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50 of the Best Games on Android

November 21, 2010 - Written By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner

Mobile Broadband has put together a list of the 50 best games for Android devices.  Here’s their list with a summary of each game, as well as a screenshot.  If you haven’t heard of some of these finds, maybe you’ve got some new diversions waiting for you on the Android Market!

For each game, there are 2 links (or more if there are different versions).  One goes straight to Android Market so you can install it and start having fun.  The other goes to the game’s QR code on AppBrain (with this many games listed, we didn’t want your device reading the wrong code!).  Scan QR codes with your device off your computer monitor.

All games are FREE unless noted otherwise; many are “light” versions with a paid version also available.  If there is an OS restriction we’ve noted that as well.

Have a look, see if you discover something new, let us know if your favorites didn’t make the list or if you disagree with the order they put the games in.  I’m sure you’ll have some strong opinions on this one and we want to hear from you!

And now, without further ado, Mobile Broadband’s selection of the 50 best Android games.

50. Farm Frenzy Lite – Herocraft – Run your own farm without getting your boots dirty.  Look after your animals and collect wool, butter, cheese.  The version for Android 1.5 says it works for OS up to 2.1.

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There’s a pay version available for $3.14 as well.

49. Line Up – LabPixies – A color matching game where you try to remove blocks (at least 3 of the same color) before the board fills up.  Choose your matches with care, you only get 100 taps per round (but can earn more).  For all Android versions.

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48. Milky Milky – Psym Mobile – A tile-type puzzle game, where you connect the dairy barn to the milk delivery trucks using differently shaped pipes.  Move quickly, if the milk overflows, game over!  Recently updated to work with tablets, and just passed the over 250,000 downloads mark.

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47. Flood-It! – LabPixies – Another color matching game, but you have to flood the board — with one color.  To keep progressing, you have to flood the board to one color in the allowed amount of steps — or fewer!  Three sizes of game board allows different skill levels.

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46. Hungry Shark Free! – Future Games of London – Eat your way through the world’s oceans, and ashore! Online leaderboards allow bragging rights.  This game hit the 250K mark after only 2 weeks on the Market.  There is also a paid app for $3.95, but these links are to the free version.

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45. Blow Up (Lite) – Camel Games – Do you love explosions?  Then this is the game for you!  Flatten the buildings with different kinds of bombs, use timers and vary the amount of explosives.  The game maker says the buildings sway and fall with “real physics.”  14 levels in the free version.  The paid version ($2.99) removes ads and has 90 levels.

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44. Flight Director (Lite) – Camel Games – Plan air routes and land planes in airports using the maps from Google Earth.  If you don’t plan well, down your plane goes.  2 maps, different skill levels.  The full version ($1.99) has 7 maps and no ads.

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43. Hyper Jump – Camel Games – This game works with your device’s accelerometer, so you’ll be tilting and turning it as you keep your character in the air.  Collect coins and other objects to stay up, avoid the monsters while you do!  The full version ($1.99) removes the ads and adds more scenes and characters.  It also requires loading a resource pack to run.

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42. Speed Skater – Dellfern – This NEW game has you maneuvering a skateboard rider over different terrain, gaps, and obstacles.  And when I said NEW I meant it, the game hasn’t been on the Market for a week yet.

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41. Smiley Pops – Boolba Labs LLC – Match 3 smiley faces in a row to work through the board.  The faces will entertain you as you play.  Paid version ($0.99) is ad-free.

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40. Pair Up – ClingMarks.com – Clear the board of penguins by connecting matches with a legal path.  No diagonals, and you can’t move through penguins in your way.  The further away your matches are, the more points.  Several levels of difficulty, plus online leaderboard.  You can also share your score on Facebook.  Check the game out, there’s an online Flash version.

The pay version, Pair Up Pro, is $1.99 and has 100 levels.  You may know this game from the iPhone where it’s called Penguin Links.

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39. Slimeball Speedway (Lite) – Requiem Software Labs, Inc – Move the slimeball through town, eat victims and grow bigger, eat more.  Share scores online.  There’s also a paid version for $3.49.

