The best Android games | TechRadar
There are a great deal of nice video games accessible for Android, however how are you going to select the gems from the dross, and superb touchscreen experiences from botched console ports? With our lists, that’s how!
We cowl the most effective titles on Android proper now, together with the best racers, puzzlers, journey video games, arcade titles and extra.
We have tried these video games out, and seemed to see the place the prices are available in – there is perhaps a free sticker added to a few of these within the Google Play Retailer, however generally you may want an in app buy (IAP) to get the actual profit – so we’ll be sure to learn about that forward of the obtain.
Test again each week for a brand new recreation, and click on by to the next pages to see the most effective of the most effective divided into the genres that finest symbolize what persons are taking part in proper now.
Android recreation of the week: Suzy Dice ($3.99/£3.49/AU$5.49)
Suzy Cube is a platform recreation, however as an alternative of providing the basic Mario side-on viewpoint loved by every little thing from leapy one-thumb effort Canabalt to lush console-style basic Oddmar, Suzy Dice has you largely bounding about in 3D.
It’s not dissimilar to Tremendous Mario 3D Land, with the point of view switching as you discover chunky islands, watch from behind as you slide down snowy mountains in your backside, flip between ‘2.5D’ passages in labyrinthine pyramids, or navigate floating platforms from above.
The controls are strong, and the number of play kinds works properly, commonly shaking issues up; but there’s loads of acquainted territory to hook in devoted platform followers. You’re nonetheless on the lookout for an exit, grabbing cash, and leaping on enemy heads – solely, as is uncommon on Android, in 3D.
The very best racing video games for Android
Our favourite Android top-down, 3D and retro racers.
Rush Rally 3 ($3.99/£3.99/AU$6.99)
Rush Rally 3 brings console-style rally racing to Android. For fast blasts, you’ll be able to delve into single rally mode, with a co-driver bellowing in your ear; or there’s the grinding steel of rallycross, pitting you in opposition to laptop automobiles apparently fueled by aggression. In the event you’re in it for the lengthy haul, immerse your self in a full profession mode.
None of these choices would matter a jot if the racing wasn’t as much as a lot. Luckily, it’s actually good. The sport appears to be like the half, with very sensible visuals and viewpoints, whether or not belting round a racing circuit or blazing by a forest.
The controls work properly, too, offering various setups to accommodate a spread of preferences (tilt; digital buttons) – and ability ranges. All in all, it’s sufficient for the sport to get that coveted checkered flag.
Horizon Chase (free + $2.99/£2.79/AU$4.09 IAP)
In the event you’re fed up with racing video games paying extra consideration as to if the tarmac appears to be like photorealistic moderately than how a lot enjoyable it ought to be to zoom alongside at insane speeds, take a look at Horizon Chase. This tribute to old-school arcade titles is all concerning the sheer pleasure of racing, moderately than boring realism.
The visuals are vibrant, the soundtrack is jolly and tacky, and the racing finds you continuously battling your strategy to the entrance of an aggressive pack.
In the event you fondly recall Lotus Turbo Esprit Problem and Prime Gear, do not miss this one. (Observe that Horizon Chase offers you 5 tracks totally free. To unlock the remaining, there is a single £2.29/US$2.99 IAP.)
Want for Velocity: Most Wished ($4.99/£4.99/AU$7.99)
Anybody anticipating the sort of free-roaming racing from the console variations of this title are going to be miffed, however Need for Speed: Most Wanted is nonetheless one of many most interesting video games of its form on Android. Sure, the tracks are linear, with solely the odd shortcut, however the precise racing bit is great.
You belt alongside the seedy streets of a colorless, grey metropolis, attempting to win occasions that can increase your ego and repute alike. Wins swell your coffers, enabling you to purchase new autos for getting into particular occasions.
The sport appears to be like beautiful on Android and has a high-octane soundtrack to induce you onwards. However largely, this one’s concerning the controls – a slick mixture of responsive tilt and easy drifting that makes every little thing really feel nearer to OutRun 2 than usually sub-optimal cell racing fare.
Riptide GP: Renegade ($2.99/£2.99/AU$3.99)
The primary two Riptide video games had you zoom alongside undulating watery circuits surrounded by gleaming steel towers. Riptide GP: Renegade affords one other slice of splashy futuristic racing, however this time finds you immersed within the seedy underbelly of the game.
