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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 31, 2013

Tetro Aqua Game Combines Tetris with Chess

We all know Tetris. We all love Tetris! This amazingly easy, yet complicated game is one of our all time favorites. You also know chess, the most brilliant strategic game of all time. Imagine combining these two titles. Is it possible? Yes it is! Tetro Aqua by XDA Forum Member vadimrm is a combination of said games. It's a Tetris with an unlimited time to make your move (in some levels). Of course if you are fast, you can get more points...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 31, 2013

Slay the Monsters without Losing Your Fingers with Indie Game

XDA is a place full of great developers of all types. Not only ROMs, kernels, and root methods are created here. Rather, a handful of independent games can be found on our boards as well. Not so long ago, we talked about Mega Drop, an indie game created by XDA Forum Member ildraco. Now, we'd like to present another indie classic. Featuring a totally different style, XDA Forum Member coder1cv8 created Don't Touch my Monsters. This is an arcade-style game, in which you...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2013

Mega Drop Brings Back the Retro Art of Falling

Winter lends itself quite well for gaming. Long nights and rather depressing weather force us to stay at home and discover new games for our mobile devices. There are many types of mobile games: big productions like Angry Birds or Plants vs. Zombies 2 and some independent games that need some love too. A few months ago, we talked about the indie chain-reaction game Cilink by XDA Forum Member ildraco. Now, the same developer created another fantastic game: Mega Drop....

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 13, 2013

Play Some of the Newest Games on Older ARMv6 Devices

Gaming is a part of life of almost every Android enthusiast. But many of new titles are hitting the market have one thing in common: They are written and optimized for new devices with modern architectures and instruction sets.  Unfortunately, not every XDA member has powerful device like a Nexus 5 or Xperia Z Ultra. Some XDA users noticed that replacing ARMv7 libs with ARMv6 equivalents made some applications work on older devices. This is a time consuming process though,...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 3, 2013

Boost Your Visual Working Memory with 12sec

Not too long ago, we featured an innovative app aimed at helping you never miss urgent text messages by XDA Forum Member CurlyY. The previously covered TeXTe app helped boost productivity by making it a bit easier to stay in touch when necessary. Now the developer is back with an edutainment title aimed at helping you boost your productivity by honing your visual memory. 12sec is a visual working memory training game. The game works by first showing you a picture for 12...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 8, 2013

Challenge Your Brain with Sequences

Good old fashioned math, how many times have we doubted your innate ability to drive us completely insane? How many times have we wished that we followed art instead of engineering? The sole thought of math being useful in real life has been a puzzling idea since elementary school. Well, I personally love math, but most students utter complaints like the ones I just mentioned more often than not. There are many ways to change opinions on different subjects. For...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 20, 2013

Antigravity Tetrix Puts New Spin on an Old Classic

Whether you grew up playing the game on Gameboy and NES in the late 80s / early 90s, or if you're part of the younger crowd who played the game on a TI graphing calculator, nothing was quite like Tetris. The game, which was first released in 1984, quickly became an iconic hallmark of a generation or two of budding gamers. In fact, the game has ranked highly on so many "top video games of all time" lists, that  one...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 15, 2013

Monster Bubbles Curse is a Modern Take on Buster Bros

There's just something about classic games. Twenty years ago, games weren't so much about the visuals and underlying technology. Rather, game developers focused on crafting fun titles from what little hardware resources were available. That said, when one takes a classic game and reimagines it by adding better graphics and a third dimension, the results are often spectacular. If you spent your lunch money quarters playing Buster Bros and Pang back in the early 90s, XDA Forum Member santins has a game that...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 14, 2013

Jamaker is a Fruity Take on Match Three Games

Are you a fan of Match Three games like the popular Bejeweled? Have you been looking for a similar game with a slightly fruitier aesthetic? If so, you may want to give XDA Forum Member HazardGames's Jamaker Fruit Story a shot. The game, similar to other games in the genre, has you swap adjacent tiles one at a time until you match at least three in a line. Once this happen, the matched tiles are eliminated and more fall from the sky....

