30 best Android games of 2014

by: Joe HindyDecember 30, 2014
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It was an amazing year for mobile gaming in 2014. Despite the fact that Candy Crush was most downloaded overall, we saw signs that gaming studios are taking the platform more seriously than ever before. We saw games with great designs and games that pushed the bar up on what a good game should be. In this roundup, we’ll look at the 30 best Android games of 2014!


baldur's gate II best android gamesBaldur’s Gate I and II

[Price: $9.99 each with in app purchases]
Baldur’s Gate I and II brought two of the longest, most in depth RPGs the mobile gaming platform has ever seen. The controls require a learning curve because there are so many of them and because they’re ports of older games, the graphics are decent but not amazing. However, these are those kinds of games that you can spend a year playing because they are massive and there are very few games out today that give you that much game play for the price.
Get it on Google Play


Broken Sword 5 Episode 2 best Android games 2014Broken Sword 5: Episode 1 and Episode 2

[Price: $4.99 and $5.99]
Broken Sword 5: Episode 1 is an action-adventure mystery game where you must solve a crime involving a stolen painting. It features a strong story, fun graphics, and controls that allow for truly engaging game play. The full story takes place over two episodes that are available as separate purchases but most gamers don’t seem to mind that because these games rock a 4.5 and 4.6 out of 5 rating respectively. It’s a can’t miss adventure.
Get it on Google Play


Clumsy Ninja best Android games 2014Clumsy Ninja

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Clumsy Ninja is an action-adventure game that’s about as cute as you can possibly get without including talking animals. In this fun little game, you play as a ninja that you control by tapping and swiping on his various body parts and you play in a world full of interactive objects. It’s more fun and involved than a game this goofy should be and that’s why it’s on this list. Plus, it’s free to play.
Get it on Google Play


Deus Ex The Fall best android games of 2014Deus Ex: The Fall

[Price: $0.99 with in app purchases]
Deus Ex: The Fall is one of two Square Enix games to make the list this year. It features very good graphics and a gripping story. You follow a former British SAS Mercenary as he unravels a huge conspiracy. The game can be played with stealth or with full action and the choice belongs to the player. There are plenty of environments to play, abilities to unlock, and things to do. The only problem is the game is quite buggy for some people so make sure you test it inside of the refund time!
Get it on Google Play


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

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
FIFA 15 is this year’s mobile incarnation of the popular football(soccer) series produced by EA Sports. It features improved graphics and game play over last year’s model as well as updated rosters and more stuff to do. It is true that EA has put a number of in app purchases in this title and that’s a shame but there are few sports games released this year that can compete with the complete experience that FIFA 15 provides. At least it’s free to download!
Get it on Google Play


Five Nights at Freddy's 2 best Android games 2014Five Nights at Freddy’s 1 and 2

[Price: $2.99 each]
Widely regarded as the scariest mobile game of all time, Five Nights at Freddy’s 1 and 2 provide an experience unlike any other. You play as a security guard who has to keep watch over a pizzeria that is haunted at night by possessed animatronic robots. In order to keep from being killed by them, you must dress up like one whenever they see you. It’s creepy, it’s brilliant, and the graphics and game lighting work together to create a truly creepy atmosphere.
Get it on Google Play


game of thrones best android gamesGame of Thrones

[Price: $4.99 with in app purchases]
Telltale Games have been on fire this year and this is one of two games from them that’ll appear on this list. In this Game of Thrones title, you’ll play as a member of the House of Forrester as you play around the outside of the TV show’s main story, but right up against it. The graphics and game play are far above average and the story is something that would do the TV show proud. It takes a stroke of genius to make a game where every decision feels wrong but it’s still fun anyway. This is an episodic adventure and you can get a season pass for future episodes for a $19.99 in app purchase.
Get it on Google Play


