10. Star Command
Everyone needs a little nostalgia now and then. That’s where retro games like Star Command come in. Control and command your crew through epic space adventures while blowing shit up, all in amazingly detailed 8-bit graphics. You can level up your crew and earn new skills, choose from 4 different ship hulls, focus on tactical, science, or engineering skill sets and during your missions you will encounter over 10 different alien species. If you have played FTL:Faster Than Light on Steam, you will love this game. Check it out for $2.99 on the play store now.
9. Shadowrun Returns
The return of the classic tabletop RPG fully revamped as a digital game for our enjoyment, Shadowrun Returns is the turn based RPG many have been waiting for. While this game has been out for at least a few months on Steam already, the android release was just last month, so many android gamers are getting their first opportunity to play this amazing game. Great customization abilities and fantastic storyline all envelope a wonderful masterpiece of a game where man meets magic and machine in the not so distant future. Choose from many character classes including Street Samurai, Decker, and Shaman just to name a few, then proceed to give your character a name and a look, and jump right in. Your choices throughout the game will affect certain outcomes, so choose wisely. It’ll set you back $9.99 for this Android copy of the game;well worth it for the current campaign and future content to come.
8. Fist Of Awesome
I fight bears has done a bang up job with this retro style side scrolling beat em up. I used to love double dragon but it was never this fun or hilarious. Embark on an epic adventure as “Tim Burr” the lumberjack of justice(I added the lumberjack of justice part) and seek to right the wrongs committed against humanity by correcting the altered flow of history. Bears have taken over the world and now control humanity, but if Tim and his mysteriously self aware fist have anything to say about it, the humans will be back on top once again. If you like retro games, and if you had a soft spot for side scrolling beat em up games like streets of rage and the like, fist of awesome should prove quite pleasant. Scrounge up a few bucks and head over to google play to snatch it up.
7. Rabbids Big Bang
The adorable little rabbids finally have their own game on android and they couldn’t be happier. In this physics based game you’ll have 150 insanely goofy missions to complete, with plenty of silly antics to engage in with your little rabbids. Rabbids has a ranking system to progress you through the game and unlock achievements, as well as the ability to customize your little rabbid to your liking. The crazy and wacky humor of Rabbids Big Bang is certain to put a smile on anyone’s face. I’d say that’s totally worth $0.99.
6. Angry Birds Star Wars II
The birds are back in this sequel to the popular star wars themed version of angry birds. New to the franchise for the first time ever, you can play as the pigs in Angry Birds and join the “porkside”. Play as many of your favorite heroes and villains and fling them for as many points as possible to attempt a 3 star score on every level. Special hidden golden items and special characters are available for play, and you’ll love the cheeky and entertaining little comic style cutscenes at certain intervals throughout the game. You can pick up the ad free version for just $0.99 or play the free version which is ad supported.
5. Breach And Clear
Tactical style turn based combat and strategy have never been this awesome on Android. Breach and Clear offers up intense and engaging tactical strategy and puts you behind the gun of your chosen military forces tactical squad. Choose your team members, select your squads load out and proceed with caution as you breach rooms and clear them of enemies to pass each level. Breach and clear has a leveling system that allows you to rank up with xp and gain access to certain weapon and gear upgrades which you buy with cash earned from completing each mission. Google play games services will allow you to sign in with your google+ account and utilize cloud saves across devices as well as log earned achievements and track your rank on the leaderboards. Can you earn all the achievements? The load out upgrades and customization are great and the cinematic firefights are a nice touch to a clearly well designed game. There is room for improvement in the form of more content and a couple features adds, but the game is still awesome and worth the money. If you have $3.99 sitting around, breach and clear is calling.
4. Clash Of Clans
The popular ios combat strategy game from Supercell finally made its way to Android recently, and to many it is a dream come true. Build up your clan and fortify your defenses while waging battles against rival clans and pillage their villages for everything their worth. Leave no stone unturned and burn all of their fortress to the ground. Only one clan is able to claim victory. Will it be yours? Choose from 15 unique units to control and disperse, and join with other parties to create the most powerful clan imaginable. Clash of Clans has an epic campaign mode of play, whilst mixing in the PvP aspect of battling other players and their fortresses. Free to play is the chosen model of this wildly popular hit, but there are some optional IAP available if you don’t like waiting for things to upgrade.
3. Plants VS Zombies 2
We all know the Plants vs Zombies franchise. The long awaited sequel has recently hit worldwide release and has opted to dump the $0.99 price tag in exchange for a free to play model, with IAP available for those who like to speed things up. There are tons of new plants and zombies to contend with, and lets not forget those awesome finger powers! Win prizes in the pinata party and look out for zombie chickens as these are not the kind of chickens you want to make dinner with. Google play games services will satisfy your hunger for more in game achievements and you can brag about which ones you have that your friends don’t. If that’s not enough, display your PVZ2 prowess across the leaderboards.
2. Dead Trigger 2
The perfect beginning to a spooky holiday season couldn’t have gotten any better than the release of Dead Trigger 2 from Madfinger Games. Everything here is vastly better than the original including but not limited to upgraded graphics and physics, as well as new characters, weapons, items, and upgrades. The fun doesn’t stop there though, you’ll have new zombies to blow away back to hell and exciting new things like manning the gun of a chopper to mow down zombies in certain parts of the campaign. Globally distributed rewards have been added based on players that participate in certain levels in the game, so if you’re playing, watch for these missions. The as expected newly optimized tegra graphics are present, but if you’re playing the game on say the new nexus 7 you can still crank up the graphics to maximum and they still look amazing and the game plays flawlessly. Intuitive new touch controls are partnered with an optional auto-fire feature but controller support is built in which is definitely the way to go. Dead Trigger 2 is free of course just like the last, with some optional IAP to buy gold and speed up some of the upgrade processes.
1. Call Of Duty Strike Team
Call of Duty fans have probably been waiting for this game to hit android for quite some time. After spending some time with the game and playing through the first four missions, I’m happy to report its a stellar FPS mixed with some tactical gameplay to give you a truly new call of duty experience. Swap between first person and strategic overhead “drone view” to plan out the best possible way to complete your objectives. Strike team offers a unique story in the Call of Duty universe, but will undoubtedly satisfy any Call of Duty fan. Campaign mode will have you playing through the games story missions, but you can opt to pick and choose survival missions as well which most likely play out like spec ops missions in modern warfare 3. Ranking level up systems are present with xp gains coming from mission completion, as well as many of the weapons and perks Call of Duty players know and love from the console games. Sadly there is no gamepad support, but the touch control system is set up in such a way that you really shouldn’t mind. Strike team will set you back $6.99 and will prove to be a game you will love playing for countless hours.