Android games worth playing

The best Android games can make you look forward to that long plane ride or morning subway commute. They'll turn your phone or tablet into a portal to amazing digital worlds. The G

Android games worth playing

The best Android games can make you look forward to that long plane ride or morning subway commute. They'll turn your phone or tablet into a portal to amazing digital worlds. The Google Play Store has its fair share of mediocre games and shameless rip-offs, but theres an ever-increasing number of games that genuinely deserve your time. If you know where to look, youll find fiendish puzzlers, satisfying platformers, and RPGs that can easily eat 100 hours of your time, no matter where you are. Weve sifted through them all to come up with this list of gems.

Here are the 75 best Android games you can play right now.

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70. Framed

Genre: Puzzle
Price: $2.99/£2.79

Framed is a film noir comic book, and you are the author. Or at least, youre re-arranging the on-screen panels to help your character, framed for a murder, escape the police. Each sequence begins paused, giving you time to assess, rejig the order of the story, and hit play. You might be doing something as simple as lighting a cigarette  or you might be deciding the best route for your character to sneak through back streets, evading the cops torches.

Like the best puzzle games, Framed introduces concepts slowly, and then ramps up the difficulty, stretching the limits of your mechanical mastery. Soon youll be tilting and rotating panels  to create new paths through alleyways, say  or quickly moving panels during the action to reveal new routes as your character runs. Youll never be stuck for too long, but the solutions still feel clever, which keeps Framed moving along at an action movie pace.

It looks stylish, and sounds it too, thanks to a jazzy soundtrack. Framed 2 (opens in new tab) is even more polished, and introduces new ways to solve puzzles, but wed advise playing the original first to get used to the concept.

Download Framed here (opens in new tab)

69. Pixel Dungeon

Genre: Roguelite
Price: Free

Pixel Dungeon looks like a pure and simple roguelike, but once youre a few floors into its underground dungeons, youll release just how deep and complex a game it is. The premise is uncomplicated enough: as a Warrior, Mage, Rogue or Huntress, your goal is to strike deep into the earth to find an amulet, searching for stairs on each floor you encounter. Youll defeat ghouls and rats, open chests, buy items from shops, cast spells, find hidden doors and face a boss once every five floors. But by experimenting, youll constantly discover new, unexpected mechanics. You can find seeds, for example, which you can grow into trap-like plants. You can jump into chasms to reach lower floors, at the cost of hit points. If you burst into flames from using an unidentified item, finding water will quench the fire.

With each new run, your items and potions are reset, and many start with unidentified properties. These might be good  healing or invisibility  or bad, such as vertigo of paralysis. You can identify them with rare scrolls, or, if youre feeling brave, you can just try them out and hope for the best. These risk-reward trade-offs are what make Pixel Dungeon so compelling. Do you loot an enemys corpse for treasure, and risk it turning into a powerful wraith? Do you try and open that chest, which might actually be a monster in disguise? If you can get over the difficulty, and accept the fact that theres a heavy dollop of luck at play, youll find Pixel Dungeon to be one of the most involved roguelikes around. Yes, you can play it on PC, but mobile is its original, spiritual home.

Download Pixel Dungeon here (opens in new tab)

68. Dota Underlords

Genre: Autochess
Price: Free

Weve resisted putting an autochess game on this list up until now, but its grown so popular that we can resist no longer. All games in the genre follow roughly the same structure: you purchase heroes from a random starting selection, plop them on an 8v8 grid, and watch them face off against your opponents. Its not as simple as it sounds, and compiling the best squad round-to-round requires plenty of tactics. Dota Underlords is the most polished game in the genre, courtesy of the fact its made by Dota 2 developer Valve, so expect shiny visuals and a (relatively) streamlined UI.

Its still in Early Access, so expect balancing mistakes, but Valve is updating it regularly, and its improving over time. Its therefore the ideal route into the genre, and if you cant get enough of it, you could branch out to Auto Chess (opens in new tab), another viable option.

67. To The Moon

Genre: Adventure
Price: £4.19/$4.99

To The Moons limited interactivity means its not everyones cup of tea, but there are few games with a more intricate, emotional story. In the future, humans have developed the technology to change their own memories, travelling inside each others minds to twist their perception of the past. An old man wants you to make him think he was an astronaut, and from that bizarre premise a touching tale unfolds.

You travel backwards through his mind, starting with the most recent memories, down to his childhood. Its a story in reverse, basically, which is difficult to get right, but To The Moon manages to do it, and things you see early on will take on far greater significance when you delve deeper. Its an affecting tale of love, loss and family: dont be surprised if you need to dry your eyes.

Download To The Moon here (opens in new tab)

66.Another Eden

Genre: JRPG
Price: Free

Finally: a fully-fledged JRPG that doesnt throw microtransactions in your face. Another Eden is written by Masato Kato of Chrono Trigger fame, and its essentially a spiritual successor to that 1995 SNES classic, with a lengthy story involving a young boy travelling through time to save the world. Kato and fellow creator Yasunori Mitsuda, the Chrono Trigger composer, wanted this to feel like a traditional JRPG with no mobile game trappings, and it shows: free-to-play distractions never get in the way of its narrative or accessible turn-based combat.

