Gaming on mobile has been improving at a far greater rate than any technology that came before it. Android games seems to hit new heights every year. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a beat more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste.
The Google Play Store is full of Android games, but not all are worth downloading. We’ve rounded up some of the best Android games for your phone or tablet.
1. Super Mario Run
The first Super Mario game for mobile is finally here. After arriving in December as an App Store exclusive, you can now play Super Mario Run on Android too.
Super Mario Run is easy to pick up, with one-touch gameplay and simple mechanics. Do note that although the game is free to download, you will need to pay to unlock the full version.
2. Asphalt 8: Airborne or Asphalt: Xtreme
When it comes to racing games without an up-front price tag, Gameloft has real winenrs with Asphalt Xtreme and Asphalt 8: Airborne. The former is an offroad style racer with a variety of tracks, online multiplayer, and various vehicles that you can unlock. Asphalt 8: Airborne is an older game, but has a metric ton of content for you to play through. It also has online multiplayer and other activities to play. These are both very solid racing games considering their free price tag, but their in-app purchase strategy is a little aggressive. They’re great experiences. They’re both excellent free Android games.
Subterfuge is one of the best multiplayer gaming experiences you can get. It’s challenging, it’s nerve-wracking, and best of all it’s perfectly suited to smartphones.
Subterfuge is a strategy title where each game takes place over the course of a week. You are charged with taking control of the ocean using a fleet of submarines: the more outposts and factories you control, the more submarines you can generate, which means more firepower to seize further outposts. It’s a familiar setup, but because the events take place in real time there is a constant threat that opponents could be sending submarines toward your bases even while you sleep.
4. Clash Royale
In Clash Royale, you take part in one-on-one battles with other players from around the world. You must throw down troops to destroy three of your opponents towers before they do the same to you. However, these towers are only accessible via two lanes which your army must travel along.
The majority of Clash Royale’s gameplay revolves around trying to use resources effectively. Each creature has their own unique strengths and weaknesses, so it’s your job to pick the right guys for the job and make sure your opponent doesn’t outmatch you.
Clash Royale comes from the creators of the ever-popular Clash of Clans, and it’s sure to steal more hours from your life.
5. Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go, the spiritual successor to Ingress, uses the camera on a player’s smartphone to create a Pokémon-themed alternate reality experience, one where players see various Pokémon appear in the world through the camera lens. Players can capture these Pokémon and use them to take over gyms, which are found at various landmarks throughout the world.
6. 8 Ball Pool
8 Ball Pool lets you challenge your friends to a game, and the physics are great. You can also challenge other players across the world and earn credits to buy better cues and bet more ‘money’ for a bigger prize. Easy to learn and a great time killer as you can play it whenever you have some free time – but it does need an internet connection.
7. World series of poker
An officially licensed app from the professional tournament for high-level poker players, World Series of Poker (WSOP) focuses on bringing the cutting edge competition right to your phone. You can play with friends or with online opponents to hone your skills and get on the world leaderboard. The game aims to make you a better poker player, and the extensive statitstic tracking will help you improve your poker game. If you’re feeling all pokered out, you can take a break by playing the virtual slot machine and get chips to fuel your next poker campaign.
8. NBA LIVE Mobile Basketball (free)
Play with your favourite team against other people to see whom the real champions of the NBA are. Very fun game with good graphics and usable controls. The only downside is that, as with many games these days, you need a live internet connection to play.
No Android games round-up is complete without Slither.io, which is a bit like a modern take on one of the all time classic mobile phone games: Snake. It works in much the same way, but instead of walls you’re dodging other players in an effort to get longer and longer. Kids and adult alike love Slither.io.No Android games round-up is complete without , which is a bit like a modern take on one of the all time classic mobile phone games: Snake. It works in much the same way, but instead of walls you’re dodging other players in an effort to get longer and longer.
10. The Battle of Polytopia
The Battle of Polytopia is both a really great free-to-play game, and a genuinely challenging experience .
In short, you are one of a number of tribes that share a square game board that starts off covered in ice and snow, which means you can’t see where any of the pickups – or your opponents are – on the map. Each tribe starts the game with slightly different specialties in their skill set, but these can ultimately be developed by any tribe, so it’s not a blocker to progress.
By exploring the board, researching new skills and converting new settlements to part of your empire, the aim depends on which game mode you opt for – ‘Classic’ or ‘Domination’. In classic, you get 30 turns to get as high a score as possible, and in domination it’s the last tribe standing that wins.