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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

Strategy & Tactics: WW II

Today's roundup is presented by Strategy & Tactics: WW II from HeroCraft. You could be forgiven for thinking that this turn-based strategy game looks a lot like Risk, but instead of Napoleonic struggles, the digital adaptation takes the battlefield to WWII-era Europe. Players will advance across Italy, France and Germany, using a variety of ground and air units to push back the enemy. You can duke it out in skirmishes, win the war in three campaigns, or get your multiplayer on in WiFi battles or local "hot potato" play on a single device. There's also a free demo of Strategy & Tactics available.

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Relive the greatest battles of WWII in this grand strategy masterpiece. Take command of the Axis to conquer Europe - then command the armies of the USSR and Allies to retake it. In Strategy & Tactics: World War II, you battle impressive AI enemies in three campaigns with a classic turn-based battle system and serried ranks of historically-accurate troops. Fight your way through eighteen missions with an exiting storyline and charismatic characters across Europe, Asia and Africa, research new technologies to improve your troops and build industry, and lead your armies to victory.

★ 3 full campaigns with 18 historical missions
★ Play multiplayer across different smartphones and tablets
★ Realistic global strategy with historically-accurate maps
★ A wide array of game modes
★ Juggle military, economic and scientific development
★ Several hardcore scenarios and a endlessly replayable skirmish mode

Games

Google Play Games

Android Police coverage: [Update: APK Download] The Google Play Games App Is Now Live In The Play Store

If you download one app from this week's roundup, this needs to be it. Want to browse the games that use Google Play Games framework? How about checking on the in-game activity of your G+ friends? Maybe you just want to show off those oh-so-precious achievements you earned (including a certain code). It's all there, plus the ability to join multiplayer games.

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Google Play Games app is the easiest way for you to discover new games, track achievements and scores, and play with friends around the world. It brings all your gaming on Google Play together in a unified Android experience.
KEY FEATURES

  • Discover great games
  • Play with your friends, and see what they're playing
  • Join multiplayer games
  • Track your achievements
  • Compare scores with other players

 

  

Riptide GP2

Android Police review: [New Game Review] Riptide GP 2: Taking Jet Ski Racing To The Next Level, And The One After That

The original Riptide GP was one of the first titles to push Android visuals to the limit, and the second entry in the series doesn't disappoint. (We haven't been able to get Cameron to respond to our texts all week.) Jet-ski racing, insane graphics, online multiplayer, SHIELD support, and a ton of tracks and racers make Riptide GP2 an easy recommendation... if you've got the silicon to play it.

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Riptide GP2 kicks everything into overdrive, with intense online multi-player races, upgradeable hydro jets and riders, improved graphics, an all-new career mode, and a whole new stunt system with dozens of new tricks. Featuring rocket-powered hydro jets racing around futuristic tracks across a dynamic and interactive water surface, Riptide GP2 delivers a fast, fun, and visually stunning racing experience. From Vector Unit, developers of acclaimed racing games Riptide GP, Beach Buggy Blitz, Shine Runner, and Hydro Thunder Hurricane.

Robot Unicorn Attack 2

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Adult Swim Games Brings Robot Unicorn Attack 2 To The Play Store, We Wonder What Else Needs To Be Said

The original Robot Unicorn attack was much-loved, but the Android implementation left a lot to be desired. The sequel has better graphics, more stability, and the same ridiculous, over-the-top humor that you'd expect from the Adult Swim gang. This time around the endless runner (galloper?) is free, with the obvious in-app purchase add-ons, though some achievements may give you good reason to keep the game installed after the first week or so of play.

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Get your hands on the latest, greatest, most epic installment of the Robot Unicorn Attack series to date, available for FREE. Brought to you by PikPok and Adult Swim Games, makers of "Monsters Ate My Condo.!"

  • Choose between Team Rainbow or Team Inferno and compete on a unique level every day for prizes
  • Race through 2 worlds at war, one of Rainbows and Harmony and one of Ice and Wonder
  • Build and customize your very own unicorn, selecting from different bodies, manes, wings, horns, trails and more
  • Unlock and arm yourself with 12 different boost abilities, including "Rainbow Savior" and "Gallow's Gallop"
  • Achieve both personal and community goals, updated daily

TurtleStrike

Android Police review: [New Game Review] TurtleStrike: A Somewhat Successful New Take On Old-Fashioned Gameplay

TurtleStrike is an online multiplayer game, mixing the turn-based ballistic combat of Worms with, well, turtles. Both you and your opponent will move at once, so make sure and deal out as much damage as you can immediately, or get out of firing range. The game has the unfortunate combination of free-to-play and online multiplayer that can sometimes result in a pay-to-win situation, but it's already got a healthy little fanbase.

