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First Wood War

Got a hankering for on-the-go Warcraft (the original strategy game, that is)? First Wood War might just provide what you're looking for. While it's pretty low on structures, there is plenty of unit and resource management to be had. The aesthetic may be the most interesting part of the game: all the units are wooden puppet-like creatures, creating some visual fun when they're literally cut down on the battlefield.

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Battle other players online or play through the single player campaign and save the Woodland from the evil king in the 3D real time strategy. First Wood War is fueled with dynamic battles, dozens of units, advanced tech tree, epic storytelling, state-of-the-art 3D graphics and native Android-optimized controls. The wooden soldiers believe that you are the chosen one who can help them to win this war as the enemy is really strong and only a talented strategist can help destroy their foe.

Official Speedway GP 2013

Quick: think of the one type of racing game that would benefit the least from a control scheme that makes it all to easy to overcompensate when steering. If you thought "motorcycles," you're right. Speedway GP 2013 intends to make a go of it anyway, with impressive visuals (including a "helmet cam") and an interesting Live GP mode. This allows you to play along with the real riders during a live GP race.

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Have you got what it takes to become the 2013 FIM Speedway Grand Prix champion? The official FIM Speedway GP 2013 game builds upon the success of its predecessor, packing in even more adrenalin-fuelled thrills and incredible realism, putting you right in the heart of the action. See the mud spray across your visor, hear the roar of the crowd and feel as if you’re really there with the most exhilarating motorcycle game you can get.

BloodRunner DEMO

In this endless runner take on the Fantastic Voyage shrinking trope, you control a microscopic ship as it travels through a human body. You'll need to dodge all kinds of anatomical obstacles (which seem to be mostly hemoglobin) and beat the clock. The game seems pretty simple, but there's a variety of body-based stages and a cockpit view to flesh it out. This is the demo version; the full game costs $1.52.

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In BloodRunner, you play a miniaturized criminal agent. Over 12 beautiful levels you will explore the human body, control the target host and find your escape. Clive, from "the agency", will be your advisor and sole link to the outside world. It's an Arcade style race against the clock, with a twist in the plot. Your journey will take you through the blood system, inside a cell nucleus, back out and around the heart, the eyes, the brain, the inner ear, the lungs, and more. Add in a plot with a few twists and turns, and you're in for one great adventure.

Overkill 2

Guns! Bullets! Bad guys (to justify the aforesaid guns and bullets)! The actual gameplay of Overkill 2 is pretty similar to old lightgun games, with the obvious exception of the gun. But the draw for red-blooded gun nuts is the amazing array of accurate weapons, and the endless combination of semi-real customizations that you can add to them. Want a silenced shotgun with a scope? Go to town, crazy man.

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Do you like guns? Then you will love Overkill 2. Over 30 realistic 3D guns are waiting for you in this shooter, ready to be upgraded and used in intensive battles. Modify your weapon the way you feel it should be and take it to the action. Overkill 2 is a great-looking shooter with a unique combination of easy controls and challenging gameplay. It takes you to the city occupied by a deadly faction where only you and your gun can make a difference.

Spunk and Moxie

Oh, Chocolate Homunculus. You know the way to my heart: mad scientists. A failed experiment from one of that noble, cackling crowd has created a two-part formula that longs to breathe free, or at least congeal someplace other than a beaker. A single touch controls your platformer character as he or she bounces back and forth through dozens of levels. Powerups and unlockable characters (including an amorphous Super Meat Boy) keep the journey interesting. The developers proudly proclaim in the description that there are no in-app purchases - good on ya.

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In a secret lab, an evil scientist worked for years to create a formula that would give him extreme athletic powers - it didn't work out. So the formula sat alone in an empty warehouse, slowly mutating until it came to life and became Spunk and Moxie. Help Spunk and Moxie escape in this classic-style platformer with a fresh new twist; one-touch input gives the player full control over sliding, jumping and bouncing through 30 levels across 3 visually stunning themes; The warehouse, Factory, and Laboratory.

Epic Pirates Story Free

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Kairosoft must be positively blushing. (There's even a little SEO-friendly nod in the description - careful, folks.) Resemblance to existing games aside, Epic Pirate Story puts a new spin on the town/battle genre, with a Pirates of the Caribbean flair. Your goal is to knock over the current Pirate King and take his place, by means of building up your tiny island and navy.

