15 best Android games of 2016

by: Joe HindySeptember 3, 2016
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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 as it had on a PS2, you probably would’ve been laughed out of the building. Now there are games that look and play even better than that! Without further delay, here are the best Android games available right now!


asphalt 8 airborne best android gamesAsphalt 8: Airborne

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
To date, there have been few racing games with the longevity of Asphalt 8: Airborne. The game contains a metric ton of content, including a single player campaign, multi-player races, time trials, unlockable content, and consistent updates that add new tracks and other new content. The graphics are pretty decent and the game should work on most devices. There are plenty of racers, but Asphalt 8 hits more of those sweet spots than any of its competitors. At least for right now.
Check out more games from Gameloft!

Download now on Google Play!


BADLAND best android gamesBADLAND

[Price: Free / $3.99]
BADLAND doesn’t seem like much at first. It’s a side-scrolling runner where you must avoid obstacles and keep the ever-scrolling screen from swallowing you whole. However, once you dig into this game, it’s difficult to deny it’s depth. There is a real-time multiplayer (including local co-op mode), a sizable adventure mode, and updates toward the end of 2015 even let players create their own levels. In a land where time wasters get boring very quickly, this one seems to just keep going.

Download now on Google Play!


crashlands best android gamesCrashlands

[Price: $4.99]
Crashlands was released in 2016 and it’s already among the best Android games ever made. It features an intergalactic trucker that ends up crash landed on an alien planet. Your job is to find out what’s going on, build yourself a base, collect various items (and craft them), and save the world from a nefarious plot. It has an RPG element for character development, tons of items that you can collect and craft, and the game makes itself easier by doing things like auto-sorting your inventory. It’s a ton of fun and contains dozens of hours of content. The best part? There are no in-app purchases to get in the way.

Download now on Google Play!



fallout shelter best android gamesFallout Shelter

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Fallout Shelter was released in 2015 to fantastic fanfare and generally positive reviews. In this game, you must build a fallout shelter (roll credits), populate it with people, and then manage everything so that it runs well. You’ll have to send dwellers out into the wastelands for supplies and fend off bad guys trying to kill everybody. You can make babies, create entire communities, and all kinds of stuff. It has substantial depth and it’s a game you can easily play for months before you even realize it has in-app purchases.
Here are all the apps and games from Bethesda!

Download now on Google Play!


geometry wars 3 dimenstions best android gamesGeometry Wars 3: Dimensions

[Price: $9.99]
The Geometry Wars series has quite a sizable fanbase and has been consistently described as one of the most enjoyable indie games ever made. Geometry Wars 3 continues that proud tradition by introducing 3D maps constructed out of various shapes to make the game more challenging. It features 100 levels, 12 battle modes, and it’s all played over 15 3D grids. As per the norm, you’ll have super abilities and all of the HD, colorful explosions that your brain can handle. $9.99 may seem pricey for a mobile game, but there are also no in-app purchases.
Check out all the titles available from Activision!

Download now on Google Play!


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas best android gamesGrand Theft Auto: San Andreas

[Price: $6.99]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is pretty much what every gamer could ask for on mobile. As with most Grand Theft Auto games, it comes with an open world to explore, dozens of hours of game play, decent graphics, a story line, and plenty of stuff to do. You’ll join a former gang member who returns to the hood to retake his neighborhood and avenge his deceased mother. Rockstar Games also included controller support, graphics settings, and cloud save support to put a bow on a pretty awesome little package. It’s a gigantic game and best of all, there are no in-app purchases.
Here are the rest of the awesome games from Rockstar!

Download now on Google Play!


hearthstone best android gamesHearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft flew on to the scene in late 2014 and it’s been one of the best Android games ever since. It’s a concept that is similar to games like Pokemon or Magic: The Gathering where you collect cards, build decks, and the duel other players using those decks. There are some offline components but the game is pretty much always online. You can also engage with cloud saving via battle.net which will allow you to play the game on your PC or mobile device interchangeably.
Click here to check out all the apps and games from Blizzard!

Download now on Google Play!


Final Fantasy IX best RPGs for androidSee also: The best RPGs for Android138

pokemon GO best android gamesPokemon Go

[Price: Free with in-app purchses]
Pokemon Go exploded onto the mobile gaming scene in July 2016 and immediately became of the best Android games ever. It’s an augmented reality game similar to Ingress where you walk around the real world, catch Pokemon, battle for Gyms, and hit up Pokestops to restock on items. It beat virtually every record in the books in a relatively short order. The game has had a history of server issues and they’re still tinkering with various mechanics, but if you can get passed that, this is a special game.

Download now on Google Play!


Minecraft best android gamesMinecraft: Pocket Edition

[Price: $6.99]
Minecraft is a popular game all around the world for people of all ages. For those who have never played, Minecraft puts you in a giant world where you mine stuff, build stuff, beat up bad guys, and do pretty much whatever you want. There is a survival mode where you must mine your own resources and food along with a creative mode that gives you unlimited everything. Updates at the end of 2015 added in Redstone which allows you to create even more fun stuff and Microsoft has a ton of other new features planned for the next couple of years. It’s a mainstay when it comes to Android games and it also has no in-app purchases.
Here are the other titles from Mojang!

Download now on Google Play!


soul calibur best android gamesSOULCALIBUR

[Price: $13.99]
SOULCALIBUR is one of the more recognizable and popular fighting franchises on consoles. The original title has been ported to Android with great success. It contains improved graphics from the original, Google Play Games services (achievements and leaderboards), and various game modes such as time attack, survival, arcade, and the excessively difficult extra survival. The on-screen controls work surprisingly well and it all adds up to arguably the best fighting game experience on mobile. The price is a little steep but there are no in-app purchases.
Check out the rest of the BANDAI NAMCO collection!