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38. Live Holdem – DragonPlay – Texas Hold’em poker, live with Facebook Friends or other players on Android.  Went over 250K downloads its first day on the Android Market.  There are a few other Hold’em games for Android but this one’s ranked the highest.

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37. Slugs Lite – Amoneron – Stop the slug invasion!  60 different levels, each with its own landscape.  Use various weapons on the critters, prevent them attacking your girlfriend.

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36. Guns ‘n’Glory – Handy Games – A tower defense style game where you can play offense Wild West style.  Lay ambushes, attack settlers, rob the train, hold up the stagecoach.  Plenty of strategy.  Ad-free paid version is $4.10.

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35. Bubble Blast 2 – Magma Mobile – Burst the bubbles and try to trigger a cascade of more bursts.  800 levels in puzzle mode, plus free-play Arcade style.  Online leaderboards.

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34. City Jump – DroidHen – Another jumping game where you’re leaping between buildings, avoiding obstacles, and killing enemies.   If you eliminate three enemies of the same type, you get a power up.

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33. Bistro Cook – Quasar Studios – A speed challenge game where you compete to be the fastest cook.  Check the order, grab your ingredients, cook them in your skillets, and get them on the plates.  Hurry, your customers are hungry!

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32. Panzer Panic FREE – HandyGames – A tank battle game where your fuel and your weapons are ink.  Power-ups are found in wooden boxes, better grab them before you’re empty.  A pay version without ads is available for $4.10.

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31. Hyperspace LITE – Psychotron – The developer says this is the original Android 3D action game.  A demo version of the full game, with 5 levels. Tilt-control and platforms.  This game can also install to your SD card (not all games do, or mention if they can) if you have Froyo (Android OS 2.2).  The full version costs $3.95 (alas, recently raised from only $1.58).

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30. Toss It – Boolba Labs, LLC – So simple yet so addicting: toss a crumpled paper wad into a garbage can.  Different levels change the backgrounds, the challenge, and in one you can toss away an iPhone (sounds appropriate to me).  The developer says this game uses a “real physics engine.”  Online leaderboards let you challenge your friends, too.

The Pro version is $3.99 (or $4.72, there are two Toss It Pro entries on AppBrain) and has no ads and more levels.

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29. Bonsai Blast – Match the colored balls into groups of 3 or more, by shooting.  The more you play the more intense the game gets.  Several variations of the game available.  A pay version for $1.99 eliminates the ads.

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28. Blackjack Attack (Ad Supported) – Fluid Software LLC – Classic blackjack, including a blitz mode where you have to go through the whole deck before you run out of time.  The developer says this game is for high-end Android devices, such as the Motorola DROID X or DROID 2, the Samsung Galaxy S family, etc.  Also supports Samsung Galaxy Tab and ARCHOS tablets.  Play against friends, the game has an “exclusive” proximity-based online scoreboard.

The pay version ($1.99) has no ads.

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27. Barrr – Firedroid – Avast! Yer running a pirate taverrrn, matey!  Serve them beerrr, tattoo them scallywags, or make them parrrty!  This is another timed action game; be sure to grab yer golden parrrots to move to the next level, or ye’ll want to walk the plank.

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26. Word Drop – Ben Garret – The developers says his game is Scrabble, Boggle and Bejeweled put together.  Find words as fast as you can; letters you use disappear and new ones drop in from above.  Options to submit new words included. An untimed mode lets you practice spotting words even faster.

The Pro version elimates ads.

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25. – Scrambled Net – Moonblink – Oh no!  Your computer network is all scrambled up!  Rotate the tiles and get the computers connected to the servers again.  Five levels of difficulty, and each level creates random puzzles so you’ll be the network admin for hours at a time!  The most difficult level wraps around the gameboard left connects to right, and top goes around to bottom, plus tiles with 3 or 4 connections have invisible wires!

If you enjoy the game, there’s a version that allows you to donate $1.49 to the developer.  Or $0.99.  I can’t tell.

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24. Alchemy Classic – NIASoft – A remake of the old MS-DOS (now that’s old!) game Alchemy.  Elements and reactions work together like the game Evolution.  Start with only 4 elements; Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.  Now combine them to make more and more elements, and life.  Can you evolve to mammals?

