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Hack and slash games and beat ’em up games bring out the primal fun in video games. The simplicity of the button mashing and the satisfaction of mowing down hundreds of adversaries is one of the core experiences of early video games. It’s not quite as popular these days as most hack-and-slash games also have heavy amounts of other genre mechanics. Thus, even on mobile, you don’t see as many hack and slash or beat ’em up arcade style games as you used to. You do have some good options, though. Here are the best hack and slash games on Android!


Beat Street

Price: Free to play

Beat Street is an old school style beat-em-up game. It’s a 2D side scroller with a bunch of playable characters. The game features single-handed controls, a story to play through, and a good action pace. Each character has a variety of abilities and the story is good enough to drive the player forward. This reminds us a lot of older SNES and SEGA beat-em-ups like Streets of Rage and similar titles.


Blackmoor 2

Price: Free / Up to $4.99

Blackmoor 2 is a side-scrolling hack and slash game. It reminds a lot of old arcade games from the 1990’s. The game also features platformer mechanics as well as some RPG elements. You get a story mode along with a co-op multiplayer and a PvP multiplayer as well. You can even build your own dungeons, share them, and play through them with the level editor. This is one of the more unique hack and slash games on Android.


Brawl Stars

Price: Free to play

Brawl Stars is Supercell’s take on the beat-em-up genre. You and other players team up and battle other players online. Every mode is a PvP mode, but there are a few different game variants to play. Some of them are classic arcade action while others contain MOBA elements. Players can also unlock and upgrade brawlers and the game gets plenty of balance updates. It’s not traditional, but it’s fun.


Dan the Man

Price: Free to play

Dan the Man is one of the better beat ’em up games. It calls itself an action-platformer. You navigate through levels, beat up tons of bad guys, and fight various bosses. The game also includes various gear, character customizations, and a few different game modes. That includes an endless survival mode where you just beat the tar out of stuff for as long as possible. It plays a bit like a retro action platformer. It is a freemium game, though, and that’s not so great.


Eternium

Price: Free to play

Eternium is one of the most popular RPGs on mobile and it also has hack and slash mechanics. The game includes everything most ARPGs have on mobile, including tons of quests, many enemies to slay, multiple classes to play, tons of loot to collect, and more. This is simply a baseline into the genre and there are a ton of other great games. We have more listed in our best RPGs list and our best MMORPGs list. Most of them have heavy hack-and-slash mechanics and often advertise themselves as being hack-and-slash RPGs.



Icey

Price: $2.99

Icey is a slightly more modern take on hack and slash games. It has decent graphics, smooth controls, and decent game play. It’s a side scroller with a unique story. The narrator is always trying to trip you up and make you do the wrong things. The game also features a brisk pace, truly fun combat mechanics, boss fights, and more. We also quite like that it’s a premium game with a single $2.99 payment. This is a really nice diamond in the rough for this genre.


The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

Price: Free to play

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is one of the newest hack and slash games on the list. It starts out as most do. You begin a quest and defeat many bad guys between you and your goal. The protagonist is an underwear wearing knight so you know this one doesn’t take itself too seriously. In any case, the game has satisfying mechanics, plenty of bad guys to hack, various upgrades, and more. The one handed controls work well on mobile and there is even online PvP as well. Most of the complaints for this one are with support and in-app advertising. Otherwise, it’s a fun time killer.


Nonstop Knight 2

Price: Free to play

Nonstop Knight 2 is one of the newer beat ’em up games. It follows up Nonstop Knight and Nonstop Chuck Norris. The game is fairly simple. You drop in and starting beating up bad guys. Players live as long as humanly possible. After each round, you upgrade your gear and character so you can try again. The game turns into a grind rather quickly as do most free to play mobile games. However, it’s definitely a step up from its prior iterations. It’s an excellent time killer.


PPKP

Price: Free to play

PPKP is one of the newer beat-em-up games on Android. It features simple controls, colorful graphics, and a retro style. You play through and beat up a bunch of bad guys as usual. There are also boss fights and a small upgrade mechanic in the background. The game is demonstrably simple so don’t expect anything too deep. However, the action and pacing are certainly there and it’s a fun game.


SEGA Forever

Price: Free / $1.99 each

SEGA Forever is an awesome thing. SEGA is slowly porting a bunch of their old Genesis games to mobile. Some of them make for excellent, old school hack and slash games. Kid Chameleon, Streets of Rage (1 and 2), Altered Beast, Comix Zone, and a few others round out a very good selection of games. Unlike most, these aren’t freemium. The free versions have ads while the full version don’t. They are retro and the controls can be a little weird at times. However, they are relatively cheap, old console games.


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