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Last Updated: January 1st, 2014

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.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

DigiCal Calendar & Widgets

Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites. DigiCal is a complete calendar solution that integrates with Google Calendar, matching it feature-for-feature and then some. A wide selection of calendar views (agenda, day, week, month, text month, list) and great tablet compatibility means that your calendar will look great and be easy to use no matter what device you're using. DigiCal also includes a variety of widgets, all of which put the stock Google Calendar to shame, and integrated location search within the app. DigiCal even checks Google Now for travel and traffic time, letting you know when you'll need to leave to avoid being late. The standard DigiCal is free, but the $4.95 DigiCal+ includes a month widget, extra visual options, and zero ads.

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Experience the most stylish Android calendar with Holo light and dark themes with 6 powerful calendar views and 5 beautifully designed widgets! DigiCal is a stylish and easy to use calendar application that syncs all your appointment with Google Calendar. You can choose from 6 powerful calendar views (day, week, agenda, month, text month and list) in both portrait and landscape mode. DigiCal also comes with 5 beautiful widgets (list, grid, day, day list and month). Following the latest Android Holo light and dark theme, DigiCal is bringing the clean and intuitive user interface experience to smartphones and tablets running Android 2.2+. DigiCal’s innovative features such as the smart action bar make it easy to edit, move, copy, paste and delete events. With our unique built-in location search, adding a location to your event has never been easier. All you need to do is type in the name of the place (cafe, store, and park) and DigiCal will automatically look up the address and save it. With this feature, Google Now (Android 4.1+) knows where you'll need to go. It'll watch current traffic, plan your route and notify you when you should leave.

 

 

 

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Games

Angry Birds Go!

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Angry Birds Go Rolls Into Google Play In Search Of Downhill Fun

At some point in the life of an over-exposed gaming franchise, it becomes a kart racer. This is inevitable. Thanks to the hyper-advanced pace of mobile apps, Angry Birds is getting its run 'round the track somewhat early. Angry Birds GO is a competent downhill (read: simplified) racer for touchscreens, and it's certainly the most technically complex game Rovio has yet made. That said, the constant pushed for real purchases make it a pain to actually advance.

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Welcome to downhill racing on Piggy Island. Feel the rush as you fling those freewheeling birds and piggies down the track at breakneck speed – with plenty of twists and turns in a thrilling race to the finish line. But beware. Look out for hazardous roads, mischievous opponents riding your tail and special powers to put the race leader behind the pack. Plus, go from soapbox car to supercar by upgrading your ride. Ready Set Angry Birds Go.

Colossatron

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Colossatron Crash Lands In The Play Store To Wreak Havoc

Colossatron comes from the casual masters at Halfbrick. The objective is to extend you gigantic metal space worm Snake-style, fending off the army, navy, and other forces of good. It really is a mix of the old Rampage "kill everything" formula and Snake, with the addition of some fantastic 2D graphics and effects. As with other Halfbrick games, you can get basically the entire experience without spending any money, but be prepared for a currency grind.

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Colossatron: Massive World Threat is the story of the biggest and most powerful being to ever wage war against mankind. But this time - YOU get to be the bad guy. Take control of a giant robotic snake and smash through cities with ease as you fight to create the most fearsome weapon of all time. Your objective is simple: DESTROY EVERYTHING. Build and shape Colossatron to overcome the formidable forces of General Moustache and his military units.

The Cave

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Double Fine's Platforming Adventure The Cave Is Now Available In The Google Play Store

If you love old-school adventure games, you'll love The Cave. If you love old-school platformers, well, probably you won't. This mix of basic running, jumping, puzzle-solving, and a surprisingly strong story element comes from some of the masters of the adventure genre, and it's already garnered a lot of fans on nearly every console and app store. The graphics aren't fantastic, but they're good enough to communicate the general atmosphere.

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Descend into the mysterious depths of The Cave in this adventure game from Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions. Assemble a team of unlikely adventurers – each with their own unique personalities and stories– and descend into the heart of a sprawling, sentient cave in order to find that which is most important to each of them. The Cave has had millennia to spruce up the place so prepare to dive deep and solve the puzzles hidden within exotic locations including a subterranean amusement park, medieval castle, and fully armed nuclear research facility.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Lands On Android With A New Level, Playable Knuckles, Online Multiplayer, And More

We've already got the original Sonic The Hedgehog and the excellent Sonic CD, and now you can relive the first game to feature Miles "Tails" Prower. Sonic 2 has been restored and premastered, complete with bonus content including a previously unreleased stage and a playable Knuckles the Echidna. You can even play live online multiplayer, though the multiplayer in the original game was barely notable. Christian Whitehead, the developer behind this and other Sega updates, is doing a fantastic job.

