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Featured App

Expense IQ - Expense Manager

This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps. This amazingly complete expense tracking system has a solid and colorful UI, and just about every possible checkbook, alert, and tracking feature you could want. Everything you input can be saved and exported for personal backup and expense reports, and all your data is synced via Dropbox, making Expense IQ a snap to use across multiple phones or tablets. Bill alerts, a PIN lock, and even a homescreen widget are all included in this app's bag of additional goodies. The basic version is free, but to get access to advanced functions you'll need to pay for the full $9.95 version via in-app purchase.

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Expense IQ is the long awaited successor to EasyMoney - the number one money manager app that combines an expense manager, a bill reminder, a checkbook register and a budget planner. Expense IQ – Expense Manager provides a rich, detailed window into your personal finances and daily money management needs. Track and manage daily expenses quickly & easily. Business expenses, personal expenses, travel expenses etc can all be managed rapidly using Expense IQ’s simple and intuitive user interface. Interactive reports & graphs let you analyze income, expenses, cash flow and balance over various date ranges and accounts.

Games

King of Thieves

Android Police coverage: King Of Thieves From ZeptoLab Is Your Path To Virtual Riches, But Asks You To Pay Real Dollars

The developer of the uber-popular Cut the Rope games has taken an interesting multiplayer approach to King of Thieves. In this game you design a dungeon to protect your cartoon loot, which others can invade and try to pass through to get the goods. You, in turn, can invade their dungeons to increase your own treasure, using it to upgrade your traps and obstacles. It's sort of like a non-synchronous version of Clash of Clans with a genre jump to platforming.

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Dodge traps and steal gold from other players in this unique mix of platformer and PVP multiplayer game. Introducing King of Thieves, the new game from the makers of award-winning Cut the Rope, loved by millions of players worldwide. Collect gold and gems from other players to become the wealthiest thief in the world. Design your dungeons and watch other thieves getting into your traps. Muhaha. Compete with other players worldwide, leaving your rivals on the bottom of leaderboards.

LEGO ® Marvel Super Heroes

Android Police coverage: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe In Peril Comes To Android's Aid, Charges $4.99

Unfortunately, this isn't an Android version of the LEGO Marvel console game, a surprisingly great action title for kids with basically every Marvel hero and villain ever. Nope, it's an Android version of the Nintendo 3DS release of the same game, which makes some compromises with a top-down isometric viewpoint and no free roam mode. It's still a pretty impressive story-based game with a TON of Marvel characters, and the in-app purchases to unlock some of them can be forgiven, since the original game used to cost $40.

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LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes: Universe in Peril features an original story crossing the entire Marvel Universe. Take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world.

Blockwick 2

Android Police coverage: Kieffer Bros Releases Blockwick 2, A Polished Puzzler About Sliding Around Colored Cubes

Blockwick 2 is a fairly simple sliding tile puzzler, made a little more user-friendly with the ability to slide the puzzles around with more freedom than usual. The presentation and polish are what appeal to me: though the concept has been done before, the creativity on display with some of the color-matching elements is impressive. Some of the stages even have Centipede-style strings of blocks that move on their own.

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Welcome to Blockwick 2 – a world of jumbled blocks and colorful shapes. It’s up to you to unscramble the blocks and connect the colors. The game introduces a slew of new block types – entangled blocks, sticky blocks, caterpillar blocks, and more. Play through 160 levels of increasing difficulty and illuminate the glyphs for an extra challenge. From the creators of Aqueduct, Orba, and Monster Soup comes the next installment in the Blockwick universe.

Table Tennis Touch

Android Police coverage: Table Tennis Touch Serves Up Fast-Paced Ping Pong Fun In The Play Store

This is a super-intense ping-pong simulator. Yes, that is a real thing, and no, it's not a sarcastic way of referring to a Pong clone. Table Tennis Touch is indeed a bafflingly "hardcore" game all about your favorite college dorm activity that doesn't involve booze, complete with advanced physics, startlingly realistic graphics, and AI opponents. The game has plenty of single-player modes at the moment, with multiplayer coming in a future update. You'll need Lollipop to play it.

