Gaming categories on Google Play.

Posted May 18, 2012 at 5:51 am in Threads > Apps & Games

Google Play is now at a point where it has a pretty good (and wide) selection of apps and games.

The apps set of categories are quite extensive and although they could all do with a set of sub-categories, make sense and normally enable you to find what you are looking for.

However to me, the games categories, especially if you’re wanting some proper gaming (i.e. not just casual), are not useful at all.

I’m a PC rpg and strategy gamer (with occasional fps), if I go to Steam, or (or similar) I can go straight to the rpg or strategy genre and quickly find something relevant to me, if I go to Google Play I go to “Arcade & Action” and sometimes find something I want to play (e.g. Currently I don’t get anything till number 9, which is “Great Little War Game”, which I already have).

To me this is where the tegraZone is much better as it has a much better set of categories. Although it doesn’t yet have the range of games to really need them.


Is it just me or do other people just get lost and give up when trying to find games on Google Play and what categories would you like to see?

  • heynomi4u

    I do get lost in the categories as well. Mostly because there are too many games now and newer games keep releasing, which is not a bad thing at all. I think the sub categories can be organized a bit better than it is now.

  • Jiltedae

    I agree. The ‘Action & Adventure’ could stand to be broken up into a few categories. I’d like to see a lot more sub categories in each of the current categories, also. For example, you could have a parent category ‘Strategy’ that breaks down into ‘Real Time Strategy’ and ‘Turned Based Strategy.’ Nothing too complicated, but it needs to be logical.

    • Steve Nutt

      Agreed, this is the kind of thing I think the Play store needs.

      Also (again copying steam), I think it needs a quick way to show games currently on sale (and what their normal price would be), as let’s be honest, we all like a good deal (says the man heading off to buy GTA III, 80% off..).

  • Himmat

    Yea, and action & adventure games can be broken down into platformer, side-scrolling, open world etc.

  • gor

    I miss having a strategy games category.
    Maybe there just arn’t enough strategy games for android yet, not that anyone could find them if they are there

  • TheVoodoo

    The categorization needs to change to a tag or label system, where users can label the games and searchers can be find them using multiple tags, as sometimes different people, and in their minds, classify the same app in different categories.

    • dino13

      That’s something I miss too. Tag’s would be helpful, but they should be set by Google as most of the released apps would contain all kind of tags juist to appear as often as possible.

  • Laurel laurel25

    I agree that there needs to be better organization/categorization for games and for apps in general. Sometimes I get very frustrated trying to find something that should be simple because the categories are just too broad for the number of apps within them.

  • WlfHart

    I don’t really search the store itself. I typically go by word of mouth recommendations, or games reviewed on various sites around the web then specifically search for the games I’ve heard about in the store.

  • dino13

    Well I get often lost in the play store itself, but luckely there apps that realy help you like AppAware, Playboard or AppZapp

  • ldouglas64

    I agree, Suib categories or at least tags would be a big help.

  • nicotinemind

    Point and click’s should be called point and flick?I don’t know, intrested in easy tempoed adventures.Bring back the old school.