Goat Simulator best Android games 2014Goat Simulator

[Price: $4.99]
Goat Simulator is a game that took PC by storm some time ago and did much the same thing on Android earlier this year. In this game you play the totally realistic life of a goat as you fly around, crashing through walls, blowing things up, and causing general mayhem. This game brought back the phrase “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature” in a way few gamers or developers could ever match. The graphics are pretty good too.
Get it on Google Play


godus best android games 2014Godus

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Godus is a God-mode simulation game where you act as God and you watch over a world of beings as they evolve into a civilization. You have full control over the world, its environment, and its people. You can do things like grant miracles, create trees, and toss meteors at the people. The choice is yours. There is a lot to do, it’s free to play, and it’s definitely one of the more unique ideas of 2014.
Get it on Google Play


Guardians of the Galaxy TUW best android games 2014Guardians of the Galaxy: TUW

[Price: $2.99]
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Ultimate Weapon was released on Android alongside the movie release. The game play is pretty standard, the concept is solid, and the graphics aren’t bad. The big takeaway from this title is that it shows that it’s possible to create a reasonably priced video game based on a movie that is good and fun without loading it up with pay-to-win in-app purchases like other studios have a habit of doing. We’d like to see more solid movie game titles like this one.
Get it on Google Play


Final Fantasy 6 best Android gamesFinal Fantasy VI

[Price: $15.99]
Square Enix has been hell bent on re-releasing their classic Final Fantasy series on Android. The last two years have seen them release Final Fantasy I through VI (1 through 6) with Final Fantasy 6 coming out earlier this year. It received a graphic overhaul and some unique touch controls but the story line remained relatively unchanged. This is an RPG with 35-40 hours of game play featuring an amazing story along with some extra content like bonus dungeons, extra magic, and more. It’s considered one of the best jRPG titles of all time.
Get it on Google Play


best Android games 2014 - PortalHalf-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Portal

[Price: $9.99, $7.99, and $9.99 respectively]
One of the more impressive releases of this year is NVIDIA re-releasing Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, and Portal for the NVIDIA Shield and Shield tablet. All three of these games are PC quality games because they actually are PC games. So far their existence has only been heralded as a positive thing with the one huge disadvantage being that you have you to own an NVIDIA Shield Tablet to play all three of them. Nevertheless, all three of these games are fun, they look great, and it has definitely helped a lot of people on the fence make a decision.
Get it on Google Play
Portal best Android games


Icewind Dale best Android games 2014Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

[Price: $9.99 with in app purchases]
Icewind Dale is another long lost PC RPG title from 2000 that was resurrected this year on Android. It’s also done by the same people who re-released Baldur’s Gate and that means it has the same kind of controls and graphics as those games. Also, much like the Baldur’s Gate games, Icewind Dale contains well over 40 hours of game play and involves a slight learning curve to get used to the controls.
Get it on Google Play


Kingdom Rush Origins best android games 2014Kingdom Rush: Origins

[Price: $2.99 with in app purchases]
Kingdom Rush: Origins is a tower defense game and is a prequel game to the original two Kingdom Rush games. This seems to have plugged all of the holes that the prior titles had as the game currenly rocks an incredible 4.8 out of 5 rating in the Google Play Store. The game features new towers, new bad guys, and a host of other game play features and improvements to the mechanics. The graphics haven’t been improved too much but literally everything else has.
Get it on Google Play


leo's fortune best android games of 2014Leo’s Fortune

[Price: $0.99]
Leo’s Fortune was demo’d at Google I/O 2014 and it seems its path to stardom was set in stone. The game features smooth graphics and game play with a simple but effective story. The controls are equally simple but effective and the simplicity contrasts very nicely with the difficulty of each level. Players must help Leo find his lost fortune but you can also retry levels to get all of the stars. It’s a fresh coat of paint over an old premise and that made Leo’s Fortune one of the best platformers of 2014.
Get it on Google Play


Modern Combat 5 Blackout best android games for the moga controllerModern Combat 5: Blackout

