Google is gearing up to fight Apple and Facebook more directly - and games feature in that in a big way, if Google’s recentacquisitions are any indication. It stands to reason we might start seeing more high-quality games on the Android Market. But what’s on there right now that you enjoy?
Two of my most-played:
World Series of Poker Hold 'Em Legend by Glu (Link)
Great little poker game with a career mode and convincing AI. There’s some tedious video vignettes that pop up randomly and override your phone’s silent mode but you can turn those off, thankfully.
Robo Defense by Lupis Labs (Link)
A traditional tower defense title: mazing, long waves of opponents. If you’ve played Field Runners for the iPhone then you know what you’re in for with this. Not sophisticated as a lot of the more recent TD games on the iPhone but quite good nonetheless.
What gems have you guys found in the Android Market?
(We had a very brief previous Android games thread here.)
Right now, I’m just playing some solitaire and OpenSudoku on my Evo 4g. I have Alchemy, which is fun, but very little else. The android market is a very unusual place after using an ipod touch as my main computing device at home for 18 months. I’m worried that I’ll get some sort of hack from the market. Unlike the Itunes App store, I won’t download anything until I’ve heard it’s okay from multiple sources.
Everlands is probably my favorite game; it reminds me a lot of the card game from Final Fantasy 8, but made better by the addition of hexes and special abilities.
Radiant is a vertically scrolling shooter with some nice graphics and a weapon upgrade system.
Cribbage Pro is probably the best cribbage program I’ve seen on any platform in a long time. The UI seems to play quite well. A paid version of the application lets you play online, but I haven’t tried that.
mPuzzle has a huge library of puzzles sudoku, kakuro, and hitomi puzzles, among others, all free.
They actually use Google’s account services (basically, OpenID), so it’s more like AppBrains asks Google whether you were successfully authenticated - they don’t get your password directly.
Battle for Mars (uh, can’t link yet) is definitely the best game I’ve played on Android (it’s an Advance Wars clone), but I have not played many. It bugs me that the Market doesn’t have a strategy section, since turn-based strategy games are a natural fit for the platform.
I tried Quake 3 and it bloody works, even the multiplayer! Not really that fun to play on my Nexus One, even with the excellent trackball aiming, but it gives me hope for first-person game possibilities.
I like UniWar and Battle for Mars, nice Advance Wars-alikes. Not that I’m any good at strategy games. Jewels is an OK Bejeweled clone, Tetronimo is a decent Tetris clone. Bonsai Blast is a kind of mix of Puzzle Bobble and … tower defense? Or something. Replica Island is a simple platformer with a lot of levels and an actual story. Netrunners is a kind of cyberpunk text-based MMO Roguelike thing that I haven’t quite gotten the hang of yet, but it’s really interesting.
That’s all that I’m most familiar with so far, I’m definitely checking out more as I get time.