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100 awesome Android games you need to try

Platformers

Platformers are one of gaming’s classic genres. It all began way back before the days of Super Mario, but great new platformers come out every year. Here are some we love to play.

Sidescrolling Games

Badland

Badland

This is a compelling fusion of gorgeous artwork, accessible gameplay, and clever design. You have to guide your hedgehog-like creatures through a deadly forest teeming with life and machines.

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VVVVVV ($3)

VVVVVV

Smart, retro, sci-fi platformer with an old-school difficulty curve and a charming sense of wit. The twist is, instead of jumping, you tap to flip gravity, as you search for the missing members of your crew.

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Amazon Google Play

Deadlings

Deadlings

You’ll have to whip your undead army of weird zombie minions into shape to beat this puzzle-platformer that gets steadily tougher as the levels progress. There are more than 100 to beat.

Available on:

Google Play

Thomas Was Alone ($6)

Thomas Was Alone

Short and strangely sweet, this puzzle-platformer is elevated to a higher plain by the narration of Danny Wallace and the awesome soundtrack. Get ready to emote over blocks.

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Amazon Google Play

Paper Monsters ($1)

Paper Monsters

The 2D side-scrolling gameplay will remind you of Mario, but it’s wrapped in a super cute and colorful 3D art style. Highly polished, instantly fun, and suitable for the whole family.

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Minecraft – Pocket Edition ($7)

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The phenomenon known as Minecraft made an incredibly successful jump to smartphones, giving fans of the franchise the ability to mine, explore, and build their way to 8-bit glory anywhere.

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Leo’s Fortune ($3)

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Leo, an adorable fuzzball that’s one half mustache, is on a quest to recover his fortune. It’s a well-executed platformer that has you floating and hopping your way through the 24 levels game.

Available on:

Amazon Google Play

Limbo ($5)

Limbo

This one whips up plenty of anxiety in a matter of seconds. You play as a boy who navigate through a haunting industrial world. This puzzle-platformer is harder– oh yea– you’ll end up dying a lot.

Available on:

Amazon Google Play

Botanicula ($5)

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You’re a cluster of bugs who embark on an adventure to save a tree from an evil parasite. But that’s only half the draw of this richly textured world from the creators of Machinarium.

Available on:

Google Play

Endless Runners

Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

Can you evade capture and certain death at the hands of a rabid monkey? Duck, jump, slide, and spin to safety as you sprint through a ruined temple environment clutching the stolen idol.

Available on:

Amazon Google Play

Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers

Watch out for oncoming trains and other obstacles as you run along the tracks collecting coins. This endless runner offers some power-up twists, like a hoverboard and jetpack, to refresh the gameplay.

Available on:

Amazon Google Play

Smash Hit

Smash Hit

Flying through a futuristic, geometric environment full of glass obstacles you can smash by firing metallic spheres is strangely stress-relieving. The synced music and gentle difficulty curve help draw you in.

Available on:

Amazon Google Play

ALONE… ($3)

ALONE…

Fans of twitchy gameplay are going to love this fresh endless runner that places you in a capsule hurtling through space at near light speed trying desperately to avoid colliding with anything.

Available on:

Amazon Google Play

Canabalt HD ($3)

Canabalt HD

Tap to jump is all you need to know to guide your man in a hurry across the roof tops and through buildings. This is where the endless runner genre began and it’s still one of the best.

Available on:

Amazon Google Play

Despicable Me

Despicable Me

Just like the movie, this game is fun for adults and kids. You have to guide your minion safely through various colorful environments, mini-games, and even boss battles.

Available on:

Amazon Google Play

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