May 26 AT 12:34 AM Clark Wimberly 5 Comments

Top 10 Paid Games for Android – Week Ending May 24

What are the best games for Android? With the current version of the Market, it can often be difficult to find them. The only option you have is to sort by popularity. This is a problem because the games are ranked by downloads and not active installs. The other issue with sorting by popularity is that the stats are compiled for all time. This prevents newer titles from receiving the attention they deserve. (Update: Google seems to have changed their formula)

In an effort to further the advancement of games on the Android platform, we will begin to publish weekly Top 10 lists. Instead of ranking games by number of downloads, we will list them in order of active installs. This should provide a better picture of what’s hot and highlight new games each week as they hit the Market.

Since this is the first month we are trying this, the format is likely to change. Currently we will be posting the title, ranking, price, previous ranking, developer, and reviews if we have one posted. If there is additional information(dev Twitter links?) you guys would like to see, let me know. Post any other suggestions or criticism in the comments below.

When games compete, gamers win.  Here is our 3rd edition of the Top 10 Paid Android games for the week ending May 24, 2009.

Rank Previous Game Price Developer Review
1 1 Jewellust $2.95 Smartpix Games Video
2 2 Abduction! World Attack $2.00 Phil Symonds Coming Soon
3 New Nesoid $1.99 yongzh Coming Soon
4 3(-1) Retro Defense $4.99 Larva Labs Yes
5 4(-1) Baseball Superstars 2009 $5.95 GAMEVIL Inc. Coming Soon
6 5(-1) Air Hockey $1.00 JJCgames Coming Soon
7 New Buka $2.27 Hexage Yes
8 7(-1) Midnight Pool 2 $1.99 Gameloft Coming Soon
9 6(-3) Kidd GBC $2.00 TeraGadgets Yes
10 New Robo Defense $2.99 Lupis Labs Coming Soon


This week we finally saw some movement.  A new title hit the Market and shook up the rankings. Nesoid, a Nintendo Entertainment System Emulator, debuted all the way at number three.  This is now the 2nd Nintendo emulator in the Top 10.

The biggest drop this week belongs to Kidd GBC.  Most likely, people were uninstalling it to upgrade to Nesoid.  I wonder what Nintendo thinks about this.  The larger video game companies normally frown upon emulators being sold for a profit.

Instead of looking down on this behavior, I hope Nintendo recognizes the demand for their software on the Android platform.  Could you imagine the possibilities if Nintendo joined the Open Handset Alliance?  Slowly but surely, the mobile gaming industry is migrating towards smartphones and away from a dedicated games device.  If Nintendo were to either 1. release their older titles on another platform or 2. develop their own hardware that ran off Android, it would be a big leap for them.  I don’t know if a game company like Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo wants to give up their operating system to an open platform, but I do know they want to get in the smartphone market.

I am happy see Buka back on the list. Like I previsouly said, It was one of the best designed games I have come across.  We had a reader submit a review for Buka, and I still plan to write my own once I beat the game(90%).

Next Week

Will we finally see Mystique Chapter 2 hit the market?  The released has been pushed back to touch up the game.  For release info or to send a friendly encouragement, you can follow Bendroid on Twitter.

All Market data is taken from aTrackDog. Think of it as the Neilsen Ratings but for Android. For more information on how aTrackDog works, see our previous article. If you would like to participate, install aTrackDog and “vote” for your favorite game.

When games compete, gamers win.

When games compete, gamers win.

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • Pablo

    Little mistake in one of the last sentences: Think of it as the Nielsen Ratings but for Android.

    It has to be Neilsen instead of Nielsen ;) Good article for the rest!

  • E.T.

    FYI Mystique Chapter 2 is out on the market, get it now! lol

    Now that’s out of the way…Nesoid is great and I’m glad to see Robo Defense on the list now too. That game is great, I play it all the time.

  • Rob

    Nintendo doesn’t frown on emulators being sold for profit. They frown on ALL emulators. Their main concern has always been the ROMs, not the emulator.

    They’ve been threatening sites with lawsuits for hosting ROMs for about 10 years now, but I don’t think I’ve heard of them going after the emulator author. Generally the site just removes their Nintendo ROMs and the issue is over. There are so many out there now they probably don’t spend much time on it anymore. If they ever do find out about NESoid they will probably insist the ROM search feature be removed.

    All that being said, it’s an awesome emulator and well worth the $2 even though they keyboard isn’t a very good controller.

  • anakin78z

    Hey, what happened to these weekly reviews? I quite enjoyed them… I hope they come back.

  • http://Website Ron

    There are new games to consider – like Sworm and SpeedX 3D