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Top Brain Teaser Android Apps


In case you haven’t noticed, cell phones aren’t just for making calls anymore.  In fact, for most smart phone users, the ability to make actual phone calls is way down the list of reasons why they love their phones.  The Android phones have become a portable entertainment center:  always ready, always available and with so many apps to choose from, always changing.  Some of the best apps out there will challenge your brain while they are helping you pass the time on your train ride home or sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for a checkup.  If you love word games and puzzles, there are so many great ones to choose from for your Android phone.

Word games include the popular Word Mix and others like it which challenges you to make as many words as possible from a set of seven letters.  It sounds simple enough, right up until the time you are stuck and cannot make even one more word from the characters you are given.  Then, suddenly time is up and you realize that the word you were looking for was something ridiculously easy, like detoured.  With the internet capabilities of your Android phone, you can even compete against friends to see who can get the highest score, but beware-you might not be as quick with the words as you thought you were.

The other popular type of word game for the Android platform is in the style of Words with friends, which follows a more crossword like pattern of game play.   Rather than find hidden words, these types of games, which include Word Wise, Wixel and Wordsmith require you to create words in  a Scrabble type game and work against other players to win the title of champion (okay, there’s not an actual title, but if you defeat your friends at word games, you will definitely feel like a champion).  Again, using the internet connection, these games keep you in touch with friends and increase the fun of playing word games beyond what you would be having if you played a solo game.

For the traditionalist, there are always the old-fashioned with a new twist games like Crosswords and Word Search Unlimited which, as their names imply present the player with Crossword puzzles and word searches.  These games, however take it a step further, with the crosswords app bringing puzzles from around the world right to your Android phone.  You will get newly updated crossword puzzles every day and you can even get a hint when you really need one.  With Word Search Unlimited, you can experience the fun you remember from word searches, with the high tech upgrade of playing on your phone and being able to choose fun backgrounds for your games.

Whatever word games you choose for your Android phone, time will fly once you start playing.  Word games are great for your vocabulary, your short term memory and retention as well as just plain fun.  There are so many games to choose from for your phone, both free and paid-it may be harder to choose the game than to play it.

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