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Why most In-App-Purchases ruin Mobile Gaming

7 Android Games worth it

So, I bet you're ready for the holidays. A couple of free days to relax, eat, enjoy some family-time, and well, get some gaming done. Let's grab that new Android tablet, maybe you got a Nexus 7 or even a 10 and fire up some games. There are plenty of free ones, that ... well ... err ... charge you for actually ... making progress or ... experiencing the core part of the game.

Let's get this straight - In-App purchased have messed up the vast landscape of mobile gaming tremendously. Many games are build around concepts of charging players and revenue. Think about this for a while. You have been playing games for years now, because it's a part of our culture. And you've done so, because you we're looking for a challenge, or an experience, you weren't able to get somewhere else.

Many mobile games don't care about the experience after the initial presentation, and many most certainly don't care about the challenge - you pay for upgrades and max out your character before even starting to play? So the rich kid will win against the poor kid, again. There was something magical about video games, when I was young. Everybody behind the TV was equal. Everybody could battle it out with each other, no matter where he came from or what his background was. And this tied us kids together.

The good news is, that there are still some great game developers out there, who care about who's plays their games and how. And you can easily find a lot of them by just skipping all those free to play games, and go straight for the payed ones. To round this out, here are a couple of beautiful, yet hidden gems on the Play Store, that are yet below the 5000 downloads mark. Those games all deserve your money and time over the holidays.

Hyperactive Ninja

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ninjacoders.hninja
An one-button run & jump game, with a pixel ninja going after his coffee. Exceptional level design, even with boss-fights.
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Velocispider

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.velocispider
A retro shooter with tilt controls, that is just executed perfectly. Don't underestimate the colorful graphics - this one is hard.
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Karoshi

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yoyogames.droidkaroshi
While it appears to be a jump & run in the first place, Karoshi is a mind bending puzzle game. If you enjoy thinking outside the box, as crazy as possible, this one's for you.
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Dark Incursion

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigbluebubble.darkincfull
Metroidvania on a smartphone? Yes, indeed, and it's great. You're navigating a beautifully pixelated steampunk world, jumping and slashing you way though robots, soldiers and big bosses.
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Girl With A Heart Of

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bentspoongames.gwh
Girl With A Hear Of is a beautiful, dark story, wrapped in a text heavy adventure game. While it has its lengths, I recommend this strongly to everybody who isn't scarred of some reading in a game.
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These Robotic Hearts Of Mine

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.org.draknek.hearts
A little rotation game, where every level is connected by a well written story. You definitely want to beat every puzzle just to read on.
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Eufloria

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.omnilabs.eufloria
Make sure to play this on a powerful tablet, because Eufloria is rich, challenging, with gorgeous graphics and a great soundtrack. Mixing space domination with plants and seeds, growing your own universe.
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There you go, 7 rather unknown games for your Android devices, that will set you back just a couple of bucks. You won't need anything else over Christmas.

So, which games would you add to the list?

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