10 best action games for Android!

by: Joe HindyJanuary 8, 2016
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best Android Action Games
Action games are among the most popular on any platform. They get the blood pumping, the fingers moving, and it’s a great way to test your reflexes and wits. There are a variety of action games out there, including shooters, fighting games, adventure games, platformers, and more which makes narrowing it down a little difficult. Nevertheless, here are the ten best action games on Android!

BADLAND best action games for androidBADLAND

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
BADLAND was one of the best action games released on mobile in 2013. It’s a 2D infinite runner with simple, but beautiful graphics, a simple premise, and easy game play. You must dodge obstacles and continue forward before the ever scrolling screen swallows your character. There are currently more than 100 levels, a full co-op mode, and updates in late 2015 gave players the ability to make their own levels which they can then share with other players around the world. It’s free to download so you can try it before you buy the full version and it’s a game that just keeps on giving.

Get it now on Google Play!

Half Life 2 best action games for androidHalf-Life 2

[Price: $9.99]
Half-Life 2 may be the purest shooter left on Android. It’s a full port of the PC version which is currently only available for NVIDIA Shield devices right now. It offers superior graphics, a decently long campaign mode, and there is even an expansion you can pick up for an additional $7.99. Anyone who has played Half-Life 2 before can tell you that the game ramps up the action almost constantly and there are no in-app purchases to get in the way. If you have an NVIDIA Shield device, you should buy this game.

Get it now on Google Play!

into the dead best action games for androidInto the Dead

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Into the Dead is a 3D infinite runner action game where you’re caught in the zombie apocalypse and you must run to survive. You’ll be given weapons but otherwise it’s just you as you wade through a seemingly endless hoard of zombies that are trying to kill you. The game graphics use a lot of silhouettes and darkness which helps keep the atmosphere dark and foreboding. It’s an excellent time waster and one that should keep you going for a while.

Get it now on Google Play!

injustice gods among us best action games for androidInjustice: Gods Among Us

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game that features a large cast of DC’s most popular comic book characters. It includes some basic fighting game mechanics along with super powers that are integrated into the controls as special moves to make each character unique and interesting. On top of the basic game mechanics, you can battle online against other folks using parties of three and you’ll be able to upgrade each of your characters to make them more powerful. There is a lot of game here and it’s worth checking out.

Get it now on Google Play!

implosion best action games for androidImplosion – Never Lose Hope

[Price: Free / $9.99]
Implosion is a hack-and-slash action game with pretty decent graphics. It takes place in a futuristic world where you must slay mutants, monsters, and various types of creatures both mechanical and non-mechanical. The controls are easy enough to use and the game does have a pleasant flow with plenty of action and mayhem to enjoy. The free version includes the first six levels with the rest unlocking after you purchase the full game as an in-app purchase. It also has Google Play Games cloud saving which is just cherry on top of an already sweet cake.

Get it now on Google Play!

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas best action games for androidGrand Theft Auto (any of them)

[Price: $4.99-$6.99]
Grand Theft Auto is arguably the largest sandbox game available on Android. Anyone who has played a Grand Theft Auto game knows what to expect here with car chases, shootouts, fighting, driving, dodging police, and taking down rivals all being par for the course in these games. The controls are a little clunky on mobile devices and will require a bit of a learning curve before you’ll feel comfortable, but otherwise these games work really well, have tons of content, and look pretty decent as well. Click the button below to check out all of Rockstar’s offerings!

Get it now on Google Play!

Modern Combat 5 Blackout best action games for androidModern Combat 5: Blackout

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The Modern Combat series helped define what a shooter should be on Android. It contains easy controls, decent graphics, online multiplayer, a leveling system, and, of course, a campaign mode. You’ll be able to choose between six classes based on how you want to play with each class possessing their own unique traits and abilities. You can level up through single player and multiplayer which is a nice plus. The in-app purchases get in the way a little bit like many of Gameloft’s games do, but the execution is otherwise very good.