[Price: $3.99 with in app purchases]
Modern Combat 5: Blackout was one of the more hotly anticipated releases of 2014. While it did fall somewhat short of expectations, it’s still a shooter that sits far above the average. It improved the graphics over Modern Combat 4 and added in more stuff to do. Alongside that is a new campaign, more weapons, and a bunch of other features. Some diehards will state that Modern Combat 4 is better, but Modern Combat 5 is still good in its own right.
Get it on Google Play


monument valley best android games of 2014Monument Valley

[Price: $3.99 + $1.99]
Monument Valley was the darling of Android gamers in 2014. The game features brilliant optical illusions and the game is essentially a puzzle game that has you trying to find and figure those illusions out. It comes with a simple, albeit dark story line and unique, colorful graphics. Along with the release, an expansion was released called Forgotten Shores for $1.99. Altogether, they’re 15 of the most unique levels you may ever play through with the only complaint being that the game is a tad short.
Get it on Google Play


out there best android games 2014Out There

[Price: $3.99]
Out There is an adventure game where you’re stuck out in space and you must repair your ship with whatever you can find and interact with various alien races. The game was heralded for its unique game play (human vs environment, no combat) and story line premise. It also has three endings, 50 achievements, and 300 adventures to take part in. There isn’t anything quite like this one. Even the music is good and that’s a rarity for a mobile game.
Get it on Google Play


play to cure genes in space best android gamesPlay to Cure: Genes in Space

[Price: Free]
Genes in Space is a unique game. It’s not totally amazing and another game with the same mechanics and premise probably wouldn’t make this list. What makes Genes in Space so unique is what is going on behind the scenes. This game was developed by Cancer Research UK in an attempt to get gamers to help out with cancer research. As you play, you collect Element Alpha and meanwhile you’re also helping scientists analyze data. It’s totally free and you’d be playing for a good cause.
Get it on Google Play


quizup best android gamesQuizUp

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
QuizUp was released earlier this year and it’s arguably the best puzzle game ever released on mobile. It contains a great design with excellent mechanics and online multiplayer. There are a multitude of categories (over 600) ranging from pop culture to the obscure along with quiz categories for special events. As you play each topic, you’ll gain ranks and earn nicknames as well as achievements. It’s simple, fun, and about as solid of a multiplayer quiz experience as you can get.
Get it on Google Play


Republique best android games of 2014République

[Price: $0.99 with in app purchases]
République is a unique game with a complicated story and great graphics. The game play mechanics are unique in that you play as a hacker who jumps to various security cameras to guide a woman named Hope who is trying to escape a compound run by people with some dangerous ideas. The title requires complete stealth and also has a number of puzzles for you to solve. It’s an episodic adventure and you can purchase other episodes as in app purchases.
Get it on Google Play


The Room 2 best Android games of 2014The Room 2

[Price: $0.99]
The Room 2 is a puzzle game that revolves around the strange, fantastical, and arcane. You play as an adventurer who must solve a range of puzzles, unlock things, and progress. Most items in most rooms are puzzles within puzzles within puzzles and the clues can come out of almost anywhere. It’s a great brain teaser with some astounding graphics that have left few people unhappy. About the only problem is that it’s pretty short but nonetheless, we can’t wait for The Room 3.
Get it on Google Play


secret of mana best Android games 2014Secret of Mana

[Price: $5.99]
Secret of Mana is a legendary action RPG from the early 1990’s. It’s been remade and re-released on Android with updated (but not overhauled) graphics, on screen controls, and likely some translation changes. The main story is more or less unchanged so fans of the classic game that came out 21 years ago can engage in a much needed dose of nostalgia. As it turns out, the game is pretty good all on its own so those who have never played it can probably enjoy it as well.
Get it on Google Play
secret of mana best Android games 2014


shadow fight 2 best Android games 2014Shadow Fight 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Shadow Fight 2 was originally a Facebook game that was then migrated to Android. Let us say that they did it a whole lot better than Farmville did. It’s a 2D fighting game where the characters are silhouettes that do combat against colorful and serene backgrounds. On top of being pleasing to look at, the mechanics are easy to learn and the animations make everything look epic. There aren’t a lot of great fighting games on Android. This is one of them.
Get it on Google Play


