Gaming on mobile has been improving at a far greater rate than any technology that came before it. Android games seems to hit new heights every year. With the release of Android Nougat and Vulkan API, it only stands to get better and better over time. It won’t be long before mobile sees some even more impressive titles than we have now! Without further delay, here are the best Android games available right now! Fortnite should probably be on this list. However, many are squeamish about it not being on Google Play. If you want to try it, here is our install guide! Also, click the video above for our list of the best Android games released in 2018!
Crashland was released in 2016 and it’s still among the best Android games ever made. It features an intergalactic trucker that ends up crash landed on an alien planet. Your job is to find out what’s going on, build yourself a base, collect various items (and craft them), and save the world from a nefarious plot. It has an RPG element for character development, tons of items that you can collect and craft, and an auto-managing inventory.
The Escapists 1 and 2
Price: $6.49 and $6.99
The Escapists 1 and 2 are sandbox simulation games with escape game elements. You are stuck in prison and you want out. The game lets you gather materials, formulate your plan, and execute it to escape from the jail. Both games have the same basic mechanics. You must play the role of a good prisoner by following all of the rules, but secretly hide your stash of weapons and escape materials. You then try to get out before anyone catches you. The second game is much newer, but it also has a lot more polish, larger prisons, and more game mechanics than the first one. There is no story, really, so you don’t have to play them in order. They are both premium games with no freemium elements or ads.
Evoland 1 and 2
Price: $0.99 and $7.99
Evoland 1 and 2 are two of the most unique Android games. They both use a variety of game mechanics. That includes puzzle, RPG, top-down shooter, classic fighter, trading card, and platformer mechanics. The games pay ode to the proverbial good old days of gaming. Each switch in mechanics also changes the graphics to better suit that part of the game. It’s really a unique experience. Both games also offer hardware controller support, no in-app purchases, no ads, and plenty of story to play through. These are definitely excellent.
MADFINGER Games (Unkilled, Shadowgun series, Dead Trigger series)
Price: Free to play
MADFINGER Games has a long history of success in mobile gaming. They are also have some of the most successful FPS titles available like the Shadowgun series (including the recently launched Shadowgun Legends), UNKILLED, and the Dead Trigger series. The Shadowgun series are sci-fi shooters with both campaigns and multiplayer modes. UNKILLED and the Dead Trigger games are mission-style zombie shooters with a ton of missions and stuff to do. These are the best examples of a good FPS game on mobile. Modern Combat 5 is still great for multiplayer, but you can’t beat the experience of a MADFINGER title. Their latest title is Shadowgun: Legends.
Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases
Minecraft is a popular game all around the world for people of all ages. For those who have never played, Minecraft puts you in a giant world where you mine stuff, build stuff, beat up bad guys, and do pretty much whatever you want. There is a survival mode where you must mine your own resources and food along with a creative mode that gives you unlimited everything. Frequent updates have added tons of new content and possibilities. The game is pretty much on par with its PC and console counterparts. In fact, you can play on multiplayer servers with people on those platforms. Nifty. There are in-app purchases, but they’re usually just for customization things like skin packs.
Monument Valley 1 and 2
Price: $3.99 + $1.99 / $4.99
Monument Valley returns to the list with the release of Monument Valley 2. Both games are still very excellent. In fact, they both have virtually identical game play mechanics and graphics. The player adventures through Escher-style puzzles where levels are movable to complete the path using illusions. The premise is still charming and the Monument Valley franchise continues to stand as a couple of the best mobile games ever. The first one runs for $3.99 with an optional $1.99 in-app purchase for the Forgotten Shores DLC. The second game runs for $4.99 right now.
Price: Free / Freemium / Varies
Nintendo has a decent number of Android games and they’re all pretty decent. They have one premium game with Super Mario Run. Many believed it to be too high of a price. However, mechanically, it’s one of the best platformers on mobile. Nintendo also has a couple of freemium options including Fire Emblem Heroes (strategy RPG) and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (simulation). Nintendo added Dragalia Lost to its repertoire in September of 2018. It’s a little rough around the edges but we’re sure Nintendo will make it better over time. Nintendo is separate from Game Freaks, developers of Pokemon. That’s why they occupy different slots on this list.
Price: Free / Free to play / Varies
Noodlecake Studios is one of the most unique developers of Android games. Their titles are vast and varied. Some excellent titles from this studio include Framed 1 and 2 for puzzle games, Alto’s Adventure (and Alto’s Odyssey) for infinite runners, realMyst and its sequel for more hardcore puzzle fans, Wayward Souls for action-adventure fans, Island Delta for shooter fans, Mikey Shorts and Farm Punks for platform fans, and many more. We also really liked Lumino City for its uniqueness and Vignettes for its simplicity. Their games run the gambit from free to play to pay-once. Super Mario Run and Nintendo’s latest title, Dragalia Lost, had some issues out of the gate but seem to be improving. Nintendo is slowly taking over mobile.