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TurtleStrike – Multiplayer massacre in beautiful Caribbean, with turtles. Do you feel lucky, punk? Compete for prize money. Join a tournament for a small participation fee and defeat your friends or leader board arch-enemies. Win real prize money. EMP bomb, napalm, nitroglycerin torpedo or missile? Maybe terminate the other team with RoboTurtle? The feeling from skillfully handling the torpedo and outsmarting your opponent. Priceless. No more waiting for your opponent's to take their turn. In TurtleStrike both players take their turns at the same time. It is ultimate game of wits and speed.

Spaceteam

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Spaceteam: The Multiplayer Star Trek Shouting Simulator Endorsed By His HOLOness Matias Duarte

Spaceteam attempts to recreate the frantic space battles of your favorite TV scifi shows... or at least, the frantic shouting on the bridge. Press nonsensical dials and switches as ordered by your friends while they try and follow your own instructions. It's great party fun (especially if you know how to suspend disbelief), works cross-platform with iOS, and it's free. What's not to love?

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Do you like pushing buttons and shouting at your friends? Do you like discharging Clip-jawed Fluxtrunions? If you answered yes, or no, then you might have what it takes to be on a Spaceteam. Spaceteam is a cooperative party game for 2 to 4 players who shout technobabble at each other until their ship explodes. Each player needs a mobile device (Android and Apple devices can play together over Wifi.).

Monster Shooter 2

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Gamelion's Monster Shooter 2 Invades The Play Store, Still Violent, Bloody, And Available For Free

Games like Heavy Rain and The Last Of Us show how much gaming has matured in the last three decades. Games like Monster Shooter 2 show that they still know how to have a good time. Shoot cartoon monsters in a top-down fashion, then shoot some more, then shoot some barrels, then get more guns, then shoot some monsters again. It's good-looking, and once you're done shooting the monsters you can shoot the environments. There's a lot of shooting, is what I'm getting at. Multiplayer co-op is included.

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In Monster Shooter, the 10 million times-downloaded smash hit, DumDum rescued his beloved kitty from the clutches of its octoped abductors and everything was peachy...for a while. Alas, those pesky extraterrestrials are back in Monster Shooter 2: Back to Earth -- and this time, the entire planet is in danger. Luckily, you’ll be able to access an awesome arsenal in Monster Shooter 2: Back to Earth, including full Mech Suits capable of taking out an entire army – or an entire city block, depending on how good your aim is.

TETRIS®

So, why would EA release another new Tetris game, in addition to the original Android Tetris and the new Tetris Blitz? Why, to make money, of course. This new Tetris has some nice graphics and a lot of options for controls, but the real reason it exists is the new Galaxy play mode, which allows you to earn power-ups with in-app currency and connect socially. I'll give you three guesses as to how you get more coins once you run out. As usual, EA has released two versions of the game: one for North America, and one for everyone else. International readers, your version of the game is here.

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FREE YOURSELF! Play the world famous Tetris® game you know and love with improved controls and all-new social features.

  • MARATHON MODE – We’ve added all-new controls so you can stack like a pro. Choose between lightning fast One-Touch, classic Swipe controls, or the innovative new Drag-and-Place option to keep clearing those lines.
  • TETRIS® GALAXY – Try this new multi-level mode! Clear to the core as you drop each Tetrimino with split-second intensity. And use power-ups to transform the blockade below!
  • FACEBOOK LEADERBOARDS – Connect with your friends and brag about high scores on the newsfeed and more.
  • T-CLUB – Join fellow Tetris® Enthusiasts and gain an advantage with bonus lines and T-Coins.

The Walking Dead: Assault

Android Police coverage: [New Game] The Walking Dead: Assault Shambles Into The Play Store Offering Squad-Based Episodic Strategy

While we'd really like to see a version of the Walking Dead adventure game on Android, a comic-inspired isometric shooter is also good. Guide the characters from the comic book (not the TV show) through pulpy levels, avoiding or confronting zombies and collecting supplies. Best played on tablets, TWD Assault will make you use your brain and your feet just as often as your ammunition. Oh, and by the way: we're inching closer to a two-year streak of roundups with zombie games.

