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Survival games are an interesting collection of games. Virtually all games have a component where you can lose them game by dying. However, survival games make the act of staying alive the key component in the game. It’s a fairly robust genre with a lot of really good titles. However, there aren’t a ton of pure survival games on mobile. In most cases, you’re looking at hybrid experience that includes survival mechanics along with other genres as well. If you’re in the mood to try really hard to not die, here are the best survival games for Android!


Auralux: Constellations

Price: Free / $9.99
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Auralux: Constellations is a strategy game with survival elements. The goal is to defend your planets and take over other planets. You do it right and you get every planet. The wrong moves make you lose all of your planets to the opponents and lose the level. The game boasts 150 levels, Android TV functionality, local and online multiplayer, various game modes, 4K graphics, and Nvidia Shield support. It's a bit of a weak entrant for a survival game, but it's harder not to lose in this game than it is not to die in many survival games.
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Crashlands

Price: $4.99
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Crashlands has so many different gaming elements that it boggles the mind. You’ll find RPG, survival, action, adventure, and even monster collecting. The game revolves around an intergalactic trucker who gets stranded on an alien planet. Your job is to fight bad guys, build a base, deliver your lost packages, and save the world from evil. It’s intensely deep, has over 500 items that you can craft, and you can even tame creatures to fight alongside you. There is cloud saving support and achievements. It also comes at a decent price and is one of the most unique survival games out there.
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Day R Survival

Price: Freemium
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Day R Survival is another excellent freemium survival game. This one takes place in the USSR. It includes 2,700 locations on a huge map, tons of items to find, and a relatively decent survival experience. You have to stave off hunger, not get killed by zombies, and avoid radiation where possible. It also boasts an RPG progression system for skills like shelter, mechanics, chemistry, and other such things. It's a surprisingly deep survival game for its price tag (freemium). This one should be fun for a while.
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Don't Starve: Pocket Edition and Shipwrecked

Price: $4.99 each
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Don't Starve: Pocket Edition is one of the more popular survival games. Your job is to survive and succeed in an unrelenting wilderness. Not doing so will result in your quick and untimely death. Like most games in the genre, you'll have to collect resources, exploit your environment for your own gains, and do whatever it takes to live. Shipwrecked is the second game in the series. It's just as good as the first one, but set in a different environment. Both games are $4.99 with no in-app purchases.
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Five Nights at Freddy's series

Price: $2.99 each
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Scott Cawthorn’s Five Nights at Freddy’s games were among the first really popular horror survival games on Android. The idea is that you play a character who is stuck in a place with possessed animatronic robots and you must keep your eyes on them or they’ll kill you. The games appear simple, but there is a deeper storyline beneath all of it that you can try to figure out as you beat each game. Otherwise, the mechanics are fairly simple and it’s a great title for those who like jump scares. There are five total games in the series.
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Last Day on Earth: Survival

Price: Freemium
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Last Day on Earth: Survival is one of the most popular survival games on mobile. You have to gather resources, steal stuff, craft stuff, and fight bad guys in order to stay alive. It also has shooter and zombie apocalypse elements. It also has a decent YouTube community for tips, tricks, and tutorials. This is a freemium game and players can buy advantages. However, and perhaps ironically, not buying anything makes it that much more difficult to survive stuff. It's entertaining for what it is, but people who don't like freemium games may not like it as much. Jurassic Survival is very similar to this game in terms of mechanics and game play.
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Lifeline series

Price: Varies
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Lifeline is a series of survival games. There are seven games in total, including Lifeline, Lifeline 2, Lifeline: Silent Night, and Lifeline: Whiteout. Each game has you helping another individual that you can only communicate with using something like a radio. Your goal is to help them make decisions and live long enough to see the end of the game. Text is the only thing you see in the game. Thanks to this simplicity, the game actually works well on Android Wear. The more recent games include things like Android Wear support so you can even play the games on your smartwatch. They’re inexpensive, have no ads, and also no in-app purchases.
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Minecraft

Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases
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Minecraft is one of the world's most popular survival games on any platform. It's also great for creative people and other stuff. Survival Mode is the epitome of what survival games should be. For those who don’t know, Minecraft puts you in a randomly generated world and then you do whatever you want. You can build things, mine things, kill things, grow things, and do pretty much whatever you want. Microsoft made some big moves with Minecraft in 2016 and 2017. You can play this game with people on PC and Xbox One now. It’s one of the few cross-platform games for mobile, PC, and Xbox ONe.
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Out There: Ω Edition

Price: $3.99
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Out There is perhaps one of the most underrated survival games. The premise is that you’re an astronaut who has woken up from cryogenic sleep. You’re in the middle of uncharted space, alone, and in desperate need of supplies. Your goal will be to fix your ship, find resources, and live. It also features a procedurally generated universe so no two plays will be the same. It’s a big game and not altogether different in its core mechanics from the now popular No Man Sky. It also has no in-app purchases.
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Pandemic: The Board Game

Price: $6.99 / $1.99 DLC
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Despite being a board game, Pandemic is one of the more intense survival games out there. The idea is that you work for the CDC and you’re essentially trying to prevent the global spread of infectious diseases. Think of it like trying to prevent The Walking Dead from happening. You’ll move around the board, obtaining the resources necessary to cure diseases. Meanwhile, the game will spawn diseases at random intervals and sometimes in large quantities. It’s a little bit like a reverse of Plague Inc (which is also an excellent survival game). The game is $6.99 and the in-app purchases are permanent expansion add-ons.
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Plague Inc

Price: Freemium
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Plague Inc is another extremely popular mobile game. It's a strategy game with survival elements. You must craft a virus that infects the entire world. The game features a surprisingly realistic outbreak AI. The developers were asked to speak at a CDC conference in Atlanta because it was so accurate and good. Additionally, it has save/load functionality, 12 disease types to choose from, expansion packs, leaderboards, and achievements. Pure survival fans may not find enough survival elements in this game to count it as a part of the genre, but we do and the game is fantastic.
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PUBG Mobile

Price: Freemium
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PUBG Mobile has a surprising number of survival elements for a shooter game. You and 99 other players drop onto an island and the goal is to stay alive. You have almost 100 other players to deal with. Additionally, the playable area shrinks as the game continues. Thus, staying alive is a function of combat, time, and location. The mechanics are pretty decent for a mobile shooter and there are all kinds of items to find while on the island. It's actually a pretty decent game.
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Survive

Price: Free / $3.99-$7.99
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Survive is definitely among the best pure survival games. Your only goal is actual survival. That includes crafting valuable tools, drinking water, finding food, and finding shelter. The game forces you to manage all of these elements in a simulation style manner. The graphics are simple, but the game is shockingly difficult. The game had some early issues, but most of them are worked out. The developer is working on a huge update that changes things up. However, as of now, it runs version 319 and that includes ads in the free version and a premium version. You get to choose the price for the freemium version.
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Survival-Quest ZARYA-1 Station

Price: Free / Up to $2.99
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ZARYA-1 Station is a test game in the survival genre. It's a lot like the Lifeline games, actually. You communicate with various members of the cast. Your decisions determine their life's longevity. Additionally, the game includes multiple endings, tons of sci-fi themes, simple game mechanics, and more. The characters in the game even send the occasional photo or selfie. How thoughtful, right? This one is cheap, simple, and a great one for text game fans.
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This War of Mine

Price: $14.99
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This War of Mine is one of the more serious survival games on the list. It won our pick for the best Android game released in 2015 and it remains one of the best games out there now. In this one, you play as a group of civilians who are trying to survive a war situation. You’ll have to outsmart and avoid enemy snipers, gather items, keep people alive, and make some difficult decisions. Like other games on this list, the game is randomized so each play will be slightly different. It’s a bit on the expensive end at $14.99, but it’s so good that most people who have bought the game don’t mind.
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If we missed any of the best survival games for Android, tell us about them in the comments!