The Best Android apps and games of the week: Angry Birds Stella, Reddit AMA, and more!

We've got some great new Android games and Android apps to kick off September. There's a stealth game from Sony to check out, a smattering of productivity apps, and plenty more in between.

If you're ready to go, take a gander at our top ten Android apps released this week.

Bio Inc.

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Bio Inc. is an insidious medical game where players are trying to infect a person's various bodily systems with a deadly disease. Players can target the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, muscular, renal, skeletal, and immune systems in different ways, all based on real medical conditions. There are 12 different types of people to infect, each with their own different physical characteristics that make ruining their immune system progressively more difficult. Three different difficulty levels are available for each one. New risk factors can be introduced as the player collects bio points, and recovery can be slowed by investing in other factors. Though Bio Inc. is decidedly inspired by the pandemic-scale Plague Inc. (opens in new tab), it does offer a new scope and an interesting twist on the established formula.

Bio Inc. is a dark and detailed sim game that's a perfect follow-up for those that have had their fill of Plague Inc.

Back to Bed

Back to Bed is a surreal puzzle game akin to Monument Valley (opens in new tab). Players have to guide Bob, the hapless sleepwalker, from the beginning of a stage to bed through M.C. Escher-style impossible architecture. There's some truly bizarre imagery to soak in among the fairly standard puzzle gameplay, least of all being your primary character, Subob, who is a turqoise human-faced dog representing Bob's subconscious and moves a giant apple around to alter his sleepwalking course.

Back to Bed is a great imagining of the weird things that go on in our heads.


CounterSpy is a fantastic side-scrolling stealth game about disarming Russian nukes in the Cold War. Levels are randomly generated, and rely on sneaking around oblivious guards and surgically shooting out cameras to reach your objective. Over time, you steal enough top secret research to upgrade your weapons and unlock new equipment. Intuitive and simple controls have been adapted elegantly from the console version of the game for mobile. Finally, CounterSpy's exaggerated, cel-shaded art style is absolutely great and befitting the retro feel.


Rote is a simple, elegant puzzle game where players move a shape (an icosahedron, if we're getting specific) through a maze of boxes. You'll have to shove those boxes in the right order to clear a path to the next stage. Full rows of color-matching boxes move at the same time, which makes things tricky. There are 30 stages all told, many with helpful (or at least interesting) blurbs of text in the margins. Though that might not sound like much to chew on, Rote can get very challenging. There are zero in-app purchases, which means no extra levels or hints to rely on.

Angry Birds Stella

Angry Birds Stella is the latest physics puzzle game from Rovio. This time we've got a whole new swathe of birds and characters to play with, all framed in an extremely kid-friendly storyline. The piggies are back at the behest of a spiteful bird princess, though you've got a bunch of new birds with their own unique mechanics. Telepod toy scanning is supported, so you can warp in all sorts of other birds from the Angry Birds franchise.

There are over 120 levels, and in-app purchases employed for coins.


Acompli for Android

Acompli is a calendar and e-mail with a eye to efficiency. Smart filters let you find e-mails extremely quickly, an attachment manager helps you send and view files sent via e-mail, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, plus you can easily share your calendar availability and current location to meeting attendees. Acompli is a very promising alternative to the native Gmail app for those that are using their Android device daily for work.

Ask Me Anything

Reddit AMA for Android

Reddit unveiled an official app for their high-profile AMA stories this week. Now when celebrities do Ask Me Anything sessions on the social link-sharing site, anyone with the app can keep tabs on the latest questions, upvote and downvote community submissions, and drop a few questions of their own. You can browse through the archive of previous AMAs based on categories or search for specific individuals to flip through their crowdsourced interviews.

Anyone who spends any time on Reddit should grab the new Ask Me Anything app.


HomeTube for Android

HomeTube is a secure, curated YouTube viewer for kids. This ensures they don't get into the weirder stuff online, and thanks to a home screen replacement option, you can make sure they aren't rooting around your other stuff on your Android device.

Parents looking to keep their kids safely entertained with a phone or tablet will find some definite use from HomeTube.


CellarTracker for Android

CellarTracker is a cleanly laid-out app for keeping tabs on your wine collection. Scan in barcodes for new additions with your Android device's camera, check reviews online, and research your next additions. Database information includes year, price, region, and similar wines. You can also track vintages you've enjoyed while visiting friends for future reference.


Familiar for Android

Familiar is a simple, clean app for building productive habits. List habits you want to get into, mark how often you want to do them on a weekly basis, and keep tabs on your current progress in maintaining these habits. Best of all, Familiar is absolutely free with no in-app purchases, ads, or permissions required .

Your favorite new Android apps and games from this week?

So, so many new Android apps are released every week, and we can only spot so many. Hit us up in the comments with your favorite new Android apps.

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