10 Addictive Android Tablet Games

Yes, your Android tablet makes a fine tool for handling the hectic schedule of a digital life. E-mail, social networking, photography, taking notes, browsing the web, reading books, viewing movies — and more — and then, of course, you can play games.

These games are available at the Google Play Store. Most of them are free. For the paid versions, a "Lite" edition of the game is free. Use it to whet your appetite and try, try if you can, to avoid the temptation to fork over the big 99 cents for the full version.

Angry Birds

It's perhaps the premiere break-out tablet game, the one that just about everyone knows, so if you haven't yet heard of this app, get it at once! Angry Birds is easy to play, clever, and full of humor. Several renditions of the game exist, although the basic Angry Birds app is an excellent way to start.

Candy Crush Saga

This game's magic is lost on some, but most everyone else can't get enough. The premise is simple, and the game is easy to learn, but it grows in complexity, somehow seeping into your brain's lack-of-self-control center.

Cut the Rope

Like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope is an excellent game to learn, full of frustration and rewards mixed with a dash of humor. The strategy level for Cut the Rope is pretty high, so it can be frustrating at times. Even so, there's always a solution and, once you find it, you feel compelled to reward your genius. That keeps the game addicting.

Doodle Jump

This one is another oldie, one that even predates Angry Birds. Like all good, addictive games, Doodle Jump is easy to figure out and challenging at the same time. It also features a few variations, but they're all contained within the app. This app makes excellent use of the tablet's accelerometer, which keeps you moving while you play the game and, therefore, is a source of entertainment for those who are watching you play.

Fruit Ninja

The premise for Fruit Ninja is remarkably simple: Use your sophisticated tablet touchscreen techniques to slice up flying fruit. The simplicity is deceptive, however. In actual play, you'll find yourself spending way too much time with this game.

Jet Car Stunts

Racing games is a huge category for not only the computer but also the tablet. This type of game presents an interesting challenge, which is how to steer a car. Jet Car Stunts pumps up that challenge by requiring you to not only steer through the course but also jump over and fly through obstacles. Assisting you on your journey is a jet engine on the car's boot. Fortunately, you're racing only against the clock.

Plants vs. Zombies

This game isn't as silly as it sounds. Well, okay, it is: Zombies and plants are not known to be mortal enemies. In fact, the game is more cute than scary, but don't let that deter you. The true mission is planning a defensive strategy using available tools. The tools are the plants. The defense is against an ever-marching (and munching) horde of zombies. Proper strategy wins the game every time.

Traffic Jam

You're probably familiar with this one, even outside the digital realm: The screen shows a grid of cars, most likely loitering in the long-term parking area at the airport. The goal is to move the cards — only up-down or left-right — and successfully unblock your own vehicle. The solution is always at hand, but can you manage it in only the minimum, or "par," suggested value? As a bonus: You'll find hundreds of levels. It should keep you busy for hours, if not the rest of your life.

Words With Friends

The biggest problem with those crossword-puzzle-like games — you know, with the letters on tiles that have number values in their corners? — is that you need to get together with some friends to play. Thanks to the Internet, that convergence is no longer a necessity. With the Words With Friends app, you can play a brutal game of lexicological pugilism and not only be miles apart but also wait great lengths of time before you reply. It's a combination of social networking and etymology.

X-Plane

One of the most classic computer games is the flight simulator. Of the variety available at the Google Play Store, X-Plane is one of the easiest to learn as well as the most diverse. The controls are fairly easy to figure out, which means that you'll be landing in no time. (It's always easy to take off using a flight simulator; landing is the issue.) You can make landing more difficult by adding turbulence and cross winds and even damaging your ride. You can also add upgrades — if you're willing to pay for them.

Even more games are available at the Play Store. Search in the Games category, which is one of the top-level categories (obviously). Check out not only the Top Free games but also the trending games — and the top-grossing. Use that information when a 14-year-old isn't handy to clue you in to what all the kids are playing.

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