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Five Groovy Android Games of the Week

We all know our smart devices serve us in a lot of different ways. I’m most grateful for all the developers who spend their days slaving away on code for games. Here are the top five Android games I’m playing this week when I have a few minutes to kill.

5. Riptide GP by Vector Unit – $2.99

At the number five spot is a tablet game that brags to be the first ever console quality water racing game for mobile. It features super-realistic water physics, real-time reflections and gorgeous high-detail vehicles and environments. I recently purchased Riptide GP because my Asus Transformer Prime came with a free demo for it. I got sick of playing the same level over and over again, and it’s only $2.99.
When is the last time you got a console quality game for less than five bucks? If you have a Tegra 3, it really shows off what the silicon can do on a mobile device. Steer using your tablet and get wet on the go with this visually stunning and realistic looking jet ski race game. Did I mention you can do stunts?

4. Frontline Commando by Glu Mobile – Free

Next up is a game I play on both the Transformer Prime and the Galaxy Nexus. Although I almost prefer playing on a smaller screen. It feels much easier to get my targeting right. Frontline Commando is a great third person shooter for mid to high end devices. The game is free, but they do use notification advertising as well as in game menu ads. But you only see them on the map, not during actual game play. The notification ads are quite annoying, but the game is worth it. One man, one war, you are the Frontline Commando.

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3. Sonic CD by Sega of America – $2.99

What can I say about this classic video game title? Listen to the SEGA sound as it loads up. Classic. It’s Sonic CD, on your smartphone or tablet! It doesn’t get much better than that. Sega stopped making consoles quite a while ago, but they seem to hold their own as a game development house. It’s good to see them releasing classic titles like Sonic for all Android fans to enjoy. Nintendo should take note.

Sonic CD plays nice on a tablet once you get the hang of the controls, but plays even better with a hardware controller of some kind. Yes, it can be done. Be sure to check out my how to on using the Galaxy Nexus as a controller for the Transformer Prime.

2. WordzUP! by Anthrological – Free or $2.99

I have to include a fun puzzle game. This is one I’ve been playing since the OG Droid way back when Verizon first released it. I still love it to this day. Plus, it’s good to spend your spare minutes playing a game that makes you smarter. As the market listing says, “It’s fun to unlock doors, discover ancient secrets, and dispel urban myths. Hey, it’s also fun to find words hidden in a grid! This game is quick, fun, and you’ll end up being smarter than your friends. On the grid, trace your finger over letter cubes to spell out words. Choose between 3×3, 4×4, 5×5, or 6×6 grids. Lots of options.” Definitely one of my favorite letter based puzzle games.

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1. Air Penguin by GAMEVIL Inc. – Free

I’m going to end my list of five this week with another fun, casual game that works great on both the smartphone and the tablet. This is one of the most addictive games I’ve played since I finally lost interest in Stupid Zombies. Air Penguin is a bright, colorfully fun cartoon game that shows you penguins can in fact fly. They can also bounce, glide and slide all over the place, all by simply tilting your device.

This game is also for the eco-conscious, note the storyline. “Journey through the icy South Pole to help Air Penguin save his family from melting ice caps.” If that’s not eco friendly, I don’t know what is. Save this penguin’s family from melting ice caps! You know why the ice caps are melting? Because of us… and Facebook. But mostly us.

Check back in a couple of weeks when I’ll give you five more fun game picks. Also, if you’re an Android fan, be sure to check out our weekly Android podcast, Attack of the Androids.

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8 Responses to Five Groovy Android Games of the Week

  1. Mat Lee February 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a headshot and take a screen cap? I hope you guys enjoy these games. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with five more.

  2. Robert! February 23, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Hahah well done Matt thats a good list.

  3. Satish April 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Can you suggest some good free action game for android?

    • Mat Lee April 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

      I don’t know of any good free ones off the top of my head. When you say action game, you mean like a third person shooter? Or something more along the lines of the NES hit Jackal?

      • satish April 6, 2012 at 3:22 am #

        Suggest top 5 free game

        • Mat Lee April 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

          I’m on it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. Andrei May 24, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    How about Border Lines HD … do you think its worth it … its a good arcade game

    • Mat Lee May 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      Never heard of it, but thanks for the info! I’ll check it out and drop a comment for you.

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