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Last Updated: July 15th, 2013

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

Crazy Taxi

Android Police coverage: [Craaaaaazzzzy Money] Sega Finally Releases Crazy Taxi For Android

I can't count how many hours I spent playing the original Crazy Taxi on my Dreamcast, and I'm downright thrilled to get the insane, stressful, and frantic game on Android. The classic pick-em-up-drop-em-off gameplay is intact, as is the original alt-rock soundtrack. Because driving with a touchscreen is hard enough, the game includes support for both Moga and standard HID controllers. $5 is more than reasonable for this one.

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Hey hey, come on over and have some fun with Crazy Taxi! Barrel through traffic packed streets, hurdle off parking garages, and crazy combo your way to crazy money in a wild frantic race to scare up the most fares. In Crazy Taxi, time is money, and only the craziest cabbies come out victorious.

  • Remastered for mobile devices based on the hugely popular Dreamcast Classic
  • Rock out to original music by The Offspring and Bad Religion
  • Extra large hills for extra long hang time
  • Parked transporters with conveniently angled ramps
  • Occasional deep sea exploration opportunities

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Magic 2014

Android Police review: Magic 2014 Review: Satisfying Card Strategy, If You've Got The Hardware (And The Cash) [Update]

If you've never played Magic, you've never been in an American middle school between the years of 1997 and 2007. The first official version for Android emulates the latest version of the Magic: The Gathering card battle game, so long as you've got a massive 1.2GB of free space (not to mention some pretty beefy hardware specs). $10 gets you access to the full game, which is probably worth it if you're a fan of the franchise, and definitely on the high side if you're not. The game will install on some smartphones, but it's absolutely designed for tablets.

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Ignite your spark with Magic 2014 — Duels of the Planeswalkers. Magic: The Gathering is the world’s premier trading card game. Become a Planeswalker and travel the planes of existence unleashing a torrent of spells and creatures.

• 3 decks, each with 5 unlockable cards
• Single-player campaign across the plane of Shandalar
• One Planeswalker duel
• Sealed Play mode; explore a deckbuilding experience

Additional content is also available for purchase. Premium content package will get you:
• 7 additional decks to unlock
• 250+ additional cards unlockable through play
• 4 deadly opponents, including the Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar

Bombcats: Special Edition

Android Police review: Bombcats Special Edition Review: More Fun Than A Mountain of Catnip

This game features exploding cats. That also fly. Honestly, the only reason we didn't put it in the WTF section is that it's surprisingly fun. You fling your cat around the levels with a swipe gesture, rescuing kittens and (naturally) blowing up. A variety of cats behave in different ways, and a handful of modes should keep you coming back long after you're through the 200 2D levels.

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Bombcats explodes onto Android. Help Fuzzball and friends rescue the Bombkittens across a massive world with nearly 200 levels. Seven cute and volatile felines ready to explode into action to save their imprisoned Bombkittens. Master your Bombcat jumping skills in 194 levels and many exciting modes. There are seven Bombcat at your disposal, and each one has their own special skill. From the wall-clinging Clawdia, to bounce-happy Boing, to the ground-shaking Crush, you'll learn to love them all.

Tiny Thief

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Rovio Stars' Tiny Thief Steals Its Way Into The Play Store, Wants To Make Off With Your Jewels

Rovio is a publisher now, despite having made only three real games of their own. The first game to make it to Android under the Rovio Stars label is Tiny Thief, a point-and-click adventure starring, well, a tiny thief. You hop around the gorgeous 2D environments, using objects and characters to create distractions while you steal away with the goods. It's a $3 download (strangely, no free version is available).

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Join Tiny Thief on a big adventure! In a world of greed, corruption and injustice, one little guy decides to stand up for the little guy! Say hello to Tiny Thief, an unconventional hero who uses cunning and trickery to out-smart his opponents across six epic medieval adventures. But beware! He faces fearsome foes, like the Dark Knight, rogue pirates and even a giant robot! Tiny Thief brings back the magic from the point-and-click games of old, charming you with its very own visual style and offbeat sense of humor.

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SAMURAI SHODOWN II

Android Police coverage: [New Game] SNK Playmore Releases Classic Fighting Game Samurai Shodown II On Android

If you never played any of the original Samurai Showdown games, your 2D fighter education is sorely lacking. SNK's classics are staples of the genre, and now the best of them (arguably) has a new home on Android. While touchscreens don't make the best controllers, you can try to keep up with the 15 furious fighters as you relive the glorious arcade days of yore. The best part: local multiplayer is supported via Bluetooth, no quarters required.

