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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

Middle Manager of Justice

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Double Fine's Middle Manager Of Justice Hits Google Play, Saves The World One TPS Report At A Time

Middle Manager of Justice is what happens when you tell a developer of quirky adventure games to make one about Nick Fury. It's a mix of Kairosoft's company managers and Pokémon-style RPG elements (where the Pokémon are six-foot-tall superheroes). You recruit and train heroes, then send them out to defend the world and get inevitably maimed in the process. Upgrade your office and your filing system to make the heroes slightly better, then brag about it on your quarterly self-evaluation.

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Somewhere between GOOD and EVIL... Between ORDER and CHAOS... Between UPPER MANAGEMENT and the SENIOR STAFF... You'll find the glue that holds it all together: The Middle Manager of Justice. Congratulations, you are the new Middle Manager of Justice. You have been hired to whip the latest branch of Justice Corp. into shape. Train and manage your team of superheroes to thwart crime and save citizens around the city. Increase efficiency in your branch by building new facilities and upgrading the equipment. Could it be done without you? Yeah, probably. But it would be sloppy, costly and demotivating.

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

Android Police coverage: Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded Slides Back Into The Play Store After Post-Launch Issues

Leisure Suit Larry was scheduled to hit the market last month, but its release turned out to be a little premature. Now it's back and ready for another go, bringing fancy new graphics and voice acting (and a few well-placed and updated cultural references) to the classic adventure game. The point is to help the titular Larry meet a nice girl, settle down, have a family, and chastely live the American dream get some scantily-clad tail, so it's not for kids. The download is free, but you'll have to slip $5 in the IAP garter to play the full story.

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Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards was first released by Sierra On-Line in 1987 and be-came an international phenomenon. The lovable loser Larry Laffer -- a 40-year-old virgin in pursuit of losing his vir .um, finding true love -- and risqué humor were unlike anything anyone had ever seen or played. Now Larry’s original creator, the world-famous game designer Al Lowe, has teamed up with Sierra Veteran Josh Mandel, to bring this amazing, perverted game back to life – updated and expanded in every way imaginable.

Nun Attack: Run & Gun

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Nun Attack: Run & Gun Blasts Into The Play Store Armed With Iron Faith And Holy Power-Ups

The church ladies are back in the habit with this spin-off from Nun Attack. The developers are trying their hands at an endless runner (instead of a shameless Battleheart clone), and it's surprisingly cool. There's an interesting mix of Contra-style shooting action and platforming to go along with the casual blasphemy, and the production values are at least as good as any free game you'll find out there.

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The Fallen Nun has been defeated, but Evil never truly rests. Find out what lies beyond the wretched world left behind by Mortanna, as the Nuns dash, shoot and slide through a plethora of obstacles and monsters. Test your faith in this fast-paced, hectic runner that’s not for the faint of heart. Pick your favorite Nun, equip bad-ass weapons, choose from a slew of holy power-ups and start running towards your next destination, as all Hell’s breaking loose.

Gentlemen!

It's a long time since I've seen a good Mario Bros revival (no, not that Mario, this Mario). Gentlemen! is what might happen if Nintendo threw out its own 30-year-old rulebook and gave the brothers a new Victorian-era wardrobe. This two-player battle game is intended for a single tablet with opposing players, with the blue and red characters zipping around the platform stages like bolts of lightning in three-piece suits. Plus, there's a pigeon with a top hat. Buy it now.

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2 Players, One Screen: Gentlemen! A Victorian era head-to-head arcade battle for tablets - 7 inches and up! Take on your friends in this frantically paced duel game. Knives, bombs, homing pigeons - choose your weapon wisely, and master the art of the gravity flip. An honorable duel, a dapper delight - GENTLEMEN! You'll need to hone a delicate balance of technique, knowledge, cunning, and blind panic (just like a real duel!). You'll also need a friend - two players, one screen. If you don't have a friend, go and get one.

