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There’s no question that smartphones and tablets have become by far the biggest gaming platform in the world, surpassing dedicated gaming devices with the sheer size of their user base and gaming software on offer. However, it is worth considering that the Google Play store is an environment which creates only a few gaming mega-hits per year, with many hopeful, worthy titles quickly fading into obscurity.

For an independent game developer, these struggles for exposure are often insurmountable. Google’s openness and transparency regarding app download figures provides a sobering — and often depressing — insight into these difficulties, with many games boasting a shocking lack of players. Here, we have collated 7 very worthwhile gaming experiences on Android that have most definitely flown under your — and almost everyone else’s — radar, but are well worth playing.


Spirits is a gorgeous award-winning puzzler where the aim of the game is to lead the glowing, ethereal spirits to a revolving goal on each level. You guide the spirits by invoking their powers; one blows a current of air, one builds a bridge, another digs a tunnel and a further one blocks air flow. If you’re already getting a sense of familiarity from the descriptive, you might be right.

Spirits is, gameplay-wise, very much like the classic game Lemmings. In both games, you have to guide the creatures to safety, utilising their various abilities to overcome obstacles and more.

So, how is this going to work? Is Spirits just a clone of a much-loved gaming classic? Or is it an altogether different experience?