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One of the greatest adventures of all time re-mastered for mobile devices. Speed back in time and discover the game that first united Sonic the Hedgehog with his amazing flying sidekick Miles “Tails” Prower. Run through high speed levels packed with enemies and hazards as you zoom along loop de loops in your mission to destroy the devious Dr. Eggman. This definitive version has been fully built from the ground up for mobile devices, featuring re-mastered graphics and audio, and all new game content.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Go West, Young Man: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Hits The Play Store For $6.99

If you're going to give us Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City, you might as well finish the unofficial trilogy (yes, trilogies can start with number three) with San Andreas. This western-themed GTA sees you crashing through Totally Not LA in the usual mix of crime drama plus kooky humor. San Andreas adds new vehicles, minigames, and and customization options, and many consider it the best in the series (right up there with Vice City). Clear away some space and head for a WiFi hotspot before downloading it.

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Five years ago, Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas, a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers. Now, it’s the early 90’s. Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster.

Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Dirk The Daring And His Animated Cutscenes Return To The Play Store In Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp

Remember Dragon's Lair? This is Dragon's Lair too, only it's Dragon's Lair 2. It's got the same Simon Says gameplay, the same fantastic Don Bluth animation, and the same incredibly annoying female main character (who's been kidnapped by a time-traveling wizard this time 'round). Fans of the 80s original will be equally ecstatic that they can get their retro on with their phones, and the full hand-drawn animation alone will be worth the $5 entry fee for fans.

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Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp is the follow-up to Don Bluth's arcade classic Dragon's Lair, can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch. This fully arcade authentic version includes all of the original scenes you've come to enjoy, and even the unreleased Director's Cut ending not seen in the arcades. Other bonuses include a full watch feature to sit back and enjoy Don Bluth's stunning animation.

Ratchet and Clank: BTN

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Sony Launches Ratchet And Clank: Before The Nexus, An Infinitely Running Companion To The Recent PlayStation 3 Platformer

Ratchet & Clank is a console 3D platformer renowned for bringing a slew of fresh ideas into a very tired genre. So of course for its debut on Android, Sony decided to make it an endless runner. A cynical jerk might say that Before The Nexus is just Temple Run plus a cartoon cat and guns, and since I am that cynical jerk, I'm going to go ahead and say that's what it is. At least the McGuffins you collect while grinding like Tony Hawk can be used in the console game.

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Ratchet and Clank: Before the Nexus™ brings the excitement of infinite running to the classic Ratchet and Clank™ franchise. Fight off Vendra and Neftin Prog as well as their assortment of evil minions, including the return of Thugs 4 Less. Hop between grindrails while avoiding hazards to collect bolts that can be used to upgrade Ratchet's weapons and armor. Collect Raritanium, which can be synced with your PSN℠ account and used in the exciting new PS3™ game Ratchet and Clank: Nexus™.

 

Lightbringers: Saviors of Raia

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Lightbringers: Saviors Of Raia Brings Another Wave Of Co-Op 4-Player Hack And Slash Action To Android

Lightbringers might just be unique among Android games, not because of its gameplay or premise, but because of its structure. It's a basic hack-and-slash fantasy, but it includes online multiplayer in a drop-in, drop-out format, ensuring that you can get your co-op on at any time. The art assets are pretty (much more pretty, in fact, than the actual graphics) and gameplay is solid, but you need to be a fan of the Diablo style to get into it. Tablets only - smartphone gamers will have to sit this one out.

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The fate of Raia is in your hands. Explore its wretched lands and fend off the mysterious creep that has corrupted every living soul and turned them into reckless monsters. Only the Lightbringers can bring an end to this madness. Armed with deadly weapons and bearing the power of the Light, reclaim territories, find epic loot, equip light-infused orbs and get ready to smack some justice back into this relentless infection.

