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Last Updated: February 7th, 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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Featured App

Medieval Wars:Strategy&Tactics

Today's roundup is presented by Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics from Herocraft. The latest entry in this tactical series takes the turn-based strategy sessions to medieval Europe, where you'll conquer with fire and sword. The primary game features three campaigns, 17 units, and the traditional "hot potato" multiplayer sessions from previous titles. The game is a free download with three sample levels, with an IAP upgrades for individual campaigns or the full game.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Games

Deus Ex: The Fall

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Square Enix's Deus Ex: The Fall Is Now Available Inside The Play Store For $6.99

It took 'em long enough, but the mobile-only sequel to the last Deus Ex game has finally touched down on Android. The Fall takes both story and gameplay elements from 2011's Human Revolution, with an impressive adaptation of console controls to the touchscreen (while unfortunately ignoring Android's myriad controller options). Seven dollars gets you a full-sized game with some fantastic presentation, but I'm disappointed that it also includes incremental in-app purchases.

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Deus Ex: The Fall is the start of a new journey in the award winning Deus Ex game series for Android phones and tablets. Set in 2027– the golden era for science, technology and human augmentation. Ben Saxon an augmented former British SAS Mercenary, is desperate for the truth behind a global conspiracy threatening his life.

STORY DRIVEN ACTION-RPG
•Fight for survival in a global conspiracy
•Every action has a consequence
•The search for the truth spans from mafia hideouts in Moscow to the slums of Panama
•Hours of gameplay with multiple ways to play

Table Top Racing

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Table Top Racing, From The Creator Of Wipeout, Skids Into The Play Store Like An Open Pack Of Micro Machines

Table Top Racing comes with a surprising pedigree: the developer's CEO was the creator of futuristic PlayStation racer Wipeout. Once you know that, it's easy to see the similarities - though these cars are small, they go fast and pack weapons and powerups, making Table Top Racing more like a kart racer than a traditional driving game. The game is freemium with both ads and IAP, but once you spend any real money the ads go away permanently.

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With an awesome arsenal of madcap weapons and devious power-ups to play with, cars and tracks are brought to life with 'Triple-A' production values lavished on every pixel. Players can also win coins, upgrade vehicles, unlock new cars, expand their weapons cabinet in a bid to blast their way to the front of the grid. Simple, responsive controls make 'Table Top Racing' instantly playable with super smooth frame rates on all supported devices delivering a stunning racing game experience that all mobile gamers will enjoy.

Marvel Run Jump Smash!

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Marvel Run Jump Smash Is The Best Superhero Bobblehead Game You'll See Today

Marvel's back with another Avengers title, and this one totally isn't a copy of Jetpack Joyride. Nope, not even a little bit. Kidding aside, Run Jump Smash does include some compelling elements for an endless runner, including the ability to use guns, jump on heads, and upgrade heroes with super moves. You start out with a SHIELD agent, and the Marvel heavy hitters tag in (kind of like vehicles in most runners). The game spans a surprising amount of the Marvel universe - this is the first time I've seen Captain (nee Miss) Marvel in a mobile game.

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Dodge obstacles and fight Super Villains like Loki to progress as far as you can. Increase your score by switching between characters and activating each Super Hero’s unique Special Attack. Collect coins and boosts on your run. Then buy special power-ups to boost your distance and score. Run, jump and smash through multiple environments, compete with friends and upgrade your character.

Flappy Bird

Android Police coverage: [New Game] The Inexplicably Popular Flappy Bird Lands In Google Play

Flappy Bird is one of those amazingly popular games that some of us just can't figure out. You tap the only button to flap the bird's wings, avoiding obstacles in the Mario-style landscape. That's it. The game is as maddeningly difficult as it is simple - you'll have to tap your screen like a maniac to clear the larger jumps. If you're looking for a challenge that's easy to pick up and play, this is it. At the time of writing, Flappy Bird has already been downloaded more than 10 million times on Android in less than a week.

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Flap your wings to fly...

