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Best new Android games (mid-September edition)

This week we're covering some incredibly fun arcade games
September 15, 2012

There’s no such thing as gaming season in the world of Android. Every day, every week, every month is a time for Android games — and we have a fresh batch of some of the best new Android games for the first half of September right here in this very post.

In this mid-September edition of our twice-a-month list of the best new Android games, we feature a game about

  • a gladiator on his way to glory and legend by — you guessed it — engaging in carnage;
  • aircraft with awesome firepower for arcade-style shooting;
  • a blacksmith apprentice who must break the curse that caused humans to be transmogrified into monsters;
  • kids — really fast kids — dashing towards the finish line, dodging obstacles, collecting items, and shooting at enemies;
  • a buggy on an infinite driving course on a tropical island — with you as the driver;
  • a pig who has grown tired of farm life and wants to escape it;
  • your defense of your land against hordes of dragons aiming to crush you and enforce the rule of chaos;
  • zapping bugs and viruses using the high-voltage electric charge on your fingertips;
  • giving sheep a haircut — but you need to hold them down first by entangling them;
  • a character stripped of his soul and his quest to regain it by solving puzzles and collecting items;
  • a blind ninja and his amazing adventures;
  • preparing and serving burgers as fast as you can;
  • a grandmother angered by the theft of apples from her apple tree;
  • letting the water flow from one end to the other by fitting the right pipes; and
  • an exhilarating ride on a mine cart as you collect as many gold nuggets and gems as you can.

Don your game gear and brace yourself for fun, action, and adventure with these new Android games.

Become a true gladiator and fight your way to the top with the Blood & Glory: Legend game for Android. Control a gladiator and fight different opponents in the arena. If you’re lucky, you might even have the chance to meet the emperor and fight him to avenge your family.

You will be fighting different opponents at every stage. You will face fast Amazon warriors, spearmen, and even terrifying giants that can squash you with one heavy blow. You can control your hero by swiping on the screen. Swipe to the direction to where you want to slash your weapon. You can also perform combos by performing a unique set of slashes. Aside from attacking, you can parry enemy attacks by swiping to the opposite direction of your opponent’s attack. You can also use your shield or dodge left and right to avoid getting hit.

The game has a shop that allows you to buy equipment. You can buy additional potions, buy powerful weapons, and upgrade your armor to withstand enemy blows. You can purchase items by using the coins earned after each battle or by using Glu points. The game allows you to buy additional coins and Glu points by using real currency.

Blood & Glory: Legend can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Overall performance was very smooth and I did not encounter any lags or force close errors while testing the app. The realistic display also enhances the game, making you feel like a real champion in the arena.



Do you still remember when you were a kid and you used to go to the arcade? What was your favorite game? One of my favorites was the arcade game where you controlled an aircraft with extreme firepower and you’d fight waves of planes and battle huge bosses. The Espgaluda II app allows you to relive the airplane-shooting arcade action game right on your Android phone.

There are two modes in this game: Smartphone and Arcade mode. The Smartphone mode lets you play the game that has been modified to use your smartphone’s capabilities. If you want the real arcade action, you can play the game in Arcade mode. The game allows you to choose three different characters. Each character has a unique set of abilities, such as one character having more firepower while another has more range.

Espgaluda II can be downloaded for about 6 dollars from the Google Play Store. You will also need a G-Gee account, an active Internet connection, and available space of about 540 MB before you can play this game. The game is fun and really looks like the game from your local arcade. But, it would be good if the game uses the whole portion of the phone’s screen.



The Horn game is a third-person RPG game that lets you control the hero Horn, a blacksmith apprentice. One day, he woke up in the ruins of a mysterious land. Along the way, he faced weird monsters and later on discovered that they were once the people of the town. The world has been plagued with a curse, turning human beings into big monsters. You must set forth as Horn and save the people from this curse.

The game can be played by just tapping on the screen. You can move Horn by tapping anywhere on the ground. You can also interact with the objects around you by tapping on them. Swipe your fingers when you need to push yourself up a cliff or move through a narrow path.

Horn will also have to defeat monsters along the way. You can swipe your fingers to slash your enemies with your sword. You need to dodge enemy attacks by tapping the left and right arrows. Tap on the jump button to avoid attacks from the ground and swipe your fingers to attack while in midair.

This game is powered by the Unreal Engine that really enhances the graphics and makes the world of Horn more realistic. To be able to handle these graphics and animations, you can only play this game on a Tegra 2- or Tegra 3-powered device. This paid game is worth its price of about 7 dollars.

