TripleTown (free) Android | iOSAt first glance Triple Town looks childish and easy, but that deceptive simplicity is what makes the game so addictive. Your task is to build a town by grouping items in sets of three. Once you’ve grouped items of the same type, they fuse to form a new item of higher rank. For example, planting three bushes will cause them to fuse into a tree. The higher the rank of an item, the more points you get for it. What makes the game so tricky is that you have a finite amount of space on the game grid, and you have to deal with bears that block your progress. It’s amazingly easy to find yourself sucked in, so don’t be surprised if you lose a few hours of your day to this game.
EDITOR'S PICKInfinity Blade 2 ($7) iOSInfinity Blade 2 picks up right where its predecessor left off. The graphics have improved, as have the story and gameplay. You now get more weapons, plus three styles of fighting to use in defeating foes. In the multiplayer mode, you can work with other combatants to complete challenges and earn rewards. If you loved the original Infinity Blade, you’ll enjoy everything that the sequel has to offer.
Draw Something (free) Android | iOSIf ever there was a game that lived up to its name, this would be it. Draw Something plays much the way Pictionary does: You choose a word from a cluster, and then draw a representation of that word as best you can. The person you are playing with then tries to guess what word you’re attempting to draw, earning coins that they can use to purchase in-game colors and bombs to help solve drawings faster. The real fun of this title comes from seeing how creative people can get in their drawings. Even those of us who can barely draw a straight line have been known to pull off some amazing-looking pictures.
Hero Academy (free) iOSIf you are looking for a challenge, give Hero Academy a try. In this cross between chess and collectable card games, you’ll need to be a decent strategist to defeat some of the more seasoned players. It has no single-player mode, so all of your opponents are real people attempting to take down your heroes. You start off with one team of heroes, but you can obtain more through in-app purchases. Each team has its own strengths and weaknesses, and each has assorted characters that you use in combat.
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