Android can play the game


Smartphones have become incredibly powerful tools in everyday life. The range of applications and widgets, often free, is an astounding arsenal of productivity-enhancing weapons that can be used to fight that enemy called Time.

For those moments when time is not the enemy, there is a plethora of games available to share with Mr. Time. A recent look at the Google Play Store was a reminder of the various Android games available and how confusing (and time consuming) it can be to choose something worthwhile. One assumes having categories will help the decision-making process and the Google Play Store is no exception. Having landed, you can work your way through New and Updated Games, See What’s Trending (this week’s popular games), Indie Games that Rule, Global Favourites, Offline Games, Games Under 25MB and Picks for Gamers.
So far, most of these are free and there’s “See more” for each of the above-mentioned categories.

Jeffrey van Camp made the search for the better games a little easier by presenting “100 awesome Android games you need to try” on He sub-divides them into Action & Shooter, Adventure, Platformer, Puzzle, Strategy and Sports Games.

A drop-down on Google Play lists the proper sub-categories – all seventeen of them. These range from Action and Adventure to Casino and Casual to Simulation and Trivia and others in between. StarWars

One assumes the fun factor increases dramatically among the top paid games in the Roleplay sub-category, where Star Wars KOTOR will set you back 12 Australian Dollars.

From here, prices do go up considerably – one of the priciest games I could see was The World Ends with You, going for 19AUD. The game claims a slick and addictive new combat system and astonishing HD graphics. It was developed in Japan and more than 2,000 gamers rated it 5-star.


On-line or downloaded?

You can play games “on-line” on websites without downloading any software, but also by downloading a fully functional application that will run on your device while you are on the go. When you play on a website, all your Android device should need is a decent “browser” that will display the player interface correctly. When you play a downloaded game, your device must have adequate hardware and it will invoke additional software to run the game’s algorithms and display the player interface.

There are some drawbacks to playing on-line without downloading. As these games run on the vendor’s servers, they take up space, often forcing them to offer a smaller variety of games. The quality of sound and video is also typically compromised for the same reason. On the other hand, if you have a mobile device with decent hardware and software, you can choose from a larger variety of games to download – and even play while you are not connected to the Internet. Playing with a downloaded game has other advantages too, for example saving of game progress, instant loading of games without an Internet connection and receiving newer versions as they become available.

Best of both worlds

You can manage your time best if you are enabled for on-line and off-line games. Why not download and install one or two favourites on your device, so you are not caught with keeping Mr. Time company when you do not have an Internet connection? The rest of the time, when you are on-line, there is that plethora of choices to work through to find your best games. Better get on with it so the games can start.


Anton Venter

Anton covered Google technology for over four years from the the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. He has reviewed mobiles and Android devices for a number of local blogs and magazines; Anton loves researching and numbers.

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