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16 new Android games from the week of September 21, 2020

16 new Android games from the week of September 21, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a fantastic digital adaptation of the Root board game, the official release for the match-3 title Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells, and a delightful arcade game collection that offers tons of polish. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of September 21st, 2020.

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15 free-to-play Android games that don't suck

15 free-to-play Android games that don't suck

Free-to-play games generally get a bad rap for a reason: they're exploitative, timer-filled hellscapes that use things like multiple in-game currencies and needlessly challenging grind requirements to advance beyond your first few hours or days playing. But there are some F2P titles out there we think actually set the bar higher, and don't try to turn you into a human piggy bank. Here are 15 we think even F2P skeptics like us can feel good about recommending.

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30 of the best Android games with controller support in 2020

30 of the best Android games with controller support in 2020

Android smartphones have long supported gamepads, and many Android games have long supported them, but that really doesn't tell the whole story when it comes to using buttons and analog sticks to play your favorite titles on the go. Individual game support for controllers can range from totally seamless to super clunky, and it's hard to tell just which titles are best suited for physical controls simply based on a Play Store listing. We've got a list of 30 we've personally tested and can confidently state work well with most Android-compatible gamepads, including everything from console-quality ports to mobile-first titles.

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14 new Android games from the week of August 24, 2020

14 new Android games from the week of August 24, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have Square Enix's bumbled attempt at bringing a Gamecube classic to Android, a slick-looking Tom and Jerry game, and Ubisoft's failed attempt at a collectathon strategy game. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of August 24, 2020.

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Google unveils new tool designed to boost frame rates for Android games

Google unveils new tool designed to boost frame rates for Android games

Mobile gaming has become a big deal in recent years, thanks to an increase in both smartphone performance and user base. While developers only have to deal with a very limited amount of hardware targets when it comes to iOS, publishing games for Android requires optimizing for a wide range of devices with varying levels of power. Now a new library in the Android Game SDK will help developers improve the performance of their games on Android phones in a much more streamlined fashion.

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20 great co-op games for Android in 2020

20 great co-op games for Android in 2020

Android games with proper co-op modes aren't especially easy to find, and even harder to search for on a place like Google's Play Store. That's why we've compiled a list of 20 of our favorite co-op titles for Android smartphones and tablets here. These games offer simple ways to play with friends and family instead of relying on randomized online partners, making for a more personal and connected gaming experience.

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Google aims to replace OBB files with Play Asset Delivery for faster, more dynamic gaming experiences

Google aims to replace OBB files with Play Asset Delivery for faster, more dynamic gaming experiences

Games can be big and cellular connections can be slow. Rather than have users download the complete package upfront, Google has long supported a system for installing a base APK initially and then using APK Expansion Files to download the rest of the content at launch. That came with its own downsides, though. Now, Google has rolled out a new system dubbed Play Asset Delivery, first announced earlier this year, that promises to make the entire experience much more seamless for both users and developers.

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Team 17's Android games including Worms 3 and The Escapists 2 are on sale until June 4

Team 17's Android games including Worms 3 and The Escapists 2 are on sale until June 4

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40 of the best retro PC, console, and arcade games ported to Android

40 of the best retro PC, console, and arcade games ported to Android

Some modern mobile games are great, but rarely are they true replacements for the classics of old. Android has a surprisingly decent number of ported retro games from console, PC, and arcade platform, and we've gathered some of the best ones that have been released over the years. These games are true to their original forms, with existing graphics (as in, they're not updated to look and play like newer games) but if you're looking for a roundup of classic games that have received a modern makeover, we've got you covered in a separate post. A lot of these games are ones you and I grew up playing, and I've hand-selected the cream of the crop.

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25 of the most relaxing puzzle games for Android phones and tablets

25 of the most relaxing puzzle games for Android phones and tablets

I often find that relaxing with a calming game after a long day is extremely helpful for keeping my head screwed on straight, especially during such stressful times. This is why I've personally hand-selected a bunch of puzzle games that are great for decompressing at the end of the day. So if you're looking for some of the chillest puzzlers currently available on Android, this roundup is for you. Of course, like most of my roundups, I've thrown in a few lesser-known titles to forgo many of the games you would find in similar lists around the web, in the hope that you may discover a few gems, and I've listed them all by price to make discovery easier.

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