New Star Soccer
New Star Soccer is one of the smartest mobile football adaptations we've ever played – no disrespect to FIFA 14, also on this list, of course – delivering a game that finds an ideal balance between touch-centric simplicity and long-lasting depth. As a rookie player, you'll simply handle your own business on the pitch with swipes and taps, but there's an entire off-the-field aspect to living your young life, as well. Career mode is limited in the free version, but a one-time fee opens it up for good.
Star Wars Commander
If your love of Star Wars was recently renewed by The Force Awakens, then Star Wars Commander might be the game for you.
It's a Clash of Clans-esque base builder that lets you oversee your own little corner of the galaxy, as you choose whether to side with the Rebellion or Empire and complete missions that toss in the likes of Darth Vader, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. Just try not to blow through all your galactic credits at once.
Despicable Me: Minion Rush
Bananas. Lots of bananas. And unicorns. There’s definitely unicorns in this endless runner featuring the adorable minions from Despicable Me. Did we mention you’ll get to use that awesome freeze ray and strap the minions on to a rocket? Please don’t report us to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Minions.
Heroes of Order & Chaos
We may never see smash multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games such as League Of Legends and Dota 2 on mobile devices, but Heroes Of Order & Chaos does a rather impressive job of mimicking their core appeal. You'll choose a fantasy hero and set out with online allies in small teams to destroy the opposing squad's structures and rule the match. It's tuned for quick sessions, and surprising giving for a free game.
On the run from an angry policeman and his pup, Subway Surfers sends you off sprinting alongside and on top of trains as you swipe between three tracks. The frantic pace gives it a distinctive edge: after a minute or two, you'll be leaping, rolling, and swapping lanes at a constant pace, which builds up fun in bunches. And with frequent updates that alter the location and content, it has ongoing appeal.