As with the earlier video games, you’re nonetheless piloting a hydrofoil, and racing entails not solely going very, very quick, but additionally being an enormous show-off at each accessible alternative.
In the event you hit a ramp or wave that hurls you into the air, you’d finest fling your experience about or do a handstand, as a way to get turbo-boost on touchdown. Wise racers get nothing.
The profession mode finds you incomes money, upgrading your experience, and doubtless ignoring the marginally tiresome story bits. The racing, although, is great – an exhilarating mixture of old-school arcade thrills and fashionable cell touchscreen smarts.
Mini Motor Racing ($2.99/£3.19/AU$4.49)
Mini Motor Racing is a frenetic top-down racer that finds tiny autos darting about claustrophobic circuits that twist and switch in a transparent effort to have you ever repeatedly drive into partitions. The automobiles deal with extra like distant management automobiles than actual fare, which means that races are usually tight – and simply misplaced if you happen to look away from the display for only a second.
There’s a ton of content material right here – many dozens of races set throughout a variety of environments. You zoom by ruins, and scoot about beachside tracks. The AI’s generally a bit too aggressive, however with savvy automobile upgrades, and nitro increase utilization when racing, you’ll be taking greater than the occasional checkered flag.
Want for Velocity: Scorching Pursuit ($4.99/£4.99/AU$7.99)
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit exists in a world the place the police appear to assume it’s completely okay to make use of their extraordinarily costly automobiles to ram fleeing criminals into submission. And once they’re not doing that, they belt alongside the streets, racing one another to (presumably) resolve who pays for the day’s doughnuts.
It’s a reasonably easy racer – you’re mainly weaving your means by the panorama, smashing into different automobiles, and triggering the odd lure – however it’s exhilarating, breezy enjoyable that echoes basic racers like Chase H.Q.
And when you’ve had your fill of being one of many nitro-happy fuzz, you’ll be able to play out a profession because the pursued as properly, getting caught into the sort of cop-smashing felony antics that absolutely received’t be coated by your automobile producer’s guarantee.
Closing Freeway 2R ($0.99/79p/AU$0.99)
Final Freeway 2R is a retro racing recreation, fairly blatantly impressed by Sega’s basic OutRun. You belt alongside in a purple automobile, tearing up a street the place everybody’s moderately suspiciously driving in the identical route. Each once in a while, you hit a fork, permitting you to pick out your route. All of the whereas, tacky music blares out of your system’s audio system.
For outdated palms, you’ll be in a sort of gaming heaven. And arguably, this recreation’s higher than the one which impressed it, feeling extra fluid and nuanced. In the event you’re used to extra reasonable fare, give Closing Freeway 2R a go – you would possibly end up transformed by its breezy perspective, colourful visuals, and want for actually insane velocity.
Rush Rally 2 ($1.49/99p/AU$1.99)
Rush Rally 2 is a curious rally racer, partially as a result of it at first comes throughout as an unforgiving and simulation-oriented affair. It initially feels too straightforward to crash, and also you too typically end up pointing the incorrect means or moderately inconveniently having embedded your automobile in a tree.
As ever, although, Rush Rally 2 is about clicking with the texture of the sport. Decelerate a bit and take a contact extra care and also you’ll work out how the physics works, and the structure of the programs.
The sport will reveal its enjoyable aspect – an arcade edge that received’t can help you zoom alongside with out ever utilizing the brake pedal, however that nonetheless is kind of comfortable so that you can use different automobiles in rally cross skirmishes for slowing down as an alternative. For the tiny outlay, it’s a discount.
Motorsport Supervisor Cellular 3 ($3.99/£3.99/AU$6.49)
Motorsport Manager Mobile 3 is a racing administration recreation with out the boring bits. Reasonably than sitting you in entrance of a glorified spreadsheet, the sport is a well-balanced mixture of accessibility and depth, enabling you to delve into the nitty gritty of groups, sponsors, mechanics, and even livery.
If you’re all set, you get to observe surprisingly tense and thrilling top-down racing. (This being shocking since you’re largely watching numbered discs zoom round circuits.) One-off races provide you with a really feel for issues, however the actual meat is ranging from the underside of the pile within the profession mode, with the final word purpose of turning into a winner.
It’s all streamlined, slick, and mobile-friendly, and a giant leap on from the comparatively simplistic unique Motorsport Manager Mobile.