Android gets a bad rap for not having as many good games as iOS, and while it’s true that the platform hasn’t yet closed the gap, there are still plenty of great games to be had. There’s a new app called, appropriate enough, Google Play Games that works much like Game Center in iOS. It’s a good place to browse what your friends are playing and to see your high scores, too. But if you just want our favorites for this year — from a zenlike strategy game to monster-punch madness — we’ve collected them all right here.


This year we've picked out some of the very best apps, games, books, and downloads for your new devices. Dig into our top selections for Android apps, Android games, iPhone apps, iPad apps, iOS games, Windows Phone apps, Kindle books, console games, and for your Mac and PC.