The 25 best games on Android right now

6. New Star Soccer

Modern console footie titles mirror what you see on the telly, and while you do influence proceedings, there’s always a hint of uncanny valley and hollowness. By contrast, New Star Soccer ditches any semblance at realism, instead offering a highlights-based abstraction of the beautiful game. Scrappy and retro, this title’s bite-sized moments of action are ideal for mobile play, as you attempt to take a footballer from non-league to superstardom.

It might not look much like the real thing and it does take liberties with the real world, but New Star Soccer somehow feels like you imagine pro football to be, not least when you’re one-nil down in a cup replay, desperately hoping you’ll get one final crack at goal before the final whistle.

Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩ Price S$free (with IAP available)

Download New Star Soccer here

7. Badland

If you liked the idea of Flappy Bird but hated everything else about it, give Badland a go. It's the best side-scrolling-one-button-physics-floater we've played (and we've played LOADS), and is worthy of its place in this list for its gorgeous graphics alone. It's also beautifully animated: we've never seen a fuzzy alien blob absorb a power-up and gently throb as it grows to 10 times the size, but we're pretty sure this is exactly what it would look like.

As a game, it totally nails the tricky balance between so-hard-you-hate-the-world and so-easy-there's-just-no-point. It's tough, sure, but the checkpoints are well placed and it rewards repeat attempts. And trusts us, the sense of satisfaction you'll feel as you lead your troupe of cloned blobs to the finishing point will outweigh any you got from lasting 10 seconds on Flappy Bird.

Stuff says ✭✭✭✭ Price S$free (with IAP available)

Download Badland here

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8. Asphalt 8: Airborne

There are two ways to approach racing games: you can try to recreate ‘reality’, pretend you’re crafting a ‘simulation’ and make all of the tracks very grey; or you can just go crazy. Asphalt takes the latter route, having you zoom at breakneck speeds around ludicrous hyper-real city courses, which occasionally catapult your car into the air in a manner that is totally not acceptable under your insurance plan.

The fast, drift-happy racing is lots of fun, and although the game’s rather keen to relentlessly provide opportunities to convert real cash to in-game virtual cash, there’s not really any need to do so.

Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✭ Price S$free (with IAP available)

Download Asphalt 8: Airborne here

9. Impossible Road

Less impossible than once it was, thanks to an update that gave the white ball some shaded definition against the all-white background. But, don’t worry, it’s still completely impossible. Keeping the ball on the track – though twists and turns, yumps, bumps and chicanes – is made harder by weird physics which give it apparent weight in the air but no directional momentum in the corners. And the fact that the simple left/right controls rotate the track around the ball, and the slightly sticky track edges occasionally repulse you into the white nothingness and time-out death. But the insistent techno beat and endlessly redrawn and randomised track just keep you rolling back in for another run.

Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩ Price S$3.00

Download Impossible Road here

10. Beyond Ynth HD

Given that tiny hero Kribl is tasked with the lofty goal of bringing light back to the Kingdom of Kriblonia, you’d think he’d stop mucking about in boxes and just fly about the place. But, no; instead, he traverses each level of his quest by rolling about in boxes, which have rather suspiciously designed pathways and platforms within. It’s almost as if Kribl has been dumped inside an initially simple but eventually devious arcade platform-puzzler, where he’ll have to battle treacherous conditions and complex combinations of boxes, in order to emerge victorious! The very thought!

Stuff says ✭✭✭✭ Price S$1.50

Download Beyond Ynth HD here

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