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Pocket God tops Android Games of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

More popular iPhone titles head to Android with the release of Pocket God, weeks after Angry Birds was greeted with 7 million open arms in the Android Market. The stream of games making the OS leap is getting stronger, solidifying Android’s place amongst the gaming gods. Other developers are spreading holiday cheer, with Christmas updates and giveaways. Here are this week’s top Android games.

Adventure

Pocket God has finally made it to Android, thanks to developer Bolt Creative’s partnership with ngmoco for the release. It’s admittedly a little buggy right now, but well worth the 99-cent download. This episodic micro-game has a series of adventures to overcome, where you’re in control of an island and all its fantastic events.

Dungeon Hunter is one of Gameloft’s holiday specials during its Advent promo, giving it a seasonal boost. The 3D epic is an RPG with loads of battles, mystic characters and skills to learn. Make your way through the dark land of Gothicus, fighting the monsters of this fantasy world. This non-market Android game is $4.99 and available only from the Gameloft site itself.

Droid Odyssey, a platform jumper, still in beta has already racked up tens of thousands of downloads. This early success has prompted an update, with a slew of bug fixes and new config options for game controls. Best of all, the update gears the free game for its full version release, expected in the coming weeks.

Battle

Launching on the heels of Armored Strike’s latest update, Tank Hero Beta is already up 10k+ downloads, making this free 3D game a top player this week. Fast-paced and quick on the draw, Tank Hero has relatively basic graphics, focusing on game play instead. Shoot enemies in the field and advance forward. Some players may even prefer trackball control for this game.

Strategy

Slice It! is an addictive puzzler from Com2uS, presenting a series of challenges that seem so simple at first. For each, you divide a figure into equal parts, drawing your “cut” lines with a trace of the finger. You get 80 levels to beat, replay or skip, all there to foster your love-hate relationship with geometry. This free Android game is good for kids, too.

Astral Commander is a drawing game, pitting you against an army of robots protecting the resources you need. To infiltrate, you’ll need some sneaky finger swipes to direct your mission, drawing a route to success. The full version at about $2.00 features 20 levels on four planets, multiple game modes and global leader boards.

Klondike Solitaire by Softkick is as simple as it gets for mobile card games, with large graphics and easy gameplay. Good for beginners, this free game has custom backgrounds and decks, straightforward game navigation and plenty of options for undoing moves, seeing hints, and sharing high scores.

Must.Eat.Birds is another iPhone favorite with international appeal, combining the best of Angry Birds, monsters and bright graphics for a defense game that uses a picnic scene as a backdrop. The unique setting holds your attention, as you must fend off hungry birds from your food for as long as possible. This Android title costs just under $1.00.