This year saw a handful of hall of fame games released concurrently on Android and iOS, in addition to the great games that made their way to Android after landing in Apple’s App Store. Heavyweight publishers and developers dominated 2012’s mobile gaming world, but there were some feel-good surprises along the way. Without further delay, here are our (with contributions from Andrew Koziara, Phil Hornshaw, and Marty Gabel) top ten picks for the best Android games of 2012.
Anomaly Korea, 11 Bit Studios seems to have been enjoying their cushy financial net, celebrating by releasing other, smaller titles like Sleepwalker’s Journey, a gorgeous new puzzle adventure. Like Lemmings, or the somewhat popular Xbox Live Arcade title Lucidity, your goal is to place and shuffle objects in the environment to protect your constantly sleepwalking character from enemies and hazards. The gameplay is solid, but what should grab you immediately is the very cool and unique art style.
Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.
Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.
A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.
Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.