Hopeless: The Dark Cave

Android Police coverage: [New Game] In Hopeless: The Dark Cave, Violence Against Rampaging Monsters Has Never Been So Adorable

Hopeless is technically a top-down shooter, but it's more like an adorable, deplorable twitch game. You control a group of adorable sentient gumdrops who are constantly assaulted on all sides by ravenous monsters. Good thing they've got Lugers. You'll have to shoot the horrible beasts almost immediately to avoid getting snatched, but do it for your fellow gumdrops and you'll shoot them instead. If you get close to the end, your last adorable, terrified monster hunter will punch his own ticket.

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A bunch of glowing blobs huddle in the dark, scared and armed. Dark shadows creep in and they must react quickly - is it a friend or foe? Tap the screen to shoot the monsters. React quickly but be careful not to shoot your friends. Survive as long as you can and defend as many blobs as you can. But be careful: don't let the blobs get too scared or they'll kill themselves. Is it really all... HOPELESS?

Ninja Hero Cats

Android Police coverage: [New Game] HandyGames Releases Ninja Hero Cats, A Tale Of Fierce Armed Felines Saving The World

It looks like we're not getting an official Android game for Samurai Pizza Cats any time soon, but this might be the next best thing. Ninja Hero Cats is basically a top-down brawler, but the mechanics of the game replace a health bar with any number of shuriken-throwing felines. The game moves surprisingly quickly, and solid 2D art will help you get in the zany mood. It's too bad the creators went for a free-to-play model, because the best content is hidden behind in-app purchases.

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Join the amazing Ninja Hero Cats in their brave battle against fish monsters from another dimension. Forget Kung Fu or Karate if you can swing samurai swords or hurl bombs, fridges, pizzas and pianos at all sorts of weird fish monsters. Loot precious goldfish and use them to buy incredible upgrades that can turn you into a whirlwind of destruction or even unleash the mighty CATZILLA. Use your parkour skills to dash over floating islands and collapsing bridges while slicing evil jellyfish and sharks with your sharp blade.

Ski Safari: Adventure Time

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Cartoon Network Pushes Ski Safari: Adventure Time Down The Slopes And Into The Play Store

I never got into Adventure Time - it seems like a cartoon for the 4chan generation. But if you're one of its many fans, you now have an official outlet for your love of childish animation and non sequiturs. This is a re-skinned version od Ski Safari, a basic but well-done runner game, now occupied with the primary colors and odd characters from the cartoon series. The game costs a buck, but as you'd expect, there are in-app purchases for bonuses and costumes.

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Adventure Time meets Ski Safari. Shred the slopes of Ooo with Finn and his friends in this endlessly fun downhill adventure. Slide your way through Ice Kingdom, Candy Kingdom, and the Mystery Mountains to outrun a relentless avalanche. Dress Finn up like a zombie, put on his pajamas, go as Prince Hotbod, and more. Check out the shop for boosts, upgrades, and vehicles. Hitch a ride with Jake, LSP, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, Rainicorn, Ice King, Gunter, and many more.

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!

Android Police coverage: Humble Bundle 8 For PC And Android Offers Six Great Multi-Platform Games, Including The Debuts Of Gemini Rue And Another Awesome Title

Humble Bundle veteran AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! is a literal endless faller, in which you try to grab floating points for an inadequately explained reason. There are obstacles, stuns, and Jet Set Radio-style tagging. Get close to buildings without splatting for extra points, then stick the landing with a parachute. This game has proven a popular one on Steam.

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Dive from a skyscraper. Spray paint buildings. Flip off protesters. AWESOME. The jumps you make from buildings floating above Boston, Massachusetts are all about style and timing. You perform stunts, weaving around the bustling City for points, making split-second decisions: do you snake around those girders to earn a dozen "kisses," or glide along the side of that steel super-skyscraper for massive "hugs"?

Gemini Rue

Android Police coverage: Humble Bundle 8 For PC And Android Offers Six Great Multi-Platform Games, Including The Debuts Of Gemini Rue And Another Awesome Title

We're flush with adventure games this week. Gemini Rue is a 2D adventure game that takes unabashed inspiration from Blade Runner. You play a man trying to escape the shadows of his criminal past only to get caught up in an even darker scheme. The visuals are decidedly "retro" without actually resorting to the often lazy 8-bit style - the quasi-painted look is gorgeous. The split narrative is a cut above the usual scifi-noir fare as well.

