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Best new Android games to download in March

Update: Added RivalGears Racing and Rolling Snail!

Android has an awful lot of games, and each month new ones are released. Knowing which ones are any good can be tricky. So we've put together a list of the best games that we've been playing - we're only adding two or three each month to ensure that only games we've played make it onto the list. 

March

We have to make an admission this month - Golf Clash is still utterly addictive and taking up far too much of our time. Nevertheless, we've made just enough room in our schedules to hunt out some new games for you to download this month. Among the new entries, we have a physics-based drawing game and a hover racer that'll make you reminisce about Wipeout on the original PlayStation.

Rolling Snail

Rolling Snail looks like a simple drawing puzzle game, and it is - but that doesn't necessarily mean it's easy. Your aim is simple; make sure the snail collects a few stars and a weird-looking portal box thing on each level. However, to do this there are only a few things at your disposal that you can use.

Most simply, you can draw a line on the screen that the snail will then roll along. This is the essence of the game. You can also draw a rock shape so you can drop it on the snail and propel it in whichever direction you need. Thirdly, you can also remove lines that you've drawn, or cut through them, to alter the trajectory of your snail. That's about it.

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More fun, and harder, than it looks. / © AndroidPIT

It'll likely take you a few tries to get your head around the general approach needed for the first few levels but you'll quickly get into the swing of how to start thinking about making it to the portal on each level. There are 'potions' and other power-ups you'll be able to collect as you progress, but they're not really necessary and all happen incidentally as you collect coins and gems as you progress.

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size  Around 74 MB
Android requirement Android 4.1 and above
Version tested 1.2.2
Rolling Snail - Drawing Puzzle Install on Google Play

RivalGears Racing

RivalGears is a spin on a racing game that will bring back some early 90s nostalgia for anyone who remembers Wipeout, and anyone that doesn't will just enjoy a high-energy hover racing game. Driving is straightforward - just use the arrows to change lanes, and tap the boost button when it appears.

There's nothing revolutionary in the upgrade mechanisms and customization options, but there are enough different daily challenges, league events, one-off challenges and other game modes to keep you busy for quite some time. Racing does consume fuel though, and you get that back either by waiting or trading in some diamonds.

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RivalGears has a lot of different race options on offer.  / © AndroidPIT

You can buy different cars too (of course) and it's entirely possible to keep upgrading and customizing them without ever paying any real cash via an in-game purchase. Each car component essentially has three different levels of upgrade, with each of those levels being broken down into five parts. Once you have the five, you can upgrade that component level - and if you're missing any of the parts required for an upgrade, you can buy whatever you need with your race winings or diamonds.

With lots of different game options - all online racing against other real people - and granular upgrades, it's one racer that could keep you busy for quite a while.

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size  Around 236 MB
Android requirement Android 4.0.3 and above
Version tested 1.0.5
Rival Gears Racing Install on Google Play

February

January saw us spend far too much time playing Dirt Xtreme and WarFriends, but with those minor addictions now beginning to wane, it's time to add a couple of new games into the mix from across the last month. This time, we've got a super-simple timewaster for you, and an altogether more creepy adventure game, and a golf game that's taking the mobile world by storm.

Golf Clash

Golf Clash isn't the ultra-realistic and potentially dull golfing game you've been waiting for but it is an awful lot of fun, and paces its progress just about right.

As with any golfing game, your aim is to get the ball in the hole, but unlike others, each game consists of just one hole and you're put in a head-to-head battle against another real-life opponent. Win and you take home some extra coins, which are used for entry into competitions.

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It's not perfect, but Golf Clash is a lot of fun. / © AndroidPIT

The first level you play only costs 50 coins, but they quickly unlock and get more expensive. Lose all your coins and you'll have to watch a video ad to get 50 more to enter the cheapest competition.

As you play for additional coins, you'll want to upgrade your clubs and unlock new ones. You, essentially, do this by spending coins and diamonds on new items or abilities, and when you win a round, you'll unlock a 'Tour Chest' that contains a few goodies. You need to wait a set time for these to unlock though - the more valuable the contents, the longer it takes to unlock. Of course, spend a few more diamonds and you can skip the wait.

Golf Clash is free to download, and simple enough with its controls to be a truly enjoyable and fun golfing game. It's a shame progress is quite so slow after the first few levels of upgrades, but how fast you achieve that really depends on how good you are, so perhaps the problem isn't with the game. Future updates include a new Tournament mode, but there's already multiple leagues to keep track of your progress.

