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An In-Depth Look At Hearthstone's IAP Model, Or: How To Make A Free-To-Play Game That Doesn't Suck

Here at Android Police, we've made our position on the prevalence of free-to-play mobile games perfectly known, to wit: most of them suck. It often seems like instead of embracing the audience-widening possibilities that the phrase "free game" implies, developers and publishers use it as an excuse to design games around compelling in-app purchases for more and more fleeting rewards. The phenomenon is well-documented, so I won't bore you with the inherently manipulative methods of most F2P games - you can read here and here if you really need a refresher.

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Google Bars Developers From Including User Testimonials In Play Store App Descriptions

Google has updated its Play Store guidelines to again clamp down on how developers can list their apps. The keyword spam section of the support site now includes a rule that specifically forbids developers from inserting user testimonials into app descriptions. Doing so could get an app pulled.

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45 Best (And 1 WTF) New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (12/8/14 - 12/23/14)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers from the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Swish

This week's roundup is brought to you by Swish from developer Devionix.

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Humble Noodlecake Bundle Features 9 Cheap Games, Including 3 New Ones: Glorkian Warrior, Mikey Boots, And Wave Wave 2.0

Noodlecake is one of those reliably solid publishers that tends to show up a lot in Android Police's game roundups. Like Crescent Moon before them, they've now got their own Humble Android Bundle showcasing some of their games at a great price. You can pay what you want for up to nine Noodlecake games at the moment, including three that are brand new to Android, and more are sure to come at some point.

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Beloved Star Wars Action-RPG Knights Of The Old Republic Appears In The Play Store For $5

What's this? A licensed Star Wars game on Android that people actually want? Believe it or not, the fan-favorite Knights of the Old Republic just crash-landed into the Play Store out of nowhere. You can grab it for your Android 4.1+ device for five bucks right now. That's a 50% discounted price, at least according to the app description. Compatibility seems a little spotty, too: it's downloadable with most of my Nexus and SHIELD devices, but not my G Pad 8.3 GPE tablet.

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In SNK's Free-To-Play Beast Busters, the King Of Fighters Gang Moonlight As Lightgun Zombie Hunters

Zombie games are not novel. In fact at this point, they're about as far from "novel" as you can get before slipping right off the treacherous slopes of ironic reference. But SNK's latest mobile game Best Busters actually manages to infuse some new ideas into the zombie shooter genre, and pull it off with the developer's signature anime style. Now if only they could do so without falling into the trappings of free-to-play mobile games...

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Google Play Games Introduces New Publishing API And Leaderboard Tamper Protection, Improves Unity Plugin And C++ SDK

Game developers integrating with Google Play Games have seen a lot of improvements since the service was launched a year and a half ago at Google I/O 2013. There have been a lot of refinements to the experience for both players and developers, and new tools have made many of the tedious and time consuming chores much easier. Google has just launched a new Play Games Publishing API inspired by a similar interface that was added to the Play Store earlier this year.

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[Bonus Round] Volt, Taekwondo Game, Platform Panic, UFHO2, And Dumb Ways To Die 2

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a gorgeous battery-based platformer, a semi-realistic 2D fighter, a micro-platforming title, a spinning puzzler, and a horribly violent/adorably cute sequel.

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Friday App And Game Sales: The Room Two, Ticket To Ride, Jota+, And More

Before you head off for the weekend, and maybe for the whole holiday week, why not load up on apps and games? Because money? Well, there are some sales to help with that. You like sales, right? Everyone does.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: AIDE Premium, AntiSquad Tactics, A Ton Of Square Enix Games, And More

We've got quite a haul today with plenty of apps and games to go around. Square Enix in particular is offering some holiday gifts in the form of 50% off sales on many of its popular titles. It's all waiting just below.

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