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Mobile gaming has improved by leaps and bounds over the last half a decade. Where once we had only a few options and they were essentially Angry Birds or Solitaire, we now have giant, full games with amazing graphics. Since mobile devices don’t have 3D screens (like the Nintendo 3DS), there are no truly 3D games for Android. Instead, we decided to look at some of the best mobile games with 3D graphics. We hope you enjoy them!

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Ark: Survival Evolved

Price: Free to play / $4.99 per month / $39.99 per year

Ark: Survival Evovled is an open world game with adventure and survival elements. Players drop in, tame dinosaurs, explore the game world, build stuff, craft tools, and play with friends. The game features decent controls, tons of stuff to do, and some of the most demanding graphics on a mobile phone. Some of it is due to optimization issues, but the rest is because the graphics are pretty good. This is kind of a benchmark in phone performance and low end phones will almost certainly have trouble with this one. It has a subscription in case you don’t want to deal with micro-transactions, but whether or not it’s worth it is up to you.


Asphalt 9: Legends

Price: Free to play

Gameloft’s Asphalt series contain some of the most iconic racing games on mobile. However, the games are also known for their hefty and aggressive micro-transaction strategies. Still, Asphalt 9: Legends is among the most beautiful games on mobile with 3D graphics and it even uses some HDR techniques to get even deeper colors. The game features 60 cars to collect, an absolute ton of races to play through, an online PvP element, and decent controls. The controls aren’t as granular as previous generations, but this is an arcade racer, not a car sim, so it’s acceptable.


Black Desert Mobile

Price: Free to play

There are a number of decent MMORPGs for mobile. Black Desert Mobile is among them. The game contains five classes, a metric boatload of quests and missions, and a surprisingly good character customization tool and no, not just for a mobile game. The graphics are among the best in the genre and you’ll definitely appreciate your phone’s screen prowess with this one. There are also modern features like auto-play for help with things like grinding. We this Old School RuneScape (Google Play link) is quite good for an MMORPG, but Black Desert Mobile is gorgeous.


Call of Duty: Mobile

Price: Free to play

Call of Duty: Mobile launched in 2019 to massive success. It’s a FPS game with all kinds of game modes, including a 100-player battle royale, a zombie mode, classic PvP deathmatches, and a lot more. The game’s in-app purchases are almost entirely cosmetic so the game itself is free to play. Some other features include above average graphics for a shooter, clans for social gaming, and various other game modes. This is easily among the best FPS games ever released for mobile. Unkilled and Shadowgun: Legends by Madfinger Games are also excellent FPS games with excellent graphics.


Critical Ops

Price: Free to play

Critical Ops is one of the best shooters on Google Play. It’s been referred to as the Counter Strike of mobile. You team up with people and play against others in online PvP action. The game features various competitive game types, tons of unlockable weapons, customization elements, and rock solid controls. You can chill in quick play, be truly competitive in ranked matches, and you can even create custom games for you and your friends. The game is freemium. However, the in-app purchases are nothing more than customization elements like weapon skins. You cannot pay to win this one.


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The Elder Scrolls: Blades

Price: Free to play

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is an RPG game with some dungeon crawler mechanics. You start out in a torn up city and your goal is to go on quests, earn items, and restore the city. You have a decent amount of control over the city’s restoration and there is plenty of loot to get. The missions are in separate instances so it’s not an open world RPG like older Elder Scrolls games. Plus, the game’s micro-transaction push is a little harder than we’d like. Still, it’s a decent arcade RPG and the graphics look pretty good too.


GRID Autosport

Price: $9.99

GRID Autosport is one of the newer racing games and easily one of the best over the last couple of years. It features excellent 3D graphics, reasonably realistic physics, and plenty of content for racing fans. The game boasts over 100 unlockable cars, over 100 circuits to race through, scalable difficulty to keep the challenge alive, and support for external game controllers. Asphalt 9: Legends and Riptide GP: Renegade are two more excellent mobile racers and Mario Kart Tour is a fun game as well, but GRID Autosport feels like a console game while the others feel like mobile games.


