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While there are plenty of great things about the Google Play store, it’s certainly not perfect. Thankfully Google continues to refine the store slowly but surely, adding little features along the way that make our mobile lives just that little bit easier. Case in point, it seems Google is now making it easier to see when a game is on sale.

As you might already know, this isn’t exactly new to the Play Store, as this feature has been available for a while for movies, books, and music. Interestingly enough, the games that are marked on sale so far seem to be only of a Batman-themed nature. This includes a few LEGO Batman titles as well as Teeny Titans – Teen Titans Go!

Play Store now starting to show both original and sale prices for apps

Checking out other non-Batman-related titles that we know are on sale yields no similar sales tags just yet. This could likely have to do with the today’s arrival of the LEGO Batman Movie, though hopefully it comes to other games and apps in short order.

For those curious, these changes aren’t just for the Google Play app, but also seem to apply to the web listings via Chrome as well.

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January 1, 2017

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 177th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Xposed Framework is eventually coming to Android Nougat. Developer rovo89 announced this week that it was in the works. During the announcement, rovo89 explained how different the challenges have been updating from Marshmallow to Nougat. The big obstacle seems to be how Nougat installs apps because it did change quite a bit. There isn’t an ETA on the release yet, but it’s good to know that it’s coming.
  • Casey Neistat’s Beme app is officially dead and gone. As most of you know, Casey sold the company to CNN in late 2016. The app’s fate was decided by CNN shortly afterward. The app itself was okay, but nothing special. You just covered the proximity sensor on your device and it recorded a short clip. That clip then went to Beme. We don’t know if CNN has any future plans for the app or its team.
  • It was announced this week that Animal Crossing’s mobile debut will be delayed. Nintendo stated that the release would happen in the next fiscal year. Since the fiscal year begins in April, that’s the earliest that the game could see a release. We’re not sure yet if Nintendo is going to make it a pay-once game like Super Mario Run or a freemium game like Pokemon Go. Frankly, at this point, it could go either way.
  • Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. As it turns out, you have some options if you want to stream the game. Fox Sports is going to stream the game for free without authentication. That is likely your best bet. AT&T and Verizon also have offerings for their users, although Verizon’s is better. Finally, you can use the Fox Sports VR app to stream it via VR. The choice is yours and there are plenty of options.
  • Google Play announced their top trending apps and games for January 2017. On the app side of things, there were apps like CNN, Learn Chinese, Dubsmash, and others. For games, Star Wars: Force Arena, My Talking Hank, and WWE: Champions ruled the day. It also listed some fun apps and games that’ll be coming out this month that we’ll be sure to talk to you about.

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Strange Telephone

Price: $3.99
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Strange Telephone is a retro adventure game with a lot going for it. The basic premise is that you are in a strange world. Your goal is to find item sand explore other strange worlds. You get there by making phone calls. Ultimately, you have to escape the world you're trapped in. It also features charming retro graphics and sound effects. It's a pay-once game with no in-app purchases.
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EZ Web Cast Video

Price: Free
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EZ Web Video Cast is a browser with the ability to cast video to your TV. It works when you go to a site and then play a video. The app intercepts the request and asks if you want to watch it on TV. During our testing, it works fairly well although there are plenty of sites that aren't supported yet. It has a lot of potential and the developers seem fairly responsive to bad reviews. It's totally free to download and use if you want it.
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Book of Unwritten Tales 2

Price: $4.99
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Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is an adventure game with a fantasy theme. It features decent, colorful graphics, good mechanics, and a pretty good sense of humor. You'll also get about 20 hours of game play, an all-star voiceover cast, and four different characters. The game has had very positive reviews so far. It's surprisingly good. You can pick it up for $4.99 and there are no in-app purchases.
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Inkitt

Price: Free
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Inkitt is an ebook reader that helps you find free stuff to read. It's a platform where indie writers can upload their stuff. Consequently, you can download it. Everything is also free and in English. The app features a decent, clean interface along with a few basic reading options to make your experience more enjoyable. We don't think it'll trounce Amazon anytime soon, but it's a good spot to find some decent stuff for free. The app itself is also free to download.
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Fire Emblem Heroes

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Fire Emblem Heroes is the latest game from Nintendo. This one is a freemium adventure that takes place in the Fire Emblem universe. It's reminiscent of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius wherein you play as a hero who can summon other heroes from the various Fire Emblem games. There is a campaign mode along with several other modes that you can play. Early reviews are positive which is a good sign. It's free to download with in-app purchases if you're interested.
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15 best action games for Android!


Action games are among the most popular on any platform. They get the blood pumping, the fingers moving, and it’s a great way to test your reflexes and wits. There are a variety of action games out there, including shooters, fighting games, adventure games, platformers, and more which makes narrowing it down a little difficult. Nevertheless, here are the best action game on Android.


Alto's Adventure

Price: Free / $3.99
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Alto's Adventure was one of the most popular runner games of 2016. It's a rather simple game. You ski down a hill forever while you leap over giant chasms, collect llamas, and avoid other dangerous obstacles. The game also contains simple, Material Design inspired graphics and it plays very smoothly. Its endless runner nature means that you'll be constantly dodging stuff while skiing down the hill. It's a good option for those who want something cheap that plays well and fits in with other action games.
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Asphalt Xtreme

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Asphalt Xtreme is a racing game from Gameloft. It's an off-road racing game where you race against competitors. There are five total game modes, over 400 races, 500 challenges, and 35 vehicles to race with more to come. The game also has an online multiplayer where you can race against up to eight opponents. It's a freemium game so it'll have the usual pitfalls. However, Gameloft makes up for it by having a ton of stuff to do and the racing can get intense. Especially in multiplayer mode.
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Critical Ops

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Critical Ops is one of the up an coming first person shooters. That also makes it one of the better action games. It's carries a standard modern premise where you can play as terrorists or as a counter-terrorism unit. It also includes one of the better online multiplayers for a shooter on mobile. It keeps things simple and boasts a more skill-based game play than most. It's a good option if you like social shooters. It's also technically still in the developmental stages. That means it'll get better over time. It's currently free with in-app purchases.
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Duet

Price: Free / $2.99
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Duet is a shockingly intense game for how minimal it is. The premise is that you rotate two balls around a central axis. Your goal is to dodge platforms by rotating the two balls. In practice, it's harder than it sounds. You'll also see marks on the platforms where you messed up so you can see it coming next time. You get the main campaign mode for free and you can unlock additional game modes and content with a single in-app purchase. It's a good minimal game and it shows that you don't need amazing graphics for an intense experience.
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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

Price: $9.99
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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is an arcade game that packs a lot of action. You'll travel around 3D maps destroying a variety of things in fantastical, colorful explosions. The game features over 100 levels, 15 grids to play on, 12 game modes, and a range of abilities and companions to take with you. There is also a hardcore mode where you can play without abilities or companions. You can play with a hardware controller if you prefer as well. It's a tad expensive at $9.99. However, you'll only have to pay once.
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15 best action games for Android!

