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Angry Birds and other top Android Games of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Angry Birds landed on the Android Market, bringing another big game title to mobile users.  Already popular with iPhone users, Angry Birds continues to expand the marketplace.  The Labor Day holiday also brought some discounts for Namco and Glu Games.

Here’s the week’s top Android games and news:

New to Android

Angry Birds is a game of revenge, where each level brings a new challenge of destruction.  Free, the popular game’s beta version has finally made its way to Android. In Angry Birds, your aviary team has set out to topple the pigs that have stolen the birds’ eggs. This game is all about logic, physics and fun.

CrowdStar has brought a popular Facebook title to Android, as Happy Island is now available in the market.  Keep your resident happy, with attractions, hotels and decorations, and also earn points and bonuses to buy more items for your island.  Free, the Facebook game on Android is social, too.

Playdom’s Social City is another Facebook title port for the Android Market.   Free, the game gives you a town to develop; as the developer, you build parks, hotels and shopping centers.  You also give locals houses, roads and more.  See how quickly your town populates by how well you can manage it.

Holiday discounts

Glu and Namco have discounted their game catalogs on the Android Market, giving you a chance to snap up some new games ranging in price from 99 cents to $2.99.  Diner Dash, Glyder and Mini Golf are some Glu titles to check out, while Namco’s sale includes The Wolfman, PAC-MAN and Harvest Moon Frantic Farming.

Platform Updates

Aurora Feint is making another big move, with plans for a real-time, multiplayer iPhone-to-Android development platform.  Given the growth in mobile gaming and the recent announcement of real-time multiplayer options on Apple’s iOS, Aurora Feint’s progress will help the industry as a whole.

Mahjong Logic has forged a deal with Cozygames, combining the game platforms’ efforts.  This will broaden access for Android gamers, as the move suggests more focused attention on Google’s mobile market.