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Top 15 Best Underrated Games of 2013

As ardent fans of Android games, we’ve had the opportunity to play some great games on our devices this year. With more and more games inundating the platform every month, and certain big publishers hogging the limelight almost every other time, its easy to overlook some really great games from not so big developers whose contribution to the field was just as incredible. We want to bring your attention to those wallflowers who got sidelined by all the glitz and glamour of the biggies.

Here’s our selection of the 15 best underrated games of 2013.

Cracking Sands

15. Cracking Sands

In a world ravaged by global warfare, small pockets of survivors scratch out a meagre existence, living off the remains of a shattered civilization. Society has been reduced to a tribal state, where rank and social standing is based on one thing and one thing only: death races!

Cracking Sands is an action-packed racer featuring a band of merry lunatics driving small vehicles fitted with big guns. Your trigger finger will be tested just as much as your straight racing skills. Like the saying goes: if you can’t go around something (or someone), you go through them instead.

Syder Arcade HD

14. Syder Arcade HD

Collecting coins never gets old, but some times you just need a break.

Get back to some serious Old-School gaming with Syder Arcade! A love letter to Amiga the games of the 90′, no coins, no upgrade grinding, just your tenacity and a motherload of alien invaders.

Syder Arcade is a free scrolling, multi directional shoot ’em up, an uncompromised gaming experience, furious, straightforward and challenging.
This game will bring you back in time, when bulky starships were cool and games were about swearing madly at your computer.

Ending

13. Ending

Ending is a single player turn based puzzle game about movement and death. Recommended for people who like board games, chess and roguelikes.

Toca Builders

12. Toca Builders

If you can imagine it you can build it with the six Toca Builders!

Join your new Toca Builders friends on an island far away and create a whole new world with blocks. Jump, walk, roll and rotate the builders to use their unique skills, and they will help to build whatever you can imagine!

Toca Builders is a kids app that makes it fun to drop, spray, smash and lift blocks to construct new objects – may it be a house, lamp or maybe a banana?

Yushino Free

11. Yushino Free

Yushino is Scrabble with Numbers!

Sudoku lovers, lonely no more: Yushino is played with company Lose the dictionary. Yushino is easy as 1,2,3 Add two numbers, take the last digit to make “Yushino numbers”. What PLAYERS say: EASY, FUN, ADDICTIVE!

Frozen Synapse

10. Frozen Synapse

Frozen Synapse brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre bang up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad: classic gameplay with a modern interface.

Plan your moves, test them out, then hit the “Prime” button: both you and your enemy’s turns are executed simultaneously.

Competitive-but-intuitive multiplayer and a huge single player campaign mean that Frozen Synapse will give you hours and hours of tactical delight.

Division Cell

9. Division Cell

In Division Cell, your task is to restore harmony and symmetry to an array of disorganized shapes. Take a trip with us to Flatland!

Challenge yourself and your friends in an infinite world of shapes. Explore digital origami in the form of colorful and symmetrical patterns.

Toast Time

8. Toast Time

Toast Time: A well executed game that is more frustrating than fun. - Adeline Gear

An appetising arena shoot-em-up garnished with tower-defence elements and served warm with awesome-sauce (probably syrup).

A throwback to the golden age of video games where old-school homebrew titles fused arcade action with a distinctly British sense of humour.

Gentlemen!

7. Gentlemen!

It's a little pricey for what you get, but Gentlemen! packs enough two-player fun to be a mostly worthwhile purchase. - Evan Wade

Take on your friends in this frantically paced duel game. Knives, bombs, homing pigeons – choose your weapon wisely, and master the art of the gravity flip. 2 Players, One Screen: Gentlemen!

You’ll need to hone a delicate balance of technique, knowledge, cunning, and blind panic (just like a real duel!). You’ll also need a friend – two players, one screen. If you don’t have a friend, go and get one.

Strata

6. Strata

A truly unique puzzle experience that embraces simplicity, elegance, and challenge. Strata paints a simple yet challenging puzzle game onto a sophisticated canvas of color and sound. Test the limits of your brain by completing complex weaves of color to solve the puzzles.

The goal of Strata is to strategically layer colored ribbons to match a pattern. Using forethought and strategy you must sequence your moves correctly. Over time patterns emerge and your tactics may evolve, but Strata will keep you on your toes with increasingly difficult puzzles.

Strata

Strata

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Super Mega Worm

5. Super Mega Worm

Mother Earth is on the brink of extinction and has released her last defense, the Great Death Worm, Wojira. Wojira is on a revenge mission to destroy all the Human parasites.

Pixel Defenders Puzzle

4. Pixel Defenders Puzzle

A unique game of strategic matching and RPG battling! Place, match and thwack your way through dozens of gorgeous retro-style levels, a variety of game-modes and special hand-crafted scenarios.

Pixel Defenders Puzzle is an innovative hybrid of match-3-puzzler and RPG-battler. Match pixels to create Defenders and protect princesses, kings & queens from waves of fiendish enemies!

Totem Runner

3. Totem Runner

Change from man to beast to conquer barricades and great evil in the free endless platformer, Totem Runner. - Mihir Patkar

When the world is threatened by a malevolent darkness a brave warrior rises, fearless and ready to run into the thick of battle. Totem Runner’s unique looks are matched by its compelling gameplay and immersive story.

As he runs, the warrior breathes new life into the world and puts new stars in the sky. Knowing when to transform between shapes – man, bird, and beast – is key to success in this action-packed endless runner.

They Need To Be Fed 2

2. They Need To Be Fed 2

Run and jump in this 360 degree gravity platformer! Gravity in all directions means you can never fall off, but that’s not to say the game is easy!

Gravity in all directions means you can never fall off, but that’s not to say the game is easy!

This is the sequel to the original They Need To Be Fed, which received much acclaim. They Need To Be Fed 2 is bigger, better, full of new surprises but also “more of the same”!

A Ride into the Mountains

1. A Ride into the Mountains

The relic in the mountain was invaded by an evil force and darkness begin to spread. A brave young man, who rides into the mountains will battle against the mystical demons with his family’s unique mounted archery skills.

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