Top 5 games for your new Android phone

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By Peter Cruickshank 16 Jan 2018
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If you've got a new Android device, here's our top five games to get the most fun from your phone.

The Westport Independent

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Coffee Stain Studios

79p

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Westport Independent

'The Westport Independent' is a newspaper from a post-war country, and you're the editor that has to publish the news - without annoying the government. But how do you do that if you want to report the truth? 

Each day you'll have something new to write about, whether it's the actions of the Loyalist Party or the rebels who fight them. But not all of your journalists will be happy to cover every story - and not all of them are as good at writing as each other. You'll need to get to know your writers to figure out who to put on what story. 

Even then, you'll still have to step in and make some final changes before the article is ready to publish. The final say is yours - do you let anti-government articles slip through, or do you edit articles so that they tow the line? 

This is a surprisingly deep game that'll leave you feeling a bit uneasy. There are no right or wrong choices, just what your conscience tells you.

Unmechanical

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Teotle Studios

£2.49

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Unmechanical

'Unmechanical' is a physics-based game in which you take control of a flying robot helicopter, travelling through a strange world filled with puzzles and adventure. Drag a finger around the screen to pilot your robot, and tap on it to activate the tractor beam which can pick up weights, grab hold of levers and move other objects around the screen.

The further through the game, the harder the puzzles are to solve. There's a great blend of logic, physics and memory puzzles to challenge you, and lots of exploration to do as you find new problems to solve and new landscapes to float across. The graphics are superb, and will look great whether you're playing on a phone or tablet.

This game is for anyone who enjoys puzzles. There's plenty to keep you occupied and the visual effects are a cut above many other smartphone games of its kind.

Reigns

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Devolver Digital

£2.79

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Reigns

Another fantasy game for the list, 'Reigns' will give you a peek into what it's like to be a king or queen. 

You're the person in charge of running a kingdom, and have to try your hardest to keep your subjects, army, church and treasury happy for as long as possible.

You start the game as a newly appointed king, having a conversation with the king you're replacing. After realising that you just might not be the 'good guy', your reign starts – and the problems start rolling in.

You'll have to make some tricky yes-or-no decisions. When you're faced with a plague, should you close the city gates and possibly lose money, or keep the gates open and try to treat your subjects? 

You just swipe left or right on the screen to pick a positive or negative answer to each problem – but be warned that what you think is a good decision may not work out that way. And what happens if you make the wrong choice?  It won't be long before you find yourself booted off the throne, or worse...

There are so many interesting people and devastating choices to make that the game will last you a long time – and the longer you play, the more scenarios you'll unlock. If you enjoy simple games with lots of hidden depth, great humour and lots of achievements to discover, 'Reigns' is for you.

Rampage Road

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Line by Line Studios

Free

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Rampage Road

Rampage Road is a driving survival game with simple graphics, and loads of vehicles to unlock and upgrade.

Each level starts off in a random spot in the world, and you drive a car around the map for as long as possible until you're arrested or your car is destroyed. The longer you survive, the more cash you'll earn – and the more cash you earn, the better the vehicle you can afford.

When you start upgrading your car, you'll be able to improve its health, speed and acceleration - and all that improves your chances of survival.

The only controls you're given are to steer your car left and right, but it's by no means easy. Too sharp a turn will drop your speed dramatically, and if you ram into a wall and can't turn, you'll have to wait for your vehicle to auto-reverse (risky stuff - you might get rammed while you're waiting). 

You'll need to keep your wits about you to snake around the police and keep your car intact – and when you crash (and you will crash), you can jump straight back into the action to try and improve on your score. Rampage Road is perfect if you like driving games but can't find the time to invest in something more serious.

Turbo Dismount

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Secret Exit

Free

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Turbo Dismount

Turbo Dismount is a driving game, but one where the aim is to crash your car in the most spectacular way possible. 

Points are awarded for damage to your car, your surroundings, and even to your driver, so you'll want to get creative with your crashing. Hurl your car down busy roads and across high-speed intersections to cause as much chaos as you can, and try to get a high score before your vehicle is wrecked.

Before you start each level, you can choose a steering pattern that will either have you weaving across both lanes of traffic or pelting down the centre of the road. This steering pattern will play a huge role in the score you get at the end of the round, meaning it's quite important to tinker with if you want to get the most out of each level.

You can also change other things, like the car you're driving, the character you control and even your driving position – whether that's sat on your car bonnet, leaning through your windscreen or perched on the roof.

Turbo Dismount is more casual than other driving games, which often have you racing against other drivers or avoiding obstacles to reach the finish line first. 

While each level is quite short, there's plenty of variation, so you can enjoy it over and over again.

Hopefully you'll enjoy these games, but these are just a start - head to the Play Store and you'll find millions more waiting for you.

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