The last few weeks on Google Play have felt like Christmas morning, if you ask me. Sure – plenty of the presents have been re-gifted from iOS gamers – but when they’re this fun, whose to argue?

If you’re looking for something new to play on your Android phone or tablet, any one of these 16 titles should fill the fun-void you’re feeling in your heart.


calculords-full1[1]Taking a popular mobile genre and making educational sounds like a recipe for disaster, but the math-blasting ways of this card game managed to earn it 4 stars in our Calculords review when it first hit iOS earlier this year.

Swipe & Slash

Converted_file_19ac97bdThrees RPG? ‘Nuff said.

Tap Sports Baseball

tap-sports-baseball-gameplayGlu Games rarely disappoints nowadays, and Tap Sports Baseball is no exception. This free-to-play sports title never feels greedy, and manages to straddle that fine line between arcade and sim, appealing to sports gamers on both sides of the fence.

Bomb the ‘Burb

Converted_file_474b7bd1A puzzle game about blowing up as much of a city as you can? I can’t decide if this is macabre or magnificent.


Converted_file_f1de267aAs the game that put board game adapting royalty Playdek on the map, I’m shocked that Ascension wasn’t available to Android gamers before now. Despite an original release in 2010, you won’t find any mold on this one. If you’re a fan of deck-building, this is an absolute must-play.


SUMICO-Score-big[1]Math puzzles are probably my least favorite kind of game. At least that’s what I thought until I played Sumico. Players drag their fingers to connect different numbers and equations to reach the target sum. The more tiles they use in the process, the higher the score.

Deep Under the Sky

UnderSky1In our Deep Under the Sky review, Tom Christiansen described it as being so zen that he kept falling asleep. Believe it or not, I think he meant this as a compliment.

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Dragon Quest IV

dragonquestivguide_01One of the finest RPGs of all time makes its way to mobile in a pretty fine port. Based on the 2008 Nintendo DS remake of the 1990 NES classic, the depth and breadth of the content easily justifies Square Enix’s meaty pricing.

Skulls of the Shogun

Converted_file_b7f16fe7Having achieved success everywhere from the Xbox to the App Store, Skulls of the Shogun has finally made it’s way to Android. If you’re a fan of strategy games, this should easily scratch your itch.

Running Shadow

runningshadowAfter a long incubation period, Game Insight’s Unity-based auto-runner has finally seen the light of day – and for now it’s an Android exclusive. We’ve spent a fair bit of time with this one, and the best description I can offer is this: Running Shadow is every bit the Tempe Run sequel that I wished Imangi had delivered with Temple Run 2.

King of Dragon Pass

screen_07Trying to explain King of Dragon Pass won’t really do it justice, but we’ll try. It’s a narrative-based game of role-playing and strategy that puts you in charge of a fledgling tribe – all with hand-drawn art and wondrous story-telling. Underappreciated but never unloved, you have to play this one to really get it.

Bik – A  Space Adventure

Bik_AmmutInKitchenLooking for a Sierra-style adventure you can put in your pocket? The retro-inspired Bik should fit the bill nicely.


mountainEasily one of the strangest games of 2014 so far, Mountain is… well, it’s a mountain. That’s pretty much it. You don’t really play it, so much as it “is”. Read our Mountain review to find out why that’s not necessarily as dull as it sounds.

Toy Rush

screen1136x1136[1]Tower defense meets base-building meets CCG? Toy Rush was good fun when we first played it back in May, and that hasn’t changed one bit in the jump to Android.

Swing Copters

screen1136x1136[1]The latest game from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen, this one was unplayably difficult until an update was released earlier this week. Now it’s just the right level of frustrating and addicting.

WWE SuperCard

wwesupercard1HULK (Hogan) SMASH!! Card battle games may feel a bit worn out by now, but 2K managed to breathe new life into it with a few smart twists and a roster of superstars that should appeal to even the most hardcore of wrestling fans.