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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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Games

Sine Mora

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Shoot-Em-Up Sleeper Hit Sine Mora Touches Down In The Play Store After Brief Amazon Exclusivity

Sine Mora debuted on the Xbox Live Arcade last year, to the adulation of console shoot-em-up lovers everywhere. Graphics are great and gameplay is intense, with 3D graphics complementing the 2D gameplay. There's an interesting time-shifting health mechanic, and four difficulty levels cover the gamut from "incredibly simple" to "masochistically hard." After a brief run on Amazon, it's now available to one and all on the Play Store, at an admittedly high price.

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Sine Mora is a horizontal shoot'em up that provides a unique take on challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shoot'em up that offers a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. With many ways to manipulate time, Sine Mora features over 50 weapon combinations to complete each beautiful stage that form fits to the player's skills with scaling difficulty.

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Blood Sword THD

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Blood Sword Hits The Play Store Just In Time For NVIDIA SHIELD Launch, Exclusive To Tegra Devices

Blood Sword was one of the first games that NVIDIA showed off with its new SHIELD hardware. The gameplay itself is your basic dungeon crawl, but the added Tegra 4-enabled graphics and full controller support should make it worth a look if you're a SHIELD owner. If you're not a SHIELD owner, you'll still need to be rocking NVIDIA under the hood to get in the door - bummer.

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Tegra Differentiation/SHIELD Differentiation (if applicable): Blood Sword: Sword of Ruin THD is an action adventure RPG game with various PhysX effects and dynamic scenes. This game is optimized for Tegra 4 and not only support touch interface, but game controllers and keyboard to provide real gaming experiences. Also, this game is playable by connecting to TV and bring console game-like experiences to users. Be a main character and tide over a crisis.

Dropchord

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Get Ready To Groove: Double Fine Releases Dropchord On Android

Rhythm games are a dime a dozen on Android, but if you're a fan of Tim Schafer's Doublefine or their work (Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, Iron Brigade, and many others) you'll want to pay attention to this one. The object is to keep a steady line out of harm's way while also keeping up with the beat. Visuals are beyond trippy, and of course the electronic music matches the Day-Glo look and frantic pace. P.S. Please buy this game on Google Play, so that we get their future titles in a more timely manner.

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Dropchord is a music-driven, score challenge game with mesmerizing visuals and an original electronic soundtrack. Influenced by music visualizers and score attack arcade games, Dropchord is an original experience that'll test your dexterity while providing endless fun.

  • Use your fingers to manipulate a beam crossing the extent of a circle. Dodge scratches while you collect notes to progress to the next track.
  • Ten original, full length electronic tracks stream seamlessly to create an endless DJ set.
  • Standard Mode" challenges you to a level-based experience, introducing new game mechanics as the music progresses.
  • Full Mix Mode" provides an endless experience with a steadily increasing difficultly.
  • Leaderboards save your personal high scores for competition with your friends and younger self.

DraStic

DraStic is a Nintendo DS emulator for Android. It's not the first one available, but if the reaction from Play Store reviews, Reddit, and the Open Pandora message board is anything to go by, it's easily the best. At $8 it's not cheap, but it appears to be the first emulator for Android that can successfully play Nintendo DS games at full speed, at least on some hardware. You'll need to (ahem) obtain a NDS BIOS file to play, and remember to only use ROMs that are made available freely by their creators, or for games that you've already legally purchased.

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DraStic is a fast Nintendo DS emulator for Android. In addition to being able to play Nintendo DS games full speed on many Android devices it has the following features:

  • Customize the placement and size of the DS screens, for portrait and landscape modes
  • Fully supports add-on controllers, and physical controls in devices like nVidia Shield and Xperia Play
  • Save and resume your progress anywhere with save states
  • Tweak your gaming experience with a database of thousands of cheat codes
  • Synchronize your save games with your online Google Drive space
  • Increase emulation speed with fast-forward

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GUARDIAN CROSS

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Square Enix Releases Popular Trading Card RPG 'Guardian Cross' On Android For Free

What's this? A Square game for Android that doesn't come with a ludicrous price tag? Oh, OK - they're trying to break into the lucrative free-to-play trading card game niche. This one plays on the mega-popular Final Fantasy IP with a few bonus cards, but otherwise uses the tried-and-true turn-based combat with collectible monsters. Hang on to your wallet.

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With over 1.3 million downloads around the globe, a trading card battle RPG like no other is now available on Android. Capture and train over 120 different Guardians as you attempt to create the most powerful party possible. Undertake thrilling quests to unlock the secret of why the divine beasts of antiquity have woken after a millennium of slumber, and battle other players from around the world in an online coliseum. This game can be played completely for free through to the very end, while some premium content is also offered.

rymdkapsel

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Rymdkapsel Is What Would Happen If Starcraft And Tetris Had A Baby

Rymdkapsel (which I'm informed means something like "Space Pod" in Swedish) is a minimal real-time strategy/tower defense/Tetris game. And you thought it was impossible. Granted, the Tetris influence is mostly visual, but the rest of the game consists of expanding your isometric space station, gathering resources, and building up defenses. It's definitely a bit pricey and not for everyone, but one play-through of that video down there should help you decide which camp you fall into.