Download now on Google Play!


final fantasy 4 best android gamesSquare Enix games

[Price: Varies]
Square Enix is one of the few “big name” developers that took mobile gaming seriously from the start and they have some of the best Android games available anywhere. Fans of jRPG games have remakes of Final Fantasy 1-7 and 9, seven Dragon Quest games, Chrono Trigger, and the Chaos Rings series to play and they’re all really good. Hitman: Sniper, the original Tomb Raider, and Lara Croft Go round out a decent selection of puzzle games. You have Heavenstrike Rivals and Final Fantasy Tactics: WotL for tactical RPGs, Secret of Mana for an action RPG, and the Deus Ex series for strategy shooter enthusiasts. Even their freemium efforts, such as Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and Mobius Final Fantasy are pretty good. Square Enix actually has two developer pages on Google Play.

For the ones with Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, click the button below. For the one with Lara Croft GO, Hitman: Sniper, and Tomb Raider, click here!

Download now on Google Play!


minecraft story mode best android gamesTelltale Games

[Price: Varies]
Telltale Games are the undisputed masters of the episodic adventure game genre and they have the chops to prove it. They have seven games in their arsenal right now and they are The Walking Dead seasons 1 and 2 along with the standalone Michonne game, Game of Thrones, Tales from the Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, and Minecraft: Story Mode. These games all revolve around similar “point and click” mechanics and they all have stories that can be altered by the decisions of the player. They also all have five episodes a piece that are purchased as in-app purchases and they can all be completed in about 10-15 hours. They’re great games with a good stories, good graphics, and easy game play mechanics. Click the button below to check out the entire Telltale Games collection!

Download now on Google Play!


the room 3 best android gamesThe Room series

[Price: $4.99]
The latest game in The Room series is just as big of a hit as its predecessors and they remain among the best Android games. For those who have never played the game before, The Room is a beautifully done puzzle game that involves a number of unique objects in a room that you must solve to unlock their secrets. You progress from room to room to find even more unique objects and solve their puzzles until you win the game. The third one includes cloud saving, multiple profiles, alternate endings, and the same beautiful puzzles and graphics that drove people to play the first two titles. There are also no in-app purchases.
If you want to check out The Room 1 and 2 from Fireproof Games, click here!

Download now on Google Play!


This War of Mine best android gamesThis War of Mine

[Price: $14.99]
This War of Mine is so good that we awarded it the best game released in 2015. In this survival game, you lead a crew of civilians in a city torn apart by war. You’re tasked with making difficult decisions that have heart wrenching results with survival being the key. It comes with good graphics, plenty of content, and a hefty price tag with no in-app purchases. It’s one of the deeper Android games that can really get the emotions going.
Here are more awesome games from 11 Bit Studios, including Anomaly 2!

Download now on Google Play!


unkilled best android gamesUNKILLED

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
UNKILLED is the latest zombie shooter from MADFINGER Games, the same developers that brought us such Android games as Dead Trigger 2 and Shadowngun. In fact, UNKILLED has replaced Dead Trigger 2 as the best zombie shooter on Android right now. It features great graphics, over 300 missions to complete with boss fights, various weapons and things to unlock and upgrade, online PvP mode, and the graphics get even better if you’re using a Tegra X1 device. Yes, it’s a freemium game but it’s a definitely a good one.
Click here to check out Dead Trigger, Shadowgun, and more MADFINGER Games titles!

Download now on Google Play!


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  • Jayfeather787

    I think the best racing game is Need for Speed Most Wanted.

    • Bone

      Real Racing 3. 200 hours but not a single dime spent, realistic graphics, incredibly responsive handling and perfectly challenging difficulty. What it says: it’s real racing.

      But let’s not make it a fanboy war: how about naming Type:Rider, a gorgeous and intuitive platformer with the best audiovisual design of any game I’ve played on a mobile.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bulkypix.typerider&hl=en

      • Jayfeather787

        I just tried out real racing 3, and you are right. It is absolutely amazing in terms of reality and handling, but I still like NFS because you don’t have to repair cars.

        • Satya Swaroop

          Agreed but if you want real hardcore graphics and complete fun gaming experience, then Asphalt 8:Airborne is is gonna blow your mind. Stunning graphics. Hardcore stunts during racing

          • Dijo George

            no..RR3 Graphics are way more realistic than Asphalt 8: airborne’s.

        • Ben Fox

          Here is a free game I found and it’s way more fun than Swing Copters.
          its name is Crazy Swing Penguin on google play. you’ll love it.
          i got addicted to it. my top score is 34.
          https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yungok.CrazySwingPenguin

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      • staylow

        Absolutely agree on Real Racing 3. Connect yourself a Moga game controller and its as good as any handheld racer could be. I also haven’t spent a dime, but it’s been slow going as a result.

        • FYLegend21

          Except RR3 doesn’t even render in full resolution on my Xperia Z5 or HTC Butterfly s. Nexus 7 2013 users reported the same problem and never got an adequate response from the developers.

          Horizon Chase is my favourite racing game so far. By no means realistic but great if you want retro-styled graphics similar to Out Run and Top Gear.

      • Rick_Deckard

        How did you manage that? I gave up from R3 :-(

      • Jonathon Rios

        Nice to see a comment with some good feedback on Real Racing 3, I have been wanting to play it since launch but always steered away due to the freemium direction they took with the game. I’ll be sure to give it a try right now. Thanks.

    • Balraj

      Played it several times
      I only wish it had a cop mode

    • shogun656

      Im with you there. No racing game has beaten NFS: Most Wanted yet on the play store

      • Jayfeather787

        Thank you!

      • Da Fuq

        If only the original NFS:MW was ported to Android…

      • Kavir

        I’m waiting for NFS: no limits which will be released in December 2015

    • Saffa

      exactly, I also love the game.
      I got from http://www.apk4.org

    • Nicole

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  • Luis Felipe Bustillo Velasquez

    hey and where is zombie Evil???

