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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Games

FRAMED

Android Police coverage: Framed From Noodlecake Studios Is A Gritty Comic-Style Puzzler Where You Control The Story

In Framed, you play a silhouetted detective in the vein of Sam Spade, tasked with solving some rudimentary puzzles. Oh, and also a murder. It's presented as a motion comic, but the player has the ability to re-arrange the tiles, which in turn directly affects the order of events and their outcome. It's a startlingly original concept, and one that should especially please adventure game fans weary of endless item-hunting. One dollar (with no IAP) gets you in.

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FRAMED is a multi-award winning noir-puzzle game where you re-arrange panels of animated comic book to change the outcome of the story. Featuring a fusion of all-new game mechanics & fiendish puzzles, FRAMED has received many design awards as well as being an 'Excellence in Design' finalist in the IGF 2015. Simply grab comic panels and swap them with a touch of your finger. Hand-crafted, award-winning art and animation brings the noir world of FRAMED to life.

Whispering Willows

Android Police coverage: Hand-Drawn Adventure Game 'Whispering Willows' Comes To Android With A 50% Off Launch Price Until September 9th

Whispering Willows, not to be confused with that book you had to read in kindergarten, is a 2D adventure game with a focus on spooky exploration. You play a girl stuck in a mansion who uses her astral projection power to explore and solve puzzles. The art style is particularly praiseworthy - the characters and backgrounds look like they leapt off of the pages of a Disney animator who was promptly fired for scaring test audiences.

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Young Elena Elkhorn embarks on a harrowing journey to find her missing father and discover the secrets of the Willows Mansion. Aiding her journey is a unique amulet, she received from her father, which allows her to astral project her spirit into a ghostly-realm and communicate with the dead. Play as Elena to find her missing father, use your astral projection to solves the mansion’s tricks and puzzles, help the lingering souls and discover so much more in Whispering Willows.

PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Maze

Android Police coverage: Pac-Man 256 Is Live In The Play Store With Tons Of Power Ups, Controller Support, And A Not-Terrible IAP Scheme

You'd think that by now, every single possible iteration of Pac-Man had been explored. That's probably why the company handed the property over to the developer of Crossy Road, who created this brand new isometric, endless scrolling version of the game. It has some nice voxel graphics in the vein of the original, and the freemium scheme is more than reasonable, with no lives or power system. Check it out for some casual fun. Oh, and it has controller and Android TV support!

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Cherries are red, Ghosts are blue, Munch a power pellet, Get Lasers too. PAC-MAN 256 is the maze that never ends. But the Glitch is coming for you…

• PAC-MAN perfectly reinvented for your mobile phone or tablet
• Outsmart ghosts with over 15 ridiculous power ups: Laser, Tornado, Giant and much more
• Stay ahead of the super-villain lurking in PAC-MAN since the beginning: The Glitch
• Take on a new gang of revived retro-ghosts including Sue, Funky, and Spunky
• Waka waka on PAC-DOTS and string a 256 combo for a super special surprise
• Controller support
• Play it on NVIDIA SHIELD

Lara Croft GO

Android Police coverage: Lara Croft GO Infiltrates The Play Store, Makes Off With Your Loot

Remember Hitman Go? The combination of a well-known franchise and turn-based, board game-style progression was so successful that Square-Enix decided to try it again with Tomb Raider. In this somewhat more colorful version, you control Lara Croft as she explores hidden temples, fights supernatural enemies, and oh yeah, raids tombs one turn at a time. The game is $5 plus in-app purchases, but thankfully they're not as expensive as they could have been.

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Lara Croft GO is a turn based puzzle-adventure set in a long-forgotten world. Explore the ruins of an ancient civilization, discover well-kept secrets and face deadly challenges as you uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom.

• Experience lush visuals and a captivating soundtrack
• Navigate using simple swipe-to-move controls
• Fight menacing enemies, overcome dangerous obstacles and escape deadly traps
• Solve more than 75 puzzles split into 5 chapters
• Collect ancient relics and unlock new outfits for Lara

Ember's Journey

Android Police coverage: Ember's Journey Is A Platformer With The Lights Shut Off (And 50% Off Launch Sale)

Ember's Journey is a minimalist platformer in the purest sense. You can see only by the light of your single-pixel avatar, navigating large levels with almost no perspective and many, many ways to die. It's kind of like Mario, if you had to play it with only half of one eye peeking out through a blindfold. The music, unique graphics, and interesting obstacles make it interesting.

