There are so many great games for Android phones in the Google Play Store, that it can be really tough deciding what to play. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of suggestions that includes our picks of the best Android games that are currently available. Most of them are free, some cost a few bucks, but all of them will give an entertaining experience on the go.
There’s an enormous variety of different kinds of games in the Play Store, so we’ve picked a good mix of role-playing games, platformers, racing games, shooters, puzzlers, strategy games, and more.
Call of Duty: Mobile
One of the biggest FPS franchises around comes to mobile with a game deliberately designed for touchscreen firefights. If you love your shooter action, then this is a must on your Android phone. It’s free, features a bunch of multiplayer modes, including Battle Royale, and you’ll find some familiar classic maps and characters from other Call of Duty games. You can customize loadouts, get ranked, win prizes, and more. But more important than all of that is the fast, frenetic, satisfying gameplay and the great graphics which combine to make this the best mobile shooter around right now. Just be sure to check out our Call of Duty: Mobile tips before you dive into the fray.
There aren’t enough in-depth strategy games in the Play Store, so the arrival of a redesigned Tropico title is worth celebrating. Cast in the role of El Presidente, you must modernize your Caribbean island and see if you can line your own pockets along the way. You decide on an approach, from ruling with an iron fist as a military dictator to creating a tourist haven beyond compare to leading your people through a glorious industrial revolution that raises living standards for all. This unique mix of building sim and political strategy is a lot of fun and has been tailored for mobile play. The $12 price of entry gets you the full game, free of ads or in-app payments, and you can play it offline.
If you love some shooter action, but like a little sprinkle of RPG in there, then it’s time to suit up and get ready for some alien combat. The neon-lit central hub is a hive of activity, with a bar, stores, a casino, and lots of shady characters who can give you missions. You can complete missions to loot gear, sell it to buy more gear, and build up your abilities and reputation as a tough space mercenary. The combat is frenetic, there’s a decent amount of customization on offer, and you can also take on co-op missions with other players or test your mettle in real-time PvP arenas. This is probably the best sci-fi shooter in the Play Store right now.
Stardew Valley ($8)
A farming RPG may not sound like a good time, but this charming title will whisk you away to a surprisingly immersive rural world full of interesting characters and strange new challenges. Can you tame your overgrown fields, raise animals and crops, and juggle a romance and family? Beyond the quiet village life, there are caves to explore and treasure to loot, but watch out for monsters. Packed with different activities and mini-games, the scale of Stardew Valley is incredible, the pixel art is undeniably cute, and you can play gently at your own pace.
If you’re a Legend of Zelda fan, then Oceanhorn might be the game for you. The popular title features a solid narrative and terrific visuals, along with a captivating soundtrack. It’s an accessible action adventure packed with enticing quests, piles of treasure, monsters, magic, and puzzles to solve.
Dragon Ball Legends
The Dragon Ball series has seen somewhat of a resurgence over the past few years, and Dragon Ball Legends capitalizes on that. The game is a lot of fun, especially if you’re a Dragon Ball fan, and it sees you fight through a series of different levels, collecting abilities and characters along the way. It’s also built to be played in portrait mode, which makes it easy to play on the road.
Real Racing 3
If you want to burn some rubber in a wide range of meticulously re-created cars on an impressive lineup of real tracks from around the globe, then this is the game for you. With countless events to enter, cross-platform multiplayer, and lots of customization options, this is one of the best racing games around.
Whether you remember classic racing games like Out Run or not, this retro racer is loads of fun. The creators of Horizon Chase have put together a 16-bit look with an authentic, classic, arcade soundtrack. The game is a refreshing alternative to photorealism, that ramps up the challenge as you progress through a series of vibrant and colorful levels across 40 cities. You can upgrade your car, unlock new cars, and compete to win 10 different trophies.
If you’re looking for a puzzle game with a charming, minimal art style, tranquil soundtrack, and some genuine challenges, then inbento could be worth your $3. You play as mother cat and you need to make up a bento box to feed your kitten. You can drag pieces of food onto the box, or tap to rotate them, but you need to nail the recipe exactly and that means getting every piece in its rightful place to produce the correct pattern. Like all good puzzle games, it starts out gently and seems simplistic, but grows more and more difficult as you progress through the levels. There are lots of puzzles here to keep you busy and the price of admission ensures there are no ads to disturb your play.
Skydive down to Erangel Island, scavenge what you can, and kill, kill, kill in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile. You’ll take on 99 other people with the same goal, but there can be only one victor. Controls are inevitably a little awkward until you get used to them and there is just one map, but this is a tense shooter that will suck you right in.
