SLIDESHOW

10 Terrific BlackBerry Games

When you're in the mood to slack, here's what to play.

All Work and No Play? Not with These Games

While BlackBerry devices are justifiably known best for delivering wireless enterprise data and e-mail, they are also becoming more adept at hosting mobile games. With the advent of the BlackBerry App World, third-party game developers have begun more and more to work on designing their games specifically for BlackBerry devices. In this slideshow, we'll take you through 10 of the best BlackBerry games and hopefully give you something to do during particularly boring company meetings.

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Bubble Army

As Tetris showed us all those years ago, sometimes the most addictive games can be the simplest. The premise of Bubble Army is that each player has a series of bubbles that contains a number of "armies." Every time you attack another bubble, the attacking bubble loses half of its armies. The goal is to take over all neutral and enemy bubbles to control the whole board. The game is very easy to pick up and can be set to many different levels of difficulty.

Developer: Second Gear Games Price: $2.99

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Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A.

This game is a lot like Grand Theft Auto used to be in the early days before it decided to spend a lot of money on its graphics. The plot is basic enough – you're a thug who goes around the streets of Los Angeles stealing cars and committing crimes. Along the way, of course, you can run over pedestrians and get into shooting fights with the police. This probably isn't the most work-friendly game out there, but it is very entertaining.

Developer: Gameloft Price: $4.99

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Critter Crunch

This is a Tetris-style puzzle game that revolves around a long-tongued jungle critter who is trying to prevent his habitat from becoming infested with carnivorous insects. Essentially, the insects are grouped by their color. It's your job to use your critter's tongue to pull down the insects before they reach the ground and spit them back up to areas with like-colored insects. Once you get a certain number of insects of the same color in a row, they disappear. This may be the only game ever to make the idea of swallowing bugs seem like a good time.

Developer: Magmic Price: $4.99

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Air Traffic Control

We can all likely agree that it's a good thing when planes land safely. In Air Traffic Control, your job is to guide a series of military planes to their landing sites on aircraft carriers and jungles. The one downside to this game is that it was designed for touchscreen phones and thus really only works properly on the BlackBerry Storm.

Developer: Mobigloo Price: $4.99

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Fierce Towers

In this strategy game, your job is to set up a series of defense towers in a field to fend off marauding hordes of robots that, uh, want to take over your field for some reason. The rhyme and the reason don't particularly matter, though, as you'll have too much fun watching things explode on your phone screen to care about plot points.

Developer: Nickel Buddy Price: $4.99

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Next Dual Pack

Fans of brainteasers are sure to love this game. The goal is to systematically remove colored blocks from your board by moving them next to one another. Thus, if you place two red blocks next to one another then both will disappear. The tricky part lies in making all the blocks disappear in such a way that you don’t have one lone block of a particular color left on the board that can't be matched up with any other blocks.

Developer: Mobigloo Price: $4.99

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Hero of Sparta

Ready to strap on your toga and fight a Cyclops? This is a pretty standard monster-fighting game that has stunning graphics for a mobile phone game. Recommended for fans of old 16-bit action-adventure arcade games.

Developer: Gameloft Price: $4.99

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NFL 2010

Fans of the Madden videogame franchise can now get their video football action through their mobile phone. While the game obviously lacks the graphical detail and intricacies of the Madden franchise, it does a good job of translating a complicated sport to the mobile phone platform. WARNING: Just because this game looks terrific, that doesn't make it easy to play. If you have trouble playing football games with a full controller in your hand, you might want to stay away from this one.

Developer: Gameloft Price: $4.99

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PBA Bowling

If you're looking for a simpler sports game, then PBA Bowling is definitely your choice. This game works particularly well on devices that have trackballs.

Developer: Concrete Software Price: $6.99

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Wrath

And finally, what would a gaming slideshow be without including a Galaga-style space shooter? Like all classic shooter games, Wrath lets you fly through space while picking up both power-ups and fancy new weapons to take down enemy ships.

Developer: Lone Dwarf Games Price: $4.99

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Which Games Would You Buy?

Which games would you like to play to help get you through meetings? Which games look best for playing during lunch breaks? Let us know in the comments!

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