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Top 5 Android Games: January 2014

Here at DL, we go through a lot of games and apps, but usually, there are only a few that shine brighter than others. This could be because the graphics are great, the controls are perfect, or the music is totally righteous. Whatever the case may be, we wanted to compile a short list each month that covers our top five favorite games for that month.

The games are playable on pretty much any Android device, so if you feel like trying any of them out, you can follow the Google Play links to pick them up yourselves.

Here are the top five games we haven’t been able to put down this month. 

1.  Deus Ex: The Fall ($6.99)

One of the more stunning FPS games to ever hit Android, Deus Ex: The Fall is an absolute winner for hardcore mobile gamers. With graphics worthy of consoles, the same publisher behind the Final Fantasy saga takes players on an intensely dark ride through a world set in the future that is overcome with conspiracies and plots to destroy innocent people’s lives.

Since the game is priced at $7, you would expect nothing but great gameplay and excellent controls. We are happy to report that during our time with the title, we found that all of the controls and gameplay exceeded our expectation. Although, we do have one word of advice – if you can, make sure to play the game on a somewhat powerful device with a large screen. A Nexus 7 tablet would be perfect, but a phablet would also work well. The game is quite process intensive, so having extra juice on your device will help the game run smoothly.

2.  Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ($2.99)

A true classic, Sonic the Hedgehog hit Google Play for Android devices back in mid-December, so we have to add it to our list of January apps since it’s that good. For anyone who played this SEGA title back on a Genesis, the game will take you on a serious stroll down memory lane. The controls are perfectly tuned for touchscreen devices, and if you have a Bluetooth controller (or NVIDIA SHIELD), then you are in for a real gaming treat.

SEGA prices Sonic 2 for just $2.99, which is completely reasonable. All of your favorite characters are there, including Tails, Knuckles, and of course, Sonic. Get on it.

3.  Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ($6.99)

Just like Sonic, this game launched in mid December, so we are throwing it in with our January list. Rockstar has been great about pushing its older titles to mobile platforms, and besides a few launch hiccups, these releases are astonishing. San Andreas was redesigned for mobile devices, with controls and environments being completely revamped to work on the mass variety of Android phones and tablets.

If you played San Andreas on the PS2, then don’t worry, the game hasn’t changed at all. It’s still the same CJ, roaming the streets of Los Santos to make a name for himself and his Grove St. crew. The game comes with a premium price of $6.99, but if you are a fan of running, gunning, and getting in high speeds pursuits with 5-0, then you can’t go wrong with GTA: San Andreas.

4.  Little Red Riding Hood ($0.99)

A new game from an independent developer hit Google Play this month called Little Red Riding Hood. The game covers a Red Riding Hood’s adventure through a spooky and shadow critter infested world, as she must collect apples and free bunnies from cages while reaching the end of levels. The game is kind of creepy, with eery music in the background and the shadow critters making weird and aggressive noises.

For the price of $0.99, with a ton of different levels, it’s a challenging yet fun game to waste your time on.

5.  Flappy Bird (Free)

This game is probably one of the most frustrating games I have ever played, yet I can’t stop playing it. To play, you simply tap on the screen which flaps a little bird’s wings. You have to navigate through a series of tubes (like Mario tubes) and the level just keeps going and going. There is no end. Even if there was, you would never reach it. The game, in my mind, is impossible and completely aggravating.

My high score is 6 tubes, so if you think you can beat that, download it for free right from Google Play. Try not to throw your phone at the wall. Good luck.

Be sure to check out our top 5 Android apps of January!

  • Karl Evans

    Have you played Graveyard Shift https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.graveyardshift It’s ace but can be difficult at times.

  • Nice work. Have a look at my list of Best Android Games

  • FlapMe on Android

    Here’s a pic of the bad bro 😉 Flap Me, just seen for android actually

  • FlapMe on Android

    every seen the Bad Bro of Flappy Bird?

  • Kunal Gulati

    Some of the best free games of 2014 : Table Top Racing, IronPants, Minigore 2, Dungeon Keeper. Posted a full review on http://www.techsportz.com/2014/02/top-android-games-of-2014.html


  • Ben Jacobs

    After playing it for a few days and getting the hang of it, I got 45 on flappy bird. My friend’s high score is in the hundreds. For me the best technique is to delay your taps to the last possible second 😛

  • johntb

    I watched 60 seconds of the video preview and almost threw my laptop. I love my Moto X too much to install that game.