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Azriel Odin, ex-assassin, arrives on the rain-drenched planet of Barracus. When things go horribly wrong, he can only seek help from the very criminals he used to work for. Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a man called Delta-Six wakes up in a hospital with no memory. Without knowing where to turn or who to trust, he vows to escape before he loses his identity completely. As fate brings these two closer together, we discover a world where life is cheap, identities are bought and sold, and a quest for redemption can change the fate of a whole galaxy.

Cabela's Big Game Hunter

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Activision Brings Cabela's Big Game Hunter To Android, Lets You Get Your Hunt On In Or Out Of Season

Lightgun games has their place way back on the SNES, and the hunter games that inevitably followed Duck Hunt were sort of the red-headed stepchild of the industry for several years. But now that we have touchscreens and advanced graphics, who could possibly be entertained by such a mundane gaming concept? Plenty of people, apparently, but they'll have to pay to get the best weapons and gear in this "free" game.

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Activision Publishing, Inc. and Cabela’s®, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® , is now bringing the #1 hunting video game franchise to your mobile device. Cabela’s® Big Game Hunter® lets you hunt the biggest and most dangerous animals on the planet for FREE. Do you have what it takes to become a hunting legend? Download it for free today and have tons of authentic hunting fun with the tap of your finger.

Syberia (Full)

Syberia was considered a minor classic on the PC years ago, a mix of Myst sensibilities and Resident Evil presentation. It's an adventure game through and through, with a focus on an intricate, haunting story and drop-dead gorgeous retendered graphics (with polygonal characters) over action. The game has a few head-scratching puzzles in there as well, but most of them boil down to finding the right object and putting it in its proper place. The initial Google Play release has a few issues, according to early reviews.

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Kate Walker, a young ambitious lawyer from New York, is handed what seems a fairly straightforward assignment - a quick stopover to handle the sale of an old automaton factory hidden in the Alpine valleys, then straight back home to the US. Little did she imagine when embarking on this task that her life would be turned upside down. On her expedition across Europe, traveling from Western Europe to the far reaches of Eastern Russia, she encounters a host of incredible characters and locations in her attempt to track down Hans, the genius inventor.

Savant - Ascent

Savant is an action-platformer with a heavy dose of 2D shooter thrown in. You control the main character, the titular Savant, as he blasts robots and climbs up a gothic tower. The gameplay is pretty novel, but Savant got an easy slot here in the Bonus Round because it's a strikingly beautiful game - this is how you do awesome 2D graphics, people. Google Play Games services are included, and there are no in-app purchases, though the developer is promising new (free) content in the future.

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Based off Savant's universe, the game has you battling scrap robots to reclaim your tower. Fight your way up the enemy-infested tower, dodging and shooting your way to the top. As you progress through the different stages, you'll unlock new Savant tracks, along with powerful upgrades. Clearing the game will reward you with new game modes, where you can try to beat your high scores, and unlock further content.

Violett

Equal parts The Borrowers and Alice In Wonderland, Violett tells the story of a little girl who becomes significantly more little. This is an adventure game in every sense of the term, complete with inventory puzzles, lots of exploration, and the seemingly compulsory quirkiness of the genre. The game has been receiving good reviews on Steam (where it goes for a full ten bucks, by the way), so fans of the genre should be happy to see it available on Android as well.

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One of the biggest and greatest adventure game in the Google Play. Embark yourself on the wondrous journey throughout the amazing world inside the rabbit hole. Set in a world full of wonders, quirks and things from beyond our reality, Violett is a remarkable adventure game that will push your brain to the limits and engross you completely. Rack your brain on intricate puzzles that will allow you to move forward. Use the power of telekinesis to get you out of your troubles. Fight the evil spider queen that wants to make you her new trophy.

Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers

The term "edutainment" has a nasty stigma, but in this case, it's both appropriate and complimentary. In Hakitzu Elite, you learn the basics of programming by creating your own fighting robot and customizing it for campaign or multiplayer battles. You'll have to create functional Javascript code to upgrade your robot, and the game is laid out in such a way that your lessons advance with your skillset. Now if only they could teach you to pass the bar with a 2D fighter.

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Hakitzu Elite:Robot Hackers helps both kids and adults alike learn the basics of JavaScript. No previous coding knowledge is required to crack the code. This educational robot battle game takes you from beginner, to coder, to hacker in both the single player mode and head-to-head on the battlefield. Follow the leaderboards and show off your new coding and gaming strategy to your friends. The more you code by hand, the more points you receive to unlock the ultimate coding weapons for an action-packed battle royale in the gaming arena.

