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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

Tiny Token Empires

Today's roundup is presented by Tiny Token Empires from HeroCraft. This game has an interesting mix of genres: the city and empire building is reminiscent of a Civilization-style game set in 2000 B.C. But the way that your empire expands is kind of like Risk... until you get into the actual battles, which play out as a swapping puzzle game. It's an intriguing and humorous combination of strategy and puzzle elements, with HeroCraft's usual spit and polish. There are five individual campaigns in the $4.99 game, with three difficulty settings for new, intermediate, and advanced strategy players.

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HeroCraft are delighted to announce the launch of the critically acclaimed casual strategy game Tiny Token Empires on Android. Mixing brain-teasers, humor and strategy, Tiny Token Empires puts you in charge of five ancient Empires: Rome, Greece, Egypt, Persia, or Carthage. By developing cities and armies, and annexing new territories, you gradually expand your power! With its cute characters, tough enemies and compelling puzzles, you’ll fall in love with this world - just before you conquer it!

Game features:

  • A world of goofy gods and cute monsters
  • 5 game modes, 5 distinctive campaigns
  • 5 nations, 5 heroes, 25 generals and 50 troop types
  • 3 difficulty levels to test the biggest brain
  • Over 15 hours of gaming!

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Games

DRAKERIDER

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Square Enix's Drakerider Flies Into Google Play With Dragons And The Usual High Price

Square Enix is back, with a new full-sized RPG adventure at a premium price. Drakerider isn't tied to any existing franchises, so if the dense world of Final Fantasy or Chaos Rings is intimidating to you, this might be the best place to start. Featuring full 3D gameplay and storytelling, the game is a typical Japanese RPG, with a story that focuses on fighting dragons. It doesn't come cheap, but then, none of Square's games do.

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Kill or be killed. Experience the perils of adventure with your ferocious sidekick in this brand-new smartphone RPG. The stage of DRAKERIDER is set in Igraine, a world on the brink of destruction due to the repeated attacks of the Dread. Aran Lawson, once an ordinary tracker, now finds himself as a dragalier—and mankind's final hope. This is the story of our hero and his dragon companion, Eckhardt.

Crayon Physics Deluxe

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Indie Hit Crayon Physics Deluxe Now Available On Google Play: Simple Graphics, Endless Possibilities

Crayon Physics has become a darling of the indie gaming world, thanks to super-simple graphics and gameplay that nevertheless evolves and challenges. It's basically a game version of Harold and the Purple Crayon: create gadgets, weights, and simple machines to move a small ball towards the goal. Crayon Physics Deluxe got its Android debut on the Galaxy Note 10.1, but now it's available to one and all - though a stylus surely wouldn't hurt.

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Crayon Physics Deluxe is a 2D physics puzzle / sandbox game, in which you get to experience what it would be like if your drawings would be magically transformed into real physical objects. Solve puzzles with your artistic vision and creative use of physics.

  • Replicated the familiar feel of a crayon, loved by both kids and adults
  • The drawn picture becomes an object and drops
  • Customizable stages: Have your friends try out YOUR own stages

Might & Magic Clash Of Heroes

Android Police coverage: [New Game] UbiSoft And Tag Games Release Nintendo DS Favorite Might & Magic Clash Of Heroes For Android

The Heroes of Might & Magic franchise has had a few releases on Android before, but this one is the first to jump straight from the Nintendo DS. Clash of Heroes is a combination of traditional RPG elements and a puzzle-style battle system, wherein you arrange your units in color-coordinated formations to unleash combos in turn-based fights. The original was well-received, both on the DS and its subsequent re-releases. At five bucks, it's surprisingly cheap for a console port, and local multiplayer is included.

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The award-winning Puzzle-RPG is now remastered and optimized for Android devices! Live the epic adventure of 5 young Heroes leading their armies to save the world of Might & Magic. Create offensive or defensive unit formations, master advanced combos and build up the right strategy to beat your enemies. Master, earn and hire more than 10 heroes, 40 units and 50 artifacts to create the ultimate army combination. Overcome various challenges: enemy heroes, special challenges, Boss fights or riddle battles.

