Reddit’s Top 25 Android Games (Official List)

The Top 25 Android Games official list has been posted over on Reddit by pixel-freak. For those of you who love mobile gaming, and aren’t an iPhone junkie, read on!


Reddit’s Top 25 Android Games

Below is the full top 25 list we have voted for. It’s a pretty good list that I believe adequately represents the sentiment on both /r/androidgaming and /r/android. I’ve also created a full video presenting this list with some descriptions and praises, as well as some Redditor quotes, for each of these games which I’ve linked below.

A number of devs/PR reps/community managers etc are going to be popping in over time to give a wave here in this post. Let me start by giving a big thanks to all those that helped nominate and vote these games up, and to all the devs that made such excellent games. I learned a few lessons in gathering all this data and hope to do it again in the future over subcategories etc with a few tweaks based on those lessons. Without further adieu…..

25 – Rayman Jungle Run [Paid – $2.99]
24 – Asphalt 8 [Paid – $.99]
23 – Battleheart [Paid – $2.99]
22 – Triple Town [Free]
21 – Ingress [Free]
20 – Angry Birds [Free – ads]
19 – Kingdom Rush [Paid – $.99]
18 – Dots [Free]
17 – Bloons TD 5 Humble Bundle Sale [Paid – $2.99]
16 – Quadropus Rampage [Free]
15 – Jetpack Joyride [Free]
14 – The Bard’s Tale [Paid – $2.99] ON SALE
13 – The Room [Paid – $.99] ON SALE
12 – Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery [Paid – $4.99]
11 – GTA: Vice City [Paid – $4.99]
10 – Plague Inc. [Free]
09 – Terraria [Free demo, Paid Unlock $4.99]
08 – Knights of Pen & Paper [Paid – $2.99]
07 – Osmos [Paid – $.99] ON SALE
06 – Super Hexagon [Paid – $2.99]
05 – Plants Vs. Zombies [Paid – $.99]
04 – Emulators
03 – Pixel Dungeon [Free]
02 – Game Dev Story [Paid – $2.50] ON SALE
01 – World of Goo [Paid – $2.99] [Demo – Free]

I’m on my way out of town in a couple days, but I promise I’ll release the full data set for those interested (we even have country data for part of it) and for transparency. In the future, any list I aggregate with have the transparency released the same day.

(*Edit: Fixed numbering. Reddit was auto-correcting my numbering backwards)

Raptr: Most Played Games August 2013

Call of Duty: Black Ops II was the #1 game played for August. However, Raptr’s focus on this month’s review is about DOTA2 and LoL. For me, I really only cared about RIFT and the fact that their F2P subscription model continues to impress. Oddly, they did not reveal top PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 titles as they’ve done the past few months.

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RAPTR’S MOST PLAYED GAMES: AUGUST 2013 — DOTA 2 TOPS LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

A new champion has taken the field. And we’re not talking about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which is once again in at the top slot overall.

No, the big news is that after a few brief shots at the crown, Valve’s DOTA 2 surpassed Riot Games’ smash-hit League of Legends in both total players and total playtime for the month of August based on gameplay data from Raptr’s 18 million members.

Italicize that last part in your mind if you need to — Raptr’s membership skews more North America-centric than the total gaming audience, so we aren’t saying categorically that more people spent more time playing DOTA 2 than LoL. But among Raptr members, they definitely did, although it was close. Also, this list includes PC and Xbox 360 games only — Sony and Nintendo don’t let players share gameplay data publicly.

LoL vs. DOTA 2 Analysis

League of Legends shot to the top of our playtime charts due in part to its wildly popular spectator modes, tournament livestreams, and world championships. DOTA 2 officially launched (after an extended beta) on July 9 and just concluded its own livestreamed championship event, The International, which ran August 7-11.

No doubt that had a strong effect on DOTA 2′s numbers. LoL’s Season 3 World Championships just finished up last week, giving Riot a big opportunity to recoup.

