There are so many games in the Google Play Store it can be tricky to know where to start. To help, here's our pick of the best games for your Android smartphone or tablet.
You can play for five minutes, five hours, or anything in between. However, we know you don't always have time to delve into an in-depth RPG, so for your convenience we have split this list into three handy categories, and then broken those up by genre.
The best Android games for: standing at the bus stop
These games are best played in short five to ten minute bursts. Perfect for killing time when you're waiting for a bus.
8 Ball Pool - Free
With superb physics and gameplay, this is a great way to spend 10 minutes. You only play against real people, so you'll need a decent internet connection for this one.
Angry Birds - Free
Just because it's old doesn't make it bad: this list would never be complete without this mobile gaming classic.
Bad Piggies - Free
From the makers of Angry Birds, Bad Piggies is an addictive little puzzle game, with some action thrown in to add to the fun.
The original puzzler is still one of the all-time greats. Available in both regular and Blitz flavours.
Cat Physics - Free
Another physics game, its enjoyable gameplay is bolstered by the fact that it’s all done with cats. Aww.
2048 – Free
Swap numbered tiles in order to reach the desired goal number of 2048. Smart, compulsive fun.
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.
Cut The Rope – Free
Classic gravity-based cartoon fun. The perfect blend of simple to grasp yet hard to master.
Dots – Free
Charmingly simple game involving matching coloured dots. Several different modes, including a ‘zen’ mode for unlimited play.
Candy Crush Saga – Free
This game is notorious for eating people’s lives, and it’s easy to see why. Block-matching fun that’s addictive like Skittles laced with crack.
Crush the Castle – 60p
Essentially Angry Birds, but the medieval siege warfare paintjob gives it a diverting twist. Fun for anyone with a fondness for nights and castles.
Hill Climb Racing - Free
Thanks to fun physics and its addictive nature, this one will keep you coming back.
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - £1.78
Jump off vertiginous skyscrapers, while managing not to smear yourself over the side of a building.
Robot Unicorn Attack 2- Free
Made by Adult Swim, this ‘endless runner’ is notable for its upgrade system, soundtrack and kitschy charm.
Tower Boxing – Free
Successor to Timberman, Tower Boxing features identical gameplay, swapping out the lumberjack for a Godzilla-sized Rocky rip-off punching out buildings.
Badland – Free
Gorgeous side-scrolling, jump-based platformer, and winner of three awards. Worth downloading for the stunning visuals alone.
Dumb Ways To Die - Free
Warioware-style minigames abound in this free gigglefest. Fun, quickfire action, with entertaining deaths aplenty.
Only One – Free
Use upgradable abilities to fight waves of enemies on a pillar in the sky. Basically Highlander: The Game.
JFrotz - Free
A system for playing classic Infocom text adventures like Zork. The lack of graphics masks what are still very well made games.
Game Dev Story - £1.60
Theme Hospital-style management sim, but featuring a game development studio. Quirky fun, even if you’re not interested in the industry.
Tiny Death Star – Free
A spinoff of the wildly successful Tiny Tower, this is essentially the same game with a Star Wars theme. Good enough for us.
Qube Kingdom – Free
Mix of RTS and tower defense game featuring blocky, Minecraft-style graphics, with upgradeable heroes. Childishly charming.
The best Android games for: playing on the train
These are ideal for the commute to work, and suit sessions of half an hour to 45 minutes.
Smash Hit – Free
Chilled out rail-shooter with unspeakably satisfying shatter effects. Perfect for a spot of post-work stress relief.
Blek - £1.75
The perfect game for a touch-screen. A repeated-motion affair that looks like some form of art.
Blendoku – Free
Simple and inventive colour-matching game that shouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable as it is. Arty fun to keep your brain ticking over.
Lyne - £1.60
Minimalist, geometric puzzle game with both designed and procedurally generated levels. Taxing and relaxing at the same time.
Super Hexagon - £1.99
Frantic shape-based avoidance game. Punishing difficulty set to a rather wonderful electronic score.