    • AndroidBoss

      Zombie games are boring except for Dead Trigger.

  • AndroidBoss

    Emulator games are awesome. I’m playing Pokemon Fire Red at the moment.

    • serabi

      Pokemon White 2 here. DraStic cheats allows me to get Pikachu on my team (yay), along with fire starter across generation, Charmander, Tepig, Cyndaquil (lol).

      Pokemon game is fun if you able to get ALL 600+ pokemon to date in a single game.

    • MasterMuffin

      Play Silver/SoulSilver next. It’s the best there is, I hope after Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire they’ll make another Pokemon game with 16 gyms!

      • AndroidBoss

        I played Emerald and Firered, then installed a GBA Emulator and played Crystal (it was awesome brought back lots of memories). Then I installed Drastic and played Heartgold, Black, and Black 2. It was a very nice experience. Its been like 5 months since I played them lol. Was thinking of reinstalling drastic and playing Platinum but changed my mind. I wish we would get a 3DS emulator (if possible). I’d play X/Y and the new ones!

        • MasterMuffin

          Yes yes yes 3DS emulator! Sadly it’ll take a long time before it gets hacked and the first (laggy) emulator will be for PC

  • Micajah McCuen

    Minecraft is my favorite game! It features local-server multiplayer.

  • Avnish Raghoonundun

    Into the Dead is a great time killer for me. Killing zombies with a variety of weapons and trying to beat my high score is just what I need during my morning transit.

    • JosephHindy

      Popularity (best includes commercial appeal), rating (higher rating = less bugs), game types (they’re not all going to be puzzle games), and plenty of other things went into this. Also keep in mind that it’s going to be expanded repeatedly.

      • Avnish Raghoonundun

        Did you miss the comment you meant to reply to? I never criticized the list, just added a game I enjoy in case someone wants to check it out….9 months ago.

        • JosephHindy

          I did miss the comment. That’s my bad lol.

  • Reezo

    Real Racing 3?

  • Tuấn Ankh

    I love Asphalt 8. Smashing all other cars and flying way up in the air are so much fun. My Lambor Urus also looks gorgeous. xD

  • troll

    Please try Star Warfare: Alien Invasion! It’s epic!

  • A Googler

    just dont upgrade 100 Crypts if you have previously installed it ,it ads some nasty pop ups on ! ,Osmos & Contre Jour are my favs.

  • oyunbozan

    didnt read the rest after i see candy crush

    • JosephHindy

      Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it isn’t any good. Over a hundred million people play it and like it so it has to be doing something right.

  • ezio233

    where is amazing alex

  • Azeem

    Mine is GTA 3 10th Anniversary and Emulators.

  • Data

    I’m not a huge gamer but I really like the original Dead Trigger and Tank Hero. Also, Angry Birds is the most overhyped game ever.

    • m

      agreed :)

  • Aceey

    i would say this is a “personal” top 26 games for android. :) we all have different choices of games but maybe they did base this top picks on game ratings(?)

    • JosephHindy

      Not even close, I actually genuinely hate a few of the games on this list. It was a mixture of popularity, variety, and mechanics. Casual gamers are people too.

  • Nathan Buffington

    I have at least half and this list is right on the money. I just love the great devs out there big and small making great games!

  • David

    Dead trigger 2 is THE most amazing game I have ever played on Android… Can’t believe it’s free. Angry birds, candy crush saga, clash of clans are overrated. Despicable Me: minion rush and sonic dash are the best running games. Plants vs zombies 2 was nice too. Minecraft PE isn’t bad either.

  • kosovar

    Candy Crush is good but I like something more simple and clean like Tiles Break

  • fran

    Try Bugs vs Birds on play store

  • Aaron Myers

    Asphalt 8: Airborne is the best, followed by mine craft PE and Sonic 4 Episode 2.

  • Rajvir Singh

    I can’t take any games list seriously that contains Candy crush saga and Angry birds..

    • JosephHindy

      You can’t take a best games list seriously when it has two game franchses that have (a combined total of) 1.5 billion downloads between them?

      People love those games which means they’re doing something right. I don’t like them either, but I respect the size of the crowd that they draw.

      • Rajvir Singh

        I know how popular they are mate but we are talking about BEST games not MOST POPULAR. Might as well through Flapoy bird and Swing copters in there if only popularity counts..

        • JosephHindy

          That’s one perspective. There’s a second perspective. If a billion and a half people have played this games, how bad could they possibly be? Flappy Bird didn’t have that many and Swing Copters certainly didn’t have that many.

          But you look at the user ratings. These games get 4.5, 4.4, etc ratings. When you have a billion and a half downloads and your rating is that good, you’ve done something very, very right. It’s easy to make a few people happy but it’s very difficult to make a billion people happy. These games made a billion people happy. They deserve to be here :)

  • Fabian Taveras

    My absolute favorite android game is dead trigger 2 it’s a great game and easily the best zombie shooter

  • Cheryl

    Where is Plague Inc.
    Also Osmos HD is best played on a big screen.

  • Armandazo

    Am I really the only one that enjoyed the Rayman games on Android?

    • JosephHindy

      I didn’t even know there were Rayman games on Android…links?

  • Paul

    Badland and Terraria are both great games.

  • Pablo Elizondo

    Fifa14 = Must have, waiting for fifa15

  • David Guija Alcaraz

    No Real Racing 3? I can’t believe… Best and most complete racing game. What a bad list.

    • apolloa

      Yeah but RR3 is a TOTAL rip off also! I have played a LOT of the game but I don’t have half the cars yet, and it has got to the point where you need to endlessly grind away for days and days and days to get anywhere in the game, the grinding is needed to earn the cash. As for the gold forget it. Unless you’re prepared to spend a fortune in the game, then you’ll never complete it.

