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Best new Android games to download in May

Update: Added Happy Portions, Tempest, Blue Edge and Lumino City

Android has an awful lot of games, and each month new ones are released. Knowing which ones are any good can be tricky. So we've put together a list of the best games that we've been playing - we're only adding two or three each month to ensure that only games we've played make it onto the list. 

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May

Happy Portions

Happy Portions is like the classic tic tac toe, with a twist. Two eight-year-old twins came up with this game in a restaurant, and it's really something. The first thing they've changed is that the nine squares are split into sections: two, three or up to eight, depending on the difficulty level you're after. When it's your turn, you mark one of these areas with your color, and the goal is still to get three adjacent areas in a row to connect. For example, you get one point if you can make the left sides of three in a row your color.

So far so good, right? But, it gets more difficult: both players are able to spin each of the nine squares. Now it's really tough, as all of the effort that went into making a triple chain can be gone with just a twist.

You can play in single player mode or multiplayer mode. It's not possible to have more than two players, which is a little sad. The game is free, but there are ads.

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Happy Portions / © Screenshots: ANDROIDPIT
Happy Portions Install on Google Play

Tempest

RPGs, or role playing games, are often set in fantasy worlds, and Tempest finds its home in a swashbuckling pirate world. In this open world RPG, you fight against other pirates on the high seas, fulfill orders and work your way up to better ships and a better crew. The very complex game gives you an overview of the most important functions in the first few minutes. If you've ever wanted to captain a pirate ship or play a role playing game with great graphics, this is a sure bet.

Tempest costs $7.99, which isn't exactly cheap. There aren't any ads or in-app purchases, though.

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Tempest / © Screenshots: ANDROIDPIT
Tempest: Pirate Action RPG Install on Google Play

Blue Edge

Do you prefer an endless runner or pre-made levels? You can have both with Blue Edge. In principle, the game is quite simple: you guide a ball through a path full of obstacles that would cause it to shatter. The goal is, naturally, to make it as far as you can. In arcade mode, Blue Edge is an endless runner, while the story mode is a joy.

Having fun with the app is free, but you'll have to suffer the ads.

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Blue Edge / © Screenshot: ANDROIDPIT
Blue Edge Install on Google Play

Lumino City

Lumino City is a game with really impressive graphics. It is now on Android, whereas before it was only on Mac, Windows and iOS. The story revolves around a little girl called Lumi, who is trying to find her grandfather. The game environment is an intricate city painstakingly crafted by paper and scissors. This alone should have taken the developers three years. The graphics take the paper aesthetic and unique depth of field and run with it, giving the Lumino City a distinct look. The puzzles and riddles aren't always easy, but they're manageable.

The gameplay lasts about 10 hours, and it'll cost you $4.99. It's definitely worthwhile for fans of puzzles and riddles.

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Lumino City / © Screenshots: ANDROIDPIT
Lumino City Install on Google Play

April

Super Mario Run

Originally available only on iOS, Super Mario Run only arrived on Android very recently. Fans of the good old plumber in overalls will be delighted to find Nintendo's big star back in action.

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You control your character in the standard view and advance it to the right and left, picking up pieces and jumping in all directions. In short, Mario as we love and expect it to be. The problem is that after finishing several levels, you have to pay $9.99 to progress the following levels. A good game deserves its price, certainly, but it runs the risk of scaring away some users. Another element that may be annoying: you must have a stable internet connection in order to be able to play.

Graphics are generally not the priority in mobile games, so here we find the graphics to be pretty but relatively simple, which is actually a good way to plunge back into the feeling of the Mario of yesteryear.

Super Mario Run

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size  Around 60 MB
Android requirement Android 4.2 and above
Version tested 2.0.1
Super Mario Run Install on Google Play

N.O.V.A. Legacy

NOVA Legacy is a futuristic FPS, so you have to meet two conditions to enjoy this game: love shooting bad guys, and love science fiction. You will find yourself in a spacecraft and fighting aliens here.

