APPTEASERS: 15 Android apps and games you should know about (April 25)

APPTEASERS is a collection of apps and games that are new to Android, recently updated, discounted, etc. Whatever the case, we think they’re worth exploring and are willing to bet that many of you would enjoy a few of them.

We understand that we won’t get every single app that crosses our path but we hope to filter things a bit and pass them along to you, dear reader. What you’ll find below is a quick plug for apps and games, occasionally using the developer’s own words to describe the title.

Note that this column is not intended to be a list of “must have” apps but more of a random assortment of titles you might not already know about. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Google+ as we showcase different apps over there as well!


Shiny the Firefly

Play as the cute firefly, Shiny, as you run, fly, hide, and defend yourself over 33 levels spread across three worlds. Gorgeous graphics, intuitive gameplay, and fun animations make it really fun to take on wasps, centipedes, and other dangerous garden bad buys. [FREE] [$1.99] word_off

Word Off

Turn-based multiplayer word game that sees players battling out for control of the board. Play across phones, tablets, and Chrome and take on your friends in a game of wits. Grab some powerups and gain the upper hand and start earning coins to unlock new boards. How deep is your lexicon? [FREE] opposite_sheep

Opposite Sheep

Get your sheep to the other side of the lawn but, be careful, there are random dangers and opposing sheep trying to stop you. Play in single player, multiplayer, or online and pick up up some special awards. Looks simple, doesn’t it? [FREE] clownsinface

Clowns in the Face

Join Pete Pagassi as he tried to get rid of the clowns who are high on Explodz energy drink over 50 levels of arcade-style gaming. Gameplay is easy and intuitive – tap, aim, and serve! Balls bounce off the walls and other objects and lead to a series of chain reactions. Play for free and get rid of ads for a one time $.99 in-app purchase  [FREE] swoon


Swoon helps users find folks nearby who may be interested in getting to know others. Features in-app messaging, profile pages, and a photo stack to check people out. You can browse anonymously and like profiles that are of interest, skipping everyone else. [FREE] random


A random number generator, this one is deep with options. Playing a game of D&D? Holding a giveaway? Need to decorate with a pattern? Whatever, there’s dozens of randomly generated goodies, including lists, dice, passwords, palettes, and more. [FREE] firstwoodwar

First Wood War

A 3D, real-time strategy game with more than two dozen missions, this one is a castle defense at its core. Evil forest king Metabol has called up a civil war in Woodland and your goal is to defeat his army, take his castles, and restore peace in the kingdom.Upon completing level, you are rewarded with in-game currency (nuts), which can help acquire resources and build up new warriors. [FREE] zontie

Zontie, Where Are You?

Zontie, the cute alien pet is lost and scared and now she’s running around all over the place, getting hurt. You’ll need to do your part to keep her safe as she traverses 27 levels across 3 worlds: Volcanic Shore, Desert Sea, and Lost City. Game mechanics are simple – one button to roll, another to jump. Easier said than done. [FREE] tripomatic

Tripomatic City Guides & Maps

Create personalised travel guides for 40,000+ attractions in 300+ destinations around the world and enhance your travel experience. Add your own spots, discover new places and activities, browse photos, admission fees, and hours of operation. Find something to do in your area and let Tripomatic guide you. Sync with Tripomatic website. [FREE] evofish


Arcade style game where you’ll play as one of four Evofish species and try to climb the evolutionary ladder. Beware of enemies and predators, eat the smaller species, and become the biggest and baddest around. Two game modes (Classic and Time Attack), daily challenges, and bonus items make for high replay value. [FREE]


Golf GPS Range Finder FREE

A free tool to help golfers calculate distances to any point on a course using Google Maps. Using the internal GPS of your Android users can plan the approach with using feet, meters, and yards, and measure multiple distances at once.  [FREE]

Empire City Touch

Talk a walk down memory lane with this throwback to 80’s style arcade shooters.  While you can play for free, the in-app purchase options provide more bullets, lives, and another weapon. Tap the screen to shoot and dodge to avoid being hit. Channel your inner Eliot Ness and take down the baddies of 1930’s New York. [FREE]

MAYDAY! Emergency Landing

Could you handle the pressure landing an aircraft during an emergency? We’re talking engine failures, heavy rain, night landings, strong winds, and broken gear. Land in five scenarios around the world (countryside, desert, seaside, city, tropical islands) and on four types of surfaces (landing strip, motorway, ground, water).  Starts with 40 missions but more are being added monthly. [FREE]

Perfect Kick!

Speaking of high pressure situations, Perfect Kick! puts players in the unenviable role of kicking in a penalty shootout. You’ll need to swipe the screen in just the right way to curve, chip, and bend the ball into the goal. Join different leagues, play in tournaments, and see how you stack up against the rest of the world. [FREE]

MP3 InCall Recorder & Voice

Ever find yourself in a spot where you wish you would have recorded a conversation with someone else? Now you can with the press of a button. While we cannot condone this for all scenarios (laws vary as well), this app makes it super easy. Choose where to place the recording start button and tap when ready. Play, share, or notate your recordings or just set them as ringtones. [FREE]
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