The 25 Best Games You Can Play On Your Phone
18 September 2015 By Johnny Davis
Forget Candy Crush – these are the time wasters you should download today
1 | The Executive
Battle werewolves and protect your trillion-dollar mining company by acrobatic stunts/kung-fu over 120 levels. iOS; £3.99
2 | Leo’s Fortune
Beautiful platform game that pits moustachioed bug Leo against various physics-based puzzles, with long-lasting addictive gameplay. iOS; £3.99
3 | Frozen Synapse Prime
Turn-based tactical shooter across 40+ missions leading rebels to overthrow an evil corporation. The best Android strategy game. Android; £2.99
4 | Ridiculous Fishing
Tilt, tap and swipe to catch fish using guns, chainsaws and toasters in this homage to 8-bit-style arcade games. iOS/Android; £2.29/£1.99
5 | Need For Speed: Most Wanted
Braking-is-cheating street-racing game with revved-up graphics and 40+ customisable cars. Three years’ old now, but satisfyingly updated. iOS; £0.79
Bafta-nominated steampunk game reimagining Phileas Fogg’s journey around the world. Travel by airship, steam-train or mechanical camel. iOS; £3.99
7 | Hitman GO
The long-running strategy game franchise reimagined as a board game. Fantastic stylised graphics. IOS; £3.99
Action/adventure puzzler with endless awards. Guide your forest dweller through a scary fairy-tale land. iOS/Android; Free + IAP
9 | Modern Combat 5: Blackout
Certificate-16 “strong violence” shooter and successful transfer of the evergreen console classic. Android; Free + IAP
10 | The Wolf Among Us
Fairy-tale characters are murdered in this hard-boiled, uber-violent thriller based on the Fables comics. Can you solve the crime? Android; Free + IAP
11 | Radiant Defense
Strategy shooter that involves preventing hordes of aliens from infiltrating your tower. Addictive. Android; Free + IAP
12 | Goat Simulator
Cause as much destruction as you can, as a goat. Genius. iOS; £0.79
13 | Monument Valley
Apple’s Game Of The Year 2014 is a beautiful, surreal platform game inspired by geometry and minimalist 3D design. iOS; £2.99
14 | Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
Award-winning arcade shooter series. Battle waves of enemies across 3D grids with console-quality graphics. iOS; £3.99
15 | The Walking Dead: Season Two
Unsettling episodic game with tailored decision-making gameplay and artwork inspired by the original comics of the show. iOS/Android; Free + IAP
A “labyrinth game on steroids”. Tilt the screen to avoid traps by guiding your character through 19 levels across six environments. iOS; £2.29
17 | The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Homer’s caused a meltdown in Springfield. Now it’s up to you to rebuild it! Charming, constantly updating city-building game. Android; Free + IAP
18 | Crazy Taxi: City Rush
Drive like a maniac through city and beach to deliver your passengers on time. You can also customise your cabs. iOS/Android; Free + IAP
19 | Transistor
Strategy/fighting game as you wield a “weapon of unknown origin” through stunning sci-fi backdrops. iOS; £7.99
Top-down arcade race game set 20 years after the fall of Earth. Score by Grammy-winning Lord Of The Rings engineer John Kurlander. iOS; £7.99
21 | Beach Buggy Blitz
Cartoon buggy racer with “infinite drive” (you can go for miles, never passing the same scenery) plus swamps, caves, giant crabs etc. Android; Free + IAP
22 | Beat Sneak Bandit
Sixties spy graphics meet rhythmically controlled gameplay in this original puzzler. Aim? Steal the world’s clocks back from Duke Clockface. iOS; £2.29
23 | Football Manager Handheld 2015
Call the tactics from your digital dugout. This version has a new Scouting Agency to monitor the 50 top players. Android; £6.99 + IAP
24 | Lara Croft: Relic Run
Run, swing and drive your way while collecting relics in this phone version of the parkour console favourite. Epic boss fights included. iOS/Android; Free + IAP
Bogglingly fast racer featuring anti-gravity craft and plenty of difficulty/background settings. iOS; £2.99
Best MOBA games for iOS and Android
Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game (MOBA) games have soared in popularity in recent years. What started as a rather small and user-developed modification for WarCraft III roughly a decade ago is now among the most popular and played game genres across all platforms.
The simple to understand yet hard to master games of this ilk -- like League of Legends, DOTA 2, and Heroes of the Storm -- are extremely competitive and currently being enjoyed by tens of millions of gamers each and every day.
Just as you might imagine, MOBA games have also popped up on the popular mobile platforms. Needless to say, regular PC-grade MOBA games normally require you to make use of the killer combination between mouse and keyboard, as the majority of them have complex mechanics and controls.
Developers have found a way around this restriction by harnessing the possibilities that touchscreen displays provide and some have done a pretty good job at this. Let us explore what are some of the best MOBA games for your iOS and Android devices.
