Dec 19 AT 3:59 PM Taylor Wimberly 113 Comments

Top 10 Android game releases this week: Grand Theft Auto, Eufloria, PyraPlex, UberStrike


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. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Description: To celebrate its 10 year anniversary, Rockstar Games brings Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to mobile devices with high-resolution graphics, updated controls and a host of new features. From the decade of big hair, excess and pastel suits comes a story of one man’s rise to the top of the criminal pile. Vice City, a huge urban sprawl ranging from the beach to the swamps and the glitz to the ghetto, was one of the most varied, complete and alive digital cities ever created. Combining open-world gameplay with a character driven narrative, you arrive in a town brimming with delights and degradation and given the opportunity to take it over as you choose.


2. Eufloria HD

Description: The most stylish and unique strategy game you’ve ever seen. Experience space exploration, conquest, plant growth and bio mechanical evolution. Conquer asteroids in deep space and use their resources to grow and nurture semi-organic plants and creatures to do your bidding. Plan your strategy against AI opponents that all vie for the same resources and offer fierce opposition.


3. The PyraPlex

Description: Transcend the boundaries of space and time to construct a colossal new wonder of the world in this pyramid-building adventure! Make history with the Pyraplex, a desert oasis of commerce and culture far ahead of its time. You may attract visitors ranging from Aztec chiefs to Roman centurions to wayfarers even further from home. Cultivate trade with these civilizations and more to enrich your culture as well as your coffers.


4. UberStrike: The FPS

Description: Join the battlefield with your friends and make new ones in the most epic first person shooter on Desktop, iPad & now Android! If you’re looking for a classic shooter, UberStrike is by far the best multiplayer FPS on Android! Battle with thousands of players online at any time.


5. Football Manager Handheld 2013

Description: The world’s best-selling football management game returns for a new season. Football Manager Handheld 2013 puts you in the hot-seat and allows you to put your managerial skills to the test wherever, whenever and however you want. Take the hot-seat at any club from a choice of leagues in 14 countries, and assume full control of transfers, training, tactics and managing your team live during matchdays as you strive for glory and silverware.


6. Little Things Forever

Description: Unique and beautiful seek and find game for people of all ages. Thousands of little things to find. Incredible artwork and a beautiful soundtrack. Randomly generated lists of things to find means you can be entertained forever! Excellent value. 101 puzzle pieces to collect and 9 puzzles to solve.


7. Carnivores: Ice Age

Description: Carnivores: Ice Age throws you onto a recently discovered planet to test your aiming and tactical skills on a realistic ice safari. The game delivers an intelligent hunting experience and offers a lot more than a visit to a shooting range. Unrivaled possibility to wander around open 3D world without limits makes the process of finding prey exciting and the whole game endlessly replayable.


8. Sacred Guns

Description: Defend Noah’s Ark from God’s unwanted creations! Wield up to 5 angelic weapons and keep Noah’s Ark clean from those filthy, forsaken creatures–those that are too depraved, too ugly or too sickeningly cheerful to be saved. May your guns blaze righteously.


9. Ski Challenge 13

Description: Ski Challenge 13 is the ultimate 3D ski simulation – giving you speed and action. Hit 130 km/h in the downhill position as you blaze toward the finish line. Just pass through the last few gates, hit the s-bend, over the final jump and… you made it! NEW BEST TIME! GameTwist’s Ski Challenge 13 is the ultimate 3D ski simulation – giving you speed, action and thrills!


10. Dragon Warcraft

Description: Assemble warriors! The evil dragon lord and his demon army are making devastating attacks at our castle! Time to fight back and smash their hearts! Take the ancient crossbows, unleash most powerful magic, yell at the enemies and release your anger! Features countless levels and tough fights, over 30 weapon upgrade combinations, and extensive skill tree system.


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  • thechad

    Thanks for the Info!

    • jaxidian

      I wanna give Eurfloria HD a try. Looks interesting!

      • WlfHart

        It looks amazing! Going to have to pick it up :D

        • JonJJon

          I also recommend Splice, awesome puzzler game that also looks great.

