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GLOBAL – We showed you the three top free games for the Nokia N8 last week. This week we bring you the three top paid-for games for the device. So get your mobiles ready, your gaming thumbs in position and make sure sure you’ve got a few hours to kill, as you’ll need it if you plan to try all these games, available from Ovi Store.

Avatar HD, £3.00

Avatar HD comes from the company Gameloft. Based all over the world, they’ve been around since 1999 and have been creating video games ever since.

Based on the 2009 movie, Avatar, this is a game where your mind is transported into the body of an alien on a strange world. But unlike the movie, this game is set 20 years earlier and you are now the very first avatar to have been created. You control a big blue alien and start in the training camp where you learn your skills to survive in the real world. Moving around is easy as you’ve got simple on screen touch points. There’s a navigational pad for movement, which is actually really sensitive. If you move it just a little bit your Avatar walks rather than runs, I wasn’t expecting that level of control. Jump, Fire (your weapon) and Use are all controlled by touching various places in the bottom right of your screen. There are 15 levels in total, from military strongholds to jungles filled with carnivorous plants. To quote the game creator themselves:

Will you use your new powers to save the Na’vi, or will you work with the humans to destroy their world?

It sounds like you have a choice. So choose wisely.

Here’s a video showing the gameplay of Avatar.

Cricket T20 Fever HD, £1.00

As the name suggests, this is a game of Cricket. Brought to Ovi Store by Indiagames, India’s benchmark mobile and online games company, who’ve won several awards for their efforts.

Now, I’ll be honest. I’m not a huge Cricket fan. I just don’t get it, but I was still impressed with the gameplay of this game and I rather enjoyed it. You first need to pick the team you want to be, I chose England obviously. You then pick the team you want to beat. Being Cricket you get the chance to bowl and bat, which means you need to learn two different sets of skills for this game. Thankfully, the in-game tutorials were really easy to follow which made it even more frustrating when I lost every game. Which just left me to question my own Cricket skills. You need to position your fielders in the right place to catch any high flying balls, lay on some spin to hit the wicket and ultimately beat your opponent. With four different game modes to select from, you’ll quite easily spend a few hours before managing to hit a six.

Here’s a video showing the gameplay of Cricket T20 Fever HD.

Tetris HD, £3.00

Tetris has been given a revamp, thanks to Electronic Arts. It’s got some new easy-on-the-eye graphics and a cool updated sound track. It’s still the same song we’ve all grown to know, but more upbeat. Tetris has been around since the mid 80s and I’ve loved playing it over the decades and as many of you will know, this game is addictive. For those of you who haven’t played Tetris, the idea is this; Blocks of random shapes fall down onto the playing screen and you’ve got to make them all fit together, somehow. You do this by rotating the blocks in 90 degree turns – in this version that happens by tapping the screen – until your piece falls into place creating a complete horizontal line. That’s where you win the points and make progress in the game.

There are two methods of play in Tetris HD. One is Marathon, where you play as long as you can without dying. That happens when you’ve not managed to complete the horizontal lines and your blocks pile up to the top of the screen. And the other is Magic. I like the Magic gameplay, it’s different to what I’ve grown to love over the years with older Tetris games. In Magic you’ll earn special abilities, such as The Minimizer that allows you to shrink any piece you wish into a single small block that’ll fit in the smallest of gaps. Bubble Wrap is another fun power, it turns all the blocks that have collected at the bottom of the screen into bubbles, just waiting for your prodding finger to burst them.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a video of Tetris, so here are some screen shots instead.

Have you tried these three games yet? Give them a go and let us know what you think, using the comments box below.