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Duke A.Blizzardo, an evil pirate King, terrorizes the Caribbean. You seek revenge, as he was the one who took your father away. Now it is your time to become a great leader and gather a party of hardened pirates to take his place away from him. On your journey you will have to master difficult battles with barracudas, mermaids, strange undead, monkeys, Indians and fearsome pirates. You start on an lonely island with a small boat. Over time your party and town grow until you are powerful enough to encounter A.Blizzardo.

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Battle Towers

Battle Towers is a mix of real-time strategy and (duh) tower defense. You'll take control of one of two warring nations, both of which have their fair share of base buildings, towers, knights in shining armor, and warrior maidens (in considerably less armor). Graphics and gameplay work on a 3D plane, an approach that's all too rare for tower defense, and the presentation is decent, if not fantastic.

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"A fragile world faces the eternal conflict between two distinct nations: Order and Chaos. Every day is a struggle between the battle for survival and desire to conquer. Two nations once lived side by side in harmony, but Peace is no longer an option. Order is pure and noble in its intentions, yet often immoral in its actions. Chaos is wild and unruly, but its subjects are glad to live and die by the spear. Every nation has it's own unique units, buildings and spells.

Puzzle Craft by Chillingo

Grid-based puzzle games and Sim City builders might not seem like the perfect peanut butter and jelly combination, but Chillingo has mashed them up proper in Puzzle Craft. Collect resources in a connect-the-dots puzzle game, then use them to build and upgrade your city. There's even a fair bit of RPG-style crafting to upgrade your tools and facilities. Those outside the US can download the game here. Be wary of in-app purchases.

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Some villagers have started a new settlement and they've put you in charge. In Puzzle Craft you take control of an entire populace and must help them grow their settlement into a bustling city. To do this you will need to farm, mine, collect taxes, hire workers and more. Blending two forms of gameplay for the first time, Puzzle Craft is as unique as it is addicting.

Impending Doom

Prefer your Missile Command-flavored fun with a bit of 1950s sci-fi sensationalism? Then Impending Doom (DOOOOOM) is your kind of game. Swipe around the Earth to smash the comets headed our way, and deploy your trusty robot friend to clean up the ones you miss. The game is free, but at the moment, it's only ten levels long.

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Watch out . Save humanity in this 3d action game with your Cosmos Finger in this meteorite mess we call a galaxy . Summon the help of your Sparrow-Bot if you find yourself in a jam and SAVE THE EARTH . Because I mean, that's where you keep all your stuff. We hope that you will all avoid your Impending Doom and have a fun time . An Original music soundtrack, cute 3d graphics , special effects and more to test your reflexes and endurance.

Fangz HD

What happens when vampires attack blue-collar Americans? They find them armed to the teeth. While Fangz' 99% message seems a little out of place, the fast and kooky beat-em-up action is undeniably satisfying, letting you fight with everything from a six shooter to a lightsaber (one of the vampire hoard has a little trouble keeping the photons in his event horizon, if you know what I mean). Between the blood, gore and suggestive jokes, this one isn't for ankle biters. Beware the currency-based IAP.

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The final undead shooter arrived. 99% rejoice! Here's your chance to make the 1% pay for their sins. Shoot, slash and smash lawyers, bankers and other vampires, in beautifully hand drawn worlds, made by world renowned artist Alex Gallego.

  • Incredible 2d art. Watch bloodsuckers suffer in superb detail.
  • Amazingly smooth cartoon animations.
  • 10 level campaign mode, with a riveting Michael Bay-sized story and amazing bosses.
  • Store with 17 unlockable weapons and 4 upgradeable player stats.
  • Easy to pickup, hard to master.

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Hate Clowns? Clowns in the Face

The fear of clowns is clinically referred to as Coulrophobia. Clowns in the Face could almost be considered a therapeutic method for dealing with it. This physics game has you smashing as many of the colorful creepsters as you can, culminating in a slow-motion finish (which is unfortunately missing the "FINISH HIM" sound from Mortal Kombat). Ads are included in between levels, but can be removed by an IAP, the only one in the game. That's freemium done right.

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Clowns creeping you out? Knock them out with a swift tennis serve in the face. It's time for some hilarious ragdoll-smashing ball-bouncing action. Join Pete Pagassi on his quest to eradicate clowns high on Explodz energy drink in this stupid fun free arcade game. Simple pick up and play one finger controls, hilarious ragdoll physics and epic slow motion level finales. Playing Clowns in the Face is easy: Simply move your finger on the screen, observe the aiming line, and lift your finger to serve a furious tennis smash.

Crash Dummy Free

The Crash Dummy toys were the thing to have during the 90s, and this game seems to have captured their slightly malevolent spirit. This is more of a platformer than anything else, though it goes for modern sprites rather than the more common old-school look. Different enemies and weapons should keep your crash test hijinks fresh through 16 levels. The paid version is $2.99.