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Where's My Mickey? XL

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Disney Can't Stop Licensing: Where's My Mickey Now Available For $.99, XL Tablet Version For $1.99

If you're getting a sense of deja vu, you're not alone. Where's My Mickey uses the same physics-based gameplay as the previous Where's My Water and Where's My Perry games, this time with Disney's most iconic IP. There are a few new tricks for veteran players, and the cartoony visual style is kind of appealing. Die-hard Mickey fans may want the game just for the short cartoons that play in between stages. The regular version is a buck, while the expanded tablet version costs two.

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Where's My Mickey? introduces a whole new world of life-like physics-based gameplay with stimulating weather mechanics and humorous animations. Immerse yourself in the ultimate mobile gaming experience as you watch funny episodes while solving challenging puzzles. Tap, swipe, and swirl to help Mickey collect water and complete each story.

Gangstar Vegas

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Gameloft Releases Gangstar Vegas, Their Most GTA-Like GTA Clone Yet, For $6.99

Gameloft's Gangstar series has moved to Sin City, and expanded both the play area and the main character's abilities in the process. It's your standard Grand Theft Auto clone, but if you're looking for a story-driven crime game with no shortage of over-the-top action, Gangstar Vegas should deliver. Be on the lookout for famous Las Vegas landmarks, like The Berragio, Nero's Palace, and The Luxxor casinos. Music comes from Skrillex, Kavinsky, and Chromatics, if that's your jam.

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Roll up on a dangerous new trip through the City of Sin in the latest episode of the acclaimed open-world action game. Get ready for fun, immersive, and wild gun wars. In this third-person shooter action game, you will play as a rising MMA champion. Framed by the mafia, you are supposed to throw your bout at the fighting event of the year. But when your opponent beats you to the punch and goes down first, famous crime lord Frank Veliano’s perfect plan goes down too. You have just become the most wanted man in the city.

Eden to Green

Android Police coverage: Eden To Green Opens Up On The Play Store, Now Available To Tree-Huggers Everywhere

Eden To Green is the latest game published by Zynga, and it is most certainly not a rip-off of Plants vs. Zombies. Well, that's not really fair: this game does switch things to a 3D perspective, and the enemies are Terminator-meets-lawnmower machines. The graphics are surprisingly good (the game seems limited mostly to Tegra hardware at the moment) and the turn-based battles take advantage of the extra dimension. Be prepared for a big social push and lots of IAP.

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The machines have invaded the beautiful planet of Eden. Eden to Green is an addictive blend of casual-strategy and fast-paced battles with iconic plants versus comic machines. Create an army from a wide variety of plants to fight back against the alien machines and restore the once beautiful vistas. Increase 'Euphoria' by planting and once on the offensive, plant more and better plants to launch an all-out counter-attack. March on until the war against the machines is won.

Infinite Universe

Tin Man Games has a small but dedicated following: old-school tabletop gamers who can't get enough of this developer's unique mix of traditional pen-and-paper RPGs and Choose Your Own Adventure-style storytelling. The latest entry in their RPG collection is Infinite Universe, a sci-fi affair set in a galaxy that's not far away at all at an indeterminate time. The story combines your typical rebels versus empire staging with some identity crisis and a bit of mystery. Infinite Universe is expensive, like all Tin Man games, but worth it for fans.

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In the fourth millennium, the Mandellian Empire of the Tau Ceti system is at war with the rebel army known as DWORF. And lucky you have been chosen for a dangerous solo mission to kill or capture the rebel leader, through mind-bending loops of time and space. But wait a minute. Just who are you anyway? And how did you even get here? Such secrets you must uncover if you are to unlock your destiny… A newly written story by Brewin’, illustrated by Josh Wright. An all new sci-fi epic set within an all new universe!

Hero of Many

Android Police coverage: Hero Of Many Is A Beautiful Side Scrolling Game That Definitely Isn't About Sperm

OK, the playable characters in this game look like a certain human by-product. Go ahead and get the giggles out of your system now. The game itself is more about exploration than fighting, as if the monochromatic, silhouetted environments didn't clue you in. Yes, it's a rather typical indie game (how many of these have you seen in the last two years?) but if you like that sort of thing, have at it. 

