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Tuesday app and game sales: Another World, Talon for Twitter, Castle of Illusion, and more

There are plenty of deals happening on Amazon today, but what of the Play Store? There's a ton of great stuff for your phone on sale today too. You want classic RPGs? Widgets? Exercise apps? Puzzles? RAM cleaners? We've got you covered on all but the last count.

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[Deal Alert] Grab Carcassonne for 10 cents in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK , and 20 cents in Australia

We often see deals on Carcassonne on the Play Store, but never has the price dropped below the 2 dollars mark. That is until today. Carcassonne is this week's Google Play deal, which means that it's discounted in a couple of countries already. It's down to EUR 0.10 in France, Spain, Italy, and Germany, GBP 0.10 in the UK, and AUD 0.20 in Australia.

Carcassonne usually costs $4.99 or thereabout in the different currencies mentioned above, so this is a significant saving on the original price. Sure, the game is old and some of the recent reviews haven't been very positive, but it's still the famous Carcassonne board game we're talking about here, with its strategic turn-by-turn gameplay and online multiplayer, and which, over the course of its existence on the Play Store, has amassed over 100,000 installs and a 4.3 average rating with more than 12000 reviews.

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Video: hands-on with Android apps and the Play Store on Chrome OS

In our latest video, Facundo Holzmeister goes hands-on with Android apps and the Play Store on Chrome OS using the Chromebook Flip. I've used the Flip's Android apps a fair bit now, and I have to say, while the experience is buggy, it does hold a lot of promise. Our video hands-on should give you a better idea of what the whole thing looks and feels like, as well as some of Facundo's thoughts on how things are progressing. For now, things do break, some don't work, and others just feel oddly out of place - but the things that do work often work well, and it's hard not to be excited about the future of Android apps on Chrome OS.

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[Update: US and Canada now] Deal Alert: Beautiful puzzler Zenge is down to 10 cents in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and 20 cents in Australia

It's monday already and even though the week has barely started, the stress of work and life might already be taking a toll on you. If you're looking for a way to unwind, there's a sweet and beautiful zen puzzler waiting for you in the Play Store and at a super cheap price too. After all, I wouldn't dare stress you further by making you pay a lot of money.

Zenge, which is only a couple of months old, tells the story of a lonely journeyman Eon through different puzzles that you have to put together piece by piece and in the correct order.

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Action RPG Titan Quest comes to Android courtesy of DotEmu

DotEmu is in the business of taking the hits of yesteryear and porting them to mobile devices. Titan Quest isn't as retro as many games DotEmu has published, having just come out on PC 10 years ago (and was well-received). It still costs $15 on Steam, but you can get the Android version for $6.99 right now.

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[Update: US too] Pokémon GO is now live in several countries including Australia, New Zealand, and possibly more [APK download]

There are few games more hotly anticipated than Niantic Labs' Pokémon GO, and now the first non-beta players are getting their hands on it. The Play Store listing is now live for everyone, but only those in select countries will be able to install it right now. Well, unless you head over to APK Mirror where we have the game available for download too.

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Final Fantasy VII is out for Android now

Final Fantasy VII. For Android. Do I need to say anything else? Probably, because this post needs some words, so let's get to it! FFVII was released for iOS last summer. The Android version, like the iOS version, will cost you a dear $15.99 to pick up, as well as your trust that Square Enix has done this properly for a touchscreen experience. The app is not listed as compatible with Android TV devices, sadly.

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Hey Google, a warez market called BlackMart has been in the Play Store for months and has over 100k downloads [Updated]

We occasionally see apps pulled from the Play Store for trivial (but valid) violations of the rules. Google has been more proactive about enforcing its guidelines, but it's often pointed out it could be more consistent. Case in point: there are, right now, two listings on the Play Store from a warez site called BlackMart that offers paid apps for free. One of them has been up for months and has more than 100,000 downloads. C'mon, Google.

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NBA Live Android game dunks into the Play Store

Last year EA released a companion app for the NBA Live console game that let you stick your face on a basketball player. This year, forget the gimmicks. You get a full blown NBA Live experience to play on your touchscreen.

NBA Live for Android has been undergoing geo-limited testing for quite the while now, with millions of people having already downloaded the title. Now it's openly available on Google Play.

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Cheetah Mobile licenses hugely popular 'Badland 2' for Android, promptly ruins it with IAPs

We're about as shocked as you are on this - apparently the developer of the hugely popular game Badland has released the also-hugely-popular sequel, Badland 2, for Android. The problem? Indie dev Frogmind isn't the publisher: Clean Master Games, aka Cheetah Mobile, is. This is troubling for several reasons. And before you ask: yes, this is almost certainly legit. The game has a Frogmind / Clean Master intro splash, Clean Master Games is responding to user complaints in the reviews on the Play Store, and Cheetah Mobile's team is even chasing down cracked versions of the game already. (Let alone that even Cheetah Mobile would be extremely unlikely to stoop so low as blatant trademark and copyright theft of a famous game.)

The game is already out on iOS - it costs $3.99, has no in-app purchases, and is published by the developer, Frogmind Games.

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