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rymdkapsel is a meditative strategy game set in space. Take on the challenge of building the best possible station by commanding your minions and exploring the galaxy around you. Imagine a strategy game where you don't have to worry about selecting units or mounting attacks on your enemies, but rather can focus on building the best base possible. That's what rymdkapsel is all about.

Tainted Keep

It's not often that we see a modern dungeon-crawler on Android - usually they're of the Diabloesque, top-down variety. But Tainted Keep aims to be a full console-style experience, complete with controller and SHIELD support. Graphics look great, even if the in-game voice acting seems a bit off (the heroine seems pretty bored chopping up all those skeletons), but if you want something to show off your new hardware with a bit of swords and sorcery, this is it.

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The once idyllic village of Greenhaven is now a near lifeless husk, the souls of its inhabitants having been drained by the powerful wizard Morg, who has used them to create the abominations that now occupy the mighty keep that was once the source of protection for the village. Morg’s evil influence has caused the people of Greenhaven to forget their old lives of happiness and even the presence of Morg himself, instead falling into a mindless stupor.

Respawnables

Android Police coverage: [New Game] The Respawnables Exits Limited Beta, Brings Free Multiplayer Shooting To The Play Store

Everyone seems to be trying to make the cartoony, class-based lightning that is Team Fortress 2 happen on mobile platforms, and The Respawnables is Zynga's hat thrown into this particular ring. The class system is evolved into more of an avatar, and you can bet your sweet in-app bippy that you'll have to either grind like crazy or pay some real-world cash to get the best items. But on top of all that, the online action looks pretty solid.

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Run, shoot, laugh and respawn. Join the fun with this trigger-happy, action packed, third person shooter. Play Offline or Online for FREE for endless hours of fun: complete challenges, join a team, or just kill them ALL. You are NOT expendable, you are RESPAWNABLE.

  • More than 100 single missions to complete
  • Fast paced gameplay for brisk fun
  • Short battles for entertainment on the go
  • Seamless connection and matchmaking
  • Two modes: Free For All & Team VS
  • Play with your Facebook friends on team battles
  • WiFi and 3G/4G connections enabled

 

Hero Forge

We've featured Hero Forge before: it's an interesting take on the Puzzle quest mix of puzzles and RPG elements. The game is finally out of beta, and ready to download from the Play Store for everyone. The battle system combines a sliding block puzzle with inventory, weapons, and armor upgrades, not to mention an interesting and appealing art style. The game is multiplayer only, but since the beta began things seem to be much improved, and local bouts can be initiated over NFC.

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Hero Forge is a fantasy puzzle RPG where you battle opponents by matching 3d blocks and executing skills in a series of intense rounds.

  • Play against other players online
  • Three unique classes
  • Craft epic weapons and armor
  • Play with your friends using Android Beam

Blastron

Android Police coverage: [New Game] iOS Multiplayer Favorite Blastron Jumps To Android, Brings Worms-Style 2D Combat With It

This game is Worms. I wish I could say more than that, but it's Worms, with robots instead of, you know, worms. There are some interesting design decisions in the single-player mode: for one thing, it plays in real time, forcing you to think on your feet. But in the online multiplayer mode it's the same old turn-based affair, with the added frustration of a pushy in-app purchase system. But if you love ye olde Worms gameplay, the graphics and general polish make Blastron worth a look.

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Your robots are armed and ready for battle. It's time to Blast or be Blasted. Launch yourself into the awesome world of Blastron, home of the universe's most extreme Robotic Sport - Blastbots. Explore thousands of ways to blow up your fellow robots, while collecting awesome loot, upgrading and customizing your robots...and did we mention, blasting the crap out of other robots.?!? Collect an arsenal of insane weapons designed for maximum annihilation while upgrading an array of unique robot parts to level up your skills.

Choplifter HD

Console gamers know that piloting helicopters is usually frustrating, but Choplifter HD hopes to solve this problem with a shift in perspective. In this mobile remake of an old franchise, you're tasked with flying a whirlibird in a 2D plane, even though the graphics are 3D. You'll fight your way through warzones to rescue civilians (including a certain Duke who's low on bubblegum), but don't take it too seriously - check the trailer below for a Wilhelm Scream.

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In Choplifter HD™, players take on the role of an up and coming rescue pilot asked to join the elite, international helicopter rescue team. Pilots are trained to command a variety of helicopters deployed on more than 30 different missions. Combining reality with elements of fantasy, missions will range from captured military prisoner extraction to saving survivors of viral outbreaks. Pilots must bank, hover, touch-down and sometimes even shake zombies from their chopper during lift-off in order to make their rescue and complete their mission.

Suspect In Sight!