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Stunning graphics, intuitive touch controls and exhilarating high-speed gameplay make Table Tennis Touch® the most realistic and sweat-breaking ping pong game on mobile. Meet Wiff Waff, your very own training robot - then pick up a paddle and battle your way through three epic career levels. Earn Reputation to unlock bats, tournaments, leagues, throwdowns and insane mini-games. Serve, spin and smash your way to success by defeating 32 unique players in seven stunning arenas.

LEGO® Chima: Tribe Fighters

Android Police coverage: LEGO Legends Of Chima: Tribe Fighters Is A Free, IAP-Less, Top-Down Shooter Starring Angry, Warring Animals

This free LEGO game stars the Chima, which are... well I'm not really sure what they are, but they seem kind of like a cross between the Power Rangers and the Care Bears. It's basically a shoot-em-up in the classic style, except that your spaceship/bomber/dude with a gun has been replaced with a tiny plastic figurine. It's a fairly harmless addition to LEGO's quickly-growing Android stable, and like most of the rest of LEGO's mobile games, it's free with no in-app purchases.

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Pick your side, choose your tribe, and fight your way through endless waves of enemies in LEGO Legends of Chima: Tribe Fighters. Exclusively on Google Play, play as Sir Fangar by upgrading your Saber-Tooth Warrior.

  • Fight for the Protectors of Chima using the Lion or Crocodile tribe, or for the Ice Hunters using the Ice Bear or Saber-Tooth Tiger tribe
  • Go hand-to-hand with the Melee Warrior, choose distance over power with the Blaster Ranger, or summon magical bolts using the Tribe General
  • Collect CHI to unleash devastating special abilities
  • Complete challenges and smash LEGO objects to earn studs to upgrade your characters' power, defense, and special abilities
  • Build your tribe’s flag and call in additional support to level the playing field
  • 12 awesome characters and 4 unique environments in all

Stick Cricket 2

Android Police coverage: Stick Cricket 2 Swings Right, Then Left, Then Right Into The Play Store

Through the various cricket-related posts and games featured on AP, I've learned a few things about the sport. Those things are that 1) it is not in fact baseball with tea and crumpets and 2) the guy with the bat is not a batter. This is a casual mini-game sequel to a bafflingly popular cricket-themed mobile title, which includes better graphics, more levels, and other things that I don't understand in a free-to-play setup.

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Hit out or get out in the follow-up to the world's most popular cricket game, Stick Cricket. From humble Origins in a local park, make a name for yourself on the club cricket circuit. Can you impress the selectors? Live the dream. Travel the world playing International cricket for your country, facing the best bowlers on the planet. Thrill the paying - and baying - crowd with a raft of unorthodox strokeplay, including the Scoop, Ramp, Switch Hit and Helicopter shots.

Dungeon Hunter 5

Android Police coverage: Gameloft's New Hack-And-Slash RPG Dungeon Hunter 5 Begins Its Quest In The Play Store

Here's a new Dungeon Hunter game from Gameloft. It's a lot like Diablo. It has single-player and multiplayer modes, both of which are free, and both of which will get insanely difficult if you don't participate in the in-app purchases that the game pushes towards players. At least the top-down 3D graphics look really nice.

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The legendary Dungeon Hunter series returns with the roar of a dragon. Play the most intense hack 'n' slash game ever on mobile that will pull you deep into its fantasy world. After stopping the demon invasion in the Kingdom of Valenthia, the world remains shattered - crumbling at its very core. Only the warriors of the Bounty Hunter guilds keep the peace now. And only the sword of one of their leaders can cast the monsters back into the darkness so we can rebuild.

