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Casual games have seen a great deal of success thanks to mobile devices like the Android. There’s something irresistible about playing a few short rounds while waiting at the doctor’s office, or taking the train for a morning commute. This week sees the continued rise of casual games favor, with Chalk Ball and CandySwipe stealing their way into our hearts.
Chalk Ball is a fun drawing game that’s put a new spin on tactical gameplay. Draw lines to keep the ball bouncing in the right direction, but keep it from hitting other balls. Don’t let the ball drop, lest you lose the game. Simple in concept but challenging in strategy, this new Android game will certainly school you. Learn master moves and share high scores with friends. This game is about $2.00.
CandySwipe is for Bejeweled lovers, with another sweet take on the popular game theme. Swap out matching candy flavors to get three or more in a row, eliminating candy pieces to earn bonuses and high scores. This free Android game features 10 levels, each progressively faster than the last. For more levels, grab the full version for $1.99.
Air & platform battlers
Defend your ground territory from flying enemies in Air Attack. This casual arcade game is a simple shooter, where you aim upwards, bringing down enemy planes before they drop bombs and fighters in combat. Price around $1.00, the full version of this Android game is a popular Market download.
Newcomer Mortal Skies puts you in the pilot’s seat. Set in WWII, your mission is to destroy enemies on the ground, aiming at marked targets and timing your drops. This classic game format features plenty of shooting, too, in dogfight battles or down below. An early hit in the Android Market, the full version is worth a shot at just under $2.00.
Inspired by 1980s retro classics, Meganoid is an enjoyable platform jumper with all the features you’ve come to expect. From the pixels to the sound effects, Meganoid will take you back a couple of decades. Run, jump and fight your way through levels, with special challenges for achievements and leaderboard activity through OpenFeint integration. This Android game is free.
Let’s Create! Pottery plays more like craft time than game time. Throw your clay on the wheel and start spinning. There’s tons of customizations to apply to your urns, adding colors, shapes and other details only a mother could appreciate. Share your creations with friends, once they’ve been glazed and kiln-fired. For true artisans, this Android game is nearly $5.00.
For a more constructive take on artistic transcendence, check out Toy Crafter. This free sandbox construction game lets you assemble toys, and then play with them. Just like LEGOs, you get parts to make your toys functional, from wheels to reactors. Will your creation work? Click the “play” button to see your toy in action.