      • JonJJon

        I got it as part of the most recent Humble Android Bundle and it really is a fantastic game, it can lag down at times but the overall beauty and creativity behind this game easily excuses that. It’s a very relaxing game with the music and just looks gorgeous on a high res screen. You won’t be disappointed with it!

      • calmness

        Yeah, Eufloria HD looks and sounds great. Now for a little cellular engineering of a biomechanical type…

      • Rahul Verma

        I got it from the humble bundle for Android. It is really good.

    • sbala

      Will try Carnivores Ice Age, as my child loves Ice Age movie.

    • erikiksaz

      Time to relive my childhood…

      Load up GTA, find a street walker to ‘make the car shake’

      Then hit her with a bat to steal your money back :-P

      • mr 1338

        I was excited for GTA, too. Imagine my disappointment when it was accidentally released for a few minuets and everyone kept posting it was out ;-)

      • raovallab


      • raovallab

        Hope you did not do that in your childhood in reality !

    • Trevor Cameron

      Is it just me or is anyone else out there bothered by the growing crop of games that you download and then you have to pay a bunch of cash to buy gems or land or friend points etc to make the game fun? It seems like you can’t enjoy the game without spending at least $10 bucks a week!

      I would love to know which games you can download free or buy outright and NOT have to pay more money to make the game enjoyable. If you see this Taylor, I would be so grateful to have something in the title/description stating that it is a “Pay to Play” type of game!!!

      • Matt Booth

        Trevor: I’m a developer and totally agree. It is often quite hard to tell what payments are required to actually enjoy the game ‘completely’. In my games I have chosen the freemium model, where only 1 payment is required to convert the game to ‘full version’. This gives players a free trial before purchase, and then requires nothing more of them down the track. I think this is an honest way to make a few bucks and provide people with some entertainment. I also ensure to explain the limitations of the free version in the game description. You can get my new number game from Android Play for free from Upgrade is $2.99 once the turn limit runs out.

    • Homncruse

      Sacred Guns got a literal *blink* *blink* “What the…” *head cocked* *blink* “I don’t…” reaction from me. Seriously, you should have seen it. I’m still not sure what I just watched.

  • acidone

    UberStrike looks like it could be fun… Have to give it a try.

    • stenzor

      Not compatible with Nexus 4? Hmm..

  • Viequense

    I’m trying ski challenge.

    • raovallab

      me too :)

  • Deeds

    I’ll give the skiing one a try, I can pretend since there’s no snow in Michigan right now :-(

  • Thomas Biard

    I saw a golden gun and started having “Golden Eye” flashbacks…I now def have to play! I wonder if they have throwing knives, because that was the best way to play at 4am after the previous 6 hours of game play!

    • Steve Heinrich

      So weird! I posted almost the same thought just after you! I swear I didn’t see your comment until the page refreshed…

    • Steve Heinrich

    • Kal3idosc0pe

      This is spot on. The environment reminds me more of Perfect Dark however…

      • Taylor Wimberly

        Perfect Dark was so awesome!

        • kelltrash14


  • Steve Heinrich

    For a second there I thought the video image for UberStrike was Goldeneye for N64. The gold gun threw me off. Great list!

    • humanios

      Same here. Will probably try it because of the similarities to GoldenEye and Perfect Dark :)

  • ranwanimator

    I picked up Eufloria through one of the Humble bundles. Love that game. So peaceful yet with such ferocious “strategery” in later levels. Great title.

  • Dave Kratter

    Taylor, why don’t you include the price of the game in the post? If a game is free, people are more willing to check it out than if it costs $4.99.

    • raovallab

      will be useful

    • Homncruse

      Probably because prices may change, so the post won’t archive well. Also, the price is only one click away. Besides all of that, please consider spending a few dollars on quality apps or games. The developer(s) deserve it, do they not?

  • sandy105

    i picked up eufloria in the humble bundle 4 and tried uberstrike -looks good .
    i bought vice city too but didnt download it yet..
    have a couple of games to finish right now.

