25 essential games to have in your Android collection
Updated October 24, 2018: New entries added
We're big proponents of originality in games. But there's no denying the simple thrill of an expertly executed conversion.
When a developer manages to capture the essence of a game designed for the big screen on a pocket device, it can feel like nothing less than magic. The vagaries of a touch-driven control system make such moments quite rare, but they're out there.
The following examples are from developers who have managed to work things out - or have just been lucky that the original game naturally translates well to Android.
Arguably the greatest card battler of all time, and also a brilliant example of how to do free to play properly. Add a core system that's built for touch and the customary Blizzard polish, and you have the winner that is Hearthstone.
Thimbleweed Park is another classic point and click adventure game from legends Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, yet it originally launched in 2017 rather than the early '90s. This swift mobile port is predictably spot on.
Oxenfree is such a great mystery adventure game, with a memorable artsy aesthetic and a spooky narrative, that it would be a shame if you could only play it at your desk. Now you can play it on your mobile.
This wonderful 3D puzzler has you guiding two coloured cubes around a series of abstract levels, flipping switches for one another. With built-in co-op gameplay, it's as good on mobile as it is on Switch.
Essentially a love letter to the Tokyo district of Shibuya, The World Ends with You: Solo Remix is an appropriately gleeful mash-up of genres and ideas. Its unique swipey combat system seems born to work on mobile.
PUBG isn't a direct conversion of the runaway PC hit. It's been completely rebuilt for mobile. While it's kind of ugly and a little clunky, this battle royale extravaganza is simultaneously one of the most enthralling mobile games of recent times.
We were quite impressed with how the PUBG experience translated to mobile... until Fortnite came along. This was nothing less than the full-fat battle royale-meets-Minecraft experience that millions of people had been playing on console - but on our phones.