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SAMURAI SHODOWN II, the sword-based fighting game masterpiece has finally cut its way to Android devices. Slash the powerful adversaries standing in your path, and put a stop to Mizuki Rashojin's evil ambitions. The fan favourite installment in SNK's highly acclaimed series. The 2nd episode of the SAMURAI SHODOWN Series, is still beloved by fans of the series all across the world. Preserving the charm of the first game, its sequel brings the characters, world, and game system to the next level.

 

Infinite Flight

Infinite Flight is, hands-down, the most painstakingly accurate flight simulator we've seen yet for Android. If whiling away hours in Microsoft Flight is your idea of a good time, this game might just give you an adequate mobile experience, complete with a surprising amount of planes from the Boeing 747 to the P-38 Lightning. A handful of planes and environments are included for $5, with even more available as in-app purchases.

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Enjoy a fully featured flight simulator in the palm of your hands. Infinite Flight offers the most comprehensive flight simulation experience on mobile devices whether you are a curious novice or an accomplished pilot. Fly a large selection of highly detailed aircrafts in regions across the world - day and night - in many atmospheric condition, and with a wide range of weight configurations. Improve your skills with our advanced camera and replay system, letting you scrutinize every portion of your flight.

Skiing Fred

Android Police coverage: [New Game] "Falling" And "Running" Fred Returns In Skiing Fred, Pits Players Against Mountains Of Traps, Fire, And Death

As in the previous Fred games, the titular hero is running from Death, against whom no lock may hold nor fastened portal bar. But in this version he's skiing down a mountain before his inevitable and grisly demise. Skiing Fred adds some interesting elements - there are definitely some racing game touches in this endless runner, and the graphics are pretty great as well. It's a free download with IAP, but nothing you can't get without paying if you've got the time to grind.

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A sequel to Falling Fred and Running Fred, Skiing Fred is an over-the-top action-sports game featuring a unique free-movement system that allows you to take control of the action and perform true skill-based special moves. Get daring. Get creative. Get an edge over your friends or get them to help you beat massive Challenges destroying any enemies on your way. You'll be facing of extreme storms, apocalyptic meteor showers and blinding blizzards.

Pocket League Story 2

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Pocket League Story 2 Adds Multiplayer To Kairosoft's Formula, Free With $4 IAP For Full Game

In what might be Kairosoft's first direct sequel, players are sent back to the soccer pitch for another round of sports management. Like most of the developer's games, the actual gameplay is a mix of village building and RPG-style character management. New additions over the original Pocket League Story include weather effects and more facilities, but the real draw is multiplayer, which unfortunately requires an overly complicated friend code system. The free demo has ads and is restricted to portrait mode; $4 unlocks the full ad-free game and landscape.

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Jersey up and take to the field in this brand new sequel to hit soccer sim Pocket League Story. Scout out promising players and coaches, decide tactics and formations, and lead your dream team from local league to international soccer stardom. A plethora of new features brings the stadium action to life in greater detail than ever before: Expect rain, snow, penalty shootouts, and more to keep your palms sweaty and the adrenaline pumping. What's more, you can now go head-to-head with players from around the world in multiplayer mode (currently in beta testing).

Retroid

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Retroid Is A Vibrant Retro Arkanoid-Inspired Experience Now Available On Google Play

There are some "retro" games that throw in some pseudo 8-bit graphics and call it a day. Not Retroid: it manages to feature both classic gameplay and graphics that look like they were made during this century. The game itself is your basic Breakout clone, with a variety of stages using different blocks and environmental variables. The first fifteen levels are free, with three extra packs of fifteen costing a reasonable $1 each.

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Brand new arkanoid arcade game in RETRO style. Can you break all the bricks ? This task needs some lighting reflexes.

  • Different Episodes for you to choose
  • 15 levels per Episode
  • Every episode has unique look and gameplay
  • Cheerful graphics and effects
  • Groovy music

Iesabel

Iesabel fits neatly into the top-down dungeon crawler genre, not taking too many risks as far as concept or gameplay goes - it uses point-and-click style instead of direct control. What it does have in its favor are some genuinely nice graphics (Tegra 3 or better hardware is strongly recommended) and cross-platform multiplayer co-op. Four difficulty settings and thousands of in-game items will feed the compulsive loot needs of action RPG gamers everywhere.

