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Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an interesting top-down shooter, a couple of Disney adventure games, a unique maze puzzler, and a free release from Rovio. Without further ado:

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Scribble Hero

This here is the second game published by Nickelodeon (or technically by MTV Networks), and the first that's not based on an existing property. Scribble Hero is your typical top-down shoot-em-up, but the addition of some hand-drawn graphics that are more than a little reminiscent of Doodle Jump makes it visually interesting. Extra points for a ghost mode in a shooter, Nickelodeon, but I'll have to dock you for including IAP in a $3 game.

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Get drawn into an action-packed world when you join the heroic doodle, Sketch, in a battle to save your notebook from an army of sinister scribbles and evil doodles! Scribble Hero charges real money for additional in-app content. You may lock out the ability to purchase in-app content by adjusting your device’s settings. Face off against diabolical bosses like the fire-breathing Dracopede and the alien overlord Triblorb on your way to uncovering the ultimate boss of Scribble Hero!

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Disney's Ghosts of Mistwood

Ghosts of Mistwood got its start as a Facebook game, and strangely it's not based on any existing Disney property. It seems to be a mix between a standard adventure title with a bit of Sim City and Farmville thrown in. The production values are impressive - you won't see this caliber of 2D art on many games. The title is brand new on Android, so prepare for a few kinks... and in-app payments, if the game follows its Facebook progenitor.

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Your Aunt has been kidnapped and is hidden somewhere on your haunted family estate. Help the ghosts and discover clues to find her!

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Disney Alice in Wonderland

Wow, Disney, you guys don't really get the whole "timely" aspect of licensed games, do you? This version of Alice in Wonderland is based on the mildly creepy Tim Burton reboot, so expect lots of offbeat art and non-sequiturs. It's a pretty typical isometric adventure game with a plot that's a rough sequel to the movie (which was already a pretty rough sequel, as I recall). Whimsical environments and puzzles abound.

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Explore the vibrant world of "Alice in Wonderland" in an enchanting new Disney game inspired by the hit live-action film! Experience unbelievable sights and unravel the curious mysteries of Wonderland, as you fight to thwart the return of the dreaded Red Queen and her minions.

• Download and play in your choice of English, French, German, Italian or Spanish!
• Meet familiar friends throughout your journey, like Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and the March Hare.
• Visit and explore more than 3 visually stunning locations such as the Mad Tea Party, magnificent White Queen's Castle, cozy Bayard's Village, and many more.

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The Impossible Line

The Impossible Line is an interesting diversion: you guide an arrow through a maze not unlike the ones featured on so many kid's activity books, finding stars along the way for a better score. The trick is that you only see the maze for a second or two before it disappears. The rest of the time you'll have to carefully make your way through the now-invisible maze, with only a few subtle contextual clues to help you along. International readers, here's your link.

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Can you beat the chalkboard challenge? Drawing a line with your finger is about as simple as it gets, but when you include disappearing obstacles, moving objects and keys to collect you get one seriously tricky puzzle game. Take on the Impossible Line and put your skills to the test. Use your finger to draw a line on the chalkboard and reach the goal while avoiding the obstacles that vanish as soon as you touch the screen.

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Tiny Thief Lite

We featured (and reviewed!) the original release of Tiny Thief, Rovio's first game released as a publisher. It's a charming little 2D adventure game with some of the best raster art around, and the open-ended stages and puzzles should keep you occupied for quite a while. The free version includes advertising in lieu of payment. 

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In a world of greed, corruption and injustice, one little guy decides to stand up for the little guy! Say hello to Tiny Thief, an unconventional hero who uses cunning and trickery to out-smart his opponents. Tiny Thief brings back the magic from the point-and-click games of old, charming you with its very own visual style and offbeat sense of humor. Get a taste of the game with Tiny Thief Lite, and then upgrade to the full version to enjoy six big adventures filled with mind-boggling puzzles, fearsome foes and tons of unexpected surprises!

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Be sure to check out our gaming coverage from earlier this week:

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.
  • evertjr

    Tiny Thief is the best mobile game I've played (and one of the few I've finished) I recommend it to everyone! I'm looking forward for a sequel or an update with more levels.

  • Nate Behary

    The Play Link for Alice in Wonderland goes to The Impossible Line.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Sorry bout that - should be fixed now.

      • None

        The blurb for Scribble Hero is also wrong.

        "THE FIRST STEALTH GAME SET IN THE MERCILESS"

  • Joshua

    The idea behind The Impossible Line is not a new one, but after playing for a few minutes, I can say the implementation is really nice and the game plays smoothly. There is a $1.99 IAP to remove ads, but there are no other IAPs as far as I can tell. Also, it appears that the ads only show up in the main menu and other unobtrusive areas, so I consider this pretty fair.

    Also also, I can attest to the fact that it is fun to pay while under the influence of alcohol. (Am I allowed to say this in the AP comment section? This is a FAMILY website!)

    Edit: I was slightly mistaken. The ads are similar to Bad Piggies where a fill-screen sad will pop up every few levels. This is still not so bad, but it is definitely not a form of advertisement that I like.

    • Steph Chi

      Thanks for the review, player review ;-)

  • Funem

    Mostly already avaialable on iOS so its nice to see Android getting the same games, hope this is a trend to bring more games to Android.

  • Lief

    Hello, I am a young developer little known I hope this blog will understand my need to do some advertising to my app.
    In fact, I recently published a game exclusively for Android that each update is getting closer to its final version by following the suggestions of the users.
    the name of the game is:

    Travel In A World of Magic

    and is present in many versions depending on the device you have.
    is a game made ​​entirely in 3D with the Unity3D game engine.
    The current language of the game is Italian but by the end of the beta will be included also English. if you want to try it, get it on the play store.
    I hope that in many audition and give me some suggestions to improve it.

    this game has the objective to achieve levels of complexity of story and gameplay of the games for the PC. It will be in the final version, also for iOS, PC, Mac, Linux and other platforms.
    The graphics will improve more and more with time, for the time is at a level that I think the minimum for 2013.Just know that I have developed completely independently.

    Also I publish two simple and complete game:

    Old Style Pong

    Old Style Breakout

    Thank you in advance everyone who has the desire to try it

  • Matthew Fry

    Well Rovio took their sweet time with the demo. Good thing I took Bertel's advice and bought it already. It is a fun little game. I haven't finished it yet because it didn't survive a complicated Android update and I had to start over.

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