There’s a lot of heated arguments and debates surrounding mobile games. Well, let’s be honest they are fewer arguments and more of “keyboard wars” as some might call them. However, if you’d think about it with an open mind, there are a lot of studios making great games on the platform, especially on the Google Play Store.
So, to shine a positive light on the mobile gaming industry, we decided to round up our favorite games on the platform. Games that integrate the touch controls perfectly, like racing simulators, 2D platformers, and even puzzle games are some of the games that are best for Android specifically.
We’ll include a few popular titles and some lesser-known ones. We’re not just basing this off popularity however if we were, PUBG Mobile would probably be the No.1 mobile game in the world right now. To keep things diverse and unique, we’ll go through different genres. Let’s get started.
There will always be a home for racing games on the Google Playstore. The genre itself appears as if it’s split into two separate fanbases, there are the arcade-style games which are a rush of adrenaline. Then there are the actual simulators, which try to convey the feel of how to track driving feels.
Speaking of the latter, Grid Autosport is perhaps one of the best games out there. It’s developed by Codemasters who are behind a lot of popular racing games on console and PC, like Dirt Rally and the F1 series. This game originally released back in 2014 and was recently ported over to the mobile device platform, it is also one of the best mobile ports of any console game ever.
This is the type of game you’d show off to your friends, not only to brag about the graphics but your phone that is running it. Yes, grid autosport is a graphically intensive game because of the car models, the tracks, the environment, and best of all, the beautiful sound design. It is paid, but it is the best $10 you can spend on the Playstore.
I already know what some people are going to think about me for including this game on this list. As much as people love a COD game, it seems there is twice the number of people who aren’t fond of it. I can easily understand why. Activision already has a bit of a bad rep when it comes to treating their fanbase.
But I’ll be one to admit that hidden somewhere beneath those shady practices, lies a great game. The multiplayer mode (which is what most people are here for) is just as exciting as it would feel on PC. It always feels good to hop in a match on the Hijacked map with your buddies. COD mobile also includes Frontline, Domination, Hardpoint, and Team Deathmatch (my personal favorite) modes.
Initially, I didn’t want to give in to the hype, but this is a solid experience overall. COD veterans and newcomers alike will have a lot of fun in this game. The microtransactions aren’t all that bad either if you don’t bat an eye to them. Overall, I’d recommend giving it a try.
Side note: Playing on an emulator on PC and getting easy wins doesn’t exactly make you a professional, does it?
I don’t want to admit to exactly how many hours I’ve spent playing Stardew Valley on PC. It’s hilarious how much I worry about my virtual farm all day. Stardew valley definitely has a lot of style and charm poured into it. Even if it isn’t your sort of thing, it’s hard to not appreciate the affection put into this game. It’s also a mighty impressive mobile port.
Let me tell you the gist of it. You play as a character who has inherited his grandfather’s old farm called Stardew Valley. Your grandfather really let this place go downhill, so it’s up to you to clean up the mess and keep the good old farm up and running. This means, there is a lot of digging, a lot of planting seeds, and a lot of watering plants. I will warn you though, as simple as the premise might sound, it is incredibly addicting.
The music is my favorite part of the game. It’s so calming and mind-numbingly relaxing that you’ll spend hours in this game and you won’t realize it till its too late to turn back. It’s done in the beautiful 16-bit pixel art style, and as you explore it, you’ll find it has a lot of RPG elements inside it as well. It’s a must-play for people who love farming simulators.
I doubt a single person out there who knows anything about mobile gaming would be surprised to see this game make the list. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, what makes Asphalt 9 such a great game? Well, it had a lot going for it from the start. It’s the successor to Asphalt 8: Airborne, which many would say was the No.1 game in the world on mobile at one time.
Asphalt 9 is an arcade racing game. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, it is just as chaotic as it’s predecessor, if not more so. The main selling point of an arcade racer is giving you a rush of blood and tingling your sense. This game does that exceptionally well. It keeps you on the edge of your seat at all times. The environments, the car models, the crashes, the beloved music, and fidelity, all are just jaw-dropping.