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size  Around 249MB
Android requirement Android 4.4 and above
Version tested 68.0.2.108_3.0
Golf Clash Install on Google Play

Ninja Spinki

Ninja Spinki Challenges is a game very much in category of "cute looking but heinously difficult" that's previously been occupied by games like Flappy Bird. And it uses the same blocky, retro graphics too, if that's your bag. It does have a little more going for it than Flappy Bird though. 

In essence, whatever the level, the aim is to not come into contact with any of the various objects that come in your direction - these vary from bananas and other fruit to kittens. Exactly how you do that depends on which level you're playing. 

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Simple. Fun. Challenging. / © AndroidPIT

On some, you can only move left or right by swiping at the screen, while on others you can move up, down, left and right. There are also other levels where you need to dispatch your enemies by throwing stars at them; you do this by tapping the screen behind your character. Simple, right? Nope. Not really. 

Sure, the first few levels aren't too challenging but it's not as straightforward as it sounds, so working your way through the 30 challenges will take a while. Along the way, you'll also be unlocking new 'Endless' levels that just keep throwing enemies at you to see how high a score you can get. 

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Ninja Spinki is free to download from the Google Play Store, and funded by ads. 

Price Free (ad funded)
Size (Installed) Around 38 MB
Android requirement Android 2.3.3 and above
Version tested 1.1.1

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location

OK, hopefully you downloaded and enjoyed a simple, if difficult, few minutes/hours with Ninja Spinki, because the next game is just straight up odd and more than a little creepy. In a good way though, mostly. 

The game is the latest installment of a series, and it's not one I've delved into before. Nonetheless, if you're in the same position, jumping in at this point isn't a problem, and the basic aim of the game is actually a little different to the rest in the series, as it turns out. 

The game's also a port from the desktop version that remains a good-looking and sharply written title, but does lean a little too heavily on trial and error for some sections where the gameplay has been tweaked. You'll literally find yourself fumbling around a room in the dark trying to work out what to do next. 

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Best played in the dark wearing headphones./ © Scott Cawthon

It's in these moments that the game manages to deliver on its promise of sitting in the 'horror' genre, by effectively making liberal use of jump-scares featuring the deformed animatron creations. 

If you want a simple pickup-and-play game, this probably isn't it, but find a dark room late at night and you might enjoy this one more. 

Price $2.99
Size  Around 100 MB
Android requirement Android 2.3 and above
Version tested 1.01
Five Nights at Freddy's: SL Install on Google Play

January

2017 is here, and with it brings the promise of another entire year of awesome Android gaming. To kick things off we've got a game from Chillingo that pits you against your friends, and an altogether more relaxing and simple little time-waster from Midnight Pigeon that sees you take on the role of a frog trying to escape from a kitchen.

WarFriends

WarFriends takes the essence of shooting games, but makes it a whole lot more approachable for the casual player, which is always a good thing. Part of the way it achieves this is through the graphical style of the characters and animations; make no mistake, you're trying to eliminate the other player, but it doesn't take a realistic approach to the graphics and as a result, it's more fun than stressful. 

Your basic task (kill the other player) remains the same, but there's plenty of weapons, character and squad upgrade options present too, so there's lots to dig into and work towards unlocking if you have the patience for it.

Chillingo is the same company that made Micro Machines too, and WarFriends uses a similar league and VIP member system. There's 'WarCards' as well, which allow you to temporarily boost your battle abilities.

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WarFriends has relatively simple controls.  / © AndroidPIT

It's a fun, simple shooter that involves some level of strategy too, as you also control your AI squad members by tapping single-button commands. One thing that might take a little practice, depending on how large your hands are or the size of your screen, is learning to aim accurately with the little pop-up zoom when you place your fingers on the screen; the three introductory missions should be enough for this though.

With loads of different elements to rank up, a variety of weapons and the raw appeal of one-on-one battles against other players, WarGames is worth a look.

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size (Installed) Around 255 MB
Android requirement Android 4.1 and above
Version tested 1.1.1
WarFriends Install on Google Play

Froggy Ribbit: Outrun the Chef

If WarFriends isn't really your speed, and you just want a game you can play for two minutes while you wait for a train, Froggy Ribbit is a bit like a modern day 'Frogger', except you have to escape a kitchen rather than cross a road. 