Five Nights at Freddy's 3

Wow, the developer is really cranking out these Freddy's games quickly, isn't he? The third installment of this jump scare-fest takes place in a haunted house that is somehow based on the original murderous Chuck-E-Cheese franchise. It's the same basic experience: use limited power to keep the living animatronic animals from getting to you and killing you in non-specific, spooky ways. Here's a demo if you're not ready to shell out five bucks.

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Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear's Pizza closed it's doors, the events that took place there have become nothing more than a rumor and a childhood memory, but the owners of "Fazbear's Fright: The Horror Attraction" are determined to revive the legend and make the experience as authentic as possible for patrons, going to great lengths to find anything that might have survived decades of neglect and ruin.

Dark Echo

In Dark Echo, you move through a world that's only visible when sounds are made. Your character's footsteps are the only way to "see" the stages, where sounds bounce off of walls, obstacles, and monsters. It's almost impossible to describe without both visible and audible help, so check out the video below. The odd aesthetic makes for a unique experience, especially when there are "monsters" in the level with you - it's amazing how scary just a few red squiggles can be. Dark Echo is $2 with no in-app purchases.

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Trapped in darkness, you must use visualized sound to guide your way through threatening environments. The sounds you create will bounce off obstacles, revealing the shape of the surrounding world. It won't be long before your only way of sensing the world attracts a horrifying evil that devours both sound and souls. Survive through 80 levels that will make your heart race and leave you with an irrational fear of red lines. A foreboding soundscape, best experienced with headphones, sets the tone for your journey. Explore, solve puzzles, and most importantly - stay alive.

bloq

Remember the sliding block puzzles from the old Zelda and Pokemon games? Bloq is that experience distilled into 40 levels (15 for free, the rest for $1). Things start to get interesting, and more difficult, when two simultaneous blocks are introduced. There are no ads or IAP, aside from the level unlock.

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Swipe to slide the colored blocks into their matching targets. Solve puzzles with multiple colors, sticky blocks, and levels that wrap around the screen. Challenge yourself with 40 mind bending levels. Styled in clean and simple minimalistic art. Featuring soothing sounds effects and ambient music.

Bonbon Cakery

Kairosoft's latest management game is all about a pastry shop: pick which places to put various treats, adjust the recipes, and rake in the customers. This one is a little more passive than other Kairosoft games - there's no combat or major conflict, just a business to run. Unfortunately it looks like Kairosoft has jumped head-first into the shallow end of mobile gaming: Bonbon Cakery features a dual-currency IAP system not seen in the developer's previous titles.

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Have your cake and eat it too in this latest and greatest of cakery simulators, fresh from the Kairosoft oven. Improve your prowess as a pâtissier by pioneering a bountiful catalogue of high-ranking recipes. For example, combine a sponge cake with strawberries and cream--and presto. You'll have whipped together a supple shortcake. Even grace your creations with toppings for added effect. And once you think you're ready, test your confectionary capacity by pitting these pastries in grand competitions.

Outwitters

This quirky turn-based combat title has you unleashing a hoard of adorable monsters against your opponent (or opponents) on a variety of hexagonal boards. Strategy and positioning are key, and Outwitters gives you a lot of multiplayer options with cross-platform online play and local "hot potato" play with a single device. In-app purchases for new avatars, units, and maps (but no currency) are reasonable, and all of it can be had for $8.

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It's a Battle of Wits. Race to destroy the enemy base in this quirky, turn-based strategy game. You can take on your existing Google Play friends, or get skill-matched with our league matchmaking & ranking system. There are four races to choose from, each with its own cast of characters and a combat specialty to master. Will you side with the seafaring Scallywags, cybernetic Feedback, vitamin-rich Veggienauts, or the aptly-named Adorables?

Hyper Maze Arcade

Here's an interesting combination between a conventional maze and an endless runner. Players navigate an endless and ever-progressing maze, necessitating both quick reflexes and a bit of forethought. The visuals are simple but appealing, though the dubstep soundtrack might be divisive. A single in-app purchase removes advertising.

