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The best action games for Android

Cassandra Khaw | April 30, 2013
Sometimes, you just need a quick game fix. And even if you have a high-powered gaming rig at home that's raring to go, it won't do you any good while you're standing on a corner, waiting for a bus.

Sometimes, you just need a quick game fix. And even if you have a high-powered gaming rig at home that's raring to go, it won't do you any good while you're standing on a corner, waiting for a bus.

That's where mobile action games come in. Action games for Android come in a multitude of forms and sizes. And from modern-day war games to cartoony jaunts through Zombieville USA, the Google Play store has them all. You just have to know where to look. These eight titles are well worth your while as you while away some spare time.

Zombieville USA, $1

Zombieville USA assigns you the familiar yet thankless role of sole survivor of a zombie apocalypse. But instead of being dark and twisted, this game is bright and bold, with some of the cutest cadavers ever. Your goals are simple: Survive (of course), and gather loot--lots of loot. The formula is simple: Kill zombies, collect cash, escape levels, purchase goodies, and then do it all over again. Just goes to show you: Even when you're the last person alive after an apocalypse, you can still buy stuff.

As one of Mika Mobile's earlier productions, Zombieville USA isn't much of an overachiever. The most pressing issue for you is how to optimize your limited stash of ammo. But thanks to its respectable collection of weaponry, Zombieville USA deserves a place on your screen--at least until its successor finally comes out for Android.

Dead Space, $7

You're probably already familiar with the Dead Space franchise, a sci-fi/horror adventure for PCs and consoles that has evoked more than a few nightmares in gamer dreamland. Surprisingly, this mobile addition is unlikely to do the same. Though it operates fairly similarly--you're a solitary, non-combat-oriented character trapped on a ship teeming with spindly aliens--this Dead Space would be Hannibal Lecter's gun-toting, gum-chewing cousin, rather than the unnerving cannibal himself. It's by no means a bad game; it just won't prevent you from sleeping peacefully at night.

Lush visuals, a narrative that stops at nothing to shock and bewilder your character, decent combat, and the ability to weaponry to detach alien limbs for strategic purposes come together to make Dead Space more than worth the money you'll spend on it.

Samurai II: Vengeance, $3

Not every game looks good on the sharper displays that new smartphones use, but the cell-shaded graphics in Samurai II: Vengeance look great on any recent Android device. An arcade-style slash-'em-up, Samurai II tells the story of Daisuke and his quest for vengeance against the nefarious (and numerous) Orochi. Occasionally spiced with environmental hazards, Samurai II also has a light coating of RPG elements. You harvest experience from every kill, which you can then use to purchase combos, upgrade attacks, and inflate your health bar.

 

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