The Google Play marketplace is filled with great games to play on your Android smartphone. Here are just 10 titles that might keep you occupied for a few minutes or, if you get hooked, a few hours.
While Delver seems to resemble a mobile version of Minecraft, it is in fact an action-oriented 3D dungeon crawler which will see you battling with demons and collecting plenty of treasure along the way.
Because the levels are generated at random each time you play, you will never encounter the same experience twice, which makes it good value for money.
Conquest! Medieval Realms
If you prefer strategy games in the vein of Civilisation then this turn-based title will appeal to you. While it may lack the complexity of full PC titles in this genre, the developers have done a good job of getting in enough content without sacrificing user-friendliness.
This game is created by the same people who brought you the hit franchise Angry Birds, so the level of quality and polish is good.
It is a cartoony, physics-based puzzler which not only lets you tackle predetermined levels but also create your own tricky set-ups which can then be shared online.
New Star Soccer
This is not a football game in the traditional sense, but is rather all about lining up shots and scoring goals from a progressively more complicated set of positions on the field.
Using your finger to flick the ball about is intuitive and there is even a career mode which integrates role-playing elements for added depth.
Swiping and cutting objects using a touchscreen smartphone was popularised by Fruit Ninja, but iSlash takes it to a dynamic new level.
You can carve up all sorts of wooden shapes and the graphics have been greatly improved since this first saw the light of day on the iPhone.
Taking its inspiration from the black and white visual style of console hit Limbo, this game throws occasional colours into the mix as you run, jump and climb across inventive levels.
What makes this platformer particularly interesting is that you can slow down time when you have to carry out manoeuvres which would be tough to achieve otherwise.
This app does for skateboarding what Trials HD did for motocross, encouraging you to take on various tracks based around quick reactions and character control rather than tricks and multipliers.
The graphics are colorful and appealing and the controls are pitched perfectly between user-friendly and challenging. You can get deals on Blackberry Sim by going to websites like Sim Only and increasing your monthly data allowance so that game downloads are not too expensive.
It is difficult to browse the games section of the Google Play store for more than few minutes without coming across a zombie-related game, but Zombie Ace manages to stand out from the crowd of mediocre titles by being fun.
You control a plane peopled with the walking dead as you progress ever rightwards and attempt to fend off attacks.
Temple Run: Brave
This is a movie tie-in which actually offers good controls and addictive gameplay. It’s based on the Pixar movie of the same name and you control a red-haired heroine as she attempts to escape a bear by running down an obstacle-strewn path.
Allowing you to fight for treasure in an engaging and original 2D world, Battleloot Adventure is a rewarding turn-based game which lets you upgrade your characters and even modify their positions on the screen to give you the tactical edge over your computer-controlled foes.
Android has become one of the best platforms for affordable mobile gaming and it gets hundreds of new titles each month, so check back regularly to keep up with the latest trends. You will often need to find a way to fill your time while you travel or commute and playing a mobile game is a great way to do so.