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Fresh Android Apps for July 2: Google Play Magazines, The Amazing Spider-Man, Lightopus

by Marty Gabel

Start the new week by downloading some of your favorite magazines and subscribing to them via your Android device with Google Play Magazines. Next, get your game on in time for the new Amazing Spider-Man movie which will see you battling your way through New York City. Finally, we’ve got Lightopus, a beautiful-looking action/adventure game with an underwater theme.

Google Play Magazines (Free)

First announced at the Google I/O opening keynote last week, Google Play Magazines is now available to download directly. It allows you to enjoy your favorite magazines, anywhere you go, whether you’re using an Android smartphone or tablet.

There are hundreds of bestselling magazines on offer and you can shop a wide selection of titles covering cooking, technology, sports, travel, fashion, photography and more. It’s easy to purchase both new issues or back issues and most titles offer free 14- or 30-day trials if you don’t want to commit immediately.

The Amazing Spider-Man ($6.99)

Just in time for the movie of the same name comes this game tie-in which offers plenty of action and a whole city to explore. This official title offers 25 immersive missions inspired by the movie and follows the story quite closely. It also lets you explore five distinct New York boroughs freely.

You’ll need to web-sling and crawl your way through an open, fully 3-D New York while using your amazing skills to save the city, cleaning out thugs and villains along the way. The game offers cutting-edge graphics with advanced shaders and visual effects, plus plenty of action, combos and upgrades to keep things fresh.

Lightopus (Free)

A popular game on iOS, we’re happy to see Lightopus offered on Android now, and for free. You play as the only Lightopus left alive, an underwater species on the brink of extinction. You’re charged with rescuing the young Lightopus (Lightopii?) and freeing them from the monsters in the Abyss.

Lightopus offers interesting gameplay, and you’ll need to balance your ability to survive with the need to score more points in each level. The game features some very pretty illuminated graphics, but the developer’s notes warn that it’s a CPU- and GPU-intensive game, so low spec devices may experience a decrease in performance.

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