Get it now on Google Play!

pewdiepie legend of the brofist best games for androidPewDiePie: Legend of Brofist

[Price: $4.99]
PewDiePie: Legend of Brofist exploded into the scene back in 2015 and was one of the most popular paid games of the year. It’s a 2D action game that borrows mechanics from a variety of genres, including platformer, shooter, and more. It features tons of pop culture and gaming references and you can even unlock other popular YouTubers. There are a ton of levels, boss fights, secret treasures, and pretty everything a retro action game would ever need to be awesome. Of course, there are no in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 best action games for androidSonic the Hedgehog

[Price: $2.99]
Sonic the Hedgehog was one of the original action games available on any platform. The game focuses on speed as you get from the beginning to the end of each level, collecting rings, and avoiding certain death. There are also boss fights! Sonic 1 and Sonic 2 are available on mobile right now as well as Sonic 4 episodes 1 and 2 that all hold true to the original Sonic ethos. They’re a lot of fun and even bring a bit of nostalgic value to the mobile gaming world. They’re also pretty cheap with no in-app purchases!
Check out all of the Sonic the Hedgehog games here!

Get it now on Google Play!

unkilled best action games for androidUNKILLED

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
UNKILLED is a title done by MADFINGER GAMES, the same developers who brought us Dead Trigger and Shadowgun. In this action-fueled zombie shooter, you take down mass amounts of zombies using a variety of weapons, fend off bosses, and play in over 300 missions and counting. The graphics are some of the best we’ve seen on mobile and those with a Tegra X1 device will get a little bit extra in the graphics department as well. It’s a great mix of shooter and time waster and it’s definitely worth a shot.

Get it now on Google Play!

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  • ascension

    for 2D action Swordigo is the best! wait, why it’s not on list?

    • Joshua Hill

      A lot of these games don’t really belong in an ‘Action’ list IMO.

      • JosephHindy

        Action Game is defined as “a game that emphasizes physical challenges including hand-eye coordination and reaction time.”

        Every game on this list does that. Any other definition is personal taste and since everyone has their own personal taste, I decided to go with the actual definition. I knew going in that it wasn’t going to please everyone :)

        • Joshua Hill

          Thanks for the defo mate. I knew somebody would attempt to correct me I just didn’t expect it to be the author with a definition and all to back them up. I defer to your wisdom sir although I still think swordigo should be on the list. Plus my current fav game ‘The Bard’s Tale’ is what I would describe as an RPG but fits your defenition of Action.

          • JosephHindy

            Swordigo is a good suggestion and it’ll probably be on the update once I test it. That’s why I encourage people to tell me what I missed…so I can add it and make it better than before :) my app lists have always been community efforts because, frankly, you guys know what’s best. Who am I to say what’s best? I make educated guesses and hope I don’t screw it up too badly.

            Bard’s Tale made my original best RPG list back in like 2012 lol. I love that game.

            And yeah man I have to go with the actual definition. My personal definition isn’t even the same (for some reason my brain thinks all actions are directed by Michael Bay because I associate large explosions with “action”) but I have to go with something I can defend as I did here lol :)

        • Alfonso Pertierra

          Considering that BadLand is categorized by the own app store as an adventure game and not an action game… anyways…

          • JosephHindy

            action-adventure, action rpg, action suspense, action horror.

            As I stated in the first paragraph, genre bending makes a list like this exorbitantly difficult and I did the best I could.

    • Armaan Modi

      I agree.Whenever I see “post your favourite games” or anything like that,I think of Swordigo.

  • Kasi Viswanathan

    firsti just have to buy an android phone for me , then only

  • Namata Ebune

    Ultimate Spider Man. I thought Dead Trigger 2 will be here.

    • JosephHindy

      I didn’t even think about adding shooters until after I hit the publish button and that’s my bad. I’m also working on a “best shooters” piece and thought “well hell, Dead Trigger 2 is going to be on there so why add it here?”

      Then I realized that shooters are also action games and spend a good 30-45 seconds banging my head on my desk. Dead Trigger 2 along with a couple of other shooters will be on the next update :)

  • drew

    Critical strike is by far the best game ive played minus reicast dreamcast games which work seamlessly i might add.

    • axel

      isn’t Critical Strike shooting game? -_-a

  • Uncle Dob

    Jet Set Radio, Tainted Keep, Lemegeton, and Wild Blood should be included as well. also Granny Smith w/ best 2D physics action.

  • Space Game

    Add one more Android Action Game, Astropup.. Here is Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.madtinkergames.astropup

  • Madhav

    Action games are always best to play, specially GPS titles which are worth to play.

  • Modern combat 4

  • Jake Lam

    I would consider Sonic an action game as it’s more of a standard platformer like Mario.

  • B12

    implosion is a complete let down…looks cool ..but it’s pretty straight forward and gets boring fast