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In the times of darkness, only the mightiest of heroes can save the world. Stand out against the evil all by yourself in epic single player mode, or form an unstoppable team with up to 7 of your friends in an extraordinary co-op mode. Swarms of bloodthirsty monsters, loads of epic gear to collect, dozens of skills to obtain and the most beautiful world in any Action RPG Hack n Slash on Android, await you. Grab your sword and fling yourself into action now.

Z End: World War

Z End owes its title to a certain Max Brooks novel, its look to a certain Madfinger game, and its concept to a Valve title. For all that lack of originality (and it does actually hurt me every time I'm asked to include a zombie game in a roundup), the free online shooter looks like it's among the very best of Android 's FPS crop, at least from a technical perspective. It mixes the zombie-shooting, free-to-play structure of Dead Trigger with competitive online play. Expect lots of bugs (it's in the alpha stage) and heavy-handed in-app purchases.

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We're in the BETA stage, please help us make game better - give us your feedback Z-end is the online shooter that will make you believe that the end of the world has come! Make your choice and decide whether to join with the other players to fight against violent zombies or to become a legend.

  • The mix of 2 genres: shooter and survival game will give you an unforgettable experience
  • Different types of zombies will not let you get bored
  • Choose the weapon to equip your hero
  • Armor sets will help you to survive in a continuous war
  • Fight to the end and get a new rank

Airport Scanner

The TSA is possibly the most hated government organization in America. But it's always good to empathize, so Airport Scanner lets you live out the mind-numbingly awful job of a TSA X-ray observer. Scan and confiscate deadly items like nail clippers, safety scissors, and sometimes guns (you know, if you feel like it). The game is free with in-app purchases.

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Fun, fast paced and addictive! Work your way through five airports, upgrade your XRAY scanner and complete all 21 missions! Everyday at the airport is busy and hidden among the impatient travelers are a bunch of bad guys trying to bring all kinds of bad stuff onto flights. It’s your job to scan the carry-on luggage, find the illegal items and get flights out on time. To make your job easier, you have an awesome X-RAY scanner that you can upgrade with all kinds of power ups and a trio of burly TSA agents that will lay down the pain on any troublemakers.

SnowJinks

Remember Epoch, that awesome cover-based shooter with the excellent mobile controls? SnowJinks is like that, for fans of Calvin & Hobbes' snowball fight strips. (It's from the same developer, by the way.) Take cover as you engage in mortal snow-battle with a collection of bullies. Special attacks, power-ups, and other unlikely front-yard scenarios are played out as you dodge, duck, dive, dip, and dodge the opponent's missiles. Be on the lookout for some pretty heavy-handed IAP.

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SnowJinks takes snowball fights to an epic new level! Join Jack and Jill as they defend their neighborhood against an icy onslaught - how many bullies can you clobber with snowballs before you have to head home?

  • Duck, roll and leap through a wintry wonderland filled with snowmen, backyard playgrounds, ice forts and holiday cheer!
  • Dodge attacks from the local bullies: the terrible Taunter, the explosive Shoveler, the chilling Freezer and the infuriatingly-accurate Pitcher!
  • Keep an eye out for Presents that can freeze your opponents, replace your snowball with a fireball, give you a quick healing fix, or even make coins rain from the sky!
  • Grab Coins to spend on an array of cool and crazy Hats, Snowballs and Present upgrades!

Inferno+

Twin-stick shooter fans, this may just be your ultimate mobile game. Inferno+ uses the standard control scheme and Tron graphics that seem to have become compulsory since Geometry Wars, but crams more screen-filling enemies and seizure-inducing special effects on screen than any other game we've seen thus far. Upgradeable ships and gameplay-changing special weapons don't hurt either. You need to see the game in motion in the video below to truly appreciate it.

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The spectacular twin-stick action-RPG blasts onto Android! Welcome to Inferno+, the highly-anticipated title from Radiangames, creator of Slydris, Fireball SE, and Ballistic SE. Blast your way through 40 atmospheric levels. Explore the gauntlet of stylish environments, destroy hordes of enemies, and upgrade your ship along the way. With 3 difficulty levels, 20 achievements, and New Game+ mode, you'll be in for hours of enjoyment.

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Sprinkle Islands

Sprinkle Islands is the sequel to the original Sprinkle, a physics puzzler in the same vein as Where's My Water, with much higher presentation values. This tropical variant includes 48 levels, boss battles with gigantic but adorable monsters, and simple but effective 3D graphics. The full version is a reasonable $2, but there's a free version if you just want to try the concept out.

