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Of course, along with a new shortlist of apps, we've got a condensed list of last month's very best new games. And as usual, there were plenty to choose from. Out of the dizzying array of new games, we've selected only the very best in the list below. We'll take a brief look at the five best, and then a list of runners up that, while worth looking at, didn't quite make it onto our main list.

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Dots

Hugely popular and addictive puzzler Dots came to Android last month, bringing with it the thoughtfully-designed and executed-brilliance players love, and a game dynamic that will keep you staring at the screen for far too long.

The object is simple: match two or more dots of the same color, or match four in a square to knock out all of that color on the board. Dots drop in from the top to fill the holes.

Players can play in timed mode or a "moves" mode in which you've got thirty moves to clear as many dots as possible, later using points to buy power-ups.

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The game is simple, pretty, and best of all fun. Plus it's free. Check it out.

Asphalt 8: Airborne

If you're a fan of the Asphalt series, you probably know what to expect from Asphalt 8: Airborne. Despite being the 8th iteration in the series, 8 manages to keep the franchise as interesting as ever with physics-defying maneuvers, plenty of cars, and dazzling graphics.

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At a reasonably $0.99, Asphalt 8 is worth checking out even if you aren't already a fan of the series. Personally I generally have no interest in racing games, and Asphalt managed to keep me feeling compelled. It's definitely worth a look.

Nun Attack Run and Gun

Having defeated the Fallen Nun, players of the original Nun Attack will learn that "evil never truly rests." You'll control the nuns once more as they traverse the monster- and obstacle-infested world left behind by Mortanna. Run and Gun has all the Nun + Gun action and the quirky premise that made the original such a fun game, along with the quick, pick-up-and-play game dynamic that made it easy to waste time with.

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The game is free from the Play Store, so if you like the idea of running endlessly while playing a nun with an unquenchable monster blood thirst, hit the widget.

Contra Evolution

Reviving the classic NES title, Punchbox Studios brought Contra: Evolution to the Play Store last month, retro-inspired graphics, scrolling bullet action and all. If you liked the original or love scrolling shooters, you probably won't be disappointed here.

Contra's one downfall is its persistent suggestion that the player indulge in in-app purchases. Still, they aren't explicitly necessary to play the game, and the rest of the experience seems quite polished and enjoyable.

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Contra: Evolution might not be for everyone, but it's definitely enjoyable for fans of Contra or those looking for some quick run-and-gun action on the go. At $0.99, it isn't too hard to justify a quick look.

Dropchord

Our last entry this month is something special. Dropchord, the new game from Double Fine Productions, is a ninety-nine cent puzzler that will keep both your eyes and ears enthralled as you attempt to collect "notes" with a laser beam while avoiding "scratches." It's a little hard to explain in words how this game actually works. Check out the video below.

Players can either progress through a seamless level-based game, or an endless mix mode that will keep you grooving as long as you can hold your phone or tablet. For just $0.99, Dropchord is a great, unique, and thoughtfully crafted experience that's definitely worth trying out.

Runners Up

Final Thoughts

That's it for August's top games. Check back in just a couple of weeks for the very best selections from September, or look at our larger roundups in the meantime. Know of a new game we missed or should include in the next roundup? Let us know in the comments!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • rsday

    Dots is probably the best lookin android app.

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

      Lolwut? It's very clean, but best-looking? No way.

    • alex

      Too bad it's battery-mongling tendencies keep me from actually playing it on my N4. Damn, the thing sucks out a percent per minute. The fact that it needs so many resources makes me think it's not written in optimized code at all...

      • Erik Tomlinson

        Dear god, yes. Fifteen minutes of Dots sucked 18% of battery from my N4. I uninstalled that one pretty fast.

        • alex

          And that's a shame, as the game is fun :( I wonder if N4 owners are the only one experiencing such huge drain, as no one else seems to complain.

    • http://www.droid-den.com Rachid

      There isn't really that much to look at lol... It's clean for sure... Anything more than thats is probably a huge overstatement :P

  • minipanda

    DraStic DS should be a clear winner here

    • Primalxconvoy

      Considering it was built from scratch, too.

    • Meganubis

      and Emulator is not a Game

    • Mantas

      Enough with the Drastic already, we get it - it's great. It gets mentioned in the top comment below every article that's even remotly related to apps

  • Matthew Fry

    Love the new header image.

  • Primalxconvoy

    " It's a little hard to explain in words how this game actually works"

    Which is precisely why this has been the worst, must frustrating piece of software I've ever encountered. It was just as bad on the OUYA. I'd rather entice raid dogs with my nadgy bits covered in pedigree chum than ever play that turgid filth ever again.

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

      I can't even imagine playing it on the Ouya. You need control and your fingers, man.

  • Himmat Singh

    Wow, Nun Attack R&G. Now that's a surprise. I'd swap it out for Momonga, but anyways overall last month didn't have that many strong games I feel compared to recent times.

  • Gordon Lutz

    Asphalt 8 is incredible.

  • luckyb0y

    Surely The Last Express deserves to at least be on the list if not a the top spot. Sure it's a port but the other titles here are just casual distractions. This is a groundbreaking masterpiece.
    DraStic is awesome not really a game though.

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

      You're absolutely right - I'll throw it in.

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    Putting an emulator in a "top games" list is not really a valid entry...it's like having a top-10 console games and putting "Playstation 2" on the list

    • Meganubis

      I was totally going to say that!!

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

      Well, it's an honorable mention, and a pretty good game-related one at that. It's not like it's part of the top 5. I don't see a problem with that.

    • http://www.droid-den.com Rachid

      No. It's actually like having a top 10 console games list and putting "SNES emulator" on it.

      What you said is actually like having this top android games list and putting "iOS" on there. Which they didn't do.

    • Majeed Hamid

      serously

  • whydotswhy

    Dots is really, really bad. There's no gameplay. And there's no GPG support. I was extremely disappointed by what amounts to a high score game entirely dependent on luck - and then not using the built-in high score sharing method.

  • Sarav

    Bought Dropchord! Pretty neat but not as great as Cytus. Will have to spend some time with the game over the weekend.

  • angel_spain

    If emulators are on the list, you should add PPSSPP to the list. It's the first psp emulator I see running games like Crisis Core without any kind of problems. It works flawlessly with Exynos chips, and a bit worse with Qualccom SoCs.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ppsspp.ppsspp

  • Larry

    I played Throne wars, it's a nice game, unfortunately they have active notifications and notifications all day and give you no option to turn them off, which kills your battery in no time. Prior to installing the game, my tablet would last a day and half on standby. After I installed it, the battery barely lasted half a day thanks to the constant notification stream. Had to uninstall.

  • Michael Ward

    Loving this new roundup.

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