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You really can’t get more action than you get with shooting games. Whether they’re third person shooters, first person shooters, or somewhere between, you’re usually in for tons of bullets, explosions, and mayhem. It’s been one of the more difficult genres to get going on mobile since shooting games depend so heavily on precision. That’s difficult to do on a touch screen. Additionally, we have a separate list that is all FPS (first person shooter) games and that’s linked just below. This list has first and third person shooters with a variety of different mechanics so it might be a truer list of the best shooting games for Android.


Ailment

Price: Free / Up to $3.99

Ailment is a mix between a shooter and a dungeon crawler RPG. Players explore the world, find loot and gear, shoot up the bad guys, and engage in some truly intense action combat. The graphics are retro style so it’s not the prettiest game we’ve ever seen. Still, the mechanics are solid and the controls are easy enough to learn. Players can also find hidden Easter eggs, bring NPCs along for the ride, and more. It also works in a little more than half a dozen languages.


Critical Ops

Price: Free to play

Critical Ops is one of the more popular shooting games out right now. It features decent graphics, online multiplayer, tons of various weapons to pick up, and weapon skins to add a bit of customization. The control mechanics are fairly typical for a first person shooter. There is always a learning curve when you play a shooter on a touch screen. Even so, it shouldn’t take long to figure everything out. The developers are quite active with this project so it gets frequent updates and improvements. We really like it.


Dead Effect 2

Price: Free to play

Dead Effect 2 is a sci-fi shooter. It’s the spiritual successor to Dead Effect, one of the first competently done shooting games on mobile. It features fantastic graphics, tons of guns to collect and upgrade, tons of bad guys, a 20 hour single player campaign (along with side quests), and RPG-style character development. It’s one of the deeper shooters available right now and it’s great for those who want something more than just a shooting game. It also has extra support for Nvidia Shield devices should you have one.


Fortnite

Price: Free to play

Fortnite is one of the more unique shooting games on Android. You’ve no doubt heard of it before. You drop from the sky, craft and find various items, kill all of your opponents, and become the last one standing to win the round. It has a massive following. The game mechanics are a little clunky on mobile, but that’s only because there are so many controls. We expect it to get better over time. You can also sync your account with other versions of the game to keep stuff like skins and other unlockable content. We like that a lot. You have to download and install this one from Epic Games directly because they opted to not add it to the Play Store. The link is below.


Gigantic X

Price: Free to play

Gigantic X is a top-down sci-fi shooter reminiscent of older Contra games. There is a ton of intense action, colorful graphics, plenty of explosions, and decent enough controls. Players fight against aliens to help humankind expand further into space. The game features three playable characters, a story line, tons of loot, an online multiplayer mode, and more. Additionally, the game requires an Internet connection so offline fans may want to skip this one. Otherwise, it’s one of the better, newer shooting games for Android.



Gunstar Heroes Classic

Price: Free / $1.99

Gunstar Heroes Classic is a mobile port of the popular SEGA Genesis shooter from 1993. It’s part of SEGA’s acclaimed SEGA Forever series. It includes the entire original game with slightly sharper graphics and touch controls. Some other features include local and cross-platform multiplayer, leaderboards, HID controller support, and more. The base game is the complete title with advertising. A single $1.99 purchase removes ads. We applaud SEGA for bringing old classics back and this is a reasonably good arcade shooter. It’s not the longest game ever, but the leaderboards feature give it a little bit of replay value.


Hitman: Sniper

Price: $0.99 with in-app purchases

Hitman: Sniper is a shooting game out from Square Enix. It focuses more on patience rather than all out excitement. You’ll play as a sniper perched out of site. Your job is to eliminate your targets without raising the alarm. There are a variety of ways to accomplish each mission and there are 150 missions to play through. It also features leaderboards, unlockable sniper rifles, and hidden Easter eggs. The game is among the best stealth shooting games out there. It’s a pay-once game, but you can pay for upgrades to help yourself along if you choose.


