One of the most basic and (relatively) inexpensive genres of games, hidden-object games ask the player to find, well, hidden objects in a given scenario. Generally this involves some level of problem-solving and combining objects to find the next clue.
There are myriad hidden-object games developed for Android, but we've picked out five that we think are worth checking out.
First up is Mystique, a hidden-object game that comes in three parts - only the first of which is free.
Some of my favorite mobile games for the mobile platform are of the puzzle genre, because it tends to lend itself well to the array of controls that are provided. A new THD game that just landed in the Market today, however, combines simple controls and some quirky physics to give you a unique puzzling experience.
In Sprinkle, you are put in charge of a small village's fire department, who are in turn in charge of extinguishing fires that are caused by falling meteorites.
If you're sick of shooting birds from slingshots and would prefer the feathery foes to be on the receiving side of damage, then Shoot the Birds from Infinite Dreams is a game you should definitely check out. You play the part of a pumpkin-headed, crossbow wielding hero who hates birds and the problems that they cause, ready to execute them all with a rain of arrows.
Judging by the teaser video, the gameplay looks simple enough to figure out, while the graphics and animations look very well done and easy on the eyes.
I feel a little bit of an attachment to Apparatus - we were one of the first blogs to review the game, which was a nice discovery while browsing Reddit one day. I've seen the app grow and add a whole boatload of interesting features; it truly is one of the Android platform's best games.
So when we got word today that it was finally leaving beta and stepping into the world of "finished" products, I couldn't help but smile a little bit.
Game dev Polarbit recently released a new offering to the Android Market called Reckless Getaway, where you play the part of a wheelman after a bank robbery. Carrying the same kill-or-be-killed vibe as Reckless Racing, it's your job to get away from the fuzz any way you see fit -- including throwing them into oncoming traffic, walls, or whatever other element you can find.
The game features 17 all-new tracks, simple controls, realistic physics and controls, as well as unlockable levels and games modes.
Reckless Getaway will set you back $2.99, and you can grab it by hitting the widget below.
On paper, it seemed like a winning formula: take a bunch of cowboys, pit them against invading aliens, and see who comes out of it alive. Hot on the heels of a major theatrical release, GameLoft is releasing a Cowboys & Aliens game to the Market.
However, instead of the star-studded film (which, if you figure the $89 million earnings and $160 budget, was a huge flop), this game chooses to focus on the comic they used as source material.
Not all classics need to be updated. Sometimes, an adherence to simplistic (yet addictive) game design will win out over flashy graphics any day.
ApzOrb is an update of the traditional "Snake" game that most of us have played on monochrome cellphone screens. However, instead of entertaining us with different shades of grey, this game has made color a vital part of how the game plays.
Instead of having to eat apples to extend the length of your block-snake, you seek out squares of similar colors.
Minecraft, a game that attracted almost 12 million players, over 3 million of whom paid for it, has long been teased for Android by its creator Markus Persson of Mojang. As of today, it's finally available on the Android Market for $6.92 or as a free demo. As expected, the game is currently limited to the Xperia Play - the rest of us will just have to do away with this trailer:
So, are any Xperia Play owners picking the game up?