9 Android Games We’re Still Playing Today
What separates good games from great ones? Well, great games you keep on playing. The good ones tend to collect dust over time.
On this post, I’m going to cut through the clutter and noise of what are supposed to be good games and usher you straight to the great ones. Think of it also as an essential list, for when your phone has only space for a couple of games.
As a quick aside, these are games that I still play today, and will doubtless have a difficult time letting go.
Anyway, onto the list:
The Best (Free) Android Games Of All Time
Temple Run 2
A forefather of mobile infinite runners, Temple Run 2 is a game as formidable as a sequel as it is a standalone game. Maps are immersive, characters motley and creative, and obstacles ranging from challenging to brutal.
Whether or not the Niantic-Pokémon Company cross-effort lives up to the hype it builds for Pokémon GO is beyond the scope of this post. The game, however, is addictive enough to keep fans and non-fans playing, despite the direly missing game features like player-to-player battles.
A cross-breed of Frogger and Temple Run, Hipster Whale’s breakout hit, Crossy Road, is as addictive as it sounds. You play as a Minecraft-style Chicken. The objective is to cross as many streets as you can. Of course, the game will not make it easy for you. Maps are filled with challenging obstacles such as raging streams, speeding locomotives, and unpredictable traffic.
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Gamers can keep their Outlasts and Red Deads. There’s still no other thrill like overcoming zombie waves prevalent in the sophomore effort from Popcap Games, Plants vs. Zombies 2. There are more plant cards, more formidable zombie opponents, and more challenging gardens to play in. In short, it’s Plants vs. Zombies, doubled the fun.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
There’s no better racing game than Asphalt 8: Airborne. I’m personally not a racing game kind of guy—my last run is with Mario Kart 8 on the WiiU—but this game has such incredible graphics that the experience becomes completely immersive. If anything, it’s worth checking out and going back to whenever you need a quick gaming fix.
Clash Royale is objectively better than its more popular brother, Clash of Clans. The gameplay is also more straightforward, and thusly, more intuitive. You have three towers to protect and troops to destroy your opponent’s with. The visuals are lush and gorgeous, at par with anything Supercell has put out. Plus, there are plenty of strategy to put in play that can change the course of a battle at the very last second of a match.
Blizzard does right by this game. It’s a straightforward card game that’s easy-to-learn but hard-to-let go once you’re hooked. It’s amazing how deep Hearthstone’s gameplay grows with such a simple framework for gameplay. There’s currently no card game that yields such an incredible gaming experience.
This game is here for nostalgia. If you’ve played Snake before (I personally spent hours on it on the O.G. Nokia 3320), you’re bound to really like this game. Slither.io is essentially a modern iteration of that classic game and it’s naturally just as addictive.
Boggle! (with Friends)
While not the quintessential solution for expanding your vocabulary, Boggle! forces you to stretch your brain for words you have stored deep in your vocabulary purse. It’s especially fun to play with friends, who are to compete with you for points and, welp, bragging rights.