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Best new Android games (late September edition)

September 30, 2012

“Game over” is a non-existent term in Android game developers’ books.  Day in and day out, new Android games sprout in the fertile soil of the garden known as the Google Play Store.  Popular games today started as new games, and went on to become well-liked and well-recommended.

We don’t know what will become, months from now, of the new Android games that we feature in this late September edition of our twice-a-month roundup of the best new Android games.  But, we do know they’re worth checking out.  We find these games carrying great potential.  Do you think so, too?

There’s only one way to find out: try these games.  And, have fun!

Follow someone’s quest to become a hero and to seek more “coins and cleavage” in The Bard’s Tale. This game is based on the classic that was played on the Playstation 2, the Xbox, iOS, and it has finally landed in the bountiful land of Android. This is an epic 3D RPG game that lets you play the role of The Bard as he takes his journey to fulfill quests and find more gold and women. The game also features a humorous script that will set your heart laughing for hours while playing.

Just like usual RPG games, you’re allowed to customize your character. You can also choose a talent for The Bard. The game also features various weapons and accessories. Let’s not forget about the gorgeous women. The game features talking and interacting non-player-characters (NPC) that enhance the game experience. At some point, you can even find your dog companion and train it to bite your enemies’ sorry arses.

The Bard’s Tale can be downloaded for about US$6.00 from the Google Play Store. Once you download the game, you will need to download additional files, depending on the quality of the game. For Tegra-powered devices, you can download the HD version of this game for an additional file size of about 3.5 GB.

The virus has spread all over the city, turning all the people into rotting zombies. You are the only survivor and you must keep yourself alive in the Zombie Frontier game. This is a first-person shooting (FPS) defense game.

Your primary task is to shoot zombies before they come near you. Sounds easy, right? But, what if there are a lot of zombies coming your way, hungry for your human flesh? You will face different zombies in the game. There is a zombie that moves faster than the others and another zombie that instantly jumps to your position.

To aid you in your zombie-killing quest, the game also has a shop where you can buy additional weapons and equipment. Use your equipment wisely because you can only buy your medical kits and grenades using gold points. If you run out of money and gold points, the shop lets you convert your real money for additional game money and gold points.

You can download the Zombie Frontier for free from the Google Play Store. The game will ask for your permission if you want to receive news or game promos on your notification bar. Ads will also rarely appear on the bottom left portion of the screen.

Enter the rich and vibrant imaginations of two kids and fight against waves of the undead, robots, dinosaurs, and a lot more in Fort Courage. This is a fun and addicting defense game for Tegra-powered devices.

The game lets you control two players. One uses a variety of guns to shoot enemies from a distance. You will only need to tap on the ground to aim and shoot.

The other player uses bombs and grenades. You will need to tap on player 2 and drag it to where you want to aim your bomb. The game also has a shop where you can buy new weapons and upgrades. You can buy new items by using the gold coins you earn after each round. You can also convert your real money to gold coins.

The Fort Courage game also features 6 different worlds. In each world, you will battle different monsters. You will face the undead, fight a robotic army, go back in time and face dinosaurs, and much more. You will also fight bosses in each world.

The ads-free Fort Courage can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. To handle the high definition display and graphics, you will need a Tegra-powered device.

You find a magical and mysterious book. Curious of its contents, you open it, releasing the Mannequin that has been trapped inside the book for years. You must break The Curse by solving puzzles inside the book, stop the Mannequin, and seal him back inside.

The book that you have opened is like a book of various puzzles. Your primary task is to solve all the puzzles in the book so you can lock the Mannequin back up. You will solve riddles, Sudoku puzzles, light up lights at the same time, slide blocks, and much more.

Solving puzzles will allow you to earn clogs which you will need to unlock the final puzzle. If you’re stuck with a puzzle, you can use hints to help you solve it. But, you will need to use hints wisely because they won’t be offered for free.

Ads-free, The Curse can be downloaded for about a dollar from the Google Play Store.

We all know the round little piggies that have always been bullied by those little birds. This time, Rovio has made another game that shines the spotlight on those green pigs. Bad Piggies is a puzzle game that lets you play with the pigs. No more bird-squashing actions in this game. Instead, it’s time to build some machines to help the piggies accomplish their goals.

The primary goal of this game is to help the green pig reach a certain point on a stage. But, in order to do that, you will need to build some sort of vehicle. You will be able to construct a mini cart, a cart propelled with an electric fan, or even a wooden helicopter. Each stage will also have a certain goal. For instance, a goal to reach the end point without using a fan, or reach the finish line within a certain time limit.

Bad Piggies can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. It has ads popping in the upper-right portion of the main menu screen. Ads will disappear when you start the game. The game also has a high-definition version to accommodate those devices with HD screen.

There’s just something terrifying about injuring your fingers. Probably it’s because we use our fingers to do a lot of things and we end up taking them for granted. If you become anxious thinking about your fingers getting mangled, you’ll surely have nightmares with Finger Slayer Seasons 2.

