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Modern Combat 3 tops Android Games of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

In its latest installment, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is a gluttonous game of gore, and Gameloft’s newest first-person shooter is also prepped for Android phones and tablets. Gameloft also launched NFL Pro 2012, a sports fantasy for fans as we head into the new year. The Oregon Trail: Settler also hit the Android Market, bringing a modern spin on one of the earliest “educational” computer games. Anomaly: Warzone Earth made its way to a number of Android devices, with a unique tower “offense” game, making the leap from PC to mobile.

Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation ($6.99)

First-person shooter Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is the latest in a successful series, continuing the popular military game with new graphics, an updated story and multiplayer capabilities. From Gameloft, Modern Combat 3 is one of their most recognized titles, embedded with great visuals and attention to detail. You’re dropped into the middle of a bloody conflict between the U.S. and a slew of enemies, including the KPR, Korea, Pakistan and the Russians. Take your pick of rifles, shotguns and handguns as you make your way through each level. There’s a few custom options for touchscreen controls, a military shop to upgrade your weapons and tablet optimization for playing on larger screens.

NFL Pro 2012 (Free)

Another top release from Gameloft this week is NFL Pro 2012, and they’re testing the freemium model with this football game. The download itself is free, but you’ll have to purchase advanced plays and strategies. Subsequently, these features can also be unlocked by winning challenges. NFL Pro 2012 features an improved AI for more elaborate games, and over 200 plays to beat your opponents. If you’re one to create your own plays, there’s a Playbook Editor to track your strategies. The game represents the entire NFL, letting you choose any of the 32 teams in the league, players and all. There’s even an RSS feed integrated directly into the game so you’ll never miss a real NFL news update.

The Oregon Trail: Settler (Free)

The Oregon Trail: Settler is also part of Gameloft’s year-end launch party, with a modernized version of the classic game. Instead of blazing a trail through the Wild West, you’re building a town and harvesting food for your village people. The game play is similar to FarmVille, as you unlock more items as you level-up. Each structure you erect has special abilities, improving your stats as you establish your settlement. There’s plenty of threats to your budding town, from buffalo stampedes to hurricanes. While there is an in-app store to purchase energy points and extra items, Oregon Trail: Settler isn’t so contrived that you’re coerced into making unnecessary purchases. It’s easy enough to get through the game without spending extra cash.

Anomaly: Warzone Earth ($1.99 - Amazon Appstore only)

Created by 11 Bit Studios’ lead programmer Bartosz Brzostek, the Anomaly: Warzone Earth port was created in just two weeks. The game debuted in the Amazon Appstore for Kindle devices, offering a unique spin on tower-offense games. Already popular on the PC, Anomaly: Warzone Earth for mobile is a welcome release. Slightly different from the PC version, Android’s edition uses touch controls to let you pick up and deploy ability drops directly. It’s a top-down game that offers a bird’s-eye view of your missions, many of which can be replayed for achievements in the iOS version. While this war game was launched in the Amazon Appstore, it should run on any Android device with 2.3 Gingerbread or higher. The tablet version also comes with an option for Survival Mode game play.

Experiment 13 (Free)

Sony Ericsson’s serious about its mobile gaming strategy, and its latest game Experiment 13 is optimized for the Xperia PLAY. This physics-based puzzle game has you leveraging gravity in various ways to solve each stage. Help Roy Tate to navigate his warped dimension, avoiding traps and monsters. Run, jump, climb and flip in each stage, as you collect orbs in order to advance through the game’s 40 levels. Experiment 13 is a colorful game with plenty of challenges in this mind-bending spin on a basic force of the universe.

Enchanted Realm (Free)

Write your own fantasy story with Enchanted Realm, battling evil as you expand your kingdom. This magical place has happy citizens with you as their wise king, but you must protect them from the wicked witch Morgana. There’s a handful of characters to both help and hinder you in your quest, all with a wintry theme that mirrors our own snowy status this time of year. To keep your kingdom, you must expand with residential and service buildings, as well as grow plants for harvest. Tax your residents, stock up on gold and energy and use your collections to help carry out your objectives. What makes Enchanted Realm a bit different from other kingdom builders is the complex story line, which determines the majority of your game objectives as you play.