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Pocket Gamer's Top 10 Games of the Year 2012 - Android Edition

Year of the 'droid

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Sep 2012
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@grundo | 21:11 - 19 January 2013
triple town is a greed game and unbuyable they are not in my list
Apr 2010
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jeffyg3 | 12:52 - 6 January 2013
Well if you're looking for a mobile phone device to play the best games on, then should have gotten an iPhone. Android gaming isn't on par with what u get on iOS devices
Dec 2012
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@ZephGrey | 10:03 - 29 December 2012
Wow. If these are the top 10 games Android has to offer, I know I made the wrong choice in buying one.
Dec 2012
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Tom Moris | 14:27 - 28 December 2012
If you are looking for good game try streetquest - run is a game. Its really good game-like application for runners with many unique quests and events that will change your running experience into game ;)
Mar 2011
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funkyflychicken | 23:10 - 27 December 2012
Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Bard's Tale have seen the most play from me than any other game recently. Need for Speed: Most Wanted beats all other racers, hands down. The damage modeling, ability to cause cops and adversaries to crash spectacularly is very nice.

My daughter is very much enjoying Granny Smith and Squids (not a new one, though).

I am enjoying Zombiewood for the most part (hoping on the Nexus it won't crash and never load again without deleting/reinstalling and losing all progress). Angry Birds Star Wars is ok in short bursts, but not something I will go back to once I've finished it. I never sit down with the tablet and think, "Oh man, I can't wait to play Angry Birds!"

But I'm on my THIRD playthrough of Bard's Tale. Still working my way through first playthrough of NFS:MW. Very much enjoying Dark Meadow (Tegra 3 only) too.

And since I have all new installs on the Nexus 7, am going back through Rayman again, as well as starting over in Guns and Guts. I normally try to avoid Freemium games, but Zombiewood and Guns and Guts would both have been solid 7-8 dollar games, imo. At least, Zombiewood would be if it didn't have the crash and never load again issue.
Dec 2012
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@Jongjungbu | 22:06 - 27 December 2012
No Bard's Tale? I think Google picked right by including it as one of it's best games of 2012.
Nov 2012
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rodgerrodger | 19:57 - 27 December 2012
A solid list. I loved Splice. I had a lot of fun with Rayman and even Angry Birds Star Wars (after not playing any previous AB). Plague Inc. is a much better version of Pandemic 2.

But to answer your question on why Whale Trail wasn't a bigger hit. It just isn't very good. There's nothing special about it once the cute look quickly wares off. Like it states there are numerous games out there, and much better ones too. I think Ski Safari would be a much better choice for this type of game.
Dec 2012
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Eriatarka | 17:20 - 27 December 2012
Steven Seagal - "Lots of big-name developers have made a noted effort in bringing their games to Android this year - releases from Square Enix, Sega and Rockstar have almost mirrored iOS ones. Kairosoft releases even come out on Android before iOS :) "

Thats true however games from big studies like these are usually just third rate versions of console games (FIFA, Grand Theft Auto, etc). The majority of really innovative and exciting mobile games come from indie developers not the big studios, and indies generally dont port to Android due to the development costs (and piracy, as you say). If you look at the PocketGamer "Best Games" list, there are about 60 games that got a score of 9 or higher in the last 12 months, of which only around a quarter have been ported to android (and these have mainly been the big studio games).

Dec 2012
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Eriatarka | 17:16 - 27 December 2012
I dont get the hype behind most of these games: Plague Inc is a fun concept but once youve played it once (which takes about 30 mins) there isnt much point playing again. New Star Soccer gets old really quickly; the seasons last for ages and youre just doing the same thing over and over again. Curiosity is terrible, and Draw Something was destroyed by Zynga greed, althoguh it was fun when it first came out.

While Android has nowhere near the same quality of games as iOS, it still has more good titles than this list represents. Dungeon Village and Epic Astro Story from Kairosoft for example
Apr 2011
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Steven Seagal | 17:10 - 27 December 2012
Lots of big-name developers have made a noted effort in bringing their games to Android this year - releases from Square Enix, Sega and Rockstar have almost mirrored iOS ones. Kairosoft releases even come out on Android before iOS :) But if we want real parity between the platforms the piracy on Android needs to be dealt with. It must be quite discouraging for developers that I can simply search for an APK on Google and sideload their game for free, just like that (not that I do!)

But in any case smartphone gaming is only getting more and more exciting, and I can't wait to see what happens next year :)
Mar 2011
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funkyflychicken | 16:57 - 27 December 2012
I would even hesitate to put Angry Birds Star Wars on the list. It's "fun", but it's spotty compatibility (locks up constantly on my Xoom, works better on the Nexus 7) and really just a mash-up of previous Angry Birds titles.
Mar 2011
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funkyflychicken | 16:55 - 27 December 2012
I can't believe Curiosity is on here. Nor Draw Something. There was a LOT better releases than this throughout the year. There have been so many more solid Android releases. I mean, No Bard's Tale even?

Curiosity is like a bad joke. Draw Something was "fun" for 3 weeks, then got deleted fast (Same with my wife on her iPod, as well as her niece and nephew who begged us to play).

I would have at least included Bard's Tale, maybe even Granny Smith. Regardless, there are so many better titles out there that should have been on this sorry list.

The "Anomaly" series isn't too bad for a "reversal" of the tower defense idea. Zombiewood, Contre Jour, Beat Hazard, Paper Monsters, Wasted Land (The Cthulhu turn based strategy rpg), Expendable: Rearmed, Elder Sign: Omens, Hey! That's my Fish!, just to name a few. There have been a lot more releases much more deserving of a "top 10" list than crap like Draw Something and Curiosity (which NEVER Would have been included in an iOS list, admit it).

Dark Meadow is great, although Tegra 3 specific. Not sure about Horn yet, as I haven't tried it (waiting for a sale).

I hope this isn't a sign of your improved Android coverage!