Pick a stage and take control of a finger-shaped creature. The aim of the game is to see how long you can survive before getting brutally mangled by the razor-sharp blade bouncing around the screen. Sounds bad? It gets worse. The game takes gore to another level not only because the finger person gets cut up and bleeds but also because the first strike will cleave a good part of the finger person’s skull and show off its pink brains.

The second strike will total the finger and will shower the screen with blood. You’ll win the level once you collect all the pieces of a puzzle. Don’t worry, it’s simpler than it sounds. The razor-sharp blade will settle into a pattern and all you need to do is avoid the blade. There will be coins and jewels that randomly appear, which make tempting danger worth it. Collect coins to unlock more costumes and give the finger person some clothes.

This game is ad-supported. You will see an ad right after pressing Play. An ad is also located in the lower right corner of the screen, so you may hit it during gameplay. You may need to get familiar with the game’s layout so you can avoid the ad.

If you’re squirming over all that gore, let’s take a short break and wash that taste out of your mouth with Flying Squirrel. There’s no blood in this one, I promise. Take control of a flying squirrel and help it collect coins and acorns. You’ll have to jump over gaps and avoid falling into water. Our dear squirrel wasn’t made to swim so when it falls into the water, it will drown and it will be game over for you.

Jump over obstacles and gaps by tapping the screen. For an extra high jump, double-tap. Gusts of wind will help you glide and reach areas with more goodies. You can also grab the wings powerup so you can fly for a short period of time. Grab a golden acorn to turn the flying squirrel into a coin-attracting magnet.

Powerups can be upgraded with the coins you collect, so you can increase magnet range and double invulnerability time. You can also purchase supplementary life slots and increase collectible coin value. You can also purchase utilities such as starting out with 3 or 4 lives, give your flying squirrel some assistance when it falls, or skip over levels to start at level 4, 8 or 12.

The game is ad-supported on Game Over and pause screens. The app also pushes notifications to your notification bar.

Still need a break from the gore? No problem. Instead of a dose of cute, let’s take off for space with the Fire Space Rings Ball Game. Your goal is to protect the core from red orbs that will shrink it. Rotate the non-continuous ring shield around the core by drawing circles on your Android device’s screen with your fingertip. That sounds simple enough but the challenge really starts when you’re swarmed with red orbs and you see a blue or green orb sticking too close to them.

You’ll need to act quickly when the blue or green orbs come your way. Rotate the shield so that the open part is facing the blue or green orb to absorb it. The blue orb will give the core an impenetrable blue force field for a limited amount of time. The green orb will increase the core’s size by a fraction. Watch out though, because it’s easy to absorb red orbs when you’re not careful or quick enough.

Each red orb absorbed shrinks your core and the game is over once you’ve absorbed too many red orbs and the core is shrunk into nothing.

Ads appear the the bottom part of the screen but don’t worry, they’re too far from the center of the screen and should not get in the way while you play.

If you’re a fan of brutal ring fights and want to take a more active role than watching TV but don’t want to actually get hurt, you might want to take a good look at ragdolls. In Ragdoll Fighting Championship, you take control of a ragdoll in blue and fling it around the fighting ring. The rules of gravity don’t work in this arena, as the dolls are kept in the air by a massive fan from underneath.

You’re pitted against another ragdoll in green and you must deliver fatal blows. The color of their shorts isn’t just there to distinguish them. It’s also an indicator of how many hit points they have.

You and your opponent start out with vivid green and blue shorts and 100 hit points, but once you start dealing out the blows, those vivid colors will start to fade. You’re in serious critical condition when the color is completely gone from the ragdoll. The next hit will definitely take the ragdoll out and they’ll litter the fighting ring with their many ragdoll parts.

You’ll sometimes be pitted against more than one ragdoll, so it becomes a race of who can land the most fatal blows in the shortest amount of time. As the game’s promo video says, it’s not a game but a fight for survival.

Enjoy the bloodless gore and the brutal battle to survive.

Now that you’ve recovered from the gore of getting finger people sliced, it’s time to wreak some havoc with INDESTRUCTIBLE. You can tell that it’s been made by Glu Mobile, the same developers that brought you MUTANT ROADKILL. It’s not just in the capslock in the title but the crisp graphics and the killer rock soundtrack in the background.

Instead of running over mutants in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, you’ll be causing some serious damage with your vehicle and the mounted turret in the back. You’ll be pitted against other people who can serve some serious damage to you, too, so your job is to avoid them at all costs while whittling their green health bars down to nothing.

Take control of the vehicle using the left on-screen joystick. Aim at your opponent vehicles and fire the turret using the left on-screen joystick. Be careful not to drive right off the environment though, as certain stages, such as the Iceberg level, might kill you when you fall off the level and right into the icy waters below.

If you want to double your XP and your silver coins, you’ll need to purchase the PRO version of the game.

We initially had some trouble loading it up on our HTC Sensation. It would freeze on the loading page with the blue gauge not moving at all. I solved this by manually force quitting the game and loading it back up.

It’s ad-supported, like most GLU games. The ads, however, don’t show up when you’re raining deadly bullets on your opponents.

Run, run, run! Run far away from the subway inspector and his mangy dog! Subway Surfers follows the story of Jake, Tricky, and Fresh as they run from the inspector after they were caught vandalizing.