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Hero Of Many takes you on an epic journey as a tiny hero in a dangerous world. But you’re not alone; you lead a swarm of water-beings through fierce battles for freedom across four different worlds and twenty-six choreographed levels. It’s an atmospheric action adventure that takes you deep into underwater caverns. Where you:

  • Explore mysterious places
  • Save your friends
  • Learn how to survive
  • Face array of challenges
  • Discover new powers
  • Defeat monsters

Frozen Synapse

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Frozen Synapse Launches In The Play Store For $6.99, Reminds Everyone How Awesome The Humble Bundle Is

The Humble Bundle has been an opening venue for many PC games turned Android showcase, and Frozen Synapse serves as a pricey reminder for how awesome that program is. But the game is certainly worth its steep asking price, at least if you're a fan of turn-based, top-down strategy. The game's unique hook is that you make your selection, then both you and the enemy move at the same time. The PC game has been faithfully adapted to Android with a new touch interface and multiplayer battles. The game is currently in beta.

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Frozen Synapse is a multi-award-winning tactical game. Frozen Synapse brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre bang up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad: classic gameplay with a modern interface. Plan your moves, test them out, then hit the "Prime" button: both you and your enemy's turns are executed simultaneously.

The Silent Age

Android Police coverage: [New Game] The Silent Age Slips Into Google Play, Asks Many Mysterious Questions In Point-And-Click Format

The deluge of awesome point-and-click games for Android continues. In The Silent Age, Joe the Janitor is alone on a dead planet, with nothing but a time machine and your puzzle-solving skills to help him. Visuals are impressive for 2D sprites (dear developer: thank you for not going 8-bit) and the first chapter of the story is free. The rest you'll have to wait for, probably with an in-app purchase or two to follow.

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It’s 1972. Love is free. Flipflops, English leather and bandanas are the height of fashion. Meanwhile the Cold War is more than lukewarm and a real one is going on overseas. Movements are happening. Environmentalists, the female liberties movement, and on the dance floors an entirely different kind of movement is overtaking the underground clubs. The winds of change are certainly blowing over the country.

Pet Rescue Saga

Android Police coverage: [New App] Mega-Popular Game Pet Rescue Saga Scurries Into The Play Store

What do household pets and Bejeweled-style block puzzles have in common? Not much, but Pet Rescue Saga tries to get some mileage out of the matchup anyway. This super-popular game already has legions of fans on Facebook, based on an adorable art style and not much more. Naturally, it pushes the social element pretty hard, and you'll have to pony up real money or give the game some free advertising to continue when you run out of lives.

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Can you bust through matching blocks to save the Pets from the evil Snatchers? Loads of tricky and challenging levels of puzzle excitement await in this amazing adventure. Our first exciting mobile release features 72 mind-boggling levels. We're working hard to bring you tons of great features & levels in our next release. Please note Pet Rescue Saga is completely free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment. You can turn-off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device’s settings.

Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Ep 1

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Stargate SG-1 Unleashed Gates Into The Play Store, With Full Voice Cast From The Show

Stargate fans, unite: this game may just be the last officially-licensed media to ever feature the four core SG-1 cast members in an in-universe performance. Unleashed is a pretty generic action title that plays out as an episode of the sci-fi television show. It's not going to take home any game of the year awards, but if you've got an itch that only Colonel O'Neill can scratch, it's a much better option than that Infinity Blade knockoff from last year. More episodes will be coming as in-app purchases.

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The Stargate SG-1 interactive adventure has arrived. The original cast of Stargate SG-1 is back, and they are reunited in an entirely new episode that will awaken all your Stargate memories. Starring the voices of Richard Dean Anderson as Jack O’Neill, Amanda Tapping as Samantha Carter, Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson and Christopher Judge as Teal’c, this is an all new immersive third-person adventure you can enjoy on your Android. Get involved in the action – defeat Jaffa warriors, infiltrate a Goa’uld labor camp, solve cryptic ancient puzzles - and stop a new evil menace before it’s too late.

 

DROID COMBAT - MISSION ALPHA

Android Police coverage: Verizon's D:COM DROID Augmented Reality Game Leaks Early, APK Available For Download Now [Updated]

Here's Verizon's latest attempt at glitzy DROID branding, this time in the form of an augmented reality game. The battle mechanic itself doesn't feature much AR - tap and swipe to shoot the enemy until he's dead. But there's an Ingress-style location-based element to help you find items or credits, and players can take photos of their customized mechs on real-world backgrounds. Duke it out with local players to become king of the hill... and hope they haven't spent more on in-app purchases than you have.

