Dec 12 AT 10:46 AM Taylor Wimberly 79 Comments

Top 10 Android game releases this week: Modern Combat 4, Team Awesome, Contre Jour

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Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our 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. Modern Combat 4

Description: The #1 Action FPS game is back on smartphone with a new chapter to push the boundaries of mobile gaming even further. In the wake of nuclear warfare, the only chance to avoid global devastation is in the hands of the few elite soldiers who must track down and rescue the world’s leaders from a frighteningly familiar terrorist group.

 

2. Contract Killer Zombies 2

Description: Clear out the zombie hordes in this free-roaming, 3rd-person shooter! The follow up to the successful franchise, Contract Killer: Zombies!! Step into the role of Evelyn as she tries to clear out the Savehaven Research Center from the hordes of zombies and reveal the mystery behind the outbreak.

 

3. Baseball Superstars 2013

Description: Featured in crisp, clear HD- this is the best baseball game for mobile devices. With enhanced batting and pitching moves, players experience smart intuitive baseball as never before. New and improved My Pitcher and My Batter modes lets you experience best of both worlds as you train, challenge, and compete for first place. Grow from rookie to super star by tackling new quests and relationships with your fans and cohorts!

 

4. Broken Sword II Smoking Mirror

Description: Broken Sword II — the Smoking Mirror : Remastered sees the return of George Stobbart and Nico Collard in the sequel to the smash hit ‘Broken Sword: Director’s Cut’, widely praised as the best adventure available for Android. While investigating a ruthless drug gang, journalist Nico Collard unexpectedly comes across an ancient artefact. Little can she know that the ornately carved obsidian stone will lead her, and her adventuring companion George Stobbart, into a mysterious escapade of intrigue and deceit, in which they must overcome powerful forces and antagonists who will stop at nothing to fulfil their evil ambitions.

 

5. Alpha Squadron

Description: Join up with Alpha Squadron and take on the evil Hadian Empire in this 3D Action flight game. With missions set in deep space as well as planetside sorties versus hordes of enemy fighters and capital ships, you will be immersed in the intergalactic conflict! Dogfight with enemy ships amidst beautiful floating cities, desolate desert planets and dangerous asteroid belts as you fight to stay alive and protect your fleet.

 

6. Team Awesome

Description: They were just four ordinary people, stuck in four dead-end jobs – until one day a mysterious meteor crashed to earth and made everything… AWESOME! Get ready for the explosive new side-scrolling arcade game from the Edis Brothers… Team Awesome!

 

7. Contre Jour

Description: Morph the landscape, propelling the mysterious creature Petit to safety. Blurring the lines between games and interactive art, Contre Jour welcomes you to a hauntingly beautiful world shaped by the interplay of light and darkness. Pull, swipe, and tap gadgets such as tendrils, air geysers, and pulleys to complete clever puzzles. Set to a poignant orchestrated soundtrack from composer David Ari Leon, Contre Jour both delights and bedevils from start to finish.

 

8. Star Defender 4

Description: Who can dare to confront numerous hordes of Inserctus and to protect the native Galaxy? What do the Black Holes hide inside them and where do they lead? To answer these questions one should become a hero of Star Defender 4 game who is brave and strong enough to break this dark silence. Humanity has nothing to do but to keep their faith and believe that their first pilot will be able to complete his mission and come back home safe and sound. Hold your breath…

 

9. Clash of the Olympians

Description: Become a demigod and keep the horde of heathens away from your temple! Take on the role of one of the mighty Greek heroes and defend your temple against hordes of mythological creatures using a vast array of powerful weapons and godly powers! Action packed defend the temple game that will test your wits and precision!

 

10. Garfield’s Defense 2

Description: Garfield is back, now with multiplayer! Join the fat lazy cat in this epic struggle against ridiculous alien overlords! Only Garfield can protect the world from the menace of the Food Invaders; these nasty aliens did not take kindly to their defeat in the first installment of this series and now they’re targeting the whole world! So begins Garfield’s Defense 2: The Food Invaders Strike Back!

