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Of course after our app roundup earlier today, we've got to have a roundup of the very best games from last month. This time we have a few more than usual, bumping the count to eight. While our shortlist isn't so short this time around, all the games discussed are well worth checking out. From racing to hidden object, April 2013 had something for just about every type of gamer.

CSR Racing

First up is CSR Racing. If you sense a lack of super-shiny racing games on Android, CSR Racing by NaturalMotionGames will fill the gap. Check out the promo video, which itself is as fast as the racing.

The game offers players plenty of licensed cars from Audi, Bentley, BMW, Dodge, McLaren, and more, all upgradable with boosts like turbo, nitrous injection, and body tweaks. One of the game's best features is its control scheme, whereby a steering wheel is projected on your screen, manipulated with intuitive motions and offering a display for speed, gear, and rpm.

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CSR Racing definitely isn't the first of its kind, but it has impressive polish, a nice control scheme, and a very appealing price tag – free!

The Room

Pursuing a "new puzzle experience," the Room came to the Play Store last month with beautiful graphics, intriguing puzzles, and thoughtfully intuitive touch controls (the only question you need ask yourself to grasp the controls is how would I touch/turn/open this in real life?).

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For a hidden-object game, the Room is undeniably polished, and lovers of brain teasing puzzles will be delighted. It'll cost you $1.99, but if you love mystery, puzzles, and gorgeous visuals, it's worth it.

Scribblenauts Remix

Now, turning to a game that is – at the moment, anyway – exclusively listed on the Amazon App Store, we have Scribblenauts Remix. The game, which made the jump to Android last month, brings with it the adjective-and-noun-choosing experience you'd expect.

Remix invites players to help Maxwell acquire an object called the Starite by solving a variety of puzzles. In doing so, the player will bring to life various objects according to their selection of adjectives and nouns.

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The game, as expected, has an adorable art style, and at $0.99 from Amazon can hardly be resisted.

Scribblenauts Remix on Amazon

Re-VOLT Classic

While the shiny, slick racing action of CSR is great, there are few who could resist the allure of a good old-fashioned RC race. Re-VOLT brings its similarly-named 1990's console counterpart to Android with sparks, electricity, and fourteen race tracks that will take you through a "friendly neighborhood" in a race for radio-controlled glory.

The game's got 42 cars to choose from, easy touch controls, and five gameplay modes covering everything from time trials to stunt arena to championship or single race modes with up to twelve players.

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At $4.99, Re-VOLT is no steal, but it's a great game and well worth the price if you want to depart from the usual high-gloss racing game experience.

Hazard Rush

Hazard Rush is a game with a simple concept and the neon allure of Geometry Wars. The general premise in all of its three game modes is to outrun the enemy, periodically killing off a few combatant ships by collecting glowing circles.

For the cost of $0.00, players can enjoy the game's "Rush" mode, and with a one-time IAP, Endless and Pacifism modes become available. Rush is a two-minute spree, Endless never ends, and in Pacifism mode, the enemy ships just sort of bounce around in no particular pattern, while your strength diminishes until you pick up a green plus sign to buy yourself more time.

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Even if you're a die-hard IAP hater, Hazard Rush is worth downloading for Rush Mode alone – I promise you'll want to unlock the other two.

Blendoku

Blendoku is really interesting. It's got a truly unique concept, executed in as simple a manner as possible, but it's still challenging. The general idea is this: drag and drop colored squares onto a grid. You've got to fill the whole grid, but the colors have to progress from beginning to end in a logical manner. In the tutorial stages, things start simple – just arrange various shades of gray. Things quickly get harder though.

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The game's only real flaw is that ads sometimes overlap the top of the interface on a phone. Any in-app purchase will remove the ads though, so this is a rather small complaint. Other than that, the game is great, and definitely worth downloading.

Tiny Legends: Heroes

Our next game in the list is actually a sequel. Tiniti Interactive Ltd., following up on Crazy Knight, introduced Tiny Legends: Heroes to the Play Store last month, giving (adorable) dungeon crawling a shake.

Players can manage a party of up to three heroes, engaging with enemies using a simple swipe motion, or healing friends with another swipe. Elsewhere, the game is largely what you'd expect from a dungeon crawler – special skills, attacks, leveling up, and about seventy levels. Where the game really shines is its cute-and-blocky yet thoughtful visual style.

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Yes, there are in-app purchases, but they are at least palatable in Heroes. Considering the download is free, it's worth a shot.

Nimble Quest

Speaking of adorable art styles, our list wraps up with Nimble Quest. A pixel-filled wonder from the creators of Tiny Tower (Nimblebit LLC), Nimble Quest invites players to "lead a conga line of heroes to glory against hoards of enemies." And really that's exactly what you'll do in the game. A retinue of heroes from knights to wizards, lead by you, will march through each stage collecting gems and defeating foes. In his coverage, Ryan had it right when he compared the game to the perennial cell phone classic Snake.

