It seems like many years since massive CRTs dominated the desktop display market, not to mention the desktop: anything over 17 inches was a sure hernia, and 21 inches was the practical limit. But what many people remember is screensavers, which were as important as Flash is today, and critical for preventing burn-in. Not only are screensavers still with us in the LCD era, they're better than ever, even if they're no longer needed much for their original mission. That's OK, because they have a new one, and that's to place something visually interesting on all … Read more
Remember Vincent Cassel as the breakdancing burglar from the movie "Ocean's Twelve"? He played a classy art thief who weaved his way through security by dancing around a series of laser beams. His character blended the art of thievery with rhythmic precision. In no way do we at Download.com condone any sort of theft...outside the walls of Clockwork Mansion.
Beat Sneak Bandit trains players in the art of breaking in with breaking beats. Duke Clockface has stolen all the clocks, so it's up to you as the Bandit to infiltrate Clockwork Mansion and … Read more
After only 15 minutes of play, I'm already disoriented and feeling queasy but I'm going back in; Hexagon is both dizzying and addicting.
Developed by Terry Cavanagh (known for VVVVVV), Hexagon throws you in an orbital endurance run where you must guide a triangle around a (you guessed it) hexagon and dodge collapsing obstacles. Sounds simple, right? Try surviving for even 20 seconds on your first couple of tries.
Each stage is separated by 10-second runs and themes itself after a shape. Each level throws faster, more-complex patterns to try and crush your three-sided friend. In addition to … Read more
At first blush, Star Wars Pit Droids might seem like a hasty attempt to cash in on the theatrical re-release of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace."
Instead, it's merely the appropriately timed app version of a Windows game that debuted almost 13 years ago. And you know what? It's as terrific now as it was then.
The droids in Pit Droids are the saucer-headed ones you saw clanking around Tatooine before the Pod Race. Owing to some shoddy programming, all they can do is march single-file in one direction. Watto (remember him?) assigns you … Read more
Cut and Slice is a one-of-a-kind brain teaser that tests both your puzzle-solving prowess and your finger-swiping accuracy. It's free to download in the Android Market and comes with over 100 challenging levels.
Each level of Cut and Slice presents you with a set of geometric figures. Your job is to slice these figures into equal portions using a limited number of finger swipes. For instance, the first level gives you one swipe to cut a square into two equal portions. Pretty simple, right? But on a later level, you might get four swipes to cut an octagon into … Read more
Sudoku seems so timeless that you'd be forgiven for thinking it's ancient, like backgammon and chess, but it originated in 1986, so it's newer than "Thriller" but older than the World Wide Web. Based on numbers, it's totally independent of language or culture, helping propel it to global popularity in newspapers, magazines, and software. Sudo Sudoku Puzzle Game is a free sudoku game offering classic sudoku puzzles in three levels of difficulty.
The puzzle's layout is very simple: a square, divided 3x3 into nine squares, each with nine squares itself. The numbers 1 … Read more
We love a good puzzle, and all the better if it's a type of puzzle we've never tried before. Puzzle Game Lite is part word search, part riddle, and lots of fun. This version of the game provides only eight puzzles, but it's a good introduction to the game if you're considering the full version or just want to try something new.
Puzzle Game Lite is easier to play than it is to explain. Each puzzle has a sentence across the top with several key words removed; in the blanks are numbers representing how many times … Read more
Similar to probably a hundred other games in the Android Market, Marble Blast requires you to shoot monochromatic bubbles at other monochromatic bubbles. Create a cluster of three or more, and all of them pop and disappear. The object, of course, is to clear your screen of all of them.
What makes Marble Blast unique, however, is that the bubbles, or marbles, actually travel around your screen in a single-file line. They aren't stationary targets anchored to the top of your screen as they are in other bubble-based games like Bubble Blast 2. Your job in Marble Blast is … Read more
In Plumber for Android, your job is to rotate and reorient pipes in order to get a water line to flow correctly. It's simple to play, but challenging to complete.
To play, just tap a pipe to rotate it. Each level is filled with disconnected pipes scattered across your screen, so in most cases, you'll have to tap away at dozens of pipes in order to create a continuous line. And to make things a bit more challenging, not all pipes are used to solve each level, which can leave you concentrating on a bunch of useless plumbing … Read more
Where's My Water? is a charming physics puzzler, in which you funnel clean water to the bathtub of a fastidious little alligator named Swampy.
Where's My Water? ranks among the better arcade puzzlers, sharing some similarities (fast-paced levels, an intuitive interface, and a winningly cartoony protagonist) but with a central schtick that's mostly all its own: you dig paths through dirt, creating channels for liquid to flow from one place to another. Ideally, you'll get enough clean water into a pipe to fill Swampy's tub, but along the way you have to contend with various … Read more