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12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (1/18/21 - 1/24/21)

12 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (1/18/21 - 1/24/21)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have the arrival of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, the sequel to last year's breakout platformer Dadish, and an average Wallace & Gromit idle game. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

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19 temporarily free and 61 on-sale apps and games for Friday

19 temporarily free and 61 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It would appear that a plethora of developers have placed their catalogs of games on sale today, including titles from Plug in Digital, Team 17, HandyGames, and Dotemu (a word of warning, many Dotemu titles won't work on Android 11). This is why the games section of the sales list is so plump today. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 19 temporarily free and 61 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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Puzzle Quest 3 is coming to mobile and PC later this year, courtesy of 505 Games

Puzzle Quest 3 is coming to mobile and PC later this year, courtesy of 505 Games

505 Games recently purchased the developer Infinity Plus Two, a studio that owned the rights to the Puzzle Quest match-3 series. This series started out in 2007 and is fondly remembered thanks to the fact it popularized RPG mechanics in match-3 games, adding depth to the genre, all while offering a fair price point. Of course, things have changed over the last 14 years, and now the match-3 genre is pretty much synonymous with awful monetization, especially on mobile. Well, 505 Games has just announced that it will bring Puzzle Quest 3 to mobile and PC later this year. Sadly we already know the developer plans to launch the title as a free-to-play release, so I wouldn't get my hopes up for this long-awaited follow-up since its stated direction is worrying.

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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated lands on Android for $10

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated lands on Android for $10

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom was released in 2003, and even though critic reviews were mixed, the game gained enough of a cult following to receive a remake last year. The 'Rehydrated' version is already available on all major consoles and PC, but now a mobile port is on the way, thanks to developer HandyGames.

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GeForce NOW is expanding to new territories in 2021

GeForce NOW is expanding to new territories in 2021

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Hitman 3 lands on Stadia with State Share in tow

Hitman 3 lands on Stadia with State Share in tow

Today marks the launch of Hitman 3 on Stadia. Like most modern AAA games, there are a couple of editions to choose from. The Standard Edition is priced at $59.99, and the Deluxe Edition is $79.99. Stadia users can also expect State Share (a feature to share your missions with friends) to be included with today's release, and better yet, Hitman 1 and 2 will also offer State Share starting today. Beyond the arrival of Hitman 3, Google has announced a free weekend (starting Thursday) for WWE 2K Battlegrounds and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Plus, the quirky indie platformer Pikuniku was recently released on the platform, rounding out a solid week of Stadia news, and the week isn't even over yet.

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30 temporarily free and 25 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

30 temporarily free and 25 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. The start of the year is often slow when it comes to sales, but I still have a few standouts to share with everyone today. First up is Space Hobo, an enjoyable strategy game that sports pleasant graphics. Next up is Relic Seeker: Hypogeum, a puzzler in the same vein as The Room. Last but not least is Binary Fun, a number game for all of you logic-based puzzle fans out there. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 30 temporarily free and 25 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint is free to play on Stadia Pro this weekend

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint is free to play on Stadia Pro this weekend

Game trials are fine, but it's hard not to question if sometimes they're feeding you just the best experience of a game. Free weekends give players a better opportunity to experience the full game and learn what it's really like before dropping their hard-earned cash on making a purchase. If you're up for spending some serious time with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, do some stretches and set aside this weekend for some serious action.

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Wallace & Gromit enter the realm of augmented reality in The Big Fix Up, now available on Android

Wallace & Gromit enter the realm of augmented reality in The Big Fix Up, now available on Android

Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix Up is an upcoming augmented reality game for mobile, and it's slated for release in the UK in the fall of 2020 and will be released worldwide at a later date. Since this is a fresh announcement, only a few details have been shared, and so far, we know the game will be animated through CG, and that fans will get to join the duo in their latest business venture as an employee of the Spick & Spanners. Ideally, the game will provide a home-based experience (as in this AR game can easily be played at home), and will support the majority of modern smartphones.

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24 temporarily free and 44 on-sale apps and games for Monday

24 temporarily free and 44 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. Sales are picking up once again, and so I have more than a handful of noteworthy titles to share, and I'd like to mention the standouts for today. First up is 9th Dawn III, a fantastic indie RPG well worth the current asking price. Next, I have 7Days, an enjoyable adventure game where your choices matter. Lastly, there's Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, one of the best CRPGs out there despite the fact it's on sale just about every week. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier.

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