Ready, set, go! Run fast to the finish line with the Turbo Kids game. This game is a simple side-scrolling racing game. Aside from running towards the finish line, you will also need to go through obstacles, collect power ups, and shoot your enemies to freeze them.

The game can be controlled by just tapping on the screen. Tap the left side of the screen to jump and tap the right side to shoot frozen bullets. The game allows you to choose a character with a unique character build. One character runs faster, while another one carries more bullets and recovers faster when hit.

The game lets you customize your character. You can upgrade its equipment to run faster or recover more quickly. You can also learn new skills, such as a double jump or a turbo boost. Gold and star points will be used to buy equipment and upgrades. If you want more coins or star points, you can purchase using real money within the game’s shop.

The ad-supported Turbo Kids game can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Ads appear at the bottom of the screen, and sometimes, after a race. Although the app is ad-supported, you will not find any ad that will disturb you during a race.



From the creators of Riptide GP and Shine Runner comes another epic racing game for Android. This time, you won’t be racing across the sea or the lake. Instead, you will be driving on a tropical island on a buggy with the Beach Buggy Blitz game on your Tegra-powered device.

The main objective of the game is to drive as far as you can and drive through the game’s infinite driving course. But, you need to make sure to make it to the checkpoint before time runs out. You will also find gold coins on the racing course. Collect those and use them to unlock power-ups or buy a new buggy. If you can’t wait for your coins to grow, you can buy additional coins by via the app’s shop using your real cash.

As of the moment, this game runs only on all devices equipped with Tegra 3 and on some devices with Tegra 2. You will also notice Tegra effects in the game such as motion blur, water splashes on the screen, real-time car shadows, and headlights when you enter the cave.

Beach Buggy Blitz can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.

What is it with animals and the ability to launch themselves high into the air? Not too long ago, we talked about a sheep that was late for God’s party and had to leap his way across heaven. In Pig Rush, one brave pig has decided that he has had enough and that he is escaping the farm. However, he can’t do it alone. You’ll need to aid him in his great escape.

Pig Rush is a game that looks like a 2D side-scroller but has some 3D elements cleverly mixed in. It’s also equipped with catchy music that will definitely keep you hooked. Our brave piggy named Jumpy doesn’t want to become tomorrow’s dinner and makes a break for freedom but the road to it is certainly not easy. The farm is riddled with obstacles such as deep ravines and bonfires. Luckily Jumpy has some killer legs on him. You can tap on the lower portion of your device’s screen so he can perform low jumps, but if you need the extra height, tap on the upper portion of your screen to launch Jumpy sky-high.

You can also collect power ups to give Jumpy an advantage, such as the firefighter suit to withstand fire or another powerup that will make Jumpy gigantic so he can cover more ground and avoid falling down ravines. On certain jumps, the pig does a 360-degree turn that would make The Matrix’s Neo envious.

The game is ad-supported and those ads sit at the top of the screen in the main menu. When you start playing, however, the ads disappear so you can focus on the pig’s escape from the farm.



No, this game isn’t about helping dragons flee from a farm or a castle. Instead, it’s the very opposite. Dragon Rush is a tower defense game that pits you against dragons that want to gain more magical force and drown the world in chaos. Stop the dragon army by putting towers on floating islands and make sure that none of them gets through your defenses alive.

When you first start the game, you’re given two types of towers, the Arrow tower and the Lightning Tower. Set them up on the islands with glowing beacons and prepare for the waves of flying dragons coming your way. These towers aren’t the only things in your arsenal. You also have a Lightning skill that you can use when the going gets tough. Your towers and your skills can be upgraded in between levels. You need to purchase the upgrades by using Dia, which you can earn every time you win a battle. More types of towers and more skills can also be purchased, but to access them, you’re going to need a lot more Dia.

Simply wiping the field clean of dragons can get you Dia but if you want to milk a level of all the Dia it can offer, you need to meet the requirements that each stage gives you. Stage 1, for example, needs you to use your Lightning skill twice and set up towers on all the tiles. Stage 2 needs you to win without using any skills and transform your Arrow tower. Accomplish these missions on each stage and wipe out the waves of dragons can get you lots of Dia so you can soup up your weapons.



What happens when Osmosis Jones meets Dr. Mario? Answer: ANTIOBOTIC HD! For those of you who are having a hard time imagining it, imagine your body, but go deeper. Think on a cellular level. Now imagine that every bug and virus that enters your body is being attacked by the medicine you’ve just ingested. Instead of spontaneously combusting, these nasty germs are being stringed together with lightning and then blow up. That’s basically what ANTIOBOTIC HD is about.

