Shadow Fight 2: our current favorite
Shadow Fight 2 is a one-on-one fantasy fighting game featuring lifelike animations, intuitive controls and tons of weapons. It’s relatively slow paced for a fighting game, meaning bouts are often as much about strategic decisions as they are quick reactions: trying to hold your nerve and defend against an onslaught of attacks with dwindling health is nerve-wracking. A free-to-play, offline classic.
Shadow Fight 2 will turn you into an epic warrior. / © ANDROIDPIT
Shadow Fight 2
If you find yourself almost out of your data allowance or facing a long trip where you need to conserve battery life, offline games are a must-have in your games repertoire. Take a look at our roundup of the best Android offline games to keep on your phone for those no-internet fun times.
Best Android puzzle games
Roll the Ball: our current favorite
Roll the Ball is a slide puzzle game that requires you to use physics and engineering to win. Well, you at least have to do some planning which requires a good amount of strategy. This is a brain-training game that keeps you actively focused and planning ahead. So if you’re in for a challenge, then this is for you.
The goal of the game is to get the ball from the start to the ‘goal.’ You do that by configuring the tiles so the ball can move through a continuous tube. The blue and red tiles cannot be moved, but rather have screws that connect them to the ‘wall’. All of the wooden tiles can be moved, including ones with tubes and without. Remember, it’s not always necessary to use every tube tile, so get creative with your moves.
Once you start solving puzzles, the tile volume increases. There are different features and bonus games that earn you hints that you can later use if you get into a jam. You can also earn them by watching videos. The only complaint I have is the ads. Unless you pay, they pop up every third game.
Roll the Ball requires you to do some planning and think ahead with your moves. / © ANDROIDPIT
Download Roll the Ball from Google Play.
Cut the Rope 2
Our current favorite puzzle game on Android is Cut the Rope 2, in which you feed candy to a little green critter known as Om Nom. How do you do this? By cutting rope, of course.
This free-to-play title features painterly graphics and fiendishly clever puzzles. Don’t be fooled by the cutesy visuals, though: Cut the Rope 2 gets seriously tough by the time you reach the later levels. But because success is only ever a few snips away, this one never gets old.
Cut the Rope 2 is our current favorite Android puzzle game. / © ANDROIDPIT
Cut the Rope 2
The name says it all: Stack is a block stacking game that requires good timing and nerves of steel. While it’s action packed, it has a simplicity that’s refreshing. That’s because the blocks and background colors change during the game and from one round to the next.
Timing is key in Stack. You need to build a tower with blocks that slide in from the left and right side of the screen. If you are just a tiny bit off, you will lose part of the block. As you lose more and more, it becomes more difficult to time and soon enough you miss entirely and your game is over. If you continually get perfect timed stacks your base will increase in size and it will become easier.
As you play more, you unlock gems. These gems go towards new block styles you can use. There are plenty of different choices you can make like retro, zigzag, brick and platinum. You can also watch a video to get more gems.
You need quick fingers and expert timing for Stack. / © ANDROIDPIT
Best Android tower defense games
Plants vs Zombies 2: our current favorite
Plants vs Zombies is one of the classic free-to-play tower defense games and its sequel might be the shining star of the genre. Plants vs Zombies 2 sees you employing the services of assorted shrubbery to defeat an approaching zombie army.
PopCap delivers a colorful, addictive, well-balanced strategy game with near-endless replay value. It’s continuously inventive and each stage has its own set of unique traits, which means that progressing through them always throws up new challenges.
As far as free-to-play games go, Plants vs Zombies 2 is pretty generous in terms of the unlocked content that is freely available. And it’s also a helluva good time.
Plants vs Zombies 2 is one of the kings of the tower defense genre. / © ANDROIDPIT
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Defense Zone 2 HD
Defense Grid 2 HD is a more realistic tower-defense game, with a modern military theme. In comparison to its cutesy competition, it certainly has more grit, but it also has excellent gameplay.
There is a lot of tactical depth to the game, which may make it difficult to get into if you’ve never played a tower defense game before. However, I suspect that genre veterans will relish the challenge it presents.
Defense Zone 2 HD costs US$2.99 for the full version, but there is a light version available if you want to check that first. It’s definitely one of the best tower defense games on Android.
Defense Zone 2 HD has the gameplay to match its excellent graphics. / © ANDROIDPIT
Defense Zone 2 HD Lite
Castle defense is another free-to-play title. Set in a fantasy realm, it’s one of the older tower defense titles and there’s nothing exactly revolutionary to be found here. But Castle Defense nails the basics of the genre and acts as an excellent starting point for those who are new to this type of game.
The enemies walk along a fixed path which you must line with towers to prevent them reaching the end. The graphics and audio are just okay, but with more than 100 levels, three difficulty settings and an exciting upgrade system, Castle Defense will still keep you coming back for more.
Sadly, the Castle Defenders graphics are quite low-res compared to the competition. / © ANDROIDPIT
Best Android RPGs
Dragon Heroes: Shooter RPG
Essentially a vertical-scrolling shooter with RPG elements, Dragon Heroes: Shooter RPG lends some welcome depth to an inherently simplistic genre. By progressing through the levels, you can unlock a variety of heroes and upgrade their skills in a bid to save Dragonia from a spate of Dragons, who are also the bosses on each level.
The shooting gameplay is simple, colorful and kinetic and there are seemingly endless buttons to press in the menus, lending it a nice arcade vibe. The only gripe is the absurd loading time the game requires, particularly when starting up. It’s quickly forgotten once you’re blasting merrily away at dragons, but it can be frustrating when you want to dive in for a quick game and you have to wait several minutes to get onto a level.
The game feature several different modes, PvP battles and Guilds, so there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck into.
Vertical-scrolling, dragon-obliterating mayhem.