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January 1, 2017

Into the Night

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Into the Night is an infinite runner with zombies. Your goal will be to run along a bleak and silhouetted landscape while you shoot down as many zombies as you can. Your goal is to make it as far into the hoard as you can before you're overtaken. The game includes a variety of weapons, power ups, and other buffs to help you make it as long as possible. There are even missions to help keep you going. It's free to download if you're interested.
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Riptide GP: Renegade

Price: $2.99
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Riptide GP: Renegade is a racing game from a critically acclaimed series of titles. It's a waverunner game where you race jet skis instead of cars. The waves affect the race track and that can make races intense. As you progress through the campaign, you'll have access to upgraded jet skis and harder competition. The game also includes an online multiplayer mode in case you want to race real people. It comes with local multiplayer mode and you can even race split screen if you have two hardware game pads. It's a really good game and one of the few good racing games with no in-app purchases.
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Rockstar Games

Price: Varies
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Rockstar Games has a decent library of action games. The most recognizable are the Grand Theft Auto titles. There are just under half a dozen available, each with their own story line and situations. Additionally, the studio released Bully. It shares a similar open-world, mission-based mechanics but with a different setting. All of the games are pretty good and most come with things like hardware controller support. Some even come with cloud save support. The games don't cost much and they don't have in-app purchases either. They're solid games worthy of consideration.
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Sky Force Reloaded

Price: Free / $1.99
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Sky Force Reloaded is a top-down shooter with tons of action. Each level has you flying through a battlefield, destroying enemies, complete in-level objectives, and avoid being destroyed. The game also has various aircraft to unlock, upgrades, and card buffs to make things easier. It rounds out the experience with beautiful, colorful graphics, voice over work, and a decent soundtrack. It's a time waster, but it's one you'll have to pay attention to if you want to win. It's a fantastic title and worth a shot.
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Sonic 4

Price: $2.99 each
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Sonic 4 is the latest platformer in the acclaimed series. It's the most recent on mobile, anyway. This episodic adventure features the basic Sonic mechanics across a different adventure. The titles also include a new set of villains, new moves, collaborative play, controller support, and more. Each episode of the series is its own game so you'll have to buy Episode I and II separately. Thankfully, they're both the same price and have no in-app purchases. Classic Sonic games make for excellent, family-friendly action games.
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January 1, 2017

Super Phantom Cat

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Super Phantom Cat is an action platformer. It boasts being an ode to the platformers of old. That means you'll see a variety of little tricks, obstacles, and themes that you may have seen before. It comes with retro graphics, decent controls, and tons of stuff to do. There is a story and it's a little goofy. Aside from the main set of levels, there are also bonus levels for you to try out. It's technically a freemium game, but it's one of the least aggressive freemium titles we've seen. It's one of the better platformer action games.
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Unkilled

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Unkilled is a shooter where you mow down tons and tons of zombies. The game is developed by Madfinger Games, the same company that does the Dead Trigger series. It includes over 150 story line missions, two online multiplayer modes, tons of guns to collect and upgrade, and various challenges, events, and extras to engage with. You'll also be treated to some top notch mobile gaming graphics. The graphics get even better if you have a device with a Tegra X1 processor. It's a freemium game and that's not ideal. However, it's still one of the best action games out there.
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VOEZ

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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VOEZ is one of only a few good rhythm games for Android. It uses the touch screen well. You not only have to tap the screen at the appropriate moments, you'll also have to swipe, slide, and move around quite a bit. The base game has a decent number of songs that you can play. You can download additional packs to improve your collection. Some of them are free and others require money. The graphics are colorful and the game play is smooth. It's difficult to find good rhythm games, but they also make good action games because you'll be completely engaged while playing.
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15 best action games for Android!

Warhammer 40,000 Freeblade

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Warhammer 40,000 Freeblade is one of many games in the Warhammer 40,000 franchise. The campaign mode has you driving a mech and mowing down bad guys in third person. You can customize and upgrade your mech as you progress to make it more powerful, Or you can make it look cooler. Your call. There are also daily missions you can complete. The game is still in development and more features such as online multiplayer and more weapons are coming in future updates. It's worth a shot, especially if you like action games and shooters.
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Xenowerk

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Xenowerk is a third person shooter that plays similarly to the old Contra games in the 1990s. Your goal is to go from level to level killing bad guys, avoid death, and avoid obstacles. The game features 70 levels, each with increasing difficulty. There is also a range of gear that you can collect, Google Play Games leaderboards and achievements, and a rating system that judges you based on performance. The controls are decent and some players have reported being able to play it offline. It's not one of the more well-known action games, but it's pretty decent.
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15 best Android tower defense games

Tower Defense games were one of the first genres on mobile to really capture the mobile gaming audience. The biggest reason is because the games almost exclusively feature simple tap controls. Thus, the controls are extremely well suited for touch screens. They’re not quite the draw they used to be, but we’ve seen some excellent titles come out over the last couple of years. Here are the best tower defense games for Android.


Bloons TD 5

Price: $2.99 with in-app purchases
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Bloons TD 5 is a tower defense game with a cartoon element and our readers tore us a new one when we didn’t put this on the list the first time around. It’s a fun little game that adheres to most of the core mechanics of most tower defense games. You’ll have 21 towers with a variety of upgrade options, over 50 levels, 250 missions, special stuff, and a whole lot more. The graphics aren’t too bad and the three different game modes will keep you playing for a good, long time.
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Defenders: TD Origins

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Defenders is another tower defense game with above average graphics. It also has a lot of stuff to do. This game is a hybrid of collectible card game and tower defense. You obtain towers, spells, etc by unlocking their cards. Each one can receive 25 upgrades. It sports a story line complete with boss fights as well as various challenge modes to keep things interesting. There is a lot of content here to keep you playing. You can also get a little extra out of it if you have a device rocking a Tegra processor. It's pretty good and it's been around for a while.
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Defense Zone 3

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Defense Zone 3 is the latest of a popular series of tower defense games. It features a lot of the mechanics from the prior two games along with some new stuff to freshen things up. It also features several difficulty modes, eight kinds of turrets, special battles, and support for 20 languages. The graphics are also pretty good. It's a freemium game and that's not necessarily ideal. However, it's still a pretty decent game.
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Digfender

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Digfender is a fun take on the tower defense genre. Each level gives you a basic map. You'll then have to dig your level out yourself and defend the path you dig. The game features 70 levels, a survival mode where you can challenge for leaderboard supremacy, achievements, and a variety of upgrades. It also boasts no pay walls or wait timers so you can play as much as you want. It's one of the most underrated tower defense games out there.
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Dungeon Defense

Price: $0.99 with in-app purchases
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Dungeon Defense is another interesting tower defense title. It's similar to Plants vs Zombies. You'll have a field along with a left border. You place heroes on the border and they fight off bad guys who try to cross the field. It has a little more action and input from the player than most tower defense games. You can collect various weapons and upgrades to help make the defense easier. There are also achievements if that matters to you. It's a good little game, especially considering it was built by a single developer. $0.99 is also relatively inexpensive.
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June 23, 2016