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Titan burns again - Award winning, fire fighting, water-physics puzzler Sprinkle is back with an all new adventure! In a not so distant future, a garbage hauling space ship from Earth has gone off course and burning trash is falling all over the beautiful islands of Titan. The innocent Titans' villages have been set on fire by burning trash and they need your help! Using intuitive touch controls you control a tiny firetruck to put out fires. But some of the fires are hard to reach - solve each puzzle with the flow of water by using obstacles, buttons, elevators, and more to save Titan.

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Ballistic SE

The stylized Tron-ish twin-stick shooter sure seems popular. If you're into space shooters, Ballistic offers a ton of on-screen enemies, plenty of upgrades, and flashy, seizure-inducing, somewhat simplified graphics. Everything a top-down shooter needs, right? Enemies come at you in continuous waves in the standard mode, or you can try for achievement-style goals in Challenge mode.

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Ballistic SE (Special Edition) is an intense and highly-polished arena-style twin-stick shooter from Radiangames. Blast your way through an infinite number of Waves, or dive into 5 intense challenges. In Waves mode, you get to upgrade every 5 waves and keep playing until you die. Can you make it all the way to wave 100 and beyond? In Challenge mode, you choose one of 5 full-speed challenges, allocate your 10 enhancement points, and go all-out for 2 minutes of glorious swarm-blasting action.

 

Busy Beaver

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Busy Beaver Is A Surprisingly Fresh, Fun, And Addictive Take On Tetris

Looking at these screenshots, you might think that Busy Beaver is your typical Tetris clone. And you'd be right, to a certain extent. But instead of controlling blocks as they fall from the nebulous other-realm, you control a tiny beaver at the bottom of the screen, franticly chomping away at squares to create the typical clearing lines. It's an interesting take on an ancient game mechanic, and a cute one to boot.

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Help the Beaver DEVOUR Tetris-style blocks in a new ADDICTIVE arcade-style casual game from the team which brought you Frozen Bubble for Android. Your task is simple: collect as many pieces as possible without letting a piece hit your head. To make things more EXCITING, you can win special BONUSES:

  • When you collect pieces quickly, each piece is worth more. Nimble fingers rack up a high score.
  • If deliberate STRATEGIZING is your strength, collect four identical pieces in a row to give the Beaver brick-blowing superpowers.
  • If that's still not enough, COMBINE BONUSES by quickly collecting four identical pieces for the ultimate score-raking extravaganza.

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Shadow Escaper

What happens when you combine Japanese RPG style with the most-copied game genre on mobile? Shadow Escaper, a title that looks like the bastard child of a Squaresoft fan artist and a game developer who's out of ideas. That being said, the demonic graphics are nice for an endless running game, and the game will let you play for free. Beware of the intrusive Gree social system and in-app purchases.

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“Shadow Escaper,” the free-to-play running action game developed by CyberConnect2 is finally released on Google Play.

  • Flee pursuing angels until you can strike back.
  • The angelic hoards have come to drag you back to prison.
  • Flee through town, collecting energy to power up.
  • It's your turn when the sun goes down.
  • Transform into a demon and use the energy you gathered to strike back.

Gears

Gears is a marble game at its heart: tilt your phone or tablet to roll a steampunk ball around the 3D environment, reaching the end of the stage and collecting as many McGuffin points as you can without falling off. But the graphics are surprisingly great (it's based on the Unity engine), and there's at least some attempt made at a story. If you don't like tilt controls, there's also a swipe option.

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Explore the fanciful world of Gears, a gorgeous 3D ball-rolling platformer packed with imaginative challenges. Pick up as many power-points as possible with either a swipe of the finger or through tilting your device. Beat the clock and collect cogs in 27 levels spanning 3 unique worlds!

  • 3 unique worlds: The Brass Menagerie, Rivers of Magma, and the Cavern of Omens
  • 27 obstacle-riddled levels
  • One finger swipe or tilt controls
  • Vivid high-definition graphics

Mazement

Yup, it's another marble game, but this one has production values that we couldn't ignore. Guide a spherical character through a set of dungeons as he avoids traps, collects powerups, and saves his friends. Graphics and audio are pretty great, and they've even managed to cram in a boss or two - Mazement reminds me of the old Super Monkey Ball games, in a very good way. The full game is just shy of two dollars, but there's a free demo as well.

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Mazement has a great 3D graphical look, interesting physics and a destructible environment. You control the tilt of the playing field to guide the ball safely through increasingly difficult 3D levels, filled with challenging mazes, traps and enemies. Blast your way through walls! Hop over everything using Big Jump! Watch out for the evil Jailer and the mysterious Witch! Find your way out of the tower and set your ball friends free!

