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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Gaming on Android has been accelerating at the same mind-numbing speed as Android hardware, and we have quickly gone from having a limited number of decent titles to having more good games than we can track. In some cases, these games stand out for their amazing new gameplay; in others, they stand out for their high level of polish. Stardunk is one of the latter.

There have been several Android games that let you play a quick game of basketball, essentially just choosing an angle and power, and letting the ball fly.

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Jun
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Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This is the 2nd part of this week's roundup and is dedicated to apps. For games, see 32 Best New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (6/2/11 – 6/16/11).

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

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Jun
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Surprise, surprise - Rovio's has issued the next major content update to Angry Birds Rio early! The Carnival update is now available on the Amazon Appstore (unfortunately that's the only place you can get it for now).

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Here's the basic changelog:

  • 15 levels in new world named Carnival Upheaval
  • Blue, the Macaw, can now be used alone.
  • The new hidden fruits are papaya (thanks to everyone who helped us figure this out)

Update: This update is in the Android Market now, too.

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Jun
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Ah, Angry Birds... it seems like it was only yesterday that the beta version of AB landed in the Android Market. Those crazy birds have come so far in such a short amount of time, and now they're back again with the newest update to the series entitled Mine and Dine. We already showed you the teaser trailer for this update a little over a week ago, but it never hurts to see it again, so here it is:

This update takes to the underground to bring 15 all-new levels of bird-slinging action to your device.

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Jun
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Last Updated: June 22nd, 2011

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This is the first part of the roundup, which features games only. Apps will come in a separate post soon.

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

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Jun
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It has been several weeks since Nvidia first dropped the news that Galaxy On Fire 2 was coming to Tegra devices, and now it's finally here. Galaxy On Fire 2 THD takes mobile gaming to a whole new level with its amazing details and rich gameplay, offering a massive galaxy for its playground. Here are some of the main features:

Game Features:

  • A huge galaxy with over 20 solar systems and beautifully rendered planets
  • 100 unique 3D space stations and more than 30 customizable space ships
  • Unique reputation and diplomacy system
  • Story-based, mission-based and free gameplay
  • Complex trading system with over 170 different commodities of all kinds
  • High quality visuals and music, full voice acting (English) and 3D sound
  • Action Freeze™: 3D screenshot tool to save screenshots from any perspective and upload them to Facebook™
  • OpenFeint integration of leader boards, achievements and saved games
  • Supports up to full native 1280 x 800 pixels resolution

Tegra Features:

  • Heavily optimized to utilize the eight-core rendering power of Tegra’s GeForce GPU for console-gaming quality on mobile devices
  • All meshes re-created from scratch as if they were to be used for a proper console game
  • New details added to the design of each of the over 30 spaceships and 100 space stations
  • Carefully re-painted space background images and planets at 2048 x 2048 pixels resolution to ensure crystal clear game experience even on 10 inch tablets
  • Four times higher texture sizes on all in-game textures and four times higher polygon count on its spaceships, space stations, jump gates and asteroids compared to standard tablet versions
  • Sophisticated OpenGL ES 2.0 specular and displacement shaders on all in-game assets

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You can get Galaxy On Fire 2 THD free in the Android Market right now - but there's a catch.

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Jun
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Last Updated: August 2nd, 2011

The Game

 When distilled down to its base values, Doodle God is a large logic puzzle based on matching. You're given four elements (earth, air, water, fire) at the start of the game and can combine them to make things. Combining fire and air gets you steam, fire with water alcohol (firewater, har har), and many others.

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From there, you can use the products of your matching to make other things, which is where the game gets most of its depth.

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Jun
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Pax Britannica for Android is a port of the open-source game of the same name. Marketed as "the one button strategy game," Pax lives up to its word. Players take control of an underwater factory ship that is locked in combat with another ship of similar function.

Each ship it outfitted with a dial which allows it to spawn individual ships. This is accomplished by a player pressing and holding their finger on their assigned section of the screen: the needle on the dial unwinds clockwise, and each quadrant of the dial spawns a different ship.

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Jun
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Just when you thought you were sick and tired of Angry Birds news (I certainly was), Rovio Mobile has unveiled an intriguing new spin on the classic throw-the-birds-at-the-pigs gameplay, and it involves the much-ballyhooed NFC chip found in the Nexus S.

It's not available just yet, but it appears that in future releases of Angry Birds, you'll be able to utilize a previously Nokia-exclusive feature called "Magic." Simply bump your phone against a friend's to unlock new levels or share existing gameplay elements.

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Last Updated: June 22nd, 2011

Fans of the Heroes of Might and Magic series, you may want to sit down for this one. Mere months after so successfully porting the Heroes of Might and Magic 2 (HOMM2) game engine to Android (see our review), the very same developer, a brilliant man by the name of pelya, now managed to do the same with the Heroes of Might and Magic 3 engine, dubbed VCMI.

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