Best An­droid games

MARIE BLACK rounds up our favourite An­droid games

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There are loads of round-ups of the best An­droid games out there, 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 op­tions, 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.

Fort­nite

Price: Free from fave.co/2RCCpW7

Fol­low­ing months of mo­bile ex­clu­siv­ity on iOS, Fort­nite is now also avail­able to down­load on An­droid, but there’s a catch. As an­nounced dur­ing the Gal­axy Note 9 re­veal, Fort­nite for An­droid is lim­ited – at least ini­tially – to those with a Sam­sung Gal­axy S7 or newer.

If you do have an ap­pli­ca­ble Sam­sung Gal­axy smart­phone or tablet, you’ll be able to ac­cess the

same 100-player Bat­tle Royale that’s avail­able on PC and con­soles with a sim­i­lar level of vis­ual qual­ity. If you’ve been liv­ing un­der a rock for the past year and are un­aware of Fort­nite, the con­cept is sim­ple; drop down into the map, scav­enge for weapons and ma­te­ri­als and, us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of craft­ing and shoot­ing, fight to be the last player stand­ing.

Fort­nite is ar­guably the most pop­u­lar Bat­tle Royale game out at the mo­ment, and with a va­ri­ety of cos­met­ics and the con­tin­ual in­tro­duc­tion of new game modes, it’s not hard to fig­ure out why.

Ark: Sur­vival Evolved

Price: Free from fave.co/2OfQD1d

Back in June 2015, Ark: Sur­vival Evolved en­tered Early Ac­cess on Steam with the aim of com­ing to PC and

Mac. Three years later and Ark has con­quered not only PC but Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and even smart­phones on iOS and An­droid. It’s one of the most pol­ished open world games we’ve seen avail­able on An­droid, boast­ing a huge open world that you can ex­plore by land, sea and air, and over 80 di­nosaurs for you to dis­cover, fight, tame and breed.

You can craft and build your own shel­ter, or work with friends on­line as a Tribe to build bet­ter struc­tures. You can un­lock a range of weaponry, from ba­sic spears to high-tech weapons, and you can even ride some of the di­nosaurs that you come across. What more could you want from an open world game?

The touch con­trols are much more in­tu­itive than we were ex­pect­ing too, with a short learn­ing curve ex­pected for new and ex­pe­ri­enced gamers alike. The best news is that tam­ing times are much shorter than on PC and con­soles, al­low­ing you to build up your dino col­lec­tion with­out hav­ing to feed each one for lit­er­ally hours on end.

Be­ing a free app com­pared to a full-price game on PC, there are a bunch of IAPs (in-app pur­chases) that can help gamers get ahead along­side an of­fi­cial Pri­mal Pass sub­scrip­tion. This pro­vides dou­ble XP to level up quicker, re­moves all ads, pro­vides ac­cess to both pre­ferred servers and pre­ferred slots on free servers and other ben­e­fits.

While hav­ing the pass will pro­vide quicker ac­cess to up­grades, new equip­ment and more, the good news is that ev­ery­thing is ac­ces­si­ble with­out hav­ing to spend a sin­gle penny.

PUBG Mo­bile

Price: Free from fave.co/2RDgVsk

Does PUBG Mo­bile re­ally need an in­tro­duc­tion? The smash hit bat­tle royale game that was re­leased in 2017 is now avail­able in mo­bile form for both iOS and An­droid gamers. Un­like the PC and con­sole vari­ant that’ll cost you £26.99, the mo­bile vari­ant is free to play with a bunch of IAPs, though these are lim­ited ex­clu­sively to cos­met­ics.

But while some as­sume that the ex­pe­ri­ence is poor on a mo­bile de­vice, the F2P (free to play) mo­bile game ac­tu­ally fea­tures me­chan­ics we’d love

to see trans­ferred to the main game. Most no­tably, when loot­ing, use­ful at­tach­ments and items will be au­to­mat­i­cally picked up and equipped – ideal for those who aren’t sure about the myr­iad of weapon at­tach­ments avail­able in PUBG. Aside from the cool me­chan­ics, the shooter isn’t as hard to use as some would imag­ine. It, of course, has a learn­ing curve, but once you’re used to the po­si­tion­ing of the on-screen con­trols and the move­ment me­chan­ics, you’ll be get­ting those chicken din­ners eas­ily.