Element TD

Price: $2.99
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Element TD is a newer pay-once tower defense game in a genre that is quickly being overtaken by freemium titles. It features simple graphics and a fairly standard premise. There are maps, you lay down towers, and hope they can get the job done. There is an elemental mechanic where the elements you choose determine which towers you can lay down. That helps provide an extra layer of challenge. There are also 44 towers, 50 different bad guys, 30 achievements, and five difficulty settings. It's a solid overall game and it's worth a shot.
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Infinitode

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Infinitode is a minimal tower defense game with fairly simple graphics. The minimalism of the game allows you to build like a madman and boasts the ability to create 1000 towers at once. As you can imagine, the maps are gigantic and there's a map editor so you can have some fun. Every level is endless, there are global updates during games that change the situations, and more. The game is one of the more unique games we've seen. It's also great for those who love only the most chaotic tower defense games. It's free to download with in-app purchases. However, the developer states in the description that you should be able to unlock everything without buying anything.
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15 best Android tower defense games

Kingdom Rush games

Price: Varies with in-app purchases
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The Kingdom Rush series is one of the most prolific and highly rated tower defense games on the list. It adheres strictly to the classic tower defense mechanics which has garnered it a tiny bit of vitriol from more serious gamers, but most people still really enjoy these titles. There are three total, including Kingdom Rush, Kingdom Rush Frontiers, and Kingdom Rush Origins. They all have similar mechanics with small upgrades throughout the series so you can’t go wrong either way. The first Kingdom Rush game is free with no in-app purchases which makes it a great jumping in point.
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Myth Defense LF

Price: Free / $2.99 / $3.99
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Myth Defense is a family of pay-once tower defense games for those who dislike freemium. The basic mechanics are purely tower defense. It also adds things such as random maps, alchemy, and more. There are 18 maps in the campaign mode, two difficulty levels, 22 towers (along with three traps), 33 total levels, and support for multiple languages. You can also play both difficulties at once with each one having its own save file. There are two games in the series (Myth Defense LF and Myth Defense 2) and both them are relatively inexpensive. They're worth a shot.
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Net Invaders

Price: Free
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Net Invaders is a tower defense game released by, if you can believe it, Cisco Systems. The game has you saving Cisco Security island from an imminent threat. Your job is to build towers and defend it from security threats. You'll be battling trojans, viruses, worms, and other types of malware. Each level has a star rating based on how well you did, but otherwise the game is pretty basic. It's also completely free to play with no in-app purchases and no advertisements. It updated in 2014 so it may not work very well with newer devices. Still, it's good
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15 best Android tower defense games

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July 14, 2016

Plants vs Zombies 1 and 2

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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The Plants vs Zombies games are arguably the most casual gamer-friendly tower defense games on the list. It doesn’t look like your classic tower defense but the mechanics are there. You must defend against waves of enemies by planting weaponzied plants in your yard to obstruct their path. It's long been one of the most popular tower defense games. Additionally, it’s a fun game and it’s great for casual gamers. The developers have also been consistent with adding in new content for those who have reached the end of the game.
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Tiny Guardians

Price: $3.99 with in-app purchases
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Tiny Guardians is a mix of an adventure game and a tower defense game. Your job is to play as a girl looking for her sorceress aunt who can also summon friends. You and those friends will defend yourselves from oncoming enemy onslaughts. There are 12 classes of characters that you can summon. Each one can get more powerful four times. It also includes 40 enemy types, boss fights, special events, various difficulties, and achievements. The in-app purchases are for cosmetic items like character skins. That means you'll have to beat the game on your own.
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Tower Defense: Legends TD

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Tower Defense: Legends is a fairly typical tower defense game. Bad guys march down the rows and you build towers to destroy them. The game includes 40 levels, a variety of towers and other units, heroes, boss fights, and even spells that you can cast. The graphics are clean and the in-app purchases aren't too bad. However, it is a freemium game which means it does have those pitfalls. It's a good basic, casual tower defense title for those looking for something simple.
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Tower Madness 2

Price: Free / $2.99
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Tower Madness 2 is one of the more popular tower defense games that has held up very well over the years. It features aliens and you’ll be defending yourself from all sorts of creatures. It features a total of 70 levels, nine towers, over a dozen enemies to battle, and seven campaigns to play through. That means it has no shortage of content. There are also online multiplayer capabilities, Google Play Games services, and support for hardware controllers. It’s a lot of fun and free to download if you want to play a bit before you buy it.
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Toy Defense: Fantasy Tower TD

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Toy Defense: Fantasy Tower is the latest game in the Toy Defense franchise. Like its predecessors, this game is both one of the more popular and better tower defense games. It follows many of the mechanics and graphical cues that made it popular. It also includes 96 levels, ground and air troops, heroes, a variety of bad guys, boss battles, and a lot more. The game also includes achievements as well as weekly tournaments to help keep players engaged. Give it a shot!
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2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)


2016 was an amazing year for apps and games. We saw some huge deals go down such as the purchase of LinkedIn by Microsoft, Gameloft by Vivendi, King by Blizzard, and many others. On top of that, the Google Play Store and Apple App Store saw gains across the board. According to most pundits, these gains should continue in 2017. That’s the future, though. Let’s take a look at the last year in the world of apps and games.

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2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

People spent more time in apps and games in 2016

The stats:
Perhaps the most important stat in all of 2016 was how long people spent inside of apps. According to App Annie, the average user spent over 150 billion more hours in apps in 2016 than they did in 2015. The number of hours spent in apps totaled nearly 900 billion. That’s good for about a 15% increase overall. Google Chrome, YouTube, and Facebook led this category. By a lot. We’re guessing Pokemon Go helped drive this metric a lot as well.


The takeaway:
The conversation completely changed in 2016. Download numbers stopped being the big metric that developers and pundits used to calculate an app’s success. Things like daily active users (DAUs) and time spent in an app became the more important metrics. Seeing large growth in this area is a better indication of how well the app market is doing than download numbers are. As you can see from the graph above, business is currently good and improving.


2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

People also downloaded more apps and games in 2016

The stats:
The number of apps and games downloaded in both Google Play and Apple’s App Store grew considerably in 2016. The number of downloads increased by 13 billion from 2015. Total apps and games downloads were over 90 billion overall. That’s a growth of 15%. Much like 2015, Google Play saw more download growth than Apple. China also contributed about 80% of Apple’s download growth.


The takeaway:
According to App Annie, most of the growth in iOS was for travel, finance, photo, and video apps. By contrast, Google saw a lot of growth from social, productivity, and tools. App Annie’s theory is that Google Play is present in more developing markets. Thus, their numbers continue to skew toward the essentials such as messaging apps, social media, and security apps. Apple’s prevalence in developed markets could be why their growth is in more specialized categories. That makes sense to us.


2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

Developers made more money on both platforms

The stats:
2016 was a huge year for revenue. The overall revenue for both major app stores combined improved by 40% from 2015. Overall, both stores made about $35 billion in total officially. The App Store’s revenue growth totaled 50% (about half of which came from China alone).
As per the norm, iOS outpaced Android in this instance although both markets saw solid growth. About 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games. That number drops to about 75% for iOS. When App Annie includes third-party Android stores and advertising revenue, the total climbs to a whopping $89 billion.


