Saturday 16 December 2017

Top 300: Games

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Puzzlers, role-players and all-action shoot-em-ups: here are the best games to start you off

Plants versus Zombies

iOS, Android; price varies by device

Even though it is almost three years old, this is one of the most addictive games ever made for smartphones and tablets. Plant a range of seeds to repel bungling zombies from coming into your cottage and eating your brains. Once you start playing, it’s hard to stop.


iOS, Android; free to download, in-app purchases

The FIFA series of games features real clubs and real players, thanks to licensing tie-ins. It’s probably the best football game available.

Grand Theft Auto III

iOS, Android; €4.50

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Rockstar has released ‘GTA3’ for mobile devices. It’s not quite as deep as the console version, but it’s a very impressive translation.

Temple Run 2

iOS, Android; free

This Indiana Jones-style app is one of the most popular smartphone games downloaded by kids. There are some in-app purchases, but you can do a lot in it for free.

Atari’s Greatest Hits

iOS, Android; free with in-app purchases

You get ‘Missile Command’ for free and it’s €10 to buy 98 other games, including ‘Centipede’, ‘Pong’, ‘Breakout’ and lots of other Atari classics.

World Of Warcraft Armory

iOS, Android; free

No games rundown would be complete without a nod to ‘World Of Warcraft’, the longest-running massive multiplayer online game going. This allows you to keep up with your characters and your ‘guild’.

Lumosity Mobile

iPhone, iPad; free

A few years ago, ‘brain-training’ games were all the rage. One worth getting for your mobile devices is ‘Lumosity Mobile’, with its puzzles, memory tests and cerebral workouts.

Nova 3

iOS, Android; price varies by device

Gameloft’s superior first-person shooter remains one of the best action games for either smartphones or tablets. It has multiplayer modes (up to 12 players) thrown in.

Final Fantasy III

Android; €13

With a cult following, and at least one movie to its name, ‘Final Fantasy’ remains one of the definitive role-playing series of games. Although it’s (relatively) pricey, this is good stuff.

Dead Trigger

Android; free

If you enjoy shooting zombies in the face, this is your Android tablet game. You can get very creative in the means by which you slaughter the walking dead that surround you.


iOS; free

The traditional board game is playable on an iPhone or iPod Touch but looks great on an iPad. A single-player mode is also available.


iOS, Android; prices varies per device

The makers of ‘Plants Versus Zombies’ and ‘Bejeweled’ have a third addictive game called ‘Peggle’, where you fire balls to try and eliminate all the red pegs. Bingeworthy.

Angry Birds Star Wars

iOS, Android; price varies by device

After ‘Angry Birds’ came ‘Angry Birds Seasons’, and ‘Angry Birds Space’. Now, the feathered furies have donned cloaks and light-sabres to battle Darth Piggie and the PorkTroopers. Good fun.

Let’s Golf 3

iOS, Android; first 5 holes free

‘Let’s Golf’ makes it easy to tee off with drivers, irons and putters. You can customise your characters, and there’s also a multiplayer option for up to four players over wifi.

Draw Something

iOS, Android; free

This simple game became a phenomenon last year. The idea is that you draw something and challenge friends (or anonymous users over the web) to guess what it is. And vice versa.


iOS, Android; price varies by device

This is a slightly trippy game that challenges you to become the biggest floating space globule in a sector. It sounds odd, but it’s actually wonderful.

Words With Friends

iOS, Android; free

If you like Scrabble, you’ll like Words With Friends. Part of its attraction is the ability to play against Facebook friends.


iOS, Android; price varies

Coming in various editions, this is a puzzle game that gets more addictive the more you play it.

Slice It

iOS, Android; free

This casual game challenges you to dissect shapes into equal parts using a defined number of point-to-point lines. It’s addictive for amateur maths geeks.

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