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Featured App

Strategy & Tactics:USSR vs USA

Today's roundup is presented by Strategy & Tactics:USSR vs USA from HeroCraft. Ah, the memories of the wonderful Cold War, when the whole family would warm themselves from the heat of an irradiated chunk of masonry and hide from Soviet troops marching down Main Street. Herocraft gets novelty points for setting their latest Risk-style strategy game in an alternate history. It's the same gameplay you've come to expect from this series, but this time played out across Europe and North America with new weaponry and vehicles. The game includes online multiplayer for some extra challenge. 

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USSR vs USA is an add-on for Strategy & Tactics: World War II. The Generals, having gone through the trials of the recent war, now lead armies on the battlefields of an alternate reality. A nuclear attack on Beijing was the turning point to set history off at a tangent and create the course of events in the game world. The two Titans entered into a deadly fight. The Soviet army is to put an end to the capitalist system. The Americans have to drive the enemy out and uphold the democratic ideals at all costs.

• 2 alternative history campaigns (17 missions)
• 3 maps in scenario mode
• Global multiplayer across different smartphones and tablets
• Endlessly replayble Skirmish mode
• Juggle military, economic and scientific development

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Games

DEAD TRIGGER 2

Android Police review: Dead Trigger 2 Review: I Think There's A Good Game In Here Somewhere, But I'm Not Going To Pay To Find Out

Dead Trigger was one of the first truly high-end Android games to start pushing the graphical envelope, and its sequel does not disappoint on a technical level. With new stages and bosses worthy of Kratos, there's a lot to like about DT2, including full SHIELD and controller support. Unfortunately the free-to-play model is baring its teeth in this one: the difficulty level has been upped significantly, artificially steering players towards expensive in-app purchases.

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Join the new sequel to Dead Trigger, the popular hit with more than 23M downloads. Download Dead Trigger 2 for FREE and enter a world where humanity is engaged in the ultimate battle for survival in the face of a global Zombie apocalypse. Find a safe place to hide-out, get equipped, and fight for your life in a real time bid for survival against an onslaught of bloodthirsty undead. Join the Global Resistance and fight to crush the Zombie plague that has positioned the Earth on the edge of peril. It’s up to you to provide humanity with a new chance at survival.

Plants vs. Zombies™ 2

Android Police review: Plants Vs. Zombies 2 Review: This Time The Zombies Want Your Brains And Your Money, But That Might Be Okay

EA took its sweet time getting the much-anticipated sequel to Plants vs Zombies over to Android, but now that it's here, there's no denying that it's a polished experience. The core gameplay remains the same, basically a 2D tower defense romp, but the addition of multiple new species of plants and zombies keeps things interesting. EA has made the sequel free-to-play (like all their recent games), but the in-app purchases aren't too egregious. International readers can download the ROW version.

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The zombies are coming back. It’s about time. The sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure brings the fun to tablets and touchscreens. Join Crazy Dave on a crazy adventure where you’ll meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days. Amass an army of powerful new plants, supercharge them with Plant Food and power up your defenses with amazing new ways to protect your brain. Battle zombies from all worlds in Piñata Party to win big prizes. And that's just the beginning. The future holds many mysteries also zombies. Lots and lots of zombies.

I, Gladiator

Android Police coverage: [New Game] I, Gladiator Finally Enters The Android Arena With Brutal, Bloody Gameplay (And In-App Purchases) Intact

At first glance I, Gladiator looks like another Infinity Blade clone - restricted combat with tap-and-drag controls, stab, dodge, rinse and repeat. But look closer and you'll see that this game uses a hybrid control scheme, with conventional console-style movement that shifts into touchscreen combat when you focus in on an enemy. It's an elegant combination, and one that's made I, Gladiator extremely popular on iOS. Parents be warned: this one is absolutely not for kids.

