Top Five Android Games
You are a robot that due to a series of unfortunate events ended up disassembled in a scrap yard. That’s the starting premise for this gorgeous hand-drawn side-scroller, in which you play as an unnamed robotic protagonist just trying to find his place in the world. Using a point-and-click interface and an expansive interactive environment, Machinarium is without a single line of dialogue but manages to be an incredibly immersive experience. One caveat; if your screen is smaller than 5”, don’t bother. This game plays wonderfully on tablets but it’s not the same experience on a smartphone.
Arcane Legends (FREE)
If you’re looking for a sleek mobile MMORPG, you can’t do much better than Arcane Legends. The game doesn’t exactly break new ground, and it doesn’t have close to the complexities available in games like World of Warcraft or League of Legends. But it doesn’t try to be anything more than it is, and for this it succeeds. Playing as a legendary hero destined to save the world from a fearsome demon, you choose one of three classes and are set loose to fight monsters and explore dungeons. The controls are easy to pick up and you’ll be battling in no time at all—perfect if you want to kill some goblins while waiting in line at the grocery store. The best part? It’s free.
Bloons Tower Defense 5 ($2.99)
This cartoonish tower defense game gives a first impression of an easy, childish game. You play as monkeys attempting to pop balloons (“bloons”) before they get through your defenses. The early levels are simple, but as you proceed through the 50 stages your screen invariably erupts into a beautiful chaos of swarming colorful balloons, lasers, cannons, and spikes. BTD 5 is simple to pick up but difficult to master, with increasingly advanced towers unlocking as you rack up experience. With three difficulty settings, over 20 levels and 50-85 stages per level, the amount of available gameplay is immense. This is an addictive, one-of-a-kind tower defense game that is absolutely worth its meager price tag.
Angry Birds Star Wars (FREE)
As the Angry Birds franchise has expanded dramatically into an international sensation, it would be reasonable to assume that the quality of the games would diminish as they attempt to reach a larger market. Apparently developers Roxio didn’t get the message, because this Star Wars adaptation actually significantly improves on the Angry Birds formula. With environments that follow the original series storyline and birds that wield lightsabers, force fields, and blasters, this game is truly a gem. This is no “release-and-watch” game--you must use the unique powers of the birds throughout their flight to pass these challenging levels. A fun and engaging game that’s impossible not to enjoy.
World of Goo ($2.99)
Sometimes the best games are ones that stick with a simple concept and execute it to perfection. World of Goo certainly takes this philosophy and goes with it. The objective of the game is to get your “goo-balls” from one side of the level into a pipe on the other. You navigate obstacles by building towers and bridges out of your goo-balls. The challenging part is to keep these structures from falling over—they are made of goo, after all. The physics-engine works very well and the scenery is interesting and colorful. In addition, the music is playful and fun to listen to. It’s hard not to find something to like about World of Goo, so give it a try.