Best An­droid games

MARIE BLACK rounds up our favourite ti­tles of all time

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There are loads of round-ups of the best An­droid games on the web, so what makes ours dif­fer­ent? Well, for a start, we’ve in­cluded not only the most re­cent trend­ing ti­tles, but also our favourite games of all time – the ones we rou­tinely go back to, de­spite them be­ing re­leased sev­eral years ago. These games never get old.

We also rec­og­nize that some­times you have to put your hand in your pocket if you want some­thing truly

spe­cial, so while the ma­jor­ity of the An­droid games in our list are free, there are a cou­ple of paid-for games, too. On the sub­ject of pay­ment, you should be aware that even free games usu­ally con­tain paid-for el­e­ments – ex­tra coins or cus­tomiza­tion op­tions, for ex­am­ple. If any­one other than you – per­haps a child – is go­ing to be play­ing games on your phone then it’s worth check­ing they won’t be able to pur­chase any of these ex­tras with­out your per­mis­sion.

Launch the Google Play app and tap the three ver­ti­cal lines at the top left of the win­dow. Choose Set­tings, then scroll down to Re­quire au­then­ti­ca­tion for pur­chases and en­sure this is set to ‘For all pur­chases through Google Play on this de­vice’.

Also in this Set­tings menu you’ll find an op­tion to Auto-up­date apps over Wi-Fi only, be­cause some games are huge and can kill your data al­lowance. When down­load­ing a large game from the Play store you should get a no­ti­fi­ca­tion warn­ing you and rec­om­mend­ing that you turn on Wi-Fi.

Any­way, on to the fun stuff.

Poké­mon Go

Price: Free from tinyurl.com/j9v46dy

No best An­droid games list is com­plete with­out the phe­nom­e­non that is Poké­mon Go. True, it has lost some of its pop­u­lar­ity since it de­buted in sum­mer 2016, but there are still some die-hard play­ers out there, and thanks to con­tin­u­ous up­dates Niantic and The Poké­mon Com­pany have man­aged to keep things fairly fresh.

This is an aug­mented-re­al­ity game, loved by any­one who has ever loved Poké­mon or any­one who is likely to get sucked into the hype of the lat­est trend. It will also ap­peal to com­pet­i­tive types, who can at­tempt to find the most, best and most pow­er­ful Poké­mon, then com­pete to win gyms (found at real-world places such as shop­ping cen­tres and train sta­tions).

Poké­mon are caught by throw­ing PokéBalls at them, which can be col­lected from PokéS­tops in the nearby area. Poké­mon Go re­ally en­cour­ages kids to get up and walk about – more so if they want to hatch their eggs – and some of the places they find Poké­mon can be fas­ci­nat­ing. Pikachu sit­ting on the bath­room toi­let? Quite pos­si­ble.

A new batch of Poké­mon was re­cently re­leased into the wild, which gave some respite to long-time

Poké­mon Go play­ers who had al­ready ‘caught them all’. And now leg­en­daries are com­ing, too. Other la­bels will still sync un­less you turn them off. Thus, the mes­sages will be avail­able when you open the app. If some of your la­bels are of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance, you can also set them to no­tify on every new mes­sage in­stead of just once per la­bel.

Minecraft Pocket Edi­tion

Price: 99p from tinyurl.com/7d56ttp

An­other An­droid game that will ap­peal to small- and big kids alike is Minecraft Pocket Edi­tion, the mo­bile ver­sion of the Minecraft game played on PCs, lap­tops and con­soles. It’s not free, but £2.99 is a fair trade for the hours it will keep you or the kids en­ter­tained.

If you’ve never heard of Minecraft, crawl out from un­der which­ever rock you’re hid­ing. Minecraft is a con­struc­tion sim with end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties – if you

can think of some­thing you can build it. So it’s not just fun, it’s also cre­ative and ed­u­ca­tional. Awe­some.

Su­per Mario Run

Price: Free from tinyurl.com/jmf­sw9ap

If you’re into gam­ing then you have to try Su­per Mario Run. It’s the first Su­per Mario game for mo­bile ever re­leased by Nin­tendo, and has now made its way to An­droid af­ter be­ing an App Store ex­clu­sive since De­cem­ber 2016. Su­per Mario Run is, as the name sug­gests, a run­ner game. There’s one-touch game­play and sim­ple me­chan­ics, but if you’ve ever played Su­per Mario be­fore you’ll know ex­actly what you’re do­ing. You need to jump over gaps and ob­sta­cles, col­lect coins and avoid en­e­mies as you at­tempt to make your way to the end of the level.

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