As 2011 came to a close and the first week of 2012 is nearing an end, we thought it was the perfect time to break out our Best Games of the 2011 lists. After several debates, arguments, and a few hurt feelings the staff at Android-Apps.com & Android-Games.com has managed to put together several Top 5 lists of the best games to drop in 2011. We’ve done it by genre, and we’re going to kick things off with the Best Puzzle Games of 2011.
1. Bag It!
Numero Uno on our list this year is a little game called Bag It! from Hidden Variable Studios. Bag it is reminiscent of Tetris as you’ll have to stack things and make them fit, but that’s where the comparisons end. Your stacking takes place in a grocery bag, and the groceries are very lively so they’re not going to be easy to stack. Certain foods despise each other while others are heavy and will crush the foods below. Bag It! is has plenty of depth, quirky characters, and top-notch gameplay; it’s really a joy to play and is the best puzzle game of 2011 in our opinions. If you haven’t played it yet you really don’t know what you’re missing, so head on over to the market and find out. You can check out our Full review of Bag It! or pick it up from the market for $1.99.
2. Beyond Ynth
This little gem of a game is coming in at a (very) close second, as it’s one of the most unique games we’ve played this year. Beyond Ynth is a puzzling puzzler from FDG Entertainment that lets you travel through its vibrant worlds through a series of boxes. No, you won’t be pushing around an old cardboard box ala Metal Gear; you’ll take on the role of a Bug with some powerful legs as he’ll flip the boxes through the levels. It’s one of those games you just have to play to really “get” and it’s an award winning game for a reason. The whole game screams polish from the time you fire it up, and once you’ve started playing you won’t want to put it down. You can read our full review or get Beyond Ynth for $3.99 in the Android Market.
I never knew how much I’d enjoy helping bugs until I played Greedy Spiders from Blyts. This puzzle game pits you against one or more very hungry spiders as you’ll try and free the bugs from the spiders deadly webs. Every time you make a move and destroy a piece of the web, the spider makes his move and gets closer to his prey. Your task is made tougher as there are many ways for the spider to go, and you’ve gotta’ save multiple bugs. Greedy Spiders is a fun game and a tough one that will keep gamers busy for quite awhile; if we still haven’t convinced you how fun the game is you can check out our full review here. There is a lite version of the game available, and the full version is a deal at only $0.99 cents.
Fallen Tree games gave Android gamers a real treat this year with their soothing yet frustrating puzzle game called Quell. Quell is Zen-like puzzler that has a unique style and features 80 levels of gameplay along with a cool, custom soundtrack. The way the game’s laid out is easy on the eyes while the puzzles are oddly calming, yet frustrating if you can wrap your head around that. Quell is definitely one of the best games around, and Fallen Tree’s new game Quell Reflect looks to follow on the originals success. You can check out our full review or head on over to the market and pick up Quell for $0.99 cents.
Burn the Rope….yeah. I had that damned theme song stuck in my head from the minute I first fired up the puzzler known as Burn the Rope, and several months later the song and game are still stuck in my brain. Big Blue Bubble flipped gamers on their head with Burn the Rope as the game uses it’s unique control scheme to keep the gameplay going. The object of the game is to “burn the rope” and you’ll do so by starting a flame and tilting your phone to keep the rope burning; it’s much, much trickier than it sounds and it’s also one of the funnest games around. If you’d like to appease your inner firebug, you can get Burn the Rope for free in the Android market.