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Robo Defense HD Beta leads Android Games of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

It must be love that’s in the air, with Valentine’s Day updates for some of your favorite Android games. Gameloft has even discounted its HD games lineup, in case your love of games trumps chocolates. We’ve also got some flashy newbies in the Market, all in all boosting the high end game count for Android users.

For the love of HD

Robo Defense released an HD Beta version this week, dipping its toe in Android waters. The tower defense title is reaching “classic” status in the Market. It’s a well-crafted game featuring clean graphics, involved gameplay and structured objectives. Build your digital empire, calling on an army of robots to protect and serve. This early test app is free.

The new Flash Game Player for Android offers another course for playing Flash games outside of your mobile browser. The free app lets you save SWF games to your phone’s SD card, so you can play them offline. Gameplay differs depending on the game you port, but it’s nice to see developing options around the high-end game sector.

Gameloft has knocked off more than 60 percent of the price for some of its non-market HD Android games, giving you a chance to snap up their newer titles including Gangstar: Miami Vindication, Shrek Kart and Let’s Golf! 2. The seasonal price breaks are common for Gameloft, and an increasing number of Android apps are able to support HD games. You have until the end of Valentine’s Day to catch this fleeting deal.

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Ode to Android

Angry Birds has a seasonal update for its strategic arcade game as well, bringing new themes, levels and bonuses to millions of Android gamers. But these birds aren’t the only ones flying this holiday. Cupid catches falling hearts in Angel Heart, keeping them safe from Valentine’s Day despair. Both of these games are free.

AT&T’s love match with OpenFeint births a social gaming platform for the wireless carrier. The partnered portal will offer OpenFeint favorites like Fruit Ninja, the popular produce-slicing game. The more you splatter, the more points you earn. See how skilled your swift slices can get, working your way up levels and leaderboards. This Android game costs just over $1.00.

The Android love doesn’t end for Super Drill Panic, with a Chapter 2 update to this platform game. Dig for treasure, collect your rewards, and use the stolen booty to upgrade your digging gear. The update brings a dozen more levels to root through, with new treasures to discover.  This OpenFeint-network game is about $1.35.

PewPew is a new shooter in the Android Market, that has already found its way into the hearts of thousands of gamers. The multi-directional shooter is retro in style, pitting your pithy gun against an onslaught of enemy ships, the likes of which you only see in sci-fi movies. This game is free to download.

iSinkU is for sea lovers with a Battleship mentality. Strategize your military takeover, organizing your fleet of four boats and a submarine in the open water. Avoid hits from your opponent, as each move could be your last. This strategy game is free.


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