Fi­nal Fan­tasy XV: Pocket Edi­tion Price: Free from fave.co/2NyY66i

We were huge fans of Fi­nal Fan­tasy XV on con­soles and on PC, and were very sur­prised at the re­lease of Fi­nal Fan­tasy XV: Pocket Edi­tion. Not be­cause of the

art­work style, but be­cause of how well the mo­bile game re­flected the events of the con­sole game.

There are dif­fer­ences; the open world isn’t as large as in the full game, and some tasks are sim­pler than con­sole coun­ter­parts, but it works re­ally well on smart­phones. The game is free to down­load and pro­vides free ac­cess to the first chap­ter, but you’ll have to pay for each of the nine chap­ters therein.

It’s worth not­ing that it is de­mand­ing in terms of graph­ics and users may note an ac­cel­er­ated de­cline in bat­tery com­pared to other mo­bile games.

Alto’s Ad­ven­ture Price: Free from fave.co/2Oc61vz

If you’re look­ing for a gor­geous look­ing, sim­pleyet-en­ter­tain­ing side-scroller, then look no fur­ther

than Alto’s Ad­ven­ture. Though it has been avail­able for a few years now, there are few side-scrolling An­droid games that can com­pete both in terms of vis­ual qual­ity and en­ter­tain­ment fac­tor.

For those un­aware, you take con­trol of Alto as he em­barks on an end­less snow­board­ing ad­ven­ture, trav­el­ling across in­cred­i­bly de­tailed and vi­brant en­vi­ron­ments and mak­ing death-de­fy­ing jumps across bot­tom­less chasms.

The game em­ploys a one-but­ton trick sys­tem for sim­plis­tic game­play, but it’s not as sim­ple as it looks. Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing, and as you build up your combo, you’ll get faster and faster, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult to avoid the on­com­ing ob­sta­cles. And with over 180 goals to achieve, Alto’s Ad­ven­ture should keep you busy un­til Alto’s Odyssey fi­nally makes its An­droid de­but.

Framed 2 Price: £4.49 from fave.co/2Nxn9GO

Framed 2 is the se­quel to the 2014 smash hit, Framed. The game rein­tro­duces the comic-styled puz­zle me­chanic that made the first game so pop­u­lar, and gamers are tasked with re­ar­rang­ing comic book pan­els to help your sil­hou­et­ted friend tra­verse each sec­tion and out­run his gun-wield­ing pur­suers.

It’s largely trial and er­ror as it’s not al­ways clear how each panel will af­fect the over­all scene, but it’s se­ri­ously sat­is­fy­ing when you fi­nally work out the cor­rect se­quence in a par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing se­quence. The charm­ing art style also works well in Framed 2, and the in­trigu­ing sto­ry­line helps to spur you on. If you’re into unique puz­zle games, both Framed and Framed 2 are well worth a look.

Poké­mon Go Price: Free from fave.co/2NxG4Bn

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 – to more ex­cite­ment than we have ever seen for an An­droid game – 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 (so that’s most kids – and most big kids) 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 land­marks, 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.

Minecraft Pocket Edi­tion Price: £6.99 from fave.co/2OhEwAP

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 fave.co/2Rz­z22p

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.

There are three modes, with World Tour the one you’re most likely to rec­og­nize. Each world is split into three con­ven­tional lev­els and then a Bowzer’s Cas­tle boss level.

Toad Rally is a sec­ond mode in which you try to beat the per­for­mance of other play­ers, while King­dom Builder lets you spend your ill-got­ten gains from the other two modes on cre­at­ing your king­dom. You can add build­ings and dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments, and ba­si­cally any­thing that will im­press the toads enough to have them move in. The more toads you have, the more stuff you can un­lock.