The takeaway:
Why are there so many freemium games on mobile? This is why. Companies go where the money is and it is inarguable that mobile gaming rules the revenue stream. We expect that trend to continue in 2017. Additionally, we can see that while Google Play and the App Store are popular and trusted, they represent less than half of the total mobile revenue stream. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is we can now see what kind of effect China can has on an app store. More than 70% of Chinese smartphone users use Android. Imagine if they also had a fully functioning Google Play Store.


2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

Developing markets are downloading all the things

The stats:
We’re starting to see a real drop in download growth from developed markets. In 2016, India surpassed the US in overall downloads while Brazil and Indonesia saw good growth. Four of the top five countries in “time spent in apps” were also developing markets. Basically, developing markets are where it’s at right now in terms of download growth and app usage.


The takeaway:
Remember when we said that download numbers weren’t that important anymore? This is why. We’re seeing serious maturation in developed markets. Users there have found the apps and games they like so the growth is beginning to taper off. By contrast, developing markets are seeing these apps for the first time and are downloading more of them. Support for developing countries (particularly language support) will be crucial as we expect developing markets to dominate the download charts for years to come.


2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

Mature markets download less, spend more

The stats:
Mature markets like Germany, Japan, and the United States aren’t showing the download growth they used to. Some developed markets, such as Japan, even saw a decrease in the number of apps and games downloaded in 2016. However, the amount of time spent in apps and the amount of money spent on them increased significantly. Even in countries where downloads were down.


The takeaway:
First thing’s first. Don’t let anyone tell you that people aren’t downloading apps or games in mature markets. All the graph shows is that people in these countries downloaded about the same number of apps and games that they did last year (which was a ton). The big takeaway is that these mature markets are finally starting to spend some real time and money on apps and games. This suggests that people in more mature markets are starting to get a bit more selective of what they download, but they’re willing to spend more time and money on the apps and games they do download.


2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

Video streaming grew in a big way

The stats:
Video streaming grew fairly quickly almost everywhere last year. The United States saw 250% revenue growth, China saw 370% growth, and the United Kingdom saw 420% growth. In overall revenue, the United States accounted for more than $200 million in revenue, China grew to over $125 million, and the UK is around $15 million. Those numbers are just for the top three streaming apps in each country. That’s very impressive.


The takeaway:
The proliferation of video streaming continues to be a dominant source of revenue in the app market. Additionally, App Annie noted that most users who subscribe to video streaming services were more likely to do it through an in-app purchase subscription model than going to the website or using another outside source. Expect to see more of that happening. YouTube, Netflix, ESPN, Youku, iQIYI, Tencent Video, and BBC News were big players in the video streaming market in 2016 based on their monthly active user counts.


2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

Retail apps did pretty well too but more work is needed

The stats:
Retail had a big year in mobile in 2016. Retail apps accounted for 44% of retailers’ Internet traffic and 31% of sales (on average). Additionally, the graph above shows that most of the growth was for “digital first” retailers like Amazon. The growth for “brick and click” stores (as App Annie calls them) like Walmart and Target were a little more wild, but saw some growth in some countries. Growth for digital first retailers is as high as 65% in some places. In most countries, people have between two and five shopping apps installed.


The takeaway:
Simply put, people are getting more comfortable shopping on smartphones. We saw an inkling of this trend when people spent $1 billion using mobile apps during Black Friday 2016. However, brick and mortar stores seem to be having some problems. Growth was solid in some areas, but generally skewed much worse than digital-first. This could be because people prefer going into the actual store. Nevertheless, this is a challenge for brick and mortar stores that they’ll need to overcome to compete in this space.


2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

Retail banking vs fintech, let the game begin

The stats:
Retail banking saw its first real threat from fintech (web based banking services, like PayPal) in 2016. Services like Venmo saw their user base double in 2016. People are spending more time on banking apps in mature markets with users in the United States, France, and Germany accounting for more than five million banking sessions in 2016 (up a significant amount from 2015).


The takeaway:
The status quo is holding for now. Traditional banking remains dominant in the mobile space. However, there were some indications that fintech is closing the gap. PayPal, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay are making some big moves while apps like Venmo are growing rather quickly. Early attempts from banks to keep up (Chase Pay) also performed poorly which didn’t help. We don’t anticipate the status quo changing in 2017, but don’t be shocked if the gap gets smaller by the time we do this piece next year. We should also see traditional banks making bigger strides into the mobile space to try to keep up with their new competitors.


2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

Mobile gaming had a great 2016

The stats:
Mobile gaming had one heck of a year in 2016. The big stat here is ARPU (average revenue per user). In this instance, most countries saw growth from last year. Countries like the US are averaging about $5 per user while countries in Japan are up to about $30 per user. These are all higher numbers than in 2015. Pokemon Go led the charge with $800 million in just 110 days and $950 million overall in 2016. The RPG genre generated almost two-thirds of Japan’s gaming revenue.


The takeaway:
The theme for 2016 seemed to be that more people are spending money. Mobile gaming helped lead that charge. Pokemon Go made $800 million faster than any mobile game in existence and was the first mobile game to hit the mainstream as hard as it did. To give it some perspective, Pokemon Go made more money in 2016 than every movie’s worldwide box office draw except Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, Zootopia, The Jungle Book, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Mobile gaming is right up there with PC and console game revenue now. It’s safe to say it. Mobile gaming has arrived.


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2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

The top apps and games from 2016 by monthly active users

The stats:
There isn’t much to say here. The image above says it all. These are the apps and games that were used the most in 2016. Facebook had the four most used apps in the Play Store in 2016. Blizzard (via King), Supercell, and Cheetah Mobile also had multiple entries on the lists.


The takeaway:
This list does only tell half the story. As per App Annie’s disclaimer, the pre-installed and apps on Android and iOS devices weren’t taken into account when ranking these apps. They also removed apps that were published by the platform owner. That means obvious entrants like Google Chrome, YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, and the Google App (Google Now) are intentionally absent on the Android list (but were present on the iOS list). Cheetah Mobile is an interesting case as well. They have one game and one app in their respective top ten on Android which you don’t see everyday. We’re also a little sad that people still think they need cleaner apps in 2017.


2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

The top apps and games from 2016 by downloads

The stats:
A lot of the same stuff as the previous list. Facebook dominated the apps while Pokemon Go dominated the games. Every one of the top ten companies are from either the United States or China. The top game companies are a little more geographically varied.


The takeaway:
You can see with this graph and the previous graph which apps were just downloaded and which apps were downloaded and used. This list also doesn’t include apps published by platform owners or pre-installed apps. Perhaps the most interesting thing is that Electronic Arts, Vivendi (owns Gameloft) and Rovio are on the top companies list despite not having any entrants in any other list. These developers made it here due to the breadth of their work, not because they have huge hits like Niantic did.


2016 recap: 90% of Google Play’s revenue came from games (and more fun stats!)

