Mobile apps were made for killing time. Whether you’re waiting for your date to get ready or slacking at work, games are a great way to pass the time. Finding a worthwhile app is a daunting task, however. For every diamond there’s at least 10 acres of rough, and there’s no way you’re beating Candy Crush Level 130 … ever.
Need something to play on your brand new Samsung, Nexus, or HTC smartphone? Looking for the next Clash of Clans? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Android games for 2016 so that you can go back to ignoring your neighbors.
Odds on the Best-Selling Android Games of 2016:
Fallout Shelter: 4/1
Winner of the 2015 Golden Joystick for Best Mobile Game, Fallout Shelter is a simulation game that gives players a chance to run their very own underground “Vault” and build a thriving community in a post-apocalyptic world. Keep your citizens fed and happy, or rule your underlings with an iron fist. If you’re a fan of the Fallout series, you’ll love the updated version of this handheld adventure.
Nothing kills the time better than a good old fashioned zombie shooter, and Unkilled is one of the best mobile offerings so far this year. Players can even clone their own undead army and attack opponents bases at will. Throw in solid graphics and controls, and you have yourself a truly satisfying FPS.
The hit sandbox game is now available in an updated pocket-sized version, perfect for building empires on the go. Players can pick one of two modes: creative mode is only limited by your imagination, whereas survival mode requires you to craft weapons and ward off enemy invasions. New to this version: desert temples, Redstone circuits, and holiday skins.
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is another attempt from the franchise to separate nerds everywhere from their hard earned cash. In this action-packed RPG, players get to pick from a roster of classic Star Wars heroes and villains, plus new characters from The Force Awakens. Yoda may be missing from the lineup, but still be addicted, you will.
FIFA 16 Ultimate Team: 15/1
FIFA 16 Ultimate Team brings footy fans a faster, more streamlined version of its iconic game. Enhanced hybrid controls and attacking intelligence let you blow past your opponents. Make sure you have plenty of memory on your Android (at least 1.4 gigs worth of storage) to take full advantage of the game’s beautifully detailed gameplay.
Star Wars: Uprising: 18/1
If you still have cash in your wallet after beating Galaxy of Heroes, you can test your skills with the force in Star Wars: Uprising. The game takes place in between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and features epic “Sector Battles,” real-time co-op play, and fully customizable character options.
The Room Three: 20/1
The highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning The Room and The Room Two was released earlier this year. This tactile puzzle adventure makes you feel as though you are going along for the ride. Uncover artifacts, discover secrets, and solve the mystery. Once you start, it will be impossible to put your phone down.
Please, Don’t Touch Anything is our top indie game pick. The premise? You’re left in a control room by yourself, and told not to touch anything while your coworker goes on a bathroom break. You as the player will proceed to do the exact opposite, with each combination of buttons and controls triggering a different reaction. The goal is to trigger the required outcome, assuming you don’t get canned first.
The Minions are back in this cute, all-ages runner game. Collect exotic fruits, dodge obstacles, and perform despicable acts as you run through iconic stages like Gru’s Lab and El Macho’s Lair. When you’ve conquered campaign mode, challenge and taunt your friends to beat your high score. Best of all, Minion Rush is full of unpredictably funny Minion moments.
Tap Tycoon: 30/1
If you’re looking to conquer your enemies without finger-smashing your phone, then Tap Tycoon is for you. Lead your country to world domination by creating a business empire in the 35th century. Invest in wacky technologies, and tap your way to success as you build up your companies. Only a smart strategy will lead to tycoon status, after which you will presumably rock a toupee and run for the Republican nomination.
Pandemic: The Board Game: 40/1
Plagues and epidemics have spread all over the world. You’re tasked with containing the outbreak and finding a cure before humanity is doomed. Based on the hit board game, this test of strategy is fun to play alone or with friends as a team. And since it plays like a board game, you can be sure that hipsters will be all over this one.
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