You’ll find an enormous selection of games for Android phones in the Google Play Store, but it can be challenging to identify the real gems. Here, we’ve compiled some of the best Android games that are currently available. Some are free and others cost a few bucks, but all of them provide an entertaining experience on the go.
Given that there are hundreds of thousands of titles spanning a range of genres — role-playing, platforming, puzzle, sports, etc. — we’ve broken them down into distinct sections for your perusal. Now, if only everything in life was as simple as choosing a game for your evening commute.
Action and adventure games
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 pretty easy to play, too.
Broken Age ($20)
Broken Age has long been a fan favorite, and now it’s finally coming to mobile. The game boasts beautifully designed graphics and a well-written story. It’s hand-animated, and offers a ton of puzzles to make your way through. It even has an A-list casting, including the voices of Elijah Wood, Jack Black, and Masasa Moyo.
Dragon Ball Legends
The Dragon Ball series has seen somewhat of a resurgence over the past few years, and Dragon Ball Heroes 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.
Photorealism is great, but it’s much more important when developers focus on building a game that’s actually fun. That’s what the creators of Horizon Chase have done. The game may not look like you’re really there, but as you race through the vibrant and colorful levels, you won’t really care.
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.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades
The Elder Scrolls is a beloved series of games, and now that series is finally coming to the smartphone with Blades. The Elder Scrolls: Blades is free to play and follows the story of The Blades, the Empire’s top agents who have been forced into exile. It’s really a beautifully developed game, and a must-have for any Skyrim fan.
Pokémon Go, the spiritual successor to Ingress, uses the camera on a player’s smartphone to create a Pokémon-themed alternate reality experience, one where players see various Pokémon appear in the world through the camera lens. Players can capture these Pokémon and use them to take over gyms, which are found at various landmarks throughout the world.
Hang Line: Mountain Climber
If you’ve ever played games like Rodeo Stampede or Crossy Road, then this might be the game for you. It was developed by the same company — Yodo1 Games — and basically involves you climbing mountains while trying to dodge obstacles and other threats. There are five mountains in total to climb, and you can choose from a massive 90 characters.
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 4 Episode 2
Sonic the Hedgehog is a true classic, one Sega has finally brought to smartphones with the Sega Forever collection. The original Sonic the Hedgehog was released to Android a while ago, but the latest in the saga is Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2, in which you’ll have to stop the evil Dr. Eggman — who has teamed up with Metal Sonic.
Linn: Path of Orchards
Linn: Path of Orchards is a mixture of platform and puzzle game. You have to make your way across the different platforms without falling off, but it’s a lot harder than it sounds considering that the landscape can change at a moment’s notice.
Sim and sandbox games
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.
Super Mario Run
Mario fans will love this new and exciting runner from Nintendo, which brings many of the classic elements of the original Mario games into a slightly different take on the title with Super Mario Run. The game, which was originally available only on iOS but finally made its way to Android, marks what is arguably the beginning of Nintendo’s push into mobile, and it’s a great first attempt.
After a successful release on iOS, Alto’s Odyssey is now finally 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 really a beautiful game and one well worth playing.
If you’re a fan of the design style of Cuphead, then Take Flight! is a game worth considering. It takes the same old-school animation approach to design, and while it’s developed by a different company than Cuphead, it still has much the same feel to it. In the game, you’ll take to the skies in an effort to defeat enemies, collect equipment, and more.
Puzzle and word games
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
A number of 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 a number of 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. Can you keep them alive in the face of raiders, radroaches, and other threats?
Rebel Inc. is the latest strategy game from Ndemic Creations, the company behind Plague Inc. The game has many of the same elements as its predecessor, except you’re trying to stop the rebel insurgency instead of spreading a plague. You’ll need to stabilize the country by balancing both military and civilian priorities in an effort to win the support of the people — while also stopping the spread of insurgents intent on seizing power.
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.
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.
RBI Baseball 19 ($7)
If you’re a baseball fan, then this one’s definitely for you. RBI is Major League Baseball’s official baseball game for 2019, and features updated rosters, simulation elements, and play at every baseball park in the MLB. The game is relatively easy to control, and allows players to collect more than 165 legends of baseball. The game is a bit pricey at $7, but there aren’t any additional in-app purchases.