At first glance, there's nothing very original in the plot - Hollywood has been offering films of this sort for years. Yet, the game is fun, the gameplay is simple and enjoyable, and the different game modes keep things fresh. You probably will not be disappointed, but some existing fans of the series don't like that it is so different (or not as good as) NOVA 3.

It's futuristic, as one might imagine. All in all, the graphics are successful, although we might have expected something a little more realistic. That said, the gaming experience is still very good.

N.O.V.A. Legacy

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size  Around 24 MB
Android requirement Android 4.0 and above
Version tested 1.1.5
N.O.V.A. Legacy Install on Google Play

Sword of Shadows

This game is for fans of the fighting genre, with martial arts and hand-to-hand combat as the focus. You need to have a love of fantasy to get into the game, because it isn't based in reality, though it clearly draws inspiration from the East.

This game allows you to become a legend of martial arts: choose your school and confront your enemies in this MMO. You have different skills, sometimes even mystical one, which make the game really interesting. You can walk, ride or even ride a bird, but the important thing is to know how to fight. Players reported finding several bugs - which we didn't experience - but the game does take a long time to load.

The graphics take us into an Asia-inspired fantasy universe. The graphics are successful and very pleasant, especially in scenes where nature plays a role.

Sword of Shadows

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size  Around 29.28 MB
Android requirement Android 4.0.3 and above
Version tested 1.2.0
Sword of Shadows Install on Google Play

March

We have to make an admission this month - Golf Clash is still utterly addictive and taking up far too much of our time. Nevertheless, we've made just enough room in our schedules to hunt out some new games for you to download this month. Among the new entries, we have a physics-based drawing game and a hover racer that'll make you reminisce about Wipeout on the original PlayStation.

Rolling Snail

Rolling Snail looks like a simple drawing puzzle game, and it is - but that doesn't necessarily mean it's easy. Your aim is simple; make sure the snail collects a few stars and a weird-looking portal box thing on each level. However, to do this there are only a few things at your disposal that you can use.

Most simply, you can draw a line on the screen that the snail will then roll along. This is the essence of the game. You can also draw a rock shape so you can drop it on the snail and propel it in whichever direction you need. Thirdly, you can also remove lines that you've drawn, or cut through them, to alter the trajectory of your snail. That's about it.

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More fun, and harder, than it looks. / © AndroidPIT

It'll likely take you a few tries to get your head around the general approach needed for the first few levels but you'll quickly get into the swing of how to start thinking about making it to the portal on each level. There are 'potions' and other power-ups you'll be able to collect as you progress, but they're not really necessary and all happen incidentally as you collect coins and gems as you progress.

Rolling Snail

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size  Around 74 MB
Android requirement Android 4.1 and above
Version tested 1.2.2
Rolling Snail - Drawing Puzzle Install on Google Play

RivalGears Racing

RivalGears is a spin on a racing game that will bring back some early 90s nostalgia for anyone who remembers Wipeout, and anyone that doesn't will just enjoy a high-energy hover racing game. Driving is straightforward - just use the arrows to change lanes, and tap the boost button when it appears.

There's nothing revolutionary in the upgrade mechanisms and customization options, but there are enough different daily challenges, league events, one-off challenges and other game modes to keep you busy for quite some time. Racing does consume fuel though, and you get that back either by waiting or trading in some diamonds.

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RivalGears has a lot of different race options on offer.  / © AndroidPIT

You can buy different cars too (of course) and it's entirely possible to keep upgrading and customizing them without ever paying any real cash via an in-game purchase. Each car component essentially has three different levels of upgrade, with each of those levels being broken down into five parts. Once you have the five, you can upgrade that component level - and if you're missing any of the parts required for an upgrade, you can buy whatever you need with your race winings or diamonds.

