May 16 AT 7:24 PM Taylor Wimberly 27 Comments

Android Gaming Weekly: Mini Motor Racing, Machinarium, Big Win Hockey, Ninja Slash!

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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.

Top 7 New Games This Week

This week I’m testing out a new format. I always try to find the top rated games each week, but now I’m going to limit my recommendations to the Top 7 games. The number of quality games comes and goes each week, but I felt like 7 suggestions was a nice odd number that I could achieve each week. Let me know what you think of the new format in the comments below.

Machinarium

Developer says: “Discover the award-winning, steam punk world of Machinarium, navigating a clever little robot called Josef from the scrapheap into the city to save his robot girlfriend. Solve puzzles, quests, brain-teasers and mini-games to rid the city of the wicked Black Cap Brotherhood robots. Gorgeous hand-drawn graphics and animations bring the robot’s story to life, using unique comic bubbles and symbols to convey the plot.”

Taylor says: I’m going on a road trip this weekend, so I need a new puzzle game to burn up some time. The video sold me and I just handed over my $3.99. I’ll let you know how it was next week. Update: This game is awesome!

 

Mini Motor Racing

Developer says: “Mini Motor Racing plays like a favorite remote-controlled car showdown, combined with modern tech to nitro-boost your engines! Play multiplayer against up to four of your friends via WiFi! Race in campaign competitions for big rewards! Upgrade your skills and cars to win more! It’s all here in Mini Motor Racing.”

Taylor says: Reminds me of Micro Machines Racing, which I played for countless hours. Asking price is $1.99, but early reviews are good with a 4.3 average score.

 

Doraemon Fishing 2

Developer says: “You will start going fishing as Doreamon, Nobita or Shizuka and try to feed the beloved dinosaur Pisu. Besides casting the hook as deep as possible to collect coins and catch fishes while avoiding sharks, with the new gameplay, players will touch on fishing jumping out and flick them towards Pisu.”

Taylor says: I think I have a thing for Japanese game music. Game was so odd I just had to share it.

 

Big Win Hockey

Developer says: “CREATE your own unique dream team, COMPETE against opponents from around the world, WATCH your team battle it out on the ice, BOOST your player’s passing, shooting, skating and other skills and get ready to hoist the Daily Trophy for the ultimate BIG WIN!”

Taylor says: I’m not even a fan of hockey and this game looks awesome. It’s free so you have nothing to lose. I’m installing this on my Transformer Prime right now.

 

Lunar Racer

Developer says: “Strap on your moon boots and fire up your nitro boosters! The real space race is about to begin! Sure there’s racing games… but then there’s racing games with powerups! Ever tried racing with homing missiles, land mines, bubble shields and gravity thrusters? Yeah, didn’t think so!”

Taylor says: It’s from the developer of Super Stickman Golf and it’s free. Graphics look simple, but gameplay looks addicting. Average early review score is 4.8.

 

Plopp

Developer says: “Bubble-like circles, so called ‘Plopps’ emerge all over the place and start growing. When you tap on a Plopp, it explodes and a shockwave is unleashed. If other Plopps are hit by this shockwave they also explode causing big chain-reactions!”

Taylor says: This developer just uploaded four new games to the Google Play store and they all look pretty unique. Plopp looked the most interesting to me out of the bunch. It runs $1.25, so you might want to wait for more reviews to come in before you buy.

 

Ninja Slash!

Developer says: “Are you tired of always and only cut fruit? No problem! You’re one step away from starting the final cutting experience! Run, Jump and Slice at the same time!”

Taylor says: Odd combination of running and slicing gameplay looks hard as heck. I think this looks pretty fun, and it only costs $0.99. The developer has a good track record, so I think it’s a safe buy.

 

Android Games Coming Soon

Gameloft finally supports the ASUS Transformer Prime

This week Gameloft updated their popular MMORGP game Order & Chaos with a new dungeon called Sailen: The Lower City. More importantly, they finally added support for the ASUS Transformer Prime. Keep an eye on other Gameloft titles for future Transformer Prime support.

 

N.O.V.A. 3 dropping any day now

Speaking of Gameloft, we still expect NOVA 3 to be available any day now. The iOS version went on sale last week for $6.99 and we expect the Android version to cost the same. Check out the Gameloft Blog for first impressions of the game. (Gameloft, I will freaking love you if you release this on the Prime!)

Will Max Payne Mobile ever come to Android?

Another week and another delay. This game was supposed to be released in April, but it keeps getting pushed back. We were told several times that it would be available in previous weeks, but I honestly have no idea when it is coming out. Keep an eye on@RockstarGames for updates on the release. They seem pretty focused on Max Payne 3, so we might not hear anything for awhile now.