[How to play]
> Tap to flap your wings to fly.
> Avoid pipes.
> Try to get 4 medals: Bronze, Silver, Gold (hard), Platinum (very hard)

THE aMAZEing Labyrinth

Android Police coverage: [New Game] THE aMAZEing Labyrinth Board Game Finds Its Way Into The Play Store 25 Years After The Search First Began

If you remember playing THE aMAZEing Labyrinth board game, congratulations: you've got more table gaming cred than I do. This digital adaptation of the board game includes graphics that are faithful to the original, but it doesn't rest there: the game also includes a time duel mode for faster and more mobile-friendly play. Both local "hot potato" and online multiplayer are included.

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Labyrinth is the award winning board game that’s sold over 13 million units since its creation 25 years ago. Now, the fun had by millions is available on Android, with new games and puzzles for fans old and new. Do you think you can handle any maze? Test your skill level on Ravensburger’s newest Android game, THE aMAZEing Labyrinth, as they celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Minigore 2: Zombies

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Minigore 2: Zombies Shoots Its Way Into The Play Store, Gets Bright Red Blood All Over The Place

Update: According to a reader tip from Chris J, Minigore may have run afoul of Google Play's terms of service. It's been removed.

Update #2: It's back under a new listing.

It wouldn't be an Android game roundup without a zombie game, would it? Minigore hits all the high points: Minecraft-inspired character design, quirky humor, and of course, buckets and buckets of blood. The sequel adds a few interesting quirks to the usual top-down shooter formula, including helper characters and up to 150 polygonal baddies on screen at once. The free-to-play game (ads and IAP) stars Egoraptor of YouTube fame.

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Minigore 2 is an award-winning action game starring Egoraptor. Dual-stick shooter masterpiece from the creators of Ice Rage, KingHunt and Bike Baron. You must help John Gore fight his way through sunny lakes, graveyards and freezing plains into a stormy forest. The legendary Metusalem has brought to life murderous chefs, giant lumberjacks, killer penguins, a single moose and the entire undead army of the Cossack General.

LEGO® Ninjago REBOOTED

Android Police coverage: [New Game] LEGO's Ninjago Rebooted Shows That Even Blocky Ninjas Are Agile Enough For An Endless Runner

LEGO is about to blow up thanks to the forthcoming movie, and the digital arm of the company is getting ready with a few well-timed releases. Unfortunately Ninjago doesn't incorporate the building block elements of the toys like the console games do - it's a pretty basic endless runner based on the ninja franchise. Both a standard leveled mode and the more typical endless mode are included.

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Help the Ninjas of Ninjago fight against the evil forces of the Overlord as they make their way to the top of the great Borg Tower.

  • Use your awesome ninja skills to avoid dangers and defeat enemies.
  • Climb up the elevator shaft and run through hallways with both Vertical & Side scrolling action.
  • Play as Kai, Cole, Jay or Zane.
  • Collect LEGO bricks to unleash awesome power ups that help you in your mission.
  • Play the story mode to defeat bosses and save the inhabitants of the Ninjago Universe.
  • Play the endless mode to see how high you can score.

One Button Sports

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Namco's One Button Sports Has Literally The Simplest Controls Possible In A Game

Credit Namco with truth in advertising: One Button Sports delivers what it promises. This game is basically a mobile version of Wii Sports, with controls that are even more basic. That doesn't mean they're bad, though - the encapsulated experience is great for short bursts of gaming, especially for younger kids. That said, it's disappointing that in-app purchases are such an integral part of this simple game.

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10 Opponents, 8 Athletes, 5 Divisions, 2 Tournaments, and 1 Powerful Button. Tap, press, push or hold… Whichever you choose, you’re in control. Embrace the button.

•Smash and Splash with Tennis and Turbo Skiing.
•Power Up. - Train a team of 8.
•Climb the Ranks. - Rise through divisions and tournaments.
•Couch Mode. - Destroy friendships in side-by-side multiplayer.
•Cheat. - Grab perks and “enhance” your athletes.