With lots of different game options - all online racing against other real people - and granular upgrades, it's one racer that could keep you busy for quite a while.

RivalGears Racing

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size  Around 236 MB
Android requirement Android 4.0.3 and above
Version tested 1.0.5
Rival Gears Racing Install on Google Play

February

January saw us spend far too much time playing Dirt Xtreme and WarFriends, but with those minor addictions now beginning to wane, it's time to add a couple of new games into the mix from across the last month. This time, we've got a super-simple timewaster for you, and an altogether more creepy adventure game, and a golf game that's taking the mobile world by storm.

Golf Clash

Golf Clash isn't the ultra-realistic and potentially dull golfing game you've been waiting for but it is an awful lot of fun, and paces its progress just about right.

As with any golfing game, your aim is to get the ball in the hole, but unlike others, each game consists of just one hole and you're put in a head-to-head battle against another real-life opponent. Win and you take home some extra coins, which are used for entry into competitions.

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It's not perfect, but Golf Clash is a lot of fun. / © AndroidPIT

The first level you play only costs 50 coins, but they quickly unlock and get more expensive. Lose all your coins and you'll have to watch a video ad to get 50 more to enter the cheapest competition.

As you play for additional coins, you'll want to upgrade your clubs and unlock new ones. You, essentially, do this by spending coins and diamonds on new items or abilities, and when you win a round, you'll unlock a 'Tour Chest' that contains a few goodies. You need to wait a set time for these to unlock though - the more valuable the contents, the longer it takes to unlock. Of course, spend a few more diamonds and you can skip the wait.

Golf Clash is free to download, and simple enough with its controls to be a truly enjoyable and fun golfing game. It's a shame progress is quite so slow after the first few levels of upgrades, but how fast you achieve that really depends on how good you are, so perhaps the problem isn't with the game. Future updates include a new Tournament mode, but there's already multiple leagues to keep track of your progress.

Golf Clash

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size  Around 249MB
Android requirement Android 4.4 and above
Version tested 68.0.2.108_3.0
Golf Clash Install on Google Play

Ninja Spinki

Ninja Spinki Challenges is a game very much in category of "cute looking but heinously difficult" that's previously been occupied by games like Flappy Bird. And it uses the same blocky, retro graphics too, if that's your bag. It does have a little more going for it than Flappy Bird though. 

In essence, whatever the level, the aim is to not come into contact with any of the various objects that come in your direction - these vary from bananas and other fruit to kittens. Exactly how you do that depends on which level you're playing. 

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Simple. Fun. Challenging. / © AndroidPIT

On some, you can only move left or right by swiping at the screen, while on others you can move up, down, left and right. There are also other levels where you need to dispatch your enemies by throwing stars at them; you do this by tapping the screen behind your character. Simple, right? Nope. Not really. 

Sure, the first few levels aren't too challenging but it's not as straightforward as it sounds, so working your way through the 30 challenges will take a while. Along the way, you'll also be unlocking new 'Endless' levels that just keep throwing enemies at you to see how high a score you can get. 

Ninja Spinki is free to download from the Google Play Store, and funded by ads. 

Ninja Spinki

Price Free (ad funded)
Size (Installed) Around 38 MB
Android requirement Android 2.3.3 and above
Version tested 1.1.1

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

OK, hopefully you downloaded and enjoyed a simple, if difficult, few minutes/hours with Ninja Spinki, because the next game is just straight up odd and more than a little creepy. In a good way though, mostly. 

The game is the latest installment of a series, and it's not one I've delved into before. Nonetheless, if you're in the same position, jumping in at this point isn't a problem, and the basic aim of the game is actually a little different to the rest in the series, as it turns out. 

The game's also a port from the desktop version that remains a good-looking and sharply written title, but does lean a little too heavily on trial and error for some sections where the gameplay has been tweaked. You'll literally find yourself fumbling around a room in the dark trying to work out what to do next. 

