One of the major disappointments for smartphone users switching from the iPhone to Android tends to be the lack of truly great games on the Google platform. However, this could be as much a problem with discovery mechanisms on the Android Market as it is a shortage of great titles. We've found that if you look closely there are some awesome games to buy and play and we've posted some of our favourites in the gallery below.
Even if baseball isn't your thing, we suggest you check out the lite version of this game. With slick 3D presentation, addictive gameplay and a clever multiplayer component, Homerun Battle stands out as one of our most-played titles on the Android platform.
Though we don't love the on-screen virtual D-pad controls, we still love the speed and features available in this soccer sim. Including loads of real player names and TV-style commentary, Real Football is one of the most polished games you'll find for the Android. Strangely it's not on the Android Market, but you can grab it directly from Gameloft.
Look familiar? Flight Frenzy is our pick of the Flight Control clones for Android, dishing up fun cartoony graphics and similar furious gameplay. Still, we'd love to see original Firemint games on the Google platform.
Flight Frenzy not sating your lust for madness? Do you prefer your frenzy coupled with the simple life? Farm Frenzy is similar to time management titles like Flash-classic Dinner Dash, challenging you to create a supply chain of of farm goods while your resources are ravished by time and bears. Good wholesome fun.
Another Gameloft title with a dreaded virtual D-pad, but we were surprised how much we enjoyed Assassin's Creed. Thanks to a fair bit of automation, the game manages to replicate some of the fast-moving fun of the console original.
OK, hear us out. We know this sounds like a cheap TV tie-in, and in a way it is, but the puzzle elements of the game are fun, if short lived. In the game you play House and you must solve the various medical riddles by charging your team with information-gathering tasks, like Lab work or questioning the patient. Each task yields clues that help you eliminate possibilities until the true illness is discovered.
Similar to the popular Ragdoll Blaster for iPhone, Shoot U is a physics puzzle that involves you shooting toys at the environment until you successfully hit the target. As with other Camel Games titles, the physics are the standout here.
Set in the future, Iron Sight is a team-based mechwarrior battle sim where you control small teams of heavily-armed vehicles against packs of similarly lethal machines. Imagine the PC classic Worms with a 3D twist.
This is a port of a Java title for feature phones and can be difficult to find online (it's not currently available on the Android Market). If you do track it down you'll be treated to some fairly fun and fast-paced tennis action with simple on-screen controls.
If you prefer your tennis indoors and with smaller balls, Zen Table Tennis is a decent 3D ball-whacker. There's not much to the title in the way of game modes or achievements, but the game is fun in short bursts.
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While the House M.D. game earlier had you curing ailments using your powers of deduction, Antigen uses a more hands-on approach. You play an antibody charged with catching the icky illnesses before they damage the body.
This is one of our all-time favourite Java games ported in all its glory to Android. Tower Bloxx consists of two puzzles, a city builder where you have to choose the location of construction for maximum population density, and the actual construction of the buildings themselves. This is one of the more addictive games available.
Under its fuzzy-wuzzy, rainbow-coloured exterior, Everlands is essentially a turn-based battle simulator. Each mission has you deploying forest creatures one at a time and utilising the special powers of each.
If you've played Bejewelled then you've basically played Jewellust. Match three or more jewels from the puzzle board to eliminate them and continue until you reach the target score. Simple concept, hard to put down.
Like Shoot U, Papa Stacker uses great game physics to make this puzzler interesting. One part Tetris and one part Jenga, the object of Papa Stacker is to make the tower as high as possible using the pieces you are given in the order they are offered.
This might look like a boring game of Connect 4, but this puzzle is much more complex and more entertaining than that. The game's objective is to destroy the tiles before they fill one of the columns to the top. The numbered tiles explode when the number shown correlates with the total tiles in a given column or row, and these explosions can destroy the blank grey coins. This is a game for lovers of strategy.