Pitfall! Krave

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Activision Launches Its Cereal-Pushing Endless Runner Pitfall! Krave In Europe

Oh, Pitfall Harry, how far you've fallen. Once a gaming icon, you're now reduced to promoting breakfast cereal in a blatant Temple Run knockoff. The cereal angle is probably why you're not seeing this game anywhere except Europe at the moment, since the Krave brand hasn't really caught on stateside. It isn't clear why Harry is running around picking up chocolate, or why a living piece of cereal is trying to kill him. Maybe he should try stealing Lucky Charms next time.

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Pitfall. KRAVE is an adrenaline-fuelled, free-running adventure set in a deadly jungle with BRAND NEW twists and turns that will always keep you on your toes. The Chocovore Idol has been broken and pieces are scattered throughout the game. It’s up to you to find all the pieces while avoiding death-defying obstacles such as tumbling ancient artefacts, narrow cliff side pathways and the mysterious world of the Krave Chocovores.

Dungeon Keeper

Android Police coverage: [New Game] EA Ends Dungeon Keeper's Limited Availability, Now Offers The Refreshed Classic On Google Play Worldwide

It's always fun to play the bad guy. That's the premise behind Peter Molyneux's 1997 classic Dungeon Keeper, which EA has refreshed and updated for a mobile re-release. After the company's usual limited rollout rigamaroll, it's now available as a free to play title for one and all. Unfortunately, EA has rather typically and radically altered the basic mechanics of the original strategy game, opening it up for in-app purchases that can reach ludicrous amounts. International readers, here's your download.

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DIG. DEVISE. DOMINATE. It’s good to be bad in Dungeon Keeper. Devilishly smart. Deploy wicked tactics and dominate your enemies. Build the ultimate underground lair and summon diabolical forces to do your bidding. It’s tower defense…without the tower…and a lot more offensive. From Trolls to Bile Demons, Mistresses, and Warlocks – deploy your army of baddies and unleash special attacks to destroy the competition.

Casters of Kalderon BETA

Give developer Helmeni points for ambition: Casters of Kalderon is a technically impressive mix of massive online games, RPGs, and turn-based strategy. If that's not enough to turn your head, it's also multi-platform, or at least it will be eventually. It's sort of a massively multiplayer version of Civilization, but only when it comes down to the actual battles. Exploration and expansion is done in an over-the-shoulder Elder Scrolls style. The game's in beta, so it could very well implode under the weight of expectation alone, but it's worth a look for fans of these diverse genres.

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Casters of Kalderon - The 3D Massively Multiplayer Online realtime Strategy game on mobile. The world has been turned upside down, most of the old structures have collapsed, rebuilding societies and organizing communities is just beginning, and You are one of the Casters. Enter Kalderon, 3D fantasy world, find your tower that stores your magical power, build up your realm, gather and trade resources and strengthen your force. Personal missions and campaigns between coalitions are waiting.

Amerzone The Explorer's Legacy

Adventure games are thick on the ground on Android, but like Siberia, Amerzone is a minor classic of the genre. You play a naturalist in a slightly fantastical world, full of animals that are just past the other side of believable. The graphics were cutting edge at the time and still look pretty good for Android, but the exploration and discovery aspects of the game are what will keep players coming back. Full voice and text is available in multiple languages.

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Before dying, the explorer Emile Valembois tells you about the most amazing expedition of his career. This expedition was dedicated to the crazy "white bird" mystery. He confides to the young journalist that you are, the odd mission of returning to Amzerone in order to bring back an egg that was robbed 50 years earlier… Legend has it that strange white birds are born and die in mid-flight, without ever landing. To bring this species back to life, you'll travel through enchanting landscapes, from Brittany to tropical forest.

