Modern Combat 5: Blackout
It's sort of mind-boggling that you can capably play a first-person shooter on a smartphone, but Gameloft's Modern Combat 5: Blackout shows how it's done.
There's solid campaign action chopped up into small bits, but the biggest attraction is surely the online multiplayer shootouts, which recall not only the look and feel of Call Of Duty, but also the fun. You'll need a pretty capable handset to run this one, but it's a blast online.
Age Of Empires: Castle Siege
The classic Microsoft real-time strategy franchise is reborn on Windows Phone as a city-building affair with combat elements – in other words, it's essentially a Clash of Clans-alike. Despite the obvious influence (and move away from the source formula), it's a solid historical strategy affair meant to fill spare moments in your day as you advance your civilization, battle foes, and hopefully spend no real money.
FIFA 15: UT
The latest mobile version of EA's all-conquering console behemoth has had a rebranding for 2015, now appearing in the guise of FIFA 15: UT. The 'UT', lest you're not a big FIFA player, stands for Ultimate Team, and refers to FIFA's card-swapping, team-building spin-off game.
Is that a good thing? Well not entirely, given that Ultimate Team is now the sole focus of the game. Don't get us wrong, we love UT, but there are times when we just want a friendly kickabout without having to work too hard at it. Plus, it's beset by constant opportunities to, er, upgrade the game by spending money.
On the other hand, the on-pitch action itself is now better than ever and given that you can play it for free if you don't mind compromising your squad a bit, it's still the best choice for footie on Windows Phone.
Angry Birds Space
The last original Angry Birds game to be worth a damn is free on Windows Phone, amazingly, and it's a great reminder of how much fun the series was at its peak. Space twists the original pull-and-fling design with the addition of gravitational pull and other cartoonish sci-fi elements, and has a wide array of planets and challenges included. And all of the other Angry Birds games are free, so you've got options.
Unlike normal jetpacks (OK, jetpacks aren’t really normal to begin with), this experimental weapon spews bullets, lasers, rainbows (really?) and unicorns. Nah, we’re kidding about the unicorns, though their stabby horns could do some massive damage. Your only mission is to keep Barry Steakfries alive. Mmm, steak fries.