If you a) own an Xperia Play, b) are looking for a solid space-trader, and c) don't have very much money, you should read the following carefully.

Fishlabs's rather excellent space adventure Galaxy on Fire 2 is available to download from the Android Market completely free of charge. You don't even have to rush and grab it (you still should), because it's set to stay that way until January 1st 2012.

The aim of the game is simple. Fly through space, fight pirates (not the grog-swilling kind), upgrade your ship, complete jobs, undertake escort missions, mine asteroids, and wrap up a selection of other otherworldly missions.

If Galaxy on Fire 2's non-existent price tag wasn't enough to convince you to download it, we gave the game an impressive Pocket Gamer Silver Award at review.

The saga continues

Furthermore, Galaxy on Fire 2's first expansion pack, Valkyrie, is available exclusively for Xperia Play devices, and can be downloaded through in-app purchase for £2.99/$4.99.

If you're unfamiliar with the add-on, it begins where the core adventure finishes. It offers a completely new storyline; new spaceships, weapons, and equipment; and nine new planets to explore.

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