Slither.io Price: Free from fave.co/2NzYPnE

If you’re an An­droid fan you’ll be more than aware of Nokia’s re­cent come­back to the mar­ket. But more ex­cit­ing than its new An­droid phones was the re­turn of its 17-year-old Nokia 3310, up­graded some­what for life in 2017. It’s a cheap, vir­tu­ally un­break­able phone, but what re­ally got peo­ple ex­cited was the re­turn of Snake. If you’d rather keep your de­cent An­droid phone but re­ally want to play Snake, know that Slither.io is a bit like Snake but so much bet­ter. It works in much the same way, but in­stead of walls you dodge other play­ers’ snakes as your own snake be­comes longer and longer.

Crossy Road Price: Free from fave.co/2NzYPnE

Here’s an­other one that’s pop­u­lar partly be­cause it harks back to our youth. Crossy Road is just like Frog­ger, ex­cept you’re not a frog. The con­cept is the same: you have to get across the road un­scathed, with cars, trucks, boats, an­i­mals, di­nosaurs and any­thing else that could ba­si­cally end your life do­ing their best to mow you down. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s one of the most ad­dic­tive games we’ve played.

Lay­ton’s Mys­tery Jour­ney Price: £17.99 from fave.co/2OgShPY

Okay, so this is by far the most ex­pen­sive An­droid game on our list, but the re­cently re­leased Lay­ton’s

Mys­tery Jour­ney will be a sure­fire hit with fans of the Nin­tendo 3DS Pro­fes­sor Lay­ton puz­zle game series. The Pro­fes­sor him­self doesn’t star here, but you play his daugh­ter Ka­trielle Lay­ton in her search to find him in cen­tral Lon­don. As you’d ex­pect there is a huge num­ber of puz­zles to com­plete, with ad­di­tional mini-games and daily puz­zles too. There are maths prob­lems, brain-teasers, word games, op­ti­cal il­lu­sions, slid­ing block games and more – it’s a great work­out for your brain.

Jet­pack Joyride Price: Free from fave.co/2Pskgcl

Jet­pack Joyride is one of our all-time favourite An­droid games, on phone or tablet. It’s a few years old now, but it never gets tired.

You play Barry Steak­fries, and you ride your jet­pack through an end­less world col­lect­ing coins (with which you can buy new jet­packs, cloth­ing and other bonuses), dodg­ing mis­siles and zap­pers, and rid­ing ve­hi­cles to see how far you can get.

You can ride on the back of a dragon or a bird, defy grav­ity in a spe­cial suit, tele­port across the screen, zoom off on a mo­tor­bike or crush nearby sci­en­tists (those poor, in­no­cent sci­en­tists) with Lil Stom­per. There’s a boat, too, though that’s paid for.

Achieve­ments and chal­lenges keep things in­ter­est­ing, whether they in­volve high-fiv­ing a num­ber of sci­en­tists, trav­el­ling a cer­tain dis­tance with­out touch­ing the ceil­ing or floor, or dic­ing with death duck­ing in and out of the path of on­com­ing mis­siles.

Words With Friends Price: Free from fave.co/2OdzMfj

Words With Friends is Scrab­ble but with a so­cial el­e­ment, al­low­ing you to play against your friends, ran­dom play­ers or the com­puter. This one is largely tar­geted at the com­pet­i­tive among you, of­fer­ing all man­ner of stats on why you’re a word­smith leg­end that you can flash about.

The need to wait for your op­po­nent to make their move makes Words With Friends te­dious at times for im­pa­tient types, and not some­thing you can eas­ily pick up and play when­ever you have a spare five min­utes. But find­ing that killer seven-let­ter word on a triple-word score makes it worth the wait. Words With Friends is one of those games peo­ple just know how

to play, so lit­tle ex­pla­na­tion is nec­es­sary. And it gives the grey mat­ter a work­out, so it gets our vote.

Plants vs Zom­bies 2 Price: Free from fave.co/2PoPZek

A tower-de­fence game loved by all, there are a few ver­sions of Plants vs Zom­bies to down­load but all will keep you equally en­ter­tained.

You play mul­ti­ple lev­els in mul­ti­ple worlds, each con­clud­ing with a boss level and each a slight vari­a­tion on the same ba­sic theme, but with new zom­bies to at­tack and new plants at your dis­posal. In essence, you must build an army of plants, with var­i­ous types of­fer­ing a dif­fer­ent at­tack mech­a­nism, whether that’s shoot­ing peas or ex­plod­ing in the face of the bad­dies, or just do­ing their best to stop them get­ting through.

