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Best paid Android games of all time

by Ian Black

Android games are getting better by the day. There are even several Android games worth paying for. So what are the best paid games to download to Android phones and tablets?

Doodle Jump ($0.99)

The bestselling iPhone app remains just as addictive on Android devices. The quirky green Doodler must jump higher than high from platform to platform using his many legs, jetpacks, spaceships, propellers, and anything else he can find to press onward and upward. Perhaps the best feature of the game - the character’s trumpet-like nose through which he can blast deadly “nose balls” to take out baddies and obstacles attempting to bum his high. The ever-changing themes and surprising accessories keep it fresh. The upbeat soundtrack will keep you bouncing along with the Doodler.

Fruit Ninja ($0.99)

Fruit salad, anyone? If you don’t know anyone under the age of 18 or live underground somewhere, you may not know of the popular iPhone game, Fruit Ninja. It’s pretty simple, but strangely addictive. Fruit flies in the air, thrown by someone or something off-screen. You control a samurai sword with your finger and you slash, slash, slash until you’ve sliced enough fruit to cater a massive luau. The brilliance comes from the details – the sliced fruit pieces look luscious but the juice spray across the backdrop looks more like a CSI crime scene.

X Construction ($1.49)

You’ll never look at a train bridge the same way again. You’re a contractor on assignment to build bridges across ditches, gaps, and full on chasms so that passenger trains can safely pass. The easy to use tools allow you freedom to construct elaborate support systems and lay track across them. It’s a slow paced game, but X Construction will challenge your understanding of physics and framework structures. The final test comes as the train arrives. You’ve succeeded when the train makes it over, otherwise you must watch the disastrous wreck and listen to the tortured screams of the passengers as they announce your epic failure.

Robo Defense ($2.99)

Ever hear of the game category called tower defense? Enemy soldiers are marching across a field of battle. You must strategically place your weapon-filled towers in their way to stop them. Robo Defense is the best in this category. The paid version features three different maps and over 40 levels of difficulty. You can even upgrade towers for more powerful armaments and special features. For every robot soldier you stop, you earn points that can be cashed-in for permanent artillery upgrades. Cleverly, the game features a fast-forward button so once you’ve set your towers, you don’t have to wait to see the outcome.

Homerun Battle 3D ($4.99)

Major League Baseball’s homerun derby is a blast to watch. Get in the game yourself with Homerun Battle 3D. Tilt your phone to set your position and then tap to swing the bat. The more home runs you hit, the more points you score, which you can use to customize your batter’s look and equipment. Where HB 3D hits it out of the park is in multiplayer mode. Play against strangers or friends, each of you on your phone, which can be an Android or an iPhone.

Cut the Rope ($0.99)

With its cute graphics and puzzle gameplay, Cut the Rope is a classic title which everyone young and old can enjoy. You get a lot here for your $0.99, too. There’s hundreds of levels that get increasingly tough with the simple premise: get the candy into the mouth of the awaiting little monster Om Nom. With ropes to cut, obstacles to watch out for and gameplay that demands both timing and quick reflexes, Cut the Rope is definitely one of the top puzzle games around.

Bejeweled 2 ($2.99)

Imitated, but very rarely bettered, Bejeweled 2 is a match-three game full of jewel-swapping fun and color. There’s four different modes on offer here. The classic mode offers simple, familiar match-three gameplay. Next up is action mode, which challenges you to beat the clock and score as many points as you can. Puzzle mode ups the ante with its mind-bending puzzles that should keep you busy while zen mode cuts the challenge to help you relax and play as along as you choose. Missing the familiar ‘Blitz’ mode however is disappointing — let’s hope that appears in the Android Market soon.

World of Goo ($4.99)

A huge indie hit on PCs, World of Goo (after a successful launch on iOS) finally arrived on Android in 2011. It’s an innovative construction game in which you must connect goo balls together to build structures so that other goo balls can get to the end of each stage. With five chapters to overcome and an environmentally-conscious narrative, World of Goo continues to challenge and puzzle throughout. It offers a huge amount of personality and charm with its great art style, sound effects and music, and its easy to see why this game has won so many awards.

Zenonia 2 ($0.99)

Here’s a popular and engrossing role-playing game for fans of the genre, and it offers a lot of action and fun for just $0.99. If you were enchanted by nostalgic Nintendo games like Legends of Zelda, you will find some similarities here. There are 152 maps and 98 quests to embark upon here, the ability to customize your character in numerous ways and a fantastical adventure that old-school RPG fans should thoroughly enjoy.

Robot Unicorn Attack ($0.99)

Robot Unicorn Attack is a psychedelic, crazy, endless running game that’s totally out there, yet thoroughly enjoyable too. With its colorful graphics, rocking soundtrack and addictive gameplay, it’s just too funny and bizarre not to love. You play as a unicorn with a rainbow mane who must bound from platform to platform avoiding the obstacles in his path while Erasure’s “Always” blasts away in the background. You get three chances to see how far you can run, and the title is a great example of the creativity and randomness that often goes into game design.

Others in this series:

1. Best free Android games of all time

2. Best paid Android apps of all time

2. Best free Android apps of all time