Om Nom Merge best idle tap games for android
Idle tap games are kind of a weird genre in gaming. The mechanics are super simple. You tap on the screen to generate a thing or you simply wait for that thing to generate on its own. You upgrade various things to make each click worth more or generate more stuff over the same period of time. That sounds more complicated than it really is. You basically click, wait, upgrade, and repeat. There are actually a ton of idle games on mobile. It was honestly tough bringing the list down to 15, but we managed to do it. Here are the best idle tap games for Android. You can also check out Naquatic idle tap games and this super interesting (but old) tap game if you want two more options.

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AdVenture Capitalist

Price: Free to play

AdVenture Capitalist is one of the most popular idle tap games on Android. It plays like a fairly typical tap game. You tap on the screen to earn money and then upgrade your business to earn more money passively. It is a large game with a bunch of stuff to upgrade. The game scales up in a satisfactory manner. You also hire employees, attract investors, and get your business as profitable as possible. It’s a little less tap and a little more idle, but it’s otherwise a good experience. Of course, it does get repetitive as well.

AFK Arena

Price: Free to play

AFK Arena is a popular game with a smattering of different mechanics. Players collect various hero cards like a mobile gacha RPG, play them, and then sit back and reap the benefits. There are some tapper mechanics as well. This game gets a bad rap, and deservedly so, for its less than honest advertising tactics on social media. However, the game itself actually isn’t bad if you like this genre.

AFK Arena screenshot 2021
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Almost a Hero

Price: Free to play

Almost a Hero is an idle tap RPG. It’s a little more involved than other idle tap games, but that’s okay. Your adventurers adventure even when you’re not playing the game. Players also get the tap mechanic when battling bad guys. You get 15 heroes, various upgrades, and plenty of missions to play through. It even has side quests, secret areas, and other such stuff. We really like that it’s more than just a standard idle clicker. However, those who want the easiest possible experience may need to look elsewhere. This game is also a freemium game. We didn’t see any problems with it, but it may matter to you.

Bitcoin Billionare

Price: Free to play

Bitcoin Billionaire saw a lot of popularity when Bitcoin was big news. Thankfully, it’s still a good idle clicker. It works like most other games. You start small with a bunch of clicks and slowly transition into the idle part with various upgrades. You spend money on investments (upgrades) and try to get that number as high as possible. The game also features achievements, various bonuses, and you can even adopt pets (or robots). Noodlecake Studios did well with this one, but there isn’t much else to talk about with this one.

Clickpocalypse II

Price: Free (with ads)

Clickpocalypse II has less polished graphics, but it’s one of the best idle click games we played with during testing. Players create a party of heroes to explore all of the various dungeons and kill many, many bad guys. You can also find items, upgrade your abilities, and earn various achievements. Of course, your characters can learn a bunch of abilities too. You raid dungeons and each one has a loot chance. The graphics won’t win any awards, but the game play is a little bit more complex than most clicker games. This one is entirely free with advertising. We would’ve liked a way to remove those ads, but it’s otherwise a great game for those who can’t stand the freemium model.

Clickpocalypse II screenshot 2021
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Cookies Inc is another popular idle click game, but this one has a bunch of cookies. Players click to make and collect cookies. The cookies give you money that you use to upgrade your business to generate more cookies and, by extension, more money. There are bonuses in the form of special bakeries and abilities to temporarily earn a lot more money all at once. It has a great and awesome theme, but in practice it plays like most idle tap games. This one also comes with social elements so you can play with friends, offline support, and there’s even an auto-clicker function as a special ability. There is actually a way to get $50 million in the first three minutes. We didn’t, but you might!

Egg, Inc

Price: Free to play

Egg. Inc is another very popular idle tap game. A lot of people who are fans of this genre know about this one. You start a farm, tap to generate some profits, and then build the farm to generate profits when idle. You can hire employees to move things along more quickly and it has more simulation elements than many idle tap games. There are also missions, Google Play Games achievements, leaderboards, and there are even some modern augmented reality features. This one is definitely toward the top of this genre. It does get repetitive over time, though, but that’s true for most idle games.