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Best played in the dark wearing headphones./ © Scott Cawthon

It's in these moments that the game manages to deliver on its promise of sitting in the 'horror' genre, by effectively making liberal use of jump-scares featuring the deformed animatron creations. 

If you want a simple pickup-and-play game, this probably isn't it, but find a dark room late at night and you might enjoy this one more. 

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

Price $2.99
Size  Around 100 MB
Android requirement Android 2.3 and above
Version tested 1.01
Five Nights at Freddy's: SL Install on Google Play

January

2017 is here, and with it brings the promise of another entire year of awesome Android gaming. To kick things off we've got a game from Chillingo that pits you against your friends, and an altogether more relaxing and simple little time-waster from Midnight Pigeon that sees you take on the role of a frog trying to escape from a kitchen.

WarFriends

WarFriends takes the essence of shooting games, but makes it a whole lot more approachable for the casual player, which is always a good thing. Part of the way it achieves this is through the graphical style of the characters and animations; make no mistake, you're trying to eliminate the other player, but it doesn't take a realistic approach to the graphics and as a result, it's more fun than stressful. 

Your basic task (kill the other player) remains the same, but there's plenty of weapons, character and squad upgrade options present too, so there's lots to dig into and work towards unlocking if you have the patience for it.

Chillingo is the same company that made Micro Machines too, and WarFriends uses a similar league and VIP member system. There's 'WarCards' as well, which allow you to temporarily boost your battle abilities.

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WarFriends has relatively simple controls.  / © AndroidPIT

It's a fun, simple shooter that involves some level of strategy too, as you also control your AI squad members by tapping single-button commands. One thing that might take a little practice, depending on how large your hands are or the size of your screen, is learning to aim accurately with the little pop-up zoom when you place your fingers on the screen; the three introductory missions should be enough for this though.

With loads of different elements to rank up, a variety of weapons and the raw appeal of one-on-one battles against other players, WarGames is worth a look.

WarFriends

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size (Installed) Around 255 MB
Android requirement Android 4.1 and above
Version tested 1.1.1
WarFriends Install on Google Play

Froggy Ribbit: Outrun the Chef

If WarFriends isn't really your speed, and you just want a game you can play for two minutes while you wait for a train, Froggy Ribbit is a bit like a modern day 'Frogger', except you have to escape a kitchen rather than cross a road. 

The controls are as simple as they come - you just need to angle the way you want to hop to try and escape the chef intent on turning you into lunch. Fun graphics and sounds combine with a simple overarching task (escape the kitchen) to make Froggy Ribbit entertaining enough to download. It's not overly easy, either, despite the simple goal. 

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FroggyRibbit probably won't keep you entertained for hours at a time, but it's fun for a quick burst. / © AndroidPIT

The app is free to download, but offers a premium version that unlocks all the levels and a few different characters immediately. However, in our testing, the button that allows you to upgrade to Premium doesn't currently work, but we're sure that'll be fixed pretty quickly.

Froggy Ribbit: Outrun the Chef

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size (Installed) Under 90 MB
Android requirement Android 2.3 and above
Version tested 1.0.103
Froggy Ribbit: outrun the chef Install on Google Play

December

Christmas is just two weeks away now, and if the stress of the festive season is still outweighing the fun at this point, indulging in a few games to pass your spare time might be in order. We've testing a few of the biggest and best new releases from the last month.

Asphalt Xtreme

Asphalt Xtreme is the latest release in the series of Asphalt racing games, but the first in the series to take the action off-road. As with the others, it's free (and large) to download, with optional in-app purchases if you want to spend real money to progress a little faster. 

Controls are easy to pick up - just tilt your phone to steer, tap the brake on the left side or tap the boost button on the right. You can do longer boosts by holding it down, or tapping in the red zone. In order to refill your nitro, you collect canisters or perform tricks like drifting or in-air acrobatics.