Dots: A Game About Connecting

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Dots Is Wildly Popular And Immensely Addicting, Now Available On Google Play

Dots is a bare-bones Bejeweled-style puzzle game, complete with falling blocks (or dots, in this case) and simple rules. The like-colored dots won't clear themselves: you'll have to literally connect them with a swipe, not unlike the pattern lockscreen. This game is bafflingly, phenomenally successful on iOS. The combination of an incredibly simple design and easy presentation makes for a compelling little time-waster, and the addition of hot-potato multiplayer doesn't hurt.

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The beautiful and addictive hit game Dots is now available on Android phones and tablets.The task is simple; connect as many same-colored dots as you can in 60 seconds. Get competitive by connecting Twitter and Facebook to see your friends' scores on the High Scores list. For the first time in Dots, an un-timed, moves based mode is available; kick back and take your time while planning strategic moves. You can also prove that you are better at Dots than your friends with our local Multiplayer mode. Play a board then pass to a friend for an ultimate one on one showdown.

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Champs: Battlegrounds

Champs: Battlegrounds takes traditional tactical RPGs and gives them a new lease on life with real-time combat. You'll still have to make strategic use of your forces, adapting to the environment and selectively using special moves to bring the enemy to heel. Or paw. Whatever. A full single-player mode and multiplayer battles are included, but beware of the free-to-play, pay-to-win curse when venturing online.

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Lead your squad to victory in Champs: Battlegrounds, an action-packed squad based strategy game with fast-paced real-time combat. Choose your Champs, build your squad, battle through the campaign or challenge other players, and upgrade your army with more powerful Champs. Make every move count, as the decisions you make in the heat of battle have the potential to determine victory or defeat.

BattleFriends in Tanks

This game combines the turn-based tank battles of Scorched Earth with the heavy social play of Zynga's arsenal of titles. You pick a tank, kit it out with as much gear as you can afford, and try your best to blast your buddies via some good old-fashioned ballistic arcs. The battles are a little on the simple side with only two players, but the stages have an Angry Birds Space feel thanks to the 360-degree playing field. The $3 premium version includes HD graphics and some exclusive gear, but beware of the free-to-play multiplayer curse.

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Battle friends or strangers using one of many special weapons and become a field marshal. Get ready for the ultimate in turn-based mayhem! Invite your pals by Facebook, Twitter, SMS or e-mail! Gain experience and increase your rank to become a legend! Every battle requires a different strategy! Use cunning tactics to defeat your opponents! Start playing on one device then continue on another!

Friendly Fire!

There have been quite a few tower defense games that try to up the ante with real-time strategy elements. Friendly Fire! takes the base-building approach with a new twist: your bases are built on real maps, or at least, procedurally-generated game boards based on real maps. You can set up your base anywhere in the world, but unfortunately, multiplayer is limited to a leaderboard system at the moment.

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Defend your nation and destroy your rivals! Build an army, fortify your base, and conquer the world! Welcome to Friendly Fire! As Commander, it's your job to build a formidable army and become a force to be reckoned with. Your success will secure your position as the world's greatest superpower - become the envy of your friends and the bane of your enemies. Unleash tanks, artillery, and airborne assaults to crush all those who stand in your way.

Momonga Pinball Adventures

Give the developers credit: when most people think of flying squirrels and matching game mechanics (if, indeed, anyone has ever paired them before), pinball is not the first thing that comes to mind. Momonga is more like a Zelda-style action game in which the primary motive force just happens to be conveniently-placed pinball paddles. The design of the stages - or tables, if you will - makes for some interesting gameplay.

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Momonga is a unique pinball game, where you bounce through different worlds. On the way, you team up with friends to defeat enemies and conquer bossfights. A little flying squirrel takes on the forces of evil - join Momo, Panda and Fry in a quest to save the momongas from the claws of the evil owls. Momonga Pinball Adventures is a different kind of pinball. Instead of regular cabinets, you bounce a flying squirrel through different levels.

