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The Android market is getting so full of awesome games that I honestly don't have time to play through one game before starting on another! 2011 was a great year for gaming, as we saw big titles such as GTA3 and Deep Space getting released. With so many great paid titles being released from well known developoers, here is my my rundown of the top 5 paid games in the Android Market that I find myself playing the most (in no particular order):
If any iPhone/iPad user that you know likes to boast about the quality of IOS games, and is of the opinion that Android doesn't house top quality console games, then do yourself a favor and buy Riptide. Not only is the game amazingly fun, it has quite possibly the best graphics I have seen on any Android game. Honestly, it's more like playing an Xbox360 or PS3 title, and I find myself playing this game almost everyday when I'm on my way home on the subway. Your jetski is controlled by steering your phone/tablet like a steering wheel and works amazingly well, if not perfect. The game runs lag free on my HTC Sensation and on my Galaxy Tab 10.1, and if you're lucky enough to have a Transformer Prime, it will look even better due to its Tegra 3 enhancement. The game is compatible with gamepads, features 12 waterways, 3 game modes, and lets you also perform stunts when grabbing big air. Definitely one of the best titles out there for racing fans, and at a price of €2.39 (around 3 US dollars), it's WELL worth the money.
The Lost City
This amazing title hasn't been out of the Android Market long, but if your a fan of adventure games, stop reading this article and go buy this game NOW. I've always been a huge fan of point and click Adventure games like "The Longest Journey" and "Syberia" for PC, and this game does an amazing job of bringing a true point and click adventure title to Android. The graphics are absolutely amazing, and it's filled with challenging puzzles that will keep you addicted for a very long time. The game is currently on sale on the Android Market for €.75 (about 1 USD), and I HIGHLY recommend for any fans of point and click adventures to get it while you can at this amazing price.
This game is a really nice blend of Max Payne and GTA, and if you're into sandbox games, you'll love this one. You take the role of John "Loose" Kannon (NICE), leader of a group of hard core cops who aren't afraid to break some rules to keep their streets clean. The game also has an online mode for playing with friends, and features a unique hip hop soundtrack to get you in the mood to clean up your city! The game sells for €5.49 (a little over 7 US dollars) on the Android Market, or you can purchase it from Gameloft directly.
Imagine Gears of War on your Android tablet or phone. If you liked that title, you'll most likely love this awesome 3rd person shooter. For me personally, this is THE 3rd person shooter for Android. You play bounty hunter John Slade, and your mission is to hunt down Dr Edgar Simon, who plays the leader of his own mutant army. Optimized for Xperia play and Tegra 2, I HIGHLY recommend this game (especially on tablets). Console like graphics, blood and gore, and enough action to keep your palms sweating while your playing! The game can be purchased for €3.99 (about 5.35 USD on the Android Market. Believe me when I say that it's well worth it!
Sure, this game isn't perfect, and can be glitchy at times, but common...IT'S GTA ON YOUR PHONE/TABLET! This direct port was made just for Android, and if you were a fan of the original, you'll love playing the remake for Android. It's a whopping 1gig download, but the dozens of hours of gameplay make this title a steal at €3.99 (about 5.35 USD). The game also supports gamepads and USB controllers, and I've really had a great time playing through this old classic again on my tablet.
So there you are! Keep in mind that these titles are all more for mid to high (actually more high) end devices, so you'll need a device with some power if you want to play them properly. But if you have your hands on some high end hardware, I guarantee you'll have a lot of fun with these titles.