      Great racing sim, possibly the best on the Play store? Possibly yes.
      Total tip off purely designed to maximise EA’s and FireMonkey’s profits? Absolutely.

  • Alex Ohannes

    I feel that you should have mentioned that (unlike its predecessor) Dead Trigger 2 requires an internet connection to play.

  • TDN

    You forgot several great games, such as, pretty much anything from Kairosoft, esp, Game Dev Story, both Naught games, Zombie Gunship, Plague Inc, ChuChu Rocket, and the Noodlecake games.

  • Rahul Nebhnani

    try yesterday by bulkypix
    good stuff

  • David Ferguson

    Seriously, no Ingress? Innovative, immersive and addictive!

  • Leong Zhi

    Brave Frontier

  • Follower

    Hitman Go
    One of the best games ever.

  • Stephen Sisco

    Bloons TD 5 is easily my favorite tower defense game. Great graphics, simple, and has TONS of maps to play on. And there’s different difficulty levels, so you’re not shoved into a nearly impossible game (*cough* PvZ 2 *cough*)

  • Buka Android

    I like CSR Racing :D
    visit my blog Buka Android

  • William

    No Terraria? the newly added hardmode makes it much more interesting. Also minecraft’s new update is a massive one.

  • Mr.Frank

    I didn’t quite get your criteria but, for a game Death Rally, Road Warrior, Lyne and Samurai Vengeance II are pretty good ones even if they didn’t cross a million/billion votes

    Death Rally – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.remedy.DeathRallyFREE
    Road Warrior – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobjoy.roadwarrior
    Lyne – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thomasbowker.lynerelease
    Samurai Vengeance – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thomasbowker.lynerelease

    • Gustavo Alves

      Thanks for that, death rally is nice.

  • i Think So You should add the adventures game Nerd Bird

    Via : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bb.nerdbird&hl=en

  • Ash

    Wild blood, nova 3 near orbit, virtua tennis, gt racing 2, dark knight, thor the dark world, batman arkham city,

  • Didou Doudi

    Walking dead season one ?? :/

  • noodles

    best racing game is definetly asphalt 8 airborne! and modern combat 5 has some hectic graphics issues on android

  • shivkant baghel

    Modern Combat 5 its awesome game, i also have some name of games like modern combat.
    1. BIA3
    2. Frontline commando
    Dead trigger is also an awesome game, these all games have wonderful graphics.

  • Sayantan Dutta

    Fifa 15 is so amazing how can we miss that!! :)
    Subway Surfer much better than temple run

  • St3v3_O
  • Nani

    it is a nice game guys

  • Mehmet Akyol
  • Albin Jose

    Tap Jumper:- Checkout this cool simple and very challenging game… very difficult to score like flappy bird
    Get it on Google Play:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ajnaduvil.tapjumper

  • Flip Jumpman

    As much as I try, I really can’t get into mobile gaming. The controls stink and most graphics are PS2ish… Any tips or suggestions to make it a better experience?

    • JosephHindy

      Yes, reread the first paragraph of this article. Expecting a PC or console experience on a cell phone was a pipe dream 10 years ago. Expecting any device to play games on par with a desktop rocking a gtx 980 or an Xbox One is wanting more than the platform is capable of giving. Try to realize that these are cell phones and not gaming systems and this list starts looking way more impressive.

      You, like many, look from the top down and that’s simply the wrong way of looking at it. Try looking from the bottom up. Again, remember 10 years ago we were playing snake and simple card games on cell phones. Now we have grand theft auto. On a cell phone. Absolutely astounding.

      As for controls, you just have to get used to them. It’s no different than touch screen typing was years ago when everyone wanted a slide out keyboard or something like a blackberry. Evolution and adaptation.

      • Flip Jumpman

        No insult taken Joe, I definitely hear what you’re saying. I guess sometimes you just need to see it for what is to appreciate it.

        Always enjoy your articles… Thanks!

        • JosephHindy

          Thank you =) and the touch controls do get easier over time, although I still prefer a third party controller or at least on screen controls (like a digital d pad) over swipe controls.

      • Josh York

        Very well said. Today’s tech is amazing when looked at with the right perspective. I think I’m in the sweet spot. Old enough to remember playing Atari and young enough to still enjoy mobile gaming.

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    Best? Or most hyped ? Some oft this games are full oft inapp purchases, which, at least for me, ruin every game. I want to pay a high price ONCE for quality, am i really alone with that?

    • JosephHindy

      There are well over 2 dozen titles on this list that require no in app purchases or, at worst, the IAPs are less than a minor annoyance. If you go through a list of 70 games and can’t find even half a dozen that fit your standards, you should go back and try again. I literally thought of every conceivable demographic with this list. No one got left out. No one.

      Also, hating IAPs as a whole is so 2013. Get with the times, they’re not all bad now. Please stop grasping on to the antiquated point of view that all games with IAPs are automatically cash grab games. It’s simply not true anymore.

  • jasonx

    I have no idea where you seen Modern Combat 5: Blackout is free because it’s 3.99$ for me

    • JosephHindy

      I may have jumped the gun. They’re doing it, rest assured. I think it’s not til next week though. That’s my bad.

      • jasonx

        Thanks, will look out for it.

  • McLaren F1P1

    Google should put this list as a Greatest Hits section in Play Store! I’ll also include Zeptolab games, Temple Run and Where’s My Water(But they’re obvious favorite titles and most people already know them). They were there since the early years of Android and are still being updated!!

    • JosephHindy

      I had two of those franchises on the original list (this was an update not a fresh article). This time around I wanted to try to stray away from the time waster genre. A lot of people are unaware of the seriously deep and unique titles you can get on Android and I wanted to showcase those a little more. Cut the rope and temple run are great, but let’s face it, they’re no grand theft auto or find fantasy =)

  • Justin Williams

    By the way modern combat 5 is NOT free

    • JosephHindy

      It will be in a couple of weeks. They’re switching over to the freemium model as we speak. I may have jumped the gun, but it’s not worth fixing it now only to come back and make that small edit next week when it’s official.

