Android gets a bad rap for not having as many good games as iOS, and while it’s true that the platform hasn’t yet closed the gap, there are still plenty of great games to be had. But if you just want our favorites for this year — from a zenlike strategy game to monster-punch madness — we’ve collected them all right here.
This year we’ve picked out some of the very best apps, games, books, and downloads for your new devices. Dig into our top selections for Android apps, Android games, iPhone apps, iPad apps, iOS games, Windows Phone apps, Kindle books, console games, and for your Mac and PC.
Rymdkapsel is a space-age strategy game set in a bizarre, pixel-perfect world. You control several white rectangles as they gather resources, build food stores, research mysterious monoliths, and fire lasers at intruders.
Smashing things is a long-established and highly effective method for stress relief, and Smash Hit elevates it into an art form. Glass walls, windows, pyramids, and even DNA-like helixes are thrust into your path as you fly forward at an accelerating pace, and the only thing you need to do is destroy them before they slam into your face. Simple and addictive to play, gorgeous and delightful to look at.
If you want to get philosophical aboutBadland, it’s rather like the progress of the human genome through time: its unnamed protagonist species multiplies and shrinks in number many times over the course of a single level, but so long as one of those weird black balls makes it through to the end, all is well. Survival of the furriest? Perhaps, but there’s no denying the fiendish appeal of the puzzles and the immersive 2D aesthetic that make Badland such a pleasure to play.
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES 2
Crazy Dave is back with more flowers and more undead creatures to destroy in Plants vs. Zombies 2. Position your plants strategically across the game board to stop the legion of zombies coming to take over your home. This sequel’s got new plants, new Finger Powers, new challenges to keep you on your toes, and of course, more zombies than you can handle.