There won’t be any ads until 2011 and it doesn’t request any permissions.  A Windows version of the game is also available on the NIAsoft website.

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23. Graviturn – Team Graviturn – Another tilt-action game.  Make gravity your friend as you tilt your device to move the red balls out of the maze, but don’t lose the green balls!  Lots of levels to play.  Post and compare your scores online after each level is completed.

If you enjoy this game, there’s more fun to come with Graviturn Extended.  That’s another free app with black holes, bouncing walls, and other challenges.  This version has ads.

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22. GalaxIR – MeryoDev – Become the Galactic Emperor.  Can play against your friends in multiplayer mode using Bluetooth, or play online.  This is an action and strategy game.  The pay version, GalaxIR Star ($1.99), has many more features including more planets and starfields, plus unlimited playing time in multiplayer mode.

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21. Air Control Lite – Logisoft Games – You’re the Air Traffic Controller and must keep the planes coming and going safely.  Direct the planes to airport runways and don’t let them crash!  You can control the game speed yourself and there’s also a more challenging Cargo Mode where the planes can only land if they match the last plane’s type.

Paid version is $3.14 but the developer doesn’t say what you get for your money.

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20. Cestos Full – Chicken Brick Studios – One of the first multiplayer games for Android devices, this is a battle game where you gain experience and unlock more features and abilities as you do.  You can also change your avatar’s looks and socialize with friends online.  Winner is the last one standing!

And if you enjoy this game, there’s a sequel called Cestos 2, also free!

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19. Atomic – BadPixel Studios – Reassemble the molecules when their atoms are scattered all across your playing field.  A tile-style puzzle game.  The paid version ($2.35) is called Atomic Ultimate, 40 more levels and no ads.

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18. Coloroid – Tapjoy – Another flood-the-board puzzle where you work from the upper left corner and try to convert the board to a single color.  You can choose the number of colors to play in Settings, making the game easier or more difficult.  Image courtesy of Mobile Broadband.

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17. Brain Genius Deluxe – Glu Mobile – 24 different touch and motion-controlled games to keep your brain limber.  Bonus puzzles include the always-popular Sudoku.

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16. The Great Land Grab – Claim land and then defend it.  You can use it with your GPS to play on a map where you actually are.  Makes traveling more fun.

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15. Abduction! – Psym Mobile – Aliens kidnap your friends and take them away in their flying saucer.  Follow them by bouncing up to platforms, collect power-ups as you chase the aliens, don’t fall!  The power-ups give you bonus points, allow you to change platform size, or gain you extra lives.  Similar to Doodle Jump.

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14. OpenSudoku – Roman MaÅ¡ek – Like open source code?  This is an open source Sudoku game.  Features several input methods, so you can use your finger on the touchscreen, or the keyboard.  Includes 90 Sudoku puzzles in 3 levels of difficulty, plus you can download puzzles from the web or enter them by hand to solve them on the go.  Each game has its own timer.  You can export to SD card with Froyo as well.

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13. Jewels – MH Games – Match 3, 4, or 5 jewels to clear them and more jewels drop from above.  Play by switching any pair of adjacent jewels, but you must make a match! Global leaderboards let you play for bragging rights.  This is probably the best Android implementation of the popular game Bejeweled.  Bejeweled is owned by Electronic Arts, and they still haven’t gotten the game on Android.

One difference is that matching 5 doesn’t really give the reward it ought to; you get 10 points for 3 jewels, 20 points for 4, and 30 for 5.  But the way to quickly earn points is to match 2 rows at once, and better yet, cause a cascade!

This is one of my personal favorite Android games, and it would be ranked a lot closer to the top on my list.

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12. Trap! – Matt Wachowski – Trap the bouncing balls by drawing lines between them.  Line are drawn bottom to top; if a ball hits your line before you hit the top of the gameboard, your line disappears.  Great 3-D graphics, too.  Image courtesy of Mobile Broadband.

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11. ConnecToo Free – halmi.sk – Connect matching blocks without crossing paths.  Features 200 levels, global leaderboards, plus it’s integrated with Facebook.

Pay version ($1.25) is ad-free.