    • Martin Lane

      That’s right it’s not.free

      Also, bare in mind the game runs at a very low resolution on Snapdragon devices, looks pixelated as that’s the only way they can maintain a playable framerate.

  • Martin Lane

    Good list, Need For Speed Most Wanted should have been on there.

    Also a lot of these games are quite old and many have performance issues even on high end Android devices, only exception is Tegra K1 which is the only SoC valuable for Android which currently has the raw performance to handle most of these 3d games.

    Real Racing 3, Need For Speed Most wanted and many others are painful to play on Snapdragon 805 or similar devices, lots of random framerate drops.

    • JosephHindy

      I have personally played every single one of these games on two snapdragon 800 phones and had little to no problems. Most of these can be played on even older hardware and many of these games I played on a snapdragon 600 device.

      Old doesn’t mean they become bad. New doesn’t imply greatness. If you look at the best RPGs of all time, how many people put Final fantasy 7 on that list despite being almost 20 years old.

      Obviously, ymmv, but I wouldn’t put games on this list that I was incapable of playing on at least 2 year old flagship hardware.

      • Martin Lane

        In that case your standards are just very low when it comes
        to 3d games and performance, I’m a PC gamer first and foremost and demand a minimum of 60 fps in the games I pay, 30fps is management when the it’s stable, however in most cases on Android it’s NOT because the hardware just isn’t fast enough

        Now many games on Android will run at around 30 fps which is
        fine so long s it can be maintained, however inconsistent framerates are something I pick up on very quickly and many of these games like Real Racing 3,Need For speed Most Wanted, Riptide GP2 and many others face this issue, I’ve
        even verified it with framerate monitoring apps and framerates are all over theplace, they are unstable and that’s a fact.

        If you’re a console gamer you might not notice, because let’s
        face it, most console game’s only run at 30 fps anyway so your experience is not great to start with.

        The ONLY hardware that can currently run games at the stable
        framerate with no noticeable performance drops is TEGRA K1, FACT.

        Unfortunately many mobile and console gamers just don’t know
        any better or irrationally choose to defend the hardware they own, fact is Snapdragon devices and current Exynos devices are barely capable of handling the high resolutions and are probably better
        suited for 720p displays to match the performance is the latest iPhone or Tegra K1.

        Sadly 3D performance is an area Android manufacturers have been under performing in for a long time compared to the iPhone, if you classed anything below 30fps as unplayable than many Android 3d games the latest Snapdraon SoC would fall into that category.

        • JosephHindy

          You really need to read the first paragraph of this article again. These are cell phones dude, not PCs. There are no Titan SLIs here. This isn’t a PS4 or an Xbox One. You cannot compare cell phones to computers. It simply cannot be done.

          You need to adjust your impossibly high expectations and realize that it’ll be years before we have the kind of tech you’re talking about. Never mind that the majority of your problems likely stem from memory and CPU mismanagement from the OS that likely stems from Android’s yearly release cycle which prevents it from attaining the kind of stability you get with a LTR (long term release) like Ubuntu, Windows, and Mac.

          You demanding world class performance (which, fyi, you can only get with 100% certainty on $2000+ systems running the latest Intel CPUs and GTX graphics cards along with an SSD for faster loading times) from a cell phone is like comparing a snow mobile to a Ferrari. The tech simply isn’t there and, based on 3 years of reading user comments on thousands of articles and videos I’ve published, most people don’t seem to care all that much about minor hiccups here and there.

          Do these games all perform flawlessly at 60fps? No. My Nvidia Shield Tablet with its K1 even stutters on rare occasions. However, I do not blame the hardware because smartphones as a consumer brand have only been around for maybe 10-15 years.

          You know what computers were doing when they were 15 years old? Taking up whole floors on buildings. Evolution takes time and I’m totally okay with a few frame rate drops here and there because all things considered, what we’re dealing with here is nothing short of amazing.

          • Martin Lane

            Joseph, the iPhone 6 is also a cell phone and games are a lot smoother than any Android phone, We are spending money on games and regardless of the platform they should run smoothly, whether it’s a console, tablet, smartphone or a PC it shouldn’t make any difference.

            The technology is already here, however Android manufacturers are more concerned with increasing the display resolution to levels we don’t need and nobody will notice,, Galaxy S6 for example is a great device with great performance, however its using a 1440p display which means it’s actually slower in 3d games than all it’s competitors.

            I’m not demanding 60 fps on mobile devices (it would be nice but obviously not realistic), I just want the framerate to be relatively stable. iPhone 6 and Tegra K1 devices can do it so why should everybody else accept sub-per performance?

            For gaming I can only recommend an iPhone 6 right now, it’s been like that since Android manufactures jumped on the 1080p bandwagon before the hardware could really handle it.

          • JosephHindy

            We are not spending a lot of money on games. If it were a $60 title, you might have a point. We’re spending $1-$5, which is practically nothing. You don’t have a leg to stand on if your leg is based on a $2 game.

          • Martin Lane

            The price we pay is irrelevant, however the better games do cost a bit more than $2.

            Need For Speed Most Wanted i$4.99
            Modern Combat 5 $6.99
            XCOM: Enemy Within $12.99
            Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas $6.99
            Anomaly 2 $4.99

            Granted many games are free but they run so much worse than the iOS versions, it’s embarrassing and not something I really want to show off to anyone.

            Your general acceptance of this is part of the problem, so long as users are happy to accept poor performance Android phones will always lag behind the latest iPhone when it comes to 3D performance.