But Valve’s challenger has nipped at LoL’s heels for months now. DOTA 2 first passed LoL in total players on March 3 — coincidentally, right when LoL servers went down (possibly due to a denial-of-service attack). That gave DOTA 2 a free shot at taking the lead for a day. A few isolated days followed where DOTA 2 came within a few hundred players of LoL’s total…or leapfrogged it by six or seven thousand without warning.

Those events occasionally coincided with Riot releasing major patches — typically a source of downtime for online games. But even with servers up and running at capacity, Riot’s numbers have taken a substantial hit of late. Total LoL playtime hours have dropped 13% in the last 30 days. New members in that same timeframe are up a healthy 27%, but overall unique active members are down 6%.

That suggests older, established players are drifting away, and the new players coming in aren’t engaging as deeply.

LoLvsDOTA2_playtime_may-aug copy

By contrast, in the same 30-day window, DOTA 2 saw an 11% increase in unique active members while new signups were down 3%. It’s the exact opposite of LoL’s problem…players are engaging long term, but the influx of new blood is starting to dip.

Pushing into the first week of September, it looks so far like a fairly even split between days favoring League of Legends and those carried by DOTA 2. With the glow of The International pretty much faded and LoL’s incredibly popular World Championships happening last week, it’s likely LoL’s numbers will angle straight up again in the middle of the month. But the recent erosion of its player base should be a serious cause for concern if the trend continues after the World Championships. And DOTA 2′s numbers prove that if Riot Games opens the door, Valve’s increasingly popular MOBA will walk right on through.

2013 Dragon Slayer Awards: Winners Announced

As we mentioned back in June, GameSkinny.com had opened voting for their 2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards in cooperation with GuildLaunch.com. They collected over 500,000 votes by the player community in 11 categories throughout this summer. Here’s the video of the award announcements. The awards summary is after the video and includes all nominees and winners. Congrats to the winners!

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2013 Dragon Slayer Awards Winners

NOTE: Both the “Hype Train” and “Most Dramatic Change” categories were removed between June and the actual awards presentation.

Best Gaming Innovation

  • Foc.Us
  • Gunnars
  • Logitech G-500
  • NVIDIA Shield
  • Oculus Rift – WINNER
  • OUYA
  • Steele Series Free

Best Gaming Comic

  • DOTA 2 – Are We Heroes Yet?
  • Goblins
  • Looking for Group
  • Penny Arcade – WINNER
  • The Daily Blink
  • The Trenches
  • WTF Comics

Notable Kickstarter of The Year

  • Camelot Unchained
  • Dreamfall Chapters
  • HEX
  • Massive Chalice
  • Pathfinder Online
  • Shadowrun Returns – WINNER
  • Shroud of the Avatar

Notable Machinima or Video Series

  • Battlefield Friends
  • Fails of the Weak
  • Mass Defect
  • Red vs Blue – WINNER
  • Slightly Impressive
  • Table Top
  • The Guild
  • The Weekly Marmot
  • Two Best Friends Play
  • WoWCrendor

Notable Gaming Personality

  • Felicia Day
  • Gary Gannon
  • HuskyStarcraft
  • LuminousInverse
  • Sha of Happiness
  • Tobuscus
  • TotalBiscuit – WINNER
  • Wil Wheaton

Community Manager of the Year

  • Andrew “Tamat” Beegle (LoL) – WINNER
  • Bashiok (WoW)
  • Brandon “Branflakes” (Cryptic Games)
  • CCP Guard (EVE)
  • CCP Navigator (EVE)
  • David Bass (WildStar)
  • Margaret Krohn (PlanetSide 2)
  • Martin Kerstein (GW2)
  • Nethaera (WoW)
  • Nix “Daxxarri” Gianozakos (Blizzard)
  • Rick “Sapience” Heaton (LOTRO)
  • Rygarius (WoW)
  • Sam “Nakatoir” Dempsey (Blizzard)
  • Stephen “Rockjaw” Reid (Gazillion Games)
  • Vaeflare (Diablo III)
  • Zarhym (Blizzard)

