The best Android games for 2017

The Google Play Store is full of Android games, but not all are worth downloading. We've rounded up some of the best Android games for your phone or tablet. Feel free to add your own top picks in the comments.

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Super Mario Run (free)

The first Super Mario game for mobile is finally here. After arriving in December as an App Store exclusive, you can now play Super Mario Run on Android too. 

Super Mario Run is easy to pick up, with one-touch gameplay and simple mechanics. Do note that although the game is free to download, you will need to pay to unlock the full version.

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Super Mario Run (free)

The first Super Mario game for mobile is finally here. After arriving in December as an App Store exclusive, you can now play Super Mario Run on Android too. 

Super Mario Run is easy to pick up, with one-touch gameplay and simple mechanics. Do note that although the game is free to download, you will need to pay to unlock the full version.

Crashlands (£4.22)

In Crashlands you play Flux Dabes, stranded on an alien planet Woanope as your truck is derailed by Hewgodooko. You must learn to cope with your new life, with battles, quests and more along your way.

The Room Three (£3.99)

Physical puzzles in a beautifully-realised 3D world make this somewhat unsettling sequel a joy to play.

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The Trail (free)

Peter Molyneux, legendary designer and creator of the God Game genre, has unveiled his latest mobile title: The Trail. It's a delightful journey across the unknown, with lots of exploration, collecting and eventually building along the way.

8 Ball Pool (free)

8 Ball Pool lets you challenge your friends to a game, and the physics are great. You can also challenge other players across the world and earn credits to buy better cues and bet more 'money' for a bigger prize. Easy to learn and a great time killer as you can play it whenever you have some free time - but it does need an internet connection. 

Passengers (£1.89)

A game based on the film of the same name. It's a role-playing game in which you must find out what happened to the passengers on the starship Avalon as quickly as you can as 5,000 other passengers' lives are at risk. Well worth paying for as the game is extremely entertaining. But only play it if you have seen the film.

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2 Cars (free)

Yet another addictive and fun game that challenges your brain as you must control both the blue and red car at the same time so that they collect the circles and avoid the squares. It's great if you're competitive as you can spend a lot of time on it with your friends trying to beat each other's high scores.

NBA LIVE Mobile Basketball (free)

Play with your favourite team against other people to see whom the real champions of the NBA are. Very fun game with good graphics and usable controls. The only downside is that, as with many games these days, you need a live internet connection to play.

Mortal Kombat X (free)

Anyone familiar with the console versions will be amazed at the quality of the graphics in the app, especially if you have a powerful phone. We love the mechanics (although battling is basically just fast tapping) and also that you don't have to pay to win. You can progress through the game without spending money and there are no annoying adverts. Not bad for free!

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Darkland (£0.59)

Challenge both your finger and your timing skills to help Billy escape from Darkland. This is a difficult little game but it has a charming character and lovely graphics. The great music makes it hard to get frustrated. Simple mechanics but super addictive. 

Slither.io (free)

No Android games round-up is complete without Slither.io, which is a bit like a modern take on one of the all time classic mobile phone games: Snake. It works in much the same way, but instead of walls you're dodging other players in an effort to get longer and longer. Kids and adult alike love Slither.io.

Pokémon Go

Pokémon GO is a mobile app that you download to your Android smartphone, but play in the real world through augmented reality.

In Pokémon GO the aim is to locate, catch, battle and trade Pokémon, and you are encouraged to connect with other nearby Pokémon GO players as you do so.

According to John Hanke, founder of Niantic, "For the first time, Pokémon will roam free in the real world. Pokémon GO will allow players to capture Pokémon who inhabit parks, shopping areas, sidewalks and the countryside all around the world. Imagine discovering a Squirtle hiding along the waterfront in San Francisco, a Bulbasaur at Shinjuku Station or a Pikachu beneath the Eiffel Tower."

If you're having trouble finding Pokémon GO in the Google Play store or it says your device is incompatible, check out our guide on How to get Pokémon GO now.