Nightmare: Malaria

This game comes from a cooperation between developers Psyop and the Against Malaria Foundation. It's kind of terrifying, a literal fever dream of a game where you play a little girl running through her own body being pursued by a truly scary mosquito specter. Your only defense is to make it to the mosquito net - get caught and you're brutally impaled. As laudable as the awareness campaign behind this game is, I can't help but think it might scare small children. The app is free with no IAP, and it's narrated by Susan Sarandon.

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Nightmare: Malaria drops you into the bloodstream of a young girl infected with malaria. Can you make it out alive?

  • Survive 21 levels of fever-dream visuals through two worlds: Blood and Brain.
  • Save the stranded teddy bears on every level to advance.
  • Avoid killer mosquitoes using your wits and the safety of mosquito nets.
  • Featuring the voice of Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon.
  • Completely Free!

In support of raising awareness and funds to battle malaria, Emmy award-winning production company Psyop created Nightmare: Malaria, it's first game for Android, through a partnership with the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF), ranked the #1 most effective charity by Give Well, The Life You Can Save and Giving What We Can.

Medieval Wars:Strategy&Tactics

Herocraft has made a handful of these Strategy & Tactics games before, and I have to say that the novelty is wearing thin. The latest one uses the backdrop of various medieval European conquests, mixing an Age of Empires setting with the usual Risk-style gameplay. Single player campaigns and "hot potato" multiplayer is included. If you loved the more contemporary versions, you'll probably enjoy this new one. If not, move along.

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The history of medieval Europe is rich in bloody wars and conflicts. The Norman invasion, the Crusades, the Hundred Years' War, the Reconquista, the Wars of the Roses, the Albigensian Crusade and endless peasant riots A new game in the Strategy & Tactics series gives you an opportunity to try your strength in confrontations between the most ruthless conquerors.

RPG Record of Agarest War

Record of Agarest War looks like nothing more nor less than a resurgence of the tactical Japanese RPG sub-genre that became so popular in the late nineties and early 2000s. If you've played any of these games (Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, Disgaea) you know what to expect: lots of story-heavy battles played out on a 2D grid, with different classes taking turns to beat the crap out of each other. If you're not a fan of the JRPG or anime style, feel free to skip Agarest. Otherwise it's a pricey $8.66 (for the moment) with an addition 1.8GB download. MOGA and Xperia Play support plus Google Play cloud saves are included.

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It was the end of the age of gods... An age that ended when the door to oblivion was opened. There were five continents in the world of Agarest, each one pierced by a great pillar that towered toward the sky. These soaring monuments were the gods themselves. The beginning of our story and the end of the age of myth find their start on the continent of Lucrellia when a young man named Leonhardt sacrifices everything, even his future and his children, to protect an elven girl. At death's door, he pledges himself to a contract...

Skateboard Party 2

Skateboard Party is a Tony Hawk clone, and it doesn't care who knows it. That said, being a clone doesn't make it a bad game, and this title seems to hit all the counterculture sweet spots. A full career mode plus online multiplayer comes standard, with optional add-ons including a truly mind-boggling character and skateboard customization engine. Controls on touchscreen skate games are never easy, but Skateboard Party 2 eases the strain by being fully customizable and MOGA-compatible. The game costs two bucks with in-app purchases.

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Skateboard Party 2 brings all the fun of skateboarding to your mobile device allowing you to ride in 8 completely unique locations. Jump on your board, learn new moves and improve your skateboarding skills to land sick combos. Play with your friends using the new online multiplayer mode or challenge skaters from all over the world using the online leaderboards. Complete achievements, gain experience and upgrade your favorite skater. You can also customize your outfits, boards, trucks and wheels with real brands.

 

MIMPI

At first glance MIMPI looks like your typical kid-friendly platformer game, but it quickly changes into something more, well, weird. The levels and enemies look like something ripped right out of a Dali painting, and the story advances in a series of wordless comic book vignettes. The game mixes basic platforming, puzzles, and an evocative story to make something that's unique. MIMPI is two bucks plus in-app purchases.

