If you’re an Android gamer looking for a fantastic new game to settle in to, this list is going to keep you busy. Really busy. AAA iPhone ports, 5-star indie adventures, and more old school role playing fun than you can shake a level 22 Paladin’s wand at.

République

repub3Console style stealth gameplay from a studio founded by Metal Gear Solid 4 producer Ryan Payton? Yes please! This one has been blowing up on iOS for a while now, but don’t be jealous – it’s an episodic game, and because you had to wait, you can jump into all three released episodes from day one. Read our review of République’s first (or second, or third) episode to learn more.

Botanicula

03[1]The creators of Machinarium blew our minds with Botanicula when it first launched on desktops a few years back. If you’re a fan of point-and-click adventures (and love heart-warming stories, jaw-dropping art, or simply have a pulse), this is pretty much a must buy. If you’re stuck, be sure to check out our Botanicula walkthrough.

Joinz

joinz1To describe Joinz as “Tetris meets Threes” would do it a disservice. Yes, tertrominoes are involved, and yes, you’ll be sliding the board around, but building shapes through push-based gameplay creates a wildly different experience than anything you’ve played before.

Secret of Mana

screen1136x1136[1]If you’ve illegally download a Secret of Mana rom so that you could play it on your Android device, you can finally buy your soul a reprieve. Delete that nonsense and go buy the real deal from Square Enix. With controls rebuilt specifically for a mobile release, you’ll be glad you did. This is one of the greatest action-RPG’s ever released (waaaaay back in 1993), and it still holds up to this day.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

559925531172201984[1]Beamdog already blew you away with their re-releases of Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, so let’s face facts: if you’re an old school PC gamer who wants to relive a great RPG on the go, this is very likely your next purchase.

PAKO

screen1136x1136[1]Originally released on Windows Phone (wait… what?) PAKO is an endless “escape the police” game that puts players in unique set pieces – like a parking lot with no exit, or a cemetery. You’ll be racing around Tokyo Drift style, trying to avoid crashing or getting busted by the fuzz as long as you can.

Cut the Rope: Time Travel

screen1136x1136[1]By this point in your mobile gaming career, you know what you’re going to get from a Cut the Rope game. Now you can get more of it, and we’re calling that a good thing.

Battleheart Legacy

screen1136x1136[1]The sequel to a much loved mobile RPG comes to Android, and considering how highly-rated this one is, you should be pretty stoked. It’s even on our short list for best iPhone games of 2014.

The Wolf Among Us

screen1136x1136[1]Telltale’s releases are becoming less like games and more like interactive stories with each passing title. Depending on your perspective, this is either a good thing or a bad thing. We quite liked it though, and considering this game is set in the seedy fairytale world of the DC/Vertigo comic Fables, it should be considered required game for fans of the series.

NHL 2K

screen1136x1136[1]What it might lack in visual appeal it makes up for in gameplay. NHL 2K is a decidedly well-rounded package that hockey fans should find great pleasure in. We’re still not quite where the console games are for sports, but we’re getting closer.

Deep Loot

DeepLoot_Screengrab_02[1]Under the sea there’s plenty of treasure, but you’ll need to hold your breath if you want to find it. Dive deep, find treasure, buy upgrades, repeat. A fun time is had by all.

Reckless Racing 3

racing1We’ve never been disappointed by a Reckless Racing game, and the third entry is no exception. Well… we’re a little disappointed by the lack of multiplayer, but beyond that, there’s really not a bad word you can say about Reckless Racing 3. It’s good, arcade fun.

Diner Dash

screen1136x1136[1]Flo is back for the first time since she (and PlayFirst) were acquired by Glu. The formula hasn’t really changed – this is the same Diner Dash players have always known and loved – so if you’re in the mood to serve up some hot plates of grub, you now have a fresh opportunity.

Angry Birds Transformers

Angry Birds Transformers 3A fun, shooting-gallery style twist on Angry Birds “knock’em down” formula, complete with unlockable bird/robot/car heroes to collect. I dare you not to download this.

Haunt the House: Terrortown

theatreJust because Halloween is behind us doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good scare. Haunt the House: Terrortown tasks players with haunting objects to give guests a good ghostly scare.

Partia

mzl.vsexssnv.640x960-75[1]Not many games have tried to be Fire Emblem for smartphones, but Partia did a pretty bang up job when it was released on iOS in 2012. And while iOS gamers have just been treated to a sequel, Android gamers are able to get their first taste of Partia’s SRPG goodness now.

Heavy Metal Thunder

Converted_file_1ad8bc69Cubus Games is really starting to make a name for themselves in the world of digital gamebooks, and Heavy Metal Thunder is a lot of the reason why. Sci-fi fiction fans, put this on your to-do list.