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Anomaly Warzone Earth HD tops Android Games of the Week

by Andrew Koziara

This week, the innovative reverse tower defense from 11 Bit Studios, Anomaly Warzone Earth HD, saw a massive popularity spike not long after release. EDGE Extended, another innovative and original title was also unleashed, and there's no game like it. Cartoon Wars, a new castle defense from Gamevil, and Big Business, a business/city building simulation, both dominated the top of the "Free" charts almost immediately after launch. All of that and more in this week's top Android games!

Anomaly Warzone Earth HD ($3.99)

Just when everyone thought we would drown in the endless slew of samey tower defense games, Indie developers 11 Bit Studios came along and threw us a life preserver in this game. The concept of tower defense is turned on its head as you enter and clear out several alien infested cities and defend the Earth in this "tower offense" game. Originally released on Steam for the PC, the campaign and game modes were rebuilt from the ground up for mobile devices, and production values are top notch across the board. Definitely don't miss out on this week's top game.

EDGE Extended ($2.99)

In this sequel to the original EDGE, developers Mobigames raise the stakes in every way imaginable. The same great mechanics were rebuilt in an entirely new engine, graphics were upgraded, gameplay was refined, and the amazing soundtrack was added to and remixed to create the penultimate iteration of this excellent puzzler. You take control of a cube in a very geometry-centric world, full of unique visuals and gameplay mechanics, and must navigate your way to the end of many challenging levels. Learning the movement of the cube and how it interacts with the environment is an endlessly entertaining endeavor, and no one should skip over this highly original title.

Cartoon Wars (Free)

The original "Cartoon" game to be ported to the Android Market by Gamevil was Cartoon Wars: Gunner+. It was a massively popular release thanks to the simple and addictive gameplay, and now the same can be said for Cartoon Wars. This game was actually released before Gunner in their original iOS releases, and now it's finally made it here. Build up your towers and send out increasingly more powerful troops in this simple castle defense title. The difficulty and challenge really ramp up after a certain point, but all in all this game is an excellent time killer that anyone can enjoy.

Big Business (Free)

This game is essentially a mobile remix of the extremely popular Facebook title from Zynga, CityVille. Your goal is growth and expansion for the sake of nothing but growth and expansion. Build your city up and establish stores, restaurants, roads, and several other productive facilities. Then sell those goods and services, make a profit, and do it all over again in this ridiculously addictive freemium title. There are plenty of awards to grind out and strive for in your free time, and the art style and music are both top of the line. Definitely check this one out as well.

Saving Yello (Free)

Saving Yello is an excellent, new free physics-based puzzler featuring a cute creature of some kind. Poor Yello the Goldfish has been left out of his bowl by an ignorant and neglectful seven year-old girl, and it's your job to help him get back within a certain amount of turns before he dries up completely. Also, I just realized how very grim the premise of this exceedingly cute and quirky game really is. Anyway, the initial release is a bit buggy, but this was a top iPhone game for a reason. The puzzles are cleverly designed and the gameplay is simple and fun.

King Fighter II (Free)

As with their previous release of RAIDEN-Sky Force Ace, LeTang has created another simple and enjoyable throwback to retro gaming in King Fighter II. It's not a perfect game by any means, and the English translation is kind of awful, but I found it very enjoyable overall, and it's quickly climbed in popularity since its very recent release. The old school pixel art and music are always enjoyable for their nostalgia factor. Make your way through level after level and beat down endless waves of baddies in this old-school-inspired beat-em up.

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