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July saw the release of what's probably the biggest (or at the very least, the most high-profile) game of the year: Modern Combat 5. You can check out Ryan's review here, but there are a lot of other entries to Android's game catalog that you should consider playing. Our top seven picks from this month are below, in no particular order, with honorable mentions thrown in as well. Students, load up on them so you'll have something to play in class on the bus. 

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Leo's Fortune

Stop reading this roundup and go read Ryan Whitwam's review of Leo's Fortune. Tl;dr (you jerk): it's an old-fashioned platformer with great controls, some clever puzzles, and drop-dead gorgeous 2D visuals. If you want to see the exact opposite of the overplayed "pixel" art that doesn't seem to be going away, download Leo's Fortune and play a few levels. It's five bucks well spent.

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Leo’s Fortune is an award-winning platform adventure game where you hunt down the cunning and mysterious thief that stole your gold. Beautifully hand-crafted levels bring the story of Leo to life in this epic adventure. Voyage through lush environments from mossy forests and arid deserts, to pirate cities and snowy mountains. Survive vicious traps and solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels of treacherous platform adventure.

Wayward Souls

Wayward Souls is an action-RPG that remembers its past while being made for the present. The game looks like it's straight off of the SNES (aside from some rather spiffy lighting effects), but the gesture and tap controls are designed to make the best use possible of modern touchscreens. That Dark Souls vibe you're getting from the grim atmosphere probably isn't an accident - the game is crazy difficult. It's $5 with no IAP, and more content planned in later updates.

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Wayward Souls is an action-adventure game built for quick playthroughs and massive amounts of replay value. It was inspired by Spelunky, Secret of Mana, and our previous game, Mage Gauntlet. Procedurally generated random levels mean that every time you play the game, it's a different experience. Control one of six characters, all with their own unique playstyles, abilities, and equipment. Explore and fight for survival, in combat where your tactics, positioning, and timing matter.

99 Bricks Wizard Academy

Flip Tetris on its head and throw in some physics, and you'd get something like 99 Bricks. The original Flash game had you building the tallest tower possible with just 99 Tetris bricks, with only pesky gravity and timing getting in your way. The mobile re-release adds magic spells and jealous wizards to help and hinder you, and removes the artificial limitation. It's wickedly addicting for anyone looking for a fresh take on an old formula.

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99 Bricks Wizard Academy is a fun and magical physics builder. Can you build the highest tower? Explore a magical world and learn powerful spells to improve your building skills. Do you have what it takes to become the wizard of legends? Defy gravity with intuitive one-touch controls and enjoy endless physics tower building. Meet Big Barry, Harry Hawk and all the others. They’re a jealous bunch who’ll try to mess up your creations, but that won’t stop you.

Lost Toys

If some insane man with a jigsaw decided to turn children's wooden toys into Rubik's cubes because he just hated joy, then someone else decided to kindly undo his handiwork, you'd have something like Lost Toys. It's your job to twist, turn, and re-arrange a series of mobiles into their intended shapes, all while trying not to gawk at the drop-dead gorgeous visuals or cry at the oh-so-atmospheric music. Lost Toys is three dollars for 32 levels with no in-app purchases.

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Lost Toys is a mentally engaging 3D puzzle game of profound beauty, depth and challenge. Toys are lost, broken, or forgotten. Fixing them promises to right this hauntingly gorgeous chamber and restore the childhood innocence that has been lost. It’s also the first game from the two-person indie team Barking Mouse Studio. Spiral down to discover a surreal world populated by discarded, mixed-up toys hanging lifelessly from the ceiling. Reconstruct the jumbled toys to reveal their original shapes to progress through 4 chapters and 32 levels in this gothic masterpiece.

INDY 500 Arcade Racing

It's been over a year and a half since ExZues developer HyperDevBox released a new game, but last week they came out of nowhere and surprised us with an officially-licensed racing title. This game lets you zip around the famous Indianapolis racetrack in blisteringly fast open-wheeled cars, either in a standard single-player campaign or via a local Bluetooth multiplayer connection. The graphics are impressive and simulation-like, but the gameplay is a little floaty, more like an arcade racer.

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Feeling the Nostalgia of playing Real Arcade Racing games ? Don't look further... INDY 500® Arcade Racing does bring back the fun of the retro Arcade atmosphere whilst using today's latest technology. In cooperation with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, We are proud to introduce (exclusive for Android worldwide), the official INDY 500® track and 33 meticulously-detailed open-wheel INDY cars.Moving at speeds well over 200mph, INDY 500® Arcade Racing features jaw-dropping 3D graphics and an adrenaline-pumping driving experience.

Kapsula

Kapsula looks like a racing game, but plays more like a mix between an endless runner and a puzzler. You control a capsule running along a retro-futuristic Soviet highway, trying to smash extraneous capsules against obstacles of the same color. The gameplay is simple and only increases in difficulty at higher speeds, but the unique visuals and music make it more interesting than anything else on this list, at least in short bursts.

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Kapsula is a puzzle/racer set in a Soviet space colony full of clones.