Geometry Dash

Endless runners are played out, and so are rhythm games. But Geometry Dash seems to effectively blend the two. It combines simple, colorful graphics with the kind of catchy tunes that you'll hate yourself for humming next week. The beat-by-beat gameplay is fun, and it's got the usual additions of vehicles, powerups, and costumes. There are no in-app purchases (yes!) but you do get a level editor for free. Nice.

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Jump and fly your way through danger in this rhythm-based action platformer! Prepare for a near impossible challenge in the world of Geometry Dash. Push your skills to the limit as you jump, fly and flip your way through dangerous passages and spiky obstacles. Simple one touch game play with lots of levels that will keep you entertained for hours!

Fractal: Make Blooms Not War

Fractal was available in the latest Humble Android Bundle back in June, but now it's made its debut on the Google Play Store. Gameplay is a mix of Go and Bejeweled, with the standard zen graphics and music that the developer is known for - they're the same people who made Splice. Move the tiles around to clear blocks of the same color, then revel in your geometric victory.

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From the award-winning team that brought you Auditorium, Splice, and Pulse: Volume One comes Fractal, an enthralling music puzzler experience. Push, Combo, and Chain your way through a pulsing technicolor dreamscape while expanding your consciousness at 130 BPM. Campaign mode takes you through the world of discovery. Each level offers new possibilities of play, while continually expanding on challenges.

Telekinesis Kyle

It's not often that we see an Android game try and tackle a full story, and platforming games tend to be even more basic. But Telekinesis Kyle goes for broke, with a comic book storyline and full voice acting in addition to 3D graphics and 2D gameplay. The stages are a mix of classic platforming and physics puzzles: Kyle will have to use his psychic abilities to literally make his own escape.

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Kyle is a nerdy, awkward kid with one special talent: Telekinesis. Help Kyle solve puzzles and navigate through a sinister mountain fortress to uncover an evil secret! When Kyle’s telekinetic powers were discovered, he was sent away to what he thought was a school for gifted children. The ‘school’ turned out to be nothing more than a front for a secret military experiment. Help Kyle escape his captors and reach freedom by using his amazing ability to make objects move.

Bloop - Tabletop Finger Frenzy

Imagine if Twister was played on a tablet, with digits instead of limbs. That's the gist behind Noodlecake's Bloop, which is a sort of Hungry Hungry Hippos game with a very simple premise. Up to four players tap their corresponding tiles, weaving, dodging, blocking, and generally pushing around the other three in an effort to tap the ever-smaller surface area. Check the video for a good demonstration of this live local multiplayer in action.

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WARNING: HAND COLLISION IMMINENT — Bloop is a fast, frantic touch game for Android. Two, three, or four players race to tap the most tiles...at the same time! Easy at first, but soon the tiles shrink. Hands collide. Fingers cross. Fireworks! Each color plays a unique BLOOP sound. Hear your symphonic success or dissonant disaster. Bloop is a great ice breaker, so bring this onomatopoeic adventure to your next party!

Box Cat

Our Noodlecake cup runneth over today. The second new game from the retro publisher is a simple one, kind of like the opposite of Frogger. You're an indestructible cat (shaped like a box for no particular reason) tasked with making a mess out of local traffic. Smash enough of them and you get powerups and costumes. Well, the box with ears is colored differently - I assume those are costumes.

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Box Cat is a retro arcade smasher created for Android. Smash into cars and create traffic mayhem! Drive Box Cat towards oncoming cars with tilt or touch controls. Progress through Adventure mode to complete achievements, unlock new Cats and discover the world of Box Cat. Battle waves of cars and trucks in the relentless Survival Mode. Enjoy life while smashing through 7 lanes of heavy traffic in Rush Hour mode.