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Finally, the best version of The Walking Dead: Assault is available for Android devices. Thank you all for helping us become a Top Paid app on Google Play. Released for the first time to Google Play fans of Robert Kirkman's award winning "The Walking Dead", this game takes you from the moment Rick awakens in hospital, to the horrific camp invasion that costs the survivors valuable allies and friends.

Prince of Persia Shadow&Flame

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Prince Of Persia Classic Sequel 'The Shadow And The Flame' Hits Google Play For $2.99

Holy cow, a revival of a classic franchise that isn't an endless runner! Eat your heart out, Namco. This is a remake of one of the original Prince of Persia games, with the same great platforming and fighting elements that put the series on the map and some swanky new moves. It's been upgraded with new graphics and sound, plus tight mobile controls in either swipe or virtual joystick flavors. There's a bunch of social connectivity, but that can be safely ignored.

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The rebirth of the legendary action-platformer, with brand-new visuals and controls redesigned to fit your device. Set after the events of Prince of Persia Classic, Prince of Persia The Shadow and the Flame continues the saga of the wanderer who was born a Prince. Now he must embark on an epic journey in search of his past that will redefine his future.

Doom & Destiny

Android Police coverage: Popular JRPG 'Doom & Destiny' Now In The Pay-What-You-Want IndieGala Bundle, Along With Other Non-Android Games

Looking for an RPG that practically bleeds pixels? Do you have a poster of Chrono above your dusty SNES? Does spelling "fantasy" with a "ph" get you hot and bothered? Then Doom & Destiny is for you. There's a ton of content in this game, both in story and in game elements, and the devs aren't looking to make a buck off of IAP - nice. Oh, and they probably want me to tell you that the game features a certain aerial pasta fiend.

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Doom & Destiny is an award winning indie JRPG from XBOX and Windows Phone. Four nerds, drawn into a fantasy world and mistaken for heroes, have to battle their way through a massive crazy adventure and defeat a preposterous villain. This great RPG has magic, dungeons, pizza and jokes galore and if you ever enjoyed Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana or Dungeons and Dragons you're gonna love this game.

Galactic Heroes

Com2Us has localized some impressive mobile games before, but for strategy buffs, this one takes the cake. Galactic Heroes is a real-time strategy game, a bit of a mix between Starcraft and Civilization. You'll have to manage resources, build planetary bases, and strengthen your navy to engage the enemy, with recruitable hero units throwing variables into the mix. We're wise to this developer: this is a free game with some fantastic production value (even if you're likely to encounter some broken English) but expect a big IAP push.

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Fight for resources and conquer the universe in this thrilling Sci-Fi Strategy game, Galactic Heroes! Experience the race for survival between the Federation of Empires and the Liberty Alliance as they clash to gain control over rare and essential minerals throughout the Universe. Numerous heroes, each with their own potentials and special skills are in search of a leader who can lead them with charisma and vision. Identify and develop the potentials of the legendary heroes and conquer the Universe.

Jack Lumber

Jack Lumber isn't all that interested in disguising his Fruit Ninja inspiration, but the trailer is so hilarious that we're wont to forgive him. Derivative play aside, the game manages to bring some new elements to the "slice up stuff while avoiding other stuff" genre, thanks to great art and a unique time-slowing mechanic. Now if only Owlchemy Labs could be convinced to bring their games to Android in a timely manner. Hint, hint.

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A tree killed his granny and now he is out for revenge. Meet Jack Lumber, the supernatural lumberjack who hates trees, loves animals, and hates trees. Did we say that twice? The guy really hates trees, and boy does he have an axe to grind. Use the supernatural powers of Jack Lumber to massacre the forest in this time-warping, line-drawing, log-slicing, pun-filled lumberjacking mashup! Bust out your flannel to muster the strength and burlyness to solve the skill and logic puzzles (flannel not actually required).

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Super Mega Worm

If Captain Planet and the Planeteers was less about environmental responsibility and more about a giant centipede eating people, and then someone made an NES game out of it, it might look a lot like Super Mega Worm. It's taken this cult hit three years (!) to get to Android, but now that it's here, you can indulge in some over-the-top, pixelated violence with old-school graphics and controls. A free version was featured on a previous roundup.

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The cult-hit Super Mega Worm has finally arrived on Google Play Store!!! Mother Earth is on the brink of extinction and has released her last defense, the Great Death Worm, Wojira. Wojira is on a revenge mission to destroy all the Human parasites. Crawl and eat your way through waves of humans and their robots of destruction. Grow and evolve into the ultimate weapon of destruction. You are the last line of defense, can you save the world?