What's this? Two helicopter games in one roundup? Indeed it is. Suspect In Sight takes a more GTA spin on things, with full 3D gameplay and huge open environments. You'll be playing as the police who are hunting down various speedsters, smugglers, and good-old-fashioned thugs as they speed though Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Don't stop to sightsee, though: you're on the clock. The cartoony cutscenes in between the levels are bit racy, so you might not want your kids playing this one.

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Live the life of Rob, the ultimate badass police officer, who gets things done! Fly his police chopper and use its spotlight to catch criminals on the loose! Bring law and order back to three great American cities – Miami, New York and Los Angeles*! Unveil comic frames drawn by one of the world’s best comic artists and help Rob succeed in his quest to deliver justice!

Chop Chop Ninja

This unapologetically old-school platformer is an iOS pilgrim, bringing your basic Ninja Gaiden-style running, jumping, and slashing, with more of a kid-friendly polish. Powerups include the ever-popular wall jump, an Edo-period jetpack (a giant firecracker), and there are more enemies than you can swing a katana at. Unity-based 2D graphics are a little basic, but the game already has a dedicated fanbase.

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The Emperor's daughter is in danger and needs your help. Save the princess from an evil curse by using your ancient ninja skills to traverse the land and confront enemies with the edge of your katana.

  • Climb, jump, fight using clever touch controls
  • Confront enemies from lumbering samurai to slithering snakes
  • Acquire new skills and powers including a sharp katana, double jump, and even a rocket pack.
  • Vibrant graphics complete with cartoon cutscenes

Chuck's Challenge 3D

Chuck's Challenge is a strange mix of top-down twitch gaming and esoteric puzzles. A combination of levers, switches, crates, and bad guys will see you through the stages, and SHIELD owners can use the hardware's physical controls to do so. The game includes 25 free levels, with 75 more available after an in-app purchase, plus a level editor with a publishing feature, so you can share with other players.

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Meet Woop, just your everyday puzzle lovin’ purple alien capable of altering time and space. Woop has summoned all-round puzzle game legend Chuck Sommerville for one purpose - to create a universe of puzzles for him to work his way out of. Take control of Woop and help him navigate his way through level after level of obstacles and challenges that stand between him and reaching the exit portal. Shift blocks, find keys, flip switches, wade through water, hot-foot it through lava and do everything it takes to make it out in one piece and evade an army of hungry creatures who want nothing more than to turn our purple hero into a nice ‘n tasty Woop Sandwich.

Boom Boom Hamster Golf

Golfing tip: hamsters do not have any aerodynamic advantages over a standard dimpled golf ball. Unless you shoot them out of a canon. That seems to be the principle behind Boom Boom Hamster Golf, which wins the Jeremiah Rice Award For Truth In Advertising if nothing else. In addition to furry ballistics, you get courses littered with monsters (a giant crab robot is more menacing than a sand pit) and a few minigames for good measure.

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You don’t have to be a pro golfer to enjoy Boom Boom Hamster Golf. You just have to love firing adorable hamsters out of a cannon on the world’s most fantastic golf courses. These first nine holes take place on the exotic Lost Islands Course, located somewhere off of your Western Coast. Nine unique island clusters showcase the holes, but beware of the monsters that inhabit some of these isles. They hate golfers stomping all over their turf, but with a little luck you can defeat them.

Flick Tennis

Tennis games are pretty common on Android, but this one has some interesting hooks. First of all, the graphics in the single-player mode are pretty fantastic - simple 3D models, but stylish enough to catch the eye. Second, there's actually a story (a rarity for a sports game), told through comic book cutscenes. And third, there's a nifty local multiplayer mode that's perfect for tablets.

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Drive the story in a comic book as you play role of a tennis prodigy who must fight for his survival and become the best college tennis player, following his quest of joy, anger, despair and jubilation. Sports games usually lacks a life, a larger purpose, a role, an objective. Flick Tennis fills that void, adds a life, gives you a role and drags you in to what it is trying to say from the first few seconds.

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Blueprint 3D

Blueprint 3D is a lot like Pixel Twist. In fact, it's exactly like Pixel Twist, with blueprints instead of pixels: you're presented with a nebulous cloud of line drawings that you need to spin around in all dimensions until it makes a coherent shape. There seems to be a nice variety of puzzles ("more than 300") and the blueprint style should make for some nice challenges if you've already played and beaten the other game.

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Each level begins with a mysterious clutter of seemingly chaotic dots and lines. Underneath all the chaos, however, lies a beautiful blueprint image waiting to be uncovered. It’s right there in front of you: Just drag your finger across the screen to rotate the figure, and all of a sudden you’ll notice that the lines start to make sense. Solve the puzzle by rotating the figure in all directions and on all planes until you hit the sweet spot. Once you’re there, the secret picture will reveal itself. Wait till you see this in action.

