The 25 Best Games You Can Play On Your Phone

Forget Candy Crush – these are the time wasters you should download today

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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

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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

6 | 80 Days

Bafta-nominated steampunk game reimagining Phileas Fogg’s journey around the world. Travel by airship, steam-train or mechanical camel. iOS; £3.99

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7 | Hitman GO

The long-running strategy game franchise reimagined as a board game. Fantastic stylised graphics. IOS; £3.99

8 | Badland

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

16 | Dark Nebula HD  Episode Two

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

20 | Implosion  Never Lose Hope

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

25 | AG Drive

Bogglingly fast racer featuring anti-gravity craft and plenty of difficulty/background settings. iOS; £2.99


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