The 5 Best Android Games

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These days, you can use your smartphone for just about everything. There areAndroid apps for getting things done, for doing your office work, and for predicting the weather. You can even file your taxes. But what if you don't want to do any of those things? What if, instead of being productive, you'd rather waste a few minutes, race a few laps, or slay a few dragons? For that, you need games, and for you, we have a list of our favorites.

1. The Banner Saga

This tactical, turn-based strategy game was a hit on the PC and has finally arrived on Android. Lead your party of Vikings through a gorgeous, mythic world and weave your own legendary story.

2. Crazy Taxi

Do you love classic Dreamcast titles? Do you support traditional taxis in the face of Uber? Do you really, really love The Offspring? Then you'll faint with joy playing Crazy Taxi, a port of the console classic for Android. Don't spring for the ad-riddled remake Sega Crazy Taxi: City Rush; stick with the original.

3. Disco Zoo

From the creator of Tiny Tower comes another retro-themed time-waster you won't be able to put down. This time, you work to assemble a zoo of adorablepixelated animals and earn extra cash by...wait for it...throwing an animated party in which all of your cute denizens dance their hearts out.

4. Kim Kardashian Hollywood

Calm down, haters. Regardless of what you think about Kim K or casual gaming, Kim Kardashian Hollywood is an enormously fun, cleverly written, and enjoyably addictive breakout hit that is worth your time. I have nothing to add to our review's excellent summation: "basically, it's exactly like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas."

5. Minecraft—Pocket Edition

It would be difficult to understate the importance of Minecraft in the world of gaming today, and you can get a taste of that experience on your phone in Minecraft—Pocket Edition. Think of it as a cubist terrarium in which you can mine, craft, and construct to your heart's content. It's surprisingly compelling, even for hardcore fans of the original desktop Minecraft.

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