  • Retrofuturistic Soviet space colonies!
  • Clones!
  • Brutalist architecture in deep space!
  • More clones!
  • Background story filled with SF elements!
  • Even more clones!
  • The game changes according to the moment of the day you're playing it!
  • Original OST by TranceCyberian.
  • Drawings by Fernando Martínez Ruppel.

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout

Touchscreens aren't ideal for shooters, but bless Gameloft's little cotton socks, they're trying. The Modern Combat series is the most ambitious (if not exactly original) shooter on the platform, and the fifth installment is easily the best yet. Dedicated gamers will be glad to know that there are no in-app purchases... but that concession is unfortunately compounded by an always-online requirement, even in the extended single-player mode. Two steps forward, one step back.

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Step into the action as the latest installment in the best FPS series raises the bar for shooter games once more! Create a squad, add your friends and test your individual and team skills against other squads in dynamic multiplayer warfare! Is single player your thing? Then step into a world on the brink of anarchy and shoot your way out of one dire situation after another to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds.

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Honorable Mentions

July also saw the release of NVIDIA's high-powered SHIELD Tablet, made especially for Android gamers. We didn't include any of the games that accompanied the launch here, because only a small portion of players will have access to them. You can check out Cameron's impressions of the amazing Trine 2 and other titles in his full review. That's all for July - remember to check back daily for new games, or wait for our bi-weekly roundups.

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.

  • Zaatour36

    Man, I'm pissed that many major apps/games are not compatible with my high end OPPO Find 7!

    To name two of the top of my head
    Amazon.com
    Modern Combat 5: Blackout

    • Lo

      true man!
      Leo's fortune doesn't compatible with my find 7a either

    • grumpyfuzz

      Got root? If you do, change your build.prop info to that of a nexus 5 or something

  • adrian202

    Tried to purchase Lost Toys, but it says not available for Nexus 5. Is this a tablet only game?

    • Spasillium

      Same. On the Apple App Store it's available for both iPhone and iPad so I'm not sure what's going on here.

    • Kevin Aaronson

      Think it's tablet only, shoot them an email, bet they'll add phones if they have half a brain.

      • primalxconvoy

        Sideloading is your friend.

    • Régis Knechtel

      It's compatible with my old S3 but not my Moto X, WTF??!! I'm trying to buy it, now they can't complain if people download it illegally

      • http://hugehog.blogspot.com/ Herman

        That's like trying to pay a single piece of candy with a €500 bill (or whatever equivalent in other currency), and just stealing it when they won't accept it.

        Just because you're trying to buy something and they won't let you, doesn't allow you to steal it. Downloading "illegally" will under no circumstances ever become "legal". Just look at the word itself.

        • Régis Knechtel

          I partially agree with you. It will never be legal, but I can't feel guilty by doing it to someone who says "he can buy it, but not you" when we both were going to pay the same price. That's like the racism version of selling, to me.

        • Morten Ulveseth

          But they know by restricting it they will increase piracy. They can thank themselves. Though often, they only release on tested devices to keep the ratings high.

  • Spasillium

    Modern Combat 5 is a buggy POS. Unreliable servers, random force closings, glitches everywhere, and almost every online match has someone using an unlimited ammo mod with the RPG.

    • Kevin Aaronson

      I can't attest to the multi hacks, but single is pretty great and reliable for me, thanks for the heads up though.

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      • Aaron Hafitz

        I agree that the single player is pretty dam fun but MP is broke as hell ...teleporting and unlim rpg

  • Felix G

    hmm nothing good this time. leo's fortune's boring after 10 minutes, mc 5 online req's broken beyond repair. maybe I'll try wayward souls..

    • Kevin Aaronson

      Wayward souls is the best goddamn android game I have ever played, good luck though, it's brutal as hell.

      • Mario AK

        are the controls any good???

        • EH101

          Standard touchscreen controls with a couple gestures thrown in for special attacks and such. I think it works well but others may disagree.

          • Mario AK

            Thanks I've given it a go, they are far from standard fare, they are properly weighty, great stuff...

          • EH101

            Interesting, they seem pretty normal to me. Maybe my device is making the difference. Great game though, enjoy!

          • Mario AK

            I compare every game to the golden standard of touch controls : Vertigo Rogue (ios and windows only, win is free), and for a recovering Dark Souls addict, this one can pass the muster...

  • primalxconvoy

    Leo's Fortune is geo-locked (sideloaded!) while MC5 has always online shenanigans (because... Shamesoft!), but the Indy 500 game is ok..ish.

  • ClickFire_

    Currently working on a First Person, Mystery/Puzzle game hoping I make this list once I release it in the next few months in time for the holidays.

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  • SuperMario7

    Jacob Jones Episode 1 should have been mentioned, its a very fine adventure game, a bit on the easy side but the voice acting and graphics give the game a Pixar type feel, streets ahead of most of the other cookie cutter adventure games on mobile, its aimed at a younger audience but still worth playing and quite cheap too at the moment.

    Bring on Episode 2!

  • Francois Roy

    Would be nice if AP systematically included info about the games external controller support.. I'm sure it would be a valuable piece of info for lots of people.

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