The game entails running, running, and yes, you guessed it, more running. Dodge obstacles as you let your character collect coins that you can use to purchase powerups and upgrades, like hoverboards, jetpacks, coin magnets, and a lot more.

The goal of the game is to get as far as possible and avoid being caught by the inspector as you let your character jump over and slide under obstacles. You need to be extra careful when your character is on the train tracks, don’t let speeding train cars hit him. Otherwise, it’s game over for you.

The game has really great-looking graphics coupled with perky background music that will surely make you play it for hours and hours. The controls are fairly easy, as well. Just swipe up to make your character jump, swipe down to let your character duck or roll under obstacles and swipe either left or right to let your character change lanes.

Subway Surfers is a free game you can get from the Google Play Store. Don’t miss the chance of being part of the most exciting chase.

If you are a fan of the Canimals series, you’ll definitely love Canimals Dozer. Featuring Canimals Nia and Ato, this coin dozer game is one that will surely bring out the child in you.

Just like other coin dozer games, the objective of this game is to collect as many coins as possible before you use up the ones given to you at the start of the game. In Canimals Dozer, Nia or Ato will help you earn more bonuses if you manage to drop coins on their hoops. You can

collect 36 rare Canimals collection items if you keep on playing this game.

Canimals Dozer takes coin dozer games a notch higher, cute-wise. With the gameplay and cute background music, playing this game can actually be considered a medium to de-stress. Who wouldn’t be relaxed when you have a game as cute as this?

Upon launching the game, you will be asked to either use your Facebook login or play offline. You can invite your friends on Facebook or Twitter to try this game and you’ll be rewarded bonus coins for doing so. What’s more, you can brag your achievements to your friends through the Leaderboard and show them you have mad coin dozing skills.

Download Canimals Dozer for free and experience the cutest coin dozer game from the Google Play Store.

If you love physics games, try Fluffles, another must-try cute game that features fluffy creatures called Fluffles. Help save these cute little creatures from spikes, black holes, and other obstacles hindering them from getting home.

To play the game, you need to direct the Fluffles to their home by flinging them to the right way. You have limited stored energy that you can use to fling the Fluffles, so plan your moves well if you don’t want the Fluffles to get stuck in space, all lonely and pitiful. You don’t want that to happen, right?

This game also allows you to create your own levels with its level editor feature. Create your own levels, play them, and maybe challenge your friends to a game or two. Although this game is still an initial release, you can enjoy playing 30 levels, and more levels and obstacles will be added over time.

The game is ad-supported but the ads are not obtrusive. They don’t get in the way of your Fluffles-saving escapade since the ads just appear in one corner. You don’t need to worry about accidentally pressing them. Fluffles is a free game you can download and play on your Android device. Get this game today, and help the adorable Fluffles get back home safely.

If you are into trivia games or any game that involves asking questions that challenge your stock knowledge, Millionaire FREE is one game you probably should install on your Android device.

Based from the hit quiz game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Millionaire Free is practically very similar to it, only that you are playing as the contestant using your Android device. Just like the show, you start off with easy questions and you gradually climb up the ladder, leading to the £1 million prize money.

The game also features the same lifelines you can find in the game show — 50% Chance, Call-A-Buddy, and Audience Assistance. You can use these lifelines anytime within the game, helping you answer 12 questions correctly and bag the grand prize. But, if you already used up all your lifelines and you are a bit skeptical about winning the grand prize, you can always choose to walk away with what you have already won so far.

What’s great about this game is that it asks you if the item you’ve just chosen is your final answer. With this, if you accidentally pressed another item instead of the one you intended to press, you can still change your answer.

Millionaire Free is absolutely for free and is ad-supported. The ads appear on the main menu only and not in the main game so you can rest assured that you can give your full concentration to the game and not on the annoying ads.

Take your battling skills into the quiz arena with Battle Quiz – Social Quiz Game. Aside from expanding your already-large bank of knowledge, you get to play with your friends and other people from other places as well.

Battle Quiz – Social Quiz Game requires an Internet connection for you to be able to play. Before anything else though, you need to make a Battle Quiz account and choose an avatar. To play, you can either create a battle or play a random battle with a random player. Creating a battle will give you the freedom to choose the arena you want — classic trivia, geo and travel, social media, and tons more. There are some arenas that need to be unlocked before you can play the full version, but if you really want to try that arena out, you can play the demo.

In every game, seven questions are going to be asked. The winner of the game battle is decided through the number of correct answers. Everytime you win, you’ll be rewarded with coins that you can use to purchase powerups and unlock other arenas.

Battle Quiz – Social Quiz Game is one good way to test your knowledge about various things against other people, other than your friends of course. Share Battle Quiz – Social Quiz Game to your friends through Facebook, email, or even SMS and you’ll earn extra coins as well.

This game is a free app and does not have annoying ads loitering around. The game tends to load a bit slower than expected, but other than that, Battle Quiz – Social Quiz Game is one game I can recommend to people who love trivia games.

What do you think of the 15 games that we hand-picked for you in these last two weeks of September?  Which ones gave you the most thrill and fun?  Sound off in the comments and vote in the poll!

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

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