If you’re reading this, your Christmas went well: probably because one of the best Android phones was waiting for you under the tree, ready to be filled with games.
Whether it’s the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, OnePlus 9 Pro, Google Pixel 4a, or one of the best foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G, as long as it wasn’t iPhone 13, we have games Android here which will suit your device and your needs.
There is something magical about getting a new device when there is little else to do but sit back and play with it. In other words, we are jealous!
We’ve tried to create a nice balance of games across different genres and styles, rather than relying on the AAA titles you all know or can easily find. Without further ado, let’s move on to the best guide to Android games.
1. Among us!
Do we really need to say something about the smashing success of Among Us?
Among us was the game during the pandemic, leaving interaction hungry gamers to spend hours alongside others around the world. Task? Locate and kick an impostor from your ship.
The Android version is really well done, extremely fun to play, and the perfect first download for your shiny new smartphone. Just make sure you don’t get too lost.
To download Among us
2. Hitman goes
We told you it would be an eclectic roster and our next game, Hitman Go, is a good example of that. Taking much of what makes PC and console games so good, Go has received rave reviews since launch.
The turn-based game is packed with great graphics, tense gameplay and action. Your mission is to kill the target and the rest is up to you. Well, you and Agent 47.
A fantastic way to spend pleasant Christmas afternoons.
To download Hitman go
3. Valley of monuments
If you like beautiful games then Monument Valley, ustwo’s hit, is the perfect outlet: a mind-blowing puzzle game, full of smooth graphics and increasingly complex levels.
Seriously, if you’ve never played this game – maybe you’re on the fence or never had time to download it – now is the time. A perfect way to spend a few hours and ultimately days. Over the years ustwo has also added a lot of new levels so it might even be worth revisiting for existing players.
Maybe the perfect game, at least in terms of level design.
To download Monument valley
4. Reigns: Her Majesty
What better game to play on the day of the Queen’s Speech than Reigns: Her Majesty, a new sweep-based game based on a royal court, with all the drama associated with it.
This is the kind of game that you have to download and try to fully understand the allure, but basically you make a series of decisions (swiping left and right) to keep control of the realm alongside your husband, the king.
You need to maintain a balance between kindness and cruelty, with the level of complexity increasing as you progress. Difficult to go all the way.
To download Reign: His Majesty
Threes might be our cheapest game on the list – especially without IAPs – but that doesn’t make it by far the worst.
An intuitive puzzle game that will keep you entertained for hours, Threes is very well designed and charming, constantly surprising you with little quirks. The challenge is endless in solo, which makes it the perfect way to spend the vacation time.
To download Three
6. Leo’s fortune
T3 readers, meet Léo. A thief has stolen his gold and your job is to help him get it back. To reclaim what is rightfully his, Leo must travel through amazingly beautiful worlds, survive traps and puzzles, and follow the trail.
Leo’s Treasure has won numerous awards and for good reason: the game is really good, which makes a well-known format exciting and fresh.
You can even plug in a gamepad.
To download Leo’s fortune
7. Horn of the ocean
You know the feeling: waking up on a desert island to find a letter from your missing father. Using only his old notebook and a mysterious necklace, you must find him.
So begins Oceanhorn, a truly thrilling Android game that takes you across unknown seas to save it with a ton of adventures along the way.
The gameplay and visuals are what sets this game apart, making it a perfect choice for stretching your legs on your new device.
To download Horn of the ocean
8. Samorost 3
Wow, just wow.
Samorost 3 is an incredibly beautiful game, full of rich and detailed environments and weird and disturbing creatures. We absolutely love it.
The rule of thumb is a little odd but stick with it: you are a space gnome who uses a magic flute to scour the cosmos in search of your origins. As you travel, you visit nine unique worlds filled with challenges, creatures, and more.
A unique, beautiful and, above all, fun game.
To download Samorost 3
9. Forgotten Anne
A mind-boggling storytelling game that follows, you guessed it, Anne on her adventures in the Forgotten Lands, a place where forgotten objects go.
Your mission is to quell a rebellion in the Forgotten Lands to help Anne and her master, Bonku, escape to the Human Realm. It’s a lot of fun and the visuals are amazing.
To download Forgotten Anne
And last but not least: the award-winning metro strategy game is an ideal choice for your Android smartphone, allowing you to try and develop and manage a metro network.
Honestly give this one a try – you’ll be frustrated, excited, and challenged all at the same time having the satisfaction of building a functioning network.
A perfect game for Christmas day.
To download Mini-metro