Fresh Android Apps for May 17: Cartoon Network Video, Battleheart, Random Mahjong

by Ian Black

If current trends continue, one day we will leave most earthly possessions behind and just pack our Android phones as we hit the road. In today’s fresh list, you can kiss your cable TV goodbye (Cartoon Network Video) and gift your antique Mahjong tile set to your grandmother (Random Majhong). You can also send all your Dungeons and Dragons buddies back to their mom’s basements, ‘cause you won’t need them anymore (Battleheart).

Cartoon Network Video (Free)

Who doesn’t love mobile video? Who doesn’t love cartoons? We’ve had a host of streaming video apps in the last month – including ESPN, Netflix and HBO – but depending on your world view, the Android Market may have saved the best for last.

Cartoon Network delivers both clips and full episodes of their top-rated shows including the kid-friendly – Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated, Batman, Ben 10, Generator Rex – and those for the older and more irreverent – Regular Show and Adventure Time.

Search for the shows you love or bring up a quick list of the most popular. Wondering when your favorites will run next on the network? Tap the schedule.

Battleheart ($2.99)

It’s best when game developers think hard about making a mobile game. The small touchscreens and a person’s limited time on-the-go make phones a challenging place for launching some games, but the creators of Battleheart sound like they strike the right balance.

This critically acclaimed iOS game combines a role-playing and a strategy game into one and also makes it easy to control with a few taps. You lead a merry band of heroes on a harrowing quest in a magical land. Choose special skills for each hero from a long list such that your band is well equipped for every challenge. Do battle with just a few well-placed taps on the screen.

Brilliant graphics and clever adventures will keep you coming back.

Random Majhong (Free)

Ever play the Chinese tile-based game called Majhong? Me neither, but this Android game makes me want to learn.

Apparently there are many versions of real Majhong – this game recreates a solitaire version of Shanghai Majhong. The “random” of the title comes from a random board generator making each time you play a new experience with as few as 32 tiles or as many as 152. Zoom in and out and fly across the board to plot your next move.

The rave customer reviews say the beautiful art piece tiles look great whether on an Android tablet or phone. Auto-save and auto-continue let you pick up where you left off. If the solution is just too tough, use the unwind feature to try again or play the solution walk-through of the entire board.