Welcome to our new column Android Gaming Weekly, where we 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.
The Dark Meadow
Phosphor Game Studios is bringing their iOS thriller The Dark Meadow to Android in the coming months and they gave a quick preview of their work at the Game Developers Conference last week. Our friends at DroidGamers were on site and captured a five minute walk-through of the game. This game looks to creep you out and blow you away with stunning visuals using Epic Game’s Unreal Engine and it is targeted for Tegra 3 devices.
Scramble with Friends
Last week Zynga released their latest game for Android called Scramble with Friends. If you loved Words With Friends and Hanging With Friends, then you should love this game. The only problem is that it’s only available in Canada right now. If your phone is rooted, you can try MarketEnabler to change your country setting to Canada, but the rest of us will just have to wait.
Update: Scramble with Friends is now available in the US.
Super Monkey Ball 2
Yes, I purchased a Nintendo Gamecube on launch day and picked up Super Monkey Ball and played the heck out of it. This month Sega released Super Monkey Ball 2 to the Google Play Store. The title runs $0.99, but it features six unique worlds with over 125 stages. Replay value is extended by four extra mini-games including Monkey Target, Monkey Golf, Monkey Bowl, and Monkey Base. I haven’t played the game yet, but writing this quick blurb brought back a lot of nostalgia so I just purchased it.
Angry Birds Space
Last week at SXSW we got to spend some quality time with Angry Birds Space and I was impressed with what I saw. For me, the Angry Birds franchise has been a little stale, but this actually feels like a new game thanks to the enhanced space physics. The game will launch for free on March 22nd on the Google Play Store, so be sure to check it out.
Final Fantasy III
In case you missed our earlier report this week, Square Enix released Final Fantasy III for Android devices in Japan. We don’t know if the game will come to the United States yet, so RPG fans will have to wait and see what happens.
Samurai vs. Zombies Defense
This week Glu Mobile released their latest game Samurai vs. Zombies Defense. Glu Mobile has become the king of freemium games, and Samurai vs. Zombies doesn’t disappoint. This game lets you fight hordes of evil undead, decapitate your enemies, unlock allies, and take on some epic boss battles. It’s free. Go grab it.
Mass Effect 3 Live Wallpaper
This week NVIDIA released a live wallpaper to promote the console-game Mass Effect 3. It’s free and looks awesome, so that’s why we are sharing it. EA Mobile also recently released Mass Effect Infiltrator for iOS and we believe it’s headed to Android, so this wallpaper is a nice treat to hold us over as we wait for the game.
Games I’m currently playing
Scrubs: What happens when a Russian developer makes a quirky game based on a hit TV show from the US? Scrubs is a weird Android game that reminds me of Where’s Waldo, and I’ve been playing through it this week trying to complete it. Fans of the TV show will probably enjoy the cartoon characters, but the average gamer might not find this title all that enjoyable.
Taco Master: I grew up in South Texas, ate a lot of Mexican food, and worked in a fast food joint, so this fast-paced game is oddly amusing. The goal is to fill customers’ orders by making tacos as fast as you can. I haven’t unlocked the bonus modes yet, but they include Mexican Party and Zombie Tacos, which sound awesome. Reviews say the game has a screen issue with the Galaxy Nexus, so buyers beware.
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.