The top apps and games from 2016 by revenue

The stats:
Here’s where we see the big winners of 2016. The apps, games, and companies that made the most money. There are a few surprises here, but most of this list is what you’d expect. This list is fairly self explanatory.


The takeaway:
Where did Cheetah Mobile go? It’s curious that so many entrants on the top downloaded and top used apps and games aren’t here. This definitely shows how different the “free” and “paid” markets really are. People download and use the free stuff all the time, but the real champions are the ones who can get that dedicated, paying user base that keeps coming back. Perhaps the biggest takeaway here is that most of the top grossing apps are subscription based while all of the top grossing games are freemium titles. If nothing else, it shows that people don’t just buy an app or a game very often. At least not often enough to crack the top ten. That’s why there are so many freemium games.


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15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


Knowing the weather is something that we all pretty much need to know. Smartphone weather apps and weather widgets have been steadily improving over the years. They work better, have more detailed and accurate information, and the weather widgets look better with whatever theme you happen to be using. Here are the best weather apps and weather widgets currently available on Android.


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android1Weather

[Price: Free / $0.99]
1Weather by OneLouder Apps has been around for a long time and is not only one of the most popular weather apps on this list, but also one of the highest rated. It comes with your standard features like your daily and hourly forecast along with access to additional information. There are also some weather widgets available and the application itself is well designed. It also comes with Android Wear support, weather tracking for up to 12 cities, and has support for 25 languages. All of the features comes in the free version. You can also pay $0.99 to remove advertising.
Check out more OneLouder Apps stuff here!

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidAccuweather

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Accuweather by Accuweather.com is a free option that gives you pretty much all of the information you need, including extended forecasts, hourly forecasts, and the app itself is also well designed. Other features include radar, Android Wear support, and the MinuteCast feature that lets you check on precipitation on a minute basis (estimated, of course). The application itself was redesigned and it looks really good. There are some weather widgets to choose from as well. It’s one of the more well-rounded weather apps on the list.
Check out more Accuweather.com apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidDark Sky

[Price: Free / $2.99 per year]
Dark Sky is an app that had a rough start on Android. It was one of the first weather apps to charge a yearly subscription and it received some backlash. Especially since the iOS version didn’t. Aside from the small bit of controversy, the app is actually pretty awesome. It features one of the better radars that we’ve seen and it has up-to-the-minute forecast updates. There are also weather widgets if you happen to need those. You can try out the premium version for free and you can use it for free without a subscription as long as you don’t mind fewer features.

Download now on Google Play!

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidGoogle Now

[Price: Free]
Google Now has been replacing a lot of things on Android phones and weather is one of them. The app will send you periodic weather updates, weather alerts, and you can even ask for the weather info. Opening Google Now almost always puts the weather right on top so you can see it at a glance. It’s not a dedicated weather app which means a lot of features, like extended forecast or weather radars require a little digging, but this is a great option for people who already use Google Now that may just need to glance at the weather quickly. It also already comes on most Android devices. The only downside is that there are no weather widgets.
Check out more Google apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidGO Weather Forecast and Widgets

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
GO Weather by GO Launcher EX ranks among the most successful and popular weather apps on the list. In terms of features, it runs the entire gambit with current weather, forecasts, radar, a sleek design, weather widgets, and even more obscure stuff like wind forecasts, lifestyle tips, and more. There are also theming options and a paid version that gets rid of external advertising. Overall, it’s an above average weather app but it may be a bit on the bloated side.
Check out more GO Launcher EX apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


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15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidMyRadar

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
MyRadar is a simple app that shows you a weather radar. It has a full range of features, including the ability to play animations so you can see if the rain is coming or going. The app itself is simple but you can buy additional feature as in-app purchases. Some of the additional features include a hurricane tracker and additional radar features. It’s probably not great for your average weather usage, but those who really need a good radar should check it out.

Download now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidNational Weather Service

[Price: Free]
National Weather Service is an unofficial, small, and simple app that uses the National Weather Service API. It features the ability to check currently, hourly, and weekly forecasts for a static location (one you set) or a GPS location. It also has a radar, weather alerts, and advisories. There are even weather widgets if you want those. It is a smaller app that uses less resources and network data than most which is great if you need something small. It’s also completely free with no in-app purchases, advertising, or tracking.

Download now on Google Play!

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidNOAA Weather Unofficial

[Price: Free / $1.99]
NOAA Weather Unofficial is an app that sources the NOAA and National Weather Service for its information. You can find things like the latest weather forecasts, hourly conditions, radar, and more. You can track several cities at once and there are weather widgets to choose from. The only downside is that the app doesn’t support severe weather alerts. You can check those in the app, but that’s about it. There’s a free version and a paid version if you want to check them out.

Download now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidWeatherBug

[Price: Free]
WeatherBug is a long time favorite of Android users and it was one of the first truly full featured weather apps. Today, it’s totally free to use (without in-app purchases) and while that’s made some paid users unhappy, new users get to use WeatherBug free. It includes weather forecasts, severe weather alerts, widgets, and even stuff like live weather and traffic cams so you can see the weather. There is also a selection of weather widgets as a separate app to adorn your home screen that are pretty decent.
Check out more Earth Networks apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidThe Weather Channel

[Price: Free]
The Weather Channel has been a long time authority on weather and on Android it’s no different. This app became popular very quickly based on its namesake alone. That said, it actually is a pretty decent weather app with all the information you could need including forecasts, alerts, current weather, radar, weather widgets, and smaller stuff like wind forecast, pollen, and even Weather Channel videos so you can keep up on the latest weather news. There is a mechanic called mPoints which don’t really do much, but you can disable that in the settings to make the app run a bit smoother. It’s one of the more bloated weather apps out there, but it’s the one run by that TV channel we all know about.
Check out more Weather Channel apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


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15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidWeather Underground

[Price: Free / $1.99 per year]
Weather Underground is a very competent weather service and you may have seen them as a weather service option in other applications. It features a slick, vertical-style interface that contains a ton of information and it can be a little overwhelming until you get used to it. It gives you a ton of info including current weather, forecast, alerts, radar, weather widgets, and much more. There is a $1.99 per year subscription that remove advertisements. It’s one of the more solid weather apps out there. If it helps, the development team has also been excellent at listening to user feedback, which we really liked.

Get it now on Google Play!

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidWeather Wiz

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Weather Wiz is one of the newer weather apps on the list. It was released in 2017 and it works pretty well. You’ll find the basics such as weather info, forecast, and one of the more awesome looking radars that we’ve seen. There is also a small collection of weather widgets available. The app’s claim to fame is its small but gorgeous set of themes that you can purchase for $0.99 each. Otherwise the app is entirely free to use.

Get it now on Google Play!

