The 11 best Android tablet games under 25MB

March 28, 2014
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Sitting at the airport? Wi-fi down? Sometimes you need to a game that won’t use up your whole data plan just to download it.

We already gave you a list of the 9 best iPad games under 25MB. Here’s the equivalent for the Android users out there. Click through the slideshow below for the 11 best Android tablet games under 25MB.




In two minute rounds, find as many words as you can on a 4×4 grid of letters, finding bigger words for bigger points. Play with your Xbox Live gamertag or just as a guest and track your scores against other players all over the world. If English isn’t your only language, Wordament has something like 15 other languages available to play in. While the game is a small download and doesn’t cost a time, it does require an internet connection to play.


Flow Free


Flow Free isn’t pretty, but it’s free and is strangely entrancing. On increasingly larger grids, you’re presented with a group of dots – two of each color. Your goal is to draw a line between each like-colored dot. The difficulty ramps up as grid size increases, and some of the puzzles are truly difficult to complete. There are levels available for a price, but the content in the original package is enough to last quite a long time.




If you like Flight Control but think, “this game needs more guns,” Steambirds might be the game for you. Steambirds adopts the same overhead view of a map. This turn based game pits your squadron of red planes against the numerically superior squadron of blue planes. Out maneuver and outgun them to make it to the next level.




With both local and online multiplayer, OLO works in any situation. The mechanic reminds me of something like curling. Flick your circles, or OLOs, into your score space on the opposite side of the board. Your opponent has to do the same, but you can knock each others OLOs back and forth out of the space, making it a tug of war determined by who has the best aim and feel for the geometry of the boards.




It might not be the pinnacle of high end visuals like Ryse: Son of Rome, but this Grecian themed strategy game is no slouch either. You play as a Hoplite, a Greek warrior, whose goal is to retrieve the Golden Fleece. As you move around the hexagonal map, the denizens of the underworld will do their best to stop you. If you choose your movements carefully, you can avoid their attacks and get the jump on them, descending to the next level of Hades. The music, pixel art, and gameplay have made this a quick favorite for 2014.




Canabalt is one of the first endless runners. The basic one-tap gameplay has been copied countless times since its 2009 release, but never quite as stylishly. You play as a nameless man, running from a nameless threat, in some kind of post-apocalyptic world. Mechs chug away in the distance, but you’re more interested in what’s in front of you as you leap from rooftop to rooftop, bounding over obstacles and barely making it off crumbling buildings. The game is built in about 6 shades of grey, and electronic music thumps as you run. The game starts exciting and stays that way the whole way through.




It’s not quite Choose Your Own Adventure. It’s not quite a text adventure. Blackbar lies somewhere in the middle. Your friend Kenty writes you letters, but the dystopian surveillance state they work for censors and redacts their letters. To proceed in the story, you have to figure out what Kenty is saying. The letters are written in fixed width text, so you know how long each word is right away, so you’re not just guessing in the dark. The story woven through the redacted letters is interesting, and helps ensure the game stays compelling.




If you’ve ever been skiing or snowboarding in real life, you’ve probably wished more than once that you could’ve drawn yourself a slightly different slope. That’s what Solipskier is all about. It could technically be described as an endless runner, but it’s more than that. You’re not trying to dodge pre-designed objects so much as you are trying to create the ultimate ski run for your skiier. Drag your finger up and down the screen to create hills and valleys, and let go to create vast, infinite nothingness. Just make sure you put your finger down before your skier hits the bottom of the screen.


Edge Extended


Edge Extended – the newer, bigger, better version of Edge – is packed with 48 levels and 23 music tracks. It’s part platformer, part puzzler, and looks like a callback to the early days of polygonal games. Get your cube from one end the stage to the other, avoiding the Dark Cube and those pesky edges.


Drop 7


I can’t say I’m a fan of everything Zynga has under their umbrella, but when Zynga picked up Drop 7, they made it free, and it’s worth a lot more than that. Like at least a dollar. Drop numbered tiles onto a grid. If you drop a 3, and it’s in the third row or third column, it’ll disappear, affecting any unexposed tiles nearby. It’s a refreshing twist on the Tetris formula, and something I still go back to five years later.


Super Hexagon


Super Hexagon is super fast, super hard, and super flat. It’ll either grab you right away or send you running, but if it grabs you, it doesn’t let go. Tap the left and right sides of the screen to move the cursor back and forth, dodging the shapes rushing at you. It sounds simple, but it becomes overwhelming quickly. The game requires fast reaction, precise control, and great pattern recognition. Game over. Begin. Game over. Begin.

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