Want to hop on the new craze before anyone else? We have a selection of the best new Android apps out right now, including a new productivity tool, workout trainer, and a load of excellent games.

ESPN+

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Not strictly a new app, but the announcement of ESPN+ is massive for MLB and NHL fans that don’t have a cable subscription. The ESPN app now supports live streaming of all MLB and NHL games while in season, alongside a few sports dramas and documentaries produced by ESPN.

The ESPN+ streaming service is available for $4.99 per month. NFL and NBA games are not available on the platform. ESPN said it is an extension of its cable programming, rather than a replacement.

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Price: Free (contains in-app purchases) | Get it at ESPN

Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle

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Blue Wizard Digital LP creates a unique environment for a puzzle game, with horror icon Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise. Stalk and terrorize victims through eight episodes, which include over 100 levels.

It should be noted that purchasing any item in the game will make it an ad-free experience. So, if you don’t want to deal with the Google ads, save yourself the annoyance and buy a small cosmetic.

Price: Free (contains adverts and in-app purchases) | Get it on Google Play

Dead Rivals – Zombie MMO

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Left 4 Dead fans will love Gameloft’s newest Android game, Dead Rivals, which mixes classic action role-playing with zombie hordes and bosses. The game offers players a story mode, co-op missions with friends, and PvP battle arenas.

There’s plenty to do in Dead Rivals, but early reviews suggest Gameloft needs to work on mobile optimization and networking issues, which appear to be affecting most gamers.

Price: Free (contains in-app purchases) | Get it on Google Play

Fluce for Twitter

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Fluce is a new Twitter client for Android, aiming to improve the experience for users by regularly listening to user feedback and adding elements not available in the official app. One of the big features it touts is customization; users can change the size and look of almost any element.

An un-follower dashboard is available, which is a popular add-on for Twitter users. GIF support is also available.

Twitter recently postponed revoking third-party access to parts of its service, but it may still go ahead with it after further consultation. In the meantime, enjoy Fluce to its fullest — just in case its days are numbered.

Price: $0.99 | Get it on Google Play

Project Highrise

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SomaSim’s popular PC skyscraper simulator, Project Highrise, is finally available on Android. The game has a wide range of hotel building and management features, including a campaign mode where players must improve or change the fortune of a skyscraper.

Alongside building the highrise, players need to take care of various other aspects to keep tenants happy. As players progress further, they will find new challenges in the form of operational failures and city hall councilors.

Price: $3.99 (contains in-app purchases) | Get it on Google Play

Umiro

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Piece together the memories of Huey and Satura in Dice Roll Studios latest puzzle platformer. Players must figure out how to get both characters through the level, collecting sacred crystals along the way.

Umiro is published by Devolver Digital, one of the most widely recognized indie game publishers. It has received nominations for the best mobile game at Casual Connect Asia and Tokyo Game Show.

Price: $2.99 | Get it on Google Play

Returner 77

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Returner 77 is an adventure puzzle game set in a distant future where an alien invasion has wiped out almost all life on Earth. Players venture through an alien spaceship to discover the cause of the disaster and how to possibly rebuild humanity.

The graphics stand up to some of the best on Android and there’s also an ambient soundtrack for gamers that prefer to play with headphones.

Price: $4.99 | Get it on Google Play

Shatterbrain – Physics Puzzle

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Orbital Nine Games, the developer responsible for Brain It On!, is back with a new physics puzzle game, Shatterbrain. In it, players must draw objects to smash all of the shapes in the shortest amount of time. A leader-board is available for those that have a knack for these physics puzzles.

There are dozens of complex puzzle games and Orbital Nine has said it will add more in the next few months.

Price: Free (contains adverts and in-app purchases) | Get it on Google Play

◉ CONNECTION

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Infinity Games says that players who finish all 200 levels of Connection in under 30 minutes have an IQ of over 180. While the science may not sit on the developer’s side, Connection is still a fun and somewhat challenging puzzle game, in which players need to light up all the dots in the correct order.

Puzzles get more challenging as players progress, with new elements like a double circle added after 20 levels to spice up the experience.

Price: Free (contains adverts and in-app purchases) | Get it on Google Play

PAKO 2

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Fans of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver will like the sound of PAKO 2, which involves taking to the wheel as the getaway driver chased by cops. Players will be forced to use their initiative to get out of tricky situations, as the police start to close in.

Price: Free (contains adverts and in-app purchases) | Get it on Google Play

AR Stickers: Text & Foodmoji

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Google has released two augmented reality (AR) sticker packs this week: Text and Foodmoji. It follows Blocks and Winter Sports, released earlier this year. The sticker packs only work if users have installed the AR Stickers and ARCore apps.

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Price: Free | Get Text and Foodmoji on Google Play

Mayor! Mayor!

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Mayor! Mayor! is a town simulator with over 40 unique buildings and seven cities to choose from. Players must manage income, outgoings, and the population to ensure that the town thrives.

The game is available as a free version with adverts or a paid version for $2.99 — it’s nice to have the choice.

Price: Free or $2.99 | Get it on Google Play

Vandals

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Vandals is a turn-based stealth game, where players tag increasingly hard to access areas while avoiding the police. Set in some of the most popular cities for street graffiti, like New York, Tokyo, and Berlin, player’s are able to tag their alias, draw cartoons, or add their own imagery.

Price: $4.29 | Get it on Google Play

Rocket Car Ball

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Another clone of Rocket League has launched on Android, developed by Worlds Mobile, but this one appears to be getting good reviews. For those who haven’t heard of Rocket League, think of cars playing football. Psysonic never got around to releasing the game for mobile devices, creating a gap in the market for games like Rocket Car Ball.

Price: Free (contains adverts in-app purchases) | Get it on Google Play

Abs Workout – 28 Days Fitness App for Six Pack Abs

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Developer Home Workout has launched a totally free (no adverts or in-app purchases) workout app, which lets users follow a 28 day workout program, developed to tone abs. The app uses the seven minute workout as a base for its program, alongside workout challenges Tabata and HIIT.

Workout programs have a tendency to lock all the good stuff behind a paywall or pester with ads, so it’s a pleasant change to get something completely free of charge.

Price: Free | Get it on Google Play

Shadow of Death: Stickman Fighting – Dark Knight

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Shadow of Death is a 2D action role-playing game, developed by Zonmob Game Studio. Play as the shadow, a warrior that fights against the enemies of Aurora’s land. Players can upgrade their hero with new abilities and enhanced items.

Price: $0.99 | Get it on Google Play

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