Games Archive

Classic Simon

Classic Simon is exactly what the title indicates.  For those of you who forgot, Simon is the game where you have to enter the correct sequence of colors.  Doing so will add one more color to the chain.  In Classic Simon, you can tailor the game to the specific skill level of your children.  The options are slow, medium, fast, accelerator, and magic memory (only shows the new color).  All of these options can be played on the classic 4 color grid, or on an intense 9 color grid.  This wide array of options will keep your kids engaged.  For the competitive spirit, you can see your high score for each specific setting, as well as the all-time leaderboard from Classic Simon players around the globe.  This is a great game to both keep kids occupied and boost memory function.

Trap!

Trap! is a classic arcade game we’ve all played before.  Your goal is to isolate flying orbs by drawing a line across the screen, eventually capturing the required percentage of the screen.  However, if an orb hits your line before it is complete, you lose a life.  This game is simple, addicting, and at times frustrating (when you lose).  A couple of unique features to Trap! are in game boosts, such as turbo, extra lives, and extra time.  Additionally, there are three different game modes, so purists can breathe a sigh of relief.  Download Trap! if you like this type of game…you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

Flood-It!

Flood-It! is a highly addictive puzzler that provides a simplistic challenge.  The game is a set of colored tiles that cover the playing area.  You start as the tile in the upper corner, and by changing your color to the color of an adjecent tile, you will caputre it.  The goal is to get the entire board to one color within a set number of moves.  The developers clearly tested this extensively, and have set the number of moves so that it is challenging, but possible.  There are three different level sizes, as well as 10 or so color scheme options.  This game is easy to learn, but hard to master, as each level presents a unique challenge.  Download Flood-It! if you want a Rubik’s Cube-like challenge on your phone.

Slimeball Speedway

Slimeball Speedway is yet another fun, simple, and addictive game.  You control a ball of slime using your accelerometor as it rolls through a city.  By rolling over smaller items, your ball of slime will absorb them causing it to grow and pick up speed.  However, if you collide with a bigger item, your ball of slime will either shrink or die.  Your goal is to reach the end of the level with as much size and speed as possible to unlock the next level.  Slimeball Speedway is very easy to hop into, and is great to kill a few minutes.

Homerun Battle 3D

Homerun Battle 3D is one of the most instantly satisfying games for Android phones.  As the title indicates, this game is a home run derby.  Use your phone’s accelerometor to aim the bat, and tap the screen to crank one out of the park, all in impressive 3D graphics.  You can play locally against your own record, or you can battle a fellow slugger online.  The online play has two impressive features.  One is the picture-in-picture, which shows your opponent in the upper corner of the screen.  The second is the game’s cross-platform functionality – meaning you can challenge your iPhone toting friend to battle.

By going yard, you can earn new equipment that will improve your stats.  Additionally, after leveling up, you face increasingly more difficult pitchers that have better control, faster speeds, and more pitches (good luck hitting a knuckle-ball).  This game is a lot of fun, and it feels great when you send one over the wall.  If you want to know what its like to crank bombs without taking a needle to the ass, Homerun Battle 3D is the app to you.

Falling Ball

Falling Ball might be the simplest app on the Google market, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most addictive.  Your goal is to avoid bouncing balls by using your accelerometer.  This is really easy at the beginning with only one ball on the screen, but every 10 seconds or so, another ball appears.  The game gets intense really quickly, making it great to pick up for a minute or two.  Plus, you’ll want to beat the high score of all your friends.  Download Falling Ball for a quick thrill.

Air Control

Air Control puts you on the flight deck, guiding an endless stream of planes and helicopters to a safe landing.   There are different types of planes, each a different size and speed, that you need to land on the corresponding runways.  Also, there are choppers that need to land on the helipad.  The game will warn you when a new plan is about to enter the screen, or when a collision is immanent.  To land a plane, all you have to do is touch it then draw a line to the runway with your finger.  Simple enough.

After a few flybys, multiple plans appear on the screen at the same time, requiring quick thinking, agility, and even some strategy, as its game over with a collision.  If you have problems multitasking, this is not the game for you.  Once you crash, the game gives you an aviation style ranking (co-pilot, ace pilot….) based on your percentile score.  Air Control has a few different maps to choose from, with each being a unique challenge.  This is the most addictive game I’ve found on the Android market, and is great to kill a few minutes.  Air Control will make you feel like your running Top Gun (minus the famously homoerotic volleyball scene), and you’ll feel Maverick’s pain when one of your planes goes down in flames.  I highly suggest this game for everybody, and is a must download for people who enjoy spacial puzzles.

Chess.com – Play and Learn Chess

Chess.com – Play Chess & Learn is one of the mot extensive apps on the Android market, as it contains everything you could possibly want that’s related to history’s most tactical game.  It has all the basics you would expect from a chess app; the ability to play against the computer, against a local opponent, or against someone online.  You can adjust the computer’s difficulty based on the time it will take between moves, allowing you to fine tune the computer to your own abilities.

Now where Chess.com shines is in its teaching aspects.  You can play though a wide variety of tactical scenarios, and the computer will tell you if you used the optimal strategy.  Additionally, the app grants you access to a video library of lessons that range from beginners to advanced, and from opening sequences to endgame tactics.  Each video has commentary that explains what is happening and why.  By signing up for a free account, the app will store your info and ranking, while linking you to an account on chess.com.  As a free app, this is much less expensive and more friendly then a chess class or tutor.  Chess.com is a phenomenal app for chess players of all skill levels, as you can tailor the content to your exact needs.  So whether your learning what a castle is, or if your on your way to becoming the next Grandmaster, this app will help get you there.

Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe by Optime Software is the best Tic Tac Toe app for Android.  First and foremost, the User Interface is very smooth, as the efforts that went into the design are readily apparent.  The game allows you to play against another local player, or the computer, which has three difficulty levels.  You can type in your name as well as your opponents, choose X or O, and decide who goes first or if it will switch off.  While these settings seem very standard, they are not all offered by other Tic Tac Toe games.  Once the settings are set, you play the game on sharp-looking chalkboard with a scoreboard on the bottom.  Tic Tac Toe is a great game to keep you occupied when you don’t have a pen and paper.

Othello Reversi

Othello Reversi is an app for the classic game where you try to capture your opponents pieces by sandwiching them between your own.  It is the strategic combination of checkers and dots.  This game is a lot of fun, and always challenging.  In the app, you can play against the computer, play locally against a friend, or play a stranger over the internet.  The one shortcoming is a lack of difficulty options.  However, the ability to play over the internet more than makes up for this, as its significantly more fun to beat up on a real person.  The online play is currently under development, but expect to see improvements in the coming updates, such as online rankings.  An innovative feature that cannot be fully appreciated until you play the game is the replay move button.  Unlike most of the games on the market, Othello Reversi makes you think about each move you’re making.  This is a great game for those who enjoy strategically dominating the competition.