Apoc Wars

Apoc Wars tries to mix the conventional aspects of the real-time strategy genre with a persistent mobile game. That means that your base remains in place throughout all missions, though you'll need to defend it in periodic tower defense-style sections. When you're on the attack, controls are more or less like an RTS, but you won't have the opportunity to replenish your troops. Online multiplayer is included, along with a pretty heavy push towards the in-app purchases.

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Apoc Wars is an original, free-to-play, social real-time strategy game that takes place in the years following the Great Apocalypse. The world has blown itself to bits and resources are scarce. Become an expert at raiding enemy bases for any loot you can get your hands on. And if someone takes your stuff, it's not the end of the world. That already happened! Send your tanks and get it back.

1941 Frozen Front

Have you always wanted to play Civilization without all that pesky empire-building? You know, the Civilization part? How about replacing it with tanks so cold that they can freeze a Stormtrooper's tongue to steel? Then 1941 Frozen Front is for you. It's a turn-based, grid-style strategy game, employing the usual free-to-play caveats. Multiplayer is supported in hot potato local battles only, but there's built-in support for Google Play Games.

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Experience mind-blowing World War 2 battles in the brilliant new STRATEGY-hit by HandyGames™!

  • FIGHT through the bone-chilling cold of the 1941 eastern front!
  • OVERRUN enemy positions with tanks and infantry!
  • TAKE out hostile headquarters with mighty bomber wings!
  • EMPLACE your artillery in rough terrain!
  • SUPPLY your troops with goods and ammunition!
  • DEFEND yourself against superior numbers of enemies!

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A Ride into the Mountains

Sitting decidedly in the retro camp, A Ride Into The Mountains stars A Horse And His Boy a boy, his horse, and a bow and arrow, taking down bad guys, saving the world, and all that jazz. The graphics are pixelated but stylish, and this game is definitely designed for the bits and chips crowd. But for all that, it's undeniably skylight and atmospheric, and early reviews are quite positive.

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Evil force invaded the relic in the mountain. Darkness began to spread. A brave young man, equipped with his family’s unique mounted archery skills, rides into the mountains to battle against the mysterious demons.

Super Crossfire

Looking for a Space Invaders clone that also aims to activate your latent epilepsy? Then look no further. Super Crossfire takes the familiar beep-boop gameplay and adds some trippy visuals and music, then throws in some frantic bullet hell shooter action for good measure. Remember: drop down, increase speed, reverse direction, and shoot where they're going to be instead of where they are.

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Old-school action meets dazzling graphic and energetic beats in Super Crossfire. Blast alien invaders while warping across the screen with an effortless tap. Unlock upgrades and acquire advanced power-ups as you seek to obliterate wave after wave of enemies. Boasting great replay value, intense action, and eye-popping visuals, Super Crossfire sets a new standard for arcade action.

Expander

Halfway between an endless runner and a twitchy puzzler, Expander tasks the player with collecting as many stars as possible before crashing to a boxy death. You control the horizontal and the vertical, squeezing your bar into tighter and tighter spaces while grabbing stars at maximum expansion. The screenshots don't do it justice - you really need to see it in motion in the video below.

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Expand and reach for the stars! Float into infinity! Don't crash into walls. Expander is a fast-paced reaction game that challenges you to take risks. Collect precious stars by lifting and stretching your colored block. Shrink it to avoid obstacles. Stay calm and be prepared for mind-boggling twists.

Squarescape

In Noodlecake's Squarescape, your objective is to grab a dot and get out of the level. That's it. In a super-simplified take on the sliding block puzzles of all those old Zelda and Pokemon games, your square won't stop until it hits something, and you can't pass through the gate to get to the next round without grabbing the ball. 100 levels increase difficulty and variety as you progress, and there are multiple answers for most of these simple stages.

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You are trapped. An exit you think will set you free only leads to another colorfully unfamiliar area. The chance to return to where you once were depends solely on the power of a small circle and your own ingenuity. Navigate the puzzled scape of unknown worlds to rediscover where you belong. Can you escape?

ShadowArc

What if Super Hexagon had two moving targets instead of one? That idea is more than a little insane, because Super Hexagon eats gamers for breakfast. But ShadowArc is more on the "zen" side, with soothing music and visuals. It's still plenty hard: you'll have to move and swap two needles to catch the correctly-colored arcs as they go by, and hope you've got enough time to grab some health and power-ups while you're at it.

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Defend yourself against the endless waves of arcs that threaten to send your universe into the void. You must maneuver your paddles to block the onslaught of approaching arcs. Arcs approach at varying speeds, trajectories and patterns, so stay alert and be ready for anything! ShadowArc features hours of gameplay and replayability with numerous levels spread across the different Zones.

Teslapunk

Shoot-em-up, bullet Hell games aren't hard to find on Android. Neither are games with a steampunk theme. But here's the one game that rests at the intersection of that particular Venn diagram. Teslapunk puts you in the slightly charred shoes of Nikola Tesla as he pilots his homemade spaceship through a variety of trippy environments. Both arcade and survival modes are included, as well as some very helpful advice: "don't die!"