Atomic Fusion

Here's a casual title that Hank Pym could get behind. You control a tiny atom, strategically moving through a sub-microscopic space, absorbing protons and electrons until you've got enough to form a new element. Atomic Fusion marches across the periodic table from Hydrogen all the way to those weird ones you can never spell right. The first ten levels of the game are free, after which you'll need to shell out a single IAP for the rest.

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SCIENTISTS. Journey through quantum space and fuse the elements in this retro- inspired arcade game. The game is FUSION. Your Role: Quantum Physicist. Your Goal: Create all the known elements of the periodic table by absorbing and manipulating matter, antimatter, plasma waves, and photons. Arm yourself with the sheer power of Photons. Amass this energy to release stronger reactions to support your journey into the void.

 

Morphopolis

Morphopolis isn't really a game in the traditional sense, it's more like a series of beautiful vignettes that just happen to have a few interactive elements. Developer Micro Macro Games has created an incredibly detailed 2D world of vegetation and insects, complete with hand-drawn backgrounds and characters. You control an ever-increasing selection of bugs as you climb the food chain from the bottom to the top.

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Embark on a lucid and fantastical journey of transformation and discovery through this beautiful and unique point and click / hidden object adventure. Unlock puzzles, solve fun mini games and collect items amongst the gorgeously detailed and hand illustrated environments. Undergo metamorphosis and parasitically inhabit ever larger insects as your interaction with the scenery develops, each chapter progresses and the scale of the beautiful world increases.

Rogue: Beyond The Shadows

The titular rogue in Beyond the Shadows doesn't really fit the classical mold - he'll dungeon crawl with the best of them, utilizing magic and big weapons when appropriate. But he also gets his sneak on in at least a few levels, creeping up behind bad guys for a one hit kill. There is no shortage of dungeon crawlers on Android, but this one includes extra missions designed by the game's forum members. The core game is free with ads, which can be removed with a $2 in-app purchase.

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You have lived all your life in the same town and known each of your neighbors for many years... But one day you wake up suddenly in the middle of the forest, alone, lost, and confused. When you return to your hometown, nobody remembers who you are. Something terrible has happened, and your adventure has just begun. Explore a fantasy world full of magic, goblins, skeletons, lizards, gnolls, necromancers, golems... and many more.

Scrap Tank

Scrap Tank is an interesting mix of a 2D shoot-em-up and an endless runner. You control a slow, lumbering tank that's constantly firing from its main canon, with only the angle of fire and speed of the treads to worry about. As you blast through endless waves of planes, missiles, and bosses, you'll earn upgrades to both your primary and secondary weapons. Impressive sprite art and a free price tag make this one worth a look, at least if you're onboard with currency-based IAP.

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No rocket science, but plenty of rockets. In a world dominated by sinister robots, take control of the Scrap Tank and take the fight to them. Battle your way through the metal onslaught using an impressive array of hi-tech weapons. Do you have what it takes to survive against endless hordes of tanks, jets, airstrikes, missiles, helicopters and kamikaze bots?

Pyro Jump

Pyro Jump has a lot in common with They Need To Be Fed, albeit with a more colorful palette. You control a tiny piece of flame that jumps from one platform to another, continually moving and trying to avoid spikes and other hazards. (Why would spikes hurt fire? I don't know.) 25 Google Play achievements are included in the basic game, and more levels are coming soon according to the app description.

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Leap from one wheel to another and try to catch Princess Paper in a hundred or so levels full of pitfalls. Pyro, the little flame, is burning with love for the princess and is ready to try anything to convince her that this romantic idyll is not destined to go up in flames. In each level, collect all the flames and unlock bonus levels. Pyro Jump is a fiery platform that requires dexterity and precision. Complete the levels without any faults and, if you enjoy the challenges, try and win gold timers.

Rocket ROBO

Rocket ROBO is a simple game with some impressive presentation. You play a tiny robot whose only power is puttering around on a tiny jetpack. You'll have to navigate a colorful 3D world with a ton of physics-based puzzles and hazards, perfectly timing boosts and turns to avoid walls, lava, and other generally bad stuff. The visuals and music are appealing, and if you like marble maze games, you'll probably find a lot to hold your attention here.

