We review and round up our favourite Android games that you can download and play on your phone right now, including our pick of the best action, adventure, puzzle, sport and arcade titles from the Google Play store.
If you’ve just got yourself a shiny new Android phone and you want to play some mobile games on the go, then look no further. Here’s our pick of the very best Android games that you can download right now from the Google Play store. No matter what kind of games you’re into, these mobile titles will keep you glued to your Android phone for hours.
How do I download and play Android games?
To download the following Android games, just head to the Google Play store on your Android phone. The Google Play store is your gateway to all kinds of great apps and games. Hit the ‘Games’ section and you can browse the latest featured titles, as well as check out the charts of the most popular games right now.
If you can’t find what you want, just tap the search bar and enter the name of a game. You can then tap to download and install the game. Note that some games will cost you a small fee, while others are free to download. However, even free games might come with ‘in app purchases’, which charge you real money in exchange for in-game resources (like virtual cash) or to unlock more content.
Okay, so we might as well kick of with the biggest Android gaming event of the century. Pokemon GO has fast become the most popular mobile game of all time and proves not only an excellent translation of the gotta-collect-em-all gameplay to a mobile platform, but also a genuine use for Augmented Reality. No mean feat at all.
Check out our Pokemon GO hub for everything you need to know, including tips and tricks for beginners, our advanced players guide and a complete pokedex of the collectible pokemon.
Asphalt Xtreme Offroad Racing
The free-to-play Asphalt series is like cost-free crack to anyone who enjoys racing games. This offroad version of the popular racing series has you smashing through opponents as usual, in a bid to be first across the finish line. Controls are pretty much perfect, allowing you to drift and boost through every tricky turn, even on a diny Android mobile.
Clash of Kings
The Google Play store certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to free-to-play PvP strategy war games, but Clash of Kings is one of the best you can play in 2017. A mighty 800 global servers are online to host tens of millions of players, allowing them to beat the living crap out of one another with their virtual armies.
When you’re not busy conquering other factions you can hoard resources and build up a fortified base, which in turn allows you to grow your forces and invent devestating new weapons.
Check out our Clash of Kings guide to see how to get started.
The third Room game is already a year old but still one of our most favourite puzzle games of all time, boasting impressive graphics, tricky brain-scratchers and a dark, unsettling atmosphere.
Gameplay might not have evolved much from the previous Room games, although you now have a lot more freedom to roam around and puzzles have become sprawling multi-room monstrosities. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s just bloody lovely. The Room 3 offers a near-perfect level of challenge, and it’ll keep even the most crafty puzzle game fans busy for many, many hours.
Tormentum: Dark Sorrow
If you like your Android games with an extra helping of grim and gloomy, then look no further. Torrmentum: Dark Sorrow is the darkest, most troubling title that we’ve played this year, on any platform.
Kidnapped by sinister figures and thrust into the heart of a decaying citadel filled with untold horrors, your mission is to escape by solving grisly puzzles and then work out what the gubbins is actually going on. Tormentum might not exactly be a laugh riot, but the seriously creative artwork alone, which takes a pinch of inspiration from the likes of H.R. Giger, makes a playthrough more than worthwhile.
As a Sunderland FC fan, I’m only to happy to get the chance to steer a fake football team to the top of the league and enjoy some much-needed fictional victories. Top Eleven 2016 is just the ticket, offering the kind of in-depth micro-management that Champ Man fans really long for, in portable form.
You can set up your team just how you want, hand-pick a gruelling training regime, deck out your stadium with the latest facilities and even choose what to charge fans to watch your club in action. Be warned though, Top Eleven is so addictive that you’ll probably forget to do simple things like eat and shower.
Check out our Top Eleven tips and tricks for help on getting started.
Futurama: Game of Drones
If you enjoy a spot of match-3 action, then the free-to-play Futurama: Game of Drones is going to ruthlessly kill your commuting time. It’s an addictive little time killer in its own right, but the fact that the Futurama cast pops up in amusing little cutscenes makes it all the more enjoyable.
Talking of addictive, the brilliant Crashlands has stolen many, many hours of our life from us in 2016. This resource gathering game has you hopping about a strange alien planet, crafting weapons and other goodies from whatever you find in order to slay the less-than-friendly wildlife and survive long enough to escape.
The fun cartoony presentation is excellent and a massive selection of side-quests means you’ll be playing well into the wee hours. Check out our Crashlands guide for essential tips and tricks to get started with this mammoth Android game.
If you need to destress a bit, you can’t go wrong with the incredibly relaxing Zenge. This Android puzzler is simple at heart, tasking you with moving around a bunch of shapes until they slot into their required positions.
However, with no troublesome time limits you’re free to work at your own pace – and the game doesn’t judge your performance after you finally beat each level either, so even the most pathetic attempts won’t be smashed apart with an ego-stomping zero star score. Add in possibly the most chilled soundtrack of all time, and Zenge gets our vote for the best stress-busting Androd game of 2016.
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