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Last Updated: March 23rd, 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

Puzzle Defense: Dragons

Today's roundup is presented by Puzzle Defense: Dragons from Herocraft. Mix and match elements of Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies, sprinkle in a little cartoonish Tolkien setting, and you'll get 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 diverse mixture of friendly units and enemies will keep you on your toes as you beat each wave, upgrading your minions each time.

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Match them-up meets tower defense.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. So three soldiers will make an archer - or three crossbowmen a wizard. Special abilities can be used in tough situations to keep them alive. Moreover - it’s a great idea to win a fight then upgrade your troops in the upgrade screen.

 

 

 

 

 

Games

Colin McRae Rally

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Colin McRae Rally Aces A Sharp Turn And Drifts Into The Play Store For $4.99

We're spoiled for choice this week when it comes to racing games. This isn't a glitzy re-imagining of a storied racing franchise (like Ridge Racer further down the list), it's a re-release of one of Codemasters' most beloved rally games. Fans of the sport will love the authentic cars and tracks, not to mention navigator voice-over from rally racing celebrity Nicky Grist. The game is pricy at $5, but that's about one-tenth the cost of a retail game in '98, and there are no in-app purchases.

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Hit the dirt as the ultimate off-road racing game experience, Colin McRae Rally, comes to Android for the very first time. From the developers of the multi-million selling franchise and based on content from the 90% Metacritic rated Colin McRae Rally 2.0, Colin McRae Rally for Android features THIRTY amazing rally stages with a combined distance of over 130km. Go flat out through the dirt of the Australian outback, take on dramatic climbs through the mountains of Greece and get sideways on the tight and twisty roads of Corsica.

Swordigo

Android Police review: Swordigo Review: A Solid Action-Platformer For Fans Of Retro RPGs

If you want an unforgiving 2D sword-slasher in the vein of Ghosts & Goblins, then check out Swordigo. This former Humble Bundle game is now on the wider Play Store, and at the moment it's completely free with no in-app purchases. Mix magic and swordplay to get through this Metroidvania platformer. The graphics aren't much to write home about, but the excellent music should see you through that.

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Run, jump and fight your way through a vast world to defeat the spreading corruption. Explore a magical realm of dungeons, towns, treasures and devious monsters. Gain experience and level up your character. Find powerful weapons, items and spells to defeat your enemies. Venture into gloomy caves and dungeons illuminated by the atmospheric dynamic lighting system.

Out There

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Out There, A Sci-Fi Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Game Has Drifted Into The Play Store

Out There is an unapologetically two-dimensional mix of procedurally-generated exploration and atmospheric decision-making. The core of the game revolves around finding new worlds and new resources, the better to upgrade your ship. There's a deep story in there, but a surprising lack of combat: your only real foe is the harsh and unforgiving void of space.

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You are an astronaut awaking from cryonics not in the solar system, but... out there... in a far and unknown place of the galaxy. In Out There, you will have to survive, tinkering your ship with what you can gather drifting in the void, and spot garden planets to refill your oxygen supply. Space is an hostile place ; dangerous and mysterious adventures will mark each step of your travel.

Pathogen - Strategy Board Game

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Pathogen Is The Latest Abstract Strategy Game With Very Few Colors That Will Consume All Of Your Free Time

Pathogen combines the simple elements of a board game with the tension of a real-time strategy game. Half Chess and half Reversi, this title doesn't let its classic inspiration get in the way of an impressive technical presentation. There's a full single player campaign, local and online multiplayer for up to four players, and a map editor for (technically) endless replay value. The actual mechanics of the game are hard to put into words - check the video to get a feel for them.

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Pathogen is an award-winning single and multiplayer strategy board game for mobile and tablet devices developed by Birnam Wood Games. Designed with the classic board game experience in mind, Pathogen brings mechanics and play styles of classics like Chess and Go to a whole new level.

