It's taken some time, but Google Play Android Games is finally beginning to attract some great games! Many of them have a dual existence on the iTunes App Store, but a few exclusives are starting to crop up here and there. Either way, gaming on your Android phone is getting better and better, and we\'re here to cover the top releases!
Because Google Play Android Games can only be browsed from your phone (for now), we've chosen to link all game names to their respective home pages. Click the title link to check out a game in your browser, or scan/click the image to download the game.
Replica Island - A puzzle platformer starring the Android's cute little green mascot. Dash around each stage evading enemies, collecting coins, and using your jet boost to fly for short periods of time. Forty challenging levels make this a surprisingly deep game, and best of all, it's free! The default controls map movement to the phone's track pad which, depending on your phone, is a hit-or-miss affair. The options menu lets you try tilt controls or switch movement to the keyboard, assuming your phone has a keyboard, that is.
Drop7 - The jewel of the mobile puzzle genre, Drop7 is the new Tetris. Drop numbered discs to the bottom of the grid by tapping on the screen. If the number on the face matches the number of orbs in that row/column, they vanish. Special "egg" discs must be cracked open before revealing their numbers, adding an interesting wildcard flavor to the mix. Setting up chain reactions is all a matter of knowing which circles will vanish with each move. Play it smart and play it safe to stay in the game! Extremely addictive.
Doodle Jump - One of the biggest hits from the iPhone market finds a natural home on your Android phone. A simple action game at heart, all you do is tilt the device left and right to control which direction the little jumping guy moves. Keep landing on platforms to work your way skyward, and picking up springs, jet packs, shields boosts and other power-ups helps you along the way. A great visual presentation and very frequent updates makes it an excellent casual mobile game! Some older Android phones may experience sluggish movement, but the Doodle Jump team is working to correct every glitch users have encountered, which is encouraging.
ZENONIA - A full-length 16-bit styled role playing game right on your phone! The action-RPG title combines Zelda-like design with upgradeable skills and plenty of inventory management. Expect just about everything you would get from an RPG released in 1995, including a slightly cheesy story. The touch controls can be a bit fussy at times, especially if you're used to having a physical controller in your hands, and the dialogue is rough, but it's hard to argue with a full-length RPG that looks this retro-good. Note: Both free and full versions of ZENONIA are available. Scan the left QR code for the full version, the right for the free.
Paper Toss - Scientific fact: any time any person throws paper in the trash bin, it's a game. Instead of making a mess on the ground (we know you don't always hit the goal), just download Paper Toss, a free physics game of... paper tossing! Wind direction and speed play a factor in this brutally simple game, and you'll have so much fun throwing paper away you won't mind there isn't a recycle bin in sight. The office setting was a great design choice, as many of us will be playing this while sitting in an actual office. Did I say playing? I meant reading work-related text messages...
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 2.1 on an HTC Eris.