St. Patrick’s Day Angry Birds update tops Android Games of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Another holiday, another seasonal update for everyone’s favorite Android game, Angry Birds. This time it’s St. Patty that’s gotten these birds’ feathers ruffled, but that’s just more opportunities for you to catch a pot of gold. Also, tower defense games continue to take over the Android Market, with several this week from bygone eras.

Ninjas, robots and angry birds

Angry Birds Seasons has been updated for St. Patrick’s Day, with bonuses sprinkled throughout the additional 15 levels of fun. Get the treasured pot o’ gold after collecting all the secret eggs, with clovers and other gold pieces enticing you all along. Even the pigs get into the holiday spirit, donning hats and clovers of their own. This Android game is free.

Ninjas are known for their stealthiness, and that’s a key skill in the up-and-coming Ninja Dash. In this free game, you’re the stealthy one, tilting your phone from one direction to the other in order to get your character to navigate each level’s obstacles. Collect new weapons, power-up with special food and work your way up to Ninja Master.

Pandas vs Ninjas Zoom has hit the Android Market, with new levels, new features and zoom in/out support. You can get closer than ever to the game, defining your tactics as you help these pandas defend their home. The Angry Birds alternative continues to gain traction with Android gamers, making physics-based games all the more popular.

Cordy is a cute little robot that’s making his way through futuristic urban spaces. Use physics to navigate Cordy, making him run, jump, push and pull his way through complex levels. The popular Android game has recently been updated with a handful of new levels, delivering new challenges in this puzzling, robotic world. Cordy is free to download.

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Empire overthrow

The latest version of GRave Defense drops you in a post-apocalyptic world, where it’s your job to rebuild civilization. Along with the remaining humans, GRave Defense Silver is a fun tower defense game with involved mechanics for bartering, purchasing and establishing a local economy as well. This Android game version is free.

Cyberlords is another RPG where the omnipresent corporate structures are your primary enemies. Politically charged, it’s been left to you to lead the resistance, building an entire movement along with your army. Hack the over-lording security system, freeing the world from Big Brother’s watchful eye. The full version of this Android game costs just over $4.00.

In Medieval Castle Defense, you start with two fortified structures, and a handful of resources.  You must battle your way to more land, weapons and troops, destroying enemy creatures. The more achievements you reach, the more resources you’ll be given. This rewards-based game is steeped in strategy, with levels you’ll need to complete as part of the achievement system.

Pool and portals

Pool Master Pro is a new front runner this week, with great graphics and animation making for clean gameplay. The touch control on this game is pretty sensitive, and has custom settings, making trick shots as skillful on your Android as they are in real life. There are a few game modes to enjoy in this free title, including a practice mode, so you can work on those trick shots as many times as needed.

If you have an Android device with an NVIDIA-powered processor, then their new Tegra Zone app is a great starting place to find games that have been optimized for your device. The new game portal features titles like Fruit Ninja THD and Dungeon Defenders, which you can download to your phone and play on-demand.

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