The game might look deceptively easy, with you needing to match three or more of same-colored viruses, but when the viruses are on the move, tumbling through the digestive track, you’ll need to put your ingenuity to the test. You’ll need to clear a certain number of viruses on each level before you can continue to the next one. You’ll need to move fast because on certain levels, such as level 3, the viruses are constantly moving. If similar viruses drift too far from each other, the electric charge between them fizzles out and you’ll have to look for another way to get rid of them.

There are different levels you can enjoy with different setups. Finger mode has viruses constantly moving, whereas Brain mode has you figuring out puzzle types. Though straightforward, the game is definitely clever. One level challenges you to create a 15-virus chain.

While testing the app, my only complaint was that the viruses were rather tiny, which made stringing them together rather difficult on an HTC Sensation. I can only imagine how much of an easier time I would have had if I had been using a Galaxy Note with a stylus or on our Nexus 7.  (That’s my way of saying, “Try this game on a 7-incher, at the very least.”)



Some puzzle gamers might be familiar with the game UnTangle on iOS. Cut a Sheep is built around the same premise, but instead of untangling the criss-crossing lines, you must entangle the sheep instead. It’s the only way to hold them down and give them their much-needed shearing.

You’ll know that the sheep aren’t quite tangled up because the lines connecting them will be a light color. Drag the sheep around to cross their lines. You’ll have succeeded in entangling them when all the lines connecting them are a dark gray. When the scissors come, all your sheep will be snipped clean. You can actually see the sheep’s expressions change. Before you entangle them, they’ll look quite smug, but right after you make life difficult for them, they’ll be sad.

Keep in mind that there are times when you can’t move the sheep. If a sheep is facing the screen, you can move it all you like, but when a sheep has its back to you, you’ll have to think of a different way to entangle it.

Cut a Sheep is ad-supported, but the developers made the ads match the background. Though ads appear at the top part of the screen, they are not highly distracting.



Here’s a dose of something a little darker. Soulless Night is a game about a character who is only depicted by his silhouette. The game starts out rather gruesomely, actually. At first silhouetted in white, our mystery hero walks across the red and purple background and towards a figure painting something. But, the painter is suddenly struck down and her blood splatters all over the canvas. Our hero then wakes up, silhouetted in black and wearing a top hat in the middle of a fork in the road, with one path going to the Forest and the other to the Field.

The dominance of black and white in the game is reminiscent of games like Limbo and Naught for the iOS but with brighter background colors such as Spirits. The game has a tense atmosphere as you guide the nameless hero through the forest.

You’ll find items and encounter creatures in the forest. You might think that items might be hard to find in such a dark environment but a lot of the items are brightly colored. If they are hidden, our hero will give you a hint via a thought bubble.

Control the hero by pressing the Back or Forward button in the lower-left corner of the screen. Tap on the top hat icon in the lower right to see what our hero has in his inventory. You must give certain items to monsters. One Slenderman-like monster actually just wants your golden apple. Don’t attempt to just walk past monsters. If you don’t give them what they want, they’ll eat you.

When I took screenshots for this review, the game force closed on me. When I returned to the game, I needed to tap Continue if I wanted to get back to where I was last. It’s not extremely inconvenient at all, unless you’re the type of player who must take screenshots of your progress.



People who follow the adventures of Naruto have probably wished to be a ninja. Superb fighting and stealth skills are just some of the things ninjas are good at, apart from being flexible and able to run faster than the wind.

If you are a big fan of ninjas and all the shuriken-throwing moves they do, play Blind Ninja : Sing. Sing is a blind ninja, but he’s still as exceptional as or even more skillful than the rest. In this game, Sing has to battle enemies using his sword, jump, run, and hit jars to get extra points.

The controls of this game are very simple and easy to navigate with. Two buttons are on the screen, one for jumping and one for Sing’s sword. While Sing runs, you have to press the buttons to make him jump from roof to roof and kill enemies that get in his way.

Blind Ninja : Sing has great-looking graphics and background music that will surely remind you of Naruto. As you progress, the game also picks its pace up and Sing runs faster than when you first started the game. Make sure you don’t get hit by giant shurikens because once you get hit, it’s game over for you.

Blind Ninja : Sing can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for less than a dollar. Get the game now and fulfill Sing’s mission as the greatest blind ninja ever.



Just a little warning before we proceed to this game review — don’t play if you are hungry! Because, honestly, if you play this game with an empty stomach, it’ll be like torturing yourself.