  • Pratik Holla

    Deus Ex: 6.99 but worth every penny! The lighting effects look absolutely gorgeous on the N7 2013! Hoping more quality games like this show up on android!

  • Justin Fosco

    High score on flappy bird is 27 🙂

  • wolfedude88

    Still wish we could get some KOTOR love on android.

    • chris_johns

      I’d actually play this game if we could…i get an hour a day if that of video game time between work n the gym and that annoying thing called sleep and im not wasting it online on some mmorp no matter how much i love star wars…rather play xbone and f people up on bf4

  • maxx1987

    no love for final fantasy vi? surprised

  • NickAVV

    I released my first Android game this month, if you’re looking for fun arcade titles. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nickavv.starling

  • Jason Downing

    @Timotato:disqus Just downloaded Flappy Bird and got 10 🙂

    • Eric R.


      • Jason Downing

        prove it

        • Justin Scarano

          i got 51. once you get your tapping down pat you can get pretty far. proof sorry for the lazy eye. its an involuntary eye spazm. lol

  • adam

    i got 28 tubes within 10 minutes of downloading the app…during a geology lecture.

  • Kree Terry

    My highest flaps is 21. Then i crash and burn in a blaze of glory.

  • Raven

    Some of the higher end titles like Deus Ex and GTA are great for tablets at home, but I am always looking for great games that play well on my smaller screened Moto X when I need to kill a little time. I generally still play some good old casual games like Jetpack Joyride, Hill Climb Racing, Plasma Sky, and Beat Hazard. Any recommendation for games that are fun to jump in an out of to kill time on a small screen like the Moto X?

    • Wolfpack93

      Give Mega Drop a try.

  • buckley101

    Flappy bird is a terrible game. It needs better control so people can actually enjoy the game

  • SplashMTN

    So far I’m at 9 on Flappy Bird. Didn’t think the game would be this much fun.

  • NYAvsFan

    Deus Ex: The Fall is spectacular and a fun followup to Human Revolution. I hope the next part of the game launches soon, I’m done with Panama City and eager to move on to Australia.

    • jer85008

      Me too – had a hard time putting this one down. I wonder if the new levels will be free or a paid download…and how long will it take.

  • Walter Partlo

    Flappy bird is a dumbed down, less fun version of Badlands.

  • Liderc

    Yep, got to 4 before I uninstalled flappy bird.

  • bogy25

    So, Flappy Bird sucks please remove from article thanks

  • Intellectua1

    I couldn’t get past the first one on Flappy Bird

  • Jason Lewis

    Flappy Bird was cool the first few hundreds times I could only make it to 4. Uninstalled for health reasons…was gonna punch someone.

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    • EvanTheGamer

      Should have put ‘rage reasons’. Rage can certainly lead to punching someone in the face.

      • JoshGroff

        It’s so cheesy and difficult, I love it. Reminds me of that helicopter flash game, but much more difficult.

    • Bald_Sasquach

      I’m the same way with Super Hexagon. I’ve played it roughly 300 times now and never make it past 20 seconds. But it’s so addicting!

      • grumpyfuzz

        I’ve managed to get 60 seconds. Focusing is the secret, focusing and not raging 😛

  • duke69111

    How did the leaders of flappy bird get 2-3 trillion pipes?

    • JBartcaps


    • Arian

      It’s impossible. You’d have to sit there for hours and hours just tapping.

      • trwb

        Thats what she said

      • Cory_S

        I’m fairly sure no device on the planet is rated for 2-3 trillion taps 😉

    • Colton

      it would literally take thousands of years…

  • Maxim∑

    I uninstalled flappy bird within 30 seconds. Its amazing how such a basic app with no detail.. nothing.made it to #1 on the App store and Google Play

    • JBartcaps

      Because looks is only a small percentage of games.

    • grumpyfuzz

      It doesn’t need detail to be a game people like, you know simplicity can be a good thing.

  • Intellectua1

    How hard can Flappy Bird really be? Going to try it now

  • Carlos Poblano

    Well well well…here I have a high score of 42 on flappy bird 🙂

    • ReturnOfheMack

      Wow…I managed to hit 24 before I had to do the right thing and uninstall Flappy Bird.

      • Carlos Poblano

        Nice, I played for 30 minutes because a friend recommended it, but I still have installed

        • ReturnOfTheMak

          45 now, I need to study…

    • Arian

      75 hahahahahhaa I hate my life

      • Jared Denman

        Screenshot or it didn’t happen.