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Take control of a giant, augmented-reality wARrior and defend your Turf against all challengers. Challenge friends to thrilling, fast-paced battles. Swipe with your finger to launch guided missiles at your opponent. Tap incoming missiles to shoot them down with your lasers. Reveal a secret world of giant DRIOD wARriors with your phone’s camera. See the opponents in your vicinity and challenge them to battle. Find hundreds of hidden weapons, ammo, and accessories nearby to power your DROID wARrior.

 

Redline Rush

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Crescent Moon Games Pulls Redline Rush Into Google Play, Parks It In The Free Lot

Mix a traditional racing game with an endless runner, and you'd get something like Crescent Moon's Redline Rush. The game is a bit on the simple side with just two buttons for controls, so it probably won't satisfy hardcore racing fans. But easy gameplay and great graphics, endless runner junkies will feel right at home. Run from the cops for as long as you can, and collect coins to improve your ride... or just go the easy way and pay some real-world cash for a new car.

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Jump into a super sports car and test your driving skills in this high speed driving game where you have to weave through traffic to escape the police. Avoid crashes, take down traffic cars, pick up power-ups and walk to the top of the leaderboard. This game will challenge even the most skilled arcade racing fans. Join the Chase. Welcome to Redline Rush.

Despicable Me

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Despicable Me: Minion Rush Dashes Into The Play Store With Cinematic Charm Intact

Licensed movie games come in roughly two forms on mobile: endless runners and beat-em-ups. Despicable Me chooses the former, because it's a kid's movie... but I wouldn't mind seeing a Smash Bros-style fighting game starring the Minions. Anyway, the official movie-game includes the iconic yellow critters running away from various bad guys. You can dress up a minion for a more personal touch, or go Godzilla on Gru's lab.

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Gru’s loyal, yellow, gibberish-speaking Minions are ready for their toughest challenge in Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Play as a Minion and compete with others in hilarious, fast-paced challenges in order to impress your boss, (former?) super-villain Gru. Jump, fly, dodge obstacles, collect bananas, be mischievous, and defeat villains to earn the title of Minion of the Year.

Monsters University

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Disney's Monsters University For Android Is Now In Session In The Play Store

The marketing assault for Monsters University has just begun, and no kid's movie is complete without an official licensed game. This one uses the standard endless runner format to showcase Mike and Sully, chasing after a rival school's mascot for some post-curfew fun. The main game is a buck, but you can try out the core game in the free Catch Arnie title.

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Let the scary out in 2 exciting games based on the Disney•Pixar film “Monsters University,” and prove you’re the ultimate scarer. Prep for more Scare Games to come in future updates.

Catch Archie:
• Get a hold of Archie the Scare Pig, the squealing mascot of Monsters University’s rival school, Fear Tech, in this thrilling game.
• Chase Archie in 30 exciting stages, and tire him out to win each stage.
• Swipe to jump, slide, and dodge tricky obstacles throughout campus.

Toxicity Challenge:
• Compete in the first scare game event of the year, and put your agility skills to the test.
• Race against the clock, and run through the sewers before time runs out.
• Watch out for the stinging glow urchins that will sting and slow you down throughout all 30 stages.

Little Nick: The Great Escape

Remember what I said about licensed games falling into one of two categories? Here's yet another example. Little Nick is apparently a kid's show originating from France, and (this is important) has nothing to do with a certain terrible Adam Sandler movie. The game lets you play as one of the pint-sized gang as they endlessly run away from adults, with the usual assortment of obstacles and power-ups. BulkyPix has a decent reputation, so maybe it's good enough for the show.

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The official adaptation of the Little Nicholas animated series is finally coming to Google Play devices. Little Nicholas has been up to mischief again. Help him flee on his bike before Old Spuds catches him. Travel through the city's different neighborhoods (the residential area, the city center and the wasteland) and join Little Nicholas and all his friends on this madcap chase. Saddle up for a crazy race..

Man of Steel

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Man Of Steel Flies Into The Play Store, May Or May Not Be Invincible

...and here's the beat-em-up side of the equation. Man Of Steel turned out to be pretty polarizing in the theaters, but the $5 game is getting negative reviews in the Play Store, currently sitting at a 2.4-star average. The game is yet another Infinity Blade-style fighter, driven by taps and swipes. Supes fans can revel in a few unlockable costumes, but the rest of the game is rather bland, even with some better-than-average graphics.

