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I think it’s safe to say that most Android users have a favourite game. Whether you prefer puzzle games, titles from the arcade and action genre or perhaps sports simulations, there must be one that has, in some way, engrossed you.

I’ve had the privilege of writing Android reviews now for around eighteen months and have probably scribbled somewhere around 500 or more pieces on Android Appstorm and elsewhere. Of these, very many have been games and certain titles have stood out as being particularly addictive. Namely, the ones I carry on playing long after the review has been published.

So here, for your perusal, debate and discussion, are my top 50 addictive Android games. You should be warned that these can swallow your spare time without mercy, often leaving you groggy and disorientated, sometime after midnight and hours of hardcore playing. With that as a small warning, say goodbye to productivity and read on…

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Abstract line-drawing game Qix stormed the arcades in the early 1980s, winning players over to its frenetic action and unpredictable enemies. It was ported, cloned, and adapted dozens of times for nearly every platform during the years that followed, most famously in 1992 Windows game JezzBall, which had you trapping balls by building horizontal or vertical walls with the mouse.

I’ve played just about every Qix or JezzBall-style game that’s graced the Android platform, and put together this list of the best. With these 12 ports and adaptations you’ll be Qix-ing back for days.

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Although I do like indulging in the odd mobile game now and again, there are times where playing against the computer gets a bit repetitive and boring. It’s far more realistic (and competitive) to play multiplayer games against real people than against computer algorithms. And multiplayer games don’t have to be restricted to one device either: there are loads of games that can be enjoyed no matter what platform you are running.

So, without further ado (and in no particular order), here are my top 10 cross-platform multiplayer games that you can enjoy whether you’re on Android or iOS.

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Retro games are big in the Google Play Store. While lush 3D visuals are able to seduce many gamers, solid, fun and addictive gameplay can be found even in titles devoid of buttery visuals and the need for a Tegra 3 chip. Games like Tiny Tower, Game Dev Story and R:Type have racked up both huge downloads figures and positive reviews. Generation-defining classics such as PAC-MAN, Tetris and Sonic CD have also made their way onto the Android platform, and these have literally been around for decades.

It’s obvious that nostalgia gaming is massively popular. Furthermore, people are willing to pay for the pleasure. Developers like Kairosoft charge almost top dollar for their full titles, despite the fact they are made of the blocky retro graphics of the 80’s and 90’s. It was thought high time therefore to group some of these together into a comprehensive round up. From Asteroid clones and RPGs to vertical scrolling shooters and addictive platformers… they’re all here. So, put down that Rubix cube and cast your mind back to dusty arcade cabinets, pockets full of loose change and blistered thumbs – here’s a bumper roundup of retro games available on Android.

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Who doesn’t love trivia games? They are available in all shapes and sizes, from board games to apps, and cover a huge range of different subjects. Whether you have an interest in Classic TV, the Elizabethan Period, or just general knowledge, you’ll find something to suit you.

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Ever been crazy about defense games? I love them; they allow you a chance to be a hero or the savior of your people as you prevent the collapse of your castle or tower. This concept of game is available on Android phones and tablets to help you pass the time, especially when you have a fair amount on your hands.

Tower defense games have really come of age, with a lot of thinking and strategy involved in these games today. Gameplay is not “aim and shoot” but rather takes a lot of planning and strategy to defend a particular structure from marauding enemies that are hell-bent on destroying your structures. From a long list of tower defense games, here are my favorites.
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I don’t know about you, but I love a really good word game. Whether I’m on public transport or just trying to wind down, an immersive and challenging word puzzle is often just the tonic for me. I can’t be the only ‘wordie’ either as there are literally hundreds of word games in the Android Market.

Therefore I have compiled what I believe to be a definitive list of the best. Is your favourite included here? Or have I missed out on an absolute gem? Has a meritorious masterpiece been inexcusably cast asunder? Read on to make absolutely sure…
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Over the last few years, mobile phones have very quickly moved from being a low-end casual gaming platform to challenging the console markets and threatening to overtake the top handheld gaming devices like the Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS. From the most basic of puzzle games like Sudoku and tic-tac-toe, to high-end action games like N.O.V.A 2 HD, the Android Market is full of options that cater to everyone’s tastes.

One style of games that spans pretty much every genre in the market is physics-based games. These are games where the environment and elements interact in a simulated real-life manner with mass, density and gravity all impacting the outcome of the gamer’s actions. The inherent touch-based interface of most new mobile games and the built-in accelerometers – which are pretty much a necessity in most phones these days – add to the overall experience in these games.

Let’s take a look at some of the best physics-based games on the Android Market. These belong to various genres and I’ve tried to bring about as much variety in these as possible while focusing on gameplay, ratings and popularity. (more…)

Remember the time when crossword puzzles and sudoku mornings meant newspapers? In fact, remember newspapers? The mobile phone market, especially with the advent of the tablets – has been eating away from the printed paper’s market and mind share for a couple of years now, and the trend seems to be getting stronger. So you get all your news and entertainment on your mobile devices now. But how about those cute little puzzles that have been your companions for many a morning. How about the experience of striking off those clues on the crossword clues or penning down number after number in the sudoku grids?

Like most good things, these puzzles have also made their way to the smartphones and are in many ways better than their printed counterparts. When was the last time you kept score of your timing on the kakuro sprints? Let’s look at a few notable tree savers that give you just one more reason to get your Android out in the morning.

Credit to MiniSQUL for the crossword photo.

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Although Honeycomb tablets have gotten off to quite a shaky start, most tablets such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola XOOM are now drawing on the increased power of NVIDIA Tegra to deliver better graphics and promise console-standard gaming. Honeycomb already has quite a wide choice of games that have been specifically optimised for it, but to make your life easier I have chosen 10 of the best to help you while away those hours of boredom.

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