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We had a great week full of new Android apps, even among all of the iPhone 6 hubbub. We've got an old-school RPG this week, an unexpected game from Cisco, and an awesome app from Comedy Central with support for full episodes.

We've got five new games and five new apps for your consideration, and as always, we're eager to hear what you've been able to dig up in the Google Play Store. If you're ready to get downloading, here are our picks from this week.

Lego Star Wars Yoda 2

Lego's adorable Star Wars games keep on trucking with the latest iteration. Players pick the Light Side or the Dark Side and dig into a variety of game types, including zooming around in familiar spacecraft like the land speeder and B-wing, blasting your way on foot in the trenches of Hoth, and free-falling through the midst of blaster firefights.

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It doesn't really matter if you're a Lego fan, Star Wars fan, or you're a kid at heart; Lego Star Wars Yoda 2 offers a little something for everyone. Be sure to check out the first Lego Star Wars game for more.


Ice is a minimalist strategy game along the same vein as Eufloria. Players conquer planets with a fleet, generate more troops from those planets, and move on to take over neighbors. You'll need to be smart about consolidating troops to defensive positions as enemy fleets move to your strongholds. Up to five armies can be active on the sprawling networked battlefield, which can make for some really epic battles. Though the game is free, a single in-app purchase unlocks bigger worlds and gets rid of ads.

Net Invaders

You don't really think of Cisco when you think of tower defense games, but they've made one free with no in-app purchases that will tickle any networking pros out there. In Net Invaders, players set up defensive towers to prevent trojans, spyware, worms, and other malicious software from finding their way to your precious data. Progress through various infrastructure types, like mobile workforces and data centers, to take on bigger and badder challenges.

Though it's easy to interpret Net Invaders as simply pushing Cisco products, the gameplay is pretty good, and the premise isn't one you'll see often. Even if you aren't into networking, Net Invaders might teach you a thing or two about security.

Dragon Quest

The original Dragon Quest game has been ported by Square Enix to Android, much to the delight of old-school gamers. Unlike the mobile adaptation of Dragon Quest VIII, you'll bump into very little remastering here. All of the original sprites and sound effects are here to take you on a classic RPG journey,

For gamers looking for a dose of nostalgia, Dragon Quest for Android is a no-brainer.

Spider-Man Unlimited

Spider-Man Unlimited is an endless runner featuring Marvel's famous web-slinger. Players have to chase down members of the nefarious Sinister Six while swiping to avoid incoming obstacles, take down goons, and gather power-ups. Over time, you gather up other Spider-Men from parallel universes, each with their own signature looks and in-game bonuses. An energy mechanic is in place, limiting how many runs you can make in one sitting, plus in-app purchases are available for accelerated progress.

Comic fans will definitely appreciate the snappy one-liners and wide variety of characters in Spider-Man Unlimited.

123D Catch

123D catch allows users to dynamically build 3D models simply by taking photos of an object or scene at various angles. Data from images are shot up to the cloud and processed there. It's easy to think of this Autodesk app as a convex Photo Sphere, or a poor man's Project Tango. Models can be exported into a wide variety of editor-friendly formats, or shared out to the 123D Catch comunity, viewed through the paired web service, and shot out to a 3D printer, if you want to get the object recreated.

Hangouts Dialer

Hangouts Dialer brings together your texting, instant messaging, voicemail, voice calling, and video calling. It ties in with your Google Voice number, so you can make calls over your local Wi-Fi network all across Canada and the U.S. for free. You'll need Hangouts proper installed in addition to the Dialer to get the full functionality offered here, but in the end, it's totally worth it.

Comedy Central

Comedy Central has launched a new app to catch up on great shows like Key & Peele, the Colbert Report, and @Midnight. Full episodes are viewable with no cable service required. There's no Chromecast support just yet, but it's on the way. You may bump into some region restrictions, but in the U.S. you should be fin.e

Comedy Central pumps out some seriously high quality shows, and it's most definitely worth grabbing their app to keep watching.


Sup is an interesting little social networking app that allows friends to view live video feeds through one-anothers' cameras for 10 seconds at a time. After a request is accepted, the viewer gets to send rough directions, like look left, move forward, or shoot a selfie. "Likes" can sent when you see something cool, and once the ten seconds are up, nothing is saved.

Sup is a really neat idea and could be lots of fun for keeping in touch with friends who are away somewhere interesting.

Ultralingua Bookshelf


Ultralingua Bookshelf is the alpha and omega of dictionary apps. It acts as a storefront for just about every kind of word reference you might need. There are over 35 dictionaries available, including Collins and other big names, with full selections available offline. You can find antonyms, definitions across multiple dictionaries, translations, conjugations, pronunciation guides, and just about everything else you could possibly want.

Real word geeks will find themselves using Ultralingua Bookshelf often.

Your favorite new Android apps and games?

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