Andrew HaywardContributor, Greenbot

Andrew Hayward is a Chicago-based games, apps, and gadgets writer whose work has been featured in more than 50 publications. He's also a work-at-home dad to a wild toddler.

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Get into the holiday spirit with these festive Android games

If you need seasonal flair in every part of your life, these games can fill that void.

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The Banner Saga delivers tactical role-playing with fabulous fantasy artwork

Finally available on Android, this tactical combat and resource management game features a grim but gorgeous campaign.

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Monument Valley features mesmerizing puzzles that you must see to believe

One of the year's most striking Android games is well worth revisiting thanks to the Forgotten Shores add-on.

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Kingdom Rush Origins is this year's top Android tower defense game

Smart strategic action, ample content, and great presentation make for another excellent time sink.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition is better than ever in version 0.10.0

If you haven't loaded up Mojang's sandbox favorite in a long time, you're missing out on added content and improved performance.

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Traps n' Gemstones blends Metroid and Indiana Jones with sharp results

Scaling down the formula from classic 2D adventures, this platform-action quest sends you underground in search of stolen treasure.

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The Wolf Among Us offers a taut whodunit in a fairytale world gone awry

The latest episodic affair from Walking Dead developer Telltale Games is another captivating graphic adventure.

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République makes console-like stealth action memorable on mobile

This gorgeous episodic adventure puts a touch-based twist on the sneak-and-shoot genre—without the shooting.

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South Park: Pinball is one of the best games the show has ever produced

Far from a lazy cash-in, this Zen Pinball-powered affair includes two great tables and plenty of amusing fan service.

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CounterSpy heats up the Cold War with tense sneaking and shooting

Duck behind cover, stealthily attack guards, and avert a nuclear crisis in this slick spy adventure.

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Leo's Fortune offers charming and challenging platform action

Designed for smartphone screens, this attractive side-scroller is well tuned for touch and provides ample replay value.

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Anomaly Defenders delivers deep and engrossing strategic action

Flipping the series' trademark "tower offense" design, this glossy sci-fi campaign requires smart, tactical decision-making

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SlingTV review: Convenient TV place-shifting, with an underwhelming new interface

For the first time, SlingTV puts an informational overlay on your TV screen, to help you find what to watch. We're just not sure it's worth the upcharge from the capable Slingbox M1.

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A behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of the Moto 360

Motorola shows off several could've-been smartwatches—many nothing like the Moto 360 that just went on sale.

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The most sophisticated Android Wear watch is here: Hands-on with the Moto 360

Motorola's rounded Android Wear watch is finally ready, and we've worn it.

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