 

11. Monster Crew

Description: Become a monster in this “smashing” endless platformer with a strategic twist. Battle an onslaught of fierce enemies, dangerous hazards, and even giant bosses in the quest to recover your lost Monster Crew cards. Don’t worry, it’s going to help that you’ve been zapped into your favorite member of the Monster Crew, Frankenstein!

 

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://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Modern Combat 4 + Nexus 10 = drool

    • dacatalyst41

      So true! I still haven’t seen the Nexus 10 in person, but I hope it shows up in the giveaways this month!!! P.S. – Nova 3 would look dope on there too!

      • jeshep

        Not likely that a Samsung processor based tablet (Nexus 10 uses a Samsung Exynos 5250) would show up in the “25 Days of Tegra” giveaway. :-)

        • sbala

          Is it then true that the last five days will be “5 DAYS OF EXYNOS”

    • ArticulateFool

      Agreed.

      If only wireless Hdmi streaming was in phones and tablets. This could make for an even more potent entertainment device.

  • GUI_Center

    Contre Jour looks pretty good. May have to check it out soon.

  • nikhilverma

    These are some great games.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Didn’t realize there were so many Garfield games on Android.

    • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

      It’s not a bad thing… I was just unaware

    • Donald Williams

      I have not even beat the first one. Stuck on the last lvl for months. Stupid game. Now i need to get the second one. ARG… another game to kill time with. WOO HOO!

      Love me some Garfield!

  • ranwanimator

    Contre Jour looks right up my alley. Will definitely be checking that one out.

  • mario_1603

    I want to play modern combat, I need to change my old phone..

  • DroidPower

    Contre Jour looks awesome, it’s like Cut the Rope in the World of Goo backdrop!

  • zolikaaa666

    It would be so wonderful to play these games on a TEGRA based device…i have to use my old Htc ChaCha…8 bit games even lagg on it -.-

    • WlfHart

      Haha, best of luck with the 25 days of Tegra! Maybe the holidays will be fortunate for us Android lovers. :)

  • kookeetree

    Modern Combat 4 looks amazing!

    • MikeTop

      Modern Combat 4 is amazing!! :)

      • nobara

        MC4, amazing, my kind of shooter.

  • querty

    Amazing game!!

  • toddersv

    Definitely have to check out Modern Combat 4

  • mattcoz

    Wow, I mean it’s one thing to copy the gameplay of a popular game, but Alpha Squadron copies the actual missions too? I loved Rogue Squadron, but I’m not going to pay for anything so unoriginal.

  • ConfuciusTse

    Bring on the games! Can’t wait for Ouya to come out so we can get a console version of Android going!

  • theha9

    Embarassed to say that the garfield game actually looks good from a nostalgia stand point. Anybody remember looney tunes bball (the space jam tie in)?

  • nipunmehta7

    Modern combat 4 best fps game so far on android.

  • s2svetko

    Modern combat looking good

  • Nicko01

    The graphics in Contre Jour remind me so much of Limbo.

  • sandy105

    i played almost all of them .modern combat 4 was really good.
    but i was surprised to see contre jour turn up .
    i always liked it .
    :)

  • staryoshi

    Quite a few intriguing games on the list. I’m glad to see another broken sword game, as I’ve enjoyed the first one.

  • Marvles

    Hopefully Vice city makes it out too

  • avijaunty

    Wow.. nice list :)

  • jonneves

    Just hopping to win a Tegra3 from Android and Me to be able to play those cool games. Unfortunelly my CliqXT/Quench is no good anymore, at least not to play games!

  • SuperAndroid

    Got Broken Sword 2, loved playing it when I was a kid, would recommend to anyone into puzzle/adventure games. I’m looking forward to the 5th in the series coming out next year.

    • dino13

      Broken Sword 2 was/is such a great game. It was such a joy playing it on the PC.

  • idosew

    Time to play

  • overclockthesun

    damn! too many games that won’t run on my Defy :(

  • rsanchez1

    A lot of awesome looking games this week. Can’t wait to try them out.

