Apr 12 AT 11:29 AM Taylor Wimberly 27 Comments

Android Gaming Weekly: Max Payne, Dark Legends, Radiant Defense, Homerun Battle 2


Welcome back to our regular column Android Gaming Weekly, where we recap all the new releases and highlights every Wednesday. 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.

Celebrate baseball season with Homerun Battle 2

Homerun Battle 3D is one of my all-time favorite games for Android and I’ve been waiting on the sequel for a long time. I can’t believe it slipped past us, but Homerun Battle 2 actually hit the Google Play Store a couple weeks ago. The game is free to play, features customizable characters, includes 6 different modes, and brings back the online battles that we loved. Go download it now.


Max Payne Mobile comes to Android on April 26th

I’ve been looking forward to the remake of Max Payne on Android for a long time, so I was happy to see Rockstar Games announce it would be available in the Google Play Store on April 26th. “The full classic Max Payne PC experience, Max Payne Mobile has been optimized for both iOS and Android devices and features HD graphics, high-resolution textures, Social Club connectivity and user-customizable controls,” Rockstar said in a statement. The iOS version went on sale today for $2.99, so we expect similar pricing when it comes to Android.

Spacetime Studios releases Dark Legends

From the developer that brought you Pocket Legends and Spacetime Legends, comes a new MMORPG called Dark Legends. The latest release from Spacetime Studios lets you rise as part of the Vampire Nation and fight to survive against a world that has turned against you. If you don’t have an Android device, you can also play Dark Legends in the free Chrome Browser version.


EA releases POGO Games to Google Play Store

If you love free casual games, then you might want to check out POGO Games from EA Mobile. This free title feature 4 different games including Poppit!, Word Whomp, Turbo21, and Sweet Tooth 2. Members of POGO.com can also access a 5th game called World Class Solitaire. I’m not a huge fan of these types of games, but those that have installed it gave it an average rating of 4.3.


Hexage previews their next game Radiant Defense

I normally don’t get excited over another tower defense game, but Hexage has always been one of my favorite developers. This week they previewed their next title called Radiant Defense, which features over 300 waves of aliens across 10 unique locations. PocketGamer reports that Radiant Defense will be free to play later this month, and players will be able to download packs of additional weapons through in-app purchases. While you wait on this game, be sure to check out some of Hexage’s previous titles including Robotek, Radiant, and EVAC.

Discover hidden treasures with American Pickers

If you are a fan of the Discovery Channels hit show American Pickers, then check out this free game that just debuted last week. The game follows Frank and Mike as they travel across 12 states and 24 unique locations searching for buried treasure. Buyers should beware because the free game only includes 3 maps before players are asked to spend money on additional levels. Some have complained about problems downloading the additional map packs, so you might want to just preview the free levels before handing over any money.


AirMech enters alpha testing, coming to Android this summer

Carbon Games has been testing their new RTS-action game AirMech for PC, but JoyStiq reports an Android version is coming this summer. Check out the teaser video above to get a feel for this hybrid game, or just install the Chrome version and try it for yourself.

“The best & the original” Tower Defense from Com2uS

There are thousands of tower defense style games on Android, but Com2uS claims they have the original and the best. Their take on the popular genre features 40 campaigns, 7 challenge maps, 4 different game play modes, 9 towers, 10 enemy units, 4 special weapons, and 5 different world themes. Tower Defesne: Lost Earth is free to play, so go grab the game and see if that claim is true.


Jett Tailfin Racers comes to Tegra Zone

This week Ilusis Interactive Graphics released their first Android game called Jeff Tailfin Racers. This game is an exclusive to NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone and features enhanced effects for Tegra-powered devices such as motion-blur, high-resolution textures and up to full 1080p HD graphics rendering. I played an early beta of the game and it reminded me of Mario Kart under water, but the controls were not very responsive and the powerups were confusing. The game is currently available for $2.99, so you might want to wait on some more reviews to appear before you dive in.


Sega reveals special “Episode Metal” level for Sonic 4

We have already covered that Sega will be releasing Sonic 4 Episode II this summer, but this week they tweeted that players who have Episodes I and II installed on the same device will gain access to a new level called “Episode Metal.” Look for Sonic 4 Episode II to be available for Tegra-powered devices in May, followed by a wider release to more devices in June.


Gamevil releases latest free RGP, Advena

Gamevil publishes some of the most popular RPGs on Android, so we expect their latest release to do quite well. Advena is a free to play game that offers Party Play Action RPG. The game lets you choose 5 unique heroes that are all simultaneous playable and offers an extensive world map that features 200 different stages. It doesn’t appear the game offers HD graphics like Zenonia 4, but it’s still free and the early reviews are good.


