Reddit’s Top 25 Android Games

A list of Reddit’s Top 25 Android Games voted on by gamers in the androidgaming and android subreddits was just published. I haven’t played all of the games (and some were new to me), but I’ll do a quick review of the ones I know:

Triple Town
Triple Town

#22: Triple Town [Free]
Super addicting match 3 game in which you try to build up a city. Fun fact: I almost worked on the development of this game (my former employer was the original developer).

#20: Angry Birds [Free]
This physics-based action puzzle game has become a mobile gaming staple. You slingshot birds at pigs in the original version of the game, but there are other variations in the Angry Birds franchise that introduce other themes and mechanics.

#19: Kingdom Rush [$0.99]
Although there’s nothing particularly innovative about this tower defense game, it’s made really well and is definitely worth the $0.99. If you’re interested, check out my review of Kingdom Rush.

#18: Dots [Free]
This minimalist puzzle game is pretty addicting considering how simple it is. Match as many dots as you can, as quickly as you can. I didn’t get sucked into this game, but it was fun to play for a little while.

Jetpack Joyride
Jetpack Joyride

#15: Jetpack Joyride [Free]
I’ve spent more time than I care to admit playing this endless side-scroller made by the folks who made Fruit Ninja. It’s a one button game in which you run through a laboratory collecting coins and avoiding hazards. The missions, achievements, and upgrades like gadgets and costumes keep things interesting.

#9: Terraria [Free demo; $4.99]
While I haven’t spent a lot of time playing the mobile version of this action-adventure RPG, I loved the PC version. It’s like a 2D version of Minecraft. I wrote a more detailed review of Terraria when the Android version came out earlier this month.

#6: Super Hexagon [$2.99]
This minimalist action game is equal parts frustrating and brilliant. Gameplay is incredibly simple; you steer your cursor through endless hexagons, but don’t be surprised if it’s “Game over!” almost as quickly as you began. I wrote a quick review of Super Hexagon along with the other games from Humble Bundle with Android 5.

World of Goo
World of Goo

#5: Plants vs. Zombies [$0.99]
This tower defense game is another mobile gaming staple. Stop the horde of zombies from reaching your house by planting rows of zombie-killing plants. I love PvZ and its sequel is going to be available for Android soon.

#1: World of Goo [Free demo; $2.99]
In this physics-based puzzle game, you build structures out of balls of goo. The various levels offer new and interesting challenges as you create bridges and towers to get as many gooballs as you can to the end.

Games I’ve been meaning to try out:

Looks like I have some more games to add to my list now, too!

If you have 18 minutes to kill and would rather watch a video review of the Top 25 games, the Redditor who put the list together also made a video:

Link to the list: Reddit’s Top 25 Android Games

What’s Up with Advertising?

Anti-virus HDMI cable
Photo by rsjac

Advertisers must think the general public is made up of idiots. Who knows, though; maybe they’re right.

“Anti-Virus” HDMI Cable

I saw a post on Reddit earlier this week called “Found this today at work…” (picture on the right). It’s an HDMI cable with the following feature:

“100% Mylar” double shield 1.3c grade cable with anti-virus protection to reduce virus noises and to obtain perfect image transmission.

Yes, an HDMI cable with “anti-virus protection” that also makes your viruses less noisy. I looked online and it appears to be a legitimate advertised feature of this product. o_O

Detergent Advertises Basic Math

I saw another instance of facepalm-worthy advertising on a box of detergent the other day. It was a box of 180 load laundry detergent that boldly advertised “50% more detergent.” Well, 50% more detergent than what? I looked at the fine print on the box and it said, “vs. 120 load size.” Uff da.

“Technology” Catch Word

If you’ve seen any commercials within the last few months, I’m sure you’ve heard the “technology” catch word. I got so overwhelmed by it recently that I started to make a list of the commercials I heard it in. Here is my partial list:

  • Nicoderm CQ – “smart control technology”
  • Mazda – “with revolutionary Skyactive technology”
  • One Touch – “double sure technology”
  • Bridgestone – “tire technologies” & “serenity technology”
  • Bounty – “trap and lock technology”
  • Degree – “with motion-sense technology”
  • Pronamel – “gel-to-foam technology”
  • Secret Outlast Deodorant – “odor-protection technology”
  • Well Tabs – “positive mood technology”
  • General Electric – “advanced cooking technology”

Here are a couple more that don’t use “technology,” but are amusing nonetheless:

  • Bayer Advanced Asprin – “re-engineered with micro particles”
  • Space Bags – “you must be at least 18 years old or older”