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If cute, pixelated heroes and a fast-paced, action-packed game of snake sounds right up your alley, hit the widget for the free download.

Honorable Mentions

Final Thoughts

April, just like every month, had tons of new games to choose from. Hopefully our shortlist has saved you a little time and money in selecting which games will fill the entertainment gap on your device. If not, don't worry – we've still got our longer periodical roundups, and we'll be back again next month with another short list.

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.breszkovics Danny365

    Make Scribblenauts available on the Play Store already!

    • brad

      they should fix storage requirement first.
      I tried pirated version months ago, works fine on my phone, though it requires a whooping 200mb of internal storage..

      once they release it on play store, Scribblenauts is an absolute day-1 buy.

      for me scribblenaut is the only worthed game mentioned in this article.
      re-volt is good, but bad car handling is still there, just like psx & n64 version long ago, which got them mediocre reviews. lighter car = oversteer-happy.

  • Jens

    You CAN remove the ads in Blendoku. Actually every in game purchase will remove the ads. (At least it says so...)
    Interesting to see the game here, I stumbled on it just yesterday and already enjoyed it a lot.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Ah you're right - I missed that note. Thanks

  • EvilDino

    On the second part of The Room's description, you forgot the "F" in For ;)

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Nice catch, thanks!

  • mldi

    Definitely LOVE "The Room". It's just so damned short. They said they're going to do updates, I guess.

    Anyway, it's been awhile since I've played a game that put some real thought into unique puzzles and a fairly creepy story. I would have paid triple the price, but more if it had more content.

    • http://twitter.com/karlovranjes Karlo

      I played The Room on iPad 3 it stutters a bit and its bit too large for my taste but on N7 that i sold was smooth as butter and more battery efficient then on iPad not to mention that screen size is perfect for my taste.

      On N4 also looks good no stutters or lag and colors really pop when you use francos kernel and his app for setting color.

  • Jones

    I think Tennis in the Face deserved a shot on this list. I'm really enjoying it's classic Flash game appeal. It's great fun and perfect for killing some time between meetings or appointments.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.the10tons.tennisintheface

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

      Tennis in the Face, as well as Clown in the Face by the same developer, or whatever the name is, are decent games but there were definitely better ones last month. I had a list of about 15 more above that one that didn't make it into Liam's list either. Plus the fact that the developer felt like releasing a copycat of its own game within a week of each other was appropriate left a bad taste in my mouth.

      • Sinistar83

        I think Clowns in the Face is more or less a "demo" for Tennis in the Face, though, since it only has the clown levels and is free, and I didn't see a demo for Tennis. Anyways I ended up buying Tennis and beat the game already. Now I'm just trying to go back and "crown" all the levels and unlock all the medals to get the extra gifts, but it's tough (Especially Ezplodz Junie or the one where you have to take out the 10tons team). Defiantly a fun game, though I prefer their "King Oddball" game better.

  • Arturo De la Cruz

    What about punch quest?

  • http://twitter.com/perfecto Perfecto

    CSR Racing is neither new nor a racing game. You can't turn, drift, brake, smash, reverse, or decelerate. It is nothing but a "tap the screen at the exact moment the tachometer (rpm) hits the red zone" game. You can't enjoy the graphics because your eyes are fixed on that tachometer. It's also been around since 2011.

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

      CSR racing was in a limited release and only went wide on Android in April.

    • davido

      Wrong.

  • Javier Medina

    I loved The Room! I need more! After beating it there is really nothing much more you can do.

  • Himmat Singh

    Hmm...no They Need To Be Fed 2? I thought that was easily better than most, if not all, of the games on this list. Tentacle Wars should have been up there as well.

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

      We didn't have space for all of them up there and wanted to trim the list down to less than 10. I had about 15 more that I wanted in there but we decided to be selective and not bloat it up to 25 games.

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

      We talked this over and decided that anything that doesn't fit into the up to top 10 games will be put in the Honorable Mentions section.

      I just added these games there, rather than tossing them:
      AlterEgo: DreamWalker - $0.99
      Battle Towers - free
      Boulder Dash-XL - $2.99
      Cut The Rope: Time Travel - free, $0.99
      Dungeon Hunter 4 - free
      First Wood War - free
      Fist Face Fight - free
      Hills of Glory 3D - free
      House of the Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels - $2.99
      Iron Man 3 - The Official Game - free
      Mini Dash - $0.99
      Planet Defense - free, $1.98
      Repulze - $1.00 (on sale for 66% off)
      Tennis in the Face - $2.99
      Tetris Blitz - free North America, free Rest of the World
      The Legend of Holy Archer - free
      They Need To Be Fed 2 - $1.95

      • Himmat Singh

        Yeah, I guess that's the best solution. But really, if possible, try to keep the list to the Top 5 games of the month. Gives it some more glitter.

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