Mobile games can save you in the most boring of times. Looking for a new Android game to play, but feel you know every noteworthy one out there?
The world of mobile gaming is vast and almost infinite. It seems like there is always a new game being released, and you probably think you know of every good and noteworthy one out there. If you feel you need a good new game to get stuck into, you’ve come to the right place. We break down 10 of the best Android games to help you survive life’s most boring moments.
For a Beautifully Designed Game
Every game has their unique angle. Some are fighting games, while others are puzzle-style games that have a team component. One thing that every game should be, is beautiful. Gorgeous to look at, smooth to play, and just an all-round pleasant experience. If you’re looking for a game that’s fun to play and easy on the eyes, you’ll love Alto's Adventure. The app was released in 2015, and describes itself as “an endless snowboarding odyssey.” In this addictive game, you join Alto and his friends and snowboard across scenic hills, through quaint villages, ancient forests and ruins, all while trying to rescue llamas and accomplish specific goals. The app features a minimalist look, and a relaxing soundtrack. Alto’s Adventure is so well designed that it won the App Store award as one of the “15 Most Beautiful Games,” and got an IGF honorable mention for “Excellence in Visual Arts.” One of the best parts about the game is that you can play it offline, although you’ll need to be connected to the internet if you want to spend your coins on upgrades.
Another wildly popular game that’s both fun and incredibly well-designed is Crashlands. It’s so nicely designed that TouchArcade describes it as "a design masterpiece.” In this game you embark on a journey, defeat enemies, and build your way through the dangerous planet of Crashlands to escape back to space. Though it’s a combat game, Crashlands is filled with humor and light-hearted wit. Of course, there is also the multi-award-winning, action adventure game, Badland. Over 30 million people worldwide play Badland, and compliment the game for its physics-based platform and gorgeous graphics. In the game, you are in charge of guiding creatures that are constantly either multiplying or dying. The game is about survival-of-the-fittest, has incredibly creative levels, and is so well-designed that it has won the Apple Design Award.
For When You Want to Think Creatively
If you care less about design and more about the meat of the game you’re playing, there are some incredible options that are sure to blow you away.
If you haven’t given Monument Valley a play, you’re missing out. In this puzzle game you manipulate whimsical and geometric architecture to guide Princess Ida, who’s on a mysterious mission. You twist and drag elements of the world to reshape it, all the while exploring a stunning 3D, and hand-crafted world. This game is easy to pick up, and gets you thinking differently about space and geometry. Another popular puzzle and mystery game is The Room. This game offers it all – realistic graphics, single finger controls, pick-up-and-play design, and a whole lot of mystery. It’s ideal for puzzle enthusiasts and those with inquisitive minds, as there is an object in the middle of the room, which you need to pick, twist, and puzzle open. This game is far from constant action, but will have you hooked in seconds. Its ratings have been excellent, and as Eurogamer writes, “The Room is the cave of mysteries from everyone's childhood; a perfect encapsulation of the fear and pleasure of discovery."
Minecraft is a top choice that’s sure to satisfy your gaming desires. If you’ve never played before, it’s a world where you mine material, build, and defeat bad guys. The aim is to survive
the virtual world, where you can build structures as simple as a hut or as complex as a castle. You can make things even more interesting by playing in creative mode, which gives you unlimited resources, or if you’re a fan of fighting games, you can play in survival mode in which the aim is to create weapons in order to defeat enemies.
For Real and Virtual Gaming
If you haven’t heard of Pokemon Go, you may be living under a rock. But if you haven’t tried Pokemon Go, you may just not know how much fun the game really is. The game launched in 2016, and quickly exploded into one of the most popular and best Android games we’ve seen in a while. It’s an AR (augmented reality) game, in which you walk around the real world to catch virtual Pokemon hiding in and around your environment. The game gets frequent updates, which keeps it fun and exciting.
For When You Don’t Want to Think
We all have those days when we’re just feeling worn out and lazy, and that’s okay. These are the moments we turn to games, especially ones that require little concentration and thinking power.
Pac-Man is the classic choice. In Pac-Man you use your arrow keys to move the character through the maze and out successfully before being eaten. The game, though simple, can keep you entertained for ages.
Two more non-thinking games are Super Mario Run and Clash Royale. Super Mario Run is the first Nintendo game to ever be released on mobile. It’s a runner game where, like other Nintendo games, you need to run and jump over gaps and under blocks to get to the end of the level. The point is to get coins and to reach as high a level as possible. Equally addicting is Clash Royale, made by the creators of Clash of Clans. It’s a real-time multiplayer game in which the goal is to collect and upgrade cards, and defeat the enemy king and princess.
Getting your game on is fun, but after a while you probably find yourself itching for something new. Whether you’re looking for a game with beautiful aesthetics and award-winning design, a puzzle-type game which requires thinking, or one that specifically doesn’t require any thinking at all, it’s out there. We hope you use this guide to help you find your next favorite Android game.