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The lovable crash impact dummy Cid is getting bored: day in day out he is subjected to the same old safety tests. However, when one fateful day professor Advisor’s daughter is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis D-Troit, Cid finally gets his opportunity to live the life of adventure and become a hero. Take control of Cid and help him rescue M.I.A. trough 16 challenging levels, including 6 Giant Bosses. Whether it’s in sewers, swamps, ice or lava Cid has to fight, run, climb, shoot, and sneak his way past many different brainy puzzles, traps and challenges.

 

Mini Dash

A mix between a traditional platformer and an endless runner, starring... one of those creepy little yellow things from Despicable Me. Yeah, I'm down with that. Mini Dash features familiar runner gameplay set in a platforming world, complete with a unique physics system - the clay-based creatures always stick "down" to whatever they're standing on.

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Mini Dash is a frenetic, fun, fast platformer that oozes quality. Full of ideas and unexpected turns, it will have you hooked the moment you tap its beautifully formed icon! Take control of our hero and dash into the trap-filled worlds of Mini Dash. It’s the classic left, right, jump controls but it a world turned, literally, on its head! Loads of inventive levels are served up each challenging you to find the exit – sounds simple until you factor in the deadly dashing hazards that litter the landscape.

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OmniDig - Mine Everything!

If Notch made Minecraft as a conventional platformer, it might look exactly like this.

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Welcome to Omni-Dig. Where you can explore, build, and fight! The world of Omni-Dig is very big and is randomly generated so each map feels like a new game. Omni-Dig is still pretty early in development, but there is lots more coming soon!

  • Unique Biomes
  • Huge, randomly generated, open world.
  • Weapons and armor
  • Enemy AI and NPC's
  • Crafting
  • Turrets

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Pocket Dogfights

Ah, the glory days of the Second Great War, when I flew circles around the Jerries in my P51. And by "glory days," I mean 1992... when I played a worn-out game cabinet of 1942. Pocket Dogfights uses the same top-down, omni-directional style to shoot enemy planes out of the sky, married to some forgiving touch controls for more usability. For the moment, the game is on sale for just a buck.

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Blast back to the early days of gaming with Pocket Dogfights. A game of oldschool style arcade aerial combat, inspired by the days of 80's arcade gaming, when skill was all that mattered. Fly the unfriendly skies to engage and destroy scores of enemy fighters, jets & bombers, collecting power ups to give you the advantage in battle. Take advantage of the fluid touch controls as you dodge the enemy attacks and position yourself for the offensive as you aim for the best score.

The Spookening

Congratulations: you're dead. That would be the end of the level in most games, but in The Spookening, you're tasked with scaring enough people to return to your body and get a new lease on life. Use gramophones and other pieces of the scenery to attract pedestrians, then scare the soul out of 'em and collect it. Get enough soul power before the clock runs out, and you can rejoin the land of the living.

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Clifftown is haunted. The innocent villagers never asked for any of this spookening to happen, but neither did you ask to die each and every night with the knowledge that the villagers “Soular Power“ could bring you back to life. In The Spookening you enter as Hero Hermans ghost. Can you change Hermans fate, and give him a chance for another day among the living?  By learning the rules of the world beyond, you will gain the skill and the wit to take precious “soular power” from the living. By using this power and pouring it into your former meat shell you get a chance to live once more.

Evofish

A sort of top-down zen game, EvoFish has the player start as a literal small fish in a big ocean. Eat everything smaller than you and avoid being eaten by anything bigger, and you'll climb the evolutionary ladder to become master of the food chain. Aesthetically it's got a lot in common with the old Ecco the Dolphin games, and while it includes in-app purchases, they can be avoided more easily than a barracuda.

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Go forth and conquer the vast expanses of the ocean. Go from prey to predator, while climbing your way to the top of the food chain. In this original arcade game, use one of the four playable Evofish species. Survive an increasingly deadly host of enemies, climb the evolutionary ladder by eating smaller fry and become the most fearsome predator in this hostile environment. Whether playing in "Classic" or "Time Attack" mode, you'll also get the chance to try your hand at daily challenges to win shells that you can then trade for a number of different bonus items.

Relic Rush

This is a pretty basic entry into the overcrowded "retro" market, but it's fast, charming, and features one-touch controls. Relic Rush is dedicated to the aesthetic as well: it features an "original Chiptune soundtrack," if that's your jam. Levels are short and plentiful, making the game a good match for mobile.

