This week we’re taking another break from our Android Gaming Weekly recap to focus on new releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this new column is 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. Angry Birds Star Wars
Description: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire’s evil Pigtroopers! Rebel birds, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Imperial Pigs. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the PIG STAR, and are racing to deliver the plans to the Rebel Birds. Now they need your help!
Notes: Yes, you are installing Angry Birds on your phone.
2. Expendable Rearmed
Description: You are given control of a clone army of Expendable units, dropped in one by one, rearmed to battle for the last human settlements which have been overrun by the G’neng, a malevolent bio-mechanical alien race. Attack the G’NENG and kill them all. Relentless waves of aliens in a fight to the death. Nearly everything can be blown up. Large detailed worlds ready to be destroyed. Beautifully rendered destruction effects, have never made destruction so satisfying.
Notes: The PC and Dreamcast 1999 classic arcade shooter brought right up to date on your handheld device.
3. Air Patriots
Description: Air Patriots is a new kind of tower defense game with unique and novel game play, and “towers” that take flight! In Air Patriots, you control a squadron of planes by drawing the paths they will follow to engage the enemy! Unlike normal tower defense games, in Air Patriots your weaponry is all mobile, allowing you to change up tactics on the fly and move your “towers” to where they’re needed most!
Notes: From Amazon Game Studios. Free version includes 3 maps that are free in-game (12 levels). All additional maps (present and future) can be purchased in the Map Pack for $1.99.
4. Tiny Troopers
Description: Size doesn’t matter to these miniature men of war as they take on a big enemy. Take control of a petite platoon of crack soldiers in a variety of wee warzones as you battle through an epic third-person-shooter campaign. Military-grade strategy, intense shooter action, outstanding 3D visuals and a wry smile make Tiny Troopers an unmissable combination of manic combat, monumental mirth and miniature marines.
Notes: Early reviews report game lag on certain devices.
5. Red Wing Ikaro Racing
Description: With Red Wing (Ikaro) Racing you are the pilot of a high performance airplanes racing for life at low altitude against a fleet of colorful peers in a breathtaking scenario, working your way from apprentice to full-fledged ace pilot. Enjoy and explore the magnificent scenario of the city with all its skyscrapers, fly at low altitude over the water of a calm laguna at dusk, enjoy the beauty of an Arizona canyon under the noon sun.
Notes: Looks like one of the best air racers, but price is $5.99.
6. Army of Darkness Defense
Description: Get out your boomstick and rev up your chainsaw! In this tug-of-war, casual defense game based on the MGM classic movie, you play Ash, the time-traveling, evil-fighting, S-Mart sales clerk as you defend Lord Arthur’s castle and the Necronomicon from the oncoming hordes of evil undead.
Notes: I like the movie and tower defense games, but I might pass on this one.
7. Ghostbusters: Paranormal Blast
Description: Who you gonna call? YOU! Become a Ghostbuster and help clean up your own city. Requires gyroscope and camera to play! Ghostbusters Paranormal Blast is the best Augmented Reality game to ever hit Google Play. Battle ghosts in your neighborhood as you rid your own city of paranormal foes!
Notes: Not many augmented reality games are worth playing.
Description: Is the power of curiosity enough to unite the world in solving one mystery? Join thousands of people worldwide to simultaneously chip away at a giant Cube to discover the life-changing secret buried inside. Deep in the centre of the Cube is something life-changingly amazing, but only the first person to reach the centre will discover what’s inside. Even after the amazing discovery has been uncovered by one lucky individual, there is still more on the Cube to be revealed to the world.
Notes: Sounds like a cool social gaming experience, but early reviews point out constant server errors and other bugs.
9. Star Warfare: Alien Invasion
Description: Aliens return, beat them! Soldiers! Console-quality boss battles, 36 single player levels, multiplayer supported, tons of gear and unique avatars to collect!
Notes: Could be a great co-op shooting game if you got friends to team up with.
Description: Swing your way through the levels. Don’t lose too many body parts! Hanger – the hit game series with over 60 million plays is now available for Android! Use your rope to swing your way through each level. Try not to lose any limbs along the way!
Notes: Cool indie game of the week.