The controls are as simple as they come - you just need to angle the way you want to hop to try and escape the chef intent on turning you into lunch. Fun graphics and sounds combine with a simple overarching task (escape the kitchen) to make Froggy Ribbit entertaining enough to download. It's not overly easy, either, despite the simple goal. 

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FroggyRibbit probably won't keep you entertained for hours at a time, but it's fun for a quick burst. / © AndroidPIT

The app is free to download, but offers a premium version that unlocks all the levels and a few different characters immediately. However, in our testing, the button that allows you to upgrade to Premium doesn't currently work, but we're sure that'll be fixed pretty quickly.

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size (Installed) Under 90 MB
Android requirement Android 2.3 and above
Version tested 1.0.103
Froggy Ribbit: outrun the chef Install on Google Play

December

Christmas is just two weeks away now, and if the stress of the festive season is still outweighing the fun at this point, indulging in a few games to pass your spare time might be in order. We've testing a few of the biggest and best new releases from the last month.

Asphalt Xtreme

Asphalt Xtreme is the latest release in the series of Asphalt racing games, but the first in the series to take the action off-road. As with the others, it's free (and large) to download, with optional in-app purchases if you want to spend real money to progress a little faster. 

Controls are easy to pick up - just tilt your phone to steer, tap the brake on the left side or tap the boost button on the right. You can do longer boosts by holding it down, or tapping in the red zone. In order to refill your nitro, you collect canisters or perform tricks like drifting or in-air acrobatics.

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Asphalt Xtreme offers a career mode, as well as online play. / © AndroidPIT

As is pretty standard fare in racing games (it's true of Micro Machines from last month below too), you'll need to play a fair amount to unlock and collect the different parts (and enough coins) required for new cars and to unlock new tracks. To start, that means you're restricted to career mode, but you can unlock multiplayer and time trial events too. 

It doesn't bring too much new to the format, but excellent graphics and well balanced controls make Asphalt Xtreme a lot of fun, and a little reminiscent of when MotorStorm first launched on the PlayStation.

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size 1.3GB
Android requirement Android 4.0 and above
Version tested 1.0.8A
Asphalt Xtreme: Offroad Racing Install on Google Play

The Trail: A Frontier Journey

The Trail: A Frontier Journey puts your character on a journey to reach the town of Eden Falls, where you can ultimately settle and prosper. But first you're going to have to do a whole lot of walking, crafting, trading and collecting of items along the way. 

As you move along the path collecting items, chopping down trees, hunting rabbits and everything else the game throws at you, your energy depletes. Eating food, walking slower and removing items from your pack mean you use less energy. 

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The Trail is a simple adventure game with even simpler controls. / © AndroidPIT

Controls are a simple affair, you just need to swipe left and right to move the camera to look for items to collect as you walk, and most actions can be completed with just a swipe towards or away from you. Other people you encounter along the way are a mix of bots and real people. 

As a simple, ambling affair with jaunty music to keep you company, The Trail offers enough variety to keep you interested as you progress, and without needing to make in-app purchases. It's also Peter Molyneux's (Theme Park, Fable, and many more) most recent game, so you're in good company.

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size ~500MB
Android requirement Android 4.0 and above
Version tested 6684
The Trail Install on Google Play

November

With October now a quickly-fading memory, it's time to work our way through a few of the best new games released this month that you can download now. 

Make More

Make More is a simple Android game with not too much strategy to worry about, but despite the shallow gameplay it's still fiendishly addictive. The aim is simply to build as many products as possible for your demanding boss and the controls are limited to tapping the screen with one or two fingers, which means there's no learning curve to getting started. Just pick it up and start tapping.

As you do, you'll earn coins, which you need to hire additional workers and purchase new factories. There's also a bonus cash system in the game, which pushes you towards paying real money for some in-game readies. You don't need to though, it's entirely possible to keep progressing without them and you can also collect bits of bonus cash as you progress.

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Yes it's a simple tapper game, but it's a fun one. / © AndroidPIT

It's hardly a tricky concept to get your head around, and some people won't enjoy the obvious lack of a point - it really is just tapping the screen to make your workers produce goods faster - but we've filled many minutes of downtime between computer reboots, on the bus and everywhere else plugging away at Make More, which is a testament to it's addictiveness.

Yes, it's still just a 'clicker' game, but it's one that has had a bit of thought put into it and manages to keep things fun.