Best Gaming Team, Guild, or Clan

  • Alea Iacta Est (AIE)
  • Blood Legion
  • Dota 2’s Alliance
  • Dragonfly Kinship
  • Grey Wardens
  • Minecraft Middle Earth
  • Team Solo Mid
  • The Family
  • The Lonely Mountain Band – WINNER

Most Passionate Fan Base

  • Dota 2
  • EVE Online
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Guild Wars 2
  • League of Legends – WINNER
  • Lord of the Rings Online
  • World of Warcraft
  • World of Tanks
  • Terraria

Top Community Management Team

  • Blizzard – WINNER
  • Diablo III
  • Dota 2
  • EVE Online
  • LOTRO
  • Shroud of the Avatar
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Turbine
  • World of Warcraft

TenTonHammer’s Best of E3 2013 Awards

This year, TTH provides awards in the following seven categories:

* Best Gameplay
* Best Respawn
* Biggest Surprise
* Most Innovative
* Best MOBA
* Most Anticipated
* Best of Show

Head over to their site to find out all about why each game won and what they were looking for in each category. The quick picks are below. However, I’m most surprised that EverQuest Next made the cut at all! I’m suddenly interested in the game for the first time.

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Best Gameplay

WildStar - Best Gameplay

The team at Carbine has proven that you don’t necessarily have to sink tons of precious marketing dollars behind a game at E3 to make an impact. While the flashing lights and cosplayers in tights can add a lot of show floor ambiance, at the end of the day it’s all about how fun your game is to play.

So what WildStar might not have had in a flashy booth display, it more than made up for with the best gameplay we were able to get our hands on at this year’s E3. Everything from the distinctive setting and art style, to the combat and sheer depth of gameplay options are worthy of high praise.

Best Respawn

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn - Best Respawn

Very few MMOs have managed to survive following a rocky launch, and fewer still have managed to successfully relaunch after the fact. Square Enix is attempting to do exactly that with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and from what we experienced at E3 2013 the game is certainly worthy of our Best Respawn award.

While the game still retains its distinctive look and feel, nearly every aspect of the game has been rebuilt into a tighter, faster, and more cohesive overall MMO experience. While they didn’t necessarily attempt to reinvent the MMO combat wheel, our experiences with the system displayed a clear refinement of what made more traditional hotbar combat so enticing in the first place.

Biggest Surprise

Warhammer 40K Eternal Crusade - Biggest Surprise

Warhammer 40k is one of those golden IPs that has the potential to translate into one killer MMO experience. Games Workshop clearly understands this potential, so when the originally planned game from THQ fell by the wayside, it was only a matter of time before a new developer would pick up the reigns.

A week before E3 this would have landed squarely in the realm of speculation, to say we were surprised by the event week announcement of the Eternal Crusade MMO would be a gross understatement. It clearly took gamers by surprise as well, with Warhammer 40k being one of the most talked about announcements to come out of the expo.

Most Innovative

Proper sandbox MMOs are only as good as the depth of the toolbox given to gamers, and from what we’ve seen of ArcheAge that box is deeper than any other sandbox MMO we’ve seen to date. The fact that ArcheAge comes packed with stellar graphics is just icing on the proveribial cake.

ArcheAge offers a true multiclassing system, the ability to turn your back on the major factions and live the pirate’s life, or simply live out your virutal days as a humble farmer or trader of goods. These things may sound fairly basic on the surface, but the ways in which you can interact with the world for each are both plentiful and inspiring. Expect big things from ArcheAge once it lands on North American shores.

Best MOBA

Infinite Crisis - Best MOBA

While Turbine may be known by many for their major contributions in the MMO space, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by our experiences with Infinite Crisis so far. Many aspects of the game hold true to what excites gamers about the genere in the first place, but Infinite Crisis also brings a lot of new gameplay hooks to the table. And you have to admit, the DC universe setting and characters offer a pretty killer framework to build upon.

