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Best new Android games (mid-August edition)

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August 15, 2012

A game app a day is okay — and this is what this twice-a-month app list is all about.  We’ve handpicked fifteen of the newly released Android games in the first half of August.  That’s practically one game a day for you.

We play games.  Some do it for fun and leisure.  Others make a career out of it.  Regardless of how often or how rarely you play games, the Google Play Store has a lot of game titles for you to try out.

In this mid-August edition of our series of posts about best new Android games, you’ll get to know more about

  • a futuristic, dark-blue themed, 3D pinball table;
  • a hero on a mission to defend the castle;
  • a yin-yang ball that you need to protect from being bumped by other balls;
  • peace-loving cube-faced robots guarding intergalactic peace and order;
  • a stickman athlete;
  • sacred sheep trying to catch up with God’s heavenly party;
  • a one-wizard’s battle against the attack of mythical monsters;
  • a gravity-defying ninja;
  • a cute rodent on a mission to collect treats while dodging lethal arachnids;
  • a merciless, black-and-white-with-some-red jumping game where you die if you fall;
  • a lasso-throwing shepherd bent on catching as many running animals as possible;
  • a brave raccoon on a quest to reclaim his planet and save his parents from captivity;
  • an obedient ball that follows the graffiti strokes you paint on the wall;
  • a retired wizard whose wizardry must be put to use in keeping intelligent sheep from escaping the farm;
  • a secret agent always in a dash in quests and missions pro Regina et patria (for Queen and country)

Ready for our roundup of the last two weeks’ best new Android games?  Go ahead and check them out.

If you’re losing all your money playing pinball at the arcade, you can enjoy playing pinball for free on your Android device with the Pinball 3D Free game app. This app lets you play pinball without spending a single dollar for tokens and without the need to go to your local arcade.

Your main objective will be to control the ball inside the pinball machine, keep it from falling inside the hole or the drain, and score as many points as possible. You can protect the ball by using the plastic bats, also known as flippers. These flippers are situated just above the the hole and you will need to bat away the ball from falling into the hole. You can control the flippers by tapping the lower right or the lower left portion of the screen with your thumbs.

The game also features a dark blue robotic pinball theme. You will also hear voices of a robotic female voice while playing with the game.

You can also play the game in different camera modes. You can watch the whole pinball machine or let your camera follow the ball as it bounces back and forth inside the machine.

The Pinball 3D game can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. In our testing, the game was smooth and I was amazed with its 3D graphics. I also did not encounter any bugs or force close errors while playing. Though the game is ad-supported, you won’t need to worry about popping ads while playing the game. Ads will only appear on the main menu or while viewing the score leader board. You may download the premium version of the app to remove the ads. Threats and push notification ads were also not detected in the app.

 


 


The war has begun. The kingdom needs your help to keep the castle grounds safe. Ready your battle weapon and defend your land in the Defence Hero 2 game. This game is a strategy, defense, and a role-playing game for your Android device.

Before you defend your castle walls, you will have choose your race. You can either play the role of humans or the decaying undead. More races will be unlocked as the story progresses. Choosing a race will allow you to control a hero. Your hero will be the main character in the game and will help your troops defend the castle by casting powerful spells on your enemies. Your hero will become stronger from each level up and unlock new and powerful skills.

You hero alone can’t defend the castle wall from enemy attacks. That’s why you will also need to summon troops to defend the castle and attack the enemies. You can summon the soldier to the front line or ask the rangers to attack your enemies from a distance. As the game progresses, you will be able to unlock and buy new troops from the shop.

You will need to remember two things in this game: defend and attack. You must strengthen your troops and defend the castle wall. At the same time, you need to defeat your enemies by destroying their castles.

Defence Hero 2 can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Being a free app, I was amazed that it didn’t have any ads appearing while I played the game. But, some items can only be purchased by converting real money into Eco points. The app’s performance was also good. I didn’t encounter any lag or force close errors while playing the game.

 


 


The +Ballo game is a defense strategy game on your Android device. This is a defense game but you won’t be fighting off monsters outside the castle walls. Instead, you will have to control a mini ball and defend the yin-yang symbol from incoming balls.

Your primary task is to control the ball within the game and stop the other balls from reaching the yin-yang symbol. You can control the ball by tilting your device. Aside from destroying other balls, you will also have to take note of the colors for each ball. Bumping into a hollow ball with a certain color will turn your ball to that color. It will also transform the other hollow balls with the same color into a solid ball. If you bump a solid ball with the same color as your mini ball, all the solid balls with the same color will pop and will leave a power-up, such as a health boost or a bomb. Bumping into a hollow ball with another color will change the color of your ball and you will have to repeat the same process.