Burger, as the name suggests, is a cooking-slash-time management game that revolves around the making of various burger orders. Believe me, you’d want to order a lot of burgers after playing this game.

Burger’s main goal is to match the order shown on the right side, starting from the bottom burger bun until the top. The ingredients are conveniently placed below the working space where you just need to tap on the ingredient once to have it included in the burger. Some burger orders are easy to make and some are also a bit complicated — bottom burger bun, patty over lettuce over ketchup over another patty on top of another lettuce and then the top burger bun.

As the game progresses, you’ll also be able to serve french fries together with the burgers, and if you manage to play for each day of the year in Career Mode, the difficulty of the orders also increases. Aside from fries, other additional orders such as soda beverages, ice cream, and muffins will be added. Other ingredients for the burger, like bacon, cheese, onions, and a lot more, will also be added to the ingredients section of your workspace.

If you want to break away from your burger-making career, you can play the Time Attack mode of the game. Just make sure you have finished the first three days of the Career Mode to be able to play it. Download Burger for free from the Google Play Store today and have fun making easy and complicated variants of burgers.



Here’s one game you’ll have difficulty staying away from once you start playing it — Granny Smith. Although it has no relation to the Angry Gran game, both these games have high regard for grandmothers. If you enjoyed the steaming angry granny in Angry Gran 2, you’ll definitely love this game.

The game follows the story of Granny Smith who chases the thief who stole apples from her apple tree. The goal of the game is to help Granny Smith smash through mirrors, go down and up roads using her roller skates, and rappel down cables using her cane just to get to the apples before the thief does.

The game is very addictive and fun to play. You also get to unlock other characters like Scruffy the dog and Stanley the old man. Powerups are also available to help Granny Smith in the game. Helmets are used to help Granny recover faster from a slip or a fall while the banana peels and the baseballs can be used against the thief to slow him down.

After you finish each stage, you can review how Granny beat the thief by watching a flashback of the stage. You’ll see the moves you let Granny do from the start of the stage until Granny reached the finish line.

Granny Smith will definitely get you hooked for hours and hours. Download this game in exchange for less than a dollar and have fun with the toughest granny in town.



Let’s take a break from adrenaline-pumping action games and have fun with a puzzle game. Plumber Classic makes you a smart plumber and challenges you to make sure that the water will flow through the pipes in the right direction.

The game has a simple interface and an equally simple gameplay. You’ll be given different puzzles that involve pipes. You have to make sure that when you turn on the switch to let the water flow, the water will go in the right direction.

There are different shapes of pipes that will determine where the water will be directed. Tap on a water pipe to rotate it and connect it to another pipe. The fewer moves you make will guarantee you more points, so plan your moves well.

Each stage has a time limit, so don’t dawdle because if you don’t direct the water to the goal within the time limit, it’s game over for you. The fewer moves and amount of time it takes for you to solve the puzzle will reward you bigger points.

Be an undisputed plumber with Plumber Classic. This game is absolutely free and does not have obtrusive ads that may get in the way of your puzzle-solving. Download this game today and sharpen your thinking skills while having fun at the same time.



This one is an exciting new game that will probably become one of the games that you can’t put down even for a second. Rail Rush, developed by, is a game that will definitely keep your hands busy.

In the game, you will help a man navigate his railcar in his exploration of caves, caverns, waterfalls, and dead cities. Avoid obstacles by swiping the car to either sides, swiping up to make it jump over roadblocks, and tilting the device to save the man from bumping his head on a wooden sign.

Collect gold nuggets and gems for purchasing other characters, powerups, and upgrades. If you manage to collect a Rock egg, you’ll be given surprises at the end of the level.

Rail Rush has beautiful graphics and background music that will definitely make you feel like you are indeed exploring caves and unknown places, just like Indiana Jones. The controls are easy to navigate, as well as the tilting.

Rail Rush is one game you should and must play using your Android device. Given its stunning graphics and amazing concepts on the different environments, your gameplay experience will be taken a notch higher. Get this game for free from the Google Play Store and be enthralled by the game’s stunning gameplay and graphics.



We’re now halfway through September and we’re celebrating it with this list of some of the best new Android games released during the last two weeks.

Which of these new Android games kept you glued to your phone or tablet for hours?  Tell us what you think of these new games by dropping a note in the comments section and by voting in the poll below.

(with contributions from Alvin Ybañez, Dan Evans, and Elmer Montejo; banner image uses Shutterstock photo by Robnroll)

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