  • Nathan D.

    Awesome, some of my favorites are getting a reboot and ere even a few cool one that I haven’t seen yet.

  • doublin

    I must check asap MC4 ! I just hope the multiplayer is close as Shadowgun Dead zone.
    Never played MC on phone yet.

  • nmoline

    Are there any tips for the controls on MC4.

  • sctrait

    Will definitely be checking out Contre Jour

  • A.Woodbury

    Love when games strive to look good and be different. Contre Jour, great job.

  • thechad

    Thanks for the reviews and recommendations.

  • humidity

    Love me some Modern Combat!

  • bdub

    Gonna have to bust out the TF300 for MC!

  • jonstle

    There are so many cool games for Android that I’ve never heard of. Good thing you guys are here to help me find some.

  • Sky_net

    Androidandme the best website :)

  • heynomi4u

    I’m gonna try Clash of the Olympians and Garfield’s Defense. I know Baseball Superstars will be fun like last few iterations.

  • jhagerup

    These help me procrastinate so well. Thanks for helping me find them.

  • nicotinemind

    Awesome,Broken Sword 1 & 2 are on android.Loved point and click adventures as a youngster,got to give them a try.

  • galaxynexus

    Modern Combat looks AWESOME on any QUAD CORE ANDROID BEAST.

  • galaxynexus

    Modern Combat 4 looks AWESOME on any QUAD CORE ANDROID BEAST!!!!!!!!

  • Burzie

    god i wish i could play half of those games. only have a droid x and it chugs just playing angry birds

  • acuda27

    Sweet, gonna try a few of these!

  • sly

    MC4 looks amazing. Kinda like seeing DOOM for the first time in 1993. Ah, good times.

  • ndub21

    I love you highlighting these new games, but it presents a large problem to me. I just don’t have time to play them all!

    Maybe if they came up with an Android app that would give me more time in my life to play with other apps I would buy it for sure!

  • cflo

    Are any of these games free?

    • calmness

      Clash of the Olympians and Monster Crew are free to install (not sure if have in-app-purchases). After watching the game play videos, going to install these. Games, games, games, oh joy!

  • cflo

    I dont really like games on portable devices

    • Jeopardy

      Second that

  • calmness

    Yay! Broken Sword II; it was a fun game on the PC. I’ll have to grab this and the first one to play. Thanks for the games, folks!

  • KingCrow02

    MC4 looks great

  • cytonic@gmail.com

    Its a screenshot of a cutscene…

  • digvijaya07

    Modern Combat 4 Is d Best recommendation…!! Thank U :))

  • Rahul Verma

    I hope there is a sale for apps during the Holiday season. Would love to do some “app shopping”. yay

  • Flapjack7

    Nice games. MW looks cool, but i still don’t feel fps gaming on a smartphone. You need proper mouse and keyboard for that :)

  • rahul81437

    i didnt play any FPS game on a droid fone or tablet yet , but from my point of view,the experience is not as gr8 as on a pc or a gaming console !!! yes if u have a tab or fone with tegra chipset, u would definitely try to play some FPS games, but thats not worth it !! gaming is a lot more than just having fun on a touch screen device !! and yeah one can play racing games that suit such devices !!!
    P.S. : i did’nt try any FPS game on such devices ,so im sorry ,if i contradict any of ur opinions !!!

    • Mijoja

      I’ve played a few, and you’re right it’s not really optimal. I’m excited to try out my MOGA controller I ordered yesterday though, and it comes with MC4!

  • datiecher

    Wow, Modern Combat 4 Looks dupe!

  • trailblazerz

    I’m loving Modern Combat so far. Graphics are great and gameplay is good. Storyline is cheesy but what can you expect from a CoD knock-off.

    Controls are awkward as with any touchscreen but this game is good enough I might actually get a controller!!!

    Runs fine on Nexus 7, bit choppy on GNex (poor 5 year old SGX540 GPU :(
    Can’t wait for my Nexus 4 to come and play this on Adreno 320:)

  • thymeless

    Some cool games I’ll have to check out.