The most popular game in the world is available on Android, but you can’t get it on Google Play. Instead, you’ll need to get it from the Epic Games website. For the uninitiated, Fortnite is a battle royale-style game full of color and strategy. In the game, you’ll need to master building structures to truly compete with the best — but even if you don’t, it’s still a fun time.
Into the Dead 2
The original Into the Dead game was pure zombie-killing fun, and the follow-up is even better. In this action-packed game, you’ll experience the zombie apocalypse as you race through maps to save your family. Along the way, you’ll pick up powerful weapons and do whatever it takes to put those zombies down.
In Second Galaxy, you’ll find yourself in an open sci-fi world with thousands of galaxies to explore. Each galaxy houses dark matter, planets, stars, and other surprises — and with your ship, it’s your mission to explore them, trade with other players, and more. You can play the role of a merchant, a transporter, bodyguard, and so on — and in the game, you’ll meet and trade with real-world players.
Some games stand the test of time better than others. Classic arcade game Pac-Man is still giving gamers a run for their money nearly four decades after its release. The Android Pac-Man app stays true to the original format while adding a few new levels to keep things fresh.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a true classic, one Sega finally brought to smartphones with the Sega Forever collection, but rather than replay the classics, why not try this endless runner with Sonic as the star? It plays much like any other endless runner, swipe left and right to avoid obstacles and collect coins, swipe up or down to jump over or slide under things. There are a few special powers you can use to avoid doom when played at the right moment and there are boss battles with Dr. Eggman and Zazz. You can also play as Tails, Shadow, or Knuckles.
Minecraft — Pocket Edition ($7)
The phenomenon known as Minecraft made an incredibly successful jump to smartphones, giving fans of the franchise the ability to mine, explore, and build their way to 8-bit glory anywhere.
Breaking Bad: Criminal Elements
Breaking Bad: Criminal Elements is what happens when you cross Sim City with the much-loved Breaking Bad. In the game, you’ll build a meth lab, increasing your income and defending yourself against your rivals. As you grow, your lab will expand and you’ll make more cash, and while the game is a little aggressive with the in-app purchases, any Breaking Bad fan will appreciate the nods to the TV show.
After a successful release on iOS, Alto’s Odyssey is now also available on Android — and it’s available for free. In the game, which is a follow-up to Alto’s Adventure, you’ll explore beautifully designed levels, grind across vines, and bounce on hot air balloons as you uncover the mysteries of the desert. It’s a beautiful game and one well worth playing.
The Eyes of Ara ($5)
If you’re a puzzle game veteran, you’re likely familiar with games like Myst and The Room. The Eyes of Ara could be described as a mixture between those two games, in which you explore a beautiful world, figure out puzzles, unlock different rooms, and more. The game was originally released for PC, but it’s now available on mobile too — and at $5, we think it’s a great deal.
Trivia Crack 2
Some years after the original’s debut, Trivia Crack 2 is finally here. The game keeps many of the elements that people loved in the original game, but adds some great extra features. In the game, there are thousands of different questions to challenge you, online competitive modes, support for over 20 languages, and more.
Even if you’re not a Fallout fan, this addictive sim is one of the best Android games around. Tunnel into the earth and build a vault to provide for your dwellers and help them survive the post-apocalyptic wastelands. Can you keep them alive in the face of raiders, radroaches, and other threats?
Pokémon Masters is the next big Pokémon game for mobile. The game is set on the island of Pasio, and sees you battling trainers, improving your Pokémon, and more. You can even play other trainers online and in the game, and everything has been simplified and optimized for mobile use.
Clash of Clans
Build up your settlement, plan your defenses, raise an army, and guide your tribe to victory against nasty goblins or other clan leaders. It’s a good combination of slow planning and quick, chaotic battles, but if you choose to join a clan be prepared to commit to regular battles or you’ll be letting your teammates down.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
Pro Evolution Soccer has long been a staple among soccer fans, and for good reason. While the game has traditionally been played on the PlayStation and PC, in recent years it’s been available on mobile as well — with great results. The game is free, too, though if you do pay money, you may be able to get extra players.
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle
Can you don the hockey mask and take on the role of Jason Voorhees? This puzzle game is all about stalking, trapping, and ultimately slaying unwitting victims and there are more than 100 puzzles to solve. You’ll start the mayhem in camp at Crystal Lake, but there are levels in prison, Manhattan, a ski resort, and a few other places. Level up to unlock more weapons and play through the campaign, or drop in daily for the bonus mode levels, which can be really tricky. Ramping up the gore intensity is optional, so you can keep things cute if you prefer and the game has a good sense of humor about your merciless slaughter.
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