Exp3D (Space Shooter - Shmup)

The expansion of mobile gaming has given us a renaissance of top-down space shooters, though the best tend to be retro and/or console ports like R-Type, Ikaruga, and Sine Mora. Exp3D is throwing its hat into this crowded ring with a 2.5D (2D gameplay, 3D graphics) trip to Bullet Hell. So what's the hook? Well, it's free - most of the better games in this genre aren't. But the game quantifies its free status with "if you're a hardcore gamer." Translation: this game will punish you for not buying fake stuff with real money.

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Move your ship around by touching the screen and dodge enemy bullets. Your special weapon reloads over time, when it's fully loaded double-tap anywhere or touch its icon to unleash its power. Some enemies drop orbs, grab them to upgrade your ship and unlock new content.

• Clear a chapter without taking a single hit and get +5 extra orbs
• Clear a chapter without using your special weapon and get +5 extra orbs
• "Hellfire" boosts your fire-power for 5 seconds
• "Time Warp" slows down time for 4 seconds
• "Super Shield" makes you immune to bullets but not to collisions with enemy ships

Smash the Office - Stress Fix!

Being a tech blogger is an awesome job: you get to write about things you enjoy, play with fancy new toys on occasion, and pants are entirely optional. I feel for the cubicle-dwellers of the world, and recommend this small bit of wish fulfillment to ease the burden. In a somewhat cartoonish take on Falling Down, Smash the Office tasks you with, well, smashing the office, awarding points for creativite destruction.

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Cubicle warrior's dream come true. Are you ready to smash stuff? Destroy the office with guerilla weapons. Work your way up to executive suites. Instant stress relief. Play as Steve Snaps and rage against the machine. Great way to blow off steam.

Delta-V Racing

If you recall your high school physics lectures, you know that Delta-V is shorthand for change in velocity. While the spaceships in this game don't go all that fast, the 2D, 90-degree shift of perspective is a nice mix of Wipeout and R-Type. You'll have to navigate the scrolling stages and avoid the pursuit of your fellow racers to make it through a single race, then use your winnings to buy new ships, so you can hit them back on the next one.

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Snake your way through the galaxy’s finest race tracks, and charge to victory in some of the coolest ships known to man. Quick thinking and faster reactions are the order of the day. Race tactically; throw off homing missiles with decoy mines or risk the tight fast route to pull a chain-boosted lead then claim your victory from the tournament BOSS as you take him out with a Laser blast… Can you take your place at the top podium on every event and become a true Delta-V Legend?

 

  

Dragon & Shoemaker

Psst. Hey, indie developers. Just because you're strapped for cash and manpower doesn't mean you need to resort to the played out "8-bit" visual style. Take Dragon & Shoemaker for example: this game mixes endless running and platforming (not unlike Wind-Up Knight) and manages to do so with polygonal character and environment design. Sure, the graphics aren't going to blow anyone away, but at least they're trying.

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Dragon & Shoemaker is a challenging and extremely addictive 3D side-scrolling platform game, based on one of the most popular Polish legends about Shoemaker and the evil Dragon. The game will take you on a journey across an early medieval world of Cracow and its surroundings. Your goal is to guide Shoemaker through five different and exciting locations and to become Cracow’s legendary Hero – the Dragon Slayer.

Atom Shooter Lite

If Asteroids took place in a nuclear reactor, it might look a lot like Atom Shooter. You pilot a tiny ship a la Fantastic Voyage, shooting protons, neutrons, and electrons as both you and they orbit an atomic nucleus. The game is undeniably stylish and includes the standard upgradeable ships, though early reviews indicate poor controls. But the idea of a level selector based on the Periodic Table is just so charming I have to give it a try.

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Face the smallest challenge yet. In Atom Shooter, a unique and refreshing arcade shooter, your task is to shoot all the orbiting electrons and survive the following nucleus explosion. But beware: as the atomic number increases, the nucleus pull force gets stronger. Collect shot down electrons and neutrons from the nucleus explosion to buy new weapons, engines and ships. For each of the 20 levels / elements from the periodic table you get 3 ships to try to finish it, and unlock the next one.