If you make it to the end of the level with no zom­bies pass­ing you by, you move on to the next.

Dumb Ways to Die 2 Price: Free from fave.co/2Pp­shhS

The Dumb Ways to Die series is sim­ple and ad­dic­tive, with great art­work and fun char­ac­ters. Each has a propen­sity to dic­ing with death, and it’s your job to keep them alive. For each live you save you get 100 points and move on to the next mini-game, with an ever-in­creas­ing level of dif­fi­culty.

Grand Theft Auto San An­dreas Price: £6.99 from fave.co/2Pn2NSh

This is con­sole gam­ing for your smart­phone (or tablet), and it’s sur­pris­ingly easy to play on a touch­screen. The San An­dreas mo­bile game is full of all the fun things

you get to do in the con­sole ti­tles – and not just jack­ing cars. You can shoot guns, fly planes, re­cruit gang mem­bers, pretty much any­thing that con­sti­tutes

be­ing up to no good. San An­dreas is based on the story of Carl John­son, liv­ing in a city rife with gangs, drugs and cor­rup­tion. His fam­ily and friends have hit rock bot­tom, with his mother mur­dered, his fam­ily in pieces, and his friends fol­low­ing to­tally the wrong path. Framed for homi­cide, John­son is forced to take con­trol. There’s more than 70 hours of game­play here, which should just about make up for the fiver you have to pay out to down­load it.

Last Day on Earth: Sur­vival Price: Free from fave.co/2RDhjHm

If you’re a fan of The Walk­ing Dead you’re prob­a­bly go­ing to love this (although to be fair there are ac­tual Walk­ing Dead games from Tell­tale as well). A free MMORPG zom­bie shoot ‘em up, Last Day on Earth is set in 2027 and sees you do­ing your best to sur­vive

as long as pos­si­ble in a world filled with en­e­mies fol­low­ing a deadly plague virus pan­demic.

You can hone your strat­egy and sur­vival skills, and cre­ate ever dead­lier weapons as you traipse through aban­doned mil­i­tary bases and sur­vivor camps search­ing for new re­sources. Team up with other play­ers, but be care­ful who you trust.

As­phalt 8: Air­borne Price: Free from fave.co/2RwCECd

No An­droid games round-up is com­plete with­out a proper racer, and As­phalt 8 is one of the bet­ter known ti­tles. You can drive some se­ri­ously sexy cars around 40 tracks cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from the Ne­vada Desert to Tokyo, and pull off some amaz­ing stunts from bar­rel rolls to 360-de­gree jumps. There are more than 190 cars to race, in­clud­ing the

Lam­borgh­ini Ve­neno, Bu­gatti Vey­ron, Fer­rari LaFer­rari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 911.

Hill Climb Rac­ing 2 Price: Free from fave.co/2Ohv40g

Hill Climb Rac­ing in­volves you driv­ing your 4x4 up hills, across bridges, down hills and then up more hills. Along the way you col­lect coins to up­grade your ve­hi­cle and fuel, with ex­tra ve­hi­cles to un­lock. Drive too slowly and you’ll run out of petrol; drive too quickly and you’ll in­evitably flip over the ve­hi­cle and snap the poor hill­billy’s neck. End­less fun.

War Wings Price: Free from fave.co/2Ofzswz

If you’ve had your fill of puz­zle games, end­less run­ners, shoot ‘em ups and rac­ing games, how about

a spot of dog­fight­ing, old chap? War Wings from MiniClip lets you com­pete against play­ers world­wide as you take to the skies to bring down your en­e­mies or sim­ply mess around per­form­ing stunts. It’s an aw­ful lot of fun.

Su­per Stick­man Golf 3 Price: Free from fave.co/2OhIhpV

Now in its third edi­tion, Su­per Stick­man Golf is bet­ter than ever and a must for golf fans with loads of achieve­ments to be won. There are new cour­ses, new power-ups, new game modes, and a new spin mode. With 20 cour­ses to play alone or with your friends, Su­per Stick­man Golf 3 re­ally lets you get your swing on. Set up your shot an­gle and power and do your best to get a hole in one. You’ll keep play­ing un­til it comes nat­u­rally.