It isn’t all the time that you will have to bump objects within the game. As the game progresses, pentagons will also appear on the screen. You will have to avoid those or you will lose your health. You can also attach your ball to the yin-yang symbol by tapping on the screen to bring out a yo-yo effect.

The game can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. While playing the app on our test phones, the app ran smoothly and we did not encounter any bugs while playing the app. I also did not find any ads popping on the app’s interface. The app also came out clean when scanned with antivirus software and tested with an ad detector app.

 


 


 

In our world, we have our very own police department to maintain peace and order in our neighborhood. We also have our national army to help people during disasters or when peace is threatened throughout world. A new force has also surfaced to maintain intergalactic peace and order. Deploy the peace-loving kairobots with the Kairobotica game on your Android device.

This game allows you to build your own colony of kairobots. You will need to maintain the kairobot factory and store them in houses. The more kairobots you have, the stronger your army will become. After gathering enough kairobots, deploy them to missions that will keep peace and order.

Aside from managing your kairobot army, you will also have to manage and maintain your colony. Tourists from Earth will visit your town and will let you earn additional coins. Tourists will also give you data points. Earning enough data points will let you acquire discs that hold very important information for your missions.

Overall game experience was excellent. We did not find any ads, the game ran smoothly, and the cute kairobots drew me into playing the game. But, you will have to become about US$5.00 poorer in order to play the game.

 


 


Become a professional athlete and play through different events with the Stickman Games: Summer on your Android device. This game will let you become an athlete without having to develop a muscular and bulky body build because you will have to control a stickman to play to various events.

This game allows you to be an athlete via your Android device. Just launch the game, choose an event, and compete your way to a gold medal. You can choose various events such as the 100-meter dash, swimming, or archery. The game can be controlled by tapping or swiping your fingers on the screen. For added fun, you may enable the OpenFeint feature and compare your score with your friends or move your way to the top of the score board.

You can also personalize your own character in the game. You can buy a new set of clothes, equip a new outfit, or even change the accessories used during events. You can buy stuff by using the coins you have acquired while doing events.

The Stickman Games : Summer game can be downloaded for a price of about US$1.00 from the Google Play Store.


When you sleep, do you dream of divine sheep? We’re being serious. In the game, HolySheep Free, one certain bouncy sheep, dubbed as His Divine Sheepness, is late for God’s party. He must race across heaven to get to the party in time! This game is literally a side-scroller. The sheep will hop in place and you must swipe sideways to move him forward. It may seem easy and you might be tempted to scroll as fast as possible, but being careless has its price. You might find your sheep plummeting through the clouds, off screen, and back to the starting point.

The aim is to go as far as you can while using all sorts of devices to help you move farther and faster while avoiding dangers such as crumbling pillars. Help the sheep out by purchasing upgrades like a flying cap to slow down the fall, rubber shoes to help it jump higher, a magnet to attract coins and a cape for sustained flight.

Perhaps the best part of this game is not the fact that the sheep is divine but the catchy music. The moment you launch the app, you’re treated to very heavenly chatting and the tolling of a church bell. When you start playing the game, you’re given upbeat and catchy music that actually namedrops the game. Instead of getting frustrated, you’ll find yourself laughing.

The only catch to this game is that you can only avail of tier 1 upgrades. If you want to avail of higher-tier upgrades and unlock the other sheep, you’ll have to purchase the full version.

 


 


Does one man have what it takes to stand up to an unending stream of monsters? Melo’s Magic Free follows the battle of one wizard whose duty is to protect his kingdom.

As the only magician who can protect the castle, you will need to be able to allocate your limited mana appropriately. Don’t just keep throwing spells out. Each spell requires effort and you might just find yourself depleting your mana supply when you need it the most. Don’t worry, the mana eventually gets replenished but make sure that you recharge when you’re not overwhelmed by monsters.

You won’t stand a chance against more powerful enemies with your default equipment. Save up for more powerful staffs, spells, and runes to help you in warding off the horde. Use all the magic in your arsenal to destroy them before they beat down the gates and get inside the castle.

The game’s graphics are impressive and help you get the feel of being the only wizard that can stop the steady march of monsters towards the castle gates. The game also comes with a soundtrack that really gets you in the mood. For a free game, you’ll be surprised to not find any ads while you’re playing.

The free version lets you get a taste of the game with 10 levels. If you’ve fallen in love with this great game, you can purchase the full version from the Google Play Store.