Into the Dead 2

Price: Free to play

Into the Dead 2 is a fun shooter hybrid. The game also includes infinite runner style mechanics. You basically run through a giant horde of zombies forever. Survival is the goal. Some of the game features include decent graphics, a variety of weapons, a dog companion, some tower defense mechanics, and multiple endings. This is definitely something a little bit different in the shooter space. However, it’s a surprisingly deep game considering that it’s freemium.


MADFINGER shooting games

Price: Free to play (usually)

MADFINGER Games is one of the best developers for shooting games. They have a good collection of excellent games, including the Shadowgun series, Unkilled, Dead Trigger 1 and 2, and others. Unkilled and Dead Trigger are zombie shooters. You kill tons of zombies, zombie bosses, and collect various weapons. The graphics are also fantastic. Shadowgun is more of a classic shooter with a campaign, online multiplayer, and other features. Some of the games are free, others are freemium, and some still are pay-once experiences. You really can’t go wrong with any of them. Shadowgun Legends is the latest release from this developer.


Meganoid (2017)

Price: $3.99

Meganoid (2017) is an action platformer with shooting elements. The game features randomly generated levels so that every play through is mostly different. It also has consumables, alternate routes, and other mechanics to keep things fresh. There is even a function where you can alter parts of the actual level, including things like weapon mechanics. That adds a weirdly fun customization element to the game. It’s quite different and unique from other shooting games, but it packs enough of the classic elements to feel familiar. The retro graphics help with that a lot as well. It’s an older title and we’ll probably retire it when we update this list next year, but for now, it’s still among the 15 best shooting games we’ve played.



Modern Combat 5

Price: Free to play

Modern Combat 5 is among the most popular shooting games on mobile. It was originally a pay-once game until Gameloft turned it into a freemium game a while back. It has a large following, decent graphics, and there is a ton of game here for you to play. There is the usual campaign mode along with a popular, but still very competitive multiplayer mode. You can choose between one of six classes to play, each with their own perks and advantages. PUBG Mobile and Fortnite kind of overshadowed Modern Combat 5, but it is one of the original mainstream shooting games for mobile. Modern Combat Versus is technically the newest game in the series, but it still needs a little work before we give it the title of best Modern Combat on Google Play.


Morphite

Price: Free / Up to $4.99

Morphite is one of the newer shooting games. It was also one of the best games of 2017. It features decent graphics, vast exploration, and various missions. The game is a little bit like a mobile version of No Man’s Sky. The planets are randomly generated. Thus, no two worlds are the same. The free version of Morphite gives you two story missions and unlimited exploring. The full game runs for up to $4.99. It’s a rare pay-once game in a field of freemium titles. Thankfully, it’s also pretty good.


NOVA Legacy

Price: Free to play

The NOVA titles are some of the most successful shooting games out there. NOVA Legacy is the latest title in the series. Unlike Modern Combat, this one has a more sci-fi focused theme. It’s been called the Halo to Modern Combat’s Call of Duty. It features good graphics, online multiplayer, and a campaign mode for solo play. There are also special events, crafting mechanics, and other things to help expand the game play. It’s a freemium game and that means there are some parts of the game that are frustrating. Other than that, there is a lot to love about this title.


PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite

Price: Free to play

PUBG Mobile is another battle royale shooter and the first truly popular one on mobile. You drop onto an island from a plane. From there, you grab weapons, equipment, and vehicles. The goal is to be the last person standing at the end of the match. The regular version is a 100 person free for all while the Lite version scales that back to 50 to work better on lower end devices. It’s a much drier experience than Fortnite because of Fortnite’s crafting system. However, some people prefer a slightly more realistic experience over the more arcade experience of Fortnite. You really can’t go wrong either way except PUBG is available on Google Play and Fortnite is not.


Sky Force Reloaded

Price: Free to play

Sky Force Reloaded is one of the best top-down shooters on all of mobile. Like most games in the genre, you pilot an aircraft and you must muscle your way through a bunch of bad guys. The game also includes upgradeable weapons and armor, in-level objectives, and more. The graphics are surprisingly excellent and the mechanics are simple to master. There are also buff cards and other things to help boost you chances of success as well as your score. It’s a lot of fun and there really isn’t a whole lot wrong with it.


If we missed any of the best shooting games for Android, tell us about them in the comments!

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