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Welcome to the page of the epic game. I, Gladiator offers an almost too real experience of a bloody gladiatorial combat. This is not a simple hack & slash game. To prevail you would need to be cunning as well as strong, work out a strategy for every level, use environment to your advantage, notice and utilize enemy’s weaknesses and last, but not the least, win that spoiled crowd.

Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Namco Takes Air Combat Intergalactic With Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

The first Sky Gamblers was a shooter with rare WWI style, but the sequel takes the game into the territory of Namco's own Ace Combat series. Air Supremacy features stupid-fast modern planes duking it out in dogfights or (in the IAP for the extra campaign) against honest-to-God aliens. Graphics are a bit dated, but still pretty good considering the fast pace of the game. If you've ever wanted to live out the battle scene from Independence Day, give this one a go.

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FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE. THIS IS THE ULTIMATE AIR COMBAT GAME. With an extensive single player campaign and revolutionary multiplayer modes, the non-stop action will keep you at the edge of your seat. Become the supreme lord of the skies. Unparalleled visuals, special effects and audio including: bump mapping, atmospheric scattering, volumetric clouds with realistic lighting, sun glare, day & night transitions, God rays and more.

Neon Shadow

Android Police coverage: [New Game] First-Person Shooter Neon Shadow From Crescent Moon Games Brings Human On Robot Violence To Android [Update x2]

Crescent Moon is one of the more reliable publishers on the Play Store, and their latest game is a full-on first person shooter. Neon Shadow mixes Quake sensibilities (fast characters, big guns, conventional health bars and ammo) with some shiny Halo aesthetics. The game has a full single player story, but if you want to get your three bucks worth, you'll have to jump into online or LAN multiplayer. An initial game-breaking bug seems to have been resolved. Controller and SHIELD support is icing on the cake.

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Neon Shadow is a fast paced Cyber Punk FPS inspired by classic shooters. Suit up and grab your shotgun. Your mission: Save humanity from the dark mechanoids who have taken control of your space station and soon the rest of the galaxy.:

• Multiplayer.
• Old school first person shooter game-play.
• Single player campaign.
• Online multiplayer death-match mode.
• LAN multiplayer death-match.
• Cyber Punk soundtrack from Abducted by Sharks. (http://abductedbysharks.com/)
• Google Play Game Services.
• Controller support for Moga controllers
• Support for NVIDIA SHIELD
• Controller support for Game Stop Red Samurai

Combat Monsters

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Rubicon's Combat Monsters Mixes Card Games, Multiplayer Turn-Based Strategy, And Fantastic Theme Songs

What happens when you combine Rubicon's Great Little War Game series with Pokemon and Magic: Gathering? Well since this is the Combat Monsters section of the roundup, you can probably guess. Turn-based combat with dozens of monsters and heroes on a side is the order of the day, and the developers haven't been stingy with the multiplayer either. You can even play cross-platform with iOS or PC players. Just watch out for those IAPs - free to play and freemium can be a nasty combination.

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Combat Monsters are not your everyday monsters. They will follow your commands to vanquish the enemy or die a fiery death. Play for FREE against friends right in front of you or on the other side of the globe. Devise strategies that make the most of your deck: will you overrun your adversary with dozens of bloodthirsty creatures? Defend your Hero at all costs with healing spells? Invest heavily in runes and concentrate on a few high-powered cards? With 132 monsters, 70 weapons, 28 shields, 42 spells, 22 runes, 12 Heroes and 120+ maps to choose from, there’s no end to the challenge in Combat Monsters.

Dead Effect

Android Police coverage: [New Game] BulkyPix's 'Dead Effect' Is Like Dead Trigger Meets Dead Space (Read: Zombies On A Spaceship)

What's scarier than a zombie? How about zombie in spaaaaace? That seems to be the rationale behind Dead Effect, a zombie title that isn't trying to do anything new unless you count the setting... and combining zombies with space marines is hardly groundbreaking gaming. And there's Bullet Time to boot. That said, the graphics and atmosphere are pretty impressive, and BulkyPix is known for putting out solid titles. If the other zombie games in this list aren't enough for you (and we've got more than the usual infestation this week), give Dead Effect a try.

