10 most addictive games for Android

by: Joe HindyJanuary 19, 2016

most addictive games for android
What makes addictive games addictive? They tend to be games that you can play quickly with easy controls but it’s still surprisingly difficult to get a high score. We’ve seen a slew of great addictive games over the years and they always seem to come out of nowhere. Let’s take a look at the most addictive games for Android right now. Of course, a lot of this is purely subjective so if your favorite addictive game isn’t on this list, tell us about it in the comments!

Agar.io most addictive games for androidAgar.io

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Agar.io burst on to the scene in 2015 and became one of the most popular games in the world. Why? We’re not entirely sure but you’ll spend hours wasting time in this game before you realize that all you’re doing is floating around a piece of graph paper trying to swallow other players. As a player, your job is to play as a circle as you try to eat other players and become larger while avoid being eaten yourself. There are all kinds of Easter eggs to get special circles and it’s an easy way to lose an entire afternoon before you realize it.

Get it now on Google Play!

Agar.io most addictive games for Android

crossy road most addictive games for androidCrossy Road

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Crossy Road is this generation’s Frogger. You play as a pixelated chicken as you try to cross the road, river, or whatever else gets in your way. The game is done up in charming 8-bit style graphics but still manages to look really good. The game also comes with Google Play Games services, cloud saving, and achievements along with Android TV support. It’s a ton of fun, it never ends, and there are a ton of characters that you can unlock.

Get it now on Google Play!

quizup most addictive games for androidQuizUp

[Price: Free]
QuizUp is a free quiz game where you face against other people in live quizzes to see who knows the most. Each question you get a score based on being right and how fast you were able to answer the question. There are a ton of categories and the online component always worked really well for us. You can also add friends and challenge them whenever you want. It’s entirely free with no in-app purchases. If this isn’t your cup of tea, we’ve also heard good things about Trivia Crack.

Get it now on Google Play!

pac man 256 most addictive games on androidPAC-MAN 256

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
PAC-MAN 256 is a hybrid game that combines the challenge of Pacman with an infinite runner concept so you never have to stop playing. You play as Pacman as you deal with your usual problems like ghosts except you must keep going forward or a glitch in the system will eat you alive. You’ll also have powers that you can work with to make things a little easier for you. It also comes with hidden Easter eggs and controller support so you can play it on Android TV.

Get it now on Google Play!

most addictive games for androidPlants vs Zombies 2

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Plants vs Zombies is one of the most recognizable names in all of mobile games. In this tower defense game, you must build flowers which then use their super powers to fend off herds of zombies. The game play is easy enough for practically everyone to learn but beating every level takes a lot of effort and the game does a great job of making you want to put in that effort. Add in frequent content updates from the developers and you have a game that’s hard to put down for a long, long time.

Get it now on Google Play!

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most addictive games for androidPiano Tiles 2

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Piano Tiles 2 is the sequel to the hit game Don’t Tap the White Tiles which spent most of 2015 at the top of various charts. This title is an extremely simple rhythm game where you must only tap on the black piano tiles. You keep going until the song is over or until you mess up and then you must start over and play again. Thanks to its low point of entry and quick game play mechanic, it’s a game you can play for 30 seconds or 30 minutes. The choice is yours.

Get it now on Google Play!

shooty skies most addictive games for androidShooty Skies

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Shooty Skies is a shooter known as a “bullet hell” style of game. You play as a pilot as you fly continuously while you must avoid a ton of bad guys firing a ton of bullets at you. The controls are easy enough to use and the game is pretty fun until it starts to get hard. It may get a groan or two from those who play more serious titles in this genre, but casual gamers the world over just can’t seem to put it own.

Get it now on Google Play!

Sky Force 2014 most addicting android gamesSky Force

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Sky Force is another “bullet hell” shooter except this one is a little bit more difficult for those who enjoy shooters on a more serious level. You play as a ship fighter who must traverse various levels, defeat bad guys, dodge bullets, and make it to the end. You can upgrade your ship and Sky Force includes Google Play Game services that include cloud saves, leaderboards, and achievements. It was one of the best games of 2014 and it’ll have you playing levels over and over again until you get your score just right.

Get it now on Google Play!

smash hit most addictive android gamesSmash Hit

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Smash Hit is an infinite runner where you must throw balls at obstacles to destroy them before they can damage you. Your ammo count is also your life count which adds a little bit of strategy into the game and recent updates have also added a local multiplayer mode. If you fork out for the pro version, you can also save your progress to play at a later time. It’s a beautifully done game that keeps making you want to try just one more.

Get it now on Google Play!

subway surfers most addictive android gamesSubway Surfers

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Subway Surfers is a traditional infinite runner where you play as a boy running through the subway to avoid getting in trouble with the subway inspector. You’ll have to dance back and forth between tracks and even jump around on top of trains to avoid getting taken out or caught. You’ll get all kinds of fun toys including a hoverboard, a jet pack, and more. It’s simple as far as a game goes, but it’s difficult and fast paced enough to keep you glued to your screen for hours.

Get it now on Google Play!

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If we missed any great, addictive games for Android, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

  • Diego Opazo SV-Cross

    I love PVZ2. Let’s just say i’m a premium gardener. xD

  • Ben Murphy

    Fallout Shelter

    • JosephHindy

      I probably should’ve added that one to the list. Thanks for the input :)

    • ale

      yea but it takes a crapload of storage

  • Martin Lane


    • JosephHindy

      I remember playing that on Twitch. I can see that being addictive too :)

  • yobbei


    • JosephHindy

      excellent game, i considered adding it but i was unsure about how addictive it is.

      • Eyro

        What? The game that sparked literally thousands of whale exploiting, horrible games?

      • yobbei


  • Rahul M

    Jetpack Joyride?

    • JosephHindy

      oh that is a good one that i forgot about.

  • HotelQuebec

    Sky Force is the stand out. Looking forward to the sequel.

  • s2weden2000

    one touch draw …

  • Yadwinder Gill

    Real Cricket

  • Kunal Narang

    Why did you forget about the temple run franchise and the Angry birds series?!!

  • Bordeauxm

    Daddy long legs

  • Hamdi Douss

    Check out One Eye of Farfa. It’s a very simple game, that could become quickly addictive.