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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!


Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead

Price: Free
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Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is one of those diamond in the rough survival games. It's free and open source with hundreds of contributors. You start out with nothing and try to survive in a randomly generated world. You have monstrosities to defeat, stuff to collect, and a human to protect. The graphics are retro style and the menu system is not great, but if you can get passed that, this is a surprisingly good game. There are also two versions. We linked to the one that is still actively updated. There's another, older one that isn't. You can go with either one.
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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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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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LifeAfter

Price: Freemium
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LifeAfter is one of the newer survival games on the list. It plays like most post apocalyptic survival games. A virus sweeps the planet and leaves most people dead or as monsters. You must survive the monster hoard, collect gear, craft stuff, and figure out ways to live. Players can craft safe houses, learn to tend wounds, and forage for food wherever they can. It's all backed up with some decent graphics and controls. The game's freemium mechanics can be a little stressful at times, but they're mostly not a big deal.
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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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Mini DAYZ

Price: Free
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Mini DAYZ is another post apocalyptic survival game with retro style graphics and simple controls. You roam around a randomly generated map looking for randomly generated supplies. There are a ton of NPCs that are either friendly or not and a ton of other obstacles to overcome. There is also a crafting mechanic, plant growing, and a functional day and night cycle to add to the fun. This is a completely free game although you will find some advertisements. It's excellent for a survival gamer on a budget.
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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 little old and hasn't seen an update since 2017, but it's still one of the best true survival games on mobile.
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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 not your standard survival game, but the goal is to live til the end so we think it counts. Of course, Fortnite is another excellent option the battle royale survival shooter space.
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Radiation Island

Price: $2.99
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Radiation Island is a survival-adventure game with open world mechanics. You end up stuck in an alternate reality and your only goal is to live through the experience. You have your usual array of items and gear to find as well as plenty of monsters to kill or run from. There is a crafting system for tools and vehicles and even hidden treasures along with a full day and night cycle. A few Google Play reviews complain of a few bugs and nitpicks here and there, but the experience is, by and large, enjoyable.
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Sheltered

Price: $4.99
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Sheltered is a 2D survival-adventure game. This game features the usual array of survival game tropes, including a post apocalyptic world, a crafting system, and you scavenge a bunch of resources to build your shelter and keep yourself fed. However, this one adds an Oregon Trail style aspect in that you have a family that you also need to protect, clothe, and feed. You can send your family members out to scavenge for supplies at your own risk and sometimes the decisions are rather difficult. The game runs for $4.99 with no in-app purchases.
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Stormfall: Saga of Survival

Price: Freemium
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Stormfall is a unique survival game mixed with an RPG. Your character is exiled out into the wilderness and you must survive. The game features open world exploration, a crafting system, various gear to collect, and you even get to use some magic. There are dungeons and ruins to explore as well as you conquer the unknown landscape. Plus, aside from starvation, there is a curse mechanic you get to deal with as well. It's a freemium game and most of the complaints we see are regarding that. However, most people seem to really enjoy this game.
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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 and This War of Mine: Stories

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. This War of Mine: Stories is a standalone experience with most of the same mechanics, but a different and more linear story line. Both games are excellent.
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