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FIFA Mobile Football (free)

The latest in the series of FIFA games for mobile users, FIFA Mobile Football has been slimmed right down to under 100MB, and yet the game itself is bigger and better than ever. Football fans, this is the game you need to download today.

Football gamers should also check out Football Manager Mobile 2017, which costs £6.99.

Asphalt Xtreme: Offroad Racing (free)

Brand-new in the Asphalt series is Asphalt Xtreme: Offroad Racing. You get to rag it around sand dunes, canyons and lots of lovely mud in an effort to be first across the finishing line.

Color Switch (free)

One of the most addictive Android puzzlers we've played, Color Switch requires you to tap a ball past various multicoloured obstacles, matching colours in order to pass.

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Don't Starve Pocket Edition (£3.09)

Imagine a version of Minecraft that's even more spiteful and looks like a steampunk cartoon, and you're picturing the brilliant and brutal Don't Starve. You're dumped in the wilderness with no instructions and it's up to you to collect food, build shelter and work out what things can kill you (clue: pretty much everything).

Bear in mind that Don't Starve is still in beta on Android, so you may find some bugs.

Animation Throwdown: TQFC (free)

Since BBC Three went online only there's been a whopping great Peter Griffin-sized hole in our lives. Animation Throwdown: The Quest For Cards brings back all our favourite animated characters from Family Guy, Futurama, American Dad, King of the Hill and more. 

"Collect character cards, optimize your deck, and create new combos as you fight in an epic card battle bacchanal," describes the dev.

Possibly not one for younger kids. Giggity.

Six! (free)

Screw Tetris, we want to play Six! This free game takes a board that looks very much like Tetris but instead of adding shapes you're removing them, trying to stop a hexagon toppling over the edge. Simple and addictive.

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Final Fantasy IX (£12.99)

It's pricey, and it's a huge file, but there are plenty of decent reasons to download Final Fantasy IX on your Android phone (or preferably tablet) today. This game has sold more than five million copies since its 2000 release, and now it's available for Android. It's quite like the original, but with some upgraded graphics, a virtual D-pad that pops up on screen, and seven new boosters such as fast-forward, maximum gil (money) and maximum damage.

Marvel Avengers Academy (free)

Sign up today for superhero school, under the control of Nick Fury! Avengers Academy lets you step into the boots of a young Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Loki, Captain America and other Marvel heroes, then help them train up in order to defeat Hydra.

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes (free)

If you're loving all the Star Wars hype surrounding the new film, try Galaxy of Heroes from Electronic Arts. You get to play with all your favourite characters, from Luke Skywalker and Han Solo to Darth Vader and more, plus new characters from The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars: Uprising (free)

When you get bored with Galaxy of Heroes, here's another Star Wars game to keep you going. This ones from Kabam, which is also looking for a new hero for the galaxy. You can take part in Sector Battles, create your own character, and play real-time co-op.

XCom Enemy Within (£8.16)

This 'expansion' on XCOM: Enemy Unknown actually contains and replaces the earlier game: story-wise this is the start and end of XCOM: EU with a substantial new section in the middle and a bunch of new enemies, abilities and weapons. It's a fantastically tense and satisfying turn-based strategy game.

XCOM 2 has been out on PC for a while, and we're desperately hoping it'll make the move to mobile before long. Until then we can continue to enjoy this, an oldie but a goodie.

Despicable Me (free)

If you love those little yellow things you'll love Minion Rush. Jump, roll, dodge and scramble to collect bananas in this cute runner game. 

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Minion's Paradise (free)

And there's more for Minion fans: the Minions have been deserted on a tropical island following the sinking of their cruise ship - the poor things. Minion's Paradise lets you join the Minions on what could become the holiday of a lifetime, provided you can build the perfect setting. 

Crossy Road (free)

Why did the chicken cross the road? Never mind that, why didn't you? We love this hopper game, and so will you.

