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10 Popular Smartphone Games

Angry Birds, Brain Challenge and others offer hours of fun at little or no cost

Brain Challenge

For your children and grandchildren, it's a tool for maintaining an active brain, while for older players it's the perfect personal trainer to keep the brain in shape with more than 20 stimulating and fun-to-do tests and exercises. The player learns his score after each challenge and continues playing to improve it. The game allows up to four people to play from the same device, so you may play with friends and family. Brain Challenge is already a classic.

Available for: iOS (Apple), Android, Symbian (Nokia), WP7, webOS
Price: between $3 and $5

Doodle Jump

The tiny jumping doodle, which must avoid obstacles to get as high as possible, created the first big game trend specifically for Apple's iPhone. Now, after a few years, the game continues to be one of the top five, and is still the most downloaded application in the history of the Apple Store. It is such a user-friendly game that you can become a good player in a few minutes without even having to read the instructions; you just need to tilt the phone to make the doodle jump over platforms and avoid his enemies. But mastering this game is somewhat demanding and requires several hours of effort.

Available: iOS (Apple), Android, Symbian (Nokia), BlackBerry, WP7, webOS
Price: 99 cents

Asphalt 5

Among the great variety of auto games available for smartphones, this is probably the most impressive, thanks to the emotion-packed city racing scenes and high-quality graphics comparable to console games.

Available: iOS (Apple), Android, webOS. Version 4 for Windows Mobile
Price: up to $4.99

Paper Toss

Tossing a balled up piece of paper into a trash can was never more fun. A fan in one corner, the trash can at the other end and the paper ball ready to be thrown in the right direction. Addictive!

Available for: iOS (Apple), Android
Price: free

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