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It’s been another eventful week for Android games, with the newly released Froggy Jump hopping its way up the charts, and the music-themed DJ Rivals topping charts all its own. Third party marketplaces are gaining steam, with the Amazon Appstore continuing to act as a promotional game hub, touting a sporty Angry Birds Rio edition. Gameloft is usually known for its absence from the Android Market, but its new title, Asphalt 6, is available in Google’s marketplace.
Froggy Jump (Free)
Froggy Jump is a new hit, with a special allure that’s got gamers hopping all over this release. A promise to have an alien planet named after you is quite an incentive for reaching new heights in this game, incorporating gamers’ achievements into future editions. The platform jumper takes your frog up and across the screen, launching him into the air to collect jewels and avoid enemies. You’ll also have to avoid spiky platforms, but there’s plenty of booster features to help you defeat all the obstacles this game will throw at you. Earn shields, safety lasers, magnets and other items for super powers, and other unlockable perks include new themes and additional jewels. This game is free to download.
Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD ($6.99)
Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD has followed fellow Gameloft title Modern Combat 2 to the Android Market, growing the publisher’s faith in Google’s mobile app shop. This HD racing game is an Android favorite, seeking an even broader audience through the additional market. The game is involved, with detailed tracks in various locations like New Orleans and other cities. Choose your car, be it a BMW or Audi, and pull up to the start line. Steer with the accelerometer, while additional controls appear on the touch screen. The updated version has an even cleaner interface, so you can pay attention to the race.
DJ Rivals (Free)
DJ Rivals builds on the popularity of games like Rock Band, which have found ways to incorporate more machine-instruments into the genre. For mobile game play, the result is something like Tap Tap Revenge. The objective? To destroy your opponents in a battle of the beats. The free Android game is multiplayer, so battles take on real-world significance, even tying-in your GPS location for local rivalries. The more you win, the more cash you earn. Use it to buy better equipment, make better mixes, and improve your stats overall.
Cleopatra’s Pyramid (Free)
Cleopatra’s Pyramid is a new take on pyramid solitaire, with hundreds of levels to unlock and ancient-themed backgrounds to hold your interest during gameplay. This illustrated game comes with themed cards as well, with treasure rewards for every level you beat. Build your own pyramid with your amassed treasure, and rein over the leaderboards, which are integrated with Facebook. This Android game is free to download, but requires in-app purchases to advance through all the stages and level challenges. If your card games need some colorful backdrops for added stimulation, Cleopatra’s Pyramid is a good fix, as long as you’re in the mood for pyramid solitaire.
N.O.V.A. 2 ($4.99)
While Asphalt 6 got premier Market placement, Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 2 is just making its way across Android’s disparate family of devices. When N.O.V.A. 2 first launched on Android, it was exclusive to the Xperia Play gaming device. A tweet from Gameloft announced N.O.V.A. 2’s support for all compatible Android devices, which leaves it to higher-end phones/tablets to run this HD title properly. The futuristic war game makes friends and enemies of aliens, a sequel picking up where the first edition left off. N.O.V.A. 2 will likely make its way to the Android Market as well, being one of Gameloft’s more popular titles.
Angry Birds Rio (Free/$0.99)
Rovio is switching up its strategy, launching an Angry Birds update in the Amazon Appstore first, leaving Google’s Android Market to play catch up. Angry Birds Rio was first exclusive to the Amazon Appstore, noting Rovio’s certainty in this secondary market, so this may be cause for preference. Angry Birds Rio has a round of new levels in the new episode Beach Volley. With the 30 new challenges there’s more achievements and trophies to earn, a worthy update for the game. An Android Market update is expected soon.