70 best Android games

by: Joe HindyMarch 20, 2015
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Gaming on mobile has been improving at a far greater rate than any technology that came before it. In 2005, if you had told anyone that you could play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on a telephone with the same graphics, you probably would’ve been laughed out of the building. To say that gaming on Android has been improving is an understatement. Here are the best Android games currently available. Feel free to leave comments to tell us about any that we missed! Related: Best Android Apps


transformers battle tactics Android apps weeklySponsor: Transformers: Battle Tactics

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Transformers: Battle Tactics is an online game where you assemble a team of Transformers and duel it out online versus other players in real time. The premise is fairly simple. You build a team that can have Autobots, Decepticons, or both and then you take that team online to face other people. In battles your Transformers have their own stats and you have extra bonus powers to help you along the way. There are a whole bunch of ways to build your team and use your powers to your advantage. DeNA also throws events fairly frequently where almost every player gets a little something. It’s a good time and free to download so it won’t hurt to give it a shot.
Get it on Google Play


Angry Birds - best Android gamesAngry Birds (all of them)

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Many people will likely disagree with this, but Rovio really does deserve a place here. They have released a total of about a dozen games that range from the classic Angry Birds mechanics to other branches such as bubble popping, puzzles, shoot em ups, and even an RPG. The result is a paradise of casual gaming that delivers thousands of levels, hundreds of hours of game play, and its inoffensive nature makes it a natural choice for kids. All the games are free with in app purchases but copious numbers of people have made it through each game without spending a dime. Most games have well over a 4.0 out of 5 rating in the Google Play Store and Rovio is one of the few developers in history to amass over one billion downloads.
Get it on Google Play


anomaly 2 best Android tablet gamesAnomaly 2

[Price: $4.99]
Anomaly 2 is a hybrid tower offense / tower defense game with online multiplayer capabilities and a highly regarded single player mode. It’s $4.99 but there are also no in app purchases which a lot of people will like. It comes with some of the best graphics of any Android game and those rocking a Tegra K1 SoC will get a little bit extra thanks to its Tegra optimizations. It’s a solid tower defense game with some unique concepts and definitely worth the price.
Get it on Google Play


Assassin's Creed PIrates best Android gamesAssassin’s Creed Pirates

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Assassin’s Creed Pirates is a great example of how much Android games have progressed in terms of graphics. This is a beautiful naval adventure game where you must be the captain of your own pirate ship and search out buried treasure. It features very good graphics and a fun story line. In battle, you shoot cannons at other ships by doing that side-by-side thing that gives the game a glimmer of realism. It used to cost money but now it’s free with in app purchases.
Get it on Google Play


Asphalt 8: Airborne best Android gamesAsphalt 8: Airborne

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Gameloft really hit a home run with their Asphalt series. They have increasingly good graphics, fun game play, and each new iteration adds more features. The most current is Asphalt 8: Airborne, which includes Google Play Games achievements and a live multiplayer mode. It used to cost money but they switched to a Freemium model (Free to play with in-app purchases). Some like it, some don’t, but it’s still widely considered to be among the best mobile racing games of all time.
Get it on Google Play


Badland best local multiplayer games for AndroidBADLAND

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
BADLAND is a platformer game with an undeniably gorgeous design and enjoyable game play. You must navigate through a maze of obstacles to keep pace with an ever scrolling screen. If you fall behind the scroll, you lose. The game features over 100 levels, 23 levels of multiplayer content (including offline, same device multiplayer), simple one-touch controls, cloud save, immersive mode, and the developers repeatedly promise more content in future updates. It still has a lot of time-waster elements but it’s definitely a step up in design and mechanics from something like Swing Copters.
Get it on Google Play


Icewind Dale best Android games with no in app purchasesBaldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II, and Icewind Dale

[Price: $9.99 each]
We grouped these three games together because they were all released by the same developer (Beamdog). All three titles are huge, immersive RPGs that were ported from PC to Android in 2014. They feature very long stories with complex game play and are sure to keep you busy for months upon months. The graphics are decent but not amazing because even by PC standards these games are pretty old. However, for the hardcore RPG fan, these are absolutely must have games. They are $9.99 each which is a paltry price to pay for a game that will likely last 40-60 hours. The only downside is the UI is cramped a bit on phones. Tablets are a much better medium for these titles.
Get it on Google Play


the banner saga best designed android games with no in app purchasesThe Banner Saga

[Price: $9.99]
The Banner Saga is a strategy RPG developed by former members of BioWare. It features beautiful hand-drawn graphics, a deep story line that requires the gamer to make decisions that affect the story, and an easy learning curve. It’s inspired by Norse mythology and it happened to be a member of our best designed Android games of 2014. The mechanics are strategy RPG (think Final Fantasy Tactics) with a few unique components thrown in for good measure. It’s fun, large, and immersive. Perfect for RPG fans.
Get it on Google Play


