Home Gaming 5 Android games to play on the phone you could win!

5 Android games to play on the phone you could win!

3 min read


Though claims that mobile games would irreparably erode away the traditional games market were perhaps premature, there’s no doubt that many people are playing games on their mobile devices. With devices like Sony’s Xperia Z3, you could even be playing your PlayStation 4 games remotely – but sometimes when that’s not feasible, you’ll want to play games made for your phone. Here are five of my current favourites.

I’ve recently moved over from Apple to the Android side of the fence – but I find I’ve been playing the exact same games. Gone are the days, it seems, where Android’s fragmentation meant games took forever to be ported. Here’re the game’s I’ve been playing – and just about everyone one of them is on iOS too.



Yes, I’m still playing Asher Vollmer and the rest of Sirvo’s excellent number matching, sliding tile puzzle game. There’s something mesmerising, addictive and delightfully charming about Threes! that clones and other similar games like 2048 just haven’t managed to capture. It’s minimalist, accessible, and required genuine genius to develop because of that. There are certainly worse ways to spend 20 Rand.

XCOM: Enemy Within


Sometimes though, you want a fully-fledged gaming experience, which is especially handy for those times where you’re sitting away from home for extended periods and don’t have a dedicated games system lying about. I’ve recently taken to playing XCOM: Enemy Within on my phone. The Standalone expansion to Firaxis’ incredible XCOM: Enemy Unknown works surprisingly well on on a little screen, bringing the new weapons, enemies and soldier abilities to your pocket. For less than R150 on The Google Play Store, it’s worth every cent.

Monument Valley


Monument Valley is a work of art. With intricate and delightfully delicately crafted levels that take MC Escher’s impossible architecture and add an extra dimension. Reminiscent of Echochrome, it’s a strange world where everything can be turned around and inside out. That archway? Actually stairs, those inaccessible paths? Stepping stones once you’ve turned them around. Though its puzzles aren’t too challenging, and it’s far too short, Monument Valley is beautiful. It’s R44 on the Play Store.

Shadowrun Returns


One of the seemingly few kickstarters that’s born fruit, Harebrained Schemes’ Shadowrun Returns is now on Android, and it’s fantastic. It’s a cyberpunk fantasy future RPG, filled with cyborg elves, trolls, orks and dwarves, where magic and high fantasy meet technology. You’ll play this hours-long, turn-based RPG as Shadowrunner: highly-skilled freelance operatives who specialize in black ops for the world’s many governments. Stupidly cheap, it’s just 32 bucks.

Game Dev Story


One of my very first smartphone mobile game addictions, Kairosoft’s Game Dev Story is a simplistic little simulation strategy, giving you a (very simplistic ) view of what it might be like to be a great big game developer and publisher. Hire staff! Release your game! Watch as nobody gives a damn! Milk your franchises for all they’re worth as public sentiment turns against you! Addiction can be yours for just R25.

Those are the games I’ve been playing on my mobile when Eskom decides we’re not worthy of power, or when I’m out shoe shopping with the wife – and they’re the games you could be playing if you’re the winner of the Xperia Z3 and PlayStation 4 we’re giving away to one lucky winner tomorrow.

Last Updated: December 9, 2014


  1. HairyEwok

    December 9, 2014 at 15:32

    Ok i totally went and pre-downloaded the games and even the patches. Now please give me the PS4 and Z3. PLEASE GIVE IT! I’M BEGGING YOU!


  2. Guild

    December 9, 2014 at 15:33

    Damn if I had an Android phone I’d grab that XCom game immediately


    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      December 9, 2014 at 15:41

      It’s on iOS too 😉


      • ToshZA

        December 9, 2014 at 15:42

        As is the original Star Wars Knights of the old Republic. Just saying.


        • Guild

          December 9, 2014 at 15:48

          🙂 I need to go find these games


        • Gareth Smith

          December 11, 2014 at 10:27

          And GTA : San Andreas.
          Not that I own a single App device. psk!


      • Guild

        December 9, 2014 at 15:48

        Hmm I need to browse the store more often. Going to get it now for the long blackout nights


  3. Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

    December 9, 2014 at 15:33

    XCOM ON THE DROID???????????????????


  4. Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

    December 9, 2014 at 15:34



  5. I'm really feeling it! (Umar)

    December 9, 2014 at 15:35

    If I win I’d sell the prize and give the money to Gav


    • HairyEwok

      December 9, 2014 at 15:36

      You have the same master plan as i have. Only difference is i want to be like a asian and say suplise!


  6. ToshZA

    December 9, 2014 at 15:39

    But can it run Crysis?


  7. I'm really feeling it! (Umar)

    December 9, 2014 at 15:43

    I would HIGHLY recommend Republique


  8. Viking Of Divinity

    December 9, 2014 at 15:50

  9. Brandon van Reenen

    December 9, 2014 at 16:03

    My recommendations: The Room, The Room 2, Worms 3, Deemo, Cytus. You’re welcome.


  10. Trebzz

    December 9, 2014 at 16:27

    I just want the phone and you guys can give the PS4 to whoever you want 😀 really need to get rid of this garbage 4S now.


  11. Klipkop1980

    December 9, 2014 at 16:27

    My S 3 says no 🙁


  12. Brady miaau

    December 9, 2014 at 16:44

    Shadowrun Returns

    Play it, buy it. Steam, Android. Whatever. If you like RPG, just play it.


  13. Gustav Minnie

    December 9, 2014 at 18:24

    Go and have a look at Hitman Go.
    Great game. Ek praat nie fabels nie.


  14. SlasherZA

    December 10, 2014 at 10:12

    My freezing Galaxy S2 needs to be replaced – make it SO.


  15. Lupus

    December 10, 2014 at 13:46

    Throw in a Bards Tale as well, that game is fun and it’s like R10. I use my bluetooth controller on it.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Microsoft will let developers keep 100% of Windows app profit… unless its a game

Microsoft has announced that it is willing to allow developers to take 100% of the revenue…