This week we are taking another break from our Android Gaming Weekly recap and just focusing on new releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we are playing, but this new column is just dedicated to new games you can install and start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know if you have any suggestions for next week in the comments below.
1. Jetpack Joyride
Description: Suit up with a selection of the coolest jetpacks ever made and take to the skies as Barry Steakfries, the lovable hero on a one-way trip to adventure! From the creators of the worldwide phenomenon Fruit Ninja comes the action-packed Jetpack Joyride, Halfbrick’s most anticipated Android game ever!
Taylor says: This game has been out less than a week and it already racked up 500k+ installs. It was available for a couple months on the Amazon App Store, but this is the first time it has come to Google Play. Make sure you check out Halfbrick’s older games like Age of Zombies if you already tried Jetpack Joyride.
2. NBA 2K13
Note: Trailer is from console version.
Description: Enter the New Dynasty with NBA 2K13, the latest installment of the top-rated NBA video game simulation franchise 12 years running. Built on the critically acclaimed NBA 2K engine, NBA 2K13 for Android features improved graphics and intuitive One-Finger controls to give you the ultimate NBA experience while on the go.
Taylor says: Are you kidding me?! I had no clue this was even on the way. Installing now!
3. Beastie Bay
Description: Washed ashore a desolate island and surrounded by savage beasts, can you thrive…or merely survive? Blaze trails into unknown territory…and then make it your own! Plant crops, build housing and power sources, and transform the island into your own personal paradise. As you progress, you’ll be able to develop new gear and technology to take your adventure to the next level, including ways to travel to unexplored islands nearby!
Taylor says: A Kairosoft game, for free?! Looks like this one is supported with ads, but they can be removed by in-app purchase. Worth installing if you have never played any of the Kairosoft simulation games.
4. Rayman Jungle Run
Description: Rayman Jungle Run is powered by the same UbiArt Framework engine that brought you Rayman Origins – Winner of numerous Game of the Year and Platformer of the Year awards. The legendary platforming hero is making the jump to your favorite mobile device!
Taylor says: I was never a fan of Rayman, but it’s nice to see Ubisoft bringing more games to Android.
5. Drift Mania Championship 2
Description: With over 10 million players worldwide, the #1 Drift game on the App Store is finally back! Drift Mania Championship 2 delivers the ultimate drift experience with its highly addictive gameplay and next generation graphics. Start a drift career, compete in a drift battle tournament or play against a friend using the new online multiplayer mode. Upgrade and fully customize your ride with performance upgrades and visual mods.
Taylor says: I never played the original, but I did enjoy some other games from Ratrod Studios like Mike V’s Skateboard Party. Drift Mania 2 is a paid title, but you can check out the free original Drift Mania Lite to see if you might enjoy the sequel.
6. Big Win Football
Description: Get ready to go for the end zone with Big Win Football! From the opening kickoff to the game winning touchdown, Big Win Football is the gridiron game for everyone! CREATE your own unique dream team, COMPETE against opponents from around the world, WATCH your team battle it out on the field, BOOST your player’s throwing, tackling, running and other skills and get ready to hoist the Daily Bowl for the ultimate BIG WIN!
Taylor says: I love all the Big Win sports series from Hothead Games. They feature the freemium model with in-app purchase, but you can still enjoy them without spending a time.
7. Defense Zone 2 HD
Description: The new, engaging levels are even more stunning and impressive. New weapons have been added, along with new opponents, and even more action and tactics. Greater variety of weaponry and landscape types gives you huge freedom in choosing your battle tactics. Choose the right weapon type and position to make sure your defense is effective. Airstrikes and the possibility of temporarily increasing weapon power can give you the advantage, and guarantee you will never get bored in the battle process.
Taylor says: I’m a huge fan of defense games, and this one looks pretty interesting. Free version includes three levels and the paid version unlocked the full game.
8. Fantasy War
Description: Epic Battle RPG. Build your skills as you form alliances within your race! Conquer a diverse array of tasks as you progress through a captivating story! Discover powerful treasures as you raid goblins, magicians and mythical beasts in Dungeon mode!
Taylor says: We always feature at least one RPG game and it gets a ton of clicks. Here you go RPG fans. Gamevil produces some quality titles.
9. Project Downforce
Description: Project Downforce is a simple, pick-up-and-play retro arcade racer with ultra smooth mode 7-styled visuals and massive scaling sprites, throwing back to the arcade machines of the late 80s. If Super Mario Kart and Super Monaco GP had a lovechild, Project Downforce would be its name!
Taylor says: For fans of retro racers. Game is $0.99, but the trailer video brings back memories.
10. Jaws Revenge
Description: BE THE SHARK! Become the most feared great white shark of all time! In Jaws Revenge you play the part of the hungry man-eater shark that terrorized Amity Island in the blockbuster movie. Only this time, you are out for revenge! Dish out payback to swimmers, sunbathers, seagulls, windsurfers, boats and more!
Taylor says: Free to play and over 40 levels.