Modern Combat 5 for Android

We're shuffling around our usual weekly app round-up format. Normally we'd harangue all of the AC editors to submit their favorite apps before the weekend, and though that usually did the trick, we think we can do better. Thanks to Newsroom, I can spend a lot more time on apps and take the reins of the weekly roundup, letting the AC editors handle helpful how-tos, device reviews, editorials, and other top-shelf content.

Our biggest goal is to help you guys find apps that you haven't seen before, and to that end we're going to be focusing exclusively on brand new apps launched throughout the week, busted up into the five of the best new Android games and five of the best new Android apps. Older high-quality apps will still get a place to shine, but we'll see those more in dedicated reviews, news posts about updates, and themed app round-ups. As always we're receptive to feedback, so feel free to sound off in the comments if you've got any thoughts.

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Anyway, let's dive into the best Android apps and games launched this week!

Shadow Fight 2

Shadow Fight 2 continues the tradition of smoothly-animated side-scrolling fighting between silhouettes. Unlike most usual button-mashers, you'll need to carefully time your attacks, watch your distance, and pay close attention to your opponents. Progress through a lengthy story mode to upgrade your gear and character to suit your play style.

Modern Combat 5

The world's premiere mobile first-person shooter has finally ditched in-app purchases. The graphics are great, there's strong multiplayer, and there are tons of unlockables. Dig into our full Modern Combat 5 review for a look at live gameplay and get a feel for what's new.

Batman Arkham Origins

Batman Arkham Origins brings fast and touch-friendly brawler. The badass caped crusader unloads well-trained fists and feed on loads of goons, upgrades his gear, and once in awhile switches costumes just to appease the diehard fans. The minigames throughout each fight will require pinpoint precision to succeed, even for the little guys. Are you bat enough to take on the likes of Deathstroke?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Android

The official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game has launched leading up to the awesome looking movie. It adopts a cell-shaded comic art style, and finger-friendly controls. Leap between Shredders goons to counter their attacks, launch quick strikes of your own, and with swipes, lay into the baddies with a variety of heavy attacks. Over time unlock new gear for your favorite turtle, or just pay your way to the top with in-app purchases.

Lionheart Tactics

Lionheart Tactics is a fresh turn-based strategy game set in a high-fantasy world full of evil-doers that need smiting. Players build up a force of heroes, each belonging to one of 16 classes all with their own unique skills to unlock. Duke it out on 3D battlefields where positioning is vital. There are loads of single-player missions to chew on, but you'll probably want to dive into the online multiplayer and try to climb the rankings.


Facetune is a photo editing app that cleans up your selfies and makes sure you look unnaturally perfect. Clear blemishes, whiten teeth, and even make small tweaks to the more crooked parts of your face. You can even remove stray hairs or fill in bald patches. Of course, these edits can be as extensive or as subtle as you like. Anyone who tends to shoot a lot of portrait photos with their Android device could stand to pick this up.

Microsoft Account

For those of us that are still using a Microsoft account for something, but want to have a lock-down on security, an Android authenticator app went live this week. Whenever your account needs authentication, you'll get a blip in your notification tray. Just tap it and you're good to continue. Security's always good, right?

Amazon Wallet

Amazon Wallet

Amazon is working their way up to making a Google Wallet competitor. Though their beta app doesn't support payments just yet, it will let you stash all of your loyalty and reward program information and have it backed up securely to the cloud.

Bamboo Paper

Bamboo Paper is a highly polished note-taking app designed for use with a stylus. Pick from a variety of brushes, organize your creations in a bunch of different notebooks, and share them out online once you're happy with them. There's no nickel-and-diming for extra brush types or colors, which is nice.


Jink is a promising location-sharing app for Android and iOS. Users can see where their trusted contacts are in real-time and send messages to update them on how soon they can meet up. Your buddy only has access to your live location for awhile though, so you can maintain privacy later on. It's launching as a beta, but the simplicity and easy of use are big selling points.

Your favorite Android apps and games released this week?

These are the fresh releases we've spotted, but if you've got any more we'd love to hear about them in the comments. Again, feel free to let us know what you think about the new format too.