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**THE OFFICIAL GAME OF THE MAN OF STEEL MOVIE.*** NOTE: Man of Steel is optimized for top Android devices including the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Additional support will be added in future updates. General Zod is threatening Earth and only the Man of Steel can stop him. Utilize the powers of Superman to fight your way to victory and save the planet from certain destruction.

Batman: Arkham City Lockdown

See that listing up there for Superman? That, with Batman instead. Arkham City Lockdown is now on Google Play after a short stint of Amazon exclusivity. Too bad the tie-in game came a year and a half after its iOS counterpart, and about that long since anyone cared.

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The inmates have escaped and Batman has his hands full defeating an army of henchmen and some of his most iconic villains. Scour the rooftops and the seedy underbelly of Gotham City through a series of one-on-one battles with The Joker, Two-Face and more, as well as the Batman: Arkham City Lockdown exclusive - Deathstroke. Choose from several Batman skins and power-ups as you punch, kick and combo your way to cleaning up Gotham City.

Pulse Infiltrator

Psychically-enhanced super soldiers seem to be a dime a dozen in the future - what clandestine world power wouldn't want operatives that can kill you with their brain? The Portal inspiration in Pulse Infiltrator is pretty clear, but the hook is your gravity-manipulating telekinetic power. Graphics are sharp, if simple, and if you can handle touchscreen FPS controls, there appears to be some pretty good puzzle and shooting action.

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Pulse Infiltrator is a first person tactical espionage action game for Android that emphasis on problem solving and shooting action. Solve problems by use your telekinesis powers to throw objects around and snap them to place. You can also manipulate gravity around you to lift objects to create different path ways. Use your weapon to blast through enemy security or avoid them completely. It is up to you to help the Pulse underground resistance group and sabotage the Citadel Corporation.

Icy Tower 2 Temple Jump

The Icy Tower series has gained a startling amount of players. The latest release isn't really a sequel so much as an expansion pack - it's got plenty of towers, but seems to be pretty low on ice. This one is set in a generic tribal temple, wherein running is swapped for jumping and graphics are decidedly 2D. Jump across various floors and floating platforms, collect coins, earn power-ups - you know the drill.

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Jump up the Temple without falling down. Easy to learn and amazingly entertaining, this arcade hit game will stick like glue in your hands for hours and hours. Can you reach the top?

  • Endless and challenging jumping fun.
  • Easy and smooth controls, tilt or touch.
  • Exciting treasure floors to jump on.
  • Catch coins to spend in the shop.
  • Amazing Power-ups to spice things up.
  • Upgrade the tower to get advantages.

CRUSH

Crush has the combination of simple concepts and punishing difficulty that masochistic puzzle fans love. It's pretty similar to the classic board game Go, albeit in a single player form, but the sliding, tilting graphics are strangely hypnotic - it's downright impressive to see in what's technically a simple 2D game. Three modes should keep you on your toes during the short play sessions.

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WARNING: This game is hard. The creator of Slydris, 2012 iOS Game of the Year*, is back with another elegant and intense puzzle game designed specifically for touch screens. CRUSH sounds simple: Keep the blocks from filling the screen by removing matching colors with a single touch. But the blocks keep coming, and each touch boosts the stack even higher.

 

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.
  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    Stay Mayor is very cool >...<

  • Mothreja Jay

    These have been one of the greatest two weeks!
    Half of the games here provide something new in,
    this crowded store of Google...................

  • Samuel Hart

    Hmm, there are some pretty good games in here among the deluge of endless runners and zyngites!

  • Matthew Fry

    There's an Ikea Monkey game?!?

  • AND

    Bounty Hunter: Black Dawn Android
    http://youtu.be/ydBXFBqf68g

  • Llane Rost

    So tired of the same game concepts, like Where's My Water, Or Running games, or the 19th version of Angry Birds. So hard to find a good game these days. I watched nearly every video for the above games, and found only 1 interesting. I found more interesting ones in the comments. This list is by no means appealing to me.

    • Pete

      If you want to try something with a bit of depth there is a new strategy game called Rising Empires. The beta version can be downloaded from Google play. Other players says its kind of a mix of civ and total war.