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Something is not right, the hibernation pods are all empty. What is happening? You are an elite member of the Unit 13. Fight for your life in a SCI-FI FPS game that will send chills down your spine.

• Grab your phone/tablet, get in control and bring infected horrors down. Your interface is zombie-shooting ready.
• An epic single player campaign awaits you with more than 5 hours of story gameplay. Space is cold and full of horrors.
• Throughout the campaign you will find new weapons and money to upgrade your armory.
• Discover the mysteries of the ESS Meridian, and wander around its impressive environments with intense background music.
• Use your special ability to slow down the time and defeat even the toughest enemies.
• Will you take up the challenge and try to defeat all your enemies in survival mode arenas? Unlock all the achievements and get all the weapons available.

ARC Squadron: Redux

Android Police coverage: [New Game] ARC Squadron: Redux Docks In The Play Store To Revive Your Star Fox Memories

ARC Squadron is more than a little late in its move to Android, but since the game rather shamelessly steals its play style and looks from the Star Fox series, I think we can forgive the developers. It's an on-rails shooter with a surprisingly high production values and a bit of humor as well. The interface in particular is done surprisingly well, too: even with the fast and frantic action of space shooters, it's pretty easy to keep up. Watch out for those IAPs.

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An evil race known as the Guardians is taking over the universe, ravaging planets, and killing all peaceful life forms. You are the galaxy's only hope for salvation. As an elite pilot serving in the ARC Squadron, you are tasked to take on the Guardians in head-to-head combat and bring down their empire. With simple one-touch controls, you can shoot, blast, and annihilate enemy forces to hunt down each of the nine Guardian lords and destroy them once and for all. The ultimate battle for the galaxy is nigh. Are you on board?

FIST OF AWESOME

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Fist Of Awesome Jumps From Kickstarter To The Google Play Store, And Punches Every Bear Along The Way

Fist of Awesome is an unapologetic old-school beat-em-up, in the same vein as Streets of Rage and Battletoads. Well, sort of: it stars a time-travelling lumberjack who's trying to repair the universe after it's taken over by sentient bears. Graphics are pixelated and music is chiptune, so if that's not your style you can skip this one. But if you want some solid punchy action without IAPs and with a twisted sense of humor, it's well worth the asking price.

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Have you ever wanted to punch a bear IN THE MOUTH? When Tim Burr's family disappeared and his house spontaneously burst into flames he thought his day was as about bad as it could get. That's when his hand became self-aware and broke the horrific news that the world was now ruled by bears. Join Tim as he embarks on an epic battle across time and space, unraveling the bear-ridden damage to Earth's timeline. It's a bit like Quantum Leap but with more bears and lumberjacks.

Massteroid

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Massteroid Plummets Towards Earth, Lands Inside The Play Store For $1.99

Massteroid is an interesting reversal of all those disaster movies from the 90s. Instead of trying to stop a giant killer asteroid, you ARE the giant killer asteroid, and it's your job to gain as much mass as possible so your destruction of the Earth is total. You'll dodge missiles, satellites, mines, and even a black hole or two before you make your deep impact. Too grim for you? Try the Space Pizza mode instead.

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Tilt, tap or drag your way through space, collecting as much space junk as possible as you hurtle towards planet Earth. Become as huge as you can to inflict maximum damage. Watch out for black holes and other hazards that threaten to reduce you as you plummet towards the planet below. The people of Earth aren’t giving up without a fight. As you get closer you’ll have to dodge missiles, mines and other earthly defenses.

Wake the Cat

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Wake The Cat Is A Physics Puzzler Built From The Ground Up For The Internet To Love

Cats and physics games. Clearly Chillingo designed this to grab Reddit by the throat and not let go. Wake The Cat is a pretty typical puzzle game: the point is to make a Goldberg machine out of toy parts to, you guessed it, wake the cat. Competent 3D graphics and some inventive set pieces combine to make a simple game that should be good for a little time-killing in short bursts. International readers, here's your download.

