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Reckless Getaway leads Android Games of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

From the makers of Reckless Racing comes another adventuresome game, Reckless Getaway. With a theme similar to the original game, you’re pitted against the police in a chase to the end. This week also saw the Android-exclusive release of cult PC classic, Minecraft, plus a few other interesting titles.

Reckless Getaway ($2.99)

In this reckless spin-off, you’re on the run, escaping the police as the getaway driver for your thieving conspirators. Featuring intense police chases, you must weave your way through oncoming traffic, avoid driving into walls and generally stay on the road. Reckless Getaway offers over a dozen new tracks to explore, with additional levels and game modes to unlock. The added element of being chased makes this new game all the more thrilling, and it’s great to see this level of progression for a sequel title.

Minecraft - Pocket Edition ($6.99)

Minecraft has made a breakthrough release onto the Android Market, with a revised version of the game designed for mobile play. With the Pocket Edition, you still have a world of materials at your disposal, letting your imagination run wild with the structures you can build. It’s a far more serene landscape, however, as there’s no nighttime monsters coming to hunt you down. Given the popularity of Minecraft, it will be interesting to see the game evolve for mobile play, but this initial release has a clear focus on the construction side of things.

Empire Story (Free)

Last week brought the launch of My City, while this week delivers another construction game, this time from TeamLava. Empire Story is a social take on building games, with the ability for you and friends to share your empire creations. Add temples, arenas, homesteads and marketplaces, with a variety of structures to choose from. You can customize your buildings to some extent, and generate “revenue” based on the health of your city. It’s the city’s ability to support itself that will make you a great ruler of the empire, with a growing and happy population to sustain it.

7 Little Words (Free)

This puzzle game is rising in rank, with an interesting mix of popular word games. For each puzzle you get seven clues, seven mystery words and 20 letter groups. You must determine the mystery words by deciphering the clues, and subsequently combining the letter groups. If you always have a copy of Variety Word Games on your night stand or travel bag, this challenging mobile game will really grab your attention. The puzzles are small enough to hold your interest, but hard enough to keep you aroused. The first 30 games are free, with the option to purchase more in-app.

Cowboys & Aliens ($2.99)

It’s a prime time for the launch of Gameloft’s Coyboys & Aliens game, given the recent Hollywood release of the movie. It’s a Western of epic proportions, with Zeke’s lasso and space rifle out to defend the human race. This game features gun fight galore, with battle scenes on trains, through canyons and even an alien spaceship. The side-scrolling platformer is simple, but relies on the basics of video games, making it enjoyable enough for mobile game play.

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