If you love Crossy Road, be sure to also check out Disney Crossy Road.

Fallout Shelter (free)

Fallout fans will love Shelter, a mobile game that gives you complete control over your very own Vault, and the citizens that reside in it. Can you keep your Dwellers happy, fed and protected from the dangers of the outside world in this post-apocalyptic adventure?

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (free)

Who doesn't want their own monster hotel? Customise your city, play quests and mini-games, and decorate your hotel in the official game for the Hotel Transylvania 2 movie.

Minecraft Pocket Edition (£4.99)

Construction sim with endless possibilities. This infinite box of LEGOs has the very real potential to eat your life before your eyes.

Also see Minecraft Story Mode - the first episode is free.

WordBrain (free)

"Even the smartest word game enthusiasts will have a real challenge to complete this game. In fact: only very few have!" That's all the encouragement we need: the challenge is on to become a word master in this headscratchingly difficult hidden-word game.

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Alphabear (free)

Oh now this is super-cute. You spell out words and bears appear. Longer words equal bigger bears and even more cuteness.

Spider-Man Unlimited (free)

Recruit an army of heroes in the Spider-Verse and take on the Sinister Six. This action-packed arcade game will keep you entertained for hours.

Clash of Clans (free)

Form the ultimate Clan with your own army of Barbarians, Archers, Hog Riders, Wizards and more, then defend your village and take down the Goblin King.

If you like Clash of Clans, also check out Clash Royale.

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Lego Ninjago Tournament (free)

Ninjas, it's time to enter Master Chen's Tournament of Elements. You must use your training to take on Elemental Masters, and the more you win the stronger you become.

Monopoly (£1.49)

Who doesn't love Monopoly? If you answered "me", go directly to jail. YOU WILL NOT COLLECT £200.

Table Tennis Touch (79p)

It's not a freebie, but stunning graphics make Table Tennis Touch worth the download. Even more so if you like Ping Pong.

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Sim City Build It (free)

A realistic city-builder that lets you create an environment in which your citizens will thrive, and trade resources with friends online. Just when you think life is going good, real-life challenges will keep you on your toes.

Plants vs Zombies 2 (free)

Plants vs Zombies is the tower-defence game loved by all, and the sequel is much more of the same zombie- and super-plant goodness.

Walking Dead: Road to Survival (free)

TellTale's Walking Dead series is not to be missed, but this alternative is a turn-based RPG that focuses on the original comic books over the TV series, and in which your decisions will determine who lives and who dies. Kicking off at Woodbury, can you take on The Governor?

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Lara Croft Go (£3.99)

Explore the ruins of an ancient civilisation and face deadly challenges in this turn-based adventure game. More than 75 puzzles are split into five chapters.

Bad Piggies (free)

From the makers of Angry Birds, Bad Piggies is an addictive and challenging puzzle game, with some action thrown in to add to the fun.

Temple Run 2 (free)

A hugely popular runner game for Android, Temple Run 2 sees you navigate perilous terrain as you attempt to escape with the cursed idol. However far you can get, it won't be far enough.

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Monument Valley (£2.99)

Supremely calming puzzler with innovative perspective-based gameplay. More soothing than an opiate-spiked Horlicks.

Jetpack Joyride (free)

Mission-driven progression and a range of crazy gadgets, jetpacks, vehicles, achievements and character customisation add replay value to the simple controls and repetitive nature of Barry Steakfries' endless journey in Jetpack Joyride.

Angry Birds (free)

Just because it's old doesn't make it bad: this list would never be complete without this mobile gaming classic.

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Ridiculous Fishing (£1.99)

"A handcrafted game about fishing with guns, chainsaws & toasters." SOLD.

Super Hexagon (£1.99)

Frantic shape-based avoidance game. Punishing difficulty set to a rather wonderful electronic score.

