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New Android apps worth downloading: Issuu update, Bad Hotel, Naught 2

by Phil Hornshaw

Today's haul of fresh apps kicks off with a newly redesigned Issuu, an app full of publications that lets you search and read all your favorites. In the games department comes Bad Hotel, a strategy game in which you'll add rooms to a growing hotel in order to defend it from attackers, and Naught 2, a side-scrolling platformer in which you'll need to manipulate gravity in order to progress.

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Issuu update (Free)

IssuuWhat’s it about? Browse through thousands of publications and view articles in an easy to read interface with Issuu.

What’s cool? Issuu is like having a whole newsstand in your Android device. The app is packed full of publications that you can easily search through to find the kinds of articles you want to read, which are arranged by category as well as by name. You can then tap in and read what interests you, or search for things like academic articles and catalogues, or create a feed of publications that you enjoy. Issuu updates with some 20,000 new publications every day across 30 languages, and you can share your favorite magazines to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The app's latest update brings a new redesign with personalized recommendations and more.

Who’s it for? Avid readers looking for a mobile way to consume magazines and other publications should check out Issuu.

What’s it like? Do more mobile reading with Flipboard and Google Currents.

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Bad Hotel ($1.99)

Bad HotelWhat’s it about? Build and defend a hotel by adding rooms outfitted with weapons and other defenses in Bad Hotel.

What’s cool? A bit of a tower defense game, Bad Hotel has players working to defend a hotel from an onslaught of enemies of all sorts. In order to do that, you'll have to add rooms to your hotel tower, each with a different use for your defense. Some have guns, others provide bonuses, and a strategic combination of different weapons and capabilities is key to defeating the bad guys bent on tumbling your tower. Bad Hotel also has a quirky storyline and an interesting musical aspect, with each room generating a different musical tone to create an on-the-fly soundtrack.

Who’s it for? Fans of strategy titles will want to test their building and defense prowess in Bad Hotel.

What’s it like? Try developer Lucky Frame's other game, the fast-paced multiplayer title Gentelmen!.

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Naught 2 ($0.99)

Naught 2What’s it about? Side-scrolling platformer Naught 2 has players manipulating gravity to move a character through a vast underground world.

What’s cool? Moving through the side-scrolling world of Naught 2 isn't just about holding down buttons and hopping over obstacles. Instead, players have to use either touch or accelerometer control schemes and manipulate gravity, turning the world as you move through it in order to dodge obstacles and progress forward. Naught 2 includes more than 30 levels to work play through, as well as a time trial game mode that gives you more ways to play through the game.

Who’s it for? If you like side-scrolling platformers with fresh gameplay mechanics, try Naught 2.

What’s it like? You'll also want to grab the original Naught, and you might find something similar in Vector.