  • Unique art and strategic gameplay inspired by the way viruses spread through the human body
  • Extensive Single Player Campaign
  • Local and Online Multiplayer (2-4 players)
  • Many play modes and map styles, with a robust map editor to create and share your own
  • Easy to Play, Hard to Master:

Shadow Blade

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Crescent Moon's Shadow Blade Is An Action-Packed Platformer With Touch Controls You Might Actually Enjoy

Shadow Blade looks a lot like Mark of the Ninja, and that's a very, very good thing. Granted, the mobile game is more interested in quickly slicing up bad guys and zooming through the levels with wall jumps, but gamers who love a smooth combat system should be well-served here. If you've ever enjoyed a Shinobi or Ninja Gaiden title, you owe it to yourself to check out this 2D platformer. It's a free download with a single $2 purchase unlocking all the levels.

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Kuro is a young man on his quest to become the Shadow Blade. He must seek the teachings of the last remaining ninja master. You will guide him through challenging levels, around countless traps, sneaking past enemies or right over their dead bodies. You have to be fast, be stealthy, be aware of your environment. You have to be a ninja. Shadow Blade is a fast paced action platformer game for Android Devices with intuitive touch controls.

Demonrock: War of Ages

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Crescent Moon Games Launches Demonrock: War Of Ages, A 3D 'Reverse Defense' Dungeon Crawler

What does "reverse tower defense" mean? It means something very similar to "Diablo-style dungeon crawler," apparently. Crescent Moon's entry in the well-trodden genre lets you use all four of the major fantasy classes simultaneously, beating up bad guys across 40 levels and hiring new adventurers to join your loot-filled quest. The presentation is impressive, especially when the screen-filling bosses come into play.

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Demonrock: War of Ages is a reverse defense game with beautiful 3D graphics and intuitive game play. Lead your hero's soldiers to victory against hordes of monsters.

  • 40 levels across 4 unique lands of environment : forest, dungeon, coffin chamber and winter forest
  • 4 legendary heroes : barbarian, ranger, knight and sorceress, each hero has 5 skills
  • Over 30 kinds of enemies and Bosses: goblins, orcs, skeletons, trolls, spiders, werewolves.. and a giant dragon
  • hire 13 kinds mercenaries to setup break through enemies’ defense
  • Collect epic loot in battle and upgrade your weapons and armor, each hero has 6 wagons and armors with 4 levels of appearance upgrades
  • Intuitive controls and step-by-step tutorials for you to get started

Dual Survivor

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Dual Survivor's Multitasking-Based Gameplay Will Wreck Your Brain And Leave You Cross-Eyed

Imagine playing two sci-fi endless runners at the same time, and you'll come pretty close to the experience presented in Dual Survivor. You'll have to guide two ships through two separate tunnels filled with traps, guns, and all manner of bad ends... simultaneously. The graphics are great, and I'm sure at lease some people will love the gameplay, but it looks punishingly difficult even on the early stages.

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Dual Survivor is a frantic, mentally exhausting experience that will push your multitasking skills to the limit. Steer two electrically powered pads to guide the energy cores over the post apocalyptic platforms. Advancing through the zones you need to improve skill and map awareness to think ahead and use both hands on entirely different movement patterns.

Gobliiins Trilogy

Android Police coverage: [New Game] DotEmu Resurrects Classic Gobliiins Adventure Games In New Trilogy

Younger gamers probably won't remember Gobliiins, a set of sleeper hit adventure games. Retro specialists DotEmu have repackaged all three original games for fans of the series and new players alike. The relatively inexpensive re-release of the three Gobliiins stories includes two flavors of touch controls and a hint system to get through the sometimes strange trails of logic that permeates those old point-and-click adventures.

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Gobliiins Trilogy is a compilation of three games including Gobliiins, Gobliins 2 and Goblins 3. Released successively one after the other from 1991 to 1993 on PC, thoses point’n’click classics are now available on Android in a new version specifically enhanced for mobiles & tablets. In the first game, play the adventures of Oops, Asgard and Ignatius (also known as Dwayne, Hooter and BoBo in US) who are looking for a remedy to cure the king Angoulafre.