Our top 10 Windows Phone games of August
Ready, set, game! It’s time to reveal the 10 best Windows Phone games of August.
This summer has been great for mobile gamers, hasn’t it? There have been so many fantastic new games that we’ve had the pleasure of playing, with everything from highly-anticipated big name games to beautiful little indie games finding their way to our Lumias. Naturally, August was no exception. So which Windows Phone games made our list? Grab your Lumia and read on to find out.
Lara Croft Go ($4.99)
If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of the iconic Lara Croft. Happily, Square Enix has released Lara Croft Go, a fantastic turn-based puzzle-adventure. The new game has tons of ancient secrets to discover and puzzles to solve, with impressive visuals and tough challenges guaranteed to keep you glued to your Lumia. The price may seem a bit steep, but if you’re a fan of all things Tomb Raider or games that involve a bit of thinking, be sure to give it a go. It’s absolutely worth it.
Twins Minigame (free)
Twins Minigame is a minimalistic arcade game from Gametroopers that is the perfect way to pass some time. The goal is to keep the ball bouncing upwards, avoiding obstacles and spikes, as you switch between the light and dark split-screen. It may sound simple, but Twins is challenging enough to keep even the most skilled mobile gamers entertained. If challenging entertainment isn’t enough for you, Twins also offers a handful of Xbox Achievements for you to earn as you play.
Dark Lands Smasher (free)
Fans of Mingle Games’ beautiful Dark Lands will be happy to hear about this spin-off that hit the Windows Phone Store recently. Dark Lands Smasher is a follow-up to the popular side scroller that has you swinging your axe against an onslaught of evil. The gameplay is quite different, opting for timed tapping against oncoming enemies, so those of you hoping for the action-packed combat of the original game may be somewhat disappointed. However, fans of moody atmospheres, silhouette-style graphics, and calculated gameplay are sure to love it.
March of Empires (free)
March of Empires from Gameloft is a strategy game that takes the “art of war” to the next level. You’ll need some serious cunning and tactical skills in your quest to take over the world. Claim your title, fortify your castle, conquer territories, and more in this huge multiplayer set in the Middle Ages. Keep in mind that conquering the world takes more than brute strength — a little finesse goes a long way in March of Empires. If you want to succeed, you’ll need to chat with other players, form alliances, and time your battles well.
Running Circles (free)
Running Circles is a one-touch multiplayer arcade game from BoomBit Games that you can enjoy solo or with friends. The goal is simple: move through a series of visually-appealing minimalistic circles without dying, collecting gold gems as you whirl around the screen. You’ll need excellent timing and quick reflexes to do so, because it’s much more difficult than you might expect. Running Circles offers two difficulty modes and the option to play against friends or strangers.
Dynamite Fishing World Games (free)
Fishing often gets a bad rap as a “boring” sport, but not anymore. Dynamite Fishing World Games makes sure of that. In this game from HandyGames, fishing has never been more action-packed. Your tackle box is filled with everything from TNT to nuclear weapons, ready to take the place of your boring old fishing rod. The goal? Blow the most fish out of the water, of course! The game is fun and creative, with interesting fishing tools, funny characters, and plenty of locations to explore in your customized boat.
Arcane Quest Adventures (free)
Arcane Quest Adventures is the latest spin-off in Nex Game Studios’ Arcane Quest series that fans of tabletop RPGs are sure to love. The rogue-like adventure/fantasy game offers a choice between classic tabletop or action combat modes, and has plenty of areas and dungeons to explore and enemies to defeat. Choose from 11 classes, level up your character, gain equipment and spells, and of course, save the world. If you want a good dose of fantasy gaming or would love to relive your D&D days on your Windows Phone, this is the game for you.
Exonauts was released by Regulus Interactive earlier this summer, but we had so much fun with it that we thought it deserved a spot on our list. In this fast-paced game, you’re an exonaut who drills deep into exoplanets to discover treasure. Needless to say, it’s a dangerous job and you’ll need to make a hasty escape from the deep tunnel, collecting treasures as you make your way up the screen. There are 6 power-ups to equip to help your escape — will you survive?
Spider Square (free)
Spider Square is another great release from BoomBit Games that makes for a fun (and frustrating) way to spend some time. In this minimalistic but colorful game, you and your “Squarelicious” character need to swing your way across the screen Spiderman-style, avoiding obstacles and collecting gems. Don’t let the one touch controls fool you, it’s harder than it looks. Once you’ve got it down, challenge friends to a battle of the reflexes and see who makes it the furthest.
On the Run (free)
Looking for an adrenaline-fueled endless racing game? Look no further than On the Run, the latest release from Miniclip. This game is filled to the brim with fast cars and explosions, and is sure to get your heart pumping and palms sweating as you make your getaway through busy highways. Power ups, combos, and a wide selection of vehicles to choose from turn this addictive racing game into an exciting way to show off your driving skills.
Which of these Windows Phone games is your kind of game? Let us know in the comments below which one has been taking up the most of your free time.