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In the middle of space stands a solitary lighthouse. A beacon of light for travellers lost. Inhabited by a little robot and his friend, an elderly tinker who built him. They would often play games for fun but their very favourite thing was sitting together, watching the stars glisten. One unusual day however there were no stars to be seen, they had just gone.… Guide Rocket ROBO around 3 wonderful worlds; Material World, Space Station and the 3rd, Sugar Cube(coming very soon); across 57 levels in an attempt to retrieve the lost stars.

Toy Defense 3: Fantasy

Melesta has been toying with various incarnations of its Toy Defense game for a while now, but with the third edition they're getting out of the quasi-military world and diving headlong into Middle Earth. There are dungeons. There are dragons. There are the usual tower defense game tropes, with bosses, hero units, and asynchronous multiplayer. The standard game is two bucks, or you can try the free version.

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Toy Defense 3: Fantasy features a MAGICAL new world with dashing warriors, fearless archers, crafty goblins, and immersion in a magical atmosphere. More than 15 million fans all over the world are playing the Toy Defense franchise. Be the first to discover the latest entry in the series, Toy Defense 3: Fantasy. Wage war against hideous goblins and terrifying dragons. The most epic magical battle of all time is waiting for YOU.

Worm Run

Ever wonder what it's like to be chased by a Sand Worm from Dune or one of those things from Tremors? Worm Run takes that idea and applies it to an endless runner. It looks superficially simple, but the perspective and direction of run can shift at any moment, forcing you (or at least your pixelated player character) to stay on your toes. The usual mix of power-ups and vehicles are present, along with some pretty sprite visuals.

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You are Zeke Tallahassee, hapless space janitor in the wrong place at the wrong time. Swipe on your touchscreen to move Zeke through an ever-changing labyrinth all while being pursued by a blood-thirsty, gigantic space Worm.

  • Control Zeke quickly by swiping anywhere on-screen to move -- no D-Pad needed.
  • Crisp, Retina display visuals in a retro-style, side-scrolling experience.
  • Enjoy modern-retro, chiptune style music.
  • Easy to play, insanely difficult to master.

Suits and Swords

Here's a somewhat typical title from a surprising source: Sony Pictures Television. Suits and Swords isn't based on any existing property, instead it mixes elements of Magic-style card battle games with Blackjack. (Get it?) While the game is technically an RPG, it looks like it's light on story and gameplay elements beyond the built-in collectable card game. Fans of the genre will like the impressive 2D art, but others may be put off by currency-based IAP and an always-on Internet connection.

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The Joker is back for revenge – and only YOU have the power to stop his destruction. Lead Captain Black Jack on an epic card battling journey to save the four card realms. Suits and Swords is more than a blackjack card game – it’s the elements of a role playing game combined with the strategy of blackjack creating an adventure that’ll have you addicted after your first battle. Suit up, double down, and join the fight.

Sports Jeopardy!

The first official Jeopardy game for Android was not well-received, but Sony is hoping that the new version will bring in sports fans. It certainly looks better, thanks to a few 3D touches and a general sporty theme to match the categories and questions. (Hey, wait - isn't a random selection of categories the whole point of Jeopardy?) A few currency-based unlocks are included, but you get the core experience for just a buck.

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The term “four horsemen” referred to a 1920’s backfield of this school’s football team. Did you know which school? If you think you are the ultimate sports fan, you can finally put your sports knowledge to the test with Sports Jeopardy.. Challenge yourself or compete against your friends with thousands of sports themed clues that combine the thrill of sports trivia with the fun and excitement of playing Jeopardy.. Multiple game modes, stats tracking, and character customization add to your bragging rights.

Dawn of the Plow

With the southern states paralyzed by a "snowstorm" that the northern states would dance through, this little 2D game seems especially timely right about now. You drive a snowplow across a tiny grid, clearing a path for cars and trying to keep in control of your truck. The manager seems especially eager to fire you, so you'll need mastery of the top-down isometric controls to avoid trashing your neighbor's vehicles. Fans of 8-bit graphics and sound will be right at home.

