May 02 AT 12:11 PM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

Android Gaming Weekly: Max Payne, N.O.V.A. 3, Pocket Academy, Zombie Bowling


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.

New Games This Week

Make your dream school in Pocket Academy

Kairosoft is king when it comes to simulation games. They have a hardcore following that throws money at the screen with every new release, and Pocket Academy is the latest title in the series. This time around you manage your own school as you build classrooms, make clubs, and even decide the hot couple of the week. Early reviewers have given the game a near perfect score of 4.9.


Contract Killer: Zombies upgraded to version 3.0

Glu Mobile released Contract Killer: Zombies last year, but they recently upgraded the game to version 3.0 and tossed in a bunch of helicopter missions. This game is another mindless shooter, but it’s free and it has exploding zombie brains so grab it from the download link below if you need to kill some time.


Knockdown the standing arms at the end of the lane with the zombie head

Sticking with the undead theme, we have Zombie Bowling by G-Gee. This game looks absolutely ridiculous, but the developer actually has several other successful bowling titles, so maybe they know what they are doing.


Ginger man’s grand escape adventure, Oven Break

Com2uS has been one of the top Android devs for awhile now and this week they ported over the popular iOS title Oven Break. You play the role of Ginger man who awakes in the witch’s magic oven and tries to escape. Gameplay consists of basic two button controls that let you jump and slide to avoid obstacles. This one might not be for everyone, but Com2uS normally produces great Android games.


An epic RPG adventure awaits you in Rule the Kingdom

Developer Game Insight International has become one of the leaders of freemium entertainment with several titles always appearing in the top grossing section of the Google Play Store. Their latest game Rule the Kingdom is a mix of RPG action, city-building, farming and storytelling. The graphics don’t look that good, but the game is still free and it has an average review score of 4.5. If RPG games are your thing, then you might want to check this out.


Asobimo releases two english MMORPGs

Japan’s number one RPG maker, Asobimo, released two of their more popular games in English this week. Celes Arca and Iruna Online are two massive-multiplayer-online RPGs that feature full 3D graphics. Celes Arca is the more popular of the two, which promises “10 trillion dressing patterns” for your character. Several users have reported trouble with getting the games to start, but those who got it working have given it high praise.



Android Games Coming Soon

N.O.V.A. 3 coming this month

Just last week we saw the first teaser video for Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 3, and this week we get new previews of single player and multiplayer modes. The big addition to mutiplayer this year is drivable vehicles including two-person jeeps and mechs. Gameloft says we should expect a May release, so look for this game in the coming weeks.

Max Payne Mobile landing tomorrow?

We have been waiting on Rockstar Games to release Max Payne since last year and tomorrow could finally be the big day. The game was scheduled to release last Thursday, but some last minute changes pushed the release date back. Keep an eye on @RockstarGames for updates on the release.

Eden to Greeeen arriving in Q2

Eden to Greeeen is a turn-based strategy game we first saw back at Mobile World Congress, and now we have a tentative release date. According to an update on NVIDIA’s TegraZone, we should see the game sometime in Q2. The game will be free to play, and allow players to level up their characters via in-app purchase. I had a lot of fun with an early demo, so I’m looking forward to checking out the final release.

Games I’m currently playing

Zombie Smash: I purchased this game last week when it came out and I haven’t put it down since. The gameplay is very simple and lets you pick up little zombies with your fingers and then fling them to their death. As you progress through the game you get to unlock more weapons and special FX that makes killing the zombies even more fun. The game runs $0.99, but it’s definitely worth the asking price.


Dark Meadow: We previewed Dark Meadow last week and it remains one of my favorite Android games. The graphics are the best we have ever seen and the twisted story line keeps me coming back. The game is free to play, but it looks like I have finally progressed far enough that I need to pay to level up my stats and weapons to make it to the 3rd level. I want to finish this game and see the ending, so I keep coming back.


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.

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  • spazby

    contract killer looks awesome

  • Nate B.

    Zombie Smash was addictive on my iPod. I’m glad it made it’s way to Android.

    • Himmat

      How can you even play it on your iPod? The zombies are pretty tiny, and this is coming from someone who’s playing it on a Galaxy Tab 10.1!

  • LukeT32

    No dark meadow for the Gnex……. :(

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Game is only available for HTC One X, Transformer Prime, and Transformer TF300. Developer said it is coming to Tegra 2 devices towards the end of the summer. I expect it will arrive on non-Tegra devices after that.

  • Homncruse

    Still waiting for the Tegra3 exclusivity of Dark Meadow to end, with a version for Tegra2 or at least “other” devices.

    • Brad

      You can play Dark Meadow on Tegra 2 devices already now. There is a modded, well working version over at

  • Nathan D.

    I just to play Max Payne, and nova 3 as soon as possible =D

  • leaponover

    playing parallel Mafia… spending way too much on the game though I need to find a group so i can become sober…

  • thedan55

    im currently playing:

    gunman clive: awesome side scroller shooter, takes me back to my childhood with brilliant gameplay and lovely graphics

    zenbound2:awesome puzzle game, where you need to wrap items with a rope. beautiful game.

    they need to be fed: old but brilliant

    and whale trail

  • thePariah

    What game is the one in the screenshot of the news? Is it for android?

  • BillboTex

    Does anyone know why Dark Meadows: the Pact is not compatible for T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II (T989) with Android 2.3.6 ?

  • Matthew

    Very nice article. thank you so much for sharing such a cool stuff.