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Top 21 Android Games of 2010

Dungeon Hunter
If we rated it:
10/10
$4.99

Dungeon Hunter is possibly the best looking game you can get on your Android phone, period.  A 3D action-RPG in the tradition of Dungeon Siege, Dungeon Hunter allows you to choose one of three character types, and sets you loose against a bunch of monsters in a variety of awesome-looking dungeon environments. Treasure, leveling up, and achievements are all part of the addictive fun of this one, but beware: you shouldn't even think about getting this game unless you have one of the newest Android phones.

Beats
If we rated it:
8/10
Free

Well, well, a rhythm game for your phone. Who'da thunk it, right? Believe it or not, Beats is a surprisingly addictive way to listen to/experience your music on your phone. That's right, you can customize what music and rhythm sequences Beats shows you by using the installer from their website. Yes, this requires some legwork and knowledge on your part, but if you get it set up correctly, the game becomes tremendously addictive – and you're listening to your own tracks, anyway. While the game is still largely in a pre-release format right now, the slightly tech-savvy will have no problem getting it working and getting started bopping to the rhythm of their favorite music. And it's free, after all.

Brain Genius Deluxe
If we rated it:
8/10
Free

Of the various "brain training" titles out there (i.e., quiz and logic puzzle games), Brain Genius Deluxe is the best. It has the quickest, easiet-to-use interface, the best graphics, and enough different kinds of tests and questions to keep your mind guessing for a  while. Everything from trivia to logic to mathematics is in here, so there's something for everybody. While it bills itself as a "daily dose" type of a game that you're supposed to work out your mind on as if it were an exercise regimen, Brain Genius can be enjoyed in smaller shots (or longer ones), if you prefer.  If you're the type of person who needs to stay interested to stay awake, this game will definitely help you on long trips.

Battle for Mars
If we rated it:
10/10
$4.99

While Battle for Mars is a bit pricey for most of the Android crowd, don't pass over it without at least trying the game out. The gameplay is heavily derivative of the wonderful Advance Wars series for Nintendo DS, and – since you can't play Advance Wars on Android – that's a really good thing. Tactics is the name of the game: you set your units up on a 2D map, trying to balance the various unit types' strengths and weaknesses against an enemy doing the same, as use your wits and planning to overwhelm the bad guys. The cartoonish graphics and wacky setting help take this one over the top from fun time waster to just plain addictive.

Replica Island
If we rated it:
8/10
Free

Replica Island is a fun side-scrolling platformer with an interesting twist: you move around with a virtual trackball, rather than a virtual gamepad.  This makes the gameplay more fluid and the pacing a little more hectic.  That said, most of the game is pretty easy, in an enjoyable way, and the challenges rarely reach the level of frustration.  Replica Island is also a completely open-source title, so developers are constantly adding new tweaks, levels, and improvements to the game – and like just about everything else open source, it's totally free.

Pandas vs. Ninjas
If we rated it:
9/10
Free

Physics-based gaming is sometimes unpredictable, but in the silly world of Pandas vs. Ninjas, that unpredictability becomes part of the silly fun. You play one of the titular pandas, in a war to defend their homeland from invading ninjas. Gameplay is similar to Angry Birds, except you chuck pandas at buildings full of ninjas, and you have a different set of "weapons" at your disposal (as well as slightly different victory criteria).  As the game goes on, you'll unlock new types of pandas, each with their own special abilities, to assist your ninja-crushing endeavors, and the game's cute, anime-style graphics never get old.

Panzer Panic
If we rated it:
8/10
Free

Panzer Panic is a simple little action title that tries to approximate the battles young boys doodled on their notebooks in class when they were meant to be learning about the Krebs cycle or something. The art style is pen-and-ink, and much of the game involves moving your tank around and launching blobs of different colored ink at enemy tanks. Levels are designed to have plenty of cover and Mexican standoffs with other tanks are very common. The gameplay isn't all that deep, but the key here is to let the game help you let off some steam in a bite-sized way.

Jan 30, 2011

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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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