7 android games to try

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The growing popularity of Android-based smartphones and tablets in 2013 has seen the mobile gaming market create ever more stylish and immersive games for the Google platform, with many previously iOS-only titles turning their attentions to Android users.

If you haven't yet explored the world of gaming on your Android device, here are a few of the action-packed, puzzling and just out-and-out addictive names to look out for.

A side-scrolling platform adventure set within a fairytale forest with a dark side. Users direct an odd little flying hedgehog-type character through a series of terrifying traps. There are no cute little monsters to jump on here - it's more about circular saws and huge stabbing knives. Don't let the physics-based gameplay put you off. It's not only highly addictive, but also features a survival-of-the-fittest local multiplayer setting for up to four players.

Call of Duty: Strike Team
The smash hit console war game franchise has made its way to Android with this strategy/shoot 'em up Android app, in which the United States is under attack by an unknown enemy. Gamers can switch between third-person strategy to first-person shooter in a bid to take down the bad guys, and although it might disappoint gamers used to the console version, it's a great introduction for newcomers.

Despicable Me Minion Rush
The impossibly cute yellow fellows from the hit animation movie make this game a must for fans of Despicable Me. It's essentially a 3D platform game in which your minion must collect tokens and bananas to progress, but with beautiful graphics, satisfying character power-ups and fluid gameplay, you'll find it hard to switch off.

The Room
If action-packed isn't your thing, the calm and atmospheric The Room just might be more your pace. This puzzler sees gamers exploring the stunning environment of 'the room', solving challenging puzzles to get that grey matter working.

Real Racing 3
If you feel the need for speed, Real Racing should be your Android game of choice. You can choose from a wide range of cars, hundreds of events, and the graphics are truly outstanding. Plus there's the added excitement of offline multiplayer races for friendly competition.

Clash of Clans
Hugely popular on iOS, Clash of Clans made it to Android last year, and is one for long-term gamers. Build a village from the ground up, then concentrate on your offence and defence as you send out your army to conquer new territories.

Flick Kick Football Legends
The retro style follow-up to the original puts the emphasis on team-building in this footie app. As well as putting the ball in the back of the net, you must master tackling, intercepting and passing if you are to emulate the greats.

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