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Asphalt Xtreme offers a career mode, as well as online play. / © AndroidPIT

As is pretty standard fare in racing games (it's true of Micro Machines from last month below too), you'll need to play a fair amount to unlock and collect the different parts (and enough coins) required for new cars and to unlock new tracks. To start, that means you're restricted to career mode, but you can unlock multiplayer and time trial events too. 

It doesn't bring too much new to the format, but excellent graphics and well balanced controls make Asphalt Xtreme a lot of fun, and a little reminiscent of when MotorStorm first launched on the PlayStation.

Asphalt Xtreme

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size 1.3GB
Android requirement Android 4.0 and above
Version tested 1.0.8A
Asphalt Xtreme: Rally Racing Install on Google Play

The Trail: A Frontier Journey

The Trail: A Frontier Journey puts your character on a journey to reach the town of Eden Falls, where you can ultimately settle and prosper. But first you're going to have to do a whole lot of walking, crafting, trading and collecting of items along the way. 

As you move along the path collecting items, chopping down trees, hunting rabbits and everything else the game throws at you, your energy depletes. Eating food, walking slower and removing items from your pack mean you use less energy. 

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The Trail is a simple adventure game with even simpler controls. / © AndroidPIT

Controls are a simple affair, you just need to swipe left and right to move the camera to look for items to collect as you walk, and most actions can be completed with just a swipe towards or away from you. Other people you encounter along the way are a mix of bots and real people. 

As a simple, ambling affair with jaunty music to keep you company, The Trail offers enough variety to keep you interested as you progress, and without needing to make in-app purchases. It's also Peter Molyneux's (Theme Park, Fable, and many more) most recent game, so you're in good company.

The Trail: A Frontier Journey

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size ~500MB
Android requirement Android 4.0 and above
Version tested 6684
The Trail Install on Google Play

November

With October now a quickly-fading memory, it's time to work our way through a few of the best new games released this month that you can download now. 

Make More

Make More is a simple Android game with not too much strategy to worry about, but despite the shallow gameplay it's still fiendishly addictive. The aim is simply to build as many products as possible for your demanding boss and the controls are limited to tapping the screen with one or two fingers, which means there's no learning curve to getting started. Just pick it up and start tapping.

As you do, you'll earn coins, which you need to hire additional workers and purchase new factories. There's also a bonus cash system in the game, which pushes you towards paying real money for some in-game readies. You don't need to though, it's entirely possible to keep progressing without them and you can also collect bits of bonus cash as you progress.

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Yes it's a simple tapper game, but it's a fun one. / © AndroidPIT

It's hardly a tricky concept to get your head around, and some people won't enjoy the obvious lack of a point - it really is just tapping the screen to make your workers produce goods faster - but we've filled many minutes of downtime between computer reboots, on the bus and everywhere else plugging away at Make More, which is a testament to it's addictiveness.

Yes, it's still just a 'clicker' game, but it's one that has had a bit of thought put into it and manages to keep things fun.

Make More

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size Not listed
Android requirement Android 4.1 and above
Version tested 1.1.0
Make More! Install on Google Play

Micro Machines

OK, technically, Micro Machines was launched for Android right at the end of September, but we missed it - and it's freaking Micro Machines! Anyone who grew up playing the classic mid-90s (admittedly, probably not that many of you, but I did) computer game would most likely jump at the launch.

For the leap to mobile (it launched first for iOS in July), the mechanics of the gameplay have been tweaked a little to fit in with the general expectations and limitations provided by a mobile game. For example, there's now a system of gems, coins and other upgrade systems, which as well as keeping you playing, encourage you to hand over cash for in-game items.

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Micro Machines includes lots of features to keep you coming back. / © AndroidPIT

Once you've got the hang of it, blasting away at opponents in a battle or racing for victory becomes second-nature, and is really pretty fun as it all takes place against other real-world opponents. That does mean you'll need an internet connection to play though.