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You are the new plow on the block, and today is your day. How many cars can you shepherd home before achieving grounds for termination? An arcade snowplowing game by Dan FitzGerald (Trichotomy)

  • Imminent failure and high skill ceiling
  • 3 different board sizes with randomized road layouts
  • 4 different powerups that you'll need to master to stay afloat
  • No IAP, pay once

Puzzle Defense: Dragons

Mix and match elements of Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies, sprinkle in a little cartoonish Tolkien setting, and you'd get something pretty similar to Puzzle Defense: Dragons. Troops are your towers and placement is key, because three adjacent minions will upgrade into a stronger one, but you'll also need to space them wide enough to keep up a more generalized defense. A decent mix of units and enemy typed is included, but the graphics aren't going to blow anyone away.

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Hordes of dragons are coming. Large and small, fast and slow. Defending the kingdom will be impossible with your normal troops, but if only you could combine them… Well, you can. Mixing a mind-bending puzzler with a tactically-savvy tower defense game, you place your defenders in a traditional tower defense manner on a top-down grid. However, you can upgrade them by placing three in a line - if you can keep them alive that long.

Hot Rod Racers

Hot Rod Racers is a mobile re-release of a PC game, but the original's simple mechanics convert well for the small screen. Most of your racing is in a straight line, focusing on perfectly-timed gear shifts to get the best speed boosts. One-on-one racing with a little bit of aggressive bumping is the most you can hope for, with environments and basic story ripped right out of the Fast & Furious movies. A few bonus modes help to shake things up on occasion.

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Time to heat up that engine: welcome to the roaring world of Hot Rod Racers. Challenge fierce street racers in exciting drag racing events. No kidding around - you’ll have to bring your A-game. Use any means necessary to win: crash into your opponent’s car and show how badly you want to win. Experience different gameplay modes, including dodging traffic cones, jumping off ramps, racing against the clock and more.

Tau Ceti

Shuffle together basic scifi, hexagonal strategy, card games, and a hint of tower defense, and you'll get something like Tau Ceti. Your job is to defend your space station with a series of ships and special attacks, using various forms of weaponry and cover to counter overwhelming odds. Keep an eye out on those bad guys - free-to-play games with card systems tend to throw an unbeatable opponent your way without warning.

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Defend your starship from enemy raids in a game that mixes strategy, tower defence and card games. In a galaxy far, far away … a relentless war rages on. Countless armadas fight for the resources of a world still unravaged by war: the Tau Ceti system. Your orbital station is under attack from endless waves of enemies. Join your battle station and fight back against the aliens and looters in their countless spaceships.

Croco's Escape

Croco's Escape probably won't hold the attention of most adults, but if you're looking for a nice colorful game for your pack of rugrats, it might do the trick. The basic gameplay involves moving blocks of rocks around on a grid, gradually clearing a way for the crocodile (who's orange for some reason) to get through the level. If you've ever played a 2D Zelda or Pokemon ice level, you'll know what I mean. Lock down those Play Store settings: it's free with in-app purchases.

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Croco was captured by the evil villain Rocket Bull and needs your help to escape. Solve tricky puzzles by dragging stones and other obstacles out of Croco's path to help him reach the exit. Discover four different worlds and play through more than 120 hand crafted puzzles in Croco's Escape and encounter tricky riddles, hungry penguins and more funny monsters.

Rocket Cube

The developer calls Rocket Cube a "Tetris-like shooter," but that's a bit of a misnomer - blocks fall one at a time (no shapes), but you can shoot rows into the sky to destroy the more troublesome ones. It's an interesting twist on the core concept, but I think only the most die-hard puzzle game fans will be satisfied for the long term. Rocket Cube includes basic worldwide leaderboards.

