Best Android games

Not only was there a generous array of fine Android apps to grace the Play Store over the last 30 days, we've got some awesome Android games launching in April too. There's a healthy mix of action, strategy, and casual this go-around, but regardless of genre, these are all some truly outstanding titles. Our top five picks are below, so dig in - if you think you're ready.

Best Android games of April 2014

The Walking Dead: The Game

The Walking Dead is an outstanding comic and television show about a group of survivors in a zombie apocalypse. Though the game here has little to do with either of those series, you'll find just as much cinematic excellence. Players have to make snap life-or-death decisions, complete rigorous gauntlets of reflex gameplay when fighting off the undead, and, worst of all, live with the decisions you've made from one episode to the next. You take control of a convict named Lee that gets a second chance at life, but also the weighty responsibility of keeping an abandoned little girl safe and sane. You get the first season for free, but you'll find yourself hooked enough that you might as well just plunk down the $15 for the full season now. Trust me, it's worth it. This game will pull on some heartstrings.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM for Android

XCOM is a mix of strategic turn-based combat and long-term base-building. Players engage in international missions to clear out alien threats in an attempt to keep global panic to a minimum. These combat scenarios require the intelligent usage of cover, mobility, and specialized skills. Keeping your squad alive isn't just a matter of making it through a level, since once a member is dead, they're gone for good and you have to train a rookie from scratch to replace them. Though players earn rewards for completing missions, they have to stay in the good books of countries around the world in order to the keep research funding coming in. New technologies like weapons, jets, infrastructure, and lots more will determine if mankind can stave off extinction. XCOM is a widely respected strategy game across many platforms, and it's more than welcome to deploy on Android, especially without any in-app purchases to contend with.

Clumsy Ninja

Clumsy Ninja found its way to Android recently, which is a wonderfully-animated casual game. Players get their own little doe-eyed ninja that they take through a training regimen. That includes a trampoline, a punching bag, and even a basketball net to toss the hapless little guy through. As you master various training implements, you unlock new animations and the next tier of equipment. There's no real "winning", and it barely qualifies as a game, but as an interactive toy, Clumsy Ninja is fantastic. The physics employed to bring the ninja to life and how he reacts to, say, you swatting him in the head or tickling his belly are flat-out adorable. Even the simple act of flinging him into the air and watching him flail is enjoyable. Within that framework, the freemium model isn't obtrustive, since you're basically just paying for more entirely optional objects to mess around with. Oh, and if you've ever got kids around, Clumsy Ninja will keep them occupied indefinitely.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition

Baldur's Gate is a port of a classic party-based RPG. Players wind their way through the Forgotten Realms, a well-known Dungeons & Dragons setting. Extremely colorful characters with well-written dialog and beautiful character portraits keep you riveted to your party, while a wide range of class options let you play your way at the same time. Combat can be very exciting as players pause everything, queue up the actions of their party members, then unpause to watch the chaos unfold all at once. Don't worry about the in-app purchases notification in the Play Store; Baldur's Gate only offers an additional portrait pack for $1.99. No premium currency or timers here. For old school Dungeons & Dragons purists, Baldur's Gate is required playing. Read our review of the iOS version to get a feeling of what to expect.

Impossible Road

In Impossible Road, you have to guide a ball called "The Vessel" down an infinite, winding track without falling off the edge. You get scored based on how many checkpoints you cross along the way, though it's possible to skip them if you fall off the edge and land further down the track. That's a lot harder than it sounds, by the way. Though the premise of Impossible Road is simple enough, it is obscenely difficult. The rage it creates will either drive you inexorably forward to play over and over again, or to uninstall the game in a fit of spite. Either way, whee!

Your favorite Android games from April 2014?

Those are our favorite games to launch in the Play Store this April, but we're all ears when it comes to others. Leave a comment with yours! Also, it's a busy ecosystem, so be sure to catch up on our editors apps picks every weekend to hear about the best of the best.

 

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Best Android games of April 2014

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I was thinking the same. HOWEVER, now that mobile games are getting closer to console (last gen at least) quality graphix, i wouldnt mind spend $10 on a QUALITY game, but i have to be able to try it first.

I'd rather pay $10 for a really good game than get a free one that either requires or constantly hounds me for in-app purchases, though.

Amen! I don't do in-app purchases. I play a game until I need to purchase something and then remove it. If I could pay a single fee up front (after a quick trial) I would spend a lot more than I do now.

Consider that XCOM was $59 on Xbox 360 and PS3, then $20 on iOS. $10 is a BARGAIN for a game of this quality! I have ZERO problems paying $20 for a QUALITY game that is not plagued with microtransactions! $10? That's a no-brainer, 1st day purchase!

I've been seeing Clumsy Ninja every day on the front page of the Play Store since it last updated. Looked like a casual game that I had no interest in. After 10 seconds of watching the video I recognized that they were using the Euphoria physics engine. Went to their page and lo-and-behold, it's by NaturalMotionGames. You should start with that.

They're games are worth downloading for watching alone.

I got the game and can't play it as it crashes constantly on the note 12.2. Seems it crashes on a good few devices.

Downloaded Impossible Road because the developer was actually commenting on another post on this site and helping people. (wanted to support an awesome developer) Then I played the game... I tried to play the game that is. Good luck playing for more than 10 seconds. Way too damn hard imo.

For me, it's definitely less frustrating. Once you learn how fast the ball will rotate or what jumps are possible, it's not too bad. My high score so far is 97, whereas I can't last more than a few seconds on Super Hexagon.

Clumsy Ninja has taken way more of my time than I'd like to admit

Posted via my oldie but goodie Nexii 4 using the Android Central App

I hear that. I downloaded it at work...big mistake.

Posted from my caseless GS5. Because I believe in myself.

In the iOS video review I thought that they mentioned that it did; I haven't seen that capability between my S3 and Nexus 7 though. Perhaps there's a setting that I'm missing.

Age of strategy is a new game that I have found to be like Empire Earth but strategy wise like ruse. I recommend trying it out for android users!