The lights are on
Android owners still have to wait months to play most of the
newest and coolest iOS titles, but the quality of Google's gaming scene continues
to steadily improve. Here are some more Android games that are worth your time
Android games have come a long way in the past few years. My
round-up of Android games consisted mostly of solitaire, anagram, and Sudoku
apps. Later round-ups
featured more advanced games, from quality
indie projects to triple-A
mobile developers. Today's mix has a little of everything, from ugly but
addictive card and puzzle games, to some competent ports of PC and handheld
Stickman Golf 2SSG 2's big "innovation" is hats, each of which grants a
small improvement to your performance. I realize that sounds incredibly stupid –
and the fact that hats are won via a lottery system that uses "Golf Bux" doesn't
help. However, SSG 2 also offers a ton of new, creative courses (that now feature
moving objects and interactive items like magnets and portals), power-ups, and an
excellent asynchronous online multiplayer mode. Even if real golf puts you to
sleep, SSG 2 will keep you busy for hours.
SkyLots of game genres don't transition well from the
controller to the touchscreen, but Plasma Sky makes it look easy. This top-down
vertical shmup offers a variety of control styles to players and keeps the
action short and sweet for quick gaming sessions. I'm still waiting for a mode
that randomizes enemy waves, but this gorgeous, simple shooter is the best
implementation of the genre that I've seen on mobile devices so far.
RemixScribblenauts has always been more of a creative app than a
game, so this $.99 remix (available only on the Amazon App Store) is a good
format for playing around with the series' impressive lexicon. Controlling
Maxwell is (still) a pain, but trying to solve the simple puzzles by spawning
the dirtiest-sounding objects possible is worth the price of admission.
2: ArmageddonAnother competent mobile port, Worms 2: Armageddon delivers
the same basic destructive fun the series always has. Controlling your armed
earthworms takes some getting used to and a phone screen is a little too small for
comfortable play, but otherwise everything is here: ridiculous weapons, fun
level themes, and a bunch of single-player missions you're never going to play
because blowing up your friends is a lot more fun.
CondadoEnough with the high-profile mobile games everyone has heard
of! Condado is based on a board game called Puerto Rico, and although it might
be sinfully ugly, it's one of the most in-depth and replayable strategy games
you can download on Android. Like Dominion, Condado revolves around drawing and
playing cards to win Victory Points. Most cards feature a unique ability, which
allow players to adopt a wide variety of different strategies. The game is also
free and doesn't contain any ads – apparently you're just supposed to play it and
have fun. What a novel idea!
BlendokuSudoku is for suckers. Blendoku tasks players with arranging
colors in the right order based on their hues or tones or tints or whatever – I
don't know a whole lot about colors. Most of the time laying out colors just
feels instinctive, and becomes surprisingly challenging in later levels. The
game is also great for finding out if you're colorblind to certain hues –
apparently there's a whole spectrum of brown I just can't appreciate.
Physics DeluxeCrayon Physics is a game I followed the development of for years because it seemed like such an interesting concept. Players draw simple
shapes out of crayon, which then become physical objects in the game world. Now
the game is out on Android devices, and the physics-based gameplay is perfect
RebuildRebuild is more like SimCity than any zombie game currently on
the market, but that doesn't stop this resource-management sim from providing a
healthy dose of post-apocalyptic fun. Players slowly expand their area of
influence by sending community members into the city to take over
buildings, collect resources, and find new survivors. All of Rebuild's action
happens in menus, but that didn't stop me from burning through the game over a
couple consecutive evenings.
DroidAnother unapologetically indie game, Robozzle Droid tasks
players with programming a robot to travel through mazes by writing a simple
script based on color and direction. Puzzles incorporate basic computer programming
elements, and even though most solutions only contain a handful of commands,
some levels are devilishly tricky. Robozzle Droid features over 1000 levels to
keep players busy.
UnolingoI wouldn't be much of an editor if I didn't include at least
one word game on this list. Unolingo is a unique twist on the crossword puzzle.
Instead of solving clues, players are presented with a semi-completed puzzle
and must figure out where each letter of the alphabet should be placed. This
requires a fair amount of deduction – or in my case, trial and error. Puzzle
packs are overpriced, but the free install gives you a taste of what Unolingo
Got any favorite
Android games that haven't been featured on one of these lists? Share them with
your fellow readers (and me!) in the comments section.
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