Mobile Monday №156
Hey there Android device owners! Ready for some more excuses to use your phone for things other than making prank calls to the pizza place down the street? Thought so. These games will both entertain you and help you drain your battery. Since, you know, a full battery is just so annoying!
Twist n' Catch - When a monkey and a rotund adventurer decide to go diamond hunting, you can bet that everyone involved is going to have a good time. This arcade game shares some basic ideas with Gold Miner, though in practice it's really a very different game. The monkey lowers you down a shaft at the beginning of each level. Tilt your phone to sway back and forth, avoiding obstacles as you make your way to the juicy diamond below. The cool part is the timer at the bottom of the screen that counts down to a spike trap that slowly rises. Once you've nabbed the big diamond, tap and hold the screen to slowly drag yourself back to safety. There are also three smaller diamonds you can collect, adding a lot of challenge to the game, and you'll have to both protect your rope from dangers as well as use it to hit switches and the like. Dozens of levels, simple but smart gameplay, and a faithful monkey companion. Good times! The free Twist n' Catch Lite is also available.
Monkey Kick Off! - A browser game we featured way back in 2006 makes a surprise appearance on Google Play Android Games! Monkey Kick Off is a "see how far you can go" arcade game similar to Nanaca Crash and dozens of other launching games, only this time it's just you, a monkey, and a ball. Wait for the right moment and tap the screen to punt the ball as far as you can. Can you make it to the Monkey Village? It'll take some practice, but it's possible. Now go get addicted all over again!
Cosmonauts - An impressively full-featured mobile game that includes a single player campaign as well as online and local multiplayer modes and an in-game shop with new episodes, ships, skins and power-ups. Cosmonauts pits you against aliens in a projectile physics game that spices things up with a number of fun variables. Different missile types? Check. Speed boosts and exploding asteroids and barrels that give your shot more power? Check! There's a lot of strategy in this game, yet it still feels like a casual arcade experience. The only down side is that sometimes the loading screens feel more like advertisements than, you know, loading screens, but otherwise it's a great run no matter how you play! Also available: Cosmonauts for iOS.
Where's My Water? - We gave a full review for the iOS version of Where's My Water? towards the end of 2011, but now the game's gotten bigger, better, and more Android-ey! This physics-based puzzle game puts you in charge of delivering water to an alligator that really wants to take a bath. By digging through the dirt, you can move the liquid through the mostly-vertical stages, avoiding deadly acid and pulling off some neat tricks using environmental obstacles. It's an imaginative and challenging game, one that's a blast to play no matter what your age or personal preferences towards scaly reptiles! Where's My Water? Free is also available, as well as Where's My Water? for Kindle Fire!
NOTE: Games listed may not be available outside of North America. Prices are subject to change and are therefore unlisted. Please see the individual game pages for purchasing info. Games have been confirmed to run on Android 2.2 on an HTC Incredible.