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Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a new game from Crescent Moon, a tie-in for Dreamworks' upcoming animated movie, a sequel to one of the Play Store's most popular casual games, some bowling and quiz titles, and one of those beguiling indie-retro affairs that keeps popping up. Without further ado:  

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Dig!

Crescent Moon Games makes some of the tightest and most enjoyable titles on the Play Store, so when they post something new, we pay attention. Dig! tasks the player with helping an amateur archeologist find treasures in his backyard before a resident mummy can catch him. In your quest to find anything of value, you'll come across rare antiquities, power-ups, and the occasional boot.

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Join Douglas Chase as he digs up his backyard in search of treasures and fame! Douglas Chase is a not so great archeologist working for a failing museum. He must dig up objects to save his job and the museum as well.
 Nigel the mummy will be out to get Douglas, but don’t worry, Nigel’s sense of direction is not so great (too many years buried in a tomb will do that), however if Nigel does touch your digging line, all heck will break loose!

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Turbo Racing League

Turbo is one of Dreamworks' yearly kid features. A snail that wants to be a race car driver, voiced by Ryan Reynolds! Cue laughing children. The game is of course a racer, but interestingly, it's also being presented as a sweepstakes with real cash prizes. US citizens 18 and over can compete for a spot in a $500K tournament and a seat at the movie premiere. The game underneath looks pretty solid too, with special moves and the ability to trick out your character's rocket-powered shell.

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We’re Shelling Out $1,000,000 in Total Cash Prizes! Are You Fast Enough to Win? Our underground racing phenomenon is no longer a secret! Join the TURBO RACING LEAGUE and drive like you’re shell on wheels! Head down to the Garage where Tito will show you the ropes and help you trick-out your own sweet ride! Qualify for each weekly contest to race, drift, slide and jump your way to the winners circle in the $1,000,000 Shell-Out Brought To You By Verizon! For 8 weeks, the 10 fastest racers will earn cash prizes from a pool of $500,000!

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Can Knockdown 3

This is the third entry in a series whose sole gameplay element is throwing a ball to knock down cans. Truly, this is a golden age. All joking aside, developer Infinite Dreams has pulled out all the stops for this one, with some of the best graphics I've ever seen for a casual physics game. Dynamic levels, shifting obstacles, and power-up throws open added challenges. Too bad the game relies on Scoreloop for its social play - come on, devs, get on the Google Play Games trolley.

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Challenge your aim, hone your precision, and push your puzzle-solving skills to the next level in this insanely addictive game. This installment takes the critically acclaimed Can Knockdown series to all new heights- the physics-based carnival gameplay you know and love- and adds unique puzzles, adrenaline-charged challenges, and even more explosive action!

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Finding Teddy

Given the art style, you'd probably expect Finding Teddy to be an old-school platformer. In fact, it's more of a point-and-click adventure, albeit one that eschews the traditional textual interface to focus on the strange and creepy world inside the protagonist's wardrobe. This charming little game about finding a lost teddy bear should definitely be on your device if you're a fan of pixel art or chiptunes, as great examples of both are found within.

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A little girl was sleeping peacefully with her Teddy bear, when suddenly, a monster popped out from her cupboard then stole her favorite plush. When closing the door, the little girl awoke then got inside the cupboard. She's projected in a magical world, full of monsters and oddities where she has to discover the place and help their beings and find back her Teddy. Still one question remain : will she be able to go back to the real world ?

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Spin Master Bowling

What can you say about a bowling game? You roll the ball (in this case via a sliding gesture) down the lane, and pray to the gods of rented footwear that you knock down more pins than the other guy. Spin Master does have some rather nice graphics, online and local multiplayer, a few extra game modes, and lots and lots of balls. And remember, in bowling as in life, it's all about the balls. There's just one in-app purchase, a $1 option to remove the ads. The game comes from Rubicon, makes of the popular Great Little War Game series.

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Spin Master Bowling is a fantastic new 10 pin bowling game with a unique swipe based control that allows for fast non-stop bowling action. No messing around with spin and direction controls, it's all done with a single swipe! You can choose from Classic mode, with all the standard scoring that goes with it, or select "Arcade Mode" and try to create the perfect bowl and get the 10X multiplier, they key to awesome scores. In Arcade Mode extra points are awarded for bowling with speed speed and more importantly, spin.

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YOU DON'T KNOW JACK

Oh, You Don't Know Jack franchise, the years have not been kind to you. Your playfully anti-social attitude and demeaning questions don't seem nearly so edgy when you can buy the kama sutra board game in the department store. Even so, the YDKJ mobile game should be enough to kill time on a long car trip, and fans of the 90s game will recognize the more esoteric categories. The matching system lets you play online against friends or strangers.

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Download the SPIKE TV Video Game Awards' “Social Game of the Year” to your Android phone or tablet. YOU DON’T KNOW JACK is the #1 game in the world that contains both fart noises and trivia about Shakespeare. This free-to-play mobile version includes hundreds of full episodes of everybody’s favorite quiz show trivia game, with new, topical episodes added every week!

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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.
  • ChrisAnubis

    YDKJ not compatible with Droid 3? Really? That sucks.

    • Todd

      Nor my lg optimus g. What a joke..

    • elma

      doesnt work on my galaxy nexus, galaxy s2 nor note1..

      • http://twitter.com/BuzzBudz Matt Budz

        Nor galaxy tab 2 10.1. Wtf jellyvision!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Gultice/584049220 Tony Gultice

      Not compatible with the Galaxy Victory either... a dual core Snapdragon and 1gb of ram isn't good enough?

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Good to go on Galaxy S3!

    • DiceMan

      Not compatible with my HTC One, Inspire AND my Thrive tablet.... REALLY?!?

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

      Compatibility is wonky indeed http://i.imgur.com/HVGrd4S.png

  • http://profiles.google.com/kamilkaminski000 Kamil Kamiński

    Infinite Dreams announced Google Play Games: https://twitter.com/idreamsgames/status/334943844166684672

  • enomele

    finally You don't know Jack comes out! One game I was jealous of my buddy having an iPad.

  • http://twitter.com/Tamakun23 Jason Wesley

    YDKJ doesn't work on my Nexus S either. I know my phone's underpowered but honestly... it's text!

    • Jaymoon

      No go on Galaxy Nexus either... WTF?

  • Benjamin Medina

    I know it's kind of early to do something like this, but you guys should consider doing a "Bonus round" like article for games that use Google Play Games.

    • youareme7

      i second this; until google has it's own games app or hub or something it will be nice to be able to see what games are google games enabled.

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

        We did one two days ago.

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

        Yup, something like that, I just meant something regular to help create awareness for Google Play Games, games that supported it and I thought it would be kind of cool to support the devs with free press when they use it.

        But I just saw Google has already updated game descriptions with badges to help us see what games use what game services.
        (where the heck did my other reply go to?)

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Dang, I downloaded half of these -- good job guys!