Griddie Islands

Price: Free to play

Griddie Islands is one of the newer idle games on the list. This one has a minor strategy element as well. You put Griddies on an island and they generate money so you can buy more islands. You merge same level Griddies into higher level ones and continue on that path until you have everything unlocked. This one is a reasonably good. It had some release day issues and the Google Play rating hasn’t rebounded as of the time of this writing. However, aside from being fairly short, it’s a decent entrant in the idle games category.

Idle Mafia

Price: Free to play

Idle Mafia is another newer idle game with some solid mechanics. You start your own crime syndicate and the game includes multiple paths to the top of the crime world. You can do things like take protection feeds or fight on the streets. There are various businesses to generate passive income so you’re always growing more powerful. We like this one because the developers added more stuff in updates and we hope they continue that pattern to keep the game fresh for players. Some people experience some bugs here and there but it’s otherwise pretty good.

Idle Miner Tycoon

Price: Free to play

Idle Miner Tycoon has more Google Play reviews than any other idle tap game on this list. It’s your fairly standard idle game. You start with nothing, tap for a while, upgrade your stuff, and earn tons of stuff while it’s idle. Players can hire managers to move things along, explore more than 20 mines, and you can mine for over 15 different resources, each with their own value. The game supports offline play, has decent graphics, simple controls, and we didn’t see any unreasonable bugs. It’s a freemium game, but that’s kind of typical for this genre. We can see why this one is one of the most popular idle tap games.

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Masketeers: Idle Has Fallen

Price: Free to play

Masketeers: Idle Has Fallen is an idle game with some RPG and light gacha mechanics. The core game play loop is decided idle. You have a group of heroes that do combat against bad guys constantly to generate resources. You can upgrade your heroes, change their equipment, and chain orbs to make them do a lot more damage. The upgrade path gets a little harder later on without real money, but it is doable with a little patience. This is a nice one for people who want to get away from the tycoon style idle game in favor of something a bit different.

Om Nom: Merge

Price: Free to play

Om Nom: Merge is the latest game from Zepto Labs, developers of the popular Cut the Rope series. Om Nom: Merge takes the adorable Cut the Rope monster, Om Nom, and pops it into an idle tap game. Players eat fruit to gain coins. Those coins go to buying creatures. You merge the creatures together to create creatures capable of eating even more fruit. The process increases your profits per minute and it scales up from there. It’s a cute and surprisingly competent entrant into the genre and the cute monsters make it family friendly as well.

Penguin Isle

Price: Free

Penguin Isle is one of the more relaxing idle games on the list. You start by building a habitat for your penguin and collect more penguins and other animals as you play. The mechanics are super basic so you won’t find anything too challenging here. The big draw is the calming music, the relaxed game play, and the cute animals. Even the ads aren’t bad and the ads are usually bad for games in this genre. It blow your mind and it may be a bit dull for genre veterans, but it’s definitely a good one for beginners.


Price: $2.99

Spaceplan is a unique game in this genre. For starters, it’s a premium game with no in-app purchases or ads. You get all of the content in a single purchase with no way to pay to get to the end of the game. It uses idle mechanics and tap mechanics to launch devices in order to explore a nearby planet or space in general. The game is rather short and it’s easily beatable in under a week if you know what you’re doing. Don’t expect a ton of depth with it. The only other issue is the developer hasn’t given it an update since 2017 as of the time of this writing so if you find a bug, there’s a good chance it’s not getting fixed.

Tower of Hero

Price: Free to play

Tower of Hero is a bit of a wildcard on this list. Players tap to destroy monsters. You then fill the dungeon with up to 100 heroes. Each new hero and piece of gear delivers more damage to the monsters. There is a lot to like about this one. The ads aren’t too bad. We counted one banner ad and the video ads are triggered by players. The scaling is also quite good as is the loot and reward system. There is a social ranking element and because it’s a freemium game, the top tier of players usually aren’t free-to-play players. Otherwise, this one is a fun little tapper.

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