Play these Android games when you have time on your hands

by Larry Sullivan

Most of the games listed are long; you can play for a while and come back to them. There were a few more, but these are the ones I found I enjoyed the most.

Catan ($3.99)

Catan is the official electronic version of the great board game that our family regularly enjoys. The app originally came out on iOS and last year came out for Android. There is also an expansion called “Cities and Knights” that you can purchase in-app. The object of the game is to dominate the island through resources, settlements, building roads and cities. With these accomplishments you earn victory points and most games will go until the first person reaches 10 points. If you have played the board game you will have no problem with the mobile version.

The graphics are beautiful in the game, the menu system is nicely done and provides plenty of space to see the board. The game comes with a number of options, such as different boards and tile sets, modifying the number of victory points for a game, the number of players, and more. You can play against others locally but I prefer playing against the AI. You can only save one game at time. Overall it is fun game and for those who have never played the board game, there is a helpful tutorial and almanac to give you all of the basics.


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The Tribez (Free)

I heard about this game a few months back so when it was released for Android, I had to give it a try. The Tribez is a city building game where you’re on an island and tasked to help the natives develop their village. The game takes you through and provides different quests, and even points you in the right direction if you need guidance.

The graphics and gameplay are well done and although there is a lot going on, you can easily keep up with the game actions. Thankfully, the omnipresent menu system does not take up a lot of screen real estate. Unlike many building games, you do not need social gaming friends to help you complete missions or get resources. Also, if you are patient you can play without having to spend any real money. I find myself checking in numerous times a day, doing quests and reorganizing the village.

Top Eleven Football Manager (Free)

If you enjoy soccer and team management games, then Top Eleven Football Manager is for you. It is a cross-platform game where you can play on Android, iOS, and Facebook. The mobile app is very good and can do most everything in the game, but to get the full experience you need to connect via Facebook. You start off with a group of players and your job is to manage and develop them into a successful soccer team. As manager you get to organize the players, formations, facilities, medical, and finances. When it comes to the actual soccer game, you are only a spectator as the computer runs the show. This game is truly for those who enjoy the strategy and business aspect of running a team.

A season runs for 30 actual days and your team will play anywhere from 1 to 3 games in a day, depending on your league(s). You can also arrange to play friendly matches with friends or simply work your players out to help them gain more experience. You can sign free agents if needed and upgrade the facilities to improve your team’s performance. The game is truly international and I find myself playing opponents from all over the world. It really is simple to keep up with once you get the hang of things. Now if you get super competitive, you can of course spend some real money to improve your players and team even more.

Crossworlds: the Flying City (Free)

Crossworlds: the Flying City is an interesting game. It is a cross between a hidden object and point-and-click adventure genres. Professor Dumbdore disappeared and his daughter Monica asks for your help to track him down. To do this you travel to four different worlds, solve puzzles, complete hidden object games to collect needed items and more. The story connects the different worlds together, but at times you can easily forget why you are there.

This is a free game but to you can only play so much of the story. To finish the full game/storyline, you will need to complete an in-app purchase. The graphics are quite nice in the game but at times the text seemed a bit small on my phone’s screen. After you play for a while, you earn some credits you can use to skip a puzzle if needed. The game comes with the option to have multiple profiles so you can let your kids, siblings, or friends have their own game if needed.

If you are looking for games to play on a daily basis or ones that can be easily put down and picked back up, I suggest you check out these Android games. Do you have any others you would add to this list?