  • Puck69

    yeah new game to be productive during the day

  • crossbred900

    I picked up Broken Sword 1 a few months ago when Google had a ton of apps for 25 cents. Man that was an awesome week, I got $42 worth of apps for like $4 and I still had the $25 store credit from my Nexus 7.

  • http://n4zim.timblr.com Nazim Lachter

    OWH Modern Combat 4… ! O.o

  • http://www.jdotreach.com Joshua Reach

    Modern Combat 4 looks freakin’ awesome!! I have way too many games on my phone…I think I need to make room for this one though.

  • Twister_69

    Very interesting games released this week thanks.

  • BrotherBloat

    great games this week – now if only my device was up to scratch… :/

  • mightynaf

    I’m loving team awesome!

  • radaan

    Modern combat is great.

  • Stig03

    Awesome thanks

  1. Modern Combat 4 + Nexus 10 = drool

    • So true! I still haven’t seen the Nexus 10 in person, but I hope it shows up in the giveaways this month!!! P.S. – Nova 3 would look dope on there too!

      • Not likely that a Samsung processor based tablet (Nexus 10 uses a Samsung Exynos 5250) would show up in the “25 Days of Tegra” giveaway. :-)

        • Is it then true that the last five days will be “5 DAYS OF EXYNOS”

    • Agreed.

      If only wireless Hdmi streaming was in phones and tablets. This could make for an even more potent entertainment device.

  2. Contre Jour looks pretty good. May have to check it out soon.

  3. These are some great games.

  4. Didn’t realize there were so many Garfield games on Android.

    • It’s not a bad thing… I was just unaware

    • I have not even beat the first one. Stuck on the last lvl for months. Stupid game. Now i need to get the second one. ARG… another game to kill time with. WOO HOO!

      Love me some Garfield!

  5. Contre Jour looks right up my alley. Will definitely be checking that one out.

  6. I want to play modern combat, I need to change my old phone..

  7. Contre Jour looks awesome, it’s like Cut the Rope in the World of Goo backdrop!

  8. It would be so wonderful to play these games on a TEGRA based device…i have to use my old Htc ChaCha…8 bit games even lagg on it -.-

    • Haha, best of luck with the 25 days of Tegra! Maybe the holidays will be fortunate for us Android lovers. :)

  9. Modern Combat 4 looks amazing!

  10. Amazing game!!

  11. Definitely have to check out Modern Combat 4

  12. Wow, I mean it’s one thing to copy the gameplay of a popular game, but Alpha Squadron copies the actual missions too? I loved Rogue Squadron, but I’m not going to pay for anything so unoriginal.

  13. Bring on the games! Can’t wait for Ouya to come out so we can get a console version of Android going!

  14. Embarassed to say that the garfield game actually looks good from a nostalgia stand point. Anybody remember looney tunes bball (the space jam tie in)?

  15. Modern combat 4 best fps game so far on android.

  16. Modern combat looking good

  17. The graphics in Contre Jour remind me so much of Limbo.

  18. i played almost all of them .modern combat 4 was really good.
    but i was surprised to see contre jour turn up .
    i always liked it .
    :)

  19. Quite a few intriguing games on the list. I’m glad to see another broken sword game, as I’ve enjoyed the first one.

  20. Hopefully Vice city makes it out too

  21. Wow.. nice list :)

  22. Just hopping to win a Tegra3 from Android and Me to be able to play those cool games. Unfortunelly my CliqXT/Quench is no good anymore, at least not to play games!

  23. Got Broken Sword 2, loved playing it when I was a kid, would recommend to anyone into puzzle/adventure games. I’m looking forward to the 5th in the series coming out next year.

    • Broken Sword 2 was/is such a great game. It was such a joy playing it on the PC.

  24. Time to play

  25. damn! too many games that won’t run on my Defy :(

  26. A lot of awesome looking games this week. Can’t wait to try them out.

  27. Awesome, some of my favorites are getting a reboot and ere even a few cool one that I haven’t seen yet.

  28. I must check asap MC4 ! I just hope the multiplayer is close as Shadowgun Dead zone.
    Never played MC on phone yet.

