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Like many, we here at the TechRockstar love mobile gaming. It’s engrossing interactive entertainment right out of your pocket whenever you want, with constant access to a wider selection of cheap (and free) games, without the need to park in front of a gaming console at ridiculously long hours. And while Apple may seem to be getting most of the gaming love from developers on their iOS-powered mobile devices, Android has its fair share of the gaming market.
Here are five Android mobile games we here at the TechRockstar HQ are currently addicted to.
Coming right out of the Guitar Hero/Rock Band school of music-based games, Cytus aims to challenge your sense of rhythmic timing. Under its belt is a clean interface—polished and aiming for that futuristic, minimalist aesthetic we often associate with Apple’s sleek designs. Gameplay is simple enough, with a scan line moving up and down the screen and black bubbles that appear which you’d have to tap in time with the music. Levels naturally become challenging as you progress through the game and unlock other songs. The music itself is nice, with a selection of tracks that include pop, trance, and drum n bass among others. Cytus is also available for iOS devices, with its soundtrack coming as a separate download from iTunes.
It’s been 10 years since we last saw the Men in Black don those slick black suits and kicked extraterrestrial butt. And with this year’s release of its third celluloid installment, Gameloft’s mobile game tie-in lets you in on how it is to be an agent, manage the MIB agency, and follow along the movie’s time-jumping storyline. As a senior agent, you get to go on missions and deal with alien baddies in 1969 and 2012 New York, while recruiting, training and sending new agents to various missions. Aside from this, you’ll also play management, seeing to it that the agency is well organized, new weapons, gadgets and vehicles are being developed, and operations within the premises are going smoothly.
Zombies are really popular in TV, movies, comic books, and video games these past few of years. And on the mobile gaming circuit, the undead’s latest outing, Zombro, is a fun puzzle game that takes you across the US. Here, you control a lone zombie solve puzzles through a series of tricky obstacles. This you will do by simply making him walk like a drunk, black splotch across the screen, and by dismembering him into three separate parts. Each part has a specific function—the upper torso can activate switches, the legs can jump to higher platforms, and the brain can roll in and out of tight spots. This is proof that even when they’re overcome with the constant desire to wolf down human flesh, they can also be productive and fun to play with.
The first Tank Hero game was and still is a very enjoyable time sinkhole that presented level after level of tank blasting fun. In it, you control a heavily armored tank, plotting your way around a battlefield with obstacles and mazes in order to finish off enemy tanks with your missiles and cannons. This year, we found its follow-up Tank Hero: Laser Wars on the Google Play Store, with a much needed addition to your armory: lasers and sonic cannons. And along with it, game developer Clapfoot fitted the new game with a new 3D graphics engine for lush images and more seamless animations, and added new elements like force fields, exploding barrels, a handful of power-ups, and a split-screen death match mode.
The Sims has always been a bestselling game title, letting you control the lives of virtual people and helping them thrive in their careers or arrange events that can lead to their grisly deaths. Its The Sims FreePlay version, meanwhile, is a tad different. Here, you control and populate an entire town with new citizens and establishments. It involves a handful of components common among social games on Facebook, including in-game purchases via an online store, and time-based tasks and accomplishments. The ability to fast forward has been taken out, which means you’re going to have to wait for tasks to complete which could take seconds to an entire day to finish. In spite of this, it’s still loads of fun that’ll get you to keep on checking up on your Sims’ progress.