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A Tetris-like puzzle shooter. Rocket Cube is a dropping-down type puzzle game with Shooter feature. Cubes are dropping from above and players have to launch 2 or more cubes of same colors that are next to each other into the air before cubes fill up to the top of the screen. Play without time limitation. Cubes are dropping faster while you play. Launch to fight back as soon as you can.

 

race.a.bit

Top-down racers have always been one of the old-school genres that really should stay in the past - the locked perspective isn't the best for racing games. A few have risen above these limitations, like Reckless Racing, but Race.A.Bit revels in its retro charm. The biggest addition to the standard formula is the ability to create custom tracks, complete with obstacles, boost pads, and jumps. Unfortunately multiplayer is limited to leaderboards.

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Experience the thrill of retro racing on crazy tracks in the very first social racer – completely in the style of 8 and 16-bit classics. Enjoy the reinterpretation of old-school gameplay in combination with perfect controls and the driving beats of unique artist Bit Shifter. Be creative: Race on self-designed tracks and share them with people all over the world. Countless level objects and a user-friendly editor offer you virtually infinite possibilities to let your creativity run free.

WTF Game(s) Of The Week

Crack Man

See if you can spot the Canadian political satire in the Pac-Man clone below. Amazingly, this isn't even the first time that the honorable Rob Ford has graced our humble game roundups.

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Help Crack Man avoid Five-O and get the stuff eh?

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Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • NickAVV

    I'm having a lot of trouble getting any exposure for it, but I released my first game recently called Starling Fall. I'd really appreciate if you'd check it out: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nickavv.starling

    • mustbepbs

      I know for me personally, especially with new games from new developers, demos go a very long way. I know a buck isn't much, but when you've got thousands upon thousands of games to choose from, I tend to consider the ones I can try first before I drop money on it. There's a lot of stinkers out there, and I'm sick of throwing my $1 in the trash. Not saying your game is (haven't tried it), but this is feedback from a potential customer.

      • dandmcd

        Yep, this game doesn't perk my interest much, so no way I will spend a $1 on it. However, give me a free demo to try out the game for a short time, or one with ads and an IAP to remove ads forever, and I am much more likely to give this game a try. I download many free games without thinking about them much, because sometimes I find a diamond in the rough that is worth playing and dropping some coin on.

      • NickAVV

        This particular game doesn't lend itself well to a demo, being an arcade game. I plan to make a traditional platformer next, with multiple levels, and in that case I do plan to offer the first few levels for free, with an IAP to unlock the rest.

        • serotheo

          I think the best option then, being an arcade game, would be to offer a free version with ad support and IAP to remove said ads.

          • Guest

            Or a time limit on the free version

  • Aravind J Nampoothiry

    the videos are placed wrong in this article

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Where? I'm not seeing any errors.

      • Aravind J Nampoothiry

        Sorry,my bad :)

  • Sapphire

    Deus Ex Fall is the best for AAA games. The only cons is current version has horrible sound glitch on couple device. Static noise, pops and clicks, out-of-sync voice. Hope they fix it soon.

    Rogue Beyond The Shadows looks like the best for indie game. And I love dev comment on youtube: "You don't need to buy nothing from IAP to complete the game, all it's optional and it's only implemented to cover the development costs. It's not a pay-to-win and never was designed to be like this, it's a free-to-play. You maybe would need to unlock the ads (paid) to fully enjoy the game, but that's all"

    However, when I see its requirements: armv7 1.2 GHz dual-core, RAM 1 GB, I'm pretty disappointed. No offense but I think I can get better games with that kind of spec. Dev if you read this, please lower the requirement ok ? 1ghz dual core with 512-768 RAM would make more sense.

  • Mado

    Even Romain Guy complained about Dungeon Keeper's IAP. If only they can stop these bullshit...(yes I know doing that is against the free market).

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      Maybe customer education would work best. How to implement this... I don't know. One thing is a lot of these free to play apps remind you to give them 5 stars in the first hour, when it's still fun. Google should implement. No requesting reviews in app or, at the very least the app developer has to wait 24 - 48 hours before they can remind the user to vote.

