Owners of Android compatible phones like the HTC magic and the T-Mobile G1 will be pleased as punch to learn that there are some wonderful free games out there just waiting to be downloaded in the Android Market. Here are a couple to attempt – and a few to avoid!
Mahjongg – A fairly faithful rendition of the pair games. Alas, the touch screen is the only input device which may be used with this game, which pretty much rules it out unless you have very slender fingers to choose the very small images with.
Memo – This Simon-says game, where you have got to press an icon as soon as possible following its counterpart is exhibited, features some pretty zany sound effects, and it works nicely with the touch screen, but the long term appeal is rather restricted.
MySpace War – A 2D shoot-me-up that uses the telephones mini-keypad as a control surface. Even though the graphics are great and you suspect it may perform a lot better on a notebook or a dedicated games console, the controls are too fiddly to make it worth the time necessary to download.
MisMatch – The aim of the deceptively simple puzzle game is to press boxes, arranged on a grid, with your finger, which are not currently part of a forza 4 mobile so as to turn them over so that they fit with an adjacent box, and may be removed from play. There is a valuable tutorial manner to guide you through the fundamentals, and a choice of difficulty settings.
Pac-Man by Namco – Following the Space Invaders craze came Pac-Man, a yellow ball with eyes whose chief goal in life was to munch down traces of tablets, organized inside a maze, and sometimes eat a few flashing ghosts when he was filled with the confidence that just oranges would offer him. This is a nice rendition featuring all the first visuals, but neither the touch screen nor the track ball is truly acceptable for enjoying it with.
Pop Popcorn – Use your finger as a virtual heating element, to warm un-popped popcorn, organized on a grid, until it pops, but be sure not to leave your finger on two extended or encircling popcorn will burn. Among the better touch screen games out there for the Android platform.
Santa’s War on Terror – This side scrolling platform game features the western world’s favourite generosity metaphor in a pitched battle against the terrorists. Though the name might raise a chuckle or two, the Images are poor and St. Nick is ridiculously tough to control, which makes it one to avoid.