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A Shoot-Em-Up with two different playing modes. In arcade you play through different levels, dodging bullets, killing enemies with your laser and occasionally canceling bullets with a feature called Voltage Burst. Canceling bullets raises the multiplier and thus the score. But beware, it also raises the difficulty. Epic boss battles await you. In survival you have to fight endless attack waves, collecting coins and power ups on your way. You can equip and level up your ship to be more effective.

 

Blitz Block Robo

This block puzzle game seems to have more new ideas than most: adjacent blocks of the same color can be cleared in any amount and direction, but only after moving one. Wildcards and obstacles are thrown in to keep you on your toes, and there's a ticking clock as well. Google Play Games support is integrated, but unfortunately there's no multiplayer option.

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Blitz Block Robo is an action puzzle game with a fresh new take on the typical match puzzler. Simple, yet challenging, control the game grid by sliding blocks, matching colors of any amount to earn points or chain together with special blocks for massive combos.

• Full Google Play leaderboards and achievement support.
• Addicting, simple, block matching gameplay.
• Unique block types add varying effects to the game grid.

QbQbQb

Combining elements of circular puzzle games and block puzzles, QbQbQb (yeah, I don't get it either) is an exercise in twitchy minimalism. Rotate your circle to line up blocks, building single-colored stacks and grabbing extra points for combos. Let them grow too high and the game ends. Graphics and music are stylishly basic, but the game does throw in the neat trick of a two-player mode with a single device. There's a free demo version if $3 is too rich for your blood.

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Rotate the planet to match colors according to one of three game modes. If you like Rymdkapsel aesthetics combine it with Tetris, Gyro or Klax mechanics and original music with chiptune touch. Play solo, vs computer or even with your friend - in two players mode on the same device. Each 100 points the music improves and the visuals are evolving. Unlock achievements - 8 per planet x 6 planets What makes it special is a great choice of sounds that will make you feel like you were creating the music while playing.

Gurk III, the 8-bit RPG

Gurk is a series of mobile RPGs that takes its "retro" inspiration seriously. No modern buttons or even full-screen graphics - it's like you're playing on the portable Atari 2600 that never was. The third entry in the series is now out of beta, adding a larger game world, more enemies and loot, and a reworked class system. This sort of game isn't for everyone, but the die-hard fans can't seem to get enough.

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The long-awaited sequel to the also-long-awaited sequel to the beloved 8-bit RPG has finally arrived! The third installment in the series is a bigger adventure than ever before, with loads of new monsters and items, many with unique effects and abilities. Character classes are better-differentiated and combat tactics are more subtle and interesting without sacrificing the hack'n'slash ethos that Gurk fans adore.

Retro Space TD Tower Defense

Can you make a "retro" game in a genre that's just a few years old? You can if you strip out some of the functionality and focus on the core game mechanics. in Retro Space TD, you don't have to worry about placing your towers or turrets: just buy them, upgrade them, and replace them as fast as you can to shoot down waves of the enemy. The 8-bit (or 16-bit, really) and chiptune crowd should love this.

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Defend your planet against hordes of alien spaceships in this space old school futuristic fun action packed tower defense game with tactic elements! Armed with a advanced arsenal of turrets and unique upgrades, there is no end to the many strategies available at your disposal!

  • Free tower defense game in space stetting!
  • Perfectly works both on phones and tablets!
  • Great retro look!
  • Tons of ships!Original 8-bit soundtrack!
  • Lots of turrets! Unique upgrades!

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Alien Blitz

Alien Blitz looks like nothing more or less than an attempt to remake a twitchy, Doom-style shooter in a pixelated top-down format. It's got guns. It's got aliens. It's got more bullets on screen than seems reasonable. Everything looks pretty tiny in those screenshots, so this is one game that might be better on tablets (though smartphones are supported). The full game is $2.49, but there's a free demo version as well.

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Your island has been invaded by aliens during the night, take your shotgun, and kick them out! Alien Blitz is a top-view arcade-shooter with loads of weapons, maps and monsters. You play a soldier resting on his native island, but it is quickly overrun by monsters from outer space and no outside help is available. You put on your armor, take your shotgun and go to find out what happened at the peril of your life.

Tower of Evil

Survival horror fans don't have a lot of options on Android, but Tower Of Evil looks promising. (It's got a tower, and you can tell it's evil because of the inverted pentagram motif.) This game is played in full first-person 3D, and though the graphics aren't anything to write home about, they should be good for a jump scare or two. It looks like the gameplay itself is heavy on adventure game puzzles and light on combat.

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SPECIAL RELEASE PROMOTION - 50% OFF! This is a 3D survivor horror adventure game. You are held captive in a prison called Tower of Evil. Your goal is to survive and escape. In order to do that, you will have to go through many dangerous situations, face demonic creatures, solve puzzles, riddles and much more!

