Need a quick challenge to jump start your brain? The Android Market has an entire category of Puzzle games ready to challenge, entertain and get your brain into a higher gear.
Here are my five favorites. Some are free and some are worth the fee they ask for in the market.
Unblock Me is one of those games that reminds you that you just not may be as smart as you think. The object is simple; move blocks out of the way of the red block as you move it off the board. Very simple and not much to the game. However, after you get the hang of the game on the easy levels, prepare yourself for a frustrating but rewarding challenge.
Compete against your friends to see who can free the red block in the shortest period of time. But be warned, the puzzles get much more challenging the higher up in Puzzle numbers you go. And when you graduate from beginner to intermediate, the fun really begins!
If you've owned smartphones in the past, then Tetris needs no introduction. The Android version brings all the familiar fun and challenge back that you would expect and keeps the playability solid despite being on a touch-screen device.
The Android Tetris controls do take some time getting used to but once you are comfortable, you'll be spinning blocks into place and causing massive erruptions in no time.
When surfing through the Android Market, you'll notice a few Tetris games. Tetris for Android is rated higher than Classic Tetris but I prefer the look of the Classic Tetris game. They are both free (ad driven) so it won't cost you anything to download both and decide which version you prefer.
For only $.99, you can determine, once and for all, if you are a Moron. This light hearted game is a great game to play with friends. The game is simple to play and offers dozens of questions sure to test your wit and wisdom. In all, the Moron Test app has over 500 steps, 7 levels (ranging from Moron to Genius) and is simply a very fun game to play.
Don't take it personally if your score is lower than what you expected. The more you play, the better you get an answering questions which will raise your score.
I am not a genius yet, but at least I am no longer a moron!
Along the same lines as Unblock Me, Traffic Jam and Traffic Jam Free offer hours of mind twisting puzzles. The object is to get your car out from the traffic jam and on its way down the street. Like Unblock me, the puzzles get harder and harder as you move to the higher levels.
And to make things more challenging, Traffic Jam includes a timer so you can compare your time against other easily.
Traffic Jam is actually very fun to play while in a Traffic Jam and is a great game to keep bored kids interested. The ads on the top of the screen are a bit larger than I would like and can get annoying, but the developers need to earn their money somehow.
I like it when app developers offer a free version of their app that plays the same as the full version. With X Construction and X Construction Lite, the only difference between the full version and the Lite is in the number of bridges you can build and your ability to save your games. The full version currently costs $1.35 in the Android Market and is worth every penny.
X Construction and X Construction Lite are games in which you are charged with building a bridge strong enough to allow a train to pass over safely. You can stick with the basics and be pretty sure your bridge will hold up or you can get creative with your design. Give it a try and be as creative as you can.