Android is getting more and more great games for each day that passes. However, the games that feature the most advanced 3D graphics generally require the very latest hardware, such as a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. Those games are showcased in Nvidia’s TegraZone app.
But luckily, there are also many games that rely on fun gameplay rather than state-of-the-art graphics. These games can be played on nearly all Android phones, and here are four of them: Meganoid, Doodle Bowling, Stupid Zombies and PewPew. Click on the images to the right to install the games.
Meganoid by OrangePixel
A retro platform game for Android inspired by classic 8-bit Nintendo titles, with a great chip music soundtrack, cool sound effects and pixelart graphics – what’s not to love about Meganoid? It’s fun, fast and free. The on-screen controls are excellent, and Meganoid features OpenFeint integration. I have one objection, however. I’ve never enjoyed performing difficult jumps in platform games, and Meganoid has a few of those, which can be a bit frustrating. Still, it’s a great game – particularly if you’re a fan of old-school gaming.
Doodle Bowling by GameResort
Doodle Bowling is a surprisingly entertaining and addictive bowling game for Android. It has a realistic physics engine, and features original and quite polished graphics. A nice element that developer GameResort has incorporated is theme support. You get a credit for each completed game, and those credits can later be used to unlock a wide range of themes, which completely change the look of Doodle Bowling. The game also provides various statistics, so you can follow your own progress. I just wish they would’ve used a larger font size, because it’s slightly difficult to read some of the text in the game.
Stupid Zombies by GameResort
You’re surely already familiar with the puzzle game Angry Birds, and if not – go and get it. Stupid Zombies is a game with a similar appeal, but the goal is to kill zombies instead of pigs. As the title implies, the zombies are not too bright and just stand still. So they’re the type of slow little undead bastards that are in most zombie flicks, and not the fast kind of walking dead that can be seen in 28 Days Later. The goal of Stupid Zombies is to find optimal angles, and by using ricochets and the laws of physics kill the monsters with as few shots as possible. Doing this is fun, and quite addictive.
PewPew by Jean-François Geyelin
This is another Android game with retro graphics. One of my childhood friends works as a programmer for EA DICE, and he’s naturally a pretty hardcore gamer. Last summer, he showed me a shooter on the Xbox 360 called Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, and PewPew is inspired by that very game. You basically get to fly a space ship in all directions while firing constantly at tons of enemies: a classic shoot ‘em up game. There are various modes, and you can unlock new ships. I guess you either love or hate PewPew’s blocky graphics, and it’s not very soothing for obvious reasons. PewPew may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it has my seal of approval.