Best of July 2013

It’s already scorching August and we bring you some of the hottest titles on Android to turn up the heat. Dominating this month are the Arcade-action games and few sport titles. Summer is the month for action after all. We wrote in the news about the Monster Shooter 2, Tiny Thief and Riptide GP2 and be sure to check out other titles on the list.

25. Boom Boom Hamster Golf

You don’t have to be a pro golfer to enjoy Boom Boom Hamster Golf.

24. A Ride into the Mountains

The relic in the mountain was invaded by an evil force and darkness begin to spread. A brave young man, who rides into the mountains will battle against the mystical demons with his family’s unique mounted archery skills.

23. Pixel Defenders Puzzle

A unique game of strategic matching and RPG battling! Place, match and thwack your way through dozens of gorgeous retro-style levels, a variety of game-modes and special hand-crafted scenarios.

Pixel Defenders Puzzle is an innovative hybrid of match-3-puzzler and RPG-battler. Match pixels to create Defenders and protect princesses, kings & queens from waves of fiendish enemies!

22. Gentlemen!

It's a little pricey for what you get, but Gentlemen! packs enough two-player fun to be a mostly worthwhile purchase. - Evan Wade

Take on your friends in this frantically paced duel game. Knives, bombs, homing pigeons – choose your weapon wisely, and master the art of the gravity flip. 2 Players, One Screen: Gentlemen!

You’ll need to hone a delicate balance of technique, knowledge, cunning, and blind panic (just like a real duel!). You’ll also need a friend – two players, one screen. If you don’t have a friend, go and get one.

21. Battle Dragons

Command a Dragon Army! Battle hundreds of thousands of other Dragon Tribes worldwide in this Battle & Build game from critically acclaimed Spacetime Studios.

20. Sprinkle Islands

Titan burns again – Award winning, fire fighting, water-physics puzzler Sprinkle is back with an all new adventure!

19. Crazy Taxi

A great remaster of an arcade classic that only nostalgics will enjoy. - Abhimanyu Ghoshal

Hey hey, come on over and have some fun with Crazy Taxi!

17. Rymdkapsel

Rymdkapsel is at once a real-time strategy game and Tetris clone. Set in the blackness of space, you’re tasked with creating and managing an ever-growing base comprised of interconnected colored platforms. - Jason Stengren

Rymdkapsel is an abstract, sci-fi adaptation of a real time strategy game set in space that holds your attention through wave upon wave of attacking enemies. Unfortunately, once you’ve played a few times, things get a bit old. The addition of new units, varied enemies, or even an option to change the background would’ve kept me going longer. For $3.99 on the Play store, it seems a steep price to pay for a game so small in scope… yet, it’s still strangely appealing. Your call.

16. Defense Technica

The genre-defining 3D Tower Defense game, Defense Technica! Think you know tower defense? Think again.

15. True Skate

The most authentic skateboarding sim ever. As close as you can get to a real skate board with out getting a scraped knee.

14. The Walking Dead: Assault

The Walking Dead: Assault is a Frank Miller stylized tactical game of gathering supplies and mowing-down zeds. Assemble your party and take to the streets, but be careful not to wake the dead. - Jason Stengren

Walking Dead: Assault is one of the better games for Android, and it takes a little playing to settle into. On the cover, it seems like a balls-out slaughter fest, but once you get to the latter levels the tactical aspects begin to shine as you begin build and customize your party. Too bad that’s where it stops, leaving you wishing for more. Had the party AI supported auto-cooperation during fights and had I been able to manually target individual zeds for attack, this would’ve won my first gold-star. But alas, we live in an imperfect world. Still, for $2.99 this game is absolutely worth sticking on your tablet and keeping around for the next episodes.

13. Zombie World War

Nobody thought it would come to this. What started with a few isolated cases has now become a fight for the survival of the human race. This is Zombie World War.

12. Castle Clash

Build & battle your way to glory in Castle Clash!

11. Skiing Fred

Escape death on the slopes in Skiing Fred as you go screaming down the mountain filled with all sorts of dangers. - Robert Clark

Slide turbo-speed, dodge and drift through Fred’s trap-ridden world as he escapes Grimmy Reaper.

10. Bounty Arms

Small issues aside, Bounty Arms is a darn fine game and a worthy follow-up to the superlative Bladeslinger. - Evan Wade

From the team that brought you iOS Editor’s Choice BLADESLINGER comes BOUNTY ARMS, a beautiful, action-packed 3D adventure with simple, mobile-friendly controls.

9. Pocket League Story 2

Jersey up and take to the field in this brand new sequel to hit soccer sim Pocket League Story!

8. Jump Racer

Get ready for the ultimate drag race. Huge jumps, awesome cars and crazy race tracks.

7. Home Run Derby Home Run Derby is the official home run game and will let you feel as if you're really there hitting balls out of the park. - Robert Clark

Major League Baseball and the MLBPA present Home Run Derby®, the only official Home Run Derby game on the Google Play Store.

5. Robot Unicorn Attack 2

Get your hands on the latest, greatest, most epic installment of the Robot Unicorn Attack series to date, available for free!

4. Stay Alight

Pollution has taken over the world and it’s up to you to clean it up. Using a mystical arrow-shaped light-cannon, you’ll rain bouncy balls of goodness down upon the unsuspecting globules of stank in this physics-based puzzler. - Jason Stengren

Feel yourself in role of bulb world saver with arcade game Stay Alight®!

Meet Mr. Bulb, who is gonna free planet from cartoon microbes with your help. Green microbes captured the planet, it’s up to you to find all their secret covers and destroy using tactic skills and projectile weapon. Game’s mechanics is based on real physics, so you should very attentively calculate shot power completing more than 60 unique levels in fascinating artwork.

Don’t forget Superpower arsenal: Freeze, Earthquake, Swatter, Spray! Use Superpowers to improve your chances during the battle vs. microbes. Bring the light back on this planet together with bulb hero!

3. Tiny Thief

Rovio Stars deck the Android heavens with yet another glorious star! Tiny Thief gets a high five for stealing your heart with its wit, charm, and ingenious play. - Adeline Gear

Join Tiny Thief on a big adventure! In a world of greed, corruption and injustice, one little guy decides to stand up for the little guy!

2. Riptide GP2

Riptide GP2 is a wet and wild racing thrill that will easily impress you with its graphics and all the features it has to offer. - Robert Clark

Riptide GP2 kicks everything into overdrive, with intense online multi-player races, upgradeable hydro jets and riders, improved graphics, an all-new career mode, and a whole new stunt system with dozens of new tricks!

1. Monster Shooter 2

Like top-down shooters? Monster Shooter 2 is the best on the market. Seriously. - Evan Wade

Monster Shooter 2’s zero-dollar price tag and blockbuster gameplay will undoubtedly have you shrieking with glee. It’s so good I would have gladly spent money to further the gameplay…. but so fun I chose to grind my way through the game to earn my cash instead. Compared to a certain game about a criminal who became unstuck in time, which cost nothing and left me feeling like someone should have paid me to play it, I think it’s pretty obvious why some games get bad reviews and others don’t. Not that I’m referencing a specific event or anything, of course. That’d just be petty.

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