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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.

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Featured App

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

Detective Grimoire

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Point-And-Click Adventure Detective Grimoire Is Finally On Android More Than A Year After Being Kickstarted

There is no shortage of solid adventure titles on Android, but at least some of you have been waiting for Detective Grimoire for quite a while. This darker and more stylish take on the Professor Layton formula puts you in the gummy shoes of a detective investigating a murder in a swamp. Unique visuals, a biting sense of humor, and interesting puzzles await you inside, along with a refreshing lack of in-app purchases. Fans of murder mysteries and adventure a la Lucasarts should be well-served by this one.

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Solve puzzles, collect clues, explore the swamp, interrogate suspects... and uncover the mystery. Detective Grimoire is a charming and mysterious adventure, featuring a variety of strange and unique interactions with the bizarre residents of the swamp, a compelling and challenging murder mystery to solve, and an original award nominated soundtrack.

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

Telltale's celebrated Walking Dead adventure game has been making bank on PC and consoles, and now it's time for Android gamers to join in the fun... but only if they've got a Kindle Fire HDX. For the moment, at least, the game is exclusive to Amazon's newest hardware and app store. This is a decision-focused, story-driven game based on the comic book series, and in case you hadn't already guessed, it's not for kids. The first episode is free, but the rest will cost you $5 a pop or $15 all together. Expect to see this on the Play Store sometime in the next few months.

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Episode one of a five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning series. Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell. Experience events, meet people and visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes.

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Sonic Racing Transformed

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Sonic Racing Transformed Lands In The Play Store, Broken Down And Low On Content

Sonic's second kart racer on modern consoles was something of a sleeper hit, thanks in no small part to a wide collection of classic SEGA characters filling the roster. But in the mobile version you start out with just ten, and Joe Musashi and Ryo Hazuki are probably the only ones that will tickle your nostalgia. Combine that with serious launch compatibility issues, missing multiplayer, and in-app purchases despite its premium $5 price, and Sonic Racing Transformed is a hard sell even before you look at the mostly negative Play Store reviews.

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It’s Not Just Racing it’s Racing Transformed. Race as Sonic and a host of legendary All-Stars and prepare to transform. Speed across land, sea and air in a high velocity battle to the finish line, as your amazing transformable vehicle changes from car to boat to plane mid-race. Racing on mobile will never be the same again. Race as 10 legendary racers at launch each with their own unique transformable vehicle. Plus many more All-Stars coming soon.

Galactic Phantasy Prelude

When you look at the title of Galactic Phantasy Prelude, you'd think it's an homage to Sega's classic RPG series. Look at the gorgeous graphics, and you'd swear it's a mobile version of EVE Online. In fact it's neither - it's a space shooter with RPG customization elements for both your ship and your crew. The game world is wide open, but it's single-player only, so don't expect to see other players as you're shooting through the stars. Maybe that's for the best, since it's also a free-to-play game supported by in-app purchases.

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Pilot 46 meticulously detailed spaceships of various classes such as the Frigate, Transport, Destroyer, Cruiser, Battleship and Battlecruiser. Each class of spaceships handles distinctively and has its own set of equipment. Customize each of your ships with various equipment types to align with your preferred battle tactics. Take your fleet of spaceships into full action battles where reflexes and tactics are equally important.

Farm Heroes Saga

This here puzzle game would be notable even if it was only a Tetris knockoff, thanks to developer King of Candy Crush fame. And Farm Heroes Saga is essentially identical to that addictive little gem, combining the tried and true match-3 gameplay of Bejeweled with the addictive 3-star achievement system so common on mobile titles. Unfortunately to advance in the game you'll need to either shell out some real money or bug your friends on Facebook.

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From the makers of the hit game Candy Crush Saga, comes Farm Heroes Saga! Switch and match the collectable cropsies in this fantastic adventure. Join forces with the Farm Heroes to stop Rancid the Raccoon from spoiling the precious farm lands. Switch and match three or more adorable cropsies to drive Rancid away for good! A farmtastic adventure filled with mixed fruit madness! Scrummy! Farm Heroes Saga is completely free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment.

The Sheepening

What is it about sheep that seems to fascinate aliens? A couple of weeks ago we were defending sheep from alien invasion in TowerMadness, but in The Sheepening, things are more or less the other way around. You're a UFO who has humbly decided to help round up a bunch of wayward sheep across a 3D pixelated landscape a la Minecraft. You'll have to herd them like a flying Australian Shepherd, guiding their stupid, fluffy bodies across rough terrain and hazards. Again, the game is just a buck with no extra purchases.

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Ever try to herd sheep... in a UFO!?! Now you can! Introducing The Sheepening, a new game from Logic Squid. When a mysterious object crashes from the Heavens, the sheep are scattered! Travel through different lands to help a lowly shepherd find & collect all his sheep friends. Discover special power ups and surmount dangerous hazards, guiding sheep to the pen. Play at a more relaxed pace in the Adventure Mode. Or test your skills in the grueling Time Attack Mode; compete against your best time!