          • JosephHindy

            First of all, the price is totally relevant. You are NOT going to judge a $5 game like you judge a $60 game. That’s apples and oranges. You can’t even charge $60 for a game on mobile (even if it were worth it) because no one would buy it. These are cell phone games, not computer games. They are working to make them better but the process takes time. I’m not accepting of these problems, but I acknowledge that they are, in fact, working to make things better and making things better takes time. It’s called “being patient” dude. We’re paying (on average) $2-$5 for games that run well 98% of the time (at least on all three of my Android devices). I see no reason to complain about a problem that they’re in the process of fixing anyway. It just puts undue pressure on them which may cause them to release broken releases.

            Patience dude, patience.

          • Martin Lane

            Why are you making a distinction between mobile and computer games? they’re the same thing and many PC/Console games have been ported to Android and a lot more will follow in the future.

            If somebody made a AAA tittle for Android and it was actually decent I would spend the same amount as I would on a console game. The market is there but most games on Android are just people trying to make a quick buck which is reminiscent of the early days of gaming, Remember ET? there is so much crap on the Play Store it reminds me of that.

            I don’t really understand what you mean when you say they are in the process of fixing this? says who? have they acknowledged the difference in performance in games on the latest iPhone compared to Android? I doubt it.

            When iPhone makes the move to 1440p things may equalise, maybe the iPhone 7 Plus? lets just hope Android manufactures don’t go any higher.

          • JosephHindy

            No that’s the part you don’t understand. They’re not the same thing. PCs and consoles are huge. They have far more powerful specs, proper cooling, and are designed by their very nature to push a lot of pixels. That’s the point of their existence, to work hard.

            These are cell phones. They’re designed to make phone calls and send text messages. They don’t have hardware specifically built for gaming. They don’t have the proper cooling necessary to let the CPU and GPU run at full speed for long periods of time and that leads to throttling. They’re not meant to be work horses. They’re not actually meant to do these kinds of things.

            It’s like comparing microwaves to ovens. Or like comparing mini fridges to ice chests. They may have some of the same capabilities but they are far from being on the same level and it’s disingenuous to compare one to the other on a level playing field.

          • Martin Lane

            I understand just fine, computer games as whole include mobile devices. You wouldn’t say that games for handheld consoles are not computer games? I would hope not because that would be stupid and the same is true of mobile games.

            Whether you like it or not mobile phones and tablets are more powerful than than many previous consoles, handhelds and if you go back far enough even PC’s.

            You have a very strange mindset that mobile devices are not computers, well you need to change that because you couldn’t be more wrong.

          • JosephHindy

            Handheld systems have been around for going on 30 years now. Mobile gaming as a platform has been around for five.

            Would you compare the skills of a 5 year old to that of a 30 year old? Computers have been capable of playing games for 50 years. Consoles for 40+.

            What you’re saying is essentially this: “I believe that a gaming platform that’s been around for 5 years should be absolutely as good as platforms that have been around for 30, 40, 50+ years”

            That’s an absurd and unrealistic expectation. That’s why I have said over and over again to give it time because they are, in fact, working on making it a better platform for gaming. However, it takes time in order to do so because these are cell phones.

            Also, your laptop and desktop can make phone calls via Skype, Hangouts, or Magic Jack. Do you consider your computer a cell phone because it can make calls? Of course not, it’s primary function is computing. A cell phone’s primary function is making phone calls. Computing is its secondary function. You’re getting upset about something because its secondary function doesn’t live up to your standards, which have been tempered by a technology that’s been around longer than we’ve (or at least I’ve) been alive. Apples and oranges.

          • Martin Lane

            I don’t know where to start, I wasn’t sure you knew what you were talking about but now I’m convinced

            20 years in IT and I’ve never seen anyone compare human ageing to that of computer hardware in that context, probably for a good reason though, it makes no sense and makes you sound a bit clueless.

            If anything the experience of the past 50 years and vastly superior processing power available now should enable even better games, in fact that’s the only way I can look at this.

            The SoC or System-On-Chip for you has been around much longer than 5 years, you really need to do some research, even if you were thinking in terms of gaming on mobile phones that would still be well over 5 years.

            You say it’s “an absurd and unrealistic expectation” when the latest Apple and certain Android devices already offer the performance I’m talking about and I’ve mentioned that a few times now.

            Your last paragraph is just garbage, you’re trolling right? because nobody can be this dense.

          • JosephHindy

            Insulting me doesn’t make my points less valid and the fact that you’re turning to ad hominem means you can no longer logically argument my point.

            My point is that every other gaming platform has had decades to evolve into what it is today. Mobile gaming is, comparatively speaking, a brand new platform. You can’t compare something that’s been worked on, evolved, and optimized as long as we’ve been alive to something that has only been around a short time.

            Your 20 years in IT doesn’t mean anything. You’re a screen name on a website and you could easily be a 25 year old trying desperately to make yourself look good while simultaneously making me look bad. I’m sorry but that tactic doesn’t work on me. I know you’re wrong because in 20+ years when the platform has matured, optimized and evolved like console, handheld, and PC gaming, it’ll likely be just as good as they are. Again, patience.

          • Martin Lane

            You haven’t made any valid points or shown much understanding of the subject being discussed, you’re delusional.

          • JosephHindy

            Lol @ three insults in two sentences. You’re in all out 4chan flame mode now. It’s sad to see your point disintegrate into tactics generally used by kids who play call of Duty =( I had higher hopes.

          • Martin Lane

            My original point still stands, the 3d performance on many high end Android devices is still not good enough compared to Tegra K1 devices or the iPhone 6.

            You have not posted a single valid argement to justify this other than some nonsensical ramblings which simply don’t make any sense.

            Unless you make an attempt in your next response I bid you farewell.

          • JosephHindy

            “nonsensical ramblings” “don’t make any sense”. I guess you can’t seem to have any respect for the person you’re failing miserably at communicating with. Good day.