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The gameplay is simple: you control a cube inside a moving maze. When the cube stops at an intersection, you’ll have to decide its new direction. If you choose right, the cube will continue to cross the maze. If you choose wrong, the cube will follow the wrong path, and eventually remain out of the screen causing the game to end. As you proceed through the maze, the game becomes more and more challenging and complex.

SongArc

SongArc mixes the familiar "stuff flying at you" music gameplay of Guitar Hero and the like with a psychedelic piano-style playing field that makes a lot of sense on a widescreen touch device. Gameplay is a simple mix of taps and slides, but the real hook (according to the developers) is "130,000 pieces of user-generated content." If that's not enough, you can also play stages auto-generated from local music tracks.

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Finally - the best mobile Music Game with over 130,000 pieces of user generated content is available on your Android phones and tablets. Experience MUSIC like never before with SongArc.

  • Unique, ergonomically designed gameplay which is easy to learn but difficult to master – you never thought music games can be this fun on a phone or a tablet.
  • Play with any songs you have whatever you like - rock, pop, electro, hip-hop, ska, jazz or even the classics.
  • Or just play with the free songs provided by some extraordinary artists
  • Create and share your own ways to play
  • Share your scores on social networks and compete on worldwide leaderboards

Glorkian Warrior

Glorkian Warrior is apparently based on a tongue-in-cheek comic book of the same name. It's basically a mashup of Galaga and Mario: you move around a single level jumping on or over obstacles while also shooting the aliens that rain down from the sky. If that sounds hectic, it is - this is one of those games that takes perverse pleasure in making you die. A collection of quirky weapons and enemies with a definite Adventure Time vibe rounds things out.

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Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork is a collaboration between Eisner Award winning cartoonist James Kochalka and indie game studio Pixeljam, makers of the prehistorically epic DINO RUN. It's a goofy mashup of Galaga-style shoot-em-up, simple platforming action, and Saturday morning cartoon. Help Glorkian Warrior and his trusty Super Backpack fight against an endless onslaught of alien creatures, and be prepared for anything... the Magic Robot appears when you least expect it, and might shower you with exploding basketballs... or kittens.

QuestRun

QuestRun mixes turn-based and lane-based RPG combat, eschewing story and worldbuilding for good old-fashioned fights. The 2D art is impressive (and doesn't resort to the overused "8-bit" look), and a mix of units, equipment, magic, and randomized enemies should keep things interesting for fans of the roguelike genre. The game is a reasonable $3 with no in-app purchases.

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A challenging modern twist on old school RPG battle systems, QuestRun is a fast-paced game that cuts to the action and stays there. Love RPGs but can go without in depth dialogues and scenario based text? QuestRun is for you. Battle in a diverse collection of themed dungeons; equip, level up and push your chosen heroes as far as you can; die in agony, and do it all again. Apply new strategies, try new heroes, face new perils and meet your next glorious demise. Untimely, premature deaths await.

Spring Ninja

Spring Ninja is another one of those games that tries to make a poor movement mechanic into a "challenge," a la Flappy Bird. The graphics and chubby ninja hero are admittedly charming, but if you're not a fan of incredibly precise and frustrating jumps, you won't find much to like.

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I am a Ninja. I'm handsome and ... fat. However, I cannot jump over 5 cm. My creator wants me to fly high. He bought me an amazing spring. Wow. Not bad. I now can jump, like a cat.

VR Cosmic Roller Coaster

Outer space and roller coasters seem to be really popular for VR platforms, and this game-experience-thing has both of them. It works with apparently every VR system under the sun, but if you're reading this, odds are pretty good that you only care about Google Cardboard and/or Samsung Gear VR.

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A new different type of roller coaster that will take you along a wonderful cosmos. It is designed for mobile VR cases as Google Cardboard, Durovis dive, 3Deva, Refugio 3d, Inmersion vrelia go, Gameface, Stooksy vr, Dodocase. We recommend to use headphones, for a good immersion.Enjoy it.

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  • 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

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