Endless Boss Fight

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Kongregate's Endless Boss Fight Brings The Pain To Google Play, IAPs Along For The Ride

Sometimes the best parts of a game are the boss fights. The developers of this game would certainly agree - they've stripped out the entire thing until it's nothing but boss fights. The game plays like your typical 2D brawler, but you only beat up on an enormous robot intent on shooting, pummeling, and ultimately dismembering you. That said, there are a few varieties of game modes to spice things up, and you can create new bosses and share them with other players.

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Go head-to-head with the all-powerful Boss Robot. However, defeating him will only make him stronger. Experience intense beat em' up action in this FREE FAST PACED ARCADE GAME. Endless Boss Fight is a fast-paced arcade fighter where you battle against an ever-evolving Boss Robot that only gets more cunning and difficult. You can also design your very own Boss and have it wreck havoc against other players as you earn exciting new rewards.

Ridge Racer Slipstream

Android Police coverage: [New Game] Ridge Racer Slipstream Brings You To The Track With An Attractive Ride Slowed Down By IAPs

Namco's Ridge Racer series is one of the console and arcade racing greats, and now it's made the switch to mobile gaming. But long-time fans may not like the way it's transitioned - you get the slightly cartoony cars, the blistering sense of speed, and the Japanese sensibilities, but you also get the usual in-app purchases and currency-driven progression of most of the mobile racers. Graphics are great, but the game seems to be missing a multiplayer mode, which is kind of a big deal for racing games.

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The ultimate arcade racing franchise brings the console experience to your Android device. Slipstream past your rivals and drift around tight turns at over 150 MPH.

A NEW BREED OF RACING MACHINE
• 12 powerful machines speed you to victory
• 300 customization possibilities to create your dream machine
• 6 game-changing Perks give you advantages you’ll appreciate

EXCITING CAREER AND ARCADE GAME MODES
• Make a name for yourself in the full featured career mode
• Need a quick fix? Take on Regular and Knockout Races in Arcade Mode
• Connect with Facebook to gain rewards and share achievements and milestones with the Ridge Racer community

Fright Fight™ - Online Brawler

If you love Nintendo's Super Smash Bros franchise, you owe it to yourself to check out Fright fight. The free-to-play mechanics means it's equal parts brawler and Tamagotchi/Digimon pet simulator, but it's got online, four-player battles, and that's what really matters. The social elements I could do without, but if you want a party-style 2D fighter, this is it.

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Harness your skills and battle your friends for monster supremacy. FRIGHT FIGHT is a 3D Real-Time Online Multiplayer Brawler infused with RPG system elements. You will have the ability to connect with up to 3 other players from around the world, and compete in 4 player action-packed matches. Play against random opponents or invite your friends to a game. Fight against injustice.

Beyond Space

If you're looking for a new take on StarFox for your Android phone, look no further... and before you ask, yes, you can do a barrel roll. This simplified space combat sim puts you behind the controls of a variety of upgradeable fighters and a few stationary turrets in the service of a sci-fi story. Beyond Space is single-player only, but the developer is talking up the game's advanced AI, and the colorful 3D graphics might be worth the price of entry alone.

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Beyond Space is a cutting edge 3D space shooter game which dive the player into dark plots in the vein of the best Space Opera. Score of planetary systems, nebulas and asteroid fields to explore. Fully detailed 3D Graphics, mesmerizing, beautifully painted spacescapes, spectacular special effects, rendered glows, lights, sun flares and reflections. Everything intensified with ambient yet dynamic soundtrack and great sound effects.

Call of Mini™ Dino Hunter

The latest Call of Mini game is a lot like the previous titles, but you get to shoot dinosaurs in the face. Shooting dinosaurs is better than shooting zombies, and if you disagree, there's a dilophosaurus I'd like you to talk to. Dino Hunter is focused on co-op, player-versus-environment action rather than arena deathmatches, which should be a better fit for the free-to-play IAP game structure.

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Dinosaurs emerge from the ancient forest after hiding for decades. As a descendant from a great hunter family, you continuously hone skills towards your desired goal in order to stand up to your father's expectation. Now it's time to prove yourself.