  29. Are there any tips for the controls on MC4.

  30. Will definitely be checking out Contre Jour

  31. Love when games strive to look good and be different. Contre Jour, great job.

  32. Thanks for the reviews and recommendations.

  33. Love me some Modern Combat!

  34. Gonna have to bust out the TF300 for MC!

  35. There are so many cool games for Android that I’ve never heard of. Good thing you guys are here to help me find some.

  36. Androidandme the best website :)

  37. I’m gonna try Clash of the Olympians and Garfield’s Defense. I know Baseball Superstars will be fun like last few iterations.

  38. These help me procrastinate so well. Thanks for helping me find them.

  39. Awesome,Broken Sword 1 & 2 are on android.Loved point and click adventures as a youngster,got to give them a try.

  40. Modern Combat looks AWESOME on any QUAD CORE ANDROID BEAST.

  41. Modern Combat 4 looks AWESOME on any QUAD CORE ANDROID BEAST!!!!!!!!

  42. god i wish i could play half of those games. only have a droid x and it chugs just playing angry birds

  43. Sweet, gonna try a few of these!

  44. MC4 looks amazing. Kinda like seeing DOOM for the first time in 1993. Ah, good times.

  45. I love you highlighting these new games, but it presents a large problem to me. I just don’t have time to play them all!

    Maybe if they came up with an Android app that would give me more time in my life to play with other apps I would buy it for sure!

  46. Are any of these games free?

    • Clash of the Olympians and Monster Crew are free to install (not sure if have in-app-purchases). After watching the game play videos, going to install these. Games, games, games, oh joy!

  47. I dont really like games on portable devices

  48. Yay! Broken Sword II; it was a fun game on the PC. I’ll have to grab this and the first one to play. Thanks for the games, folks!

  49. MC4 looks great

  50. Its a screenshot of a cutscene…

  51. Modern Combat 4 Is d Best recommendation…!! Thank U :))

  52. I hope there is a sale for apps during the Holiday season. Would love to do some “app shopping”. yay

  53. Nice games. MW looks cool, but i still don’t feel fps gaming on a smartphone. You need proper mouse and keyboard for that :)

  54. i didnt play any FPS game on a droid fone or tablet yet , but from my point of view,the experience is not as gr8 as on a pc or a gaming console !!! yes if u have a tab or fone with tegra chipset, u would definitely try to play some FPS games, but thats not worth it !! gaming is a lot more than just having fun on a touch screen device !! and yeah one can play racing games that suit such devices !!!
    P.S. : i did’nt try any FPS game on such devices ,so im sorry ,if i contradict any of ur opinions !!!

    • I’ve played a few, and you’re right it’s not really optimal. I’m excited to try out my MOGA controller I ordered yesterday though, and it comes with MC4!

  55. Wow, Modern Combat 4 Looks dupe!

  56. I’m loving Modern Combat so far. Graphics are great and gameplay is good. Storyline is cheesy but what can you expect from a CoD knock-off.

    Controls are awkward as with any touchscreen but this game is good enough I might actually get a controller!!!

    Runs fine on Nexus 7, bit choppy on GNex (poor 5 year old SGX540 GPU :(
    Can’t wait for my Nexus 4 to come and play this on Adreno 320:)

  57. Some cool games I’ll have to check out.

  58. yeah new game to be productive during the day

  59. I picked up Broken Sword 1 a few months ago when Google had a ton of apps for 25 cents. Man that was an awesome week, I got $42 worth of apps for like $4 and I still had the $25 store credit from my Nexus 7.

  60. OWH Modern Combat 4… ! O.o

  61. Modern Combat 4 looks freakin’ awesome!! I have way too many games on my phone…I think I need to make room for this one though.

  62. Very interesting games released this week thanks.

  63. great games this week – now if only my device was up to scratch… :/

  64. I’m loving team awesome!

  65. Modern combat is great.

  66. Awesome thanks