If you want to level up your characters to the max and expand your party,then youll end up grinding a lot, or paying real money. But its perfectly possible to beat the game  and experience the story  with only free characters, and your party naturally expands over time. The four-direction exploration is simple, but it suits the mobile interface, and youll never feel short-changed. And besides, its free, so why not give it a shot?

Download Another Eden here (opens in new tab)

65. Chrono Trigger

Genre: RPG
Price: $9.99/£9.99

Speaking of Masato Kato, heres the game that made him famous. Chrono Trigger was a mess when it initially hit Android back in 2012, with dodgy sound, shoddy visuals and a whole host of bugs. Over the years, Square Enix slowly upgraded it to a point where, now, its not just playable, but enjoyable. Sure, its still not the definitive version of the game, and the controls can sometimes feel a bit off, but its a chance to carry one of the all-time greats around with you all the time, ready to dip into when you have a spare 15 minutes.

You play Crono, a boy trapped in a time travel loop with a girl called Marle. The pair have been sent back 400 years by a freak tech accident, and Marle is mistaken for her ancestor, the current queen. We dont want to say more than that, because Crono and Marles twisting journey is what makes Chrono Trigger so special: expect plenty of surprises and revelations that turn the tale on its head. The simple combat translates well to touchscreens, and the revamped graphics look better than ever.

Download Chrono Trigger here (opens in new tab)

64. Exploding Kittens

Genre: Card game
Price: $1.99/£1.79

Its not what you think. No lovable furballs were harmed in the making of Exploding Kittens, a physical card game now brought to phones in a digital adaptation that, thanks to some cute animations and funny sound effects, is arguably the best way to play. The premise of Exploding Kittens is simple: players take turns to play action cards (skip a turn, steal a card from another player), and at the end of their go, they draw a card. If that card is an Exploding Kitten, they...well...explode, and theyre out of the game. Thats unless they have a defuse card, which lets them stave off danger and secretly insert the Exploding Kitten back into the deck at a point of their choosing.

Its not a tactical game, by any means, but there are sneaky ways to reduce your chances of exploding (a See The Future card will let you peek at the top three cards, for instance), and when youre down to the last half of the deck, youll be sweating. The Android app will let you play with friends in person (wed prefer using the physical cards in that case), but more importantly, it will let you play online, either with friends or strangers. Now, you never have to wait for your next feline fix. Boom!

Download Exploding Kittens here (opens in new tab)

63. Rusty Lake Hotel

Genre: Puzzle
Price: £2.09/$1.99

A sick, twisted point-and-click that asks you to kill humanoid animals, slice them up and serve them as tasty meals to the other creatures staying at the Rusty Lake Hotel. Its dark sense of humor makes it easier to stomach: for example, knocking off the rabbit, who is also a magician, involves a botched swords-through-a-box trick, and every lavish meal is set to a soundtrack of smooth jazz.

The puzzles arent half clever, too: devilish and varied, youll be re-arranging cards, making poisonous concoctions and conducting a Punch and Judy show. The murders are complex and multi-staged, requiring you to think several steps ahead. When you find the solution, youll feel like an evil genius.

If you like it, make sure you check out the other two Rusty Lake games (opens in new tab): Paradise and Roots, which are both bigger than this one.And if you want something a bit more personal and grounded, try The White Door.

Download Rusty Lake Hotel here (opens in new tab)

62. UnCiv

(Image credit: Yair Morgenstern)

Genre: Strategy
Price: Free

A completely free, open-source recreation of one of the greatest strategy games ever made  Civilization 5  without a single advert. Whats the catch? Well, it doesnt look as good as the real thing: its a low detail recreation of Civ 5s Strategic View, which means no fancy unit models or pretty landscapes. The UI is a bit ropey, too, but thats a small price to pay for a game this good.

It gives you everything you need to guide a new civilzation from birth to glory, whether by force or by peace. Civ 5 is one of the best in the long-running series because of how many ways you can engineer your rise to power (we prefer diplomacy to the sword), along with plenty of unique factions, leaders and units. This is your chance to play it free, and on-the-go. Dont miss out.

Download Unciv here (opens in new tab)

61. Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Genre: RPG
Price: £8.99/$9.99

We have a theory that Android JRPGs tend to fare better when theyre ports of existing games, rather than built for mobile from the ground up (which often leads to simplification and microtransactions). Battle Chasers: Nightwar, a port, lends credence to that theory  its a lengthy, complex, party-based RPG that shines in combat, where your squads long list of attacks and abilities respond to each other in creative ways.

One character might ignite an enemy, causing another to perform a critical attack, causing a third to heal the whole party. Its in finding these synergies  along with beautiful art, solid voice acting and easy-to-understand touch controls  that Battle Chasers: Nightwar shines just as brightly as it did on PC and consoles.

Download Battle Chasers: Nightwar here (opens in new tab)

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