Shoot the Zombies arrives May 24th

It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention at least one zombie game this week. DroidGamers reports that Shoot the Zombies from Infinite Dreams will arrive on the Google Play Store around May 24th. This game is the sequel to Shoot the Birds, but this time you have to protect your pumpkin farm from a plague of undead, evil zombie birds.

Games I’m currently playing

Sonic 4 Episode II: This is the biggest release of the week so I just had to try it. I grew up on Nintendo and Mario, so I never really spent much time with Sonic. I played several Sonic games over the years, but I never finished one. I just got a wireless controller for the ASUS Transformer Prime and HTC One X, so look for my review in the coming weeks. Check out our Sonic 4 preview for a chance to win an Android tablet.

 

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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  • droilfade

    Gaming on android is definitely getting better. Machinarium look awesome. Ninja Slash reminds me of arcade! The styles and the way of presentation is really inspiring and cool.

  • Anthony

    Gaming on Android has been better but the thing is game developers aren’t utilizing all of Androids capabilities because game pad support for 3.1 and up is barely used. On games like Nova 3 and Modern Combat there is no excuse

    • Ric1511

      Very true. If they think it would be unfair to touch screen players, they need to make gamepad only lobbies where it would automatically detect you are using a gamepad.

  • lancaster09

    Wow the Machinarium looks amazing!!! It reminds me of a computer game I used to play as a kid with my parents: Goblins. I think i can spare the $4 on it

  • Benji Glazier

    https://twitter.com/#!/XperiaGamer/status/202387859930488832/photo/1/large

    seems rockstar is still unsure of a date as well,

    until then im holding myself off with machinarium, plays just as well as on the pc so why not?

    • CrCross

      Yeah it only took two weeks after they said it was delayed just to say they hoped that it would not be long but I guess “a week or so” is more like a month to them.

  • lxgeorge

    I bought Machinarium as part of the Humble Botanical Bundle and after playing it for hours I have to say it is one of the most well-designed and best looking point-and-click puzzle games I’ve played (I specify point-and-click because Portal will always be my favourite puzzle/oddly actiony game). I’m certain that you’ll have just as good of an experience Taylor. Seriously, you will not be disappointed. It rocks.

  • spintrex

    Any wireless controller giveaways?!

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      We already gave away several hundred units of the Zeemote, but I’ll see what we can come up with over the next month.

      • Lorenzo

        Can you use the zeemote sans root?

      • spintrex

        Lol no worries mate I was just messing witcha

  • Jorge Eslava

    I really wish NOVA supported the Transformer…

  • Trinhbo

    I bought Machinarium but haven’t tried it yet. Sonic looks really tempting as well.

  • darkjuan

    So sad Machinarium isn’t compatible with my Sensation. I’ve played in on my PC before and it’s awesome! The soundtrack is great too. :)

  • Nathan D.

    Finally some real support for my prime, and if they support the prime off lunch for nova 3 I would get it in a heart beat.

  • ranwanimator

    @Taylor: What wireless controller did you purchase?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      For the Transformer Prime: Logitech Gamepad F710, works via wireless USB receiver
      For the HTC One X: OnLive Gamepad, works via bluetooth

  • uknowme

    I’m playing the crap out of Mini Motor! Really fun and there are a ton of cars to unlock and upgrade. The only thing I recommend is dropping the extra dollar on double money. If not you will be playing forever to upgrade your cars.

  • smeghead68

    I kind of like the catch fish! Looks like a simple game that can be played in a short amount of time.

  • CrCross

    Got MACHINARIUM for my tablet and runs great the touch areas are very small so playing on a small screen could be a bit off. I”m still waiting for MaxPayne I don’t maind so much the wait as much as I mind the way Rockstar is treating the fans by blatantly ignoring them on tweeter that is unless you are tweeting about max payne 3 I”m seriously thinking if i really need to get this game yet again once for pc then xbox and now android

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Oh Max Payne will be worth the wait. I look forward to playing the original again.

  • Futureboy

    Holy crapsticks, Machinarium looks awesome!

    I’m a big fan of the brain/puzzle games. Anyone have any additional recommendations for other hidden gems like it or any other good puzzle games?

    Currently some of my classic favorites are World of Goo, Cut the Rope, Sprinkle, Drop 7, Quell/Reflect.

  • NCirie

    STILL NO MAX PAYNE!!!!!! WHERE IS THE LOVE ROCKSTAR??????!!!!! WTF????!!!!

    • CrCross

      I believe it has been “a WEEK or so” but since their clocks run on the BULLET TIME standard it may be a little longer still. Going on four weeks now and counting. I am starting to fear that by the time it’s out my phone is going to have ICS, that should be due next month and the game is not going to run on ICS and this wait would have been all for nothing.

  • vforvortex

    Machinarium not compatible with my Htc Sensation. I guess i could download it on my original galaxy tab 7. The price is also showing $4.99 now. :(