Every year the Android Market sees the release of hundreds of quality titles, and every year it gets harder and harder to keep up with them all. If you joined the Android smartphone family this holiday season, you might need some help figuring out where to start. The following titles are all simple and fun mobile gaming experiences that showcase some of the best mobile gaming has to offer. Not listed here (but still highly recommended) are Robo Defense ($2.99)

There are more tower defense games on the Android Market than people are even willing to count, so it can be tough to know which ones are shameless imitations or the real deal. Robo Defense is not necessarily my favorite, but it is easily the most popular, which has to count for something, right? The game goes with the classic “open field” style of tower defense, in which the only things standing between the enemies and your base are the towers themselves. Deploy all the classic strategies on five maps across different difficulty levels, and save up in-game currency to purchase and unlock dozens upon dozens of upgrades. You can’t really go wrong with this one.

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