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Play with physics and gravity in this dreamy puzzler. Wake a kitten from her endless slumber and dreams of fish by experimenting with meticulously designed contraptions. Fling the yarn across the room and use toy trains, portal slippers, fans and more to help guide the yarn to the dozy cat. Fling a ball of yarn across the floor and use trains, slippers, fans, and other tools to make sure the ball reaches the slumbering kitten. Manipulate pipes and use UFO toys to play with gravity in this cute and adorable physics puzzler.

Rabbids Big Bang

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Those Raving Rabbids Make Their Android Gaming Debut In The Physics-Based Title 'Rabbids Big Bang'

Ubisoft's Rabbids, sort of a deranged take on Mario Party, have quickly outgrown their Rayman origins. That Mario comparison is pretty apt, because this mobile adaptation is all about launching them into space a la the start of every Mario Galaxy level. Gameplay is somewhere between Tiny Tower and Angry Birds Space, with lots of off-beat humor thrown in for good measure. There are in-app purchases, but they mostly revolve around cosmetic upgrades.

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Forget the Milky Way. This is the Rabbids Way. Rabbids Big Bang is the first Rabbids physic-based game on mobile devices that lets you pilot a Rabbid in space with the tip of your finger.

  • BECOME AN EXPERT RABBID PILOT WITH ONLY ONE FINGER.
  • Use a bat to thrust a Rabbid into space
  • and control its trajectory using the jetpack and planet gravity.
  • Play tactically as your fuel will drain when you boost.
  • Don’t crash into the planets... unless you’re asked to.

Call of Duty®: Strike Team

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Call Of Duty: Strike Team Arrives On Android, Albeit With Limited Device Compatibility

Call of Duty is the undisputed king of modern shooters. It's kind of amazing that it took Activision this long to make a full mobile version. Strike Team combines a standard FPS mode with an overhead view, which allows players to plan out the tactical movements of their squad. Unfortunately the game looks like a typically sloppy mobile tie-in: poor compatibility, buggy performance, bad controls, and lackluster visuals (despite the enormous 1.9GB download) sour the experience. It doesn't help that the game is $7 plus in-app purchases.

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Call of Duty®: Strike Team delivers an all-new, first-person and third-person Call of Duty® experience built from the ground up for mobile and tablet devices. Fully customize your squad’s loadouts and abilities before leading them into combat in diverse gameplay environments. Call of Duty®: Strike Team features the revolutionary ability to dynamically switch from run-and-gun first-person view to reconnaissance and coordinated squad attacks in third-person view.

Grand Theft Auto: iFruit

Android Police coverage: New Game: Rockstar [Finally] Releases iFruit For Android

In the world of Grand Theft Auto nothing is safe from parody, albeit the kind that giggles at Whoopie cushions and four letter words. With GTA5 brings its sardonic tone into the semi-real world with the iFruit app, a somewhat belated pastiche of useless iPhone apps... which adds a further level of confusion by being useful. You can use it to create and customize in-game vehicles for your characters. And also there's a Neopets game. Why not?

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How would we survive without apps? Apps can transform your mobile device into essential tools like a harmonica, disco ball or convincing moustache. Somewhere out there is the perfect storm of touchscreen technology to fix everything that’s wrong with your life. And maybe all you’re missing is the iFruit app. Maybe not. At least you’ll have something to keep you entertained while your significant other prattles on endlessly about their day.

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Ghost Toasters - Regular Show

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Ghost Toasters Calls On The Cast Of Regular Show To Slay Phantoms, Because The Ghostbusters Couldn't Be Bothered

You might not be able to tell from the title, but this here game is a licensed property based on Cartoon Network's Regular Show. I'm not a fan of newer cartoons (in my day our heroes shot bad guys in face-obscuring helmets, dammit!), but this one's a platform shooter, so at least you'll get some mileage out of the concept. Shoot ghosts like it's 1984, then use the loot to unlock costumes for the cartoon's main characters.

