By Bill Hughes

The Games category of Play Store is huge, and it includes everything from simple puzzles to simulated violence. All games involve various combinations of intellect, skill (either cognitive or motor), and role-playing.

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The differences between games and apps are as follows:

  • Apps and Games are different sections of the Play Store.

  • If a person likes a game, he or she tends to play it for a while, maybe for a few weeks or even months, and then stop using it. A person who likes an app tends to keep on using it.

  • People who use their phones for games tend to try a wide range of games.

The Games home tab

When you tap the Games option, you go to the home tab for Games. If you scroll down, you see many suggested games. If you aren’t sure what games you might like to try, don’t worry: You have lots of options. The options shown will probably be different from those you will see. These categories are regularly updated with the latest games.

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The Categories tab

If you scroll to the left from the tab that says Home, you see a tab for Categories.

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In the Play Store, Games are divided into the following genres and sub-genres:

  • Action.

    • Shooting: Projectiles range from bullets to marshmallows to anti-ballistic missiles.

    • Fighting: Fighting (combat) games vary by level of gore.

  • Adventure. This includes role playing, strategy, and simulation genres.

  • Arcade. Game room and bar favorites.

  • Board. Versions of familiar (and some not-so-familiar) board games.

  • Cards. Every card game you can imagine.

  • Casino. Simulations of gambling games; no real money.

  • Casual. Games that you can easily pick up and put aside.

  • Educational. Enjoyable games that also offer users enhanced skills or information.

  • Family. A variety of game genres that is all G-rated.

  • Live Wallpaper. These include many games from the other categories, but with the feature that you set them as your wallpaper.

  • Music. These games all include music in some way.

  • Puzzles. This genre includes games like Sudoku or Flow Free.

  • Racing. Cars, go-karts, snowboards, jet skis, biplanes, jets, or spacecraft competing with one another.

  • Role Playing. If reality isn’t your thing, you can enjoy another world created by the author of a game.

  • Simulation. If reality isn’t your thing, and you don’t want a reality created by some author, you can create your own reality.

  • Sports Games. Electronic interpretations of real-world activities that incorporate some of the skill or strategy elements of the original game; vary based upon the level of detail.

  • Strategy. These games emphasize decision-making skills, like chess; a variety of games with varying levels of complexity and agreement with reality.

  • Trivia. If you like Trivial Pursuit, this is the genre for you.

  • Widgets. These are the games that automatically appear on your home screen, like everyone’s favorite, Tic-Tac-Toe.

  • Word. These games include words such as Scrabble, crossword puzzles, and Jumble.

Many games appear in more than one category, particularly the ones that are in Live Wallpaper and Widgets.

Each game has a description page. It’s similar to the description page for apps, but it emphasizes different attributes.

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When you’re in a category that looks promising, look for these road signs to help you check out and narrow your choices among similar titles:

  • Ratings/comments: Gamers love to exalt good games and bash bad ones. The comments here are complimentary, and the overall ranking next to the game name at the top suggests that many others are favorable.

  • Description: This tells you the basic idea behind the game.

  • What’s New: This section tells what has been added since the previous release. This is relevant if you have an earlier version of this game.

  • Reviews: Here is where existing users get to vent their spleen if they do not like the game, or brag about how smart they are for buying it ahead of you. The comments are anonymous, include the date the comment was left, and tell you the kind of device the commenter used.

    There can be applications that lag on some older devices. However, you have the HTC One, which has the best of everything (for now).

  • More Games by Developer: If you have a positive experience with a given game, you may want to check that developer’s other games. The More Games by section makes it easier to find these other titles.

  • Users Also Viewed/Users Also Installed: This shows you the other apps that other people who downloaded this app have viewed or downloaded. These are some apps that you may want to check out.

  • Price: As a tie-breaker among similar titles, a slightly higher price is a final indication of a superior game. And because you’re only talking a few pennies, price isn’t usually a big deal.