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10. Robo Defense FREE – Lupus Labs Software – A tower-defense style game, where you can upgrade the towers.  Stop the invasion of your fortress with robots.  You have to buy robots to fight, and you earn more money by destroying the enemy robots.  Different types of robots have different weapons, so the strategy is in deciding where to place each one.

Free version has 11 levels of difficulty on the same map, while the pay version ($2.99) has xxx… This is one of the few paid apps that has over 250K downloads.  Image courtesy of Mobile Broadband.

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9. Gem Miner – Psym Mobile – Dig, dig, dig; find ore, metal, and gems.  Profit from your finds and buy upgrades so you can dig even deeper for better finds.  Meanwhile, avoid mine accidents such as rockfall, chasms, or just getting stuck.  Sounds similar to a cut-down version of the very popular Minecraft game.

Full version ($2.13) is called Gem Miner: Dig Deeper.

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8. Replica Island – Team Replica – Find the mysterious artifact on the island, using Andy the Android robot to explore for you!  40 different levels and 3 endings possible as you fly (Andy has rockets for feet), stomp, jump or roll your way through the terrain.  Possess the enemy robots and learn the secret of the artifact’s power as you work your way through the fighting island armies.

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7. Frozen Bubble – Pawel Aleksander Fedorynski – Knock the bubbles down in this Bust-a-Move type game by matching at least 3 of the same color in a cluster.  Can install to SD card using Froyo.  There are two level editors available for Frozen Bubble as well, one for free and another for $1.25.  Both include 40 more levels and the ability to create more gameboards to play.  The pay version has no ads.

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6. Drop – Out of Pixels – Roll the ball down the gameboard as far as you can.  Speed and reflexes count.  You can play by touching the screen or tilting your device.

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5. Sketch Online – Maan Najjar – Multiplayer game where one person sketches something and the other players try to guess what the mystery word is.  Pictionary for Android!  The Beta version is much more highly ranked than this one, but is a much earlier version.  I’d say read the comments on this one before deciding to install, recent players aren’t happy.

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4. Newton Lite – Badlogic Games – Guide the particle using your particle gun through the obstacles and hit the target.  Newton’s Laws apply!  There are 21 levels and you can post your score to an online leaderboard.  Graphics are nicely done.

There’s a paid version for $1.36 (0.99€), with 47 more maps plus no ads.  It also comes with a map editor and allows you to share your new maps.

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3. Red Stone – Honiware & Biosoft – A sliding tile puzzle game, claims to be one of the most difficult.  Push the red stone from the bottom to the top and out of the box, by moving other smaller stones out of your way.  The developer claims nobody has solved all ten puzzles (which they call “minerals”) yet.  Solutions are available in the Market for $0.95.  There is also a free solution pack that just shows the first five “minerals.”

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2. Bebbled – Nikolay Ananiev – Play this “jawbreaker” game 3 in three different modes.  Match two or more orbs, the more you match in a row, the higher your score.

33 levels to play through in campaign mode, then there’s a freestyle mode where you can adjust settings to your own taste.  You can also play online against other players and see who is the Bebbled champion.  The game is now integrated with Facebook and Twitter to invite friends to play against you online.  The game is similar to Puzzle Blox.

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1. Angry Birds – Rovio Mobile – Not many games are downloaded more than a million times the first day they are available.  195 levels to challenge you as the angry birds seek revenge on the pigs who stole their eggs.  Different bird types have different abilities, so choose wisely.

Use physics to aim the birds at the pigs’ defensive structures, use logic to solve the puzzles, use force to get those greedy egg-stealers.

The game is designed for higher-end Android devices, and Rovio is working on Angry Birds Lite for devices that can’t handle all the graphics computation.  The Beta is available for testing, click here to check it out on AppBrain.

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So there you have it, Mobile Review’s list of 50 best Android games.  Are any of your favorites missing?  Are any on here that you think don’t belong?  Let us know in comments and we’ll be sure to pass them along as well.

My biggest question about this list is how it was ordered.  It’s hard to argue with Angry Birds as the #1 app, but I saw some games I love ranked down pretty low, and some others that had not so great reviews ranked ahead of them.

Source list and a few images: Mobile Broadband