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Save the park from a ghostly invasion in this REGULAR SHOW PLATFORM SHOOTER. Gear up with the latest high-tech weaponry and toast some killer ghosts. Hot Dog Guy loves his hot dogs extra hot, with lots of ghost peppers. But when Mordecai and Rigby accidentally knock his savory snack into the graveyard, its supernatural spice summons an army of ancient ghosts. Unleash a spooky smackdown with a huge variety of characters. Play as Mordecai, Rigby, Pops, Margaret, Eileen, Baby Ducks, Thomas, Skips, Muscle Man, Benson, Guardian of Eternal Youth, Gary and Techmo.

Random Heroes

Publisher Noodlecake and developer Ravenous Games have teamed up for another run around the familiar stomping grounds of fast-paced, gun-toting platforming. This time you're given a wide variety of player characters and weapons, which you can use to shoot your way through 40 levels of kooky Contra-style action. Ever wanted to play as a cheerleader with a minigun? How about Abe Lincoln with a bazooka? It's all there, along with Noodlecake's signature tight touch controls.

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From the creators of the award winning platform game League of Evil comes Ravenous Games' new action platformer Random Heroes!! Brought to Android by Noodlecake Games! A group of unlikely heroes are set out to save the world. Monsters from another dimension are trying to take over Earth. Blast your way through these invaders in this action platformer! Collect coins and upgrade your weapons and characters to become stronger, faster and more lethal!

AERENA Alpha

Arena looks like someone dropped a bunch of B-list characters from Final Fantasy VII into a tactical RPG, and that's basically what it is. Ridiculous haircuts, oversized weapons, airships - you get the picture. But Arena is all about the turn-based combat, which seems to be both complex and stylish. This game is an alpha version of the latest hero-based free-to-play multiplayer RPG, so get your kicks in before the rich kids start abusing the IAP system.

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This is a free public Alpha version of our upcoming Aerena app, which is not feature complete but completely free. Let us know your feedback and help us improve the game. ÆRENA is a tactical, hero-centric combat game with a unique Ætherpunk setting. Command formidable Champions, employ powerful Æther Shells and challenge your brain - not your fingers - in strategic, turn-based combat. ÆRENA offers true cross-platform gameplay. Battle your friends and other players, or hone your combat skills in solo training -- anytime, anywhere.

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.
  • Tuấn Ankh

    Absolutely love PvZ2
    But now I end up playing too much and forget doing my homework. Not blaming the game though. xD

  • kikky

    Wow, without app brain this page loads so much faster! On my phone.

  • do3h

    tannnx

  • fredric

    I miss WTF games 😱

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Way too many IAP based games :(

  • Funem

    Its was pointed out in the Arc Squadron news article that the IAP's are not needed and you can, and I have played this for ages and most of the levels and never had the need to buy anything or grind relentlessly. The IAP's are for lazy people, there is no need to buy anything. Its a great game and you put people off by comments like "Watch out for those IAPs. " I believe the original comments about IAP's in the game were made before it had even been played. Plants vs. Zombies has a worse IAP freemuim model but you say it in a more favourable way. Go figure.

  • OmniWrench

    Are directly Play store links no longer going to be supplied in these stories?

    • TSON1

      Hit install, takes you right to the play store page.

    • TejasEric

      I see direct play store links?

  • vlad

    only played Neon Shadow & Fist of Awesome so far.

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

    "Beware of in-app purchases..."

    Freemium is getting ridiculous. What's so wrong with a limited trial version and paid full version?

  • MS Kati

    The darked out foreground and colorful background graphics HAS been applied to a space shooter before, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet.

  • Ping Ling

    No WTF section??? WTF???

  • AND

    Video showing some new games: http://youtu.be/wNsvBR3lyzk

  • Cody

    There is not 41...