Throne Wars

This thing wants to be Game of Thrones so bad. Look down there. That lady even bears a striking resemblance to Lena "Cersei Lannister" Headey. Of course, Throne Wars is not a political intrigue and/or incest simulator, it's a city builder, with a bit of Age of Empires combat thrown in for good measure. Be prepared for a big push towards social play and in-app purchases, but the only multiplayer mode is via a leaderboard.

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Start out as a young regent of a single city, and go on to build an unbeatable kingdom. Dominate the battlefields, pillage enemy cities. And form a mighty alliance as you compete with thousands of other Players on a gigantic map to answer one question: Who will be the King of Kings? Prove your cunning and bravery in THRONE WARS, the brand new medieval building game.

Space Ark THD

Space Ark is a pilgrim from the Xbox Live Arcade, a riff on the Icy Tower-style game with a movable platform instead of tilt controls. What it's got to do with space, or indeed arks, is a bit underdeveloped, but there are cute animals, arbitrary coin collecting, and lots of bouncing. Graphics are Tegra "THD" enhanced, but the game is available on standard devices as well.

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Bounce! Power-Up! Transform! Can you collect all the crystals and win the highest scores? Let's go on a journey into space and discover new worlds that you can help transform into brand new habitats for your team of animal "Arkanouts"! The super hit game from Xbox Live Arcade has been rebuilt for mobile and and now touched down on Android!

My Muppets Show

Android Police coverage: [New Games] Disney Releases Three New Titles Into The Play Store, Introduces Free Demo Of Where's My Mickey

Ah, finally, some Disney IP I care about. My Muppets Show isn't so much a game as a sort of digital keyboard using the Muppets themselves as keys. Voice clips from the show/movies lend the title an air of authenticity, letting you create semi-authentic "songs" that get more complex as you unlock more characters. Hey, it's got Sam The Eagle, so I'm already sold.

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Join Kermit, Animal, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppets for the performance of a lifetime. Go on tour in this fun, musical game, brought to you by Disney and the creators of My Singing Monsters. The famous Muppet Theater stage is yours to manage; it’s up to you to reunite and recruit the all-star cast of Muppets, and put on the best show ever. Every Muppet that you recruit sings or plays a unique instrument in a larger musical number. Unlock them all to complete your very own Muppets Show in this all-new free mobile game.

Monsters, Inc. Run

Android Police coverage: [New Games] Disney Releases Three New Titles Into The Play Store, Introduces Free Demo Of Where's My Mickey

Wait, didn't we already have a Monsters, Inc. endless runner? Yup, here it is. At least this one has a little differentiation: the gameplay is 2D side-scrolling as opposed to the Temple Run over-the-shoulder perspective, and you play with the characters from the original movie, not the University sequel. Oh, and it has Boo, the so-called center of the Pixar film universe. Surely that's worth an extra two bucks? 

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JOIN MIKE, SULLEY, AND OTHER MONSTERS, INC. DUOS ON THEIR EPIC ADVENTURE TO SAVE BOO. Run, jump, and power your way through this monstrously fun action game. Journey through the city of Monstropolis with famous scare teams from Monsters, Inc., and find a way to rescue Boo. Check out the latest update that also features new Monsters University stages. Choose from Mike and Sulley and your other favorite characters from the film. Use power-ups to call in your partner for help.

ZOMBIES ATE MY FRIENDS

Come on, Glu. At least pretend like you've got some originality left. You guys are looking like an even greedier version of Gameloft as of late. We're coming up on two years of game roundups that include zombies. Shame. Shame.

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Welcome to Festerville, population 4,206 (mostly zombies). We hope you enjoy your visit: explore the town, take in the sights and sounds (mostly groaning), dine on whatever you can find, and get to know the locals (though we suggest you avoid the dead ones). For recreation, try zombie combat: use what you find, or visit one of the town’s many weapon-crafting merchants for your choice of the finest hand-scavenged implements of zombie removal.

Dipdap

Being both American and more wary of children than that creepy guy from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I was blissfully unaware of Dipdap (it's a kid's show from the BBC). In the mobile game, the goal is to draw in objects needed by the title character, in a sort of structured take on Scribblenauts. Obviously adults aren't going to get much out of it, but it might be a pleasant enough distraction for the rugrats in your household.

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Dipdap is a fun drawing app that is silly, absorbing and full of surprises! Dipdap comes with 16 beautifully animated adventures which prompt the child to draw in missing objects that, once drawn, enable Dipdap to complete his mission. These adventures are designed to inspire your child's imagination - turn off the set guides and the child is free to draw whatever they wish. Watch Dipdap respond to the lines drawn, then playback and share with friends and family.

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Age of Zombies Lite

Age Of Zombies was one of the first quality games I played on Android, and it's just as good today as it was then. Halfbrick has released a demo version of their zombie-blasting, wise-cracking, sleeve-defying top-down shooter, so that even those who insist upon playing only free games can get a taste of the fun. Considering the high degree of polish in this game, I am willing to suspend my hatred for all things zombie on this occasion. You can (and should!) buy the full version for a dollar.

