5 addictive android games

Every once in a while, we’ll see a console-quality blockbuster game come to mobile. The idea of these games sound good, but in reality, it sucks playing Madden or Call of Duty on your phone. Simple, arcade-style games are where it’s at. Addictive games are the ones that soar to the top of the charts and rake in the money. These games may seem overly simple, but if you’re not careful you could lose an entire afternoon to a game that requires one finger to play.

You’ll be playing these games until your battery is screaming at you. Be sure to chek out these 5 apps you probably need. Let’s get started.

1. Alto’s Adventure

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Alto’s Adventure is about rescuing runaway llamas by skiing down a snowy slope. The goal is to collect as many llamas as possible and stay on your skis. You’ve probably played “endless runner” games before, but this is an “endless skier.” Tap to jump over rocks and obstacles, or to hop up and grind on rooftops. Get big air and do a flip, but don’t land on your head. Besides being addictive, Alto’s Adventure is also stunningly beautiful.

What makes it addictive? Like all “endless” games, the need to beat your previous score is what makes it so addictive. When you do eventually crash, it’s something that seemed avoidable. So you try again immediately. Alto’s Adventure also has 180 goals to achieve, like “Travel 5,000 m in total.” These goals give you more things to accomplish along the way.

 

2. Big Hunter

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In “Big Hunter” you have to hunt down mighty mammoths to feed your starving tribe. Each day brings new challenges to the hunt. Hitting the mammoth with a spear requires a combination of power and accuracy. Throwing a spear is basically the same as slinging an Angry Bird. Just pull back and aim. But the mammoth isn’t going to sit there and let you hit him. He’s very mad and charging right at you.

What makes it addictive? You’ve probably played games that seem similar to Big Hunter, and you’ve probably found them to be very addictive. But Big Hunter is not your typical “stick man throws spear” game. It offers a lot of variety and challenges that keep you playing for hours. The beautiful design is the cherry on top.

 

3. Burger – The Game

Burger – The Game is a title that’s less about food and more about physics. All you have to do is stack as many burger patties on top of a bun as you can before it topples over. You do this by flinging patties with a skillet. Tap once to drop a patty on the skillet. Tap a second time to fling the patty in the air and (hopefully) squarely on the bun. You can unlock different types of patties, but the gameplay stays the same.

What makes it addictive? Simple games are often the most addictive. Especially simple games that don’t really have an end. As soon as the patty slides off the stack you’re back at it again. Beating your own high score is addictive enough, but this is also a great game for competing against friends.

 

4. Dashy Knight

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Dashy Knight is the perfect combination of addictive gameplay, simple controls, and nostalgic graphics. You play as an 8-bit knight constantly running across the screen. There are castle towers and archers in your path. To avoid and destroy these obstacles you have two options: jump or dash. Timing is key as one false move could be certain death. Survive as long as possible to get a high score.

What makes it addictive? The knight is running across the screen very quickly, which means you don’t have a lot of time to think. One false move and you’ll faceplant into a tower or be shot by an arrow. This creates a lot of frustrating deaths. Your first instinct is to try again and again and again. Just try not to throw your phone in anger.

 

5. Diep.io

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Last year, a game called Agar.io was one of the most popular mobile titles. Diep.io is made by the same people and it has a lot of the same ideas. This game puts you in control of a tank instead of a blob. Destroy enemies and blocks to level up and improve your tanks weapons and abilities. If you play your cards right you could find yourself atop the leaderboard.

What makes it addictive? Diep.io is a different type of addictive. A single game can last several hours if you know what you’re doing. It’s not a game that you play over and over in quick succession. The game requires constant attention and alertness. It’s very easy to lose track of time while playing this game. You have been warned.

 

  • DOWNLOAD: Diep.io
  • Price: Free
  • In-App Purchases: Yes

Of course, there are tons of other games that can be called “addictive.” What are your favorites? How long have you played an addictive game?

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