Over the years, gaming has evolved from the simple graphics and basic gameplay of systems like Atari, on to major consoles like PlayStation and Xbox. Thanks to the cellular industry, for those of us who can’t always afford to buy the latest and greatest consoles, there are games out there that are just as enjoyable, and are only one download away.

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Dan the Man

Kicking off my list today is a game that involves a lot of, well, kicking. What can I say? I love this game! Dan the Man is a simple adventure game that requires you to basically kick butt while playing as a high-pitched character of your choice. Yes, you can play as Dan the Man himself, but you can also play as Josie or even a custom character that you create. Your choice. I decided to play through as Josie and it was pretty great.

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Whoever you decide to play as, your character is basically fighting with a coup to overthrow a king. The storyline is basic, putting a heavy emphasis on the gameplay. And the gameplay was pretty spectacular. The levels even managed to be diverse and unique, offering yet another incentive to download it.

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Unlike so many other mobile games on the market, the controls for Dan the Man are simple to use and responsive, something that is crucial for making your way through the levels and defeating countless numbers of enemies. Sometimes these types of games have a lot to be desired with the controls, but Dan the Man performs beautifully. Trust me, if you start playing this one, you will be addicted.

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Enigma Spy Adventure (Episode 1)

If you haven’t played Enigma Spy Adventure yet, you’ve been missing out. Seriously, what have you been doing? 🙂 Enigma is a seemingly cutesy game with vibrant colors, happy music, and funny looking characters. It’s a typical point-and-click with the usual find this item so you can give it to this person, who will give you another random item for you to do something random with. Yeah, it’s one of those. But it’s charming and addicting to play. So yes, I did enjoy it. But remember how I said it was cutesy? Well, it’s not what I would consider an E-rated game. There’s a little language in here. Nothing strong, per se, but it’s there. So no, your 5 year-old shouldn’t play it. But all in all, it was fun.

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Solving the puzzles was a mixture of easy and intermediate. I wouldn’t say there was anything particularly difficult, you just have to be on the lookout for interactive items and comical ways to use them.

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Oh, and if you’re wondering about the “Episode 1” part in the heading, that’s because they leave you hanging for Episode 2, which is hopefully going to be released soon. Because I really want to play it.

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The Curse of the Mushroom King

Are you looking for something really crazy? To the point that it doesn’t always make sense? Then you’re looking for The Curse of the Mushroom King. Yes, you heard me right. Curse. Of. The. Mushroom. King. Enough said.

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Your journey begins with a simple opening cutscene shortly followed by a curse from the king of mushrooms. As a result, you are sent on an epic quest in search of the items you need to lift the spell. Yes, this is another point-and-click adventure game. And no, there is not any known way to play this and not become addicted.

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The characters are unique. The dialogue is random (yet hilarious). And you will not want to stop playing until you have finished the game. I have played quite a few point-and-click games, and I have to say this is one of the most random, hilarious games yet. One of most challenging aspects about the puzzles were heavily due to the randomness. Some of the items collected made you question why you needed it and how on earth you were going to use it. All this to say that you need to download it if you haven’t already. Seriously. Why haven’t you downloaded it yet? 🙂

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Forgotten Hill

At the other end of the spectrum, we have Forgotten Hill. And once you play this one, you won’t be able to forget it. Forgotten Hill is an eerie, intense (yet short) horror game to keep you up at night. I began with Fall and quickly made my way on to Puppeteer. This is the order you will want to play them in if you want to better understand the story.

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The gist of the game is that you and your girlfriend have been driving along only to find yourself having car trouble. When you realize your girlfriend has also disappeared, you make your way to an abandoned old house in search of her (Fall). If you manage to make it out of said house, you will make your way on to the sequel, Puppeteer.

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I was really quite surprised by both titles. They will leave you on the edge of your seat as you wait for something bad to happen. And when I say wait, it’s because the first game holds a decent number of jump scares that you have to be prepared for if you want to survive. While the second game doesn’t use this tactic in quite the same way, there are still plenty of moments that will freak you out.

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Speaking of which, this game is definitely for an older/more mature audience. There is a decent amount of gross and creepy to make it inappropriate for kids. Oh, and just so you know. The images of Fall are after the lights are finally able to be turned on. Before that, it’s just you and your trusty flashlight.

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Besides the weirdness, Forgotten Hill is a fun, and at some times challenging, title to experience. Some puzzles will be more obvious, while others may take you a while to figure out. I will admit that I got stuck a few times, but that may just be me. So if you’re looking for a good scare, check out Forgotten Hill.

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That Level Again (3)

So I just got done playing through That Level Again 3, and, I have to say, it was pretty great. First off, let me say that there are what you may consider three endings for this title. There is the original (sad) ending which will be your standard play through. If you happen to figure out (or look up on internet) how to accomplish the happy ending, you’ll earn a few extra puzzles to solve as well as reward yourself with a dose of happiness. If you’re wanting to mess with your mind, donate $2 and you’ll be able to access the extra (sad) ending. But unless you’re really wanting to play for an extra 30 seconds or you’re simply trying to support the developer, I’m not so sure that the $2 is worth your money.

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Other than that, this game is completely free and the gameplay is exceptionally fun. The developer managed to create a beautiful puzzle game that will require you to think outside the box. Literally. Many of the puzzles require you to make adjustments to your phone settings and so forth.

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Some puzzles will be solved within a matter a seconds, whereas others can have you stumped for hours. You may have noticed that I am highlighting the third title of the series, which can only mean that there are two previous games to be played. Whether you decide to start with 1, 2, or 3, you’ll be sure to enjoy this quirky puzzle game.

So if you’re looking for your next download, look no further than these five great titles. Most of them are puzzle-based and will require you to think a little. Others are more adventure-based. But regardless of the genre, they’re all free, they’re completely fun, and they’re totally addicting. Enjoy!

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