Deemo

What's Slenderman doing in an airy rhythm game with a tiny anime girl? You'll have to play it to find out. The basics of Deemo are pretty similar to Guitar Hero and other popular music games, but it's wrapped up in an atmosphere of mystery and oddity, which should be a major plus for fans of indie games in general and anime in particular. The free version is basically a demo - you'll need to pay a couple of dollars via in-app purchase to get access to more songs and the full game story.

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From team Cytus, a world acclaimed music rhythm game. Rayark brings you Deemo, a hybrid of music rhythm game and the story of urban fantasy, with hand-drawn art, story-telling gallery and real instrumental feedback of piano key sound. Deemo is a mystic character lives in solitude, a castle, all by itself. A little girl falls from the sky, not knowing who she is, where she comes from. To help the little girl back to her world, Deemo comes to realize a tree keeps growing tall on top of the piano whenever it plays.

Wordspionage

Imagine playing Scrabble against a ten-year-old who's fully stocked with an arsenal of firecrackers, rubber bands, water balloons, and similar accoutrements. That's kind of the idea behind Worsdpionage, which shakes up the classic board game with, well, cheating. Use your in-game money for either "special operations" that mess up your opponent in a series of ingenious and frustrating ways, or play it straight and add to your own points. The game is two bucks, but there's a free demo version as well.

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Play against up to three opponents in one game. Choose the time limit and word guess limit per turn. Play up to 30 games simultaneously. Wordspionage Dollars (WS$) are needed to initiate most Special Operations. New players start with WS$1,000. Play Mission Words to spin the Bonus Wheel and earn WS$ or extra game points. Use all seven tiles in your Tile Tray in one turn to spin the Bonus Wheel and earn WS$ or extra game points. Win games to spin the Bonus Wheel and earn WS$.

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Race Stunt Fighter 3!

What's stupider and more dangerous than racing through active traffic at 130 miles per hour while straddling nothing more than two wheels, a few pounds of steel, and three gallons of gasoline? How about doing it all on one wheel then literally flipping off the cops? This high-octane racer uses the SSX combination of colorful characters and "stunts = boosts" mechanics. If that's not EXTREME enough for you, you can go after your fellow racers with a bat or chainsaw when pure speed isn't enough. Multiplayer and in-app purchases are both inside.

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The third installment of the best selling RSF motorcycle game. Stunning graphics and a barrage of weapons and motorcycles to choose from make this the best one yet. Race through cities, mountains and tunnels as you stunt your wary to the finish line. Compete in multiplayer mode and stunt against friends as you fight off the enemies to get the most points. Add a weapon like a chainsaw, flame thrower or mini gun to unleash on the other bikers and help you get the most points.

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Hack Ex

Lots of games have some kind of "hacking" minigame, but in this one it's the central, binding element. You play a hacker with some less-than-noble goals: rob from the rich and give to yourself. You use a simulated rig to find vulnerabilities, seize machines, and steal money... all to upgrade your own unreal hardware and software. Integration with "apps," system logs, and Bitcoin purchases lend an interesting current events slant to this game. At the moment Hack Ex is free with no in-app purchases.

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Become the ultimate hacker under your alias in this virtual hacking game. Hack other players' devices and defend yours to build a reputation in the hacking world. Crack players' virtual bank accounts, upload viruses to generate money, manipulate their logs and more. And remember to clear your digital footprint... that’s what being the ultimate hacker is about, after all. This is not real hacking. It's only a game.

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Siege Hero Wizards

Siege Hero is a rather unapologetic rip-off of Angry Birds. I mean, it's just blatant: physics-based knockdowns, wood and stone playground structures, limited and varied volleys, even big-headed green enemies that go "poof" after they die. The sequel adds wizards to the mix, plus the usual new levels and elements. There's no subtlety to this imitation, but it's become incredibly popular over on iOS, and at least it doesn't include that incessant squawking or pushes for plastic toys. Free with in-app purchases.

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Enjoyed by millions, Siege Hero returns with the biggest update yet! Discover weapons with mysterious magical abilities and devastating power-ups. Slay orcs, trolls and explosive goblins on your journey to defeat the evil wizard. Destruction has never been so creative.

Call of Mini™ Infinity

The Call of Mini series has typically been a cutesy, over-the-shoulder take on Call of Duty (natch), but the latest release has its crosshairs aimed squarely at Halo. The futuristic setting and telltale armor give the game a new look, but it's still the same basic arena shooter, combining competent action with a smattering of humorous violence. As with previous Call of Mini titles, Infinity is free with in-app purchases, which might not be so hot for competitive multiplayer.

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35 years ago, humans discovered an inhabitable star known as Caron. They have started to gather a vast army of star warriors in preparation for an expedition to that planet outside the solar system. And you're the leader of this army! Take your army safely to the planet. When you land, build a base and set up defenses against incoming alien attacks. Then what's left is to conquer this planet completely!