Stay Alight®

What's this? A second environmentally-conscious title in a row? Stay Alight might have a similar theme, but the gameplay is more like Angry Birds or Scorch, and the graphics are freaking amazing. This game's 2D sprites look better than any indie "artistic" title I've ever seen. Gameplay aside, I'm going to bring Stay Alight out to shame all those lazy developers who use "retro" 8-bit graphics as a crutch to avoid making their games look like something developed this century.

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Meet Mr. Bulb, who is gonna free planet from cartoon microbes with your help. Green microbes captured the planet, it’s up to you to find all their secret covers and destroy using tactic skills and projectile weapon. Game’s mechanics is based on real physics, so you should very attentively calculate shot power completing more than 60 unique levels in fascinating artwork. Don’t forget Superpower arsenal: Freeze, Earthquake, Swatter, Spray! Use Superpowers to improve your chances during the battle vs. microbes. Bring the light back on this planet together with bulb hero!

Le Vamp

The titular hero of this endless runner might be French, but at least he doesn't sparkle. This cute little title stars an old-school vampire who nevertheless prefers his meals kosher (well, sort of - he's chasing a pig instead of a person). The art style is adorable, and amazingly, there are actually a few interesting ideas introduced in the gameplay. The standard currency-based in-app purchases are present.

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HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR AFTERLIFE! Offering a macabre mix of cartoony and cadaverous, Le Vamp's world is brilliantly (re)animated and scarily simple to learn! Escaping into the night, Le Vamp has managed to upset all the important citizens of France, from mimes to hunchbacks to baguette-wielding gendarmes. As the angry mob pursues our lovable ghoul into the frightful daylight, it’s your job to protect him from sun, running water and mortal foes. Help Le Vamp return safely to his crypt, and gather coins along the way to upgrade his dark powers, or feed him Blood Pigs to keep his healthy, pale complexion!

Freedom Fall

If you like your old-school platformers punishing and vertical, Freedom Fall is your game. In addition to some acrobatics and pretty decent sprite graphics, players are treated to a variety of levels and methods for traversing them. Freedom Fall isn't cheap at just over five bucks, but the initial reviews are universally positive, and the creative humor and level design speak for themselves.

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Freedom Fall is a fast-paced down-scrolling platformer. Run, jump, plummet, glide, slide, swim and bomb your way down through a towering mechanical maze and onto freedom. It's a trip brimming with devilish traps, dark humor and fractured fairy-tale heart. A trip featuring a brave young man, a warped prison warden, a stunning princess, a step-mother, a king, a barbarian, a dragon rider, a dragonslayer, a thief, a mad genius and a mighty magic potion but nothing quite fits together the way you'd expect.

Defense Technica

If you like a bit of sci-fi and collection in your tower defense, you'll want to check out Defense Technica. Graphics are decent, but the game also has a few new ides for the dated genre. A collection card system - a popular trait in games from developer Com2Us - can upgrade your cards or augment your coffers when you sell them off. There's also a way to craft new cards by combining them.

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The genre-defining 3D Tower Defense game, Defense Technica! Think you know tower defense? Think again. Experience a new kind of Defense game with Defense Technica, featuring stunning 3D graphics and ground-breaking new features like path rotation, tower construction, tower upgrades, and card collection and combination! Defense Technica is the ultimate 3D Tower Defense Game!

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True Skate

Remember those little "finger" skateboards that were all the rage back in middle school (my middle school, anyway)? Here's a video game version that's basically the same idea. The graphics and physics in True Skate live up to the title, replacing the usual Tony Hawkish avatar with your fingers. It's too bad that the only way to get new skate parks is to pay for an in-app purchase on top of the $2 price tag - come on, True Axis, just charge five bucks and give us everything.

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The most authentic skateboarding sim ever. As close as you can get to a real skate board with out getting a scraped knee.

Features:
- Realistic touch based physics.
- Flick the board to make it react exactly how you would expect.
- Drag your finger on the ground to push.
- A beautiful skate park to get lost in including ledges, stairs, grind rails plus a bowl, half pipe and quarter pipes. (An additional skate park is now available as an In-App Purchase)

Available by IN-APP BILLING only:
- Additional skate park.
- We hope to bring more new skate parks to True Skate in the future.

 

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.
  • Niall Fox

    It'd be awesome if you guys did a list of the best tablet apps for all the new android tablet owners like myself

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

      There's no reason to do lists like that anymore. It's not iOS - most apps run fine on tablets on Android and don't need specialized versions for tablets vs phones. We used to do a tablet roundup, but it became impossible to do or even define.

