The year 2015 has seen a huge increase in the use of Android apps, with the number of downloads on this platform doubling over the year prior. Some 78% of the software downloaded over Uptodown is Android apps, so it makes sense to break down the consumption habits of the user in the different categories our catalogue is divided into. Here we enumerate the TOP 10 Android games as well as the three most downloaded games in each genre over the past year.

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Action/Adventure

Mojang keeps blazing its own trail, and the fact that Pocket Edition for Android is the most downloaded game in all categories despite being a trial version points to its success. Following up come the indefatigable Temple Run 2 (which they now make novels about) and precisely another title inspired by Minecraft, Terraria.

Arcade

For the third consecutive year, Subway Surfers remains among the top global games, in second place, followed in this category by Happy Wheels (mainly because this title is not on Google Play) and Hill Climb Racing.

Casual

Not many changes in this category. The little interactive animals from the Outfit 7 studio take the cake with My Talking Tom and My Talking Angela, followed by the tireless virtual pet Pou.

Emulators

It’s more than clear that emulating classic consoles is super popular on Android devices. Given the spike in download volumes we think it’s fair to include emulators as another category. The nostalgia for Nintendo gets the blue ribbon with both emulators for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, as well as the spectacular emulator for PSP.

  • My Boy! Free GBA Emulator (Fast Emulation) [Download]
  • PPSSPP (Henrik Rydgard) [Download]
  • NDS4Droid (Jeffrey Quesnelle) [Download]
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Platformers

Geometry Dash remains in the top 5, leading this category (leaving aside the dispute over whether it’s an arcade game or a platformer). The frenetic Sonic Dash brings up the rear guard, followed by King Kong Brothers, which openly pays homage to the Donkey Kong Country titles.

Puzzle

Full hegemony here by King Studio, which has learned to replicate the goose that lays the golden egg – that is, Candy Crush Saga – with very similar formulas like Farm Heroes and Pet Rescue.

Racing/Simulation

Gameloft is doing very good things with its Asphalt saga, the eighth installment of which continues to sweep the board both visually and in terms of gameplay. Without leaving the genre but with a totally opposite concept is Dr. Driving, while the tangentally related crazy car racing title Angry Birds Go! follows up in proper Mario Kart style.

Sports

EA has the mother of all sports brands and takes advantage of it every year with a new edition of its FIFA saga, although given how demanding the latest edition is, the 2014 one continues to be on the rise. Dream League Soccer, for its part, has become a highly worthwhile mobile manager that continues to improve with every update.

  • FIFA 14 (EA Swiss Sarl) [Download]
  • FIFA 15 Ultimate Team (EA Swiss Sarl) [Download]
  • Dream League Soccer (First Touch) [Download]
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Strategy

There’s no need to do any kind of study to find out that Clash of Clans isn’t a trend but actually an obsession for the millions of players who play the Supercell title each day. In fact, Boom Beach, from the same developer, also appears in the top three with a similar concept, while EA, with its long-reaching tentacles, is taking advantage of another juicy license: Plants vs. Zombies.

  • Clash of Clans (Supercell) [Download]
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2 (EA Swiss Sarl) [Download]
  • Boom Beach (Supercell) [Download]
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