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Max Payne Mobile 
(Developed by Rockstar Games)
Available for devices running Android 2.2 and up
Price: $2.99
Originally reviewed: April

They say the classics never go out of style, and Max Payne Mobile proves they're correct. More than a decade after the influential third-person shooter first blasted its way onto Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows platform, its grim, gritty world pulses with new energy on Android devices, and even though the screens are smaller, the game still feels larger-than-life, bolstered by cutting-edge HD graphics that deliver stunning dimension and depth.

Max Payne is still the same badass you remember: A renegade DEA agent and former NYPD officer seeking revenge against the crime syndicate responsible for the death of his family, he's a one-man wrecking crew, a neo-noir antihero waging a personal crusade of mayhem and malice. The hardboiled narrative is also intact, complete with labyrinthine twists and breakneck turns, as are the Max Payne franchise's signature Bullet Time sequences--bravura slow-motion gameplay segments evoking the cult-classic films of Hong Kong action auteur John Woo.

But Max Payne Mobile isn't simply an exercise in nostalgia. Its transition to smartphones and tablets is seamless: The customizable, touch-based controls work beautifully, and the HD resolution brings out stunning new details and textures that reveal the true scope of the game's sprawling virtual milieu. Max Payne Mobile even integrates with the Rockstar Games Social Club to enable players to track stats, unlock cheats and more. If you liked Max Payne on consoles, you'll love it on mobile.