Smash Spin Rage

Smash Spin Rage is a top-down dungeon crawler, true to the origins of the genre, with one exception: your hero is a ball and chain. As in, just a ball and chain, spinning through 3D environments like Link after a 6-pack of Hyrule's Finest. Big monsters, decent 3D graphics, and a whole lot of traps and upgrades flesh out Smash Spin Rage, even if the story seems to leave a little something to be desired.

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"The deadliest weapon of all is the rage that your enemies use to suppress you." SmashSpin Rage is the first of an epic trilogy brimming in centuries-old mysteries, adrenaline-fueled battles and eras of deceit.

  • Fierce super spin electric rage attacks
  • Rich 3D graphics combined with non-stop action
  • Upgradable Balls and Advanced Skills
  • 21 Boss Monsters to defeat
  • 3 Unique Environments

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.
  • Himmat Singh

    "...it uses point-and-click style instead of direct control."

    Iesabel uses direct joystick controls. Haven't checked if it has top-to-move controls or not.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      The video definitely shows a cursor leading the player character. I downloaded it to my phone, but it won't load, even though it's listed as compatible. As we say in the Android Police office, that makes me a sad panda.

      • Himmat Singh

        That's because the game's available on Mac and PC as well, so the video footage must've been taken from there. It is supposed to have a blank screen for about 40 seconds...so if that's what you meant, just wait a while.

        • Funem

          Thats why god invented the loading screen, to let you know the game is loading. They should try it, its a great idea

          /end sarcasm

          Game is good but the colours do not look right on the Nexus 7

          • miken

            problem is loading screen just a blank screen for about 1 minutes long on mine. made me think my phone screen has turned off..

            and the first level is way too dark, I can only depend on mini map to navigate :(

    • miken

      recent 103 ver have added tap-to-move option,
      so you can use both point-and-click style and direct control w virtual keypad one.

  • sourabh

    How the hell do you guys keep track of any new game which releases during a two week period?

    • Matthew Fleisher

      We tell them when we see a good one.

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

      Lots and lots of 5 Hour Energies.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Artem just sits at his computer typing random package names into the Play Store until he gets a hit that he's never seen before. It's really quite amazing (and terrifying) to watch.

    • Elizabeth M. Lane

      just as Matthew said I'm in shock that a stay at home mom able to earn $5419 in 1 month on the internet. have you seen this webpage w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • Taylor LaBrier

    Kavinsky also has a really cool 3D AR mode, and if your phone can handle it, its definitely worth playing! One of the coolest implementations I've seen in a game yet!!!

  • yash1229

    Compulsive is almost like 7X7, isn't it?

  • Yalla Tschikowski

    I was pretty sure "poop on your facebook friends" Turd Birds would be the WTF app

  • Guest

    as Robin replied I'm in shock that any one can make $7585 in four weeks on the internet. did you look at this site link w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • Jakst

    It would be really nice if you would include a list showing which of the Google Play Game Services each game uses. Using them is a big selling point, at least to me

  • miguelSantirso

    Hi there! I just wanted to clarify that Tiny Thief does NOT have in-app purchases or annoying banners. The only exception are the Rovio News, which are displayed in the pause menu only if you press the Rovio button in the bottom right corner.

    Thanks for playing it, BTW It's great to see how everyone is enjoying it :D

    • Jeremiah Rice

      So I assume this is just some boilerplate from Rovio?

      This game may include:

      Direct links to social networking websites that are intended for an audience over the age of 13.

      Direct links to the internet that can take players away from the game with the potential to browse any web page.

      Advertising of Rovio products and also products from select partners.

      The option to make in-app purchases. The bill payer should always be consulted beforehand.

      • Avamander

        It really does not have ads or in-app purchases !

  • miken

    Only tried Iesabel & Pacific Rim so far on weekend.
    Will try Tiny Thief next week.

  • Charan
  • Tboy

    What's the difference between ballistic and inferno?

  • tim0202

    I'm a big fans of Samurai Showdown when I was a kid!! Can't wait to purchase it to my Android phone now.
    btw, I found another addictive game on Android late.
    Here’s you go: http://goo.gl/Z0J3OV

  • Sarah

    Looking forward to 5 best games i have played in recent days Candies with Friends http://bit.ly/14mpUOn & Burt Destruction http://bit.ly/17m3pcp are one of the best.