Threes! Free (free)

Potently addictive, simple yet full of strategic depth, Threes is based on a set of numbered tiles that you manipulate around a four-by-four board. There are blue ones, and pinky twos, and you jam these into each other to make white threes. Everything else is a multiple of three created by joining two matching white tiles. Two plus one equals three. Three plus three equals six. Six plus six equals 12. You get the picture.

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Flow Free (free)

Addictive colour-matching fun that is equal parts frustration and satisfaction. Attempt to reach the goal in as few moves as possible.

Sonic Dash (free)

The loveable blue spikey-haired hedgehog returns in this endless runner game for Android. Dash, jump and spin through levels collecting rings, dodging spikes and ultimately climbing the leaderboards.

Dumb Ways To Die 2 (free)

Warioware-style minigames abound in this free gigglefest. Fun, quickfire action, with entertaining deaths aplenty.

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Words With Friends (free)

Words With Friends is in essence Scrabble, played with friends at your own pace. And you get to show them how much more intelligent you are than them. A no-brainer.

Call Of Duty: Heroes (free)

This 3D combat strategy game has you customise your base and train elite forces to wipe out enemies in fierce battle. Plus: create deadly alliances with your friends, competing for in-game rewards.

Riptide GP2 (£1.59)

Rocket-powered hydro jets and futuristic race tracks make Riptide GP2 a fast, fun, and visually stunning racing experience.

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Cut The Rope: Time Travel (free)

Cut the Rope: Time Travel is a new adventure filled with time-traveling, candy-crunching, physics-based action. Help Om Nom feed his ancestors as you play through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, a Pirate Ship, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Stone Age, Disco Era, Wild West, Asian Dynasty, Industrial Revolution and the Future. Great for kids, too.

Beach Buggy Blitz (free)

A fun driving game in which you collect power-ups and performance-boosting upgrades, unlock new vehicles and collect new characters. Awesome fun and gorgeous graphics make Beach Buggy Blitz an easy download.

Machiniarium (£3.99)

Josef the robot is on a mission to save girlfriend Berta from the Blackcap Brotherhood in this award-winning adventure game.

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Marvel Contest of Champions (free)

If you love your superheroes and fighting games then you'll love Contest of Champions. Level up characters and build your own team of champions in this graphically stunning fighter game.

Thomas Was Alone (£3.99)

Satisfying special gameplay takes second place to the compelling writing and characterization. You’ll never care more about a bunch of squares.

Badland (free)

Gorgeous side-scrolling, jump-based platformer, and winner of three awards. Worth downloading for the stunning visuals alone.

Also check out Badland 2, out now!

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Grand Theft Auto San Andreas (£3.99)

Rockstar has retooled its genre-defining franchise for Android, and you can pick up GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas for criminally good gaming wherever you go.

Criminal Case (free)

Are you ready to test your detective skills? This is a hidden-object game with an actual storyline: investigate crime scenes for clues and help the Police of Grimsborough crack murder cases.

Hitman GO (£3.99)

Agent 47’s latest outing is a quasi-board game that plays like the lead-up to a game of Cluedo. Initially odd, but ultimately rewarding.

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Modern Combat 5 Blackout (free)

Gameloft's answer to Call of Duty on the PC or consoles, Modern Combat 5: Blackout is a meaty game which includes both single- and multiplayer modes.

Goat Simulator (£3.99)

For reasons nobody can quite understand, what started out as an Internet joke somehow became one of the most anticipated indie releases of 2014, and has now landed on Android. Play as a goat and wreck as much stuff as possible in this deliberately buggy, shriekingly insane, fantastic mess of a game.

Crazy Taxi City Rush (free)

You've played the driving games that require you to drive well; Crazy Taxi City Rush rewards you for insane driving as you race around doing whatever it takes to get your passengers to their destination on time.

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You Must Build A Boat (£1.99)

Sequel to the award-winning 10000000, You Must Build A Boat builds on the original tile-matching puzzle meets running game with, well, a boat. You have to build it, assemble a crew, and explore whatever dungeons you pass as you float down river.

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