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Math Scramble tops Fresh Android Games of the Week

by Ian Black

More great games hit the Android Market this week. From math puzzlers to tank battles, via a unique take on Pac-Man, hunting, and robotic love, there was certainly a lot of variety to enjoy. Read on for our take on some of the best titles from the past seven days.

Math Scramble (Free)

Billed as Scrabble meets math, this app gives you a board of balls, each containing a number or a mathematical operator. The challenge shows at the bottom: create an equation that equals 23, for example. Then you draw across adjacent balls with your finger, up down, left and right, until you’ve met the goal. The more balls used in your answer, the higher your score. Great for teaching kids to think fast.

Tank Hero (Free)

Your tank comes fully equipped for battle with artillery shell-firing canon, howitzer machine guns, and heat-seeking missile launchers. Dodge obstacles and maneuver across the battlefield using multi-touch or trackball. War is hell but somebody has to do it, so it might as well be somebody who enjoys it!

This app’s Beta release is over. Now, download the full-version for free, while you can, in the Android Market. The creators promise more weapons, more levels, and more epic Armageddon in the near future.

PacMap (Free)

What you’ve always secretly feared has come true. You are Pac-Man! Run through the streets of your own city swallowing yellow dots. Dodge and weave through side streets and alleys to avoid the being eaten yourself by the red and blue ghosts.

The app overlays a PacMan homage over Google Maps in this public Beta release. Your Android’s GPS provides the location. Your legs provide the get-up-and-go. Get off the couch and gobble! But, don’t play on a busy street, warn the creators.

Robo 3: Gears of Love (~$1.54)

Even robots need love. And, babies! Robo and his robo-lady want a child but they’ll have to build it. To do so, Robo must invade a frozen military installation to gather the necessary parts. That’s where you come in. Guide Robo through a series of challenges mazes by moving boulders, avoiding laser cannons, and other obstacles.

Try the limited Lite version for free, or go unlocked for approximately $1.54.

Deer Hunter – African Safari ($4.99)

Satisfy your violent tendencies without actually killing anything. The creators of Deer Hunter 3D return with a new hunting safari adventure. Choose your exotic destination – Cameroon, Tanzania, or South Africa. Then, pick your wild beast – lion, kudo, elephant, or cuddly little lemur. Just kidding about the lemur.

Head out on a multi-day hunt and watch the realistic sky turn from dawn to noon to dusk. Or, go for a quick hunt. But, careful, wild animals sometimes charge if they are only wounded.