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidYahoo Weather

[Price: Free]
Yahoo has been very aggressively improving their applications over the last few years and Yahoo Weather is a great example of their hard work paying off. It features beautiful design and graphics with the essential information, alerts, radars, and more. You can track up to 20 cities and even submit your photos by posting them on Flickr. It’s uniquely designed and fun to use. The only downside is the app doesn’t have Material Design. That may irk some people. The weather widget selection is a little weak as well.
Check out more Yahoo apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidYoWindows Weather

[Price: Free / $2.98]
YoWindow Weather by RepkaSoft is a relatively newer option but has already gained a significant following. It has a lot more flash than most weather apps with a fun hourly forecast animation where you can scroll and see the weather. Comparatively speaking, YoWindow Weather isn’t as powerful as some of these other suites, but it’s a good mixture for those who want something more than Google Now but not something as heavy as The Weather Channel. There is a free version you can use to try it out and the overall cost is fairly reasonable.
Check out more RepkaSoft apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


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15 best offline Android games


A lot of Android games depend on a mobile data connection. Whether it’s downloading stuff from the server like Clash of Clans, or using it for DRM protection like most Final Fantasy games, it seems like virtually every game is asking you to be within close proximity of a web connection just to make the game run. Not everyone has that luxury so here are ten of the best offline Android games that don’t require a connection to play. If none of these are floating your boat, Google Play has a list for offline games for your convenience. Of course, if we missed your favorite offline Android games, tell us about them in the comments!


15 best offline Android gamesBADLAND

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
BADLAND is first on our list and this is about as great of a time waster as you can get. It’s a 2D runner where you must progress forward faster than the screen or else you’ll be consumed and lose. The game features silhouetted graphics and colorful backdrops which look fantastic. There is also a local multiplayer, a sizable single player with over 100 levels, and there is even a level creation tool to let you make your own levels that you can share. There’s a lot here and it’s worth a play. It’s one of the better offline Android games.

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesBeamdog Collection

[Price: $9.99 each]
Beamdog has a small collection of classic PC games ported to Android. Their ports include Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II, and Icewind Dale. They’re all huge RPGs that take dozens of hours to complete. There are also no in-app purchases. That means it’s just you and the game. These games are also fairly complex, so we recommend playing the games on larger phones and tablets if possible. Otherwise things get a little cramped. They’re a bit expensive, but they’re great offline Android games also.

Download now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesCrashlands

[Price: $4.99]
Crashlands is an action-adventure game with a whole ton of good things going for it. You play as a space trucker that gets crash landed on an alien planet. You’ll wander around killing bad guys, building your own base, and collecting all kinds of items. Your inventory is infinite and it manages itself. You’ll also be able to craft over 400 items using the stuff that you find. It’s detailed, complex, and there are tons of things to do. It’s inexpensive and it’s one of the offline Android games ever.

Download now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesDuet

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Duet is a fun little time waster game. You play as two dots that revolve around an axis. Your goal is to move those dots around obstacles that come down at you. It’s surprisingly fun and complicated, especially in later levels. You get the base game for free and you can unlock various new game modes and other content by paying for the premium version. It’s a good, quick play which makes it good for when you’re waiting in line or other such activities.

Download now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesSeveral Final Fantasy games

[Price: Varies]
Square Enix has been back and forth when it comes to online DRM checking, but you can play a few Final Fantasy games offline provided that you’ve logged into them at least once with an Internet connection. Final Fantasy games offer more than 20 hours of game play per title along with deep story lines, various types of character development, and more. They’re not the most exciting games, but fans of the series generally play them for their stories. The cost varies per game, but they’re all pretty decent.

Get it now on Google Play!


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15 best offline Android gamesHitman Go, Lara Croft Go, Deus Ex Go

[Price: $4.99 each with in-app purchases]
Square Enix has a series of “Go” games themed around Hitman, Tomb Raider, and Deus Ex. They’re puzzle games where you move around a game board to try to make it to the other side. Each game has obstacles that are themed by the various games they come from. For instance, Lara Croft Go has you dodging snakes, exploring ruins, and finding hidden clay pots. They’re $4.99 each and you can buy hints as in-app purchases if you want or need them. Overall, they’re pretty decent offline Android games.

Download now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesKingdom Rush Frontiers

[Price: $1.99]
Kingdom Rush Frontiers is the latest title in the popular tower defense franchise and probably the best one as well. It includes a ton of missions that you can complete over three difficulties and three different game modes (Classic, Iron, and Heroic), boss fights, over a dozen towers and heroes, upgrades, and the game even includes a built-in encyclopedia to help your strategies. It’s a fun experience and a must have for tower defense fans looking for offline Android games.

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesLimbo

[Price: $4.99]
Limbo is a unique, 2D puzzle game where you must use elements of your environment to solve puzzles and progress forward as you look for your sister in the world of Limbo. The graphics are creepy, silhouetted, and monochrome which adds to the ambiance of the game. You’ll likely be killed a lot by bullets, water, electricity or some combination of all three and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. The only potential downside is the length of the game because it’s not all that long.

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesMinecraft Pocket Edition

[Price: $6.99]
Minecraft may not have story lines, but if you want the biggest bang for your buck then it’s probably this game. You can create whole worlds and play in them offline either in creative mode or survival where you can build stuff, mine stuff, kill bad guys, and do pretty much whatever you want. It’s not as big and immersive as the computer version but the developers have been closing the gap by adding things like Redstone for more unique building. It’s $6.99 but there are no in-app purchases. Those who like the idea of Minecraft, but want a different experience, Terraria is also an offline game with similar mechanics.

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesQuizoid

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Quizoid is a simple quiz game that asks you questions that you attempt to answer. It boasts over 7000 questions spread out around 6 levels with more being added. It also has 17 categories, three game modes, and various in-game hints to help you figure out the answer. As its mention on this list implies, you can also play it totally offline. You can grab an extra 3000 questions along with some other perks if you pick up the pro version of the game. It’s one of the few quiz games that offers offline support.

Download now on Google Play!

15 best offline Android games


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15 best offline Android gamesSmash Hit

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Smash Hit is one of the beautifully done infinite runners out there. It’s a first-person runner where you must throw balls to break obstacles in your path. The catch-22 is that the number of balls in your inventory is also your life total and you lose balls when you’re hit by anything. The muted, smokey colors and unique mechanics give this a wholly different feel from similar games in the genre. It’s free to play with $1.99 being to unlock extra goodies like saving, stats, and more. The developers have another infinite runner game called PinOut that can also be played offline.

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesStar Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

[Price: $9.99]
Star Wars: Knighs of the Old Republic is an action RPG that was ported to Android from PC. The mechanics are a little stiff, but it has a very long story line complete with all kinds of goodies to collect and alternate endings depending on the decisions you make while playing. The graphics are pretty decent, it has support for third party controllers, and the game also comes with Google Play Games achievements. It’s as big game with a lot of content and it should last you a long time.

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesThe Room 3

[Price: $4.99]
The Room 3 is the latest iteration from The Room franchise and it’s the best one yet. It has crisp, gorgeous graphics, unique puzzles, and new elements added to help you solve puzzles that weren’t present in older games. The game is a bit short, but this time around the developers have added things like alternate endings which add replay value to make the game longer than prior titles. It also doesn’t have any in-app purchases, supports Google Play Games features (cloud saving and achievements). Do be warned, though, that offline players won’t be able to use the Google Play features.

