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JellyBalls and other top Android games

by Kristen Nicole

Last week’s power play from OpenFeint has led the charge on big game releases for the Android platform.  EA Games revealed some super-sized plans this week, as 20 titles prepare to make their way to the Android Market.

A slew of new titles also emerged this week, bulking up the arcade game category in particular.  Here are the week’s top Android games:

New and updated

JellyBalls is a new take on the classic color-matching puzzle game, bringing great graphics and challenging settings for endless fun.  New to the Android Market, the $1.50 game has five arcade and logical modes, giving you new options at every turn.  This well-developed game also has Scoreloop integration for sharing high scores.

A new title from Gamevil this week is Soccer Superstars.  In this Android game, you take your team to the top, whether you’re playing in “Season” or “Cup” mode.  Switch on “Dramatic” mode and you’ll get to re-live game highlights.  There are a total of five modes included in the $4.99 full version.

GameFly GameCenterGameFly’s GameCenter app has been updated to version 1.2, giving you Native GameQ, hi-res support and other improvements.  The mobile gaming directory has info on thousands of titles for the XBox, PS3, Wii and more.  You’ll get news, reviews, cheat codes and a social network, all free with the GameCenter app.

MiniSquadron’s shooter Android game has climbed the ranks with a recent update.  The title offers looping planes that battle accordingly, utilizing touch controls rather well.  The full version, currently on sale for 99 cents, includes Wi-Fi multi-player game options, 50 planes to unlock, and eight levels of combat.

Hungry SharkHungry Shark takes you to the top of the food chain, chomping your way through various, watery scenes of the ocean.  The full-version game, at about $4.70, has been updated with improved touch controls.  A free demo version is brand new to the Android market.

Atomic Bomber, set in 1970, has you defending Europe from enemy invasion.  Bomb your opponents with falling weapons, using basic physics to get the timing and trajectory just right.  An update to the Android game brings extra lives and performance improvements, along with an occasional gaming necessity – a mute button.

Upcoming fun

EA Games announced its plans for a bigger focus on the Android platform at the Deutsche Bank Conference this week, noting a dedication to current trends for the iPhone alternatives.  Some 20 titles will soon be available in the Android Market, including Flick Kick Boxing and Ninja Fruit.

Epic Game’s Unreal Engine SDK is making a big Android debut soon, with plans for an upcoming release. The expanded support will encourage graphically-enhanced games in the Android Market, moving beyond the iPhone audience for quality titles.