The best Android games currently available (July 2018)

Get your gaming on the go with the 25 best Android games

While Apple’s iOS arguably has a better game selection, Android has grown considerably over the past few years. Here, we compiled some of the best Android games that are currently on the market. Some are free and others cost a few bucks, but all of them provide an entertaining experience on the go. And given that there are hundreds of thousands of titles spanning a range of genres — role-playing, platforming, sports, etc. — we decided to break them down into distinct sections for your perusal. Now, if only everything in life was as simple as choosing a game for your evening commute.

New to the Android ecosystem? If so, feel free to peruse our guide on how to switch from iOS to Android, along with picks for the best Android apps

Action and adventure games

‘Oceanhorn’

best Android games Oceanhorn

If you’re a Legend of Zelda fan, then Oceanhorn might be the game for you. The popular title features a solid narrative and terrific visuals, along with a captivating soundtrack. It’s pretty easy to play, too.

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Google Play

‘Evoland 2’ ($8)

best android games evoland 2

Evoland 2 combines a number of gameplay styles into one adventure game that offers hours of entertainment. During the game, you will play through 2D RPG levels, fighter levels, shooter levels, and even trading card game levels. The entire game has one storyline that takes you all the way to the end.

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Google Play

‘Dragon Ball Legends’

best android games dragon ball legends

The Dragon Ball series has seen somewhat of a resurgence over the past few years, and Dragon Ball Heroes capitalizes on that. The game is a lot of fun, especially if you’re a Dragon Ball fan, and it sees you fight through a series of different levels, collecting abilities and characters along the way. It’s also built to be played in portrait mode, which makes it easy to play on the road.

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Google Play

Racing games

‘Real Racing 3’ 

Real Racing 3

If you want to burn some rubber in a wide range of meticulously re-created cars on an impressive lineup of real tracks from around the globe, then this is the game for you. With countless events to enter, cross-platform multiplayer, and lots of customization options, this is one of the best racing games around.

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Amazon Google Play

‘Motorsport Manager Mobile 2’ ($4)

Motorsport Manager Mobile 2

If you’ve ever dreamed of building your own racing team, then this in-depth sim is for you. Research and develop upgrades for your cars, hire and fire engineers and drivers, and formulate winning strategies to take pole position across three championships.

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Google Play

First-person games

‘PUBG Mobile’

PUBG Mobile

Skydive down to Erangel Island, scavenge what you can, and kill, kill, kill. You’ll take on 99 other people with the same idea, but there can be only one victor. Controls are inevitably a little awkward until you get used to them and there is just one map, but this is a tense shooter that will suck you right in.

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Google Play

‘N.O.V.A. Legacy’

NOVA Legacy

As a grizzled, retired Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance soldier you must investigate the Colonial Pride Frigate and take on an alien force that threatens to destroy humankind. This sci-fi shooter series is as close as you’ll get to Halo on an Android phone. You can also play online in eight-person multiplayer matches.

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Google Play

‘Into the Dead 2’

Into The Dead 2

The original Into the Dead game was pure zombie-killing fun and the follow-up is even better. In this action-packed game, you’ll experience the zombie apocalypse as you race through maps to save your family. Along the way, you’ll pick up powerful weapons and do whatever it takes to put those zombies down.

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Amazon Google Play

Role-playing games

‘Eternium’

Eternium

Hack and slash your way through armies of demons, zombies, and other nasties as you amass a king-sized bag of loot in this well-crafted action RPG that reminds us of Diablo. While there are in-app purchases, the developers have a refreshing free to play philosophy which means you don’t have to shell out any real cash to complete the game.

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Google Play

‘Pokémon Go’

Pokemon Go

Pokémon Go, the spiritual successor to Ingress, uses the camera on a player’s smartphone to create a Pokémon-themed alternate reality experience, one where players see various Pokémon appear in the world through the camera lens. Players can capture these Pokémon and use them to take over gyms, which are found at various landmarks throughout the world.

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Google Play

Arcade

‘R-Type’ ($2)

R-Type

This side-scrolling shooter is an arcade classic from the late ’80s. It challenges you to pilot a small spacecraft to victory over the Bydo alien empire across eight levels, each with its own special boss waiting to blast you to oblivion. You’ll need some serious shooting skills and all the power-ups you can get if you expect to make it through this classic, but completely unforgiving shooter. If you like, then check out R-Type II as well.