 


 


That Holy Sheep isn’t the only one that can defy gravity. Ninjas are renowned for their ability to practically fly through the air and this ninja certainly wants to live up to the legend. Gravity Ninja Deluxe challenges players to collect as many coins, diamonds and items as they can while keeping the ninja from falling to his doom.

How long can you keep your light-as-a-feather ninja in the air? Play in Touch Mode and keep tapping on the ninja to keep him from falling onto the deadly spikes of the dragon below. The longer you keep the ninja in the air, the more items appear — but be careful. Your ninja might not just catch coins and diamonds but also grab some beer. A drunk ninja is a hard one to control. Worse yet, he might end up grabbing an unnecessary 1-ton weight which turns gravity against you.

Not all food items are harmful though. A burger makes the ninja really fat but also allows you to easily get items.

If tapping is a bit too challenging for you, you can also play Paddle Mode. Like the classic game of pingpong, you can bounce the ninja against the paddle. Move the paddle by tilting your phone and make sure to keep your ninja bouncing.

Ads are located at the bottom of the screen but they won’t disrupt your gaming experience.

 


 


Mr Nibbles may sound like your class hamster, but this particular pet has a much bigger adventure destined for him. In fact, Mr. Nibbles dreams one day of being able to enter into orbit. Dreams are free after all, but Mr. Nibbles has a long way to go. You start with Mr. Nibble’s cage. You can see the house cat watching him curiously in the background, but Mr. Nibbles isn’t fazed.

Collect all his hamster treats and achieve a perfect three-star score. You can control Mr. Nibbles by tapping on the screen to make him jump. Tilt your Android device left and right to make him roll accordingly.

The first five stages of Mr. Nibble’s cage start out deceptively easy, allowing you to get a feel for the game’s mechanics. By the time the sixth stage rolls in, you’ll have to watch out. If Mr. Nibbles comes into contact with spiders, it’s instant game over. The spiders will have him bundled up with their sticky web and he’ll be packed away into a makeshift casket.

If you find hamster treats on the ceiling, don’t worry. Search around and you can find a device that turns the stage around 180 degrees. You can enjoy three different worlds with 10 challenging levels. Can you collect all of Mr. Nibbles’ hamster treats and avoid getting killed by the spiders?

 


 


Holy Sheep might have been merciful on you. If you fall, you’d be back at the starting point. FallOn LITE, on the other hand, has no mercy. Well, maybe a little. The goal of FallOn LITE is to get you to the red platform but instead of the typical side scrolling game, we get a first person view. You’ll need to calculate your jumps to get to the next platform or else you’ll be plummeting to your death. Sounds brutal? Well, with a catchphrase like, “You fall, you die,” it certainly lives up to its name.

In Practice Mode, you get the advantage of a checkpoint at every level. Normal Mode, however, gives you a check point after every 5 levels. If you fall before you reach level 5, it’s back to level 1 for you. Hardcore Mode lives up to its name by using the game’s tagline in effect. If you fall, it’s really game over. No matter what level you’re on, it’s back to the beginning for you.

You’ll need to make good use of your depth perception and estimations to be able to land easily on the white platforms. Once you get to the red platform, you move on to the next level. The game is straightforward but it’s not exactly a walk in the part. It certainly immerses you in the role of the player and the fall downwards is agonizingly slow.

 


 


Wannabe cowboys and shepherds will definitely love this awesome game. Crazy Shepherd is a great game where you can practice your lasso and timing skills. In the game, you get to play this shepherd who is desperate to catch all sheep, deers, gazelles, alpacas, and even wolves to win cash from a competition.

In the span of 15 minutes, herds of sheep in different forms and sizes will come running. Your shepherd is on his horse, running after the frantic animals, trying to catch each and every one. Your task is to tap the animal’s head to prompt the shepherd to throw his lasso and catch the animal. It’s not as easy as you may think because you have to practice great timing as when to tap on the animal’s head.

Every failed catch results in a deduction from the coins you have. Be careful not to squander your coins on unsuccessful attempts because it will leave you with nothing to use. You won’t be able to catch animals if you have no coins. Powerups like haystacks and double coins are given to you, but you have to use them wisely, as well. Haystacks hinder animals from running further for a few seconds so you have to catch them fast if you use this power-up.

Crazy Shepherd can be downloaded for free and it came out clean after we ran it through an ad detector app. This game supports ads but they don’t get in the way of your game.

 


 


Daring Raccoon HD will make you feel like you are playing one of the classic games of yesterday. It has a simple gameplay, more like playing Super Mario Bros. or other games that call for quick but careful controlling of the main character while dodging snakes, collecting fruits, and climbing ladders.

