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25 awesome Android games you need to try

We started this roundup back in 2011, and though we believe Apple’s iPhone still has a better game selection, Android has grown considerably in the time since. In the pages ahead, we’ve compiled some of our favorite games that are currently on the market, as of early 2017. Some are free and others cost a few bucks, but all of them provide an entertaining experience on the go.

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Given that there are hundreds of thousands of Android games spanning a bevy of different genres — role-playing, platforming, sports, etc. — we’ve broken them down into distinct sections for your perusal. Now, if only everything in life was as simple as choosing a game for your evening commute…

Action and Adventure Games

Crashlands ($5)

In Crashlands, you play the role of a galactic truck driver marooned on a strange planet far from home. You must attempt to locate your packages, all the while learning new strategies and making connections to thwart an alien plot to to take over this new world.

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Google Play

Shadow Fight 2 (Free)

Everyone harbors a secret desire to be a ninja, so step out of the shadows and beat your opponents to a pulp in this stylish, beautifully animated, fighting game. Grinding RPG elements detract slightly, but it’s a fun time.

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First-person Games

Unkilled (Free)

The makers of Dead Trigger and Dead Trigger 2 have brought yet another zombie first-person shooter that has pretty good graphics. This one offers short quick missions, where you have to blast your way through zombies and other objectives to complete the missions. The controls are simple. All you have to do is drag your thumb on the left side of the screen to move, and drag your thumb on the right side to move the crosshair. When you have a target in your sights, the gun will automatically shoot.

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Google Play

Modern Combat 5: Blackout (Free)

The latest installment in the most popular Android FPS series is the usual macho blend of fast-paced shooter action, original it ain’t, but it’s slick, enjoyable, and boasts a solid multiplayer mode.

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Role-playing Games

Baldur’s Gate ($10)

Embark on a long quest to uncover the truth about Sword Coast. Collect loot and level-up along the way in this epically huge PC classic that offers more than 60 hours of gameplay.

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Google Play

Final Fantasy VI ($16)

Legendary Japanese dev Square Enix has ported most of the Final Fantasy series to Android. If you played them first time round you’ll know why it’s one of the biggest RPG series of all time, if not it’s time you did.

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Google Play

Knights of Pen & Paper +1 ($5)

This retro, turn-based RPG pays tribute to the days of pen and paper D&D. It’s an imaginative mix of pixel art and geeky humor, an offbeat gem with solid RPG mechanics at its heart.

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Google Play

Pokémon Go (Free)

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Pokémon Go, the spiritual successor to Ingress, uses the camera on a player’s smartphone to create a Pokémon-themed alternate reality experience, one where players see various Pokémon appear in the world through the camera lens. Players can capture these Pokémon and use them to take over gyms, which are found at various landmarks throughout the world.

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Google Play

Arcade

Crossy Road (Free)

Crossy Road is Frogger for the 21st century. You can connect with up to four friends and compete online.

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Google Play

Super Hexagon ($3)

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Super Hexagon has absurdly simple controls — players simply touch the screen to rotate left or right — but it’s far from easy. Players rotate a small triangle around the central hexagon as walls come closing in, and must maneuver the triangle between them to keep going. The game is aggressive and addictive, and the soundtrack is great as well.

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Google Play

Paper.io (Free)

Paper.io is based on a simple concept: conquer more territory than your opponents using your literal paper trail. If you touch an opponent’s territory or cross your own path you’re dead.

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Google Play

Platformers

VVVVVV ($3)

Smart, retro, sci-fi platformer with an old-school difficulty curve and a charming sense of wit. The twist is, instead of jumping, you tap to flip gravity, as you search for the missing members of your crew.

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Badland (Free)

This is a compelling fusion of gorgeous artwork, accessible gameplay, and clever design. You have to guide your hedgehog-like creatures through a deadly forest teeming with life and machines.

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Thomas Was Alone ($2)

Short and strangely sweet, this puzzle-platformer is elevated to a higher plain by the narration of Danny Wallace and the awesome soundtrack. Get ready to emote over blocks.

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Minecraft – Pocket Edition ($7)

The phenomenon known as Minecraft made an incredibly successful jump to smartphones, giving fans of the franchise the ability to mine, explore, and build their way to 8-bit glory anywhere.

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Endless Runners

 Alone… ($2)

Fans of twitchy gameplay are going to love this fresh endless runner that places you in a capsule hurtling through space at near light speed trying desperately to avoid colliding with anything.

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Temple Run 2 (Free)

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Can you evade capture and certain death at the hands of a rabid monkey? Duck, jump, slide, and spin to safety as you sprint through a ruined temple environment clutching the stolen idol.

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Puzzle and Word Games

Infinite Loop (Free)

Infinite Loop is a minimal puzzle game where the goal is to connect the grid so that there are no openings to create the a pattern. The patterns are generated through algorithms, allowing it to be endless. Control-wise, all you have to do is tap on each pattern to rotate it. The game is free and has no in-app purchases.

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Google Play

Words with Friends (Free)

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Try social gaming Scrabble-style, as you compete against friends or strangers to create the best words from your available letters. This cross platform game is easy to get into and works well accompanied by chat.

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WordBrain 2 (Free)

WordBrain 2 is a great game for puzzle lovers. Swipe the letters on the screen to uncover hidden words. With more than 690 levels to master, there’s no shortage of brain teasers to unriddle.

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Google Play

Strategy Games

Fallout Shelter (Free)

Even if you’re not a Fallout fan, this addictive sim is one of the best Android games around. Tunnel into the earth and build a vault to provide for your dwellers. Can you keep them alive in the face of raiders, radroaches, and other threats?

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Google Play

Clash of Clans (Free)

Build up your settlement, plan your defenses, raise an army, and guide your tribe to victory against nasty goblins or other clan leaders, it’s a good combination of slow planning and quick chaotic battles.

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Google Play

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Free)

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Hearthstone, Blizzard’s collectible card game, brings most of the fun of card games to mobile devices. You can collect cards, assemble decks, and duel other players online. Every action is performed through simple touch gestures. The game is also free-to-play. You acquire new packs of cards by completing quests or buying them from the in-game store.

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Google Play

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Free)

Carefully construct your garden of doom to take down the onslaught of zombies before one of them eats your brains. Set across several themed worlds, this game looks and plays great.

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Google Play

Desert Golfing ($2)

With a throwback Pocket Tanks look and feel Desert Golfing is easy to pick up and difficult master. You’ll never leave the sand trap in Desert Golfing and that’s half the fun.

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