• 21 flashy weapons
• 24 exciting boss fights
• 5 characters with unique specialties
• 50 distinct quests
• 32 savage dinosaurs
• 50 achievements
• 50 collectable items for crafting and upgrading weapons
• Choose from 50 powerful skills to customize your character

Optical Inquisitor 17+

If 80s action movies starred stick figures, they'd look a lot like Optical Inquisitor 17+ (which is probably OK for younger kids). You're an angry stickman out for revenge, and the only way you know how to do that is with a sniper rifle. This ultra-self aware game is definitely the strangest in Crescent Moon's eclectic portfolio, but it's a welcome change if you're looking for a unique point-and-shoot experience with a bit of crafting. It's free with in-app purchases.

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Its the year 1988. Acid wash jeans are in. Our hero, Tommy Rissken has been betrayed by his friends and had to serve a prison sentence for 8 years. Now he's back with a vengeance. With your help, he'll get his revenge on his 'friends' and be able to return to his daughter.

Mikey Shorts

Some games hint at their inspirations, subtly including game elements from classic titles. There's nothing subtle about Mikey Shorts: It's a Mario-style platformer and proud of it, dammit. Specifically it's based around the idea of the 'speed run' - technically it's a runner game, but the levels are carefully created (and they end), putting the focus more on precise timing and navigation than simply staying alive. Customizable virtual controls are also a big plus.

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RUN, JUMP, and SLIDE through the land to help Mikey Shorts rescue the people. Collect coins to buy fun disguises along the way.

• 84 different levels across 2 game modes
• 6 unique environments
• Choose from over 170 disguises to wear
• Finish a level fast to earn up to 3 stars
• Golden Shorts are hidden in all Story levels
• Race against a ghost of your best score

Foxtrot!

FoxTrot couldn't be any more retro if you had to play it on a TI calculator. Between the simple running and jumping controls, the 16-bit art, and entire classic games hidden cleverly within levels, it's a title that revels in its old-school inspiration. This isn't a runner game - you can go both right and left - so anyone looking for a solid platformer should check it out.

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You are Neville the fox and your cubs are hungry for eggs. You must find keys, open doors, defeat enemies and GET EGGS. Using a simple and elegant control system, you will need all your all your platform-hopping and puzzle-solving skills to collect all the eggs in over 30 gorgeous and fiendishly hard levels. There are Boss Fights. There are Speed Runs.

Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous

Mix a space shooter with a rolling marble game, and you might get something very similar to Tilt to Live. A combination of unique game elements and quirky humor made the first game notable, so it's back with better graphics, more tools, and much, much bigger bosses. The game has a staggering amount of variety... and no in-app purchases. Woo!

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Return to a world of fast-paced, tilt-only arcade action. You’ll flee a relentless onslaught of dastardly dots, desperately darting between single-use weapon orbs. Each orb provides a unique burst of fiery relief. Sometimes it’s lasery relief. It really depends.

Features:
• Designed for both mobile devices and tablets.
• Two gametypes: Classic Mode (normal difficulty) and Code Red (too hard)
• A brand new weapon arsenal. Can you unlock them all?
• A new scoring system, powered by tricks you can do with weapons or your arrow
• Diabolical boss encounters
• Flaunt your highscore on your Google Play friends' game over screens. Or be ashamed of it.
• Tons of Google Play achievements, many of which include jokes and humors

Another Case Solved

Another night in the naked city. The Licorice Lickspit has struck again, and a small businesswoman is staring bankruptcy in the face. That's what brings her to my office, so she can stare into mine, which is only a little more pleasant. When the coppers aren't interested, people like this dame turn to me. I'm the only one who can solve these candy-coated crimes, since I'm the only private dick in town who'll play the game. This game. Another Case Solved. My rates are easy - zero dollars a day, plus in-app expenses.

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Become a famous detective and get to the bottom of a curious candy conspiracy in Another Case Solved, the latest game from the makers of Puzzle Craft. This city is clamping down on candy cravings by outlawing sweet snacks. Solve a series of quirky cases by gathering clues, tracking down witnesses, and questioning suspects to reveal the truth behind this city’s sugarcoated secret.

