Best Android games of 2010

by Kristen Nicole

2010 was a great year for Android, with a few milestones for game fans, too. OpenFeint made its debut on Android, bridging iPhone and Android gamers for real-time play, while Angry Birds took Android by storm, shooting straight to the top with 5 million downloads in its first few weeks. Android gamers also saw the rise of HD games, the popularity of RPGs, and so much more. Without further ado, here are the best games of the year.

Top dogs

Robo Defense was an early hit on Android, and it hasn’t lost its stride. This tower defense game has over 100 levels to conquer, easy building and loads of action. In the game, you map your way along each challenge, buying supplies and arms. Earn points to upgrade your land, and invest a bit of strategy to get the most out of this game. The full version runs $2.99.

An early OpenFeint release was MiniSquadron!, with local Wi-Fi multiplayer options for this arcade shooter. This Android game takes a cartoonish approach to dog-fights, with several levels of combat and dozens of planes to unlock. See how high your skill set gets you in this loopy game. Serious gamers should definitely shell out $2.99 for the full version of MiniSquadron!

World War is a massive multiplayer game that takes online games to the next level. A near-future saga of armed battles across five countries, this free Android game pits superpowers against each other. Prove yourself by earning the best weapons and completing the hardest missions, all in real-time. Released this spring, World War has maintained its global reign all year.

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Instant Hits

Angry Birds is one of the most successful games on Android, making it a noteworthy and influential mention. In this game, it’s your job to rally these swift birds to action, leveraging their skills to strategically defeat their enemy pigs. Free to download, Angry Birds has nearly 200 levels to keep you occupied for a while.

Another OpenFeint release, Fruit Ninja, saw easy success in its port to the Android Market. Swipe through flying fruit, earning points for every piece of produce that gets juiced. If you can play with the sound on, your fruit salad is even more satisfying. This is a free, fun and fruity game.

Reckless Racing was one of Polarbit’s most anticipated releases, putting a new twist on racing games in the Android Market. The stellar graphics were another reason for this game’s rapid rise, increasing the excitement of this action-packed dirt-road racer. At $2.99, Reckless Racing has several tracks and cars to select, as well as multiplayer gameplay.

While Zynga’s plans to release Poker on Android have yet to be fulfilled, Live Hold’Em brought realistic matches to the Market. You can’t play for real money, but the Facebook integration lets you play with real people. From DragonPlay, this free Android game’s been dealt a great hand this year.

Paper Toss is a casual game at its finest, with quick rounds and a simple concept: sink a balled sheet of paper into the wastebasket across the room. Pick your scene of trashcan action and your level of difficulty, then get to finger-flicking to see how many shots you can make. The twist? A pesky fan constantly blows your trajectory out of whack in this free Android game.

Platform Movers

MMOs have really gained traction in 2010, with Pocket Legends taking full advantage of Android’s platform. This multiplayer battler takes you through a series of challenges, markets and fights; all the while, you get custom avatars, items to earn and regular content updates. Build your skills, friends and accomplishments in this ground-breaking game, which upped the ante with a 3D upgrade last month.

With eight leagues and 245 teams to manage, Real Soccer 2010 is a throwback to colorful console games of the ‘90s. From Gameloft, you won’t find this game in the Android Market, as the developer is offering downloads directly to consumers. Gameloft has done well using this method so far, with Real Soccer being among its first HD Android releases. A high quality game, Real Soccer costs a little less than $5.

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