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Explore strange new worlds and unique adventures in Mimpi - a fantastic new adventure, puzzle, and platformer game. The game is like a psychedelic illustration come alive! Mimpi the dog is searching for his master in eight diverse worlds. The environment is seldom repetitive, the puzzles are always new. The story is told without words by the game world itself. The game can be played by anyone, kids, adults, hipsters, crypto terrestrials... :)

Cyto's Puzzle Adventure

What is it about a microscopic world that lends itself so well to the zen genre? Cyto stars what I assume is a sentient cytoplasm making his way through the petri dish. It combines elements of both World of Goo and Angry Birds, an impressive accomplishment, and also manages to infuse this sometimes cold style of game with a lot of personality. The full version is three bucks, but there's also a free version.

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Fling Cyto through beautiful, other-worldly levels to collect memory fragments and piece together his story in this irresistible, cute, and challenging puzzle game. There are three memory fragments scattered throughout each of Cyto's 81 levels but getting them all will be an epic journey. Use puzzle-solving skills, different abilities, and elements, and a good aim to collect them all and unlock the story. Avoid spikes and other dangers on your quest to reach the portal at the end of each stage.

Heroes of Steel RPG

Android is finally getting some decent tactical RPGs. Take Heroes Of Steel, a top-down, turn-based RPG in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre. You control a group of post-apocalyptic fantasy adventurers as they make their way through the world. The battle system and character customization is surprisingly deep, and it should be a treat for fans of the genre. The dark art style won't be everyone's cup of tea - and neither will the in-app purchases.

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Command a party of four heroes with diverse skills, abilities and equipment as they strive to protect humanity in a time of warring gods and dark powers. Lead your group on an adventure through a sprawling story set in a post-apocalyptic medieval realm. Heroes of Steel is a highly tactical turn-based RPG in which you command a party of four unique characters, each with their own special powers and abilities. Engage in strategic combat with the devious, magical, and evil races who threaten humanity's last settlements. You decide how to develop each character’s strategy into a powerful group dynamic.

 

Sensei Wars

Sensei Wars comes from mega publisher 2K, now hoping to get a foothold on Google Play after some less complex mobile games like Beejumbled. It's a simplified real-time strategy game with an Asian motif, so you'll need to build and defend structures then recruit and train your army before going into battle. Single player, multiplayer, and co-op modes are worthy of consideration, but at least a few early reviews indicate that the in-app purchases in this free title could sour the experience.

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Will your Sensei rule the world? Time will tell in the newest combat strategy game that gives you direct control in battle! Define the fighting style of your Sensei to best defend your Dojo, conquer enemy bases and command special healing powers. Train your army to defeat enemies, fortify your base to withstand attacks and join forces with friends by creating a Dynasty for co-op play. Bunker your troops, grab a sword and battle against players worldwide - all attempting to claim the ultimate victory!

Castle Raid 2

The original Castle Raid was a sort of anti-tower defense game, tasking the player with creating an army and setting it against the foe one unit at a time. The sequel does the usual sequel stuff, with new units, new powers, and slightly better 2D graphics. There's a full single-player campaign, and though the game lacks online multiplayer, it makes up for it with single-device multiplayer (kind of like tablet air hockey).

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It’s the coming of the new age of war, Castle Raid 2 - New alliances is here. Are you prepared to do battle? Castle Raid is back, bigger and more challenging than ever before! In this unique tug-of-war you once again fight to defend your castle against the enemy’s hoard. Get ready to enter the magical world of noble knights and sage wizards, dragons and assassins, and set out on a new epic adventure.

Shoggoth Rising

Thank you so much, newbie developer Dreipol, for choosing something other than zombies to fill out your standard action bad guy template. Shoggoth Rising is a basic turret shooter where you blast some of HP Lovecraft's amorphous monsters in a very literal application of the term "tower defense." The game has some surprisingly solid 3D visuals and music to boot. Shoggoth Rising is half off for the moment (just over a dollar) with no in-app purchases.

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Ned has shipwrecked and finds himself in a lighthouse off an unknown and strangely mysterious coast. Help him in his fight for survival! Shoggoth Rising is a new innovative 3D action defender with mindblowing visuals and non-stop action-packed gameplay! Use the dynamics of your touch device to control the field of vision and engage the enemy with your weapons. Use firearms and melee weapons to defend the tower.