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Lock and load through the history of time as a tough-as-nails commando named Barry Steakfries, who is looking for nothing more than to shoot some zombies and make it back in time for a hearty dinner! The evil Professor Brains has sent hordes of undead to the furthest reaches of time to destroy mankind, but Steakfries won’t be taking that lying down. He’ll take it with a gun, a Zombie T-Rex and a whole repertoire of cheesy one-liners!

 

Where's My Mickey? Free

Android Police coverage: [New Games] Disney Releases Three New Titles Into The Play Store, Introduces Free Demo Of Where's My Mickey

Where's My Mickey is the latest and most clearly-branded of Disney's Where's My Water series, using the iconic character in his new monochromatic version to wring a few more drops out of the IP. We've already featured the game, but this is a free demo version, in case you've never tried the fluid dynamics gameplay before.

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Join Mickey on a brand new adventure in Disney’s most popular mobile game franchise. 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. Every drop counts.

WTF Game(s) Of The Week

RuPaul's Drag Race: Dragopolis

I have a confession to make: I had no idea who RuPaul was before writing this article. Apparently he's famous for putting on women's clothes, and now there's an endless runner game about him (based on the show of the same name). It looks bloody terrible, but you can put your own face on the character, just in case you were hoping to avoid sound sleep for the next few weeks.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis is a fantabulous adventure starring a drag queen fighting for RuPaul. The evil drag queen Apocalypstyk has broken into the workroom on day one of RuPaul’s Drag Race in order to sabotage the show and kidnap the men in the pit crew. Players control our drag queen heroine, and can customize this ferocious character with sickening wigs, outfits and even their own face.

Snowden Run 3D

This game isn't the most egregious violator of poor taste that we've featured in our WTF section... but it comes pretty close. Play as whistleblower Edward Snowden (and now Julian Assange!) as he runs from the the government, featuring special appearances by Vladimir Putin.

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Snowden Run 3D is a free satirical Temple Run/Subway Surfers clone for Android, iPhone and HTML5 based on the current events surrounding Mr. Edward Snowden. The game was authored by Belgian actor/director and computer scientist Mike "The Spike" Smith (Michele Rocco Smeets) originally intended as a Ludum Dare contest entry, with less than 30 hours of development time dedicated to it. It features three complete, infinite episodes; NSA Head Quarters, Hong Kong and Moscow Airport.

 

Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!

If you have an application in mind for the next issue of the roundup, feel free to send us an email and let us know.

Important: there are 2 requirements in order for the app to be considered, listed below.

  • the app's launch date has to be no longer than 2 weeks ago
  • it has to be original, ground-breaking, well-reviewed, interesting, fun, etc - the cream of the crop

Now, if and only if the above requirements have been satisfied, fire up an email to this address: oh.no.its.the@androidpolice.com.

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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.
  • Kiltedbear

    I'm not so much defending the game, but I am a bit shocked you didn't at least hear of RuPaul. She's been around forever and has done shows with some of the biggest names in entertainment. She's also known for some of the music she's done. Supermodel is from the early 90's and was used on just about every depiction of or real fashion show for several years.

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

      I've never heard of her/it either until this roundup. :-(

      • dNj

        No need for the disrespect by referring to a person as ''it''.

        • Derek

          Indeed that was offensive as hell. I can't believe there are still people in the technology industry with such small minds. He or she would've been fine. Drag queens deserve respect, just like anybody else. And rupaul has a lot more viewers and followers than you'll ever have, Artem. I'll be sure to avoid this blog and reboot this for others to avoid from now on.

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

            Please read my response above.

          • Ben Enos

            Relax.... He apologized. It's easy to criticize someone for one poorly chosen word out of literally thousands/tens of thousands of text he has probably written this week alone. People make mistakes, it ddoesn't mean he meant any disrespect or that he holds any prejudices against rupaul or drag queens. Cut the guy a little slack, he already said he made a mistake, what else do u expect him to do?

          • Alex Mocaby

            To be fair to Derek, he posted his apology 2 hours after Derek's complaint.

          • Ben Enos

            Good point, when I looked at the thread initially it looked like artemisia had already apologized before dereks second comment but it was just the way the comments showed up in the thread.

          • habib

            When people are demanding that drag queens are given respect (even though they have none for themselves) then you just know that the world has gone to shit!

          • CasperTFG

            Amen.

          • CasperTFG

            Actually Derek, calling someone an 'it' is free speech. If you don't like it, move on. Drag queens aren't normal. Otherwise we'd all being do it. Let's drop the phony, condescending and knee-jerk liberal victimization ploy and get back to tech.

          • Doomsday

            Yea what Casper said...

          • Robert Brennocks

            Fucking homo lovers, go eat a dick faggot.