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size Not listed
Android requirement Android 4.1 and above
Version tested 1.1.0
Make More! Install on Google Play

Micro Machines

OK, technically, Micro Machines was launched for Android right at the end of September, but we missed it - and it's freaking Micro Machines! Anyone who grew up playing the classic mid-90s (admittedly, probably not that many of you, but I did) computer game would most likely jump at the launch.

For the leap to mobile (it launched first for iOS in July), the mechanics of the gameplay have been tweaked a little to fit in with the general expectations and limitations provided by a mobile game. For example, there's now a system of gems, coins and other upgrade systems, which as well as keeping you playing, encourage you to hand over cash for in-game items.

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Micro Machines includes lots of features to keep you coming back. / © AndroidPIT

Once you've got the hang of it, blasting away at opponents in a battle or racing for victory becomes second-nature, and is really pretty fun as it all takes place against other real-world opponents. That does mean you'll need an internet connection to play though.

There are 18 different tracks, and each game gives you points towards your league standing, which you're automatically entered in to. More points means a higher league, and that means bigger bonuses. There's certainly plenty to keep you occupied with upgrading cars, different game modes and special challenges set across the whole community of players.

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size Not listed
Android requirement Android 4.0.3 and above
Version tested 1.0.2.0001
Micro Machines Install on Google Play

Dustoff Heli Rescue II

Anyone that played the original Dustoff will know that the game offered a great balance between rip-your-hair-out-frustration and rewarding gameplay, and the sequel provides the same by following the same basic premise. You're a helicopter pilot tasked with retrieving stranded colleagues, often meaning you come under attack.

There's a whole load of different missions and helicopters to work your way through (as you'd expect), and the familiar freemium upgrades system allows you to skip some of the tedious video interludes that you'll otherwise need to sit through if you want to do things like save your game.

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Dustoff Heli Rescue II has too many ads, but it's still fun / © AndroidPIT

That said, it provides the flexibility of not watching these videos or paying any money, but you'll need to play for a lot longer to reach your upgrades.

With easy (but not too easy) controls, fun Minecraft-style blocky graphics and a variety of missions, Dustoff II is definitely worth checking out. Plus, it's free to download.

Price Free (in-app purchases available)
Size Not listed
Android requirement Android 4.0.3 and above
Version tested 1.1.9
Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 Install on Google Play

What were your favorite games from the last month(ish)? Let us know in the comments below and we'll try and check them out!

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  • ryze 1 week ago Link to comment

    I like to play these applications

  • Mona 1 week ago Link to comment

    Nice article. I play Square Rush and Chameleon Run recently.

  • like this one: Golf Clash

  • I wonder how many games one can accommodate on one's phone without clogging the memory, ruining the battery, and heating up the processor?

  • interesting games!
    i appreciate your writing!

  • Wow very interesting games in 2017

  • Thank you so much!
    I must say you have a great collection of the super cool games, and the post you have shared is an awesome and enthusiastic one.
    Keep sharing!

  • I always used to play Asphalt. Its really a good game

  • Yahya 3 months ago Link to comment

    The criteria for this story is minimalistic at best. The view of " best New" contains 3 games ? lol This looks like an endorsement plug and not an actual article

  • Good list of games! However my favorite game is Snoopy Whoopy, developed by IndiaNIC Infotech. The games is really interesting and engaging. Everyone can play easily.

  • Cool I like free apps

  • Good share.

  • The criteria for this story is minimalistic at best. The view of " best New" contains 3 games ? lol This looks like an endorsement plug and not an actual article

    • Ben Woods 3 months ago Link to comment

      Hey Trey, we decided to start over. So more games will be added to this list as the months progress - only 2 or 3 each month though, because we thought it best to suggest ones we've actually played and recommend! You are, of course, correct in saying 'best' is subjective though. What are you playing at the moment?

  • Tam Oor 4 months ago Link to comment

    I used to play Micro Machines on PC... good to see it on Android... Super fun! ... PLUS downloading make more now... seems interesting...

  • I love brick breaker games and I have just found a new super fun brick breaker game just released on play store: Brick Breaker Maniac. Search for it on Play Store and download it: fun factor guaranteed!

  • was once an avid gamer, used to play all sorts of genres... im in my mid 30s now, hard for me now to find a game i enjoy, am gonna submit 2 of my favs for android: TRAFFIC RIDER. Its great, amazing physics. im a real life biker too so.. the other I enjoyed from start to end is Peggle Blast.. (was from popcap now its from EA). Thats it.

  • Chameleon Run is the best one ever. Checkout the new games saljackenterprises.com

  • clash of clans is the all time best game ever

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