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Silver Award Winner from Pocket Gamer. Relic Rush is an addictive adventure game. Use one touch controls to help our fearless hero navigate dangers as he collects the idols. Explore exotic locations like jungles and deserts as you race against the clock. Can you collect them all?

  • Beautiful Pixel Art
  • Easy One Touch Controls
  • Over 100 Levels to explore and navigate
  • Original Chiptune Soundtrack
  • 5 Unique Worlds to Adventure through
  • Retro Sounds

Blendoku

Most of the puzzle games we come across are at least partially based on an old idea, and there's only so many times you can replay Bejeweled. But Blendoku takes an entirely new approach: tasking the player to re-arrange tiles based on their chromatic value. The game will put your color sense to the test, and the only goal is to arrange the tiles in the correct color order. This might be good practice for graphic designers.

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A puzzle game that will challenge your ability to distinguish and arrange colors. The game is based on color principles and exercises taught in art schools around the world. Try and beat the world average or just try to beat your personal best. Play through hundreds of levels with a wide gamut of difficulty (all free.). The game is perfect for kids and adults, casual users and experienced gamers alike.

PowerPros 2013 WBC by Konami

Powerful Pro is a series of super-deformed baseball games that Konami has been churning out in Japan for the better part of two decades. The goofy sports titles rarely made it to the States (we like our baseball games filled with steroids and product placement, thank you) but the mobile version has just graced our shores. Gameplay is somewhat simplified, but the deep rosters and tournaments from the console games have made the jump to mobile.

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You are in control of the action in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. This famous 3D baseball game from Japan is now available around the world. Includes all 16 all-pro world teams, and over 400 of the world’s best baseball players. Experience the energy of this incredible international event on your smartphone. Enjoy two exciting game modes including “Exhibition” and “Championship.” Every team features an original roster of players with their real-world playing strengths.

Sand!

"Sand" games seem to have gotten a bit of traction on Android. After the mildly disappointing The Sandbox, Sand! is a game that might be more worthy of the title, despite being notably simpler. There are no rules, just a big toolbox and physics-based fun. Gameplay is basic, and graphics are even more so, but it's a rare free game that doesn't upsell you somewhere else, and this one is among that small number.

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A tiny, FAST falling sand game. Based on the original "falling sand" game, this little time-waster lets you draw different elements and watch them interact. Set things on fire, grow a garden, create elaborate set-ups. Most elements can be set to either draw or emit by pressing again on the palette. The interface is minimal to free up canvas space, but there are basic instructions (press "?")

Knife That Guy

Knife That Guy is kind of like a very targeted version of Tag, for psychopaths. You've got a knife, and a target, and a bunch of blocky, pixelated people who aren't targets. Dash through the crowd to eliminate them one by one in a flash of unconvincing blood. Other options like a little Robin Hood-style social redistribution and some pyrotechnic mayhem help round out this simple game.

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You are This Guy, holder of The Knife. Your goal is simple: Knife That Guy. That Guy could be any unfortunate marked guy in a crowd of wandering Other Guys. With every That Guy knifed, your murderous fervor (and uncontrollable movement speed) increase. You must use your ability to run at dangerously high speeds and your inexplicable talent to dash at an even more dangerously high speed to take down each target. But this is not a game of senseless slaughter - knifing anyone other than That Guy comes with consequences.

Hitman: ICA companion app

Hitman: Absolution, the latest in the long-running stealth/action/garrote enthusiast game series, is a bit heavy for current Android hardware. The companion app allows you to access the game's extensive network of challenge-based community maps. You can also buy and upgrade weapons (not that you should need them to be a true Hitman) and push all your changes to the console or PC game.

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Join the International Contract Agency as a professional Hitman. Track your career, plan your Contracts, browse the extensive statistics, evaluate your style and develop your Intel. Everything the Ultimate Assassin needs to give him the edge.

PlanetSide 2 Mobile Uplink

This isn't a game, per se, it's the latest in a growing number of companion apps for full-sized PC and console games. PlanetSide 2's uplink app lets players view worldwide leaderboards, individual player stats, and maps, as well as having access to team chat. That's real-time, in-game chat, by the way - you can shoot the breeze with your guildmates even if you can't make it to the weekly hangout. If you want some extra goodies, there are a few homescreen wallpapers thrown in for good measure.

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PlanetSide 2 Mobile Uplink is the official app for SOE's Massively Multiplayer FPS PlanetSide 2. The app features a comprehensive guide to weapons, vehicles, classes and more. Receive near real time character stats, leaderboards, and updates from PlanetSide 2. Plus voice chat to your character's outfit in the game. There is an expansive library of community content as well.