  • artesea

    Downloaded GTA Vice City, just need time and battery life to give it a go. One huge file though.

    • Kal3idosc0pe

      I love that game but battery life is my biggest worry :/ Don’t wanna run out after playing through my break

  • sylvan

    I have the Eufloria HD in the Humble Bundle 4, but I haven’t been able to clear enough space on my phone for it yet. 429 Mb! Maybe I just need to bite the bullet and get a tablet already.

    • sylvan

      Whups, that’s the Windows version. ‘Only’ 48 Mb for Android. Downloading now!

  • dacatalyst41

    I’m so used to waiting to games go on sale….#androidlife

    • raovallab

      Hopefully more android first games in 2013 !

  • Nathan D.

    Nice another GTA game :-)

  • Jorge Eslava

    I don’t think I’ll be able to wait for a price drop, but $5 is a pretty good price.

    • Jorge Eslava

      I’m talking about GTA of course.

  • almostfrench

    I need a clear and simple instruction to play those games. Bought GTA before but gave up because I didn’t know how to play it. Reading instruction within the app is a pain in the butt.

    • raovallab

      There should be a trial game or a ‘gamified’ version of instructions so that its not too much text!

  • uknowme

    Ski challenge is fun. I tried their ski jump and wasn’t impressed though.

  • Mass

    It is Eufloria not Eurfloria

  • impromark

    Ski Challenge 13 for me – frankly with my income right now and the lack of snow around here this is all I’ll be getting this winter.

    Can’t wait to try it on the 10″ when I get home. Thanks for the pointer!

  • miked

    I wish my Moga would get here already so I can try it out with Vice City

  • ndub21

    Really looking forward to GTA Vice City. I loved that game back in the day. I have GTA 3 on my tablet now, but the on screen controls are very difficult to deal with. I got the GameStop Bluetooth controller recently and it’s pretty good for Shadowgun. I think I would enjoy GTA much better with a controller. I’ll try it out once I’m finally on vacation after Friday.

  • Marvles

    GTA is awesome, exactly as I remember it, but man is it a good way to drain your battery.

  • Co1e

    Look like some quality titles. Thanks.
    On an unrelated note: The Golden Gun is still cheap. God I loved that game.

    • raovallab

      I still do :)

  • klcow92

    yay!! games time, just that my tab won’t be able to support it :(

  • DroidPower

    Euphoria looks sweet!

  • humidity

    GTA: VC was by far my favorite GTA and the only one where I completed almost everything!

  • ArticulateFool

    I love seeing console favorites appear on phones.

    It really makes one appreciate the speed at which this technology is evolving.

    • raovallab

      hopefully the platforms will be integrated into each other

  • TheStig


  • af13

    Ugh. I have to get a new phone so I can start playing some of these games.

  • jibin_raju

    I would love to play GTA in my mobile

  • dbcher

    I bought GTA Vice city, but it does not play well with my Galaxy SII.
    Game is a bit choppy and screen is too small.
    Wish I had a tablet to enjoy this game….. oh well…..hint hint

  • SuperAndroid

    Awesome, will have to check out gta vice city, great seeing all my favourite console titles appearing on android :-)

  • tylerfoy

    Well it all sounds good, I’ll have to give it a try though!

  • mario_1603

    I will try Ski Challenge 13 and Uberstrike

  • arminla

    EuforiaHD looks great. Will give that a go!!

  • Viequense

    I tried ski challenge and it was fun

  • nikhilverma

    Those were the days , when i would spend my whole day playing GTA. and football manager is definitely awesome.
    Now just need an Android device.

  • josha14025

    I remember playing vice city in high school when it first came out. so pumped that i can play it on my phone now.

  • theha9

    I remember Vice City barely running on my laptop. Now I can probably experience it barely running on my phone

  • jonstle

    I am thinking Eufloria HD and Dragon Warcraft are the top two for my list here. But mostly Eufloria HD, because it is different than things I have played before.

