Along with being the ideal phone, camera and music player, your Nokia Asha is also a great gaming device. From shoot-em-ups, to football, cricket and other sports, to racing and puzzle games, we’ve got everything covered in our list.
The best games for Nokia Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502 and Asha 503
This series needs little introduction, proving one of the most popular shoot-em-ups over the past decade. It’s now available to download for your Nokia Asha in the form of Assassin’s Creed 3. The 3D graphics are fantastic and atmospheric, making it a worthy addition to any mobile phone gaming collection.
If you love cricket, this is a must-have, letting you recreate one of the hottest rivalries on your Nokia Asha. As with real cricket, this game is all about timing – get it wrong and you’ll end up with nothing, with a cheeky duck even making an appearance and waddling across in front of you. Get it right though, and you can smash the ball out of the stadium.
Take to the skies with Ace Combat, a title that offers birds-eye-view graphics similar to retro arcade games. Control is via a responsive onscreen joypad, and it couldn’t be easier to play. The whole game looks particularly polished, and the action is fast-paced and addictive.
Cut The Buttons is great if you’re looking for a non-violent, non-sporting game that provides a challenge. Just pick buttons that are the same colour, and cut across in a line to match them up – under a strict time limit. Progress and the challenge will get increasingly harder.
There’s a good chance you’ve come across Bomberman before, and the premise for this game is no different. Move around the maze, avoiding various enemies, and dropping bombs to catch them out as you go. The graphics are simple but fun, and although it’s tough to time your bombs to perfection, it’s incredibly satisfying when you get it right.
Devil’s Ride 3D lets you hit the piste, slaloming down a 3D ski slope and collecting items as you go. From power-ups to speed you up, to extra time, to packages that make the controls act in reverse, there’s loads to collect and there’s loads to make your journey faster or slower.
Flying a police helicopter armed with a laser, your job is to help hostages escape from militants, eliminating the latter and making sure you don’t accidentally catch the good guys. There’s only one button to press, but with a time limit and lots going on, it’s a lot of fun to play.
Border War LOC is particularly challenging, with waves of enemies attacking thick and fast. Aim from side to side at incoming aircraft, and make sure to shoot enemies who are parachuting down to end your existence. The gameplay is fun throughout, and the graphics wouldn’t look out of place on a smartphone costing twice the price.
Pro Football 2014 is soccer, but not as we know it. At least, not in terms of running around. Instead, Pro Football is based on table football – or foosball – letting you move players from left to right, and spin them around to kick the ball. The cartoony graphics suit this game perfectly and, as with real table football, it can be tricky to get a grasp of where the ball is going and what you should be doing. Great fun!
3D Ski Jumping is one of the tougher games we’ve played, but when you do master it, you’ll be flying. Literally. Getting the right speed is crucial, as is the direction and landing, and you’ll need to perfect your jump before you can qualify for the championships. The 3D graphics are impressive, and it’s a lot of fun.
There’s a reason that fighter games are so popular, and this is a title we’re absolutely in love with. It’s certainly simple – just drag your plane around the screen, avoid the enemy flak and collect help parcels while shooting – but it’s also incredibly addictive. We’re thinking of returning for another round while we write!
A 3D racer that really puts you at the heart of the action, K.O Racing 3D lets you take part in events all around the world. It’s easy to play; accelerating automatically but putting you in control of steering and braking. The speed of this game is enough to create a tough test of your reactions.
Mario Puzzle is a simple take on the traditional slider game – a 3x3x3 board with a missing space and a mixed up photo of everyone’s favourite Italian plumper, Mario, which you need to rearrange to put back in order. As always, it’s a fun game, and it’s easy to waste plenty of time making everything ‘just so’.
Sniper Shoot does exactly what it says on the tin, putting you behind the scope and letting you do away with your enemies. There are different levels and locations, and all you need to do is aim your gun and tap the screen to fire when the bad guys pop up.
A game for animal fans, Save the Dogs is an appealing puzzler, where you need to put various dogs back in their kennels without them going near each other. It takes a bit of thought, looks brilliant and is difficult to put down once you’ve started.
Tapping and holding the screen, letting go at the perfect time, the aim of Soccer Simulator is see just how far you can get a football to go. You can time in a couple of additional bounces, and there are different obstacles along the way, helping you to get further or throwing a spanner in the works.
Once your vampire bat is born, you can spend time looking after him (or her), showing it love, feeding it, cleaning up and helping to entertain it. It’ll tell you what he wants, so it’s easy to respond accordingly, just ensure to keep on its good side.
If you prefer logic and challenges over action, it’s worth checking out Car Puzzle; an app where you get the chance to build a car by moving various automative parts around. It’s ideal for younger Nokia owners, letting them work out which shapes and parts fit where.
Think that you’re good at parking cars? Now you can prove it with Parking Champ, edging your motor into the tiniest and most compromised spaces. The birds-eye perspective looks attractive, and it’s easy to control, fast and fluent.
Take on your enemies with this fantastic platform shooter. The graphics put most games to shame, and the gameplay on Super Commando 3 is equally impressive. With several levels and all sorts of hurdles to overcome, it’s a great title that’s worth repeat play.
Move your tiny snowman around the ice, giving him instructions to help avoid bears, collecting presents as he goes. Plenty of care and attention has gone into the graphics on Tiny Snowman, making it easy on the eye and helping to make it fun to play.
Steer your car through the testing turns on up to 45 different street circuits, wiping out your rivals as you go. There are different bosses to beat throughout the game, keeping it interesting for longer periods of time. It’s also great to see different backdrops for the multiple locations.
Feed the Dog sees you navigating a canine across a garden, avoiding hazards and directing it to food. You’ll need to get the directions 100 per cent right, otherwise you’ll be leading him into danger. It looks good, the gameplay is fun, and it’s worth checking out on your Nokia Asha.
Get ready to test your reactions with Drag Race Bike. Take on rivals on the drag strip and see just how quickly you can launch yourself down the tarmac on 36 different bikes in five different locations.
With an isometric viewpoint and amazing detail, Dungeon Hunter 3 is one of the most attractive games we’ve seen on the Nokia Store, and the gameplay on this 3D role-player is more than up to the task. Fun, frantic and addictive, it’s a game that we really do love.
Make sure to drop by next week for part two of our top 100 Nokia Asha games rundown.