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[New Game] Bulkypix Launches Meltdown, A Free Top-Down Shooter With Nifty Point-And-Click Controls And Online Co-Op

Bulkypix's last game was a first-person shooter featuring zombies running amok on a spaceship. It wasn't the most original premise out there, but at least it was somewhat of a visual treat. Yet if that offering was just too mindless for your tastes, the team is at it again with Meltdown, a top-down shooter with a tad more creativity, much more charm, and even a semblance of depth.

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In Meltdown, players assume the role of a red headband-wearing blondie clad in bulky blue armor.

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[APK Download] Hangouts 2.0 With SMS Support Finally Hits The Play Store, Newer Version Should Fix Broken Video Chat

We've been eagerly awaiting the new version of Google Hangouts since it was announced at the Google+ event in October, and while a version pulled from the Nexus 5 is mostly working on most devices, its had its fair share of issues with crashing and video chat.

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Now the update has finally landed on the Play Store, and with a slightly newer version number. Hangouts v2.0.122 (as opposed to 2.0.012 on the N5) is presumably beginning its slow and steady staged rollout, but you can get it right now.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: Asphalt 8, RAM Manager Pro, Choplifter HD, And More

There are many thousands of worthy apps in Google Play, but not all of them are on sale. If you're going to spend money, you might as well do it when there's a sale on, right? Better jump on these before they're gone.

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[New Game] Ubisoft Spices Up The Running Game Formula With Rayman Fiesta Run

The original Rayman Jungle Run was one of our favorite games of last year, and easily in the top tier of running and platforming games available on Android. That title was a mobile tie-in to the Rayman Origins console game, and now that Rayman Legends is out, Ubisoft is back for another mobile installment. Rayman Fiesta Run builds on the original with new levels, new powers, and new gameplay elements.

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Google+ Comments Are Live In The YouTube Android App, No Update Necessary

Remember the kinder, gentler YouTube comments powered by Google+? Well, they're finally rolling out across the internet, and the Android app is no exception. Like it or not, Google+ is all up in your YouTube.

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Tiny Death Star Is Fully Armed And Operational: Now Available Worldwide From The Google Play Store

The latest unabashed cash -in on the Star Wars franchise is now available throughout the system. Tiny Death Star, a collaboration between LucasArts and NimbleBit, is available to multiple countries after an Australia-only launch. The pixelated game is a Star Wars-flavored version of NimbleBit's extremely popular Tiny Tower.

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We've checked the Play Store in the US, Canada, UK, and South Africa, and Tiny Death Star is available in all of them, so we're fairly confident that this is a worldwide release.

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[Bonus Round] Chariot Wars, Star Arena, And Luxuria Superbia

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 an interestingly ancient racing game, a tug-of-war tower defense title, and a game that I wouldn't play in front of my grandma.

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[New Game] Principia From Bithack (Of Apparatus Fame) Is A Physics Puzzler With Everything From Simple Machines To Advanced Electronics

Physics puzzlers aren't just about flinging birds across the screen – sometimes you need to build something. In fact, sometimes you need to build something really complicated and awesome. That's the trail blazed by Apparatus, and Principia is following its path. This game invites you to design bridges, towers, cars, rocket ships and more using over 150 different objects.

The trailer has some amazing stuff in it, but it also makes me feel slightly intimidated.

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[New App] Google Text-To-Speech Arrives In The Play Store, Paves Way For Future Updates, Fixes Awful Default Voices On Note 3 And Others

Text-to-speech engines read text aloud, saving users from having to read it themselves. Google's TTS offering comes pre-installed on numerous Android devices, and like much of the software previously shipped as part of Android, it's now ready to spread its wings in the Play Store. Here it's available to far more users, as it can now be installed on devices that don't come with the software pre-installed (pictured below -left). In contrast, on the Nexus 5, Google TTS is apparently already installed and unremovable (pictured below - right).

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[New App] Google Opinion Rewards Pays Google Play Credit To Android Users In The US Willing To Answer A Few Questions

Don't let anyone ever tell you that your opinion isn't worth anything. In fact, your thoughts are so valuable that Google is willing to pay you for them. Well, there are two caveats - you must live in the US, and you have to be fine with being paid in Google Play credit. But hey, when it comes to Android, that stuff is as good as cash.

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Users can spend Google Play credit on digital content in the Play Store, including apps, games, music, books, magazines, and videos.

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