Card Wars - Adventure Time

Adventure Time's inexplicable popularity has always been a mystery to me, but if you're a fan, you'll no doubt recognize this as a digital version of the card game played in one episode of the whimsical show. It's got the usual mechanics that should be familiar to general battle card game fans, with the addition of specific lanes for combat. Unfortunately it's a full four bucks plus in-app purchases for more cards/deck slots/what have you.

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Floop the Pig. It’s Adventure Time CARD WARS. Play the game inspired by the Adventure Time episode, “Card Wars”. Summon creatures and cast spells to battle your way to victory. Command an army of awesome warriors, including Husker Knights, Cool Dog, the Immortal Maize Walker, and even the Pig to destroy your opponent’s forces. Place towers and cast spells to unleash ultimo attacks. Collect new cards to customize your deck for each opponent. Level up your creatures, spells, and towers, or fuse them together to make your cards even more powerful.

 

Gentlemen...Ricochet!

If you love pool for the geometric challenge rather than the booze and mindgames, check out Gentlemen... Ricochet. This physics puzzler lets you fling balls around levels to collect stars and bounce off of objective markers, all with a whimsical gilded age motif. It's a free to play game, but there are no in-app purchases (you might notice an ad or two instead).

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Gentlemen... You are cordially invited to the (once) great town of Smallbridge, known for its unique sport: Ricochet. Meet the townsfolk who will challenge you to play their very own Ricochet tables. Every table is a fun combination of skill and physics based puzzles. Think you can best the most experienced creators of Ricochet tables around and amass all the trophies?

Superior Tactics

In Superior Tactics, you control a fleet of flying warships engaging an enemy fleet in real-time combat. Most of the time your fleet is made up of smaller, more maneuverable ships versus the enemy juggernauts, so you'll have to combine clever upgrades and frugal purchases with shrewd aerial strategy in order to advance. It's an interesting take on real-time strategy - give this free-to-play title a try if you're a fan of games like Starcraft or Command & Conquer.

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Superior Tactics is a tactical RTS game where your custom designed fleet battles against progressively more challenging enemy fleets. A variety of ship types and weaponry are available for you to choose from in assembling your fleet. Build a massive battleship filled to the brim with long range missiles, or a handful of swarming scout ships with short range lasers. Completing missions awards you research, which may be spent to unlock new, better weapons, or to upgrade existing equipment.

 

Artillery Strike

Imagine Battleship with fewer tiles and better graphics, and you've got the basic gist behind Artillery Strike. It's essentially a tower defense game where all you do is shoot, pausing periodically to upgrade your guns or place new ones to replace those that have been destroyed. Online multiplayer via Google Games is a big plus, but a freemium model is a bit of a letdown.

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You are the Commanding Officer of an Artillery regiment during World War II. Protect Mother Russia against the German war machine. Like the famous Battleship gameplay, choose, deploy and arm your units on the battlefield, because your enemy will be ruthless. Lock down the area and try to spot the enemy positions: when you have them … fire at will. The best tactic is attack. Eradicate your enemy before he annihilates you.

Lightomania

What are these strange creatures? Why do they want to eat a lightbulb? How could they be smart enough to solve various physics puzzles by using the environment and their own bouncy bodies, but still stupid enough to want to eat something that's literally red-hot? Who knows - maybe this is just a sickeningly cute environmental protest against wasteful incandescent lightbulbs.

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Immerse yourself in the ultimate gaming experience while playing this thrilling puzzle game. Don’t miss a chance to try a new combination of addictive gameplay, comical style and challenging tasks. Meet two adorable fuzzy thieves, who are addicted to the light and steal all bulbs on their way. Let the bulb hunting begin. Pull the tongue, choose the best trajectory, make a jump and get the bulb.

Caveboy Escape

There are a ton of Match-3 puzzle games out there, but this one has a fresh idea: instead of moving tiles around a la Bejeweled, you control a tiny character running across them. The idea is that he has to run on three consecutive tiles of a single color before moving to another color, creating a cohesive path from the start of the grid to the end of it. Any innovation in this tired niche is welcome, so it's worth overlooking the F2P model for this one.

