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Top 21 Android Games of 2010

The Android had a great year of games in 2010, and really distinguished itself from its competitors with the fine assortment of games we’ve collected here. Once you’ve downloaded these you’ll be saying, “Apple who?”

Cestos
If we rated it:
9/10
Free

True multiplayer on your phone is a pretty rare thing.  Yeah, some games let you compare scores, or pass the phone from person to person, but Cestos gives you the chance to find random strangers on the internet and totally crush their hopes and dreams.  The gameplay consists of eliminating opponents' spheres from the field of play by using yours to propel them into holes, explosives, and other things that aren't good for their health. It's simple, but that's why it works so well for quick online matches. While the game is a little short on variety in terms of levels, customization and downloadable content help give Cestos that extra push into awesome-land.

Zenonia
If we rated it:
10/10
$4.99

A fantastic action-RPG for your phone, Zenonia combines the addictive, carrot-on-a-stick rewards system of World of Warcraft with the fast-paced, hack-and-slash gameplay of the 2D Legend of Zelda games. This game should have a warning like you get on a pack of cigarettes, because you will find yourself playing it at every free juncture. It doesn't hurt that the graphics are a pleasure to look at, or that the controls (unlike most Android games, Zenonia uses a sort of virtual trackball) are smooth and accurate, either.  In all, this is as close to an honest-to-goodness hardcore gaming experience as you can get to on your phone.

Everlands
If we rated it:
9/10
Free

Don't let this one's cute veneer fool you.  Everlands is a challenging matching game in which you pit your army of cutesy animals against the AI's in a battle for supremacy.  While the basic rules may seem simplistic (higher numbers beat lower numbers, like war) every animal has its own unique special ability, and cards are shaped hexagonally, rather than rectangularly, for more complex matches. Unlocking new animals and building new decks for each map adds to the fun -- if only this one had multiplayer, it'd be perfect!

Radiant
If we rated it:
9/10
$2.99

Think of Radiant as a neon-colored gloss on the classic Space Invaders game of yore: you play a small starship tasked with taking on wave after wave of brightly hued baddies (and the occasional big boss) over the course of 30+ levels. Gameplay is very reflex-oriented, and having your finger on the screen can cause some confusion, but for the most part, Radiant shines. Plenty of powerups and customization options for your ship keep the game fresh, as well -- if you're into classic arcade action, you've got your meal ticket.

Blow Up
If we rated it:
8/10
Free

Blow Up is kinda like Angry Birds (a game that, if you have a portable device, you should've played by now), except that instead of launching projectiles to destroy structures, you set charges at key points on the structures and cause them to collapse. Timing when the charges go off to maximize debris damage, as well as gaining a basic understanding of structural engineering, are what make this game addictive and enjoyable. The cleverly designed control scheme manages to be precise in terms of placement, without requiring a million screen touches, too.  Just be careful: like Angry Birds, you can find yourself spending way too long trying to suss out the secret to one of Blow Up's levels, when you should be doing something productive.

ExZeus Arcade
If we rated it:
9/10
$4.99

This Japanese Giant-Robot extravaganza is one of the best looking games – strike that, it's one of the best looking things – you can get for your Android phone today. You pilot your mecha-fantastic robot against waves of enemies in a 3D, arcade-style series of levels, each ending with a massive boss fight. The action requires extremely tight reflexes, a sharp eye, and a powerful Android phone. This game will bring your puny Nexus One to its knees, so you'll want an Incredible or an X to play it at its best – but if you've got the juice, the action is fast paced, the customization options add layers to the gameplay, and there's even multiplayer!

Dynamo Kid
If we rated it:
8/10
$1.99

One of a rising new genre of "build-as-you-go" platformers, Dynamo Kid tasks you with drawing platforms, flicking enemies out of the way, and building ramps as the eponymous Kid runs ever forward through the levels. Part of the appeal of Dynamo Kid is its unique graphical style: as you move through the sketched-out world, it suddenly comes to life, in full-fledged color in front of your character. The effect is impressive aesthetically, but also helps make the game exciting to play: you're always waiting to see how the artists will render the next section. While the controls can sometimes frustrate with the fast pacing, by and large, Dynamo Kid is an exciting and entertaining platformer for your Android.

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10 comments

  • WelcomeGhosts10 - February 6, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Thanks for posting a round up of Android games, it gets annoying when some people just ignore it for iPhone!
  • HardNoks - February 1, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    @d0X gameloft has it on their ridiculous online store and its nearly impossible to buy. i have no idea why they dont post hd games in the market
  • lukas1051 - January 31, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    I'm an android owner, but the games are no iPhone killer, lets not kid ourselves. It's a real shame.
  • d0x - January 31, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    Hey i searched the market for Dungeon Hunter and it doesnt exist! Where did you find it?!
  • d0x - January 31, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    If you like Blow Up then I suggest you get idemolish instead. Its the same game except it was out first, its prettier, it runs better, it has more levels and its just overall a better game.
  • einhazard - January 31, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    I am going to complain that while I work at a job that deals with these smartphones every day, mine is an older Droid and I'm not at work right now! I am also going to complain that all I have to eat around here is multigrain cheerios but no milk.
  • Daruniah - January 31, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    I am gong to complain about how I don't have a smartphone and that I'm typing this at school.
  • AndIThoughtHeSmelledLikePizzaOnTheOutside - January 31, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    I will also complain about things I must do today. Stupid things to do today. I know it kinda undercuts the premise, but I would love to know which games are also on the iphone. Same goes for Ipad games. Are we not at the point where we can just rate/review mobile games and include which platforms they are on?
  • diddly - January 31, 2011 10:51 a.m.

    Pfffft, school in 5 hours, I got workouts right now! Oh wait, that's brutal, 5 AM s stupid. But yeah cool article, this makes me wish I had an android or like an iPod for these mini games
  • talkraider - January 31, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    Yeah! first. Fuck, I should be asleep, I have school in 5 hours

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