Price: Free to play
Pokemon GO exploded onto the mobile gaming scene in July 2016 and immediately became of the best Android games ever. It’s an augmented reality game similar to Ingress where you walk around the real world, catch Pokemon, complete little side missions, battle for Gyms, and hit up Pokestops to restock on items. It beat virtually every record in the books as the world’s most popular mobile game. Thanksfully, the game gets frequent updates with new features. Some more recent features include an AR camera mode, new Pokemon, and a bunch of other neat stuff. Niantic also launched Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a Harry Potter AR game with similar mechanics.
PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite
Price: Free to play
PUBG Mobile hit the ground running upon its releases. It already has over ten million downloads and nearly a million user reviews. Thankfully, it’s actually a very competent mobile FPS. It features simple, effective controls, decent graphics. and a simple premise. Basically, 100 people drop from a plane onto an island and duke it out until only one is left standing. The island is littered with gear, weapons, and vehicles along with a mechanic that lowers the play area over time to keep matches from lasting too long. Recent updates added new game modes as well as a freemium element. PUBG Mobile Lite is a lighter version of the game with fewer players per match and lower graphical settings. It’s only available for some devices, though. Fornite is another excellent option if you don’t mind downloading the game directly from Epic Games instead of Google Play.
Riptide GP series
Price: $2.99 each
The Riptide GP games are perhaps the best racers available in all of Android gaming. The latest title is Riptide GP Renegade. In this one, you’ll play as a racer who loses their credentials after getting caught in an illegal street race. You’ll battle your way back to the top from there. The game features good graphics, simple controls, fun tricks, and a boost system to help you gain an edge. Perhaps the best part about Renegade is that it’s a pay-once game so there are no ads and no in-app purchases to screw things up. The Asphalt series is another excellent arcade racing game for mobile. Asphalt 9 was launched in July of 2018 and it’s the newest in that franchise.
Square Enix games
Price: Free / Free to play / Varies
Square Enix is one of the few “big name” developers that took mobile gaming seriously from the start and they have some of the best Android games available anywhere. Fans of jRPG games have remakes of Final Fantasy 1-7 and 9, seven Dragon Quest games, Chrono Trigger, and Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition to play and they’re all really good. Hitman: Sniper, the original Tomb Raider, Deus Ex Go, and Lara Croft Go round out a decent selection of puzzle games. You have Heavenstrike Rivals and Final Fantasy Tactics: WotL for tactical RPGs, Secret of Mana for an action RPG, and the Deus Ex series for strategy shooter enthusiasts. Even their freemium efforts, such as Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia are pretty good. They added Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth in May of 2018, another ported classic.
The Room series (four games)
Price: $0.99-$4.99 each
The Room is a series of four puzzle games. It was the first franchise that did the puzzle genre really well on mobile. The latest game in The Room series is just as big of a hit as its predecessors and they remain among the best Android games. The Room is a series of escape puzzle games. Each room has bunch of mysterious objects. Your goal is to solve the puzzles and get out. You progress from room to room to find even more unique objects and solve their puzzles until you win the game. The latest one, The Room: Old Sins, includes cloud saving, Google Play Games achievements, and even a small exploration element. That sets it apart from the pure puzzle experience of the first three games. You can’t go wrong with any of these. They’re all very good.
This War of Mine
Price: $14.99 / $1.99
This War of Mine is so good that we awarded it the best game released in 2015. In this survival game, you lead a crew of civilians in a city torn apart by war. You’re tasked with making difficult decisions that have heart wrenching results with survival being the key. It comes with good graphics, plenty of content, and a hefty price tag. You start your play at night or during the day. Each play will bring you something a little different. It’s one of the deeper Android games that can really get the emotions going. There is a secondary game, This War of Mine: Stories, with very similar mechanics and scope. It’s a nice continuation of the original.
Price: Free to play
Vainglory is probably the best MOBA available on Android. It features a large cast of characters along with a fairly traditional MOBA experience. You’ll have your typical three lanes that you’ll need to attack or defend along with two teammates. You can play with or against real people or bots if you want to. The performance is top notch and there are over two dozen characters that you can unlock. There are also no energy bars or other freemium hoops to jump through. Many MOBAs come and go, but Vainglory remains the best on mobile. There is also a beta available that can use the Vulkan API, although it’s not quite stable yet.
If we missed any of the best Android games, tell us about them in the comments!