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Google Play

‘Pac-Man’

Pac-Man

Some games stand the test of time better than others. Classic arcade game Pac-Man is still giving gamers a run for their money nearly four decades after its release. The Android Pac-Man app stays true to the original format while adding a few new levels to keep things fresh.

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Google Play

Platformers

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ ($0-$3)

Sonic the Hedgehog is a true classic, one Sega has finally brought to smartphones with the Sega Forever collection. If you weren’t already aware, the game sees you racing through a series of levels as the titular character, collecting rings and defeating enemies as you do.

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Amazon Google Play

‘Badland’

best android games badland

This is a compelling fusion of gorgeous artwork, accessible gameplay, and clever design. You have to guide your hedgehog-like creatures through a deadly forest teeming with life and machines.

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Amazon Google Play

Sim and sandbox games

‘Minecraft — Pocket Edition’ ($7)

best android games minecraft

The phenomenon known as Minecraft made an incredibly successful jump to smartphones, giving fans of the franchise the ability to mine, explore, and build their way to 8-bit glory anywhere.

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Amazon Google Play

‘Project Highrise’ ($4)

Project Highrise

If you have fond memories of Sim Tower but crave a skyscraper sim with even more depth, then you need Project Highrise in your life. This is the best skyscraper simulation you’ll find. There’s a choice of sandbox and campaign modes in this faithful port. Can you build a successful tower, attract plenty of tenants, and keep them happy? We recommend a big screen phone or tablet for this game.

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Google Play

Endless runners

‘Super Mario Run’

best android games super mario run

Mario fans will love the new and exciting runner from Nintendo, which brings many of the classic elements of the original Mario games into a slightly different take on the title through Super Mario Run. The game, which was originally available only on iOS but finally made its way to Android, marks what is arguably the beginning of Nintendo’s push into mobile, and it’s a great first attempt.

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Google Play

‘Super Monkey Ball: Sakura Edition’ (Free/$2)

best android games super monkey ball

Super Monkey Ball is the latest Sega game to get the Android treatment, and the Android version sticks pretty closely to the original. In the game, you speed through the different levels and attempt to collect all the bananas along the way. On top of that, there are a number of mini-games to enjoy. We do recommend springing for the paid version of the game though — the ads in the free version are a little over the top.

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Google Play

Puzzle and word games

‘Vandals’ ($4)

Vandals

If you enjoyed Hitman Go, then this turn-based puzzler should right be up your street. Sneak through various cities to outsmart the cops and tag the best spots with your own graffiti. You’ll even get a wee history of street art as you progress.

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Google Play

‘Florence’ ($3)

Florence

Climb aboard an emotional rollercoaster with Florence and play through a series of vignettes in this brief, interactive storybook which captures the excitement of a budding romance. Beautifully crafted and unlike most Android games, this gentle puzzler from the designer of Monument Valley is unique.

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Google Play

Strategy games

‘Fallout Shelter’

best android games fallout shelter

Even if you’re not a Fallout fan, this addictive sim is one of the best Android games around. Tunnel into the earth and build a vault to provide for your dwellers. Can you keep them alive in the face of raiders, radroaches, and other threats?

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Google Play

‘Plants vs. Zombies 2’

best android games plants vs zombies 2

Carefully construct your garden of doom to take down the onslaught of zombies before one of them eats your brains. Set across several themed worlds, this game looks and plays great.

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Google Play

‘Clash of Clans’

best android games clash of clans

Build up your settlement, plan your defenses, raise an army, and guide your tribe to victory against nasty goblins or other clan leaders. It’s a good combination of slow planning and quick chaotic battles.

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Google Play

Sports games

‘Pro Evolution Soccer 2018’

PES 2018

Pro Evolution Soccer has long been a staple among soccer fans, and for good reason. While the game has traditionally been played on the PlayStation and PC, in recent years it’s been available on mobile as well — with great results. The game is free, too, though if you do pay money you may be able to get extra players.

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Google Play

‘Hockey Nations 18’

Hockey Nations 2018

The Winter Olympics may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the ice hockey has to end. Hockey Nations was made as a kind of promotion for the Winter Olympics and allows you to play as one of 40 North American teams, 27 Russian League Teams, 19 international teams, or two all-star teams. Safe to say, if you’re into ice hockey, this might be the game for you.

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Google Play

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