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.
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 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.