      • Niall Fox

        good to know, thanks

      • VoiceofSky

        that's not entirely true for People with 10" tablets ..I've got a N10 and not that many apps at all scale perfectly to that size or resolution..Maybe for 7" tabs i could believe that more so,but not so much for 10" ones. :)

      • alexgrepo2
  • Misti curia

    I would love to see round ups of genres, for example: "Best RTS Games Ever for Android" and you might also be able to include best rts's that can run in emulators. That would be awesome

    • Mothreja Jay

      A great idea, it's always hard to find quality games on android as it is.

      • abby725

        just as Clara explained I'm stunned that a single mom able to make $6460 in four weeks on the internet. did you read this page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

    • Ciencianf

      Please do this!!

    • Laura Kelly

      It's a nice idea. Please do this.!!
      For kids, I have launched one game & also free to download from Google play..!! It's FREE for short time..!! Hurry..!!
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameimax.FaceDoctor

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    How are you guys finding the Play Games app? IMO, it's another half baked app from Google. Why is Google in so much hurry to release so many half baked apps lately?

    "My Games" is totally useless. One tab shows all games I ever downloaded. Another tab shows all games I have on my device. How about a tab with games that are on my device which actually make use of "Play Games" integration? Not there.

    Among the games which have this integration, half the available achievements are not listed. Among those listed, 50% don't sync with the game. e.g.. I unlocked the achievement in the game but it is not unlocked in play games. Not for any 1 particular game. All 3-4 games that I signed in and played.

    • Himmat Singh

      Yeah it's very basic atm. But hey, it's a start!

      • Mothreja Jay

        True Dat. -_-

  • spenst

    I only kept Riptide GP2 & Prince Persia Shadow Flame so far..

    tried Walking Dead but bored quickly, no micromanagement at such, just rush action game at best..

    will try Bus Simulator, Galaxy on Fire, & Doom Destiny later.

    • Mothreja Jay

      Doom & Destiny is awesome. As for Galaxy on fire 2, get it! Also, you might like to give Pixel Defenders Puzzle a try, if you like RPG or Puzzle games. ;)

  • tikus

    Here Are a Couple of cool games:
    System Falldown, A Thug In Time, Morphball, TITAN Escape the Tower, Jelly Land, Tons of Guns, Respawnables, Fodderp: Castle Defense, Shoot The Fokkers, Inverse, Pure Drift, Quintet, Drone Defender, Expander.

  • Andrea

    Deep Dungeons of Doom, the secrets: has anyone found at least some of them? I just found the one in the first level (you have to beat the boss as fast as you can) and some help would be appreciated..

  • Shawn Suther

    Sadly, Stay Alight is a absolutely Beautiful game, ruined by overly insistent "reminders" to play the game, purchase IAP's. (which I did, but still get "reminders".)
    Once you have my money, stop insisting.

  • Adam B.

    There is way too much informations in this... Makes those articles almost useless !

    Maybe 10 best games of the month would make sense. But 43 for 2 weeks ?

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Does Galaxy on Fire still try to sneak in something like a $15-20 in app purchase after you've completed the first few missions?

  • Raziel

    You should check out Boom Boom Hamster Golf

  • Ciencianf

    The video preview of "Strategy & Tactics: WWII" featuring a bunch of girls in bikinis next to a tank is enough for me to know not to install that game.

  • Garry

    Android hacks, facebook hacks and others
    http://this4u.eu/

  • Ana

    I'm waiting for this game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3jLZyoL37E
    Made by Witchcraft Games from my polish hometown :-) So proud!

  • Mubashir Mazhar
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  • Shipiz

    Try out Offroad Kings, i like racing games like that.

  • Laura Kelly

    All games are amazing. Thanks for sharing, I really like it.
    Check this game for kids & also FREE to Download from Google Play. From this gmae kids get some idea for how to save princess.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameimax.littleprincessrescue

  • Laura Kelly

    It's a nice collection of games. Thanks for sharing.
    For kids, I have also launched one game & also FREE @ Play Store. I'm sure that kids really like this game.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameimax.kidsshopping

  • Zakhmi Dil
  • AshlynFoster

    Thanks for sharing about latest launched android games, In today's era there are so many applications available for kids learning. But there are less on play store which has all the features of teaching a child in a perfect and entertaining way. I have an app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rta.kids123 which has all the quality of a good app for junior kids.

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