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


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

Browse page 2 for the rest of the best games.

  • 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

        • 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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    • 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…

    • Saffa

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

    • Nicole

      super mario game is great game. If you want to play this game. You can see more in

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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*)

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  • Buka Android

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  • 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.

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

    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

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • http://www.anoodlebar.tumblr.com Samurai

    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.

  • http://www.whitelightgame.com Fahad Ullah Khan

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

  • http://thetechmaze.com/ sai srinivas

    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/