Re-Mission2: Nanobot's Revenge

There are some video game enemies chosen because they're universally and undeniably evil: Nazis, zombies, demons. You can add cancer to that list thanks to Re-Mission2. You play as a tiny nanobot fighting cancer mano-a-monocellular. The game itself is sort of like a reversed version of Missile Command, tasking the player with wiping out a tumor with various molecular weapons and super-moves.

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You are a super-powerful microscopic robot battling evil cancer cells inside the human body. Your mission: destroy a growing tumor before the cancer baddies escape into the blood stream. Fight cancer and win in Re-Mission 2: Nanobot's Revenge. How can you defeat cancer? Select from your devastating arsenal of chemo, radiation, and targeted cancer-drug attacks to crush an army of malignant forces. Burn, slash, vaporize, and destroy cancer to save the day.

Firetrucks: rescue for kids

Mix up Sprinkle and a box of Tonka toys, and you get Firetrucks. This unapologetic kids game comes from the same developer that made the well-received Kids Vehicles, and follows roughly the same pattern: a few simple physics puzzles and some "edutainment" facts about firetrucks in the real world. The presentation is top-notch and the app is designed for tablets, but be careful with that expensive hardware - maybe parents should load this one up on the old Nexus 7 before handing it over.

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This game will bring your kid from sandbox to backyard’s grassplot where your little firefighter will have a chance to save heroes' life. Rescue needs you kid to be courageous, smart and even kind-hearted. No doubts he is. What’s new for this game? Almost everything. There are so many kinds of firetrucks, is it amazing? In the app you’ll find 5 exciting and widely(absolutely) different firetrucks: offroad firetruck, vintage firetruck and etc. Thanks to the app your kid will learn a lot about fire cars, their components and their purposes in use.

Traktor Digger 2

The Traktor Digger series is sort of like a digital version of a sandbox, giving players a collection of diesel-powered toys and a destructible environment, then telling them to go to town. Graphics don't look like much, but the physics-based goals and open-ended means to solve them will appeal to the same kind of gamers who like the slew of vehicle construction titles like Amazing Alex.

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Traktor Digger 2 is the sequel to the highly popular tractor game, Traktor Digger. In this sequel, you control tractors and trucks to clean the environment of toxic waste and deliver it to the mountainside where it will be stored deep underground. Many obstacles and challenges stand in your way, which you must figure out in order to clean the toxic waste from the environment.

Best Park in the Universe

Though the publisher doesn't seem keen to point it out, Best Park In The Universe is based on Cartoon Network's bafflingly popular Regular Show. The gameplay is pretty standard brawler material, with Mordecai, Rigby, and Muscle Man available to the player. The cartoon's (ahem) unique animation is on display across 20 levels and a handful of boss fights. More content is promised in future updates.

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Ready for the BIGGEST BEATDOWN in the cosmos? Help Mordecai, Rigby and Muscle Man battle aliens, monsters and deranged park employees in Best Park in the Universe. When Mordecai and Rigby agree to an offer to make the park the "Best Park in the Universe," they end up in the far reaches of outer space. Now they need your help to fight their way free and return the park to normal before Benson gets back. Enjoy hours of gameplay as you fight your way through 20 levels across 4 different worlds. And the game will just keep growing, with even more new content on the way in another FREE update.

 

The Mortal Instruments

I'm going to be perfectly honest here: The Mortal Instruments looks like a terrible movie that's trying to cash in on the young adult fiction market created and sustained by Twilight. And that statement is going to get me in hot water, dear readers, because our official proofreader (who is sweet, and talented, and scares the living daylights out of typo-prone writers) is a fan. So anyway. Here's a lackluster beat-em-up game based on a dumb-looking movie based on a book I haven't read. It's made by the people who made Dinner Dash, so maybe it's not terrible.

