Top 10 Free iOS and Android Games - May 2012

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Free GamesIt's spring ... summer practically, so get outside and under the sun already! Don't worry: That doesn't mean you have to do without your precious games for long. That's the very beauty of the smartphone--and it's easy to argue that gaming has become a primary function of the iPhone and Android phones at this point.

What's even better is that you can game for free. Crazy, we know! But not all of the free games are any good, so we present to you the top 10 free iPhone and Android games of May. (Click the links to download .)

Top Free iOS Games

1. Cut The Rope: Experiments
Consider this is the first game for Apple to feature as its first Free App of the Day, this should come as no surprise. Well, that and the fact that it's a brilliant puzzler created by ZeptoLab--err, sorry. We mean opinion ... nah, that's a fact. Download this one already.

2. Subway Surfers
This gem (pictured right) by Kiloo and Sybo Games was enough to impress our very own Brandy Shaul. A take on the style of endless runner that Temple Run popularized last year, Subway Surfers some slick animation and colorful, cartoon-like visuals where its predecessor doesn't.

Subway Surfers3. 100 Floors
Tobi Apps Limited has crafted a puzzler that tasks players with getting to the top by way of solving numerous puzzles that play with the many functions of the iPhone's multitouch screen. Consider it a trial and error in prying open the elevator doors via puzzles.

4. Logos Quiz Game
How well do you know your brands? That's what Jver Estarriaga and AticoD's new trivia game wants to know. A quiz game that throws various logos at you, Logos also throws players some bones with hints and the option to seek the help of friends via Facebook.

5. PipeRoll
Navigation-Info Kft. has released its own take on what this writer dubs the "pathing puzzle." PipeRoll sees players connecting various plug-holes as quickly as possible across over 100 levels. Throw in four different types of fluid and you have quite the challenge ahead.

6. Men in Black 3
Who doesn't love a good old branded game--wait--don't answer that question. Well, that's (at least one thing) what Gameloft is known best for. MIB 3 looks as if Jay and Kay took a trip to CityVille, aliens and high-tech weapons in tow. Just what the secret agent ordered?

7. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? & Friends
Ludia's mobile take on the hit game show looks to be somewhat of a port of its Facebook version to the iPhone. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Compete against six of your friends in daily competitions of fifth grade-level trivia and even score their help on the harder questions.

8. Highway Rider
Talk about a game to teach you the ropes of reckless driving. Derek Arndt's "tilt to live" game rewards players that steer their motorcycle as close to adjacent cars as possible without crashing into them. A police outrun mode and nitrous boosts make for a legal exploration of the lawless.
Mega Run
9. Trade Nations
From the makers of the brilliant Battle Nations, Z2Live, this city builder climbs up the charts once more with a decidedly western theme update. Trade Nations is now known as Trade Nations Frontier, complete with a brand spanking new Fame system.

10. Mega Run
If you've ever played Mega Jump, just go on and download this game (pictured above) already. Get Set Games' newest adventure for its little red mascot--aptly named "Redford"--sends him to the right rather than upward, and it looks just as enjoyable and addicting as before.

Top Free Android Games

1. Temple Run
One of the greatest endless runners ever crafted for mobile phones, Imangi Studios' masterpiece deserves your time ... plain and simple. If you want an endless runner that spins the concept on its head and truly challenges your reaction time, have at it.

2. Angry Birds Space
Since there's nothing left to say, here's a newsy but about Rovio's foul-flinger: It's officially out on Facebook. Oh, and it's quite a smashing good time.
Basketball Shoot
3. Angry Birds
Hey, did you know that a Finnish Formula One racer is set to get his very own Angry Birds game? Yup, he's that cool.

4. Draw Something
OMGPOP and Zynga's seminal, social take on Pictionary deserves every download it gets, if only for the fact that no one seems to have thought of it/done it first. (That's at least worth a pat on the back ... right?)

5. Basketball Shoot
This is one of those sublimely simple games (pictured above) that smartphones are so well suited for. Just touch and drag a line to the net and let the balls fly. No wonder RunnerGames' Basketball Shoot is so high on the charts.

Jewels Star6. Cut The Rope
Again, ZeptoLab's puzzler is worth your time. There's not much more to say than that this is one adorably addictive game. Oh, and that it's free--that always helps.

7. Fruit Ninja
Halfbrick's pride and joy is another of those gems that embodies the beauty of simplicity that layers depth underneath. Also, here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Fruit Ninja.

8. Logo Quiz
Will ya look-it that: J-Roen has its very own logo trivia game. (We smell a trend here.) Lucky you has a way to test his or her knowledge of brands on Android devices.

9. Words With Friends
You know, this is the thing with Android, and I just have to say it: There's probably a reason why the top free games are big hits that are also old news. This is one helluva game, but you probably knew that already.

10. Jewels Star
ITreeGamer's match three game (pictured right) doesn't seem to even try to differentiate itself from the proverbial king of gem-crushers, Bejeweled. But, then again, this is free and the real deal isn't, so there's that.

[Source and Image Credits: Apple, Google]

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