Sky Force 2014 best Android games 2014Sky Force 2014

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Sky Force 2014 is a 2D, top-down arcade shooter. You play as a fighter pilot who must level up their ship and defeat the big bad guys. It features, colorful and well-done graphics that is paired wonderfully with intense, action-packed game play. This is one of the few titles where you actually want to compete in the leaderboards and there is a lot to do for such a simple arcade game.
Get it on Google Play


smash hit best android games 2014Smash Hit

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Smash Hit is a different kind of infinite runner. Instead of dodging obstacles and jumping over pits, you play from the first person perspective and throw balls at panes of glass. The graphics are phenomenal for how simple the game is and the dark, smokey atmosphere of the game is strangely relaxing. The mechanics are simple to master but difficult to implement as the game requires good timing more than anything else. It’s about as good as an infinite runner can possibly get.
Get it on Google Play


Surgeon Simulator best android games 2014Surgeon Simulator

[Price: $2.99]
Much like Goat Simulator, Surgeon Simulator takes a rather innocuous thing and turns into something extremely absurd and possibly even offensive to some. In Surgeon Simulator you play as a surgeon. Instead of performing surgery and saving your patient (Bob), you pretty much just slap him around, hack him up, and abuse him. It’s hilarious in the same dark sort of way that Cards Against Humanity is which means this isn’t recommended for those with a weak stomach or a
Get it on Google Play


Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic best Android games 2014Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

[Price: $9.99]
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is an RPG from the early 2000’s from BioWare, who also recently brought us Dragon Age: Inquisition. KOTOR features a very long story complete with multiple endings based on how the player chooses to play. There is also character customization, support for third party controllers, and even achievements. The graphics and controls have been redone for mobile. Do beware, though, because this one is newer and that means there are almost certainly release day bugs.
Get it on Google Play


Walking Dead Season 2 icon best Android games 2014The Walking Dead: Season 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
It’s true that this title originally came out in December of last year but thanks to its episodic nature, the final episode of season 2 was released in July. Season 2 continues the story line of Clementine as she continues to try to survive in an undead world. It’s an adventure game where you must make difficult decisions and attempt to survive. You can also port in your game file from season one and some of the story elements will be different depending on who you chose to save in the first game.
Get it on Google Play


XCOM Enemy Within best Android games 2014XCOM: Enemy Within

[Price: $6.99]
XCOM: Enemy Within is an action strategy game where you must defend against alien invaders. You can customize and train your team with upgradeable weapons and equipment, engage in multiplayer, and play through a pretty decent story. It also features great graphics, fun and simple game mechanics, and more. About the only weird thing about this title is that its predecessor, XCOM: Enemy Unknown was removed from the Play Store so that this could exist which is an odd and usual move.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great games for our best Android games list, let us know about them in the comments!

  • Monument valley forces you to update even though the new version doesn’t have anything extra unless you pay extra. That wouldn’t be a problem, if the new version wasn’t taking up 240MB more space on your phone even if you don’t buy the extra levels. Bad design.

    • JosephHindy

      That has nothing to do with design.

      • Sorry to concur, but software design is design. The app could have been designed to only download the extra stuff when purchase is made. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_design
        BTW I updated my original comment with exact values, which I first posted from memory.

        • JosephHindy

          As per your source:

          “Software design is the process of implementing software solutions to one or more set of problems.”

          These are video games, they don’t solve problems, they provide entertainment. You can call it bad execution and you’d be right but the design in that game is utterly phenomenal.

          • You are right! Sorry.
            My thinking was:
            The problem: add more levels in version 2
            Solution: have everybody download it (not the best solution)

          • JosephHindy

            Oh don’t get me wrong, I think the additional size sucks too and they could have done that better…I just disagreed with your stance that it was bad design :)

          • Andrew Camilleri

            Games are also software in that they are written using code just like any other computer app. It is bad design as in its architecture was not designed efficiently.

