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In Grow you control a fish with a simple mission: consume every creature that is smaller than you. The controls are also simple and easy to use, offering a few different ways to play – via tilt, virtual joystick, or touch-and-move (for both right- and left-handed players). Grow requires Android version 2.1 or above, and is suitable for all ages.

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When I was a kid, there were a few things I loved: baseball, my Walkman (woo), and video games. With video games, my Sega Genesis and Game Gear (which was way, way ahead of its time) were the best consoles. Of course, the games I loved the most were those in the Sonic franchise. Sonic 2 and 3 were golden for me, especially after my grandmother got me Sonic and Knuckles as a gift at the end of one school year.

Since moving on to to more advanced gaming consoles, I’ve missed the classic play of those old school video games. My hope was that Sonic 4 Episode 1 would take me back. Let’s see how it stacks up to my very fond childhood memories.

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Riptide GP is a beautiful, high-powered, jet ski-racing graphics-fest that splashes itself across the screen of your Tegra 3 powered device, sometimes quite literally. So, if you rock a new HTC One X, the Asus Transformer Prime, or perhaps are thinking about getting a high-powered device in the near future, this is something you’ll want to check out. Read on for more…

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Galaxy Pool features a blend of familiar gameplay and addictive challenge. In a nutshell it’s a kind of space physics game where you must direct a small space craft in the direction of a planet. You will need to utilise strategy, guile, good timing and a liberal dose of good luck to traverse the various obstacle in the way and levels only get more challenging as you progress.

If you’re fond of games like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope (and let’s be honest, enough people are), this might well be your next addiction!

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There are many racing games available on Android, and I’ve had hours of fun with my collection of them. But, sadly, none aim to be a realistic racing game; they’re all arcade games or kart racers. I’m an avid racing fan: I follow Formula 1, watch Top Gear, and play far too much Gran Turismo on my PlayStation. And while installing Race of Champions I knew Gran Turismo was going to be the game I benchmarked ROC against.

On the Play Store its developer talks about “precisely recreated tracks” and the game’s stunning details, with input from some influential people involved in the running of the real Race of Champions. The game had a lot to live ve up to – so needless to say I was looking forward to it.

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If you have any friends with an iPhone or iPad, then you’ve heard of Temple Run. In the unbelievably addicting game, you control a man named Guy Dangerous who is running away from demon monkeys after stealing an idol from a temple. The player must navigate the pathway while dodging obstacles and picking up coins to buy powerups.

The smash iOS hit has finally made its way to Android. Let’s check it out and see whether it lives up to the hype.

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If you haven’t heard of Dude Perfect, it definitely time you checked them out. Essentially they are a excited rabble of YouTubers who pull off some truly incredible basketball trick shots. Have a look at their YouTube channel but be sure to come back, okay?

Back? Great! The Dudes thought it high time to release an official mobile game based on their bodacious basketballing exploits. Dude Perfect, available on both Android and iOS, is the result, and it’s a neat little game that fans of titles like Angry Birds should be flocking to.

Essentially it’s your turn to complete some genuinely awesome basketball shots in a variety of diverse locations. But is it actually ‘perfect’? Read on for my analysis…
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Electornic Arts has slam dunked NBA Jam onto Android and I couldn’t be happier! They have kept a lot of the elements of the original console game as well as adding some features that will be brought forth soon enough. I really just couldn’t believe it when I first saw this, and having to wait till I hit my WiFi to download it (it’s over 300MB) just added to my anticipation.

This 2v2 arcade basketball is just like the one you remember playing as a kid – but, simply put, better! Everything I enjoyed from the console versions is here, from the same announcer to the high jumping blocks. The thing that made this game so unique and fun was that there were really no fouls, free-throws or violations except for the 24 second shot clock and the goal tending. Everything else is fair game and it’s a bull rush of high flying antics to the finish.

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I think it’s fair to assume that you’ve heard of The Sims. In case you’ve never actually played it, The Sims is a series of simulation games in which you create virtual people and manage their needs, home, jobs and so forth. The computer versions are known for being incredibly addictive – you can lose hours designing a house alone, without even playing the game proper.

Recently, EA Games released a free-to-download version for Android phones and tablets, called The Sims FreePlay. Can it live up to its name?

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It’s been almost three years since I bought my first game on Steam. Since then, I’ve built up a collection of 61 games on it (not even including the DLCs I’ve bought); without my realising it, Steam became the only marketplace I use for buying PC games.

I love how it works: I can install the games I’ve bought on any of my computers without having to carry CDs and DVDs around, which is particularly great for my netbook that doesn’t have an optical drive, and I don’t have to worry about the original media being lost or ruined. I know that I will always have the game – as long as Steam sticks around.

That’s all great, but it’s got nothing to do with Android. So why bother with the app? Read on to find out…
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