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Ember’s Journey takes places far underground with the only light being the light from Ember. Using only this light, you navigate levels while solving puzzles.

  • Find your way through darkness with only a light helping you
  • Navigate through 76 puzzles where you can only see one piece of the puzzle at a time
  • Avoid pitfalls and manipulate your surroundings in the darkness
  • No in app purchases

The Battle of Sol

Android Police coverage: 3D Space Flight Simulator The Battle Of Sol Released For The SHIELD Android TV

The Battle of Sol is a space dogfighter, made in the mold of classics like Wing Commander. The story isn't much to write home about, but the graphics and production values are impressive. Since this was originally a Steam game, it's not surprising that it's an NVIDIA exclusive, specifically the SHIELD TV. It's pricey at $10, but requires no in-app purchases.

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By the year 2500 Earth had become toxic and unsafe for human life. Pollution and overpopulation had ravaged the planet, forcing humanity to the stars. Colonies and settlements soon sprung up across the solar system, but man had not left its thirst for war behind. Then, they learned the Sun was dying, and everything changed. Only when faced with a threat greater than each other did the nations of man finally come together. The United Colonies of SOL (UCS) was born, its first and only mission: to locate a new home for mankind, safely beyond the doomed borders of our solar system.

 

Free Fur All – We Bare Bears

Adult Swim/Cartoon Network and LEGO are two of only very few examples of rather old companies that have successfully transitioned to solid mobile games. Take Free Fur All: it's a collection of zany mini-games (a la Wario Ware) starring the characters from We Bare Bears. Some of them include both "hot potato" and cross-device multiplayer. It's a free download with no in-app purchases.

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Race for the finish line, spice up your selfies, flip the perfect pancake and more in this collection of We Bare Bear games. It's a regular Free Fur All. Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear are three brothers living in the Bay Area, hanging together and trying to have fun as they find their way in life. They just happen to be bears, is all. Help the bears as they go about their everyday misadventures in six different minigames.

Flats

Flats is a super-simple first person shooter. It's fast and smooth thanks to minimal graphics (all polygons, no textures), and the unique design makes everything very visible with bright colors. It's like carnival with at least 20% more guns. The structure allows you to switch between single player and online multiplayer quickly, and the simple mechanics and borderless colors allow for a surprising amount of strategy in the fast-paced gameplay.

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Flats is a Multiplayer / Singleplayer FPS. Multiplayer : Including Deathmatch,Team Deathmatch,Territories,Capture the Flag, Blow up the Base (Bomb). Singleplayer : Shoot enemies and survive every phase. Enemies become stronger gradually. Features : Smart menu makes it possible to change game state any time. Multiplayer > Singleplayer,Singleplayer > Multiplayer etc.. You can play singleplayer while waiting other players at multiplayer room.

The Guides

The Guides is a series of logic puzzles for, well, for people who really like puzzles. Each successive puzzle relies at least in part on the puzzles that have come before it, and some of them even require knowledge of somewhat obscure systems like Morse code. (Don't worry, all the necessary tools are provided.) If you're looking for a challenge that goes beyond the usual masochistic twitch gameplay, give it a go.

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Consisting of hundreds of extremely challenging codes, puzzles and interactive ciphers, The Guides is a journey that will challenge your wit, stretch your imagination and test your ingenuity in unique and innovative ways. Simply stated, they’re not easy. Progressing will be difficult, but you have the appropriate tools at your disposal. Everything you need to proceed is — or has been — provided. Look for clues and patterns to build on what you have learned.

Rescue Quest

Rescue Quest looks like your basic Match-3 puzzle game, and on the surface that's what it is. But the puzzles also serve as a platforming-style stage for fantasy characters to traverse and battle across - you need to clear a path for your player-character by matching up the gems beforehand. The game comes from EA subsidiary Chillingo, so the production values are sky-high, and surprisingly it includes only a single $1 in-app purchase (though there is a bit of advertising).

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Match gems to help Boom and Zap cast a path through an enchanting adventure. You may restrict in-app purchasing using your device settings. Join two wizard apprentices on an epic quest by matching gems and casting magical spells to help rescue the captured spritelings from a malevolent sorcerer. Journey through imp-infested forests and snow-capped peaks, completing quests, slaying bosses, and unlock new abilities along the way.