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Will Verduzco · Oct 12, 2013

Race to Your Heart’s Content with Sprint Driver

Do you have the need for speed? Rather than taking out your aggressions on the road where you may cause an accident that injures not only yourself but also other drivers, why not exhaust your racing fever virtually? For those looking for a top-down, arcade-style racing game to pass the time, look no further than XDA Forum Member BeetlePlay's Sprint Driver. The game puts you in control of a motorcycle, where your objective is to evade cops and other drivers while collecting...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 10, 2013

Bring Back the HTC Teeter Experience with Labyrinth Pro

Not too long ago, we talked about a game that put a 3D spin on the traditional labyrinth-style game. Bringing much of the best of previous ball maze games, iCube offered new users a fresh take on the old classic. However, sometimes we want something a bit more simple---something a bit more similar to that old favorite Teeter. XDA Forum Member WoWGames created Labyrinth Pro to give users that classic Labyrinth experience. The game features a convincing physics engine, realistically designed balls,...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 9, 2013

Test Your Geography Skills with Mapster

I'll be the first to admit that I haven't the foggiest about geography. Not only being an American, but also a born and bred Californian, I have all the stereotypes working against me. And as evidenced by quick quizzes on Sporkle, the results aren't exactly pretty. One of the easiest and most entertaining ways to hone your geography skill is to use a geography quiz. Because of this, XDA Forum Member mkrstudio created Mapster. Like the previously linked options, Mapster gives you a...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 5, 2013

Tamago Tamagotchi Widget for Android

Oh, our beloved childhood memories! Who out here (son/daughter of the 80's and early 90's) doesn't remember the early beginnings of our current electronic companions? One of the (by far) most memorable devices of all time came from the heart of no other than Japan (not really a surprise there). The invention of a small key chain-sized electronic pal turned the world upside down, and began an era in which we will undoubtedly end up hooked up to machines à...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 5, 2013

Challenge Your Brain with BallMaze

With so many flashy and graphics-oriented games out there for Android, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find a good puzzle game that rewards thinking and planning ahead multiple moves. XDA Forum Member oprisnik wants to change this with BallMaze. The game play of BallMaze is simple. You control a ball, and you need to send it home reach a target tile. Your goal is to do this in the least number of moves. Unfortunately, however, it's not as simple as it sounds. Once...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 5, 2013

Big Bang T3S Combines Tetris and Collapse

Are you a fan of classic puzzle games like Tetris, and their newer counterparts like Collapse? If so, you may want to check out Big Bang T3S by XDA Forum Member vadimrm. So how does Big Bang play? Similar to Collapse and Tetris, your goal is to prevent the ever growing set of blocks from reaching the top of the screen. Like in Collapse, you do this by combining groups of similarly colored squares. However, like Tetris, new pieces fall from the sky...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 29, 2013

Hone Your Sudoku Skills with Sudo+

Earlier we featured a new take on an old favorite with iCube by XDA Forum Member UnnyHog. The game let us relive the simple joys of old fashioned labyrinth games, but with gorgeous 3D graphics and a reworked input method. However, there are times when we would like to use our thinking caps a little more, and for those instances, games like Sudoku can be great brain games. Let's face it, though, playing Sudoku with a paper and pencil can quickly become...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 28, 2013

iCube Brings a Modern Take on Labyrinth Games

Ever since purchasing my first smartphone approximately ten years ago, I've had hundreds of mobile games installed across nearly two dozen different mobile devices. However, a special place in my heart will always be reserved for HTC's Teeter. Although primitive by today's standards, Teeter provided a uniquely simple yet consuming experience. Since then, we've seen ports for Windows Phone and Android, but not too much has been done to move the concept forward and take advantage of our advances in...

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Samantha · Aug 16, 2013

Go on a Midnight Thrill Ride with Dark Roads

Many folks out there just have a deep appreciation for simple games, including yours truly. I'm not sure if it's because of the distinct art styles not normally seen with resource-hungry 3D epics, the simple casualness and addictiveness of their gameplay, or just the fact that it may not take as much effort to enjoy. Merge these aspects with a spooky, midnight bike ride, and you have Dark Roads. Developed by XDA Forum Member laubak75, Dark Roads's gameplay consists of bumping...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 5, 2013

Test Your English Skills with Typo

r u mad bro wen ppl talk lyk dis? If so, you're not alone. In fact, I may have had a mild aneurysm as a result of the preceding sentence. No matter how facile you are with the language, however, there are always undoubtedly some weak spots. For many, this is unearthed in the spellings of unfamiliar words. For others, it's differentiating between homonyms. Whatever the case, it's always good to get a little more practice. To aid in one's...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 27, 2013

Remove Buttons with the Puzzle Game Buttons and Scissors

Tired of common puzzle games? Think you've basically tried every type there is? Well, you'd likely be mistaken, as XDA Forum Member knutson created a pretty unique new game called Buttons and Scissors. It's sort of like Connect 4, but with (you guessed it) buttons and scissors. Differing from the aforementioned Connect 4, only two buttons required to eliminate pieces, and the game pieces don't shift after others have been removed. Furthermore, the buttons don't have to be contiguous in order to...

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