An old-school “roguelike” game of subterranean fantasy exploration with lovely pixel-art visuals, Pixel Dungeon’s automatically-generated levels deliver a different experience every time. Can you fight through the dungeon’s monsters and navigate its traps in order to find the Amulet of Yendor?
Temple Run 2
Probably the best-known of the “endless runner” games (its developers have even sold the movie rights to a Hollywood studio) Temple Run 2 tasks you with sprinting for as long as possible, avoiding obstacles and staying a few steps ahead of the monkey-demon creatures in pursuit. Coins and power-ups keep you alive, while new unlockables keep you coming back time and time again.
Hopeless: The Dark Cave
At turns cute and disturbing, this game sees you playing as gun-toting yellow blobs in the centre of a pitch black cave. Things run towards your little pool of light in the middle and you have only a moment to react: monsters must be shot before they can grab you, while other yellow blobs need to be left to join you and increase your powers. But the tension is such that you’ll sometimes find yourself blasting would-be blobby allies...
Dead Trigger 2
One of a new breed of first-person shooters that are actually fun/possible to play on a touchscreen, Dead Trigger 2 (and its predecessor) are some of the best-looking games on Android. OK, so it doesn’t rival Halo for design or fluidity of control, but this gore-flecked zombie apocalypse adventure is surprisingly deep for a smartphone title.
Cut the Rope
Another longtime mobile favourite, Cut the Rope tasks you with solving increasingly elaborate physics-based puzzles with a well-timed swipe of your finger.