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Caveboy Escape offers innovative puzzle gameplay, utilizing subtle match-3 and connecting tile gameplay that feels fresh and will tickle puzzle gamers’ brains. It takes a keen eye and quick thinking to navigate Caveboy to the exit – Finding the right path will be a challenge as the size of the labyrinth continues to grow. Time is also of the essence as Caveboy must reach the exit or the maze will collapse.

LAWLESS

You don't get any points for guessing the inspiration behind Lawless - it's clearly going for the Grand Theft Auto aesthetic. But far from a free-ranging sandbox game, this one's more like a turret shooter... your turrets just happen to be gangsters armed to the teeth. There's a basic story behind it all, but the core of the game is simply expanding your crew and weapons locker so you can take on bigger and bigger heists.

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Lead your own crew of professional criminals and make them the best there is. Lawless is the epic 3D arcade-style shooter that blows the competition away. It's 1990's LA. You are just out of jail and not intending to go back. Your time inside was not wasted, you made contacts, mastered your trade and now you are back on the streets. Sure you are starting from nothing but you have big ambitions. It’s all about the big scores and getting away with it.

Greedy Dwarf Free

Endless runners come in two flavors, generally speaking: 2D (like Jetpack Joyride) or 3D (like Temple Run). Greedy Dwarf mixes up the standard formula by incorporating both 2D and 3D gameplay in levels that can shift the perspective. The rest of the game is pretty standard runner fare, though some of the animations (where the titular dwarf hangs by his fingers from an upside-down cart) are entertaining.

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Get ready for the seat of your pants wild ride of your life - on a minecart. You know, they called me stupid when I "borrowed" gold from the ol' hag in the forest. They called me mad when I stole the big Cyclop´s gold pouch. They called me crazy when I grabbed that golden tooth from Cthulhu. I wonder what they'll call me when I find the Fat Dragon´s chest? You can call me greedy, I don't care.

Roid Rage

Ignore the gymrat dudebro vibe that permeates this game, and you'll find a twitchy alternative to Asteroids. The point is to fly around a 2D asteroid field collecting "Juice." Get more juice to open up access to bigger and better ships, with special abilities that will let you clear through the asteroid field. It's a solid little game, just try to avoid the "give it to me faster" IAPs.

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SUP, SPACE PILOT. Our JUICE tanker crashed and spilled a fat load of JUICE into a nearby asteroid field, and we need someone to GET IN THERE and recover all that SWEET, SWEET JUICE. You're the best person for the job, because you happened to be nearby and you've got an infinite supply of extremely fragile space ships. Just think of this as an unpaid internship.

Cubed Snowboarding

After a rush of over-produced winter sports games trying to cash in on Sochi, it's nice to see one that's just trying to be fun. Cubed Snowboarding is an isometric trick-fest filled with improbably steep dips, jumps, grind rails, and quarter-pipes just begging to be exploited. It's a simple little title that only asks you to get the most points per run. Fans of SSX should be pleased.

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Crash into snowmen, grind on railings, launch off halfpipes and go careening off of cliffs in this fun, fast, little, retroish 3d game!

  • Epic Cliffs
  • Sick Grinds
  • Insane Flips
  • Destructible Snowmen
  • High Score Leaderboard

Fives - Match Twos and Threes!

Basic math, a few grids, and some simple rules - fans of Sudoku and similar math puzzles should like Fives. The idea is to combine numbers to create five, then multiples of five and ten. Get the highest number for the highest score. That's it.

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Fives is a deceptively simple puzzle game where you match similar numbers. You can combine twos and threes, but not twos and twos, or threes and threes. Then combine like numbers like ten and ten to get twenty, and so on. What's the highest number you can get?

BALANZ

Balanz is a single-device party game that looks like it was designed for drunk people - not that that's a bad thing. All you have to do it use your device's gyroscope to keep the shapes aligned - "in balance" - as long as you can. The party mode is basically hot potato, which should be a decent addition to Pictionary and the like. It's just over a dollar with no in-app purchases.