Wurdy

If you like Pictionary or miming games, but feel like your street performance or artistic skills are lacking, give Wurdy a try. It works just like those games, but you describe your object instead of drawing it. It's like the $10,000 Pyramid, without the money. It's a simple idea (which could probably be replicated with a few scraps of paper and a hat), but the addition of easy scorekeeping and a selection of semi-random words makes this a decent party game.

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Fun-ify festive gatherings with Wurdy - the fast and frantic party game. You have 60 seconds to describe as many words as you can to your friends. There's just one catch - you can't rhyme, mime, or spell them out. Tired of bland family gatherings, endless small talk at cocktail parties, or just another night at the pub? Get your Wurdy on. It's the 'always with you' sure-fire antidote for the social blahs.

TowerMadness

Aliens want your sheep. Their intentions are never really explained, but I suppose that the fact that they're after them at all is reason enough to build gigantic gun and missile turrets and blow their gray behinds to kingdom come. A surprising hit on iOS, TowerMadness makes players rely on the unique geography of each stage to create tower defense lines, not just spam building and slow tactics. The game is $3 plus in-app purchases, which is a bit of a baaamer.

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TowerMadness is the original hit game from the makers of Zombie Gunship! Evil aliens are coming to turn your beloved sheep into intergalactic scarves! Protect the flock using only quick thinking and the arsenal of upgradeable weaponry at your disposal. Play from an aerial view or zoom down to first person and get close to the action. Over 100 maps in diverse environments (35 available as expansion map packs). Tap "Add-Ons" to access additional maps. Over 60 diverse weapons and upgrades.

Greedy Spiders Smash

The latest entry in Blyts' Greedy Spider series is perfect for those who love to kill offensive arachnids... and not so perfect for anyone who was creeped out by that one scene from The Fly. Your goal is simple: squash the spiders before they get to the trapped insects. The game is roughly turn-based - you can only smash one spider at a time or apply a power-up, so you'll need to think strategically to get them all. The game is two bucks and includes no in-app purchases.

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A bunch of new greedy and hungry spiders will be in your way. This time you will have to…SMASH THEM ALL! Are you ready for this new adventure? Be fast, be smart and train your fingers! Collect the candies and save the little bugs before is too late. Think carefully, but be fast. These spiders are hungrier than ever! 108 brand new levels that will keep you hooked for hours! Prove yourself in 18 real time bonus challenges. How fast can you be?

KAMI

In Kami, you try to cover the entire board in a single color by switching each one up and converting the adjacent tiles. (Check the video.) It's a simple idea, but the attractive papercraft presentation is impressive, and the easy concept is extendable for the completionist gamer who has to get that perfect run. The full game is a reasonable $1 for 63 puzzles (with extras available via IAP), but you can try out a handful in the free version.

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KAMI free is deceptively simple: fold out coloured paper to fill the screen in as few moves as possible. Relaxing and easy to pick up, you'll soon find yourself deep in contemplation to perfect each puzzle. Created by State of Play, famous for their handcrafted aesthetic, KAMI free has been created with real paper in an elegant Japanese theme.

Disney Hidden Worlds

Who turned Belle steampunk? Disney Hidden Worlds is pretty much exactly what it looks like: a hidden object game with a lot of Disney IP (mostly the princess movies) to show off. If you or your children love this sort of game and Disney's animated classics, Hidden Worlds should be right up your Cave of Wonders. The game integrates with the same title on Facebook, if you play it there. Be careful handing this one over to the kids: it's probably teeming with in-app purchases.

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Get inspired by finding Hidden Objects in your favorite Disney scenes! Chrona is your guide as you explore and build interactive Kingdoms in a world of imagination where anything is possible. But when Chrona's imagination gets away from her, she accidentally creates a villain who threatens to ruin everything! Can you save the Disney Kingdoms and create your own "Happily Ever After"? 

Construction Simulator 2014

What is it with simulator games on the Play Store lately? Combine this with Farming Simulator 2014 and you can have hours and hours of fun pretending to do monotonous, backbreaking labor by tapping buttons on a screen. Still, I suppose if the idea of making virtual houses with "real" (licensed) construction equipment appeals to you, now you've got an outlet. That said, the app gets a few demerits for costing three dollars plus in-app purchases.

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Do you want to build houses and industrial buildings with heavy machines from LIEBHERR, MAN and STILL? Then get the Construction Simulator 2014 – in this way your Android device becomes a virtual construction site. Playing the Construction Simulator 2014 you can take over the control of 14 construction machines which are true to the originals in high-quality 3D graphics.