There are 18 different tracks, and each game gives you points towards your league standing, which you're automatically entered in to. More points means a higher league, and that means bigger bonuses. There's certainly plenty to keep you occupied with upgrading cars, different game modes and special challenges set across the whole community of players.

Micro Machines

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size Not listed
Android requirement Android 4.0.3 and above
Version tested 1.0.2.0001
Micro Machines Install on Google Play

Dustoff Heli Rescue II

Anyone that played the original Dustoff will know that the game offered a great balance between rip-your-hair-out-frustration and rewarding gameplay, and the sequel provides the same by following the same basic premise. You're a helicopter pilot tasked with retrieving stranded colleagues, often meaning you come under attack.

There's a whole load of different missions and helicopters to work your way through (as you'd expect), and the familiar freemium upgrades system allows you to skip some of the tedious video interludes that you'll otherwise need to sit through if you want to do things like save your game.

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Dustoff Heli Rescue II has too many ads, but it's still fun / © AndroidPIT

That said, it provides the flexibility of not watching these videos or paying any money, but you'll need to play for a lot longer to reach your upgrades.

With easy (but not too easy) controls, fun Minecraft-style blocky graphics and a variety of missions, Dustoff II is definitely worth checking out. Plus, it's free to download.

Dustoff Heli Rescue II

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size Not listed
Android requirement Android 4.0.3 and above
Version tested 1.1.9
Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 Install on Google Play

What were your favorite games from the last month(ish)? Let us know in the comments below and we'll try and check them out!

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  • I seriously need to get new games because I have been working way,way to much and my friends have given me the name (OLDBORINGFOOL) and I am sure you agree that it is NOT NICE when like 30 people call you that!Please give me a few options other than that.

  • Asphalt extreme is old game. it is on playstore from around 4 months.

  • ryze 2 months ago Link to comment

    I like to play these applications

  • Mona 2 months ago Link to comment

    Nice article. I play Square Rush and Chameleon Run recently.

  • like this one: Golf Clash

  • I wonder how many games one can accommodate on one's phone without clogging the memory, ruining the battery, and heating up the processor?

  • interesting games!
    i appreciate your writing!

  • Wow very interesting games in 2017

  • Thank you so much!
    I must say you have a great collection of the super cool games, and the post you have shared is an awesome and enthusiastic one.
    Keep sharing!

  • I always used to play Asphalt. Its really a good game

  • Yahya 5 months ago Link to comment

    The criteria for this story is minimalistic at best. The view of " best New" contains 3 games ? lol This looks like an endorsement plug and not an actual article

  • Good list of games! However my favorite game is Snoopy Whoopy, developed by IndiaNIC Infotech. The games is really interesting and engaging. Everyone can play easily.

  • Cool I like free apps

  • Good share.

  • The criteria for this story is minimalistic at best. The view of " best New" contains 3 games ? lol This looks like an endorsement plug and not an actual article

    • Ben Woods 5 months ago Link to comment

      Hey Trey, we decided to start over. So more games will be added to this list as the months progress - only 2 or 3 each month though, because we thought it best to suggest ones we've actually played and recommend! You are, of course, correct in saying 'best' is subjective though. What are you playing at the moment?

  • Tam Oor 6 months ago Link to comment

    I used to play Micro Machines on PC... good to see it on Android... Super fun! ... PLUS downloading make more now... seems interesting...

  • I love brick breaker games and I have just found a new super fun brick breaker game just released on play store: Brick Breaker Maniac. Search for it on Play Store and download it: fun factor guaranteed!

  • was once an avid gamer, used to play all sorts of genres... im in my mid 30s now, hard for me now to find a game i enjoy, am gonna submit 2 of my favs for android: TRAFFIC RIDER. Its great, amazing physics. im a real life biker too so.. the other I enjoyed from start to end is Peggle Blast.. (was from popcap now its from EA). Thats it.

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