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«Balanz» is the multiplayer game that you play with only one phone and up to ten competing players. As you pass the phone around, you and your friends are building a virtual tower that becomes shakier with every block set on top of it. Keep the phone horizontally leveled and pass it to the next player. But don’t move to fast, or the the tower might collapse; don’t move to slow either, or the time limit might get you.

NothingElse - A macabre Tale

If you're in the mood for an adventure game (that's point-and-click adventure, not we-don't-know-what-to-call-this-genre action adventure) with an unapologetically bleak, old-school aesthetic, then give NothingElse a try. It's your usual side-scrolling, room by room affair interspersed with text-based story progression (think Donnie Darko) and a few puzzles for kicks. It's free with no in-app purchases.

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NothingElse is a short macabre tale. Try to grasp the sense of this weird story through symbolism and riddles.

THIEF™ COMPANION Full

Android Police coverage: [New App] Square Enix Releases Full Thief Companion App Along With Free Promo Version For People Who Pre-Ordered

If you follow console and PC gaming, you know that the big release last week was the much-anticipated reboot of the classic Thief franchise. This paid companion app is your in-game guide, map, and story wiki, and it also expands on the lore in the game itself with two issues of the new comic book. Is it worth an extra three bucks after dropping sixty on the full game? You can check out the promo version (without the guide content) to decide.

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Expand your THIEF experience with the official Companion app. It gives players access to much engaging content, such as characters bios, art, screenshots, concept arts and trailers, as well as exclusive features:

  • Connect to your game and track all your stats and stolen loot
  • Consult the official wiki and interactive maps brought to you by IGN and Prima Games
  • Dive deeper into the story and characters of the game with exclusive behind-the-scenes content
  • Access the soundtrack, Thief comic books, merchandise and much much more.

WTF Game(s) Of The Week

Obama Hates Rain

The Secret Service does a lot for the Commander In Chief, but I think the leader of the free world is capable of holding his own umbrella. Apparently the over-eager agent in this offbeat game disagrees, because the only objective is to keep the President's salt and pepper head dry as a bone. He's a vital part of national security. You can tell this game is quality from the blatant Flappy Bird SEO link in the description.

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Obama Hates Rain is a simple game where your objective is obvious. Your are Obama'secret Agent and your duty is not to let Obama to soak up, otherwise you will lose. This game was made with AndEngine. This is not you tipical zombie/flappy bird/runner/shooter game, it tries to be something new.

Hugby

In ten years, when the fear of injuries and concussions in the NFL reaches its peak, we'll realize that Hugby was ahead of its time.

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In Hugby, two teams of teddy bears take turns trying to carry a ball to opposite ends of a field. Any time two bears from opposing teams touch, they must stop and hug each other. If a bear carrying the ball is hugged, the play is over and the ball is turned over to the opposing team. This game is for two players playing on the same Android device.

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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.

  • Jane

    If you liked Fives, don't forget ones that have the original Threes gameplay too. They are a lot more challenging, only giving you new cards that are 1,2 or 3. And no undo or next card changes. I think Trip has the nicest graphics, unique and not a direct copy like the other. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.ginik.trip

  • Nathan Fletcher

    I feel like there hasn't been much in the way of high quality releases of games recently. Kind of sad actually.

    • mackenzie wunderlich

      My Uncle Jacob got a year 2013 Audi TT RS
      Coupe by working part time online. imp source J­u­m­p­9­9­9­.­ℂ­o­m

  • Matthew Fry

    Not downloading anything with IAPs makes these roundups pretty sparse :(

    • Yuku Sugianto

      Try swordigo and you are good for several days.

      • Dissidence

        Fantastic game, got it earlier through the Humble Bundle

    • Gabernasher

      I don't think Hugby has any IAPs.

  • Mel

    Swordigo should be on Featured App.

    • DarkAvenger

      Featured app means they paid money to AP to display their app on top.

  • Simon JB

    Out There is a great game, with some interesting writing and atmosphere. Highly recommanded if you like roguelikes and games such as FTL

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    Namco disappointed me. It doesn't compatible with my Nexus 5...

  • Gabernasher

    Hugby is good for quite a few laughs.