Infinite Crisis is shaping up to be an excellent game, and will even be taking the full MLG eSports plunge. We expect big things from the game, and are sure that Infinite Crisis will bring some stiff new competition to the wide world of MOBAs.

Most Anticipated

Elder Scrolls Online - Most Anticipated

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then by the time the cross-platform launch for ESO rolls around in the spring of 2014, it’s probably safe to say that legions of gamers will be enthralled by the next great chapter in Elder Scrolls history.

We’ve had numerous chances to play the game throughout the year so far, and our hands-on time at E3 only helped solidify Elder Scrolls Online as our most anticipated game following this year’s event. In the immortal words of Wesley Willis, ESO whips the llama’s ass by offering the best of both worlds: an awesome Elder Scrolls game with all the gameplay hooks that help make MMOs great.

Best of Show

EverQuest Next - Best of Show

We’ve been looking forward to EverQuest Next for quite some time now. Even though our expectations heading into our private viewing during E3 were high, EverQuest Next exceeded those expectations on all fronts.

While we are sworn to secrecy on exactly what we were shown, what we can say is that EverQuest Next was hands-down the best game we had the pleasure of seeing during E3 2013. Franchise fans and MMO gamers across the globe will be able to learn exactly why that’s the case on August 2nd during SOE Live when EQNext is given its grand unveiling.

Trust us when we say that you’ll want to mark that date on your calendar, and be prepared to bask in the warm glow of EverQuest Next in all its glory. In the meantime, kudos to the folks over at SOE for winning our Best of Show award; we’re as excited as you are to witness the impact EverQuest Next is surely going to have on gamers this August!

Original TenTonHammer Article

2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards (GameSkinny.com)

If you’re not familiar with GameSkinny.com, it’s a site designed for real gamers to offer their own reviews, replies, and interesting content on anything game related. Most of the articles are very well written, though many are rather brief. Head on over and nominate someone you admire!

http://www.gameskinny.com/ffai8/2nd-annual-dragon-slayer-awards-share-your-nominations-now

2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards: Share Your Nominations Now!

The 2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards – Can Goblins beat Penny Arcade…again?
At GameSkinny, we pride ourselves on having real content from real gamers. In keeping with this we are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards, brought to you by our friends at Guild Launch… And you.

That’s right: you. Without your opinion, no one is getting any awards.

We’re totally serious.

What are the Dragon Slayer Awards?

This ain’t your “normal” ‘only famous people and big name companies/games win‘ awards show. The Dragon Slayer Awards are 100% user nominated and user voted. They focus on community managers, community builders and, most importantly, the community members (see, there’s you again) of gaming.

How does it work?

Below are the 11 award categories, all are open and ready for nominations. Make your nomination(s) in the comments section below by the end of June. Once we have compiled all the nominations the real fun begins – voting. Voting runs from July 1st, 2013 through September 2nd, 2013.

Why should you nominate (and then vote)?

Because you care – ok maybe you don’t, but gosh darn it we need you to. The underdog needs you to. The game that had crazy hype and totally fell on its face needs you to. The unsung hero who is always there for his/her community but never gets recognized needs you to.

So, without further ado, here are the categories:

2013 Dragon Slayer Awards Categories

  • Notable Gaming Comic
  • Notable Machinima or Video Series
  • Hype Train Award
  • Notable Gaming Personality
  • Community Manager of the Year
  • Most Dramatic Change
  • Top Community Management Team
  • Most Passionate Fan Base
  • Notable Kickstarter of The Year
  • Best Gaming Team, Guild or Clan
  • Best Gaming Innovation

Did we convince you? Good; leave a comment with your nominations and keep an eye out for more details and voting links.  

The unsung hero is counting on you.

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