The 6 Most Underrated Games for Android (April 2013 Edition)
Android gaming is interesting. There are tons of games available in the Play Store, but only a select few make it to the first page of a search query, and most people wouldn’t go digging past page 10 to find a few decent underrated games. In other words, a lot of good mobile games have gone unnoticed.
That said, we’ve taken the liberty of digging through the depths of the Play Store to find underrated games that deserve a little more attention than they’re actually getting. If you’d rather watch the underrated games video, we’ve posted it at the bottom.
Ever wondered what Skyrim would look like on a mobile device? Crescent Moon Games’ Ravensword: Shadowlands is nearly just that. Players will venture through beautifully crafted landscapes in a giant 3D open world. Like any open world RPG, players will be able to get into epic battles with a wide variety of monsters, including prehistoric creatures.
Players will have the option to venture through the magnificent landscapes either on foot, with a horse, or on one of the game’s flying mounts. Of course, the game isn’t perfect and it does have a few downsides, such as very slow movements during combat or even trying to move your field of view to look around the world.
Regardless, it’s one of the more fun and well-built underrated games. If you’d like to snag this one, be sure to download it here.
Polarbit Games’ Cracking Sands is a racer, similar to Mario Kart, but differentiates itself by being action-packed. In this game players will be able to customize their own race car, and after, load it up with machine guns, missiles and a ton of other weapon options.
One of the best things about Cracking Sands is that is features online multiplayer, which will allow you to test your mighty weapons against a broader range of players than the game’s AI controlled opponents. Being one of the underrated games though, you won’t find a whole lot of multiplayer opponents, unless you can get some friends in the mix.
If you’re wanting to take this action packed racer for a spin, you can get it on the Play Store here.
The Room had a successful launch on iOS, received a BAFTA award for Best British Game, and recently launched on Android.
The premise of The Room is simple — players are thrown into a beautifully crafted 3D world complemented by seemingly realistic graphics and spine-tingling music with the goal of cracking open a safe.
While players may, at first, see The Room as just another puzzle game, that all changes after they find out how natural moving their fingers over locks and drawers of the safe is.
One big disappointment with The Room is that it is only a mere four chapters long, which most would finish in only a few hours. Thankfully, Fireproof Games’ promises a new chapter in the summer that will open the game up to a sequel set to hit during autumn.
If you’re interested in the cryptic puzzle game, you can grab it here.
In Graviturn there are two types of circles, ones that are red and others that are green. The goal is to get the red ones off of the screen while keeping the green ones in the field of view. While the game isn’t the best in terms of graphics, it still provides a challenging yet fun experience. One of the most charming parts of this game is that after each level is completed, it’ll give you a comparison of how you did against the average. As in whether you did it faster or took more tries than the average player did. Not the most involved in our list of underrated games, but definitely the best of the simple puzzle games.
The downside to Graviturn is that it has ads without an option to pay a set amount of cash to get rid of the ads. Regardless, the game is still a lot of fun, and if you’re interested, you can get it here.
If the old classic Nintendo 64 game Bomberman had a mobile spiritual successor it would be Herocraft’s Bombergeddon. The game, while taking on Bomberman similarities, also takes on an Indiana Jones theme where players will venture through the Egyptian Tombs, Babylonian Dungeons, Aztec Ruins and Chinese Catacombs. There are 80 levels to blast through, so players will have a plethora of content to keep them busy. It’s a little slower than most would like for a Bomberman style game, but that is probably the reason it’s on this list of underrated games.
Players will have a variety of bombs to use as well. There are 14 different kinds of bombs that can be used, and there are only so many bombs that can be used. Although, in the premium version of the game, players will have an unlimited stash of regular bombs and additions bomb packs after completing a world.
The game can be downloaded here.
Syder Arcade HD
Syder Arcade HD is a side-scrolling shoot ’em up game taking place in space. Specifically noting that Syder Arcade is zombie free, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It has gorgeous visuals and a truckload of alien invaders to fight off. Unlike the rest of the underrated games on our list, this game does have a few requirements that turn away some players.
The game requires that the a device has a minimum 800 x 480 resolution along with a dual-core processor. That shouldn’t be a massive problem, but devices also need to be running Android 4.0 or higher to be able to run Syder Arcade.
If you meet the game requirements and want to blast away the alien invaders, be sure to head to the Play Store to give this game a download.
Underrated games wrap up
As you can see from the leaderboard, the app rankings are based off of Google Play feedback, so there’s absolutely no bias. In other words, there should be a game for everyone here, including ones for the casual and competitive players out there. The great thing about underrated games is that there are a whole bunch of them.
There are a extraordinarily large amount of apps on the Play Store, and it would be nigh impossible to sift through all of them, let alone all of the underrated games. With that said, if you think there’s a few underrated games that we overlooked or should have included in the list, be sure to leave us a comment below.