This game revolves around the story of a raccoon whose home planet is attacked by colorful, somewhat fruit-looking monsters, and took his parents captive. He has to go back to his planet to save his parents and get rid of the villains. To do that, he has to go through a lot of stages where you control his every move. The controls are found on-screen and are similar to retro game controllers that consist of the arrow pads and one big button for jumping.

Daring Raccoon also allows you to create your own stage. Where to place the ladders, the creatures, and even the apples will all be up to you. After you’re done creating, you can even do a test run by playing the stage yourself and you can also save or delete it.

This game app is also integrated with OpenFeint where you can see local and global leaderboards. If your friends are also playing this game, compare your scores and maybe challenge them up the leaderboards. This game app is also for free and doesn’t have obtrusive ads that can spoil all the fun that the game can give you.

 


 


If you fancy physics games, here’s one game app you might wanna try. Graffiti Ball is not in any way, similar to paintball or making graffiti using a ball. It is named that way because you have to control the ball’s movements by painting paths on the wall to lead the ball to the goal.

The ball in this game is similar to that of a celluloid, the ball used in table tennis. It’s a very bouncy ball but it responds according to the path you’ve just drawn. There are 100 levels that span across 5 cities — Chicago, Brooklyn, Paris, Toronto, and Tokyo. These cities are grouped according to difficulty where the easy level consists of the first two cities, the medium with the next two, and the hard level with the last city.

The music you’ll be hearing while playing the game is the game’s original music. Sound effects of busy streets and police cars also make the game seem like you are really in the city, making graffiti on walls. The number of paths you can draw is unlimited and you can undo the drawing you’ve made if it’s not really working out for you.

Graffiti Ball is also another game app you can get for free from the Google Play Store, an addition to your ever-growing collection of games on your Android device.

 


 


An old wizard is in need of your help in Retired Wizard Story. All the sheep are trying to escape the farm, not to mention, they are all acting like humans. The poor old retired wizard cannot keep them all at bay alone. You have to help him.

Retired Wizard Story follows the tale of a retired wizard who was once the greatest wizard of the kingdom. He is now in retirement and has chosen to live in the countryside, raising sheep and keeping his profile low-key. But, an incident happened and gave all the sheep human abilities, making it hard for him to prevent them from escaping the farm. You have the to keep these sheep from getting away by tapping on them to turn them back to their normal state using the wizard’s magic spells.

Magic spells and magic powers can be upgraded in time. The game has 100 stages with 10 chapters that show the progress of the wizard’s story. Each level has cute characters for you to zap, making sure none of them escapes the farm. A lot of power-ups and upgrades are available for you and as well as daily bonuses.

Retired Wizard Story is an addicting game that requires quick tapping power. Be sure you have the endurance to help the wizard manage the human-like sheep to avoid letting his secret of being the greatest wizard be known to other people.

This game app is absolutely free and has no annoying ads that obstruct you while playing this fun game.

 


 


With beautiful and stunning graphics, Agent Dash is almost similar to Temple Run, but with a bit more eye candy. Apart from having great visuals, this game is certainly one fun game you should try and play if you’ve loved Temple Run.

Agent Dash is an agent set out to accomplish missions for his country and for the Queen. He dons a tux and fairly resembles of Johnny Bravo, or even James Bond. He runs on any terrain, skids under barrels, dodges obstructions, shoots bases, and collects diamonds that are used to buy upgrades.

The game app has intuitive game controls. The sensitivity of the controls may also be customized in the game’s settings. It boasts very good visuals and detail, a plus to making your gameplay experience a good one.

Upgrades such as jetpacks and parachutes can be purchased using the diamonds you’ve collected. If you get a bit tired of using Agent Dash, you can choose to use other characters like Joanna Goodtug, Jawbone, or Bobajob.

You can also integrate your Facebook account with this game and challenge your friends. If you play this game a lot, you get to the Top Agents leaderboard, beating all your friends in the game.

Agent Dash is another great game you can get for free. Download it now and start challenging your friends and mastering the art of skidding, jumping, and dodging.

 


 


What do you think of these games?  We certainly found them interesting, fun, and extremely time-consuming.  (Yeah, we often lost track of the time while checking out these games.)  What about you?  Tell us which of these games made you enjoy a lot.  Sound off in the comments and cast your vote in the poll below.

(with contributions from Alvin Ybañez, Dan Evans, and Elmer Montejo; banner photo uses Shutterstock image “A lot of cartoon stars in the game world” by Volkov Roman)

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