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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Early Bird

Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a game called Early Bird. In this OpenFeint enabled game, you’ll be swiping a path for the bird to flutter on top of a bullseye to catch the worm while trying to navigate through challenging levels. It’s easy to figure out how to play, but challenging to master. The graphics are bright and inviting and you’ll certainly find a ton of challenges as you play through the 96 great looking levels. Of course, the game is free today so there’s no reason not to try it out for yourself.

This game will normally cost you $0.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out all the screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

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Riptide GP Will Be Available On Non-Tegra 2 Android Devices Soon

One of the best racing games out there for Android will soon be available for other devices that are not powered by NVIDIA’s TEGRA 2. The developer, Vector Unit, have announced that it will be coming to high-end Android devices (no exact requirements given) by the end of October. If you haven’t seen this game before, check out all the screen shots and a video after the break. Looks quite fun and I’d guess the best experience would come using a device with at least a dual-core. Let us know what you think.

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Block Breaker 3 Unlimited For Android Is Brick Breaker On Steroids (Video)

If you’ve never heard of the popular instant classic Brick Breaker then clearly you’ve been living under a rock.  The popular classic comes to Android with a bit of a different, yet extremely welcomed twist.  This game seems to be the sum of what Brick Breaker would be if it was on crack.  Block Breaker 3 for Android offers a whole lot more than just busting up a few bricks.  With 100 different innovative levels, the party never stops.  Check out the specs from Gameloft:

Grab power-ups, trigger switches and blast through gateways to reach new areas as you push your way towards the top.

• Innovative new scrolling level design adds depth to all 100 of the game’s stages
• Tons of new power-ups including the ability to deal with multiple balls… and pads!
• Climactic boss battles at the end of each of the 7 locations
• Spend in-game cash to upgrade your pad at the shop and buy new bonuses and powers
• Experience 8 different game modes including Endless mode and Block Master
• Enjoy never-ending fun thanks to the level generator!

Check out the video demo after the break along with the download link and some more screen shots.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  The game will run you 99¢ cents but for the game play you’re receiving, you’ll hardly miss the buck. Read more

Travel Through Time In “The Silent Age”, A 2D Minimalistic Game Coming To Android

The Silent Age is a new game being developed by House on Fire where you will be time traveling to sole puzzles. Your character in the game is named Joe and he has a time travel device that allows him to time travel between the present and forty years in the past. Joe will time travel in the same location meaning the surroundings will have changed when he travels. Most of the puzzle solving involves using items in one point in time to the other. The gameplay is being described as a minimalistic 2D point and click game where your adventure takes you back and froth between the year 1972 and 2012. The developer said the game should be out in yearly 2012 and will cost you $0.99. This sounds and looks really interesting so hit up the break to catch some screenshots and a teaser video. Unfortunately, there is no gameplay in the video, but it will at least give you a good idea what the vibe of the game will be like. Let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Zombie Rider

Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a game called Zombie Rider. This isn’t a game that’s going to knock your socks off, but it’s free today right? Rider has an Excitebike feel, but you can’t create your own maps and the gameplay is a bit sluggish. You’ll accelerate by touching the bottom right of the screen and run over bumps and jumps trying to collect brain coins. The left side can be touched to break/reverse and tilting the screen will lean your rider forwards or backwards. The graphics look great and the game runs very well, but the sluggish speed of the game takes a bit away from the fun. I was waiting to really launch off some jumps, but that didn’t seem to happen. To each their own though, check it out yourself since it won’t cost you a penny today to play.

This game will normally cost you a $0.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings—>Applications on your Android device. Hit up the break to check out some screenshots and let us know what you think.

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Clues Implicate Nexus Prime In Samsung’s Unpacked Event At CTIA

Clues may have surfaced about the device Samsung will showcase for their Unpacked event at the CTIA next month and the prime suspect seems to be the Nexus Prime. Check out this image of finalists from the CTIA 2011 Hot for the Holidays Awards and notice especially the “Gamer & Entertainment Enthusiast” category where “a product to be announced from Samsung” is cryptically listed. Let’s now consider that the event takes place on October 11th, the same month as the rumored release of Ice Cream Sandwich, the very Android OS that the next Nexus device will run and of which will pack a very gamer-friendly 4.65-inch display (720p HD resolution) and 1.5 GHz dual core processor.

Do we have winner? Maybe, although these details hardly amount to a smoking gun. What do you think?

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Treasures of Montezuma 2

Up today for free on the Amazon Appstore is Treasures of Montezuma 2, the sequel to a hugely popular PC game. Normally, I don’t like the Bejewled types of puzzle games, but having not really played one I think I’m now converted. The catch here in Treasures is that, besides having to line up 3 alike colors, you’ll also need to get to certain ones with jewels in them to progress through the levels. This added a little bit more than just lining up the colors on their own. There are three levels of difficulty as well as a hint button if you need a hand during play. You’ll be awarded throughout the game to purchase upgrades and bonuses as well.

Heck, for a game that will normally cost you a whopping $3.07 to buy, you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link.  Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.

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Robotek HD: A Fantastic Looking RPG With A Great Blend Of Strategy And Action

Roboteck, from developers Hexage, is hands down the most addicting and fun game I’ve played yet on Android. Just like one of Hexage’s other games Evac, you’ll find a perfect chill soundtrack from kubatko as well as their signature neon graphics which are quite stunning to say the least. The game is based on a world campaign where you must win and take over nodes scattered across the world map. The difficulty is marked for each node and the “power” required to enter each. You’ll start off with 50 power points and gain more along with experience points, more is awarded for defeating a more challenging node than you might be ready for. You can go through this whole game without paying a dime, but if you choose to, you can purchase upgrade coins that will unlock a recharge node to gain power back. OK, enough of that let’s get to it after the break.

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Run For Your Life Pac-Man Style In The Gorgeous Looking Game: Evac HD

One of my favorite game developers, Hexage, creates not only awesome games, but they are also fantastic looking with great soundtracks. Evac is a throw back to Pac-Mac of sorrts, but there is also a mix of puzzles and stealth game play that will defiantly challenge you later on in the levels. What really makes this game stand out besides its awesome concept is the game’s looks and sound track. With a new but old school retro neon glowing effect it simply just looks fantastic. There is also a laid back technoish signature soundtrack by kubatko that really adds the the casual, but challenging gameplay. You’ll really have to play it for yourself to see what I mean. You’ll have 32 fantastically designed levels to run through with game dialog as you go through. Oh yeah, this one is optimized for the Xperia PLAY as well. This used to be a paid game, but it’s free right now in the market, so grab it while that lasts. Check out the trailer for the game below as well as two QR codes and market links, the second being the non-HD version if you have any performance issues. Have fun and let us know what you think.

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Gameloft To Bring 5 Great HD Games To Be On And Optimized For Sony’s New Tablets

Gameloft has announced they have five awesome HD games accessible from and optimized for Sony’s tablets, mainly to show off the Tablet S and Tablet P. The games are Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD, N.O.V.A. 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD, Real Soccer 2011 HD, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD, and Green Farm HD. It will be interesting to see how the Tablet P’s dual screen is used for these optimized games. There’s no word on whether or not the games will be preinstalled. It’s also nice to see an Android game developer step it up to try and compete with the competition a bit. Hit up the break for some of the press release.

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