Asphalt 8: Airborne
Usually Gameloft has tried to ape PC games, bringing their distinct console flavour to smartphones, though with mixed results. However, with Asphalt 8: Airborne, Gameloft has a clear winner. It is extremely hard to believe that this game is just given out for free. You will probably never notice the microtransactions, and as casual gamers you can easily launch the app, race and get out quick. With its visceral sense of speed, easy-to-use controls, beautiful tracks and licenced cars, Airborne hits all the right buttons.
Real Racing 3
If Asphalt 8: Airborne is too arcadey for you, and you want something more serious and simulation-like to bring out the motoring aficionado in you, then Real Racing 3 is the best game for you. With jaw dropping visuals that demand a well-equipped Android device and realistic driving along very real circuits and campaigns, Real Racing 3 lives up to its name, literally.
Until the popular battle card game on iOS, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, makes it to Android, you can indulge in Blood Brothers. Part board game, part RPG and part card-based game, Blood Brothers is a unique game set in a dark world filled with mythical creatures. If you like your RPGs a bit different, give Blood Brothers a whirl. It won’t cost you a thing.
Clash of Clans
Fancy a bit of strategy? Then jump headfirst into Clash of Clans, a realtime multiplayer online strategy game. You can build your village and defend it from attacks and train troops to attack other players. The biggest selling point of the game is the massive online community of players all hooked to it.
Dead Trigger 2
There’s no better way to pass a boring train journey than killing scores of zombies. Dead Trigger 2 throws you bang in the middle of a zombie apocaplyse, where you just have to keep on killin’. With simple controls that let you focus on just running-and-gunning and a surprisingly deep crafting system, Dead Trigger 2 is a game you have to have on your smartphone. However, be warned: It’s gory and will need a beefy device to look it’s best.
Sick of those Candy Crush Saga-type puzzle games that flood your inbox with invites? Dots is a brand new smart puzzle game that not only plays smart but looks the part too. The premise is simple: You just have to join dots of same colours in 60 seconds. You can also connect online and play multiplayer. It is easily a fun and simple game you have to have.
Dungeon Hunter 4
Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter series has always been the Diablo of mobile gaming. While it may not be as deep, it’s still a fun and frenzied dungeon romp. With four types of characters to choose from, tonnes of weapons and spells, there’s a whole lot of loot to be found in Dungeon Hunter 4.
Galaxy on Fire 2
Take to the stars in an unbelievable space sim game, much like the Wing Commander series. In Galaxy on Fire 2, you fly a spaceship in a huge game world, fight, trade and even mine for money. With superb graphics, easy-to-use flight mechanics, challenging dogfights in space and a pretty cool story, this game will put most PC games to shame.
Plants vs Zombies 2
This unique take on the zombie genre has won countless awards. Plants vs Zombies 2 is pure fun from the beginning to the end, and it’s free. Build an army of plants all supercharged with plant food to take on the zombie hordes. Don’t let the humorous graphics and cutesy characters fool you, this game needs some serious tactical thinking.
Ready Steady Bang
A supremely simple game that is surprisingly fun. Ready Steady Bang is as simple as a good old gunfight in the good ‘ol western style showdown, where a quick and controlled trigger finger makes all the difference. It can get quite boring playing with bots, but when you get in another player who can play on the same phone your cafeteria fun time will become way more fun. Also, the old school LCD-look works like a charm in this game.