  • Ningyo

    Modern Combat isn’t free. :(

    • JosephHindy

      It will be soon. Give it a week or two =) preparing for the future.

      • Ningyo

        That’s a good thing to read. :) I’ll keep checking!

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  • TDN

    I know this is an on going list, but I still have to ask, where is Plague, Inc.? Over 10 million downloads, a 4.5 rating with over 1.7 million reviews, and the best (IMO) in app purchasing model. Plague Inc. is still one of my favorite games on Google Pay.

    P.S. thanks for putting the Kairosoft games in there.

    • JosephHindy

      You know, I probably should have put Plague Inc on the list. You’re right it is popular and has a high rating. My roommate even plays it sometimes. I dunno though, something about the game, how old it is, and the menu driven game mechanics just didn’t feel exciting to me. I dunno, if I get enough people who tell me it’s great I may add it but it feels like one of those games that was only popular long ago because gaming on Android used to suck a lot yknow?

  • Ez0rus

    No one has mentioned it (no one probably will) but I’m addicted to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generations at the moment. The nostalgia is a big factor but also it’s the most accurate game to the card game made

  • inesh raju

    Great Little War Game

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  • Kyo Jin

    If you love Classic platformer games like super mario bros
    you should check yout Timmy’s World.
    One of the best free jump and run games i’ve played in a while

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.daves.timtreasureworld

  • v1nce

    Thank you for going through all those games out there to spotlight some wonderfully fun ones; totally appreciated!! So how fun was that for you, even though it was work? If you had to put together a list of 5 Honorable Mentions – what would they be?
    (First time commenter, love your work and the work of your brothers in arms at AA!)

    • JosephHindy

      This was quite possibly the most fun I’ve ever had working lol.

  • James

    Id recommend Boxly – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.freakyturtle.boxly – It’s simple (catch the circles in the box) but difficult and addictive.

  • sanjay

    u missed wave wave and bounce and duet of course

  • foleyboyo

    Thomas was a lone is a puzzle plat former with a basic art design that manages to get you to connect to a bunch of squares and rectangles due to brilliant narration and entreating game play, the quizzes can be challenging at times as well.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bossastudios.twadroid&hl=en

  • jOE HINDY WENT OFF ON THIS LIST

  • Madhav

    I always love to play high graphics games on my smartphone. that’s why I always like HD games.

    http://www.planetisro.com/top-5-high-quality-graphics-games-for-android-smartphones/

    I really love to play these games.

  • Kami no Tsurugi

    I MUST say that INJUSTICE is the BEST game I have ever played on any mobile device!
    Been playing since over half a year and can’t stop!

    My Best team right now:

    Raven Level 50 Elite 4, Ares Level 50 Elite 5/MKX Scorpion Level 48 Elite 6, Catwoman Level 50 Elite 7.

    With the right gear, I normally beat any other team out there. Haven’t spent a single cent of real life money.

    I must say though that some Packs are expensive, like 750,000 for the Arkham Asylum Pack, or 600,000 for the Most Wanted Pack? I would much rather spend money on my best characters and Promote them, like Scorpion, Raven, Killer Frost, and recently Static. Sad I can’t do that with all characters, like Wonder Woman 600, Ares, Batgirl, and SHAZAAAAAMMM!

    Also, there needs to be another way to gain Alliance Credits, cuz it is really tiring gathering them up. I saved up 60 to buy Killing Joke Joker for my Shazam team, and it’s taking ages to buy the new Support Cards.

    I am very happy with this game, and can’t imagine deleting it ever. There was a time when it got boring, but with the recent galore of Challenges, both online and offline, I can’t stop.

  • Kimberley

    High game developers or updaters thanks for sharing all of these 70 games yo choose from however out of all these two seem putting interesting such as Limbo/Libo not sure which one it is & the second is Real Racing game; but my main request is can you include two games called Campus Crush & High School Dreams because those are the two main games I really would like to play; However I’m not sure if it’s an android game or not but if it isn’t could you only if you can; can you make it available for androids & for these games to be access for free to play on mobile or tablets. Thanks for all your searching on this in advance & I look forward to your response A.S.A.P! Thanks Again for Sharing.

  • bboy

    As a gamer I prefer to play hard games. Baby Vs Apocalypse is one of my favorite

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bouchoua.babyvsapocalypse

  • Tam Pham

    “Twandy” also a funny game, it is about two candies, it make your eyes be fooled before you can
    reach 100 points. It look easy to play, just click on the left or right
    of the screen, depend on candies ‘s color BUT 90% players can’t get more
    than 10 points at the first time! Now, do you want to try it?
    Try it now: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.klteam.twandy

    Keywork: twandy, twocandy, two candy, twocandies, two candies, addictive game, top game, funny game

  • milktea

    lol, i can get all of em’ for free >:D

  • Mystar Purfect

    Missing a lot of epic games still… order and chaos online, galaxy on fire 2, eternal warrior 2, and a few more are very deserving of this list. Imo…

  • Gibbs

    damn it i just got over FNAF and i saw it here again :D

  • Stefani Subcheva
  • Evolution Of War

    Seven Knights isn’t on here. Needs updating.

  • Fahad ullah khan

    Quality games on google play store. please visit : http://www.whitelightgame.com

  • Amrit

    i think Marvel:Contest of Champions is way better than Injustice:Gods Among Us.

  • Rik Schoonenberg

    Galaxy on Fire 2 HD + Expansions!

  • Douglas Selph

    Boom Beach is one of the best designed games I have ever encountered. I consider it an improved Clash of Clans. The problem with Clash of Clans is that further on in the game, you have to wait a week or more for a something to finish building. This was so long I ended up losing interest. In Boom Beach, I have never encountered anything greater than 3 days, with build times typically about a day or less. This means, that each day I always have something fun I can do. More likely several times through out the day.

