10 best Android games ever
Stock up your tablet or smartphone with our pick of the top 10 Android games, from blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto to ace freebies like Angry Birds.
There are thousands of games available for your Android device on the Google Play market. So whether you’ve got a new Hudl or Google Nexus 7, or a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy among all the free games and paid-for versions of console classics.
To help make your selection a bit easier, here’s our pick of the top 10 Android games – five that you can download absolutely free and five that are available for a small fee.
Top 5 free Android games
For lovers of retro adventures and block-based games, comes Pixel Dungeon.
Embracing all the coolest current trends in mobile gaming, this mixes pixel art with dungeon adventuring and random battling. So when you die, you’re dead.
But the more you play, the more you’ll find a deeply satisfying game.
Join Barry as he breaks into a secret laboratory to commandeer the experimental jetpacks from the clutches of science evildoers.
After lift-off, simply touch the screen to ascend and release to descend, raining bullets, bubbles, rainbows and lasers downwards as you fly towards higher and higher scores!
This action-packed combat game takes you on a journey to the bottom of the sea with just your tennis racket and four legs to protect yourself with.
You play an angry celaphod on a quest to destroy the evil god of the sea Pete and you’ll have to bash and smash any creatures that get in your way.
A modern mobile game that screams clever. Using augmented reality tricks, it transforms the world around you into a global game of mystery, intrique and competition.
You’ll have to wander the real world to play, but with a stunning interface and conspiracy storyline, it’ll keep you hooked.
You can’t have an Android games list without our furious feathered friends.
Combining the classic bird-launching, pig-crushing gameplay with all the visual delights of the Star Wars universe, the Force is strong in this one.
Top 5 paid-for Android games
1. Plants Vs. Zombies
A lot of the charm in this addictive tower defence game is in its fun graphics and design.
Defending your house against un-dead hordes using horticulture skills can eat up hours of fun with seemingly endless weapons and unlockable extras.
It’s like Minecraft but 2D, which makes this strategy classic ideal for mobile gaming.
Easy to get into but incredibly deep once you scratch the surface, gameplay sees you mining into the bowels of the earth, hoarding precious items, building huge castles and crafting weapons to fight off enemies.
3. World of Goo
A long-running hit that’s been ported to every platform and is now on Android.
With controls tailor-made for touchscreens, you need to build physics-defying structures with cute little Goo balls to help them escape to the next level. With a style all of its own and a cute and funny story, you’ll find yourself falling in love with Goo.
4. Asphalt 8 Airborne
Asphalt 8 takes mobile driving games to the next level – well, airborne in fact.
Raising the stakes in terms of excitement, speed, cards, tracks and more, you can race over 40 vehicles, take to the air off huge ramps and compete in multiplayer games across over 180 different events.
5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Often lauded as the most enjoyable of the GTA games, this adult-only outing immerses gamers in the 1980s and the seedy world of Vice City.
Playing a gangster free to roam a vast open city, you’ll need to drive, shoot, steal and generally break bad to claw your way to the top of the criminal underworld.
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