over 45 meticulously detailed cars from makers like Porsche, Lamborghini, Dodge, Bugatti, and Audi. Plus, racing with friends gets kicked into another dimension with the reality-bending Time Shifted Multiplayer™ (TSM) technology.

WTF Games

Dynamite

If you've seen the Happy Tree Friends series of animations or TV shows, you know what you're getting into here. There's enough gory, psychopathic violence in those happy little critters to make Eric Cartman cringe. Note: This app serves up all kinds of unwanted ads, even on your homescreen. Most users probably won't appreciate this. Consider yourself warned.

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Happy Tree Friends + Dynamite = Good Times. I promise.

Election Thief

I honestly don't know what this thing is. A political statement? A bad webcomic gone wrong? A Black Panthers recruitment drive? You be the judge.

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Objective: Catch the thief. The Election Thief. Control Omu, the ordinary citizen, to track down and catch the Election Thief. Jump from platform to platform in pursuit of the fleeing bad-guy who has stolen the votes during an election. Find out what will happen to the Election Thief. Will you catch him? Or will you let him get away?

 

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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.
  • Leonardo

    This Starcrossed is a copy of Space Bunnies. An old game that looks much better than this one.

    • Leonardo

      Sorry, Rocket Bunnies is the app i meant.

  • Adam92Wilkins

    have to say pixel dungeons is the best. seriously great little game.

  • Vantucky

    Are there any games worth playing after Ingress?

  • Chemlo

    Can you just start putting all the zombie games in with the WTF games? TIA

  • http://twitter.com/jdlpop Jorge D

    Dragon Portals was one of my favorite casual games back when I owned an iPhone 3GS. I'm so happy to see it's finally made its way to Android!

  • Giorgio Aresu

    By the way in Real Racing 3 the fact of waiting is annoying but driving well (and eventually have two cars) allows to play 5-6 races before the need to wait. In addition when you buy upgrades for the car you also have to wait but you can continue to play with "unupgraded" car (you are just waiting for new parts to be delivered). I had no intention to even install it, but I gave a possibility and I'm enjoying it

  • selva

    What about Temple run oz?

    • ChumbleSpuzz

      "Note: This post consists of multiple pages:"
      its there

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

        Indeed, it is. We've pushed it down the list because it's repetitive as hell now.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Damnit, AP. Now I want a Portal game with Dragons

  • Bradley Ruiz

    You missed Disney Smash It my kid loves it but then again he loves Toy Story

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

      Whoops, we even ran a story about it, but I forgot to add it to the list. It's there now, thanks for the reminder.

  • habib

    Real racing 2 still doesn't work on the HTC one x and now Real racing 3 is also incompatible.I complained to EA and they replied saying Sorry its not compatible with your device.Duh I know thats why i complained!EA games are hopeless.

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

    Rage of the Gladiator is not available in the USA?

  • Offender

    Election thief? I'm gonna have to say that seems to be more than a little racially biased. Hate to ruin some fantasies here but election malfeasance and shenanigans are committed by an almost purely white political group known as the GOP

  • PB
  • Harish

    BTW Boxick also seems good for a simple puzzle game.

  • support

    Maybe you could add to this list the Eras Adventures 3D if you think so. Its a quite new game, it has cool graphics. :)

  • Tomasz P.

    Another great one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC_-gQcwhX0

    Looks simple but can squeeze the mind, especially on the higher levels (there is another video on YouTube with more difficult levels shown).

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