Gaming on mobile has been improving at a far greater rate than any technology that came before it. Android games seems to hit new heights every year. With the release of Android Nougat and Vulkan API, it only stands to get better and better over time. It wont be long before mobile sees some even more impressive titles than we have now! Without further delay, here are the best Android games available right now! Fortnite should probably be on this list. However, many are squeamish about it not being on Google Play. If you want to try it, Also, click the video above for our list of the best Android games released in 2018!
10 – Crashland
Crashland was released in 2016 and its still among the best Android games ever made. It features an intergalactic trucker that ends up crash landed on an alien planet. Your job is to find out whats going on, build yourself a base, collect various items (and craft them), and save the world from a nefarious plot. It has an RPG element for character development, tons of items that you can collect and craft, and an auto-managing inventory.
9 – The Escapists 1 and 2
The Escapists 1 and 2 are sandbox simulation games with escape game elements. You are stuck in prison and you want out. The game lets you gather materials, formulate your plan, and execute it to escape from the jail. Both games have the same basic mechanics. You must play the role of a good prisoner by following all of the rules, but secretly hide your stash of weapons and escape materials. You then try to get out before anyone catches you. The second game is much newer, but it also has a lot more polish, larger prisons, and more game mechanics than the first one. There is no story, really, so you don’t have to play them in order. They are both premium games with no freemium elements or ads.
8 – Evoland 1 and 2
Evoland 1 and 2 are two of the most unique Android games. They both use a variety of game mechanics. That includes puzzle, RPG, top-down shooter, classic fighter, trading card, and platformer mechanics. The games pay ode to the proverbial good old days of gaming. Each switch in mechanics also changes the graphics to better suit that part of the game. It’s really a unique experience. Both games also offer hardware controller support, no in-app purchases, no ads, and plenty of story to play through. These are definitely excellent.
7 – MADFINGER Games
Download Link – https://play.google.com/store/apps/dev?id=7951118518332869031
MADFINGER Games has a long history of success in mobile gaming. They are also have some of the most successful FPS titles available like the Shadowgun series (including the recently launched Shadowgun Legends), UNKILLED, and the Dead Trigger series. The Shadowgun series are sci-fi shooters with both campaigns and multiplayer modes. UNKILLED and the Dead Trigger games are mission-style zombie shooters with a ton of missions and stuff to do. These are the best examples of a good FPS game on mobile. Modern Combat 5 is still great for multiplayer, but you can’t beat the experience of a MADFINGER title. Their latest title is Shadowgun: Legends.
6 – Minecraft
Minecraft is a popular game all around the world for people of all ages. For those who have never played, Minecraft puts you in a giant world where you mine stuff, build stuff, beat up bad guys, and do pretty much whatever you want. There is a survival mode where you must mine your own resources and food along with a creative mode that gives you unlimited everything. Frequent updates have added tons of new content and possibilities. The game is pretty much on par with its PC and console counterparts. In fact, you can play on multiplayer servers with people on those platforms. Nifty. There are in-app purchases, but they’re usually just for customization things like skin packs.
5 – Monument Valley
Monument Valley returns to the list with the release of Monument Valley 2. Both games are still very excellent. In fact, they both have virtually identical game play mechanics and graphics. The player adventures through Escher-style puzzles where levels are movable to complete the path using illusions. The premise is still charming and the Monument Valley franchise continues to stand as a couple of the best mobile games ever. The first one runs for $3.99 with an optional $1.99 in-app purchase for the Forgotten Shores DLC. The second game runs for $4.99 right now.
4 – Nintendo
Download Link – https://play.google.com/store/apps/dev?id=7277267556905944956
Nintendo has a decent number of Android games and they’re all pretty decent. They have one premium game with Super Mario Run. Many believed it to be too high of a price. However, mechanically, it’s one of the best platformers on mobile. Nintendo also has a couple of freemium options including Fire Emblem Heroes (strategy RPG) and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (simulation). Nintendo added Dragalia Lost to its repertoire in September of 2018. It’s a little rough around the edges but we’re sure Nintendo will make it better over time. Nintendo is separate from Game Freaks, developers of Pokemon. That’s why they occupy different slots on this list.
3 – Noodlecake Studios
Download Link – https://play.google.com/store/apps/dev?id=9078867188205035581
Noodlecake Studios is one of the most unique developers of Android games. Their titles are vast and varied. Some excellent titles from this studio include Framed 1 and 2 for puzzle games, Alto’s Adventure (and Alto’s Odyssey) for infinite runners, realMyst and its sequel for more hardcore puzzle fans, Wayward Souls for action-adventure fans, Island Delta for shooter fans, Mikey Shorts for platform fans, and many more. We also really liked Lumino City for its uniqueness and Vignettes for its simplicity. Their games run the gambit from freemium to pay-once. Super Mario Run and Nintendo’s latest title, Dragalia Lost, had some issues out of the gate but seem to be improving. Nintendo is slowly taking over mobile.
2 – Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go exploded onto the mobile gaming scene in July 2016 and immediately became of the best Android games ever. Its an augmented reality game similar to Ingress where you walk around the real world, catch Pokemon, complete little side missions, battle for Gyms, and hit up Pokestops to restock on items. It beat virtually every record in the books as the world’s most popular mobile game. Thanksfully, the game gets frequent updates with new features. Some more recent features include an AR camera mode, new Pokemon, and a bunch of other neat stuff.
1 – PUBG Mobile
Download Link – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tencent.ig
PUBG Mobile hit the ground running upon its releases. It already has over ten million downloads and nearly a million user reviews. Thankfully, it’s actually a very competent mobile FPS. It features simple, effective controls, decent graphics. and a simple premise. Basically, 100 people drop from a plane onto an island and duke it out until only one is left standing. The island is littered with gear, weapons, and vehicles along with a mechanic that lowers the play area over time to keep matches from lasting too long. Recent updates added new game modes as well as a freemium element. PUBG Mobile Lite is a lighter version of the game with fewer players per match and lower graphical settings. It’s only available for some devices, though. Fornite is another excellent option if you don’t mind downloading the game directly from Epic Games instead of Google Play.