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.