The Bard's Tale best Android gamesThe Bard’s Tale

[Price: $1.99 with in app purchases]
Like other games on this list, The Bard’s Tale is a port of a much older game. The original Bard’s Tale was released in 1985 and was considered a cult classic. The port is an amazing reproduction that includes updated graphics and optimizations so it can be enjoyed on Android. This witty RPG boasts around 20-30 hours of game play and for an Android game that’s really good. It also comes with Google Play Games support, Android TV support, third party controller support, and even comes in a smaller package for those who don’t want the full (albeit very large) HD version.
Get it on Google Play


Bloons TD best Android games

Bloons TD 5

[Price: $2.99 with in app purchases]
Bloons TD is a very popular tower defense game where you must blow up a whole bunch of balloons. It’s also one of the apps that is most requested by our readers that we add to these lists. The premise is simple and even a tad on the side of kids, but the game is still quite challenging. The graphics are simple cartoon style but they are colorful and fun. There are 21 towers, 40 total levels, two-player co-op on custom levels, 10 secret missions, and more than 250 random missions. It’s a great game with a bucket load of content and it’s even great for kids. That’s a win-win for everyone. The current iteration is Bloons TD 5 and whatever the most recent one happens to be is the one you want to grab.
Get it on Google Play


clash of clans best Android gamesClash of Clans

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Clash of Clans is one of many MMO-RTS games but it is by far one of the best. In this real time strategy, you play as a clan chief who must build up your village to defend it from raiders. Raiders are other real people who play the game and you can raid their villages too. There are clans you can join so you can play with others and over the last year they’ve integrated clan wars so you can fight other clans. If you like strategy games and social gaming, this will be perfect for you.
Get it on Google Play


CSR Racing - best Android games

CSR Racing

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
CSR Racing is actually more of a sim game than an actual racer. You play as a racer trying to make it to the top by performing drag races against gangs of riders. It’s a fairly simple premise and the game controls are easy to learn. That said, there is a lot of content, better than average graphics, and beating this game will take some time for most people. There is also an online component where people race against others to win rare cars and in-game currency. Recent updates also added Google Play Games services which is just icing on the cake.
Get it on Google Play


Dead Trigger 2 best Android gamesDead Trigger 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
The original Dead Trigger was a big deal. It was one of the best zombie games out there and one of the best shooters. In a world where both of those genres are dramatically over-saturated, being the best in those areas is a high compliment. Dead Trigger 2 came out and it was head and shoulders above its predecessor. It has great graphics, a much more competent story mode, and a lot more unlockable content. It’s one of the most solid and stable shooters available on Android today and remains among the top ranked zombie games ever.
Get it on Google Play


rebirth of fortune best strategy rpgs and tactical rpgs for androidDotomchi Games collection

[Price: $0.99 each with in app purchases]
Dotomchi Games has a trio of strategy RPGs called Rebirth of Fortune, Sorceress of Fortune, and Mystery of Fortune. They are episodes four, five, and six of a six-part Fortune Chronicle series from Dotomchi so if you’re looking for a series to get into, this is a good start. The games have decent graphics and simple game play mechanics. You can create custom move sets for each character and there are thousands of levels between the three games. The hallmark of the series is that, unlike most strategy RPGs, this series is very accessible to casual gamers due to their relative ease. They’re also quite inexpensive as you can pick up the whole trilogy for just under $3US.
Get it on Google Play


best Android games - emulatorsEmulators

[Price: Varies]
Emulators have been a staple of Android gamers for a long time. Even before we had great graphics and longer games, people were able to play Super Nintendo emulators on 1Ghz, single core processors. Emulators remain one of the most popular ways to game today and for good reason. You can pick up emulators for a variety of consoles and that gives you access to essentially the entire game library of each one. That results in thousands upon thousands of games, including the old classics we all enjoyed as kids. If you want to check out the best emulators, the link is just below.
Check out the best emulators on Android!


FIFA 15 Ultimate Team best android games 2014FIFA 15: Ultimate Team

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Did we stretch a little bit to add a sports game? Probably, but FIFA 15 seems to have a lot of positive things going for it. It has an easy control scheme and far better graphics than practically every other football (soccer) game. There are other modes that players can enjoy and the game includes rosters for hundreds of teams. There are some in-app purchases and the developers are a tad aggressive with it, but with a little patience and self control, you can move passed that and enjoy this great game.
Get it on Google Play

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