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesXCOM Enemy Within

[Price: $9.99]
XCOM: Enemy Within is a tactical strategy game where you must move around the map taking down aliens that are trying to kill you. The graphics are really good and the game play is easy to learn. The game itself is rather difficult and should provide a decent challenge in order to complete the whole thing. You’ll also get to research alien tech in order to make yourself stronger and you can upgrade and recruit new team members as well. There is also multiplayer for when you get a web connection again. There are no in-app purchases with XCOM.

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best offline Android gamesYodo1 Games

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Yodo1 Games is most famous for their Crossy Road game. As it turns out, they have several games and most of them have offline access. The big ones are Crossy Road and Looty Dungeon which have similar mechanics. You swipe on the screen to bounce around the screen, avoid obstacles, pick up items, and make it to the end. Except in Crossy Road because it’s an infinite runner. All the games are free with in-app purchases and they’re great time wasters if you need something that only lasts a few minutes.

Download now on Google Play!


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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 173rd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • There are a metric ton of apps and games on sale right now. Google Play has a selection of apps going for up to 80% off and games going for 85% off. Alongside that, Amazon is having a large sale of its own for both apps and games. These are technically Christmas and New Years sales that are still going on. There are some excellent apps and games on sale if you’re looking for stuff on the cheap.
  • Google Play is also having a sale on a number of movies, TV shows, and books. Some of the movies include Star Trek Beyond, War Dogs, and The Legend of Tarzan. The books include Deadpool Classic, West With the Night, and Civil War. Finally, the TV shows include The Flash season three, Arrow season five, and Big Bang Theory season ten. Some of these are going for a pretty good price.
  • Square Enix is shutting down its Justice Monsters Five game on March 27th. It came out alongside Final Fantasy XV as a kind of promotional thing. It kind of helped build the hype around the game’s release. There has been no word on why the game is shutting down. Simply that Square Enix is sorry for the decision. To be honest, it wasn’t a great game overall. It has a few bugs and never really recovered.
  • Vine is officially shutting down on January 17th. We’ve talked about this social media network ad nauseum over the last two months and we’re nearing the end of the rope. On the mentioned date, the service will shut down. The app will turn into Vine Camera. You’ll be able to take the same old six second videos and post them on social media. Thankfully, all of this will be over soon.
  • It was announced this week that Google Assistant will start to be made available on set top boxes and smart TVs. Many of those devices are coming out in 2017. That also includes the new Nvidia Shield TV announced at CES. This puts into question how valuable the exclusivity of Google Assisant is on the Google Pixel, but otherwise it’s great news. It should also help bolster development for the platform by other app developers.

For even more Android apps and games news, releases, and updates, check out this week’s newsletter by clicking here! There you can find a bunch of information that we didn’t have time for here. You can subscribe using the form below if you’re interested. Don’t forget to check out the Android Authority app for even faster updates!

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MoodCast Diary

[Price: Free / $2.99]
MoodCast Diary is an app that lets you keep a diary. The basic idea is that you tell the app how you’ve been doing over the course of every day. After each entry, the app determines whether the mood was positive or negative. The app can get it wrong sometimes but you can always change it. Over time, the app can tell you how your mood has changed over the lifetime of your usage with it. Pro users can link things like Twitter and Facebook to import your various status updates and tweets into the app. It’s unreleased, so there are bugs, but it’s pretty fun to use.

Download now on Google Play!

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyGeometry Dash World

[Price: Free]
Geometry Dash World is an adventure platformer from the makers of the popular Geometry Dash game. In this title, you’ll run, jump, bounce, and float your way through various obstacles and levels. It also includes some fun little environmental challenges like flipping gravity, flying rockets, and other stuff. It comes with ten levels, colorful and fun graphics, and some light character customization. The big news here is that the game is totally free with no in-app purchases. That’s pretty rare.

Download now on Google Play!


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyScreens

[Price: Free]
Screens is a nifty little tool that can only be used by devices that are running Android Nougat. It’s a fairly basic app that allows you enter split screen mode much more quickly. What you do is choose two applications that you commonly have in split screen mode. The app then creates a shortcut that will put those two apps in split screen mode instantaneously. We did have to fiddle with it to get it working and some combos cause more problems than others. Thankfully, it’s completely free so it costs nothing if you want to try it.

Download now on Google Play!

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyMega Man 1-6

[Price: $1.99 each]
Capcom made a bold move this week when they released the first six Mega Man games on Android. These are ports of the original games with a few little quirks added in. For instance, in the original Mega Man, you have unlimited lives. The ports all seem to be okay, but they do need a little work. Some issues include low framerates alongside the usual array of early release bugs. Capcom has responded to several user reviews stating that they’re looking into the issue. Thankfully, the ports are only about two bucks each with no in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyADW Launcher 2

[Price: Free / $1.99]
After months of beta testing, the official release of ADW Launcher 2 happened this week. The launcher includes a range of modern features, including many borrowed from the popular Pixel Launcher. It also comes with a bunch of other features, such as theming, widgets, animations, and other customization features. It works pretty well and it’s great to see ADW back. You can pick up the app for free and then pay $1.99 as an in-app purchase for the pro version.

Download now on Google Play!


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10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)


Icon packs have always been popular. Most mainstream, third party launchers support them and they provide a cheap and unique way to customize your device. When we first thought about doing this list, we thought about doing individual icon packs. Unfortunately (or perhaps, fortunately), there are hundreds of amazing icon pack apps out there so instead, we decided to showcase the best icon pack developers. Each of them have multiple packs to choose from. Enjoy!


10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)Benas Dzimidas

[Price: Free / $1.39]
Benas Dzimidas is an icon pack developer with a lot of talent. The icon packs Benas is most known for include the Rondo icon pack, the Lai icon pack, and the Toca UI icon pack. Rondo is flat, round, and Material inspired and Toca UI is similar except they are rounded squares instead of round. Both are excellent options. The Lai pack are rectangular with muted colors and have over 2200 icons included. The icon packs also include wallpapers and some of them have Muzei support as well. It’s a good option if you want icon packs with simple designs.

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10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)


10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)GSeth

[Price: Varies]
Next up is an icon dev named GSeth. Included in GSeth’s repertoire are some fun packs like Circlons, Vion, Vibion, Ruggy, Ruggon, and Viby. The icons themselves are insanely highly rated and most present with a more sophisticated and minimal look than many others although you can find some fun designs among the various packs. GSeth does do some interesting ones though, like Rugo which is a crumpled paper and dirt style which looks awesome. To see GSeth’s collective work, click the Google Play button below.

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10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)


10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)Hooolm

[Price: Varies]
Hooolm is an icon pack developer recommended to us by our readers and it turns out that Hooolm is a pretty good icon pack dev. Hooolm seems to enjoy doing glass-style icons and that’s most pronounced with the Smoke and Glass, Spatial Glass, and Tinted Glass icon packs. Unlike many, Hoolm doesn’t shy away from doing 3D icons, but still manages to keep them classy and sophisticated. They’re definitely worth a look.

