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Papaya Games Android updates and other top apps of the week

by Kristen Nicole

There were lots of updates for Android games this week, including check-ins on Papaya’s platform, and better renderings for Jewels.  Looking down the pipeline, we’ve also got a ton of Ngmoco titles headed to Android, and possibly another device home, with an upcoming Sony game phone.

New and updated

Games integrated with Papaya’s social game platform can now include geo-location check-ins, adding a Foursquare-like feature to supported games.  Players can earn badges and medals based on their check-ins, adding another layer of fun for Android games.

The popular game Jewels has received a few updates in the past two weeks, fixing a number of bugs and increasing game speed to match the upcoming iPhone version.  Free, the Jewels Android app has also gotten a rendering optimization update, ensuring clean game play on the varied Android devices.

Layar has added a gaming feature to its free augmented reality app, giving multi-player shooters a lifelike backdrop.  Supporting live, multi-player games, the updated Android app is showing off some of the ways its augmented reality capabilities can be applied for gameplay.

Glu Mobile has dropped the price on Transformers G1: Awakening, from $4.99 to $2.99.  Team up your autobots, taking advantage of their individual strengths, to figure the best ways to defeat every level this Android game has to offer.  Collect Energon to power up your autobot, destroy your enemies and enjoy 3D battle scenes.

Blow UpBlow Up by Camel Games has seen some recent updates, and is a top performer this week.  In this Android game, you must use a bit of physics smarts to correctly level each building.  With 85 levels and varying challenges to your strategic destruction, its growing popularity has bumped the price up a dollar, to $2.99.

Another top performer this week was Apppeak Poker, a free Texas hold’em game with real-time, multi-player games.  Online rounds come with 1,000 daily chip bonus, in-game chat and a game log to track wins, losses and streaks.  A recent update to this Android poker portal also features new avatars and bug fixes.

Upcoming fun

Shortly after receiving an investment from Google Ventures, Ngmoco has announced its plans for developing games for the Android.  Already popular and profitable with its iPhone games, Ngmoco will soon bring favorites like GunRange and Rolando to the Android Market.

Sony has admitted that it’s working on an Android-powered phone capable of running Playstation games, joining two powerful platforms for mobile gameplay.  While there aren’t many details around the device or its availability expectations, we’re excited to see gaming take a powerful stance in the mobile market.

ArenaNet, makers of MMOG Guild Wars, is working on a mobile front for its upcoming Guild Wars 2. Making the popular PC series more mobile is an important goal for the game, and it will soon be accessible for online play via iOS and Android devices.