Deer Hunter – Free
Hunting sim with a vast wealth of locations, animals, weapons and upgrades. Perfect for your inner carnivore.
Amateur Surgeon 3 – Free
Funny, stylized surgery sim full of weird and wacky ailments. Operation for grownups.
Pinball Arcade – Free, with additional tables as in-app purchases
If you’ve ever spent a few hours pumping coins into slots at an arcade or a bar, this is for you. Shedloads of painstakingly recreated classic tables.
Earn to Die – 69p
Side-scrolling driving game that sees you moving down hordes of zombies in an upgradeable car. Death-Proof meets Dawn of the Dead.
Worms 3 - £1.49
The original 2D warfare game, Worms has personality for days. The turn-based style suits mobile gaming perfectly, and it’s always fun naming your worms after famous people and blowing the hell out of them.
Unpossible - £1.17
First-person endless runner with a gorgeous neon colour scheme. Brutally difficult but entirely fair gameplay will have you instantly hooked.
Out There – £2.49
Procedurally generated space exploration game. Meet alien races, explore planets and upgrade your ship; think FTL without the combat.
Real-time RPG combat with the stars of Marvel’s latest outing. The unique storyline and nods to the comics make it worth the time for any superhero fan.
Superbrothers Sword And Sorcery - £2.99
As much an extended music video as it is a game, this has a fantastic soundtrack as well as superbly witty, tongue-in-cheek writing.
10000000 - £1.99
Part tile-matching puzzle game and part dungeon-crawling RPG, this fiendishly addictive little number will suck you in with its deceptive simplicity.
Pixel Dungeon – Free
Choose from four classes in this traditional rogue-like. This game fully lives up to the genre’s unforgiving reputation.
Battleheart - £1.85
A quirky little RPG with wonderfully fluid touch controls. The art style is instantly endearing, with gameplay to match.
The best Android games for: the lunch break
The games below are meaty affairs, and require some solid attention. Around an hour's play time is the optimum length, and they fill out a lunch break nicely.
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.
Monument Valley - £2.49
Supremely calming puzzler with innovative perspective-based gameplay. More soothing than an opiate-spiked Horlicks.
The Room 2 – £1.99
Physical puzzles in a beautifully-realised 3D world make this somewhat unsettling sequel a joy to play.
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.
Hitman GO - £2.99
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.
The Bard’s Tale - £1.20
Spades of humour poking fun at every aspect of the fantasy genre. The touch controls work well, but it’s the writing that really shines.
Max Payne - £1.99
The inimitable Max Payne slow-motion dives onto mobile devices in this port of the PS2-era classic. Timeless noir cheese.
GTA Series –Various
Rockstar have retooled their genre-defining franchise for Android, and you can pick up GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas for criminally good gaming wherever you go.
Double Dragon Trilogy - £1.79
Cartridge era beat-em-up that is still 80s to its bones. Choose from arcade or story mode and go wail on criminals.
Real Racing 3 - free
Stunningly detailed track racer with a vast library of licensed cars, including Bugattis, Ferraris and Porsches.
Five Nights At Freddy’s - £1.81
One of the best horror experiences in recent memory comes to Android. Rock-simple gameplay mechanics belie an immersive and terrifying experience that will give you PTSD in spades.
Scumm VM – free
Emulator for playing classic 1990s Lucasarts adventure games like Loom, Sam and Max and the ever-popular Monkey Island franchise.
Knights of Pen and Paper - £2.99
Old-school RPG that puts you in control of not just heroic wizards and barbarians, but also the sweaty nerds controlling them.
The Walking Dead – Free (additional episodes as in-app purchases)
Telltale’s critically acclaimed adventure game adaptation of AMC’s series is engrossing and heartfelt. A must-play.
Star Command - £1.75
Assume the role of intrepid starship captain, guiding your crew through dangerous encounters. Boldly go download it.
Deep Dungeons of Doom – free
Retro-inspired RPG with lashings of charm. Switch between three classes as you make your way through the bowels of the world in search of loot.