Division Cell

Liberty, fraternity, equality. These terms probably haven't been applied to sentient geometrical shapes, at least until now. Division Cell is yet another zen puzzler with a unique premise: get all the disparate shapes in the playing field to a uniform shape and size. You'll need to adjust your tactics for various rectangles, circles, rhomboids, and other detritus of the grade school math book. The game is just a dollar with no IAP.

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In Division Cell, your task is to restore harmony and symmetry to an array of disorganized shapes. Take a trip with us to Flatland! Challenge yourself and your friends in an infinite world of shapes. Explore digital origami in the form of colorful and symmetrical patterns. With each new level, you are confronted with a group of shapes (rectangles, triangles and wedges), which must be manipulated and honed until they are of the same form. You only need to tap to play!

LYNE

It doesn't get much simpler than Lyne: connect identical shapes and fill the game board with lynes... er, lines. That's it, that's all. But don't think it's going to be easy: the paths you choose to different shapes will determine whether or not that perfect formation is even possible. This simple puzzler comes with stylish graphics and surprisingly awesome music, and all it will cost you is two fiddy.

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Deceptively simple. Infinitely complex. LYNE is a minimalist puzzle game that will knot your brain as it calms your soul. Connect the shapes. Fill the board. Lose yourself in the interflowing paths of LYNE.

  • Hundreds of pre-built puzzles
  • An infinite number of procedurally-generated puzzles, released daily
  • No in-app purchases. No ads.
  • Slick, intuitive interface
  • Soothing dynamic audio
  • Unlockable colour palettes

Toy Defense 2 Xmas Edition

We've featured Toy Defense 2 before. This game is just a re-release of the free version, though the developers have thrown in an extra Christmas-themed world - because nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a tank shell to the face. Once you escape from the North Pole, standard military-themed tower defense awaits you.

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Happy holidays! Amazing gifts are waiting for you under our Christmas tree! Download the Xmas Edition now and get over 100 levels of Toy Defense 2 absolutely FREE! Toy Defense 2: Xmas Edition includes two action-packed worlds from the full version and a magical Christmas world. Don't wait! This wonderful new version of the app is available for a limited time only during the holiday season!

Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!

If you have an application in mind for the next issue of the roundup, feel free to send us an email and let us know.

Important: there are 2 requirements in order for the app to be considered, listed below.

  • the app's launch date has to be no longer than 2 weeks ago
  • it has to be original, ground-breaking, well-reviewed, interesting, fun, etc - the cream of the crop

Now, if and only if the above requirements have been satisfied, fire up an email to this address: [email protected].

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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.
  • fredric

    Deemo looks way too interesting not to try.
    Now downloading......

    • Ricardo A. Fragoso

      Form the creators of Cytus... I think it really worths the try... :D Installing it now too...

      :D

  • NBM

    I originally played Deemo on iOS (directed from Cytus on Android) but they charged for the initial [demo-like] install and then charged more for other song packs... I'm glad I waited till the Android version was released to pay more. There's some great music in Deemo (and Cytus).

    • Eternith

      Thanks for showing me Cytus, it looks like the type of game I would love. Going to try Deemo first.

  • Eternith

    Okay, after trying a few songs on Deemo, I have to say some of those tracks are beautiful. Not sure if they are original tracks or not, but I wouldn't mind downloading some of these just for listening. Too bad I suck at rhythm games haha.

  • Godspoken

    But can you mine bitcoins in Hack Ex?

  • hp420

    Nice calendar app, but I work 3rd shift and since I come in, say, tues night and leave weds morning the widget is telling me I'm working tues and weds even though I may actually be off weds. It doesn't work for me. It's too bad, too, because it's truly a gorgeous app!!

  • Dan Stahlke

    Check out my live wallpaper of chaotic reaction-diffusion patterns:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.stahlke.rdnwallpaper

  • laurakelly

    I would love to play Deemo and Division Cell... looks interesting to play...

    watch new game of kids available free to download
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameimax.kingdentdoctor

  • jasper

    Heey everyone, I just found a fairly new game that I really like. I thouhgt I'd give it some more attention because it's really new and it's from new developers aswell so it doesn't get that much attention. Here's the download link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skepmatic.element

  • michael

    The game Evalisense is hilarious and more addicting than flappy. I got it from here:

    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.APKool.evalisense

  • niteslay

    FLAPPY BIRD?!? Nope - Flippy Dolphin... so much better, not to mention... available on the market...

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.superfungames.flippydolphin

  • Junaid Ahmed

    Sonic racing is an amazing game, the one of my favourite game. This is an amazing full of fun and challenging game that I like the most. Thank you for providing the list of the great games.

  • Laura Kelly

    I am glad to be on this page. Great games to play! Some of the apps were new to me and i got caught by them. I realize I need to try to use them for sure. - See more at:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameimax.candyhairsalon

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