  • dillonshepherd1991

    10 years ago, I never would have thought that I could be playing Vice City on my phone. We sure have come a long way!

  • Pravas

    For some reason I’m not much fond of the Vice City..but I did liked the PC Version..

  • montgomerygk

    Definitely checking out Little Things Forever. As for GTA… I can’t imagine playing it on a touch screen. I need joysticks and physical buttons for those types of games.

  • Luke Haviland

    i could never really get into Eufloria HD
    it was pretty though

  • donger


  • KingCrow02

    The uberstrike looks cool

  • Monsunami

    List looks good. I heard GTA vice city is the best version of GTA.

  • melan26

    The Ski Challenge looks interesting as well as the UberStrike. Thanks for the Top 10, always interested in what is being downloaded.

  • Fiasko

    I kind of feel like uberstrike will be ruled by people using controllers. Just playing with your touchscreen will be a huge disadvantage

    • LooNerd

      100% can see this happening

  • TheVoodoo

    At the risk f getting really off topic, I’m really looking forward to GTA V release for game consoles.

    Now to get back on topic, I’m also looking forward to GTA IV release on Android some time in the future.

  • intel8140

    Thank you so much for the game list. I think I will be playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, this weekend. I’m so happy to see such good games available for Android.

  • ordio

    Cool may have to try a couple of these.
    Thanks for the list.

  • dino13

    A nice combination of games. Ski Challange is a lot of fun.

  • Teebor

    ermahgawd a Kairosoft game I didn’t know about AND don’t own!!!

    How in the world did that slip through? :(

  • Rahul Verma

    GTA!! Yeah. Hope they have it on sale for Christmas on play store. :D

  • datiecher

    Eufloria looks like a really great game and I’m addicted to tower defense games so I’ll probably play Dragon Warcraft, as well. The others are not that interesting.

  • Kern Clarke

    Vice City plays so well with a controller!

  • NasLAU

    Three words on the Sacred Guns trailer:

    What. The. F&#$%?

  • azswift

    Anybody using a controller accessory?

    I think it would be cool to have something like the iphone case/slide out keyboard that is a controller. I bet this could get done for phones as popular as the Galaxy SII.

  • rposenato1216

    GTA vice city is so much bigger than the GTA3 port! :/

  • staryoshi

    I picked up GTA the other day, I need to grab the humble bundle, too.

  • bigrob029

    I picked up eufloria on a humble bundle sale its great! My wife played through the game in about 2 weeks on her phone, I struggled with the pc version but its still awesome… Even did a mini preview on my youtube page (youtube/bigrob029)

  • nsnsmj

    I really wish my poor phone (a Nexus S) could run some of the bigger games like GTA well. Currently, most big 3D games are near unplayable. :(

  • crossbred900

    Sacred Guns looks funny.

  • Moises Rivera

    If only I had money to buy some of these!

  • j_d_

    I bought Eufloria on the Humble Bundle. It’s a great game!

    • klcow92

      yup! simple yet requires one to think and strategize :D love it!!

  • raichleb

    Just tried Ski School. Lots of fun and the graphics are terrific on the Nexus 7.
    Now it’s on to Eufloria.

  • gorgonzola

    Nice really good games. Eufloria is best form this list :)
    Btw if i can propose an game try this one:
    My personal best ;)

  • Twister_69

    GTA Vice City =)

  • rogue5

    I had to do a double take on that game Sacred Gun, just to be sure if that was even real. that game looks cool and weird.

  • rr2009

    Finally, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is here. I think I will get UberStrike too.

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  • ccn_cristi

    Eufloria looks interesting. I’ll give it a try right after I get over Plague.

  • JC005

    Vice city rocks

  • brycewat

    These games jsut keep getting better and better!!!

  • kschauhan

    always wait for weekly review..

  • neisher7

    Anyone recommend a good rpg on Android?

  • zippyioa

    GTA on your mobile…… great….. now people can get their carjacking and mugging fill whilst on the move :)

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