Asphalt 9: Legends succeeds at what it set to do, is the best arcade racer on the platform. It’s also completely free, so many would say it is the best free Android game.
Monument Valley 2 is a game developed by Ustwo games and it is definitely underappreciated. It’s a great example of what happens when an indie developer pours the heart and soul into a game. It’s really impressive just how often this game will leave you with a smile on your face.
It’s a puzzle adventure game created beautifully in tiny levels. Don’t be fooled though, these levels have a lot of depth to them. Even when it gets surprisingly challenging, it is always rewarding to find the solution on your own, rather than looking for a solution online. That’s what makes a good puzzle game great. It’s a brief but beautiful illustrious experience.
Definitely, a lot of thought went into the game’s design and style, that is where a lot of the attention to detail was given. It is a game about puzzles, but it tries to tell a beautiful story through its visuals as well. I won’t spoil anything as everyone should experience this at least once on their own. It’s the best puzzle game on the Play Store.
Well, this is a blast from the past, to say the least. This is Konami’s cult classic beautifully ported over to Android phones. Despite all that, it’s not just Castlevania’s charm and nostalgia, it’s the gameplay which still stands up to this day.
Castlevania is perhaps the most innovative platformer to ever bless the gaming industry. Its influence is still found in many games to this day. You play as Alucard, the son of Dracula, and your main objective is to locate the lost Ritcher. You wander through the castle in meticulously crafted levels, that still are challenging as they were back then.
There is a lot of content to go through here, and while the touch screen controls are fine, this is a game best enjoyed with a controller. Thankfully, Android controllers have gotten much better and cheaper in the past few years, so it’s not too big of an issue.
If you’ve used Tinder in the past, you’re probably aware of how it works. The swipe mechanic is easy to get used to and intuitive for everyone, now imagine that being incorporated into a game. No, imagine ruling a kingdom and making decisions based on that mechanic in this amazing strategy game.
Reigns: Her Majesty is simple at first, but the main theme is what makes it so complex. Simple Yes/No decisions can make quite a difference, so you have to be wary of what path you want to down with. Ruling a kingdom is difficult with such a few choices. You’ll meet a lot of eccentric personalities along the way, and while you can burn the kingdom down to ruins, you can also turn it into a global empire.
As you die over and over again from your silly mistakes, you learn the rules of the game and figure out how much decision making matters here. Its simplicity is what makes the game so appealing.
Black Paradox is one of those games that will get lost in the depths of the giant ocean of retro pixel art styled indie games. The pixel art style and the 16-bit era music will transport you back straight back to the days of the late 80s. The ironic part is, the game is its own enemy in this regard. We can only hope that it gets the attention it deserves.
It’s a space shooter which can also be termed as a bullet hell game. It’s a good old arcade game, and it’s impressive how this genre is still alive and kicking after all these years. You play as a bounty hunter called Black Paradox, who is transporting a space car around. You can pick up new weapons, change the ones you have equipped, and you can even use special moves.
There are a lot of enemies to be killed here, and the boss fights are a tonne of fun. But once you die, you start all over again. That’s the point of a roguelike game. It really does launch you into space, as your concentration goes through the roof when you’re trying to dodge all those bullets and whatnot.
Synthwave is a genre of electronic music that has gained some buzz in the past few years. It is influenced by retro 80s music from soundtracks of video games. Thanks to Cyberpunk 2077, the genre has even more futuristic sci-fi influence than ever before. Incorporate that into an auto-runner game, add in great gameplay, and you have Synthwave Run.
You have a lot of weapons and levels at your disposal. The game has the usual jump, boost, and dash mechanics which will be added into your arsenal. You’re going to need some quick reflexes if you plan on playing. The main draw, however, is the art and the music.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar comes straight out of the left field. It’s a surprisingly polished JRPG adventure reminiscent of the cult classics of the genre. The story here is driven by the exploration of the world, and there is a lot of content to be found here. You play as a young hero as you traverse the land and find magical items as you learn to use them. You team up with more heroes along the way to help find your missing father.
The turn-based combat, crafting, survival aspects, all make this an exceptional mobile JRPG. The best part is there are no hidden in-app purchases or ads. For fans of the genre, this is a no-brainer.