Merchants of Space

Yes, Merchants of Space is another base-builder loaded with in-app purchases, but it's unique enough for a look from Android gamers looking for something different. For one, the objective is to gain wealth and expand your colony, not attack or defend, making it more like the old pirate math games than Clash of Clans. It's also gorgeous in a way that most base-builders simply don't attempt, and there's an online selling element that makes the in-game universe huge.

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Build and develop your space station, mine resources, trade with astronauts and aliens, challenge your friends in the weekly competitions and be the biggest space merchant ever. Operate a space colony and expand it beyond limits. Merchants of Space is a manager game in space that has been waiting for the perfect leader just like you. Compete with thousands of players in the Federation leaderboard and pursue the ultimate goal: build the biggest space colony.

Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup

League of Legends has finally come to Android! ...but probably not in the way you were hoping. This cutesy side-scrolling game exists in the same universe as the super-popular MOBA, but plays more like something you'd expect from an indie dev. Levels and playable characters from the PC game are here, along with a ton of customizable skins. Oddly, the game is only available until September 21st.

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From Riot Games, creator of League of Legends (and Teemo… sigh), comes Blitzcrank’s Poro Roundup, a free side-scrolling mini-game, out now for a limited time. Blitzcrank must save his fluffy poro friends from Baron Nashor’s belly. Why? Well, because robots have hearts too... or maybe their programming is just telling them that they do. This is getting confusing.

Into the Void

Into the Void is a complex and uncompromising sci-fi RPG. It tasks you with controlling, maintaining, and battling with your fleet across the randomly-generated depths of space. Each ship can be customized to fit your particular fighting style. The game includes over 30 missions to slog through, tons of tech upgrades, and no small amount of strategy. It's a $5 game with no in-app purchases, plus Android TV compatibility. Nice.

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Fully command your faction in this sci-fi game. Build your fleet, arm it with tons of weapons and make all of your enemies’ burn. Perform expeditions to outer space; take care of your crew's morale as it greatly influences your power. Research tons of techs. You can't open all of them in one play-through, as there are lots of combinations. Fight with different opponents. Each faction has its own tactics and technology stack, so you should plan your fleet equipment carefully.

Spider: Rite of Shrouded Moon

This platforming game has you playing a spider. A real spider, mind you, not a cartoony character - you're tasked with making your way through 2D levels, solving some progression puzzles, and sinking your jaws into any unfortunate bug that crosses your eight-legged path. The 2D art is impressive, and players unweave (ha!) an occult story from the perspective of the spider itself as the game continues. The game has a real-time, location-based weather and day-night cycle.

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From the creators of the mobile GAME OF THE YEAR award-winners, Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor and Waking Mars. Learn more at www.ShroudedMoon.com. Spin webs of your own design to trap insects as you explore a mysterious abandoned mansion. Learn the truth about what happened there and leave the place covered in cobwebs. Once the sun sets outside your window, it becomes night in the game. When it rains in real life, the rain also falls on Blackbird Estate. www.ShroudedMoon.com

Seashine

Seashine is quite a bit like Hungry Shark and other 2D ocean wanderers, but it's got bags and bags of style. You play as a bioluminescent jellyfish, your own pale light the only means of navigating the depths filled with toothy and ill-disposed monsters. Grab other bits to stay alive, and try not to think about what's waiting for you in the dark just a few feet away. Visuals and sound are fantastic, and the in-app purchases are more than reasonable.

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Dive now into the abyss, in an endless quest for survival. You are born as a fragile jellyfish, struggling to maintain a fading light in the darkness of the deep ocean caves. Explore this mysterious underworld and absorb all the light you find on your way to live a few more seconds. But be aware... As poetic as this place seems to be, bizarre creatures and plants lurk in the obscurity, waiting to take a bite of you.

Contranoid

Contranoid mixes the core elements of Pong and Breakout: two players fight to break through the blocks that are the opposite side of the playing field, eventually getting a ball through the defenses. It's all presented in a turn-of-the-century style, as if an old nickelodeon could play video games. Single-player and two-player, once-device modes (perfect for tablets) are available.

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Contranoid is the fast-paced chaotic hybrid of Pong, Tetris and Arkanoid that literally pits you against your closest friend as you play against each other on the same device. Players control a paddle to catch balls bouncing back after ravaging the opponent's game field. White must destroy Black and get a ball across, while Black is trying to do the opposite. Catch different powerups to boost your own progress or to annoy your opponent and before you know it you've gathered a cheering crowd around you...

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