          • JosephHindy

            Andrew, no one looks at video games as “software” other than developers. This isn’t a developer blog, it’s a consumer blog. Most of my readers are normal people who, when they see things like “the design is bad” are going to think “what? the levels and game play were awesome, the design was fantastic, that guy is just dumb.”

            And I’m trying to prevent those comments from happening. You’re not making it easy on me.

          • Andrew Camilleri

            Video games are still software whether you want to call it that or not and most people are aware of that. You can always make it simpler to understand by just saying the design of this feature was bad.

          • JosephHindy

            Adding in extra levels isn’t bad design. Not liking that they’re included in the main download whether you bought them or not is a preference. An opinion. Opinions are most notably not facts nor should they be used as the principle fact in an argument.

          • Robert Baumann

            How is bad design on a feature not bad design? It seems you are a fan boy who wants to say it is FLAWLESS design, then sweep all the other problems under the rug saying they are not 1000 percent the definition of bad design so the game is absolutely 1000 percent perfect in every way except for thing which will not be allowed to mention because they don’t fit your convoluted-twisted into a double helix pretzel definition of bad design. There is a very good chance that extra material is camped in memory dragging down the performance of your whole system, even if it is only on my ssd, my phone must constantly work around it bringing down the performance of every single app on my system. Moral of the story, don’t gum up my system with material I never asked for and might never want. Opinion written by a person who started his career firing lazy programmers who were more than a YEAR behind schedule and finishing their projects in 2 weeks-that was more than a dozen different projects.

  • Marty

    Excellent selection of games. About 6 or 7 with NVIDIA Shield controller full support. KotOR, though, is currently $5 on GP.

  • ratulbhowmik

    where is clash of clans???

    • monkey god

      Clash of Clans came out in 2013 on Android, so it shouldn’t be on the best of 2014 list.

      • Luminous

        2012 actually

        • monkey god

          2012 is the iOS release. It didn’t come to Android till 2013.

    • Andrew Camilleri

      Mainly-IAP games shouldn’t even be considered for these lists. They’re a disgrace to the game development community.

      • JosephHindy

        No, Clash of Clans is a fantastic and amazing game. You don’t need IAPs to win or to play and it’s very clear when someone who either A) sucks at Clash of Clans or B) has never played Clash of Clans leaves a comment because they think it’s some sort of Gameloft game where they throw it in your face.

        It wasn’t included because it was released in 2013.

  • Bone

    Why no Type:Rider? Both the most gorgeous and maybe the most creative platformer.

  • Ram NIL

    what happened to Simpleplanes?

  • You missed Hearthstone, the Banner Saga, the Wolf Among Us, Hitman Go and 80 days, which other than Monument Valley, I found better than all 29 other games on your list.

    • JosephHindy

      I think you should play the other 29 games on this list first before making your final determination :P

    • I’d agree with that 100%, and would have added The Shadow Sun instead of a few others.

  • Aaron Powell

    You could put Hitman Go up there.

  • dontreplytothis

    Threes and Hitman Go should be on here.

  • Oh God! That is really a huge list. Just wanna add one more interesting and incredible game that we have i.e., ‘Jungle Transformers’ with an excellent background story and 3 different animals to run with.

  • zakaos .

    I made this little game, if you have android please give it a try,
    could use some ratings.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zaxco.stupidcupid

  • Johnny Josef

    Jetboom Dash Kill — PLAY & SHARE–https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sky.metalangel.en

  • Bindesh Kumar Singh

    I feel the side-scroller (Castlevania, Ninja Gaiden, Kick Master like games) gaming on mobile is dying. Being an Indie developer i have made similar game and i see its challenging. If you enjoyed playing NES, SNES, SEGA games you might like mine also.

    Fast BeatEmUp (KungFu like) action game with same flavor as Spartan X / KickMaster / Ninja. (like games of 90s consoles NES, SEGA).

    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.greh.bestialkungfu

    Main website for my other games and apps.
    http://www.gamesgreh.in