The lights are on
Do you have a long car/plane ride ahead of you during the
holidays? These awesome Android games should keep you busy.
Game Informer hasn't covered a lot of Android games in the
past - in fact, I don't think we've covered any Android games. But a few weeks
ago I bought an Android phone, and I already have a short list of games that I consider indispensible. Here they are:
All of those hours you spent studying geometry in high school are about to pay
off. Slice It tasks you with cutting a shape into a set number of equal pieces using
a specific number of cuts. Smart use of multi-touch controls makes it easy to
slice up the shapes the way you want to - the difficulty lies in figuring out
how to cut them equally. The game features 120 stages, with more being added
all the time. You'll definitely want to have your charger nearby, as the time
will fly by while you're playing this one. (Free)
If you like Solitaire games, this is your app. As the title suggests, this
solitaire collection contains over 250 card games. The rules for each game are
clearly explained, and you can even watch a CPU demo in case you're still
confused. It might not be the sexiest game, but in terms of sheer content, 250+
Solitaire Collection won't let you down. (Free)
There are a lot of Sudoku games available on the Android Marketplace, but this
is my personal favorite. It offers several different versions of Sudoku,
including Sudoku-X, Color Sudoku, and the completely insane Squiggly Sudoku,
and there are 5000 puzzles in total. The game also lets you customize how you
input numbers, which doesn't sound like a big deal, but comes in handy when you're
trying to beat your best time. (Free)
A number of years ago, a programmer named Simon Tatham created an open-source
collection of puzzles that has since been ported to just about every OS known
to man. This app faithfully brings them to Android, and even though you have
probably played variations of more than a few of the included games, it's
definitely worth downloading for puzzle fans. (Free)
If you enjoy crossword puzzles, this is a must-have app. Shortyz is a crossword
application that downloads free puzzles from a variety of online sources,
including the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe (it can
also download NYT puzzles, but you'll need a subscription). The interface works
well, allowing you to easily scroll through clues and input answers. This is
one of my favorite games I've found so far. (Free)
This one doesn't require a lot of explanation. Rovio's popular iPhone game is
also available on Android phones, and is just addictive as your friends say it
I'm not a fan of puns, but Letter Rip's gameplay is so fun that I'm willing to
overlook the cutesy title. Letter Rip is a Boggle-style word game with a novel
twist. You start with an empty grid on which letters start randomly appearing.
Your goal is to slide the letters around to spell words, which removes them
from the playing field. The speed at which the letters appear begins to
increase over time, until eventually the entire grid fills in. Then the second
phase of the game begins, and you must remove as many of the remaining tiles
as you can (again, by spelling words). It might not all that exciting, but if
you enjoy word games, Letter Rip is one of the more original options available on the market.
Words with Friends is a popular turn-based multiplayer word game in the vein of
Scrabble. It is currently only for iPhone, but Zynga has announced that it will
be releasing an Android version soon. In the meantime, you can check out
Android's equivalent: DroidWords. The free version is a little annoying due to advertisements
that pop up after every word you lay down, but it gives you an idea of what to
expect. ($2.99 / Free)
Fox Lite (Alpha)
Box Fox is a puzzle game that's kind of like Sokoban, only with 2D platforming
elements. In addition to carrying and stacking boxes, you'll use springs,
teleporters, and a whole bunch of keys and buttons to reach your goal. The game
utilizes an on-screen d-pad, but the author (thankfully) added QWERTY support
for phones that have proper keyboards. (Free)
Island Settlers is a clone of the popular board game, Settlers of Catan. There's
not much to say beyond that: If you have ever played Settlers of Catan, you'll
understand why this one is worth picking up. Resource trading is a little
clunky, but everything else works as it should, and graphics are well done.
Despite having the word "spaghetti" in the title, I hesitated downloading this
game for quite awhile before finally giving it a shot. I'm so glad I eventually
downloaded it. Spaghetti Marshmallows is a physics-based tower building game,
somewhat similar to World of Goo. I have some gripes with a few of the
mechanics, such as being limited to one undo, and not being able to move marshmallows
after you place them, but all-in-all it's an extremely fun game. The Lite
version contains 10 levels; the paid version comes with 40+ levels, a playground
mode, and support for custom levels (though a level editor is not yet available).
Here's a little confession: I am horrible at geography. I blame my inferior public
education, which replaced traditional geography and history courses with "social
studies" classes that usually just consisted of watching old John Wayne films
(also, I may have not been the most attentive student). The upside of my
stupidity is that playing geography games is now fun and challenging. MapMaster
tasks you with pinpointing the capitals of a variety of different locales on a
map. The free version contains European, Asian, and US state capitals. The paid
version adds South American, African, and Oceanian capitals, as well as famous
Memory Trainer is a collection of simple exercises that the author of the app
claims will improve your memory. Does it work? I'm not sure, but it's fun and probably
won't make your memory any worse, so what the hell. (Free)
Missile Shield is a Missile Command clone that uses the touch screen instead of
a trackball like the original game. The sound effects are a little annoying,
but the graphics are nice and the action is considerably more intense than the classic
that it's based on. When you grow tired of Angry Bird clones, Missile Shield provides a nice change of pace. (Free)
There is no shortage of Anagram games available on the Android Market, but Word
Scrambler is my favorite, thanks to a decent-looking interface and multiple
modes. Timed mode is the standard Anagram mode that requires you to figure out a certain
number of words in two minutes, while Survival mode carries over your time from
one group of letters to the next (you receive a few extra seconds for every
word you spell). My favorite is Wizard mode, which tasks you with only finding
the six letter word in every group of letters. (Free)
Know of another great Android game that our readers should
check out? Share your knowledge in the comments section below!
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i would like to add Pocket Empires to that list. i have not found a game so addictive in a while. if you join on honor as a dragon find the alliance Titan's Blood :) anyway. i have most of those, all great games
I have been thinking about getting one of these, so this will be super useful later on for me. Tyvm Jeff.
Robo Defense is kind of fun. Your typical tower defense game. Place machine gunners in the appropriate places to keep a small army from getting inside your fortress, along with weapons upgrades and such. There's a free trial (or lite) version, and I think the game itself only costs $1.99
Rofl these games seem like the type that make your brain hurt
Abduction: World attack is really good for five minute sessions. Second only to Angry Birds in my opinion.
A great RPG is Zenonia from Gamevil. It has a solid story, good gameplay and looks okay. It has a pretty deep RPG element, you can level up equipment and weapons, etc.
The talking Tom and Talking Santa apps are pretty cool also.
I like my android. Merry Christmas.
Spaghetti Marshmallow is awesome!
I have been looking for good games for my Droid. Thanks.
Also check out, Unblocked, Traffic Jam, and Tetris clone Trism. All free.
I'll check these games out if I happen to get an Android phone in the near future.
My eye twitched when you said 'when you're tired of Angry Bird clones.' What about when Angry Birds copied Crush the Castle?
You just about hit up all the ones I like. Nice list, pretty comprehensive for what we got.
Alchemy is great game for Android! There is a version for iPhone users as well but I think the Android version is much better. I'm up to 242 out of 360 elements so far.
DroidWords is ok but I prefer WordFued because of the random board. This enables me to get 248 points for the word "skelm" :)
Great suggestions...I had a few of these, but I'm definitely going to be checking the others out.