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10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)


10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)Kovdev

[Price: Varies]
Kovdev is a unique developer. S/he doesn’t have too many icon packs but it seems like whatever Kovdev releases gets put in the headlines. As one of the few devs that have had an icon pack go viral, you can imagine what kind of quality you’re looking at. The big ones by Kovdev are Nox, Domo, Stark, and Lumos. Nox is sharp and modern while Lumos is softer and muted and Domo is a marriage of complexity and simplicity. Stark is a newer icon pack that features hard squares and vibrant colors. All of them have nearly 2000 icons and there are others by Kovdev if you want to check them out.

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10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)


10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)Samer Zayer

[Price: Varies]
Samer Zayer features a little more out of the box thinking while still staying in popular designs. You can find highly rated glass, flat, neon, paper, and brushed metal icon packs that have all garnered a number of downloads and high reviews from users. Most of the icon packs have well over 1000 icons and we especially liked Samer’s Glass icon pack along with the Flatee icon pack. Many of the icons come in the form of theme packs so you’ll need a third party launcher like Apex or Nova but you usually need a launcher like that in order to use icon packs anyway!

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10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)sikebo

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Another icon pack developer our fans told us about is sikebo. S/he has done a variety of awesome icon packs including Matertialistik, Retrorika, and fl3D. Materialistik is, as you probably expected, based on Material Design and has a ton of colorful icons. Retrorika still follows the Material Design theme, but uses muted colors and retro color combinations to give your home screens a vintage look. The fl3D icon pack is unique in that it’s a 3D icon pack which is rare these days, but it looks sharp. The prices vary but most of them are either free or $0.99.

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10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)


10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)SixtyFour ThirtyTwo

[Price: Free / $1.00]
SixtyFour ThirtyTwo is an icon pack developer that tries to think outside of the box. Most developers have a flat, Material Design inspired icon pack and this dev really doesn’t. The best ones are Min, Minoir, and Redux. Min and Minoir are minimalist icons that keep things small and out of the way with the only difference being that Min is white while Minoir is black. Redux is in development (at the time of this writing), but is showing a lot of promise with muted colors and unique combinations. Most icon packs are either free or $1.00.

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10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)


10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)Stealthychief

[Price: Varies]
Stealthychief has a number of themes and icon packs out there for a variety of platforms including most launchers, GO Keyboard, and icon packs. Stealthychief generally goes with more obscure stuff like the Aloha icon pack which adds a bit of tropical flair to your icons. However, there is a selection of monotone icons in a couple of colors as well as more popular designs like metal, gold, wood, platinum, and others. Browsing through Stealthychief’s app list is a veritable crap shoot of styles and ideas and that’s what makes it so enjoyable.

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10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)


10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)Tha PHLASH

[Price: Varies]
Tha PHLASH is one of the most iconic (get it?) icon pack developers out there and it’s because most of his packs are ridiculous and memorable. You can buy Tha PHLASH’s icons two ways. There is the Google Play collection (click the button below) or you can go to his official icon website to pick them up there too. They are some flashy and sophisticated icons and would do well to fit any theme.

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10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)


10 best icon packs for Android (by developer)Vertumus

[Price: Free / $0.99]
When we first released this list back in 2014, the fact that we didn’t include Vertumus made a few people angry and we can see why. Vertumus has a ton of icon packs but the highlights include Umbra, Elun, Cryten, Vopor, and Rewun. Actually, pretty much everything Vertumus releases rocks a 4.7 rating on Google Play or higher so you can’t go wrong with anything. You’ll find pretty much whatever you’re looking for whether it’s colorful and vibrant, muted and flat, and even shapeless designed icons. It’s good work, check it out!

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 172nd edition Android Apps Weekly! Also, Happy New Year! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Square Enix has put a ton of its games on sale. This is great news because their games are usually expensive. On the block are seven Dragon Quest games, most of their Final Fantasy titles, Chrono Trigger, Adventures of Mana, Secret of Mana, Chaos Rings III, and Romancing SaGa 2. Most of these are great games and faithful ports from the original.
  • Snapchat purchased an Israeli startup called Cimagine. The price was between $30 million and $40 million. The popular opinion is that Snapchat plans on delving further into the augmented reality space and this company is going to help them do it. For those who don’t know, Cimagine is a company that lets companies show how their products look in the real world with virtual devices.
  • We released our official lists for the best Android apps, best Android games, and most controversial apps and games. Our pick for the best Android app was Chrooma Keyboard. The best game was Crashlands. Finally, the most controversial app or game was Pokemon Go. The lists are live on Android Authority and on YouTube if you want to see the all of the selections yourself.
  • Nintendo has officially put up Super Mario Run on Android for pre-registration. That means the game’s release is fairly imminent. It had a good run in its first week on iOS, although things are cooling off now. You’ll also get a notification when the game is out to the public. We’re all but certain that it will be out before the end of January 2017.
  • While we’re on the topic, it turns out that Super Mario Run is having problems getting people to pay. A report this week showed that only about 1-2% of those who downloaded the game actually bought it. It has also been free-falling through the charts as the game’s hot release starts to cool down. At this point, let’s just wait and see what happens when it comes to Android.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location

[Price: $2.99]
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location is the latest game in the popular horror franchise. It brings back a number of mechanics from previous games that helped make those games popular. Yes, that includes the classic jump scares. There were also some additional stuff added in to make the game a little more well rounded. A ton of people have already been diving in to find the hidden meanings of the story behind the game. It’s pretty good, relatively inexpensive, and there are no in-app purchases.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyPigment

[Price: Free with optional subscription]
Pigment is a coloring book app that’s aimed at adults. Thankfully, it’s also good for kids. The base app includes 300 free pages for you to color and you can buy more if you subscribe. It features tap-to-fill mechanics and you have access to eight different coloring tools. You’ll be able to use your finger or a stylus if you have one. It has had some crashing issues, but we didn’t experience them so your mileage may vary. It’s worth a shot if you like these types of things.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyRollerCoaster Tycoon Classic

[Price: $5.99]
Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic is a port of the original rollercoaster sim from PC. This version comes with both Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 and 2 so you’re essentially getting two games for the price of one. Altogether, there are 95 scenarios to play through, controls that have been redone for touch screens, and tons of nostalgic value. It’s suffering through some early release bugs, but overall it’s been a positive release. There are also no in-app purchases.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyFastKey Launcher

[Price: Free]
FastKey Launcher is a new launcher that claims wicked fast app search. It accomplishes this feat by having a keyboard baked right into the home screen so you can immediately start searching. You can also make calls and perform other tasks directly from the home screen. Otherwise, it’s a simple and light launcher that works pretty well. Some have reported bugs so do beware of those. At the very least, the app is entirely free.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyThe Walking Dead: Season Three

[Price: $4.99 in-app purchases]
The Walking Dead: Season Three is the latest game in Telltale’s critically acclaimed The Walking Dead franchise. It continues the story line as per the comic books. There are even throwbacks to characters and events that happened in the first two seasons. It follows a lot of the same mechanics as the previous games and it also has similar graphics. It’s $4.99 and you can buy additional seasons as in-app purchases. Or you can buy the season pass and get every episode. There are some early issues that’ll be fixed eventually. It’s good.

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