      The bad free to play games, like Dungeon Keeper, would fall flat on their face and they would have to move the paywall up a bit, or eliminate it.

  • Arksun

    Rocket Cube sounds like a direct copy of Meteos from the Nintendo DS.

    Not that that's a bad thing, I just wish it had the same charm Meteos did.

    I'm surprised that nobody has tried to release a Tetris Attack/Panel de Pon clone on the Play Store. That would make insane amounts of money if it went with an IAP free approach...

  • kraniek
  • http://www.made-apps.com/ MADE_APPS

    Thanks for writing about Croco's Escape! But it's not only for kids as the levels/puzzles get really tricky!

  • Jonathan_Harford

    Dungeon Keeper has been universally panned by reviewers. Does AP really think it's among the 29 best games in the past two weeks?

    • alexcue

      Yeah some weeks the pickings are slim and it ends up being "XX games from the past 2 weeks".

      I appreciate AP keeping this series going for so long, though! Just looked it up - since October 2010. That's a lotta games/apps to round up.

  • Andy Stetson

    Has anyone found a GOOD Android version of Pocket Tanks or Scorched Earth (or something to that effect)?

  • Matthew Fry

    1) Why is the price of Morphopolis, and only Morphopolis, in yen?
    2) Suits and Soldiers ramps up pretty quickly and I feel the AI gets an abnormal number of 21s.
    3) Puzzle Defense seems to have more than just a passing resemblance to Pixel Defenders Puzzle.

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    Minigore 2 was pulled either by google or the developer for unwanted ad practices or violating terms and service. This is why there is no link for the app in the article.

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

      It's back, and the new link is now in.

  • perfectlyreasonabletoo

    Dungeon Keeper is a terrible game to recommend:

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-02-05-dungeon-keeper-review

    It's the worst of the worst "pay to play".

  • samy
  • niteslay

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

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

  • Junaid Ahmed

    That's a great list of
    the fun-filled and challenging android games that keeps the player engaged
    using skills
    . Flappy Bird is one of my favorite game that let me enforces me to
    solve. Thank you for sharing the great game applications.

  • Thomas

    Hello!

    I recently released my first free android game.

    I would appreciate if you'd check it out:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thomaskranitsas.crazytoucan

  • Aktar

    Muffin Knight, Candy Crush are the most best android games for me...I like to have more fun with these....thanks for the list of games here....http://www.gamesht.com

  • Dardanii

    Here is the unique game and not boring which can help you to train your brain , improve reflexes and a lot of benefits.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.day.and.night

  • Krsne Svijeće Amélie

    I tried to play few of this games but I don't find it appropriate for my kids. I love to play this one https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mouse.BobsMemory, and I think my kids will also but I don't understand why such simple games like this one are never reviewed so that it is easier to find them. Highly recommend this one and I am open for your suggestions ;)

  • Martie

    I recently discovered the best game I've played recently- Rummi! I am totally addicted now. :) Try it! You'll love it!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.krinsen.rummi.full

  • Tomek Milek

    Hi, you must also try the jumping puzzles in LapsoBOX. Wow!
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=puz3d.Cartoon1

  • redsmurf

    Disco Stu likes "Disco Lights". Original reaction based game and free to play.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.balloonhead.discolights

  • http://www.bestgameszone.com Jessica Lewis

    best free online games site http://www.bestgameszone.com

  • http://www.MagaMake.com Hua Lin

    I think LOL Damn Game is the one of top 50 funny games
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.magamake.loldamn

  • http://www.MagaMake.com Hua Lin

    I think LOL Damn Game is the one of Top 50 funny games.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.magamake.loldamn

  • gloriarood

    Hey thanks for awesome list of games you had share... this list is very helpful for me...because i like to some of the challenging game and this all just superb games for me... and if one you want to enjoy the soccer game then i had recently developed Soccer Air Hockey.... Please check it out...https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameimax.soccerairhockey