JumpStart Pet Rescue

If you're in your late teens or early twenties (and our demographic data says that a whole lot of you are), you probably remember the JumpStart series of PC games. The company has been chugging along for a couple of decades, and their latest Android game is Pet Rescue. The unbearably cute title is definitely for the preschool crowd, but "edutainment" activities mean that their time will be well-spent. This looks like it might pair well with the Nabi tablets... if they actually had the Play Store.

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Enter an exciting world of learning for your preschoolers and early learners with JumpStart® Pet Rescue. Have your child help their furry friends, by working your way through five lands where they can master fundamental skills like letter and number recognition, vocabulary and creativity. Along the way kids can adopt, play with and care for their new pet pal as well as create their own player in this immersive world. Visit the JumpStart Art Studio to make their own custom creations and so much more.

WWE Presents: Rockpocalypse

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Rockpocalypse Comes To Android In A Sure Sign The Real Apocalypse Is Upon Us

Dwayne Johnson, WWE moniker "The Rock," is by all accounts a kind, personable man. Who just happens to make a living pummeling people in various degrees of simulation. (Also, he may or may not be a real-life crime fighter.) But in this gesture-based brawler, he plows through wave after wave of baddies to uncover a plot to end the world. So, basically, an average Tuesday. Take note, wrestling fans: this one plays more like Infinity Blade than Wrestlemania.

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It isn't the end of the world until The Great One says it is. Studio 51, Hollywood, CA. The Rock is on set filming his latest movie when suddenly everything goes terribly, horribly wrong. People on the lot are changing - becoming infected with a mysterious pathogen that turns them into violent, angry beasts. The Rock knows he is the only one who can end it and end it now - but to do so he must battle his way though the different sound stages to get to the source of the problem and save us all.

 

WTF Game(s) Of The Week

Buttermilk - The Bouncing Goat

This game features a goat jumping over things. Mostly it's other goats. You can dress up your goat if you like. Apparently it's inspired by this YouTube video. Carry on, folks, nothing to see here.

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You've seen the Internet phenomenon with over 8 million views. Now you can play with Buttermilk the bouncing baby goat on your Android device. Help Buttermilk jump over her brothers and sisters. But don't run into them, otherwise Buttermilk will lose some of her strength. Wanna score some bonus points? Jump Buttermilk on top of another goat and propel her into the sky. Make sure you help her keep eating her oats, otherwise she'll get really tired and go to sleep.

Don:t Let It End

I bought this game and tried to play it. Well, "play" may be a generous term - I tapped the screen in an effort to make things happen. If the taps have any correlation to what's happening on the psychedelic play field, I don't know what it is. There are no instructions, just a vague and artsy motive to stop some ethereal and unstoppable event from happening. It's possible for indie developers to find a sweet spot between art and fun. This game is not it.

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- One Moment in time is always chasing the next Moment. They are never quite able to connect.
- You try to enJoy the Moments as they occasionally intersect, but they will not last forever.
- You can affect the flow of one Moment to the next, but you must spend precious Time to do so.
- You will enJoy the Moments significantly more the less often you disrupt their flow yourself.
- Be careful: if you allow Interruptions to disrupt the Moments, Time will be wasted and your enJoyment will lessen.
- Moments that are too far apart will waste Time as well.
- This game is meant to be relaxing and meditative. Try playing it with a different mindset than other mobile games.

Fist Fight Face

This game should be popular with fans of Thing of Addams Family fame.

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You're a fist. They're a face. They want your heart. Time to fight! Fist Face Fight is a frenetic physics based arena combat game. Your goal is to defend your heart against waves and waves of face ninjas. Each belt you earn gives you more time, new achievements to earn and new face ninjas to fight against.

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I Am Vegend – Zombiegeddon

This game is a shameless copy of Plants vs Zombies. But it skirts the line between "parody" and "copy" by having vegetables shoot at zombies, among other things... including birds (possibly angry) pigs (certainly bad) and monkeys. I don't know if they're lifting monkeys from another game, or they simply ran out of ideas that quickly.

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Captain the Vegendary Heroes, survive the Zombiegeddon and take revenge upon the birds, the pigs, and the zombies. Enjoy this mind-blowing travesty of mobile game hits. Enemies have joined forces to destroy all plants. They trample down young innocent seedlings, besiege the allotment and steal the seeds. Take charge of Vegendary Heroes special fertilisation squad and box the blighters mugs. To win, you will have to use anything that can shoot – and you'll find that nearly everything CAN.

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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.
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