    There is a lot going in the game. Many elements they have added are interesting, and feel well thought through. For example, mid way through as you start getting more powerful you will likely want to take beach after beach on your map. But this increases your VP score, which eventually matches you with opponents nearly impossible to take out. Thus you have to learn to pace your attacks, and allow time for other players to beat your VP back down. In the end this dynamic means I am not always needing to be in the game, but can allow it to sit for a while. Also, when I am finally able to beat that impossible opponent, it becomes all the more sweet.

  • Nice ! Do Try check One of Best Moto Racing game “Moto Racer WL” https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whitelight.motoracer

  • yes for sure all should play some of the games from this top 70 ……For top 10 smartphones under 20k reffer this link http://thetechmaze.com/top-10-best-smartphones-under-20000/

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  • 9900 GT

    How could you not include Colin McRae rally

  • Madhav

    These are too old now. But still playable. Now these are the best games in market.
    http://www.insertplanet.com/top-7-best-high-graphics-games-for-android-smartphones/

  • Madhav

    Gameloft and EA games are best to play in these Action category and with HD quality.
    http://www.insertplanet.com/top-5-best-high-graphics-action-games-for-android-smartphones/

  • RdroidPCTV

    Ravensword Shadowlands and Aralon sword and shadow

  • Kwick Hight Tech

    Pump
    Jump declared the most addicting game of 2015 yet challenging for kids and
    adults. It’s now available FREE on Play Store. It should have included in the
    list. Anyways try it and you can thank me later.

  • Rafael

    You did not mention the superb Lara Croft Go and Tomb Raider series 1, 2.

    • JosephHindy

      They were not out yet when I released the article last year. They are there now.

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    Injustice : Gods Among Us… (Free)

  • s2weden2000

    One touch draw …

  • Mark Mann

    best of a year that’s only 15 days old?…maybe best of so far…but impossible to be best of

  • RunningGreat

    Review some Gear VR games already!

  • luke

    I found an amazing game: RATAFISH!
    It’s a very addictive game!
    My best score is 35 points! I really think that is impossible to get a better score…

  • Faisal Bashir

    Did you try this game Elite killer combat strike on google play under the gamestation 3d?

  • RagingKamias

    how about clash royal?

    • JosephHindy

      Hearthstone already exists and has expanded several times with more content and more active players. Maybe eventually, but right now, Hearthstone is the better card duel game. Plus, Hearthstone has cross platform support so you can play it on computer (with the same account, no less). Clash Royale doesn’t have that.

  • Thejas KE

    NOVA 3 is also a great one from gameloft

  • Rodrigo Goulart

    The best game for Android is valiant hearts: the great war

  • Variya Kaushik

    no ….mini militya is best game of all time

  • Apolzan Marius

    hmm,from all the games here just 1 is actually in “the best games”,the first in the list,but anyway,where are the real good games ? and i am talking about the awsome graphics and story,just to name 1 : Dead Space,that is a real game,i just want to know more games just like that,so,u come here with the worst of the worst and u put them as best? bleah,especially those that have a graphic like on Comodore,just make me puke,in 2016 when the graphics r more amazing and more realistic to go back at msdos games pfff

    • JosephHindy

      There is more to take into account than just “nice graphics” and “a story” (just because a game has one doesn’t make it good). Bugs, compatibility, mechanics, and a lot more go into it.

      Let’s use your example: Dead Space. Dead Space hasn’t been updated since 2014, which usually indicates that the developers have abandoned development. That means all bugs that existed will exist forever. On top of that, new bugs from new tech (curved displays, the LG V10’s ticker display), new OS (going from Dalvik to ART, new versions of Android, new API levels) will also never be fixed. I’m asking people to put money into a game that may work like utter trash. On top of that, Dead Space is from an era when shooters were still trying to find that sweet spot when it comes to mechanics and controls.

      No, Dead Space does not belong on a list like this. A lot more goes into it aside from graphics and story line. I want the games I recommend to hundreds of thousands of people per year to actually function on their devices and I don’t just cater to North American audiences either. The addition of these extra variables makes the choices a lot more complex than “good graphics”.

  • Jonathon Rios

    This War of Mine was money well spent, got it on sale for like $6.99 and have been playing it since.

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat X, League of Stickman

    • JosephHindy

      No. Injustice and Mortal Kombat X are horrible games. They take a time honored genre like fighting games and turn it into “tap furiously on the screen”. Not good.

  • Peter Jak

    Whole Square Enix has their own place in this list. Which is a LOT of games!
    That can only mean that there is one obvious winner :P

    • JosephHindy

      They do a lot of really good content, but I don’t know if any individual game would make “the best” list. However, the collection as a whole is probably better than any other developer’s collection, so I wanted to put them somewhere.

  • Marc Ian Cabawatan

    Thanks Android Authority :D

  • Jimmy Rocket

    Maybe it’f just me but I feel that Warhammer 40k: Freeblade definitely deserves a sweet spot on that and many other lists of “best games”.

    It’s got some in-game purchases but are fully optional and the occasional advertisement video you get offered but are not obliged to watch is super bearable.

    Go ahead and see for yourself.

    • JosephHindy

      I really liked Warhammer 40k and if this list went to 30, it would probably be on here.

  • Telltale “games” aren’t even a games….

  • Stuart Strauzer

    I really enjoy kingdom building games, but I don’t see any on this list like Game of War, or Clash of Clans, etc. Could you make a list of that genre?

    I appreciate the work that went into this list, but I think the thing I struggle with is finding good games that are easily loaded into or more importantly offline games. I have unlimited Data so that isn’t the issue, but more that the great net connected games just take too long to get started and can only be played when you have a great signal.

  • Having Pokemon Go in this article, invalidates the rest of it … LOL