Lumino City

Price: $4.99

Lumino City is a puzzle game from Noodlecake Studios. The game’s graphics are actually real world objects. Thus, the graphics don’t get any better than this because it’s actually real life. The story takes about eight to ten hours to complete. Otherwise, you just engage with the world and solve the puzzles to progress. It’s truly one of the greatest 3D games out there. It runs for $4.99 with no in-app purchases or advertisements. Lumino City is also free with Google Play Pass if you have it.


Minecraft

Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases

Minecraft is one of the most popular 3D games available. Most people know how this game works. You have a randomly generated world to explore and build. There are a ton of items to craft, online multiplayer, and a lot more. Updates in September 2017 allow mobile players to play with PC and console players as well. The number of things you can do is virtually limitless and you can play with your friends or strangers if you want. The graphics aren’t amazing, but the simplicity makes it easier for the entire game world to be altered by the player. The game runs for $6.99. The in-app purchases are for player skins and don’t affect game play.


Monster Hunter Stories

Price: Free demo / $19.99

Monster Hunter Stories is a port of the popular game from the Nintendo 3DS. It plays surprisingly well for a mobile port. You embark on an adventure, capture monsters, train them, level them up, and have them fight with you against bad guys. There are also local PvP battles, a decent story line, and a decent soundtrack. The demo version of this is one of the best we’ve ever seen. It’s actually a prequel to the main game. You complete the prequel and that data transfers to the main game if you buy it. The game costs $19.99 and that’s a little steep. However, it’s one of the best RPG experiences from 2018. We also recommend Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, Portal Knights, and Evoland 2.


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Monument Valley 2

Price: $4.99

Monument Valley 2 is one of the best puzzle games available. It’s also a great 3D game. It uses Escher style level design and puzzles. Players need to rotate, move, or otherwise mess with levels in order to proceed. The game is rather short, but entertaining. It’s also beautifully done. The first Monument Valley game is also quite good and fairly priced. Those looking for huge games may be disappointed, though. This is definitely a quick play and an enjoyable one. It’s also free with Google Play Pass if you use it.


PES 2021

Price: Free to play

PES 2021 is a soccer game and the chief competitor to EA’s FIFA Soccer. It’s a soccer simulator with some actual soccer game play in it. You can build a team, play against opponents online, and the game gets weekly updates with various special events as well. You can honestly go with this one or FIFA Soccer depending on your play style. EA’s Madden series is probably the best looking football game on mobile as well if you want to go that route. Sports games still lag behind most other genres, but PES 2021, FIFA Soccer (Google Play link), and Madden (Google Play link) are standouts.


PUBG Mobile

Price: Free to play

PUBG Mobile is a new release in 2018. It’s already among the most popular 3D games out there. It’s a battle royale game with up to 100 players competing against each other. The game also includes a smaller arcade mode and some other modes for players. It also plays shockingly well for being a mobile shooter that is also this new. The game was free at first. However, updates brought a freemium element to the game. Thankfully, it’s mostly customization stuff and not game play stuff. When Fortnite hits Android, it’ll be a shoo-in for this list as well.


Riptide GP: Renegade

Price: $2.99

Riptide GP: Renegade is the latest game in the Riptide GP series. It’s a series of racing games with jet skis instead of cars. The game features a deep campaign mode with an actual story line. In addition, there are various wave runners to unlock, an online multiplayer mode, and Google Play Games support for achievements and leaderboards. There is even some vehicle customization available. The game runs for $2.99 with no in-app purchases or you can grab it free with Google Play Pass.


The Room: Old Sins

Price: $4.99

The Room: Old Sins is the fourth game in the franchise. It plays similarly to the first three The Room games. You solve a series of intricate puzzles. The game features outstanding graphics, a bit of an exploration element, a story line, and more. This is easily among the best puzzle games available on mobile, period. The first three games in the series are no slouches, either. This one goes for $4.99 with no in-app purchases or advertising. It also has achievements and cloud saving, two features we always like seeing.


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