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PlayFirst brings you a new FREE game based on the motion picture The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, in theaters August 21, 2013. Become a Shadowhunter-- a half-angel, half-human warrior fighting an unseen war against demonic forces-- and join Clary, Jace, and other favorite characters from the film on their quest to protect our world and recover the Mortal Cup. Customize your Shadowhunter's look and abilities from an arsenal of magical Runes and devastating attacks, then battle bloodthirsty monsters and horrific demons to become one of the most powerful fighters the world has ever seen.

Reckless Getaway Free

Reckless Getaway is a pretty great endless runner-style racing game (endless driver?) from the same folks who make the Reckless Racing series. If you haven't tried out the game, here's your chance for a test drive. This ad-supported version includes all the content of the original.

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This game includes the full Reckless Getaway experience, free with ads. Who’d a thought robbing the bank would be the easy part? Now comes the real challenge - to escape with your hard-earned loot and the fuzz hot at your heels. Weave in and out of oncoming traffic; dodge, outrun or ram pursuing police cars and just generally crash, smash and thrash your way through 16 varied levels.

Kingdom Rush TV

Kingdom Rush is one of the better-known tower defense games available for Android, and as far as I can tell, it's the first one to come to Google TV. There aren't a lot of games available for Google's red-headed stepchild of a set-top box anyway, so if you're desperate for something new, it's a free download.

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Get ready for an epic journey to defend your kingdom against hordes of orcs, trolls, evil wizards and other nasty fiends using a vast arsenal of towers and spells at your command! Fight on forests, mountains and wastelands, customizing your defensive strategy with different tower upgrades and specializations! Rain fire upon your enemies, summon reinforcements, command your troops, recruit elven warriors and face legendary monsters on a quest to save the Kingdom from the forces of darkness!

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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.
  • Matthew Fry

    The Mortal Instruments description is... curious...

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I live in fear of the little "ding" that goes off when the proofreader finds a typo or misplaced comma. Ruthless.

  • Michael Kennedy

    That's telekinesis, Kyle
    How 'bout the power... to move you?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACiA1TX0tvA

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      Indeed... The Greatest Band on Earth! >D

    • http://www.okcupid.com/sandygirl1380 Sandy Sterling

      i made a meme of the dark emperor saying "i'm not gonna cook it, but i'll order it from zanzabar!"

  • http://www.impulsivestudios.com/ Justin Myers

    Reckless Getaway is over a year old... I bought this back in 2011-2012

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

      Yeah, this is the free version, just came out.

  • kraiton
  • kraiton

    just curious, how good is Exp3D compared to Xelorians or AirAttack HD ?

    cause since DraStic ds emulator appears in play store, I rarely play any native android games except vertical shooter..

  • Ugalde97

    I love playing Box Cat on my Ouya!

  • ginobili

    Browse the best new games post
    Download all free and $0,99 games
    Never play them
    Repeat next week

    • wh1te_mag1c

      Sounds like you should be a lot more selective about what you download.

  • sean

    So what is th "Freee-to-play multiplayer curse"?

  • Steve Freeman

    "Just because you're strapped for cash and manpower doesn't mean you need to resort to the played out "8-bit" visual style." This, this, and this. People need to realize retro doesn't automatically mean good.

  • Player

    Friendly Fire is really fun!

    You can check out the user started forums here: http://www.friendlyfiregame.com/forums

    Or, the wiki here: http://www.friendlyfiregame.com/wiki

    Let's start some alliances

  • Mubashir Mazhar
  • Amelia

    No Parks Puzzle? Come on...

  • http://www.howdoblog.com/ Safeer Ahmed

    Nice list of games. :)

  • Tomek Milek

    LapsoBOX is great game with amazing jumping puzzles - YES!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=puz3d.Cartoon1

  • gloriarood

    Really this all games are awesome games for all.. i really enjoyed playing this game...

    If you all like to play makeover games or girls game. then i would be happy to share one of the best girl game is Prom Night Makeover....

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arthisoft.promnightmakeover

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