Cut the Rope is set for an Android release any day now, but a decent knock-off has beaten it to the Market. A lot of gamers have either been fooled or anxious to play, because Rope Cut has seen hundreds of thousands of downloads in just over a week.
Space and earthly adventures
Rope Cut has made waves this week, with gameplay almost exactly like the popular iPhone game Cut the Rope. A mix of strategy and timing, this game’s objective is to feed your creature by dropping him treats, though each level brings a new challenge in doing so. This Android game is free.
Cut the Rope’s distributor Chillingo has plenty of other Android games to try in the meantime, including Angry Birds or Meteor Breakout, which is an updated version of old-school brick breaker games. Set in space, Meteor Breakout comes with new power boosts, level challenges and “bosses” to beat. The full version costs $2.99.
Gamloft recently had a game holiday sale, with a big lineup on its way to Android phones. Gangstar: Miami is an intense adventure to check out, with car chases, drug busts and fist fights that get up close and personal. At $4.99, this game isn’t in the Market, but available for direct download from Gameloft’s site.
Galcon is working its way up the charts, a multiplayer strategy game set in space. Send in your battle ships to defeat enemy planets, with the ultimate goal of taking over the entire universe. Battle other players live, using your smarts to line up your ships, in this Android version of a classic action battler. This game costs $2.99.
If you like Ninjump and other themed platformers, then Straw Hat Samurai is worth a try. Slice and dice your enemies as you work your way through each level of this free arcade game. The objective is simple—escape or kill oncoming enemies with your samurai sword. This is a beta version, but has gained decent traction with its early release.
Spectral Souls is a pretty serious (and intense) RPG, with great graphics and an involved storyline. The first full-scale Japanese tactical RPG in the Android Market, you get dozens of characters to customize and take through this long and ambitious journey. At $14, we’re glad to see this version has been translated for English-speaking audiences.
There’s a sequel to the MiniSquadron lineup, with eight new levels, tricks and weapons to check out. Mini Squadron Special Edition is already a top performer in the Android Market, breathing new life into the popular shooter arcade game. Currently on sale, grab this game for 99 cents before the price goes back up.
Puzzlers and brain teasers
Tap Crazy is, as the name suggests, a workout for the thumbs. Pop the balls by tapping them before they get to the top of the screen, while keeping other balls safe at the bottom of the screen. This game can get pretty intense—you need to know your colors and have quick hand-eye coordination. The full version of this Android game is 99 cents.
I haven’t seen many good mobile versions of Connect 4, one of my favorite childhood games, but Super Connect 4 brings good graphics, two-player game play and an easy interface to the Android Market. Take turns passing the phone to your opponent, and see how well you fare on the expert levels. This game is free.
BitLetters Free is like Scrabble or Words With Friends, with online support for four players on the board. Create as many impressive words as you can with the letters you’re given. Board placement is everything, presenting opportunities for bonuses and defensive strategies against opponents. The full version may be worth considering, as it’s just undergone a price drop to $1.00.