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

          I'm sorry, I left the comment from mobile after briefly seeing the word Rupaul and glancing at the screenshots in passing. I still wasn't sure if Rupaul is a person or an act, or a character, or the name of a team of people (I should have read the comment in full), or someone the game author made up, so I said she/it. I have deep respect for equality and people's rights, and I can definitely see how wrong it came out. Apologies, but I really didn't mean anything by it. I didn't realize that RuPaul is a real person until now.

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        It???
        You got some serious issues.

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

    I'm playing the "Zombies ate my friends" since last few days; only because it has a engaging story and good graphics. But it has got too many problems -

    1. Till before last update, this is how the game played - launch, crash, launch, crash,launch, crash, launch, crash, launch, crash, play.
    2. You run out of in-game-energy in 5-10 minutes flat. After that, you have to either buy more energy (IAP) or wait for hours to fill it back up.
    3. There's a "luck" powerup element, which is supposed to offer you "Critical attack", "Double hit", "Daze" etc. But 80% of time, those are offered when a single hit will kill the zombie. (i.e. when you don't need them).
    4. When you are running out of energy and you are hoping the "luck" powerup will kick-in, killing zombies require more energy. (i.e. kinda pushing for IAP)
    5. Special time restricted missions don't offer any special rewards.

  • fredric

    I always come here for the WTF content but boy are they low!
    Good job finding them AP, BTW!

  • Ira

    I played Guardian Cross and actually enjoyed it despite being rough around the edges.

    This morning, however, it asked me to update. All of the sudden it's not compatible with my Nexus 4. I've seen that complaint in different game at the Google Play store but never actually experienced it first hand. It blows. Hopefully it gets fixed soon.

    Some of the others look interesting and I'll probably buy sometime in the future - specifically rymdkapsel, Tainted Keep, Blueprint 3D and ShadowArc.

    I definitely recommend Age of Zombies full, but it's nice to see them release a demo.

  • Himmat Singh

    Are you guys serious in placing Blood Sword high up in the list? It's a tech demo, with very poor gameplay.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      It's just a list, not a rating

      • Himmat Singh

        I believe I've read it before, that how high a game is placed on this list reflects how good it is perceived to be. It's not definitive, but reflective for sure.

        • Jeremiah Rice

          Consider the order of the list a vague indicator of my perception of quality. I don't have time to play every one of these (you'll notice that the linked article was written by another AP team member) so I admit, it's not definitive, and there are certainly cases where lower games might be of generally higher quality. I also tend to group similar games after the first few entries (which usually have separate articles). For example, in this roundup, most of the retro/minimalist games appear together.

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        Yeah, that's probably why he wrote "high up in the list" instead of "high up in the rating".

  • Adam

    There's a pretty decent card RPG on the market called Devil Maker that's actually really good. I submitted a tip but got no reply on it. It's much better than the other free to play stuff and is the only one I've seen that doesn't tank your player ranking if you don't buy things. At least better than Guardian Cross, if nothing else.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Yes, we're aware of Devil Maker. I even tried it out, which is why we haven't covered it. It's got a pretty distasteful root check, the sign-in options are completely broken, and frankly, the art in what I've seen of the game so far is mildly offensive to me. I have vetoed multiple games before along similar lines.

      Let me be perfectly clear: if a game appears to depict very young girls in a suggestive manner, I don't want it to appear in any article that might even suggest that I endorse it. Only games with anime/manga-style art have elicited this negative reaction from me before, and it's certainly not true of all anime/manga games. But I will flat-out refuse any game where sexualized or scantily-clad characters appear to be under the US age of consent, regardless of content, origin, or quality.

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

      In addition to what Jeremiah said, I did do a little giveaway of $400 worth of in-game currency that I'm about to finalize https://plus.google.com/+AndroidPolice/posts/JPEsRKaCNoo

  • VinitJasoliya

    Sine Mora is a new game that can be included in this list:

    Have a look here: http://www.windroidblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/download-free-cracked-apk-of-shoot-em.html

  • uximalik

    sina mora :)

    check android won against apple

  • josev

    played Tainted Kepp, it feels like dark soul. quite good at that.

    a ride to mountain is the best 2d slingshot at the moment, better than dude perfect, even 10x better than angry boobs, err, birds.

    will get sine mora next. and that Snowden 3D. :)

  • Falconator

    Nice collection as always!!!

    No worries about the "it" error...people need to grow a spine anyways.

  • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh

    Cook, Serve, Delicious should have been on this list. Such a great little title. I'm not normally into the genre, but it's staggeringly frantic. Funny too.

  • Vibin

    Loaded this page on Carbon's internal browser. Lagged heavily and crashed.

    Loaded it on Firefox beta on my Gnex. Crashed.

    Loaded it on Chrome beta. Phone almost puked.

    Loaded it on Chrome on laptop. Took 25 seconds to load on a 15Mbps connection, after Shockwave Flash has crashed.

  • jimmy saville

    check out the app 'shoot the fokkers'

  • http://www.techaxle.com/ TechAxle.Com

    This is really nice collection of games, I think "Template Run2" and "Subway Surfer" both are the top games nowadays.