 

NEVER ALONE HOTLINE

Never Alone Hotline is an odd duck. I suppose technically it's an adventure game with nothing but a gigantic conversation tree. You play a hotline attendant who talks to lonely people... no, not like that. The only real interaction is in what you choose to say. The conversations with anonymous strangers range from interesting to freaky (this game is not for kids, by the way), and it's all backed by an eerie plink-plonk soundtrack. Your decisions will affect the people on the other end, so choose wisely.

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Do you feel depressed? Lonely? Or abandoned? Call Never Alone Hotline and enjoy our friendly hostesses. Over the course of the game, a multitude of people will call you up on your primitive-looking phone. From perverts intent on telephone sex to kittens to would-be suicides, you'll see them all. It's up to you as to how you want to respond to them. Never Alone Hotline will make you laugh, slap your forehead and smirk, miss your grandparents, roll your eyes in exasperation and ache a little on the inside.

 

No Brakes Valet

Android Police coverage: [New Game] No Brakes Valet Jumps From OUYA To The Google Play Store To Enable Your Ferris Bueller Fantasies

If you've ever dreamed of being an incredibly irresponsible valet attendant who, for some reason, lives inside Microsoft Paint, this game is for you. Developer Captain Games have proven themselves to be masters of the oddball, and this OUYA expatriate is no different: you screech and slide cars into place without the aid of brakes, only occasionally caring where they land. Special cars and odd obstacles ramp up the difficulty level on occasion.

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Features:
* parking lots
* fast cars
* definitely a steering wheel

: Single player and 2 players on 1 tablet :

Blocky Roads

Formerly an exclusive for the Amazon Appstore, this unique driving game imitates both endless runners and Minecraft for a trendy double-whammy. You'll build your own cars and trucks to get across the landscape with simple gas and break controls, collecting the materials to build even more on the way. The game is free with in-app purchases.

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Jump into your car and discover green hills, snowy mountains and desert dunes in this unique blocky adventure! The tornado ripped your farm apart and scattered it around the Globe. Collect the missing parts to restore the farm to its former glory! Choose one of the 9 cars or build your own block by block! The car editor unlocks after track 3 is finished.

Small World 2

There's not a lot of intersection between video and board games, but tablets are a natural fit for them. So we get Small World 2, from the same people who released Ticket To Ride. The game plays like a modified version of Civilization, and it supports up to five players in either local, single-device play or online multiplayer. Ticket To Ride 2 is a pricey $10, but also includes in-app purchases. Since it's also almost 200 megabytes, you might want to wait for a demo before laying your money down. 

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Based on the phenomenally successful Small World fantasy board game with over 500,000 copies sold! Take control of insanely fun fantasy race & special power combos, such as Berserk Halflings, Triton Merchants, Alchemist Ratmen and Dragon-master Amazons, to grab all the land you can in a world that is just too small to share with your opponents!

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WTF Game(s) Of The Week

Spunk Invaders

Thanks, Artem. Now whenever someone searches for "Jeremiah Rice" and "spunking on their tits," they'll be sure to get at least one result.

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A new alien life form is attacking the planet earth disguised as women, use your huge canon and destroy the alien life form the only way we now how, by spunking on their tits, before they destroy us. Space Invaders clone with an adult theme

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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.
  • Jacques Hragar

    FYI vice cities shit compared to san andreas

    • AkumajoBelmont

      Cheers bro. I'll keep that in mind...

  • NFb

    Spunk Invaders is a NSFW game, and its content is three words: UNTOLERABLE FOR CHILDREN (that game's content rating should be 'High Maturity'). Enough to be a WTF game (and maybe the last one this year featured in Android Police).

    • Keg Man

      dont worry, looks like it was pulled.

    • subroc

      There was a knee jerk reaction and they yanked it from the store and tossed it away.

  • gotgremlins

    Not android but new: gotgremlins.com

  • Raphael

    I'll shoot my big canon at those girls!
    (spunk invaders)

  • CrazyPaladin

    actual,why not hero siege? a crazy little twin stick shooter, as they advertised: when binding of Issac meets Diablo

  • Michael

    A lot of the prices are showing up in yen?

  • Ricardo A. Fragoso

    Spunk Invaders... XD

  • AND

    Best 3d games: youtu.be/FzKOqsWDuWw

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