Screw Apple, you say. You don’t need to enter their closed system to taste sweet smartphone bliss! Look, you have a perfectly fine Android handset on your person. It’s still wrapped in plastic, eve. Once you remove that protective layer, it’s Fun City! And app! We’ve got you covered on games, you non-conformist rebel. Download the ones below onto your device and be proud.
Update 12/25/2012: Google’s mobile OS keeps proliferating on more and more handsets and the games hitting that hardware keep getting better. And so the line-up of games that we think are the Bests for Android gets some additions and changes. Angry Birds Star Wars — the latest version of Rovio’s mega-hit franchise — replaces Angry Birds Space and Need for Speed Most Wanted, Arcane Legends and Hamlet all land onto the Bests.
Angry Birds Star Wars
As brutishly mercenary as a Force-enabled version of Angry Birds might seem, the newest variant of Rovio’s mobile juggernaut is actually pretty good. The standard Birds gameplay gets bolted onto iconic sequences from the Star Wars saga and players will be able to deflect lasers with a lightsaber and use Force Push on the franchise’s rickety environments.
A Good Match for: Iteration addicts. We’ve reached the point where each new AB release shows interesting tweaks to a core formula. The smash-it-all gameplay has moved from a see-what-happens model to one where various abilities exist to help you force the outcome you want. The Star Wars-centric skills in ABSWaren’t going to replace careful aiming and application of momentum but they make it so you won’t need as much luck as in the past.
Not for Those Who Want: Their childhood memories unsullied. If you break out in hives at the mere mention of Episodes I through III, then you should probably act like this game doesn’t exist. Your younglings, though, may not give you a choice.