Be­jew­eled Blitz Price: Free from fave.co/2OgVgYG

It’s my list and I’m stick­ing Be­jew­eled Blitz on it, okay? Be­jew­eled is a clas­sic match-three puz­zler, but with daily chal­lenges, leader boards, boost items, spe­cial gems and more. You get 60 sec­onds to re­move as many gems as pos­si­ble from the board, with ex­tra bonuses given for do­ing so at speed or match­ing more than three gems.

It’s easy to pick up and play when­ever you get a spare minute, and its sim­plic­ity makes it an in­cred­i­bly ad­dic­tive time-waster. In­te­gra­tion with Face­book means you can com­pete against your friends, too.

Candy Crush Saga Price: Free from fave.co/2Ojg8yQ

You’d be for­given for think­ing peo­ple had for­got­ten about Candy Crush, which has to be one of the big­gest and most pop­u­lar mo­bile games of all time. In­tro­duced by King in 2012, the de­vel­oper re­port­edly made $493m in a three-month pe­riod, with more than 93 mil­lion play­ers. But even to­day, it re­mains the sec­ond-high­est gross­ing app on Google Play.

Candy Crush Saga is a match-three puz­zler, very sim­i­lar to Be­jew­eled Blitz in our list be­fore it. The dif­fer­ence here is you play through hun­dreds of lev­els rather than stand­alone one-minute games, each more com­pli­cated than the first. Some are timed, oth­ers re­quire you to hit a min­i­mum score, and Candy Crush Saga keeps mix­ing things up to keep you en­ter­tained.

The abil­ity to view where on the level map your Face­book friends sit is a ma­jor push, spurring you on to do bet­ter and get ahead.

Clash of Clans Price: Free from fave.co/2Po2t5X

Clash of Clans is an­other oldie that has stood the test of time. In essence, you need to build a vil­lage that in­cludes all the things re­quired by your war­ring tribe, such as a town hall, a gold mine and an army camp.

You keep on up­grad­ing your vil­lage and un­lock­ing more build­ing types, which even­tu­ally al­lows you to take over the Clan Cas­tle, up­grade your bar­racks and forge al­le­giances with other play­ers.

That’s when you can start to think about en­ter­ing bat­tle, but while the first few fights are easy the dif­fi­culty quickly ramps up. If you’re to sur­vive you’re go­ing to have to con­tin­u­ally evolve your at­tack and de­fence, and care­fully con­sider your de­ci­sions.

Bad Pig­gies Price: Free from fave.co/2PoxO8y

Bad Pig­gies is a spin-off from An­gry Birds – an­other all-time clas­sic An­droid game, or should we say fran­chise of games. Rather than fo­cus­ing on the birds, this game is all about the pigs. Oink. Specif­i­cally, it’s an ad­dic­tive and chal­leng­ing puz­zle game, in which you are given a range of ma­te­ri­als and asked to build a con­trap­tion that will get your pig to the end of the

level. As you might ex­pect there are loads of ob­sta­cles to counter, and dif­fer­ent types of ter­rain to mas­ter. Which means it’s nowhere near as easy as it sounds, and some of the lev­els are down­right dif­fi­cult. As a re­sult, you’ll never put it down.

Fort­nite

Ark: Sur­vival Evolved

PUBG Mo­bile

Fi­nal Fan­tasy XV: Pocket Edi­tion

Alto’s Ad­ven­ture

Framed 2

Poké­mon Go

Minecraft Pocket Edi­tion

Mario Su­per Run

Lay­ton’s Mys­tery Jour­ney

Jet­pack Joyride

Words With Friends

Plants vs Zom­bies 2

Dumb Ways To Die

Grand Theft Auto San An­dreas

Last Day on Earth: Sur­vival

As­phalt 8: Air­borne

Hill Climb Rac­ing 2

War Wings

Candy Crush Saga

Clash of Clans

Bad Pig­gies

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