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Whether you're looking for a productivity application, or just a fun game to kill some extra time with your Android device, hunting down what you want in the Android Market can be a bit of a task. Since we like to spend as much time as we can searching, tinkering, and playing around with new applications, we figure we should share with you some of our favorites. Let's take a look at some of our favorite applications, and hopefully some of you will find them to be your favorite as well!

Menno - Air Attack HD Lite

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I remember going to the bowling alley growing up just to play arcade games like airattack-HDGradius. Sure, it wasn't all that difficult, but there was something satisfying about blowing things up and upgrading your ship on the way to that big final boss. This week, I downloaded Air Attack and found some of that simple fun again. Like those arcade scrollers, you're in command of a ship making its way through hostile territory with nothing but your piloting skills and a basic gun. Destroying enemy targets (and bridges) nets you some nifty upgrades as well as cash to spend at the "shop" to turn your plane into the ultimate vanguard of destruction. This lite version features two levels, three difficulty settings, and multiple control configurations. The full version isn't out yet, but after playing this demo, I can't wait for it to drop. Because of the higher quality graphics, the game is best run on devices running Android 2.2 or higher. [Market Link]

Jerry Hildenbrand - Elixir

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Elixir is the app you need anytime you're looking for information about your device. Both on the hardware and software side, Elixir tells you everything (and I mean elixireverything) you'll ever want to know about things like your battery status, signal strength, build configuration and sensors. If having all this information at the ready when you open the app isn't enough, there are 16 different size and configuration widgets, which are completely customizable with access to all the app information as well as a full set of toggles for radios, sync, orientation, and screen lock. Anyone who wants to hack away at their device should give Elixir a try, and it's invaluable when you're evaluating a new device. It's free on the Android Market for devices running Android 1.6 and higher. [Market Link]

Kyle Gibb - PewPew 

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If you know what Geometry Wars is and have spent countless hours trying to climb leader boards, you don’t even need to read the rest of this post. Just go download pewPewPew now. For those of you still reading, let me explain a bit more. You control a single ship tasked with destroying as many enemy ships as possible. The enemy “ships” are simple geometric shape and each has a unique color allowing you to quickly identify which enemies you are facing. Each type of enemy has a specific and unique way of moving and attacking you, so it is important to learn what each does. The game features a couple different play modes along with online leader boards to keep you coming back for more. There are even a pair of unlockable ships for you to aim for. The graphics on my Droid Incredible were silky-smooth and the techno music fits the game perfectly. Overall, this is a great game that you can play for a couple minutes on during random times throughout the day. Free.  [Market Link]

Chris Parsons - Meganoid

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If you’re into games that aren’t really graphically intense then Meganoid should be on meganoidyour radar. Especially if you grew up in the the days of Nintendo gaming, where Super Mario, Metroid and Mega Man were kings. Meganoid makes use of 8bit pixel art to relay the story of a World under attack by aliens to you and it works quite well. As described in their Market description Meganoid is by no means an easy game to play yet, it’s not so difficult that you want to give up while playing it. Rather, you want to continue because you know you can beat the level. Meganoid is available for free in the Android Market right now and more updates are on the way. It also integrates with Open Feint as well so if you’re into tracking your games and collecting achievements then you’ll be right at home with Meganoid. [Market Link]

Sean Brunett - Tank Hero

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If you’re looking for a way to pass the time, Tank Hero is a great and simple game that tank-her0will draw you in. The goal of the game is simple: Hit your enemies with weapons from your tank. It starts out easy, with one or two enemies, but quickly builds up to include many bad guys at once. There are two different ways to spend your time: Campaign, working your way up or Survivor, just fighting the enemies. There is multitouch and OpenGL 3D graphics, which look great in your hand. Please note that Tank Hero is only available for ‘high end devices’ and you need to check compatibility. If you’re looking for a great way to keep occupied while on the go, try Tank Hero. [Market Link]

 
There are 11 comments

I'm going to give Elixir a try. I second Tank Hero. Very entertaining and a great pick up and play game even if you only have a couple of minutes. Runs very smooth on my Epic.

tomh1979 says:

Isn't PewPew one of the apps pulled from the market for malware virus, if so, way to recommend that to people.

cabrone says:

The legit version linked (via barcode) is not malicious. To think the people on this site would suggest a malicious app is a bit paranoid of you.

Da808Dragon says:

Pew pew is perfectly fine. The app that was pulled was a copy of pew pew which included malicious code. That one was created by a chinese developer and the title also had some chinese characters in it.

E_man says:

3 excellent games. Air Attack, Tank Hero, and Meganoid are all quite fun, both on my captivate and nook. Wasn't a huge fan of pew pew though.

Does anyone know where I can download the app called ZDbox all in one tool box?

Many thanks in advance!

itch808 says:

i love the picks, keep the good work!

Marshy says:

Wow. Smallest app in this list is 5 mb. Largest is 34!!
Out with the rest of the OG droid crew. :(

scaots says:

Been having fun with tank hero for a while. Prefer using the trackball on my N1 for control

BrianTufo says:

Just downloaded Tank Hero, Meganoid and Air Attack. Thanks for the suggestions!