        • Arian

          The app itself keeps resetting my high score? But anyways it’s saved here on the google+ leaderboard. SORRY I HAVE NO GOOGLE+ FRIENDS

          • How is that possible!? I seriously suck at that game lol

          • Pedro

            Bah. My 1 makes me suck even more.

  • duke69111

    Flappy bird pisses me off so fast. For such a simple game, its hard. A score of 13 puts me in the top 68% though.

  • Thomas

    Tim, all these apps cost $$$$. You know how cheap we Android folk are.

    • Not Flappy Bird!

      • Eric R.

        23 high score

        • EvanTheGamer

          Most Pipes I’ve gotten passed was 10. I wonder if anyone can get to 100? lol

          • mizo

            Got 12, woohoo!! I wonder if it has anything to do with my love for sidescrollers and/or my recent addiction to playing Battletoads.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Just got 16. Trying to go for 20, but damn, this game is pretty damn difficult. Almost as difficult as The Impossible Game-like game Geometry Dash.

            You should play it. Not like you’ll get so raged up that you’ll want to destroy something valuable or anything. 😉

            https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.robtopx.geometryjumplite (Free Lite version; the full version is a mere $1.99).

          • mizo

            Looks sweet! I’ll check it out. I’ve recently been working in a dead zone as of late, so it’s nice to find a couple new games to keep me occupied!

          • Kent Benwell

            I’ve gotten 177 without cheating. I’m not bragging it just means I have no life

        • Ej McCarty

          57 🙂 I was sweating by the end haha

      • John Legere

        I just downloaded it and after one level made me want to throw my phone across the room lol

        • EvanTheGamer

          Did you? Let’s hope not. Getting mad over a <i<free game isn’t worth destroying something that cost you an arm and a leg over. lol

          • John Legere

            No, i just kept going. No clue why haha. Hate these kind of addicting games

      • coh303

        I’ve got 27 so far!

        • wolfedude88

          Downloaded it today and I just scored 26.

    • dannyWHITE

      Why are “we Android folk” cheap? These are some great titles priced very fairly. You have to pay for the quality. Remember your smartphone cost more than a gaming console.

      • JoshGroff

        Depends on the model, the X is slightly cheaper than a PS4. :p

      • Thomas

        It was a joke amigo, but thanks for the lecture 🙂

    • JoshGroff

      Unless it comes to Square Enix ports! I can’t count how many times I’ve purchased 2 and 4…

    • Menger40

      I would so much rather pay a few bucks up front than deal with IAP.

      • Wolfpack93

        I hate IAPs as much (or more) than the next guy so I know I am going to get down votes for saying this, but Angry Birds GO! is actually a fun time waster. I can race 15-20 times before I have to wait (no IAPs for me), but that is usually enough before I have to get back to work.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Here’s an up vote for your troubles. lol I actually agree. Some games with IAP are really fun and doesn’t get in the way of the experience, like Subway Surfers. My brother-in-law and I have put in many hours into that game, trying to compete with each other to see who can get the best high score. That game is seriously addictive and a lot of fun. And they keep changing the theme every week or so, with daily/weekly challenges, as well.

          Very much recommended!

      • EvanTheGamer

        Absolutely. I’m done with devs that incorporate In-App Purchases into their games, UNLESS their IAP doesn’t interfere with the overall gameplay and fun factor. If you have to pay to progress through a game, then hell with that! But if they sell IAP just to make your characters look more badass or whatever, cosmetic-wise, then that’s all fine and dandy by me. I have no problems with that.

    • T4rd

      Indeed. Clash of Clans is free and has consumed most of my free time the past few months. Very addicting game.

      • EvanTheGamer

        I use to play a lot of CoC until just recently(have been playing a lot of Subway Surfers). What level are you? And what level is your Town Hall? I’m level 32 and my Town Hall is level 5 so far. Trying to get enough gold to upgrade it to Level 6, but every time I’m nearly at the amount that’s required for an upgrade, I stop playing for a few days, continually get attacked and then my gold drops back down to less than $100k. lol

        • T4rd

          I’m lvl 55 and almost maxed everything in TH7 right now. Yeah, once I switched to a farming layout, most attacks go for your town hall instead of your resources, making it a bit easier to save up for upgrades. If you want a clan to join, mine is “Ballzack” (lol). Be sure to identify yourself in your request though or you’ll be rejected (I’m the leader).

    • DERP

      Not sure if you’re being sarcastic but thanks for perpetuating the stereotype.

  • JBartcaps

    I seriously can’t get past 16 for Flappy Bird, so frustrating