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NVIDIA Tegra titles top Android Games of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

With a slew of NVIDIA Tegra-powered Android tablets wowing spectators at CES last month, it’s no wonder games optimized for larger, HD screens are bombarding the Market. Backbreaker THD and Samurai 2: Vengeance are two of the freshly formatted games, leading Android gamers to new territory. Multiplayer games continue to gain popularity as well. Here are this week’s top Android games.

NVIDIA Tegra

The Super Bowl may have passed, but the football season lives on in Backbreaker THD. Optimized for NVIDIA Tegra, this sports-themed game offers fluid gameplay and HD graphics.  Customize your team, rank your wins on the leaderboard and watch instant replays on the jumbotrons. This Android winner is $4.99.

Daisuke is on a quest for revenge in the Tegra-optimized Samurai 2: Vengeance. March through distant lands, killing off enemies and working your way to the arch-enemy, Orochi. This fighting game sequel, with its extensive RPG elements and impressive manga art, costs nearly $5.00 but is full of great features.

Spectral Souls has been fittingly updated for high-powered Android devices, taking the popular Japanese RPG global. A full-scale tactical RPG, Spectral Souls is a heavily involved game, with nearly 100 characters, movie-clip creation, and stunningly dark graphics. A necessity for true fans, this Android game is just under $15.00.

The graphically-enhanced Hardwoord Solitaire IV was first seen at CES, showing off NVIDIA’s Tegra Android devices. This casino collection is 10 games in one, giving traditional solitaire games new life through a reinvented perspective. The fantasy theme adds a little magic to this $4.99 game pack.

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More players, please

Golf Battle 3D is just the thing for antsy golfers awaiting spring. With beautiful courses and eye-catching graphics, the sun’s always shining on this multiplayer game. Choose your club, set the trajectory and watch your ball fly. Play in real-time with other golfers, and work your way up the leaderboards. This Android game is about $3.00.

Gianormous Games is back with another Tower Raiders title. The new Tower Raiders 2 Beta puts you in the air commander seat, dropping bombs on enemies with strategic aim and timing. Defend power crystals from alien invaders in this free Android game, and test out the beta before the game’s official release.

In the spirit of Zelda’s 25th birthday, fantasy games remain classics. Add an RPG and you’ve got Sword Requiem, a top performer in the Android Market this week. This strategy multiplayer has a developed plot, plenty of achievements and bonuses to pull you through the game. While Sword Requiem runs for $2.99, the Lite version is free.

Just plain fun

If Angry Birds leaves you hungry for another porky adventure, try Aporkalypse. This new climber is a strategy arcade game, where you must save the swine from impending danger. There’s four characters in Aporkalypse, teamed together over 30 levels of piggy peril. Each puzzle brings new challenges for the characters’ skills. The full version of HandyGames’ latest is about $4.00.

Pinball Deluxe has been a quick success in the Android Market, bringing classic gameplay to your mobile phone. With three tables to choose from, stellar graphics and rather accurate gameplay mechanisms, this ambitious arcade game is hard to put down. Pinball Deluxe is free.

Guns 'n' Glory, another popular title from HandyGames, has been updated with two new campaigns: Dakota and Oregon bring 20 new maps to explore. This Wild West tower defense game also features new units and difficulty settings, doubling game time and fun. The full version of this Android game is about $4.00.

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