Take the hot-seat with Football Manager Handheld 2012

I don’t like soccer, but I know we have a ton of global readers that do so I thought we should share Football Manager Handheld 2012. This game from SEGA allows players to take over any club from a choice of leagues in 12 countries, and assume full control of transfers, training, tactics and managing your team live during matchdays. Early reviews say the game is highly polished and it currently maintains an average review score of 4.5.


Games I’m currently playing

Helium Boy: Bertil Hörberg is a one-man game studio that deserves to be recognized. Helium Boy is one of the best platformer games I have played on Android, and it’s a shame that awesome titles like this fall under the radar. This game features a boy and his balloons, who are being chased by ninjas. Grab the free demo below that includes the first stage, then buy the paid version to explore the rest of the game.



Gunman Clive: I mentioned Gunman Clive last week and I went ahead and purchased it. It actually lived up to the funny trailer and it was totally worth the $1.99 asking price. I was out of town this week on vacation, so I’m still playing it to try and finish the 8 levels.


What Android games 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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  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    I’ve begun to look forward to these articles on a weekly basis, keep up the awesome work.

  • Donald Williams

    Thanks for the heads up. Some of these games I would have never considered. Now all I need is more time to play them. Stupid job not allowing cell phones.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I’m enjoying the beta version of Soulcraft, with gameplay somewhat like Diablo.

    It’s somewhat limited but, well, it’s an unfinished beta right now. I’m now like level 18 and haven’t yet paid a dime so it’s a freemium model that is actually doable at this point. I believe I have to pay $1 to unlock one of the maps.

  • droilfade

    I just finished Shadowgun. I think it’s one of the best looking games on Android. Looking forward to AirMech. Looks good! Gameloft has some pretty cool free games these days with in-app purchases DH-3, Ice Age village etc….

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I loved Shadowgun and I can’t wait for the free Deadzone multiplayer expansion pack coming soon.

  • b

    I wish gameloft better supported my vivid. also GTA 3 would be nice if it was available.

  • AceoStar

    I def love this segment, keep em coming :)

  • Chaoz

    Aah this section is awesome. Games are getting better and better on Android :)

  • WooBangrrr

    American Pickers link is broken. Not found in the Market (Play Store)

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Hmmm working for me. It could be limited by country. Here is the full link if you want to try again – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gludist.game

      • WooBangrrr

        Nope. Still saying not found. I’m in the USA.

      • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

        Not found, tried to search as well and couldn’t find anything. I’m in the US and accessing the market from my PC, so I know it’s not a compatibility issue.

  • spazby

    advena looks good…. when will they bring final fantasy games to US????

  • Benji Glazier

    playing minecraft and gta 3 atm, cannot wait for max payne to drop.
    just like everyone else, i’m loving this series of game-centric articles

    • Benji Glazier

      also SFIV, FF3, just got those cracked (SHHHH), wish they’d bring us official versions.

  • Alex Belko

    Dark Legends turned out not a great game for me(

  • uknowme

    Homerun Battle 2 will not load for me. I loved the first one and wanted to try the second one. I’m playing Drag Racing Bikes now like crazy!

  • adam

    You guys ripping android police idea with game of weeks top 30 please stay original.

  • adam

    Playing gta 3, resident evil 4 and sims free play

  • adam

    Waiting for official street fighter 4 in may. Max panye fuck lameloft. I’m so thankful for rockstar I love their game on my psp and ps2

  • adam

    For anyone that want gta 3 just type grand theft auto 3.apk u can. download it on 4shared.com for any phone above 800 mhz and adreno 205 recommend or power vr chip 535 or higher

  • adam

    For anyone putting -1 what I said u don’t see me putting no rating to ya. Stop hating what I said about androidpolice is fact. They being review multiple game since 2010 androidandme really does copy from them and android central. I really don’t like androidandme I did 2 years ago not now so respect my facts and some opinion.

  • adam

    Androidpolice have 2 years in half doing top good games, apps, live wallpaper.

  • Ric1511

    Looking forward to Max Payne this Thursday! I had forgotten all about it, then I remembered I had read here about it…wish I would’ve remembered on Thursday now I have to wait more ha! I hope it’s Xperia Play optimized from the get go.

  • laursifer

    Counting down the days for Max Payne. Can’t wait!! American Pickers was pulled from the Play Store because of the overwhelming number of issues with purchases. Last I read, no word has been made as to when it will return to the Store. Also, just wanna say I love these reports! So what if Android Police does similar lists? It’s not like that idea was original for them, either. It’s a common sense feature article for sites of this nature to include. Keep up the good work!!

    • laursifer

      Also, if you’re really interested in trying the app, a quick Google search will get you to it. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to make any in-app purchases at this time.

  • NCirie

    still waiting for Max Payne on android…………..WTF????!!!!!