Mar 08 AT 12:13 PM Taylor Wimberly 23 Comments

Android Gaming Weekly: Angry Birds Space, Dark Legends, Reign of Amira, Temple Run

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Welcome to our new column Android Gaming Weekly, where we will recap all the new releases and highlights every Thursday. We post small bits throughout the week related to Android games, but readers have requested a condensed summary that makes it easier to keep up with all the latest news. Read on for this week’s best in Android gaming.

Angry Birds Space

Today Rovio and NASA released a new trailer for Angry Birds Space. In the video we get to see the first actual gameplay of Angry Birds in a gravity free environment. Most of you seem bored with all the Angry Birds updates, but this latest title appears to offer something new. The game is scheduled to be released on March 22nd, possibly as an initial exclusive on the Galaxy Note. Check out the official site for the latest details.

If you can’t get enough Angry Birds, Rovio just released a Cherry Blossom Festival update to Angry Birds Seasons that adds 15 new levels.

 

Dark Legends

This week Austin-based Spacetime Studios released a gameplay trailer for their upcoming MMO Dark Legends. After successful titles like Pocket Legends and Star Legends, Spacetime is now turning to the world of vampires. In this latest title players must embrace the secret societies of vampires to challenge the hordes of undead, werewolves, demons and humans that hunt them. I recently played the game at Mobile World Congress and it was the best looking MMO I’ve seen on Android. Be on the lookout for the official launch date.

Reign of Amira

Earlier this year we reported that Qualcomm’s in-house game studio would produce one Android title per year, and Reign of Amria is their first. This free game is a follow up to the Desert Winds mini game that was previously available and looks to take full advantage of Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon S4 processor. Qualcomm also announced several more exclusive titles coming to their GameCommand app including The Reem, The Ball, and Sega’s Virtua Tennis Challenge.

Temple Run

Temple Run is one of the most popular games on iOS with over 40 million downloads and tons of Android fans have been asking when it will be ported over. This week the developer Imangi Studios finally announced it would arrive on March 27th. “We are excited to finally share the Android release date with our fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Temple Run,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “By expanding to more mobile devices, we hope to provide the same addictive and fast-paced gameplay to an entirely new group of players.”

Dozens of games for only $0.49

In celebration of the new Google Play Store, there are dozens of games on sale for only $0.49. My top pics include Shadowgun, Osmos HD, World of Goo, Asphalt 6, Dead Space, and NOVA 2. Gameloft has also informed us that Modern Combat 3 will be on sale for $0.49 this Fri-Mon, so be sure to grab it if you have yet to check out the best first person shooter on Android.

Games I’m currently playing

World of Goo: I have no idea how I overlooked this title, but I’m so glad I picked it up in the $0.49 sale. World of Goo is one of the most original and entertaining puzzle games I have ever played. If you haven’t tried it yet, I promise you won’t be dissapointed.

 

The Sims FreePlay: Words can’t really describe why I play this game, but I have somehow been sucked back into The Sims and I’m not afraid to admit it. The game is free, so no harm in checking it out. EA designed the game to encourage in-app purchase of their game currency, but you can still progress through the game without spending a dime.

 

What are you playing?

Find any great new Android games this week? Share your favorites in the comments below so we can check them out.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • spazby

    can’t wait for angry birds, it looks good

  • txbluesman

    Good to see games at such a low price. Not all of them are for me though. To each his own.

  • sj

    Only download free games, and most work adfree when i turn data off. many are similar.

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    it might be nice to note that the actual Gameplay in the trailer doesn’t begin until the 3:05 mark.

  • sap 26

    I’m excited to give the new Angry Birds a try. I’m still enjoying games like Anomaly HD and World of Goo I picked up from the Humble Bundle.

  • jsweetser2

    I’m playing pocket league story. UGH, totally got sucked in! It’s pretty easy to learn, and it’s on sale. I had my doubts about kairosoft but the hype is true. Their games (just started dungeon story) are awesomely addictive, rewarding, and a throw back to Nintendo gameplay, which automatically appeals to any gamers 30 and older (me)

  • jketankumar

    Right now playing Modern Combat 3, Pes 2012, Ea Darkspace, speedcar, golf extreme, shadowgun, devil ninja 2, waiting badly for temple run

  • droiddewd

    Kinda tired of Angry Birds hopefully Rovio will be looking into something new soon.

    I’d love to get NOVA 2 and Modern Combat but since Gameloft doesnt feel like making it available for my (apparently inferior)TF and I don’t feel the need to put them on my MT4G.

    But I’m looking forward to getting Temple Run so I can show up my nephews who have been obsessed with this on their Ipod Touches for months though.

  • Zagrash

    I picked up a few games during the 49¢ sale, but have been trying not to buy Shadowgun, NOVA2, etc. because I just can’t imagine playing a FPS on my phone would be a lot of fun. I’ve heard great things about Shadowgun, and may still pick it up in case I eventually end up getting a tablet, but for now I’m trying to hold off. 49¢ is still impulse buy territory though, so my will is definitely being tested.

    • Zagrash

      damn 49¢ app sale…so much for self control…just picked up Shadowgun, NOVA2, and Osmos

      • Zagrash

        and Tune In, and NFL Flick…oh, and Quell 2 from the 25¢ sale…damnit

  • thaghost

    Um Taylor? What ever happened to Davinci that was coming to tegra? That is what im waiting for..

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      It’s still coming soon as far as I know. I’ll see if I can get an update from the developer.

      • thaghost

        Ok, thanks.

  • Nathan D.

    I’m just waiting for better tegra 3 optimize games

  • NoRootNoFun

    I’m playing Beyond Ynth right now. Beneath Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, it is one of the most addicting games I ever played on Android. Comes from iOS, but the port to Android is really great and something I love to pay for. There’s also a free “Xmas Edition” for all not willing to buy a pig in a poke.

  • LukeT32

    No Sims for Gnex…. :(

  • delinear

    Watching the Angry Birds trailer without sound is a weird experience. Some great games on the horizon though (and some great prices right now with the Play offers). Good times for Android gaming!

  • Chris

    Rage of Bahamut! Love this game. Playing it all the time, so addictive. It’s like Yugioh and Pokemon combined into the perfect game. If anyone wants to try it, you can use this code “qef74038″ for 100k rupies and a rare card. Just put in the code after the tutorial.

  • Aly

    Great list! I’ve also rounded up a list of the 10 hottest new games for android, on my blog. Please do check it out: http://goo.gl/JgLbN

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  • kapil

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