The best Android games cover a lot of ground. Whether you’re looking for adventure games, arcade titles, puzzlers, or racers, there’s something for every taste. And, while there are plenty of options out there, not all of them are great. To help you out, we’ve tested, ranked, and rounded up our top picks here so you can ditch those console ports and boring puzzle games for some amazing touchscreen titles.
We’ve also taken a look at these games to see where the cost is involved as some may have that free sticker on their Google Play Store page but within to actually unlock the game. Requires in-app purchase. If so, we’ll let you know so you know the game isn’t really free.
Go ahead and take a look at the best Android games, broken down into genres that people are playing right now, including strategy, puzzle, racing, arcade, and more. You’re sure to find the next title to play on your smartphone, even if you’re not rocking a gaming phone. And, don’t forget to bookmark this page because we’ll have a new game every month.
Android game of the month: Kombinera
Kombinera is a challenging platform puzzler set in a series of minimal single-screen levels. The goal is to match all your colored balls into one. The problem is that the world they live in wants the balls to be wiped out of existence.
As in traditional side-on-platform games, progression depends on precise movement to avoid traps in place. The balls also have powers – for example, pink can turn into pink spikes. But the oddly designed level layout and the fact that all your balls move together make it difficult to find safe routes and execute perfect solutions.
Echoing creator Atari’s past, Kombinera isn’t the most forgiving game. But like the old classics, the game pays off when you break the level you’ve been stuck on for ages.
The Best Racing Android Games
Tabletop Racing: World Tour
Table Top Racing: World Tour is a high-speed racer in which you guide small cars around circuits made from relatively large household items. It’s like the offspring of Micro Machines and Mario Kart. The races are highly competitive, and you’ll find crazy opponents frantically dodging all the way to the finish line with clever tactics and unsportsmanlike weapons.
While there are opportunities to upgrade your vehicle to better compete on challenging tracks, World Tour is devoid of IAP. Instead, it’s your skills that will see you take checkered flags – and earn enough cash to buy new cars.
With simple yet responsive controls, this Android game is a breath of fresh air on a platform where arcade racing is often as much about the depth of your wallet as your skills on the track.
GRID Autosport is a racer, but also a challenge for Android gamers that premium titles never pick up, and this freemium fare is loaded with ads and IAP. It’s a full-on ad-free premium AAA hit, intact on your phone (assuming your phone can run it – see the listing on the game’s Google Play page).
Even on PC and consoles, GRID Autosport was impressive upon its release. Five or so years later, it’s no less amazing as a mobile title, as you set fire to nearly 100 circuits, and battle it out in a huge range of cars.
This, note, is a simulation. It won’t be easy for you, or allow you to break through walls at high speeds like nothing happened, but driving aids will help you master that without a doubt. The best premium racing experience on Android.
Repulse exists in a future beyond racers driving super-fast cars. Instead, they are placed in experimental hovercraft that are bound at insane speeds. Track design conventions have also been ditched, with flat courses being replaced with roller-coaster-like constructions that throw you around in a gut-wrenching fashion.
The game is divided into three stages. It starts with timed trials in which you have to go through certain colored doors, and ends with you fighting your AI opponents, occasionally – and without playing – blowing them up with weapons.
There’s a sci-fi backstory about artificial men and corporations, but really it’s all about speed. At first, the twitchy controls will find you repeatedly smashing tracksides and wondering if someone is going to take your hovercraft license. But master the track and controls alike, and the Repulse becomes an exhilarating experience as you bomb towards the finish line.
Rush Rally 3
Rush Rally 3 brings console-style rally racing to Android. For quick blasts, you can go into single rally mode, with a co-driver in your ear. Or there’s the grinding metal of rallycross, pitting you against computer cars that appear to be driven by aggression. If you’re in it for the long haul, immerse yourself in full career mode.
None of these options will matter if the racing isn’t high. Fortunately, it’s really good. The game looks the part, with very slick visuals and approach, whether belting around a racing circuit or blazing through the woods.
The controls work well too, providing a range of preferences (tilt; virtual buttons) – and multiple setups to adjust skill level. Overall, getting this coveted flag is enough for the game.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Anyone expecting free-roaming racing from the console versions of this title will be disappointed, but Need for Speed: Most Wanted is nonetheless one of the best games of its kind on Android. Yes, the tracks are linear, with only the odd shortcut, but the actual racing bit is fantastic.
You belt along the streets of a dirty, gray city, trying to win events that boost your ego and reputation alike. Wins add to your coffers, enabling you to purchase new vehicles to enter special events.
The game looks gorgeous on Android and has a high-octane soundtrack to keep you going. But mostly, it’s about the controls – a clever combination of responsive tilt and smooth drift that makes everything feel closer to OutRun 2 than most mobile racing fare usually does.