Mobile gaming has progressed at a much faster pace than any other technology before it. Every year, Android games seem to reach new heights. We're seeing an increasing number of premium game launches that push the limits of what phones can do, and even free-to-play games are improving. To be honest, even now, mobile has some pretty good games. Here are the best Android games available right now, without further ado! Since these are the best of the best, the list is unlikely to alter often unless anything extraordinary occurs.
Price: Free to play
We normally take our time before adding a game, but Call of Duty: Mobile is so common and has such a high rating that we decided to add it sooner than normal.
The game features a 100-player battle royale as well as a standard FPS online PvP mode. This places it in a unique category, as it can play both battle royale games like PUBG Mobile and standard FPS PvP games like Critical Ops or Modern Combat. There's a surprising amount to do here. Although the game is free to play, the majority of the in-game purchases are cosmetic.
Price: Free to play
Genshin Impact is a gacha-based action role-playing game. It earned widespread critical acclaim upon its initial release, thanks to its stunning visuals and engaging gameplay. Nobody seems to notice that it looks and behaves like Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There is a party system in the game, and you can summon new characters using a gacha system similar to other gachas. The game's visual features, game play mechanics, and fully open world (complete with glider) make it feel less constrained than others in the genre. Unless the developer makes a mistake, this game should last a long time.
GRIS is an adventure game with elements of puzzle platforming. Just by looking at it, you can tell it's going to be fine. The game follows Gris, a young girl who is lost in her own world while coping with her life's traumatic events. There is no such thing as player death or anything like that. All you have to do is explore the world, solve some puzzles, and have fun. The game contains almost no text and instead relies on visual elements to tell its story. It's a visually appealing game that's also one of the best in its genre.
GRID Autosport was released in 2019 and quickly became one of the best Android racing games. The Riptide GP and Asphalt franchises are also excellent, but GRID Autosport checks nearly every box. It’s a premium game with no in-app purchases or advertising. Excellent graphics, excellent controls, hardware controller support, tons of content to play through, tons of cars to unlock, and a variety of racing styles are all included in the title. The game is a little pricey, and it lacks a few minor features that racing fans enjoy, but it's still one of the best racing experiences available on the Play Store.
Price: Free to play
One of the newer Android games on this list is Legends of Runeterra. It's an online battler with a similar scope to Hearthstone. Players collect cards and heroes, then put them together into decks. After that, you engage in online combat with other players. The game eliminates as much randomness as possible, resulting in an enjoyable game play experience. The game comes with 24 champions, a deck of cards, and the ability to invite friends to duel with you. For a long time, Hearthstone dominated this list, but it's time for a new champion to take its place.
Butterscotch Shenanigans, the same studio behind Crashlands, has released a new platformer called Levelhead. Crashlands was on this list for two or three years, and we expect Levelhead to be on it for the same amount of time. It's a 90-level platformer with unexpectedly satisfying controls and great humor. This one, on the other hand, stands out due to its truly outstanding custom level development. Players can create and upload their own levels to the game. Others will download them, and the most famous will be placed in the game's prestigious vault. There are also speed running features in the game, as well as a leaderboard for each class (even the custom ones). Finally, the game supports cloud saves and is cross-platform. It covers every aspect of a mobile platformer. If you have Google Play Pass, you can get it for free.
Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases
Minecraft is a common game for people of all ages all over the world. For those that haven't played before, Minecraft immerses you in a massive world where you can mine, create, fight bad guys, and pretty much do whatever you want. There's a survival mode where you have to mine your own resources and food, as well as a creative mode where you have infinite resources and food. Frequent updates also introduced a slew of new features and options. The game is on par with its PC and console counterparts in terms of quality. In reality, you can play with people who use those platforms on multiplayer servers. In-app purchases are available, but they're just for cosmetic items like skin packs. It's not only Android's best sandbox game, but also one of the best survival games.
Price: $3.99 + $1.99 / $4.99
With the release of Monument Valley 2, Monument Valley returns to the list. Both games are still fantastic. In reality, the game play mechanics and graphics are nearly identical in both. The player navigates through Escher-style puzzles in which levels are movable and illusions are used to complete the course. The principle is still charming, and the Monument Valley series remains one of the greatest mobile games of all time. The first one costs $3.99, with the Forgotten Shores DLC costing an additional $1.99 in-app purchase. The second game is currently available for $4.99. If you have a Google Play Pass subscription, you can play both games.
Price: Free / Freemium / Varies
Nintendo has a good selection of Android games, all of which are enjoyable. With Super Mario Run, they have one premium game. Many people thought the price was too high. However, it is one of the best platformers on mobile in terms of mechanics. Fire Emblem Heroes (a strategy RPG) and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp are two of Nintendo's freemium games (simulation). In September of 2018, Nintendo added Dragalia Lost to its library, as well as Dr. Mario World in 2019. Finally, Mario Kart Tour is only second to Call of Duty: Mobile as the most popular mobile game of all time. Nintendo's games can be a little rough around the edges at times, but they're all mostly enjoyable and strong.
Price: Free to play
In July 2016, Pokemon GO burst onto the mobile gaming scene, quickly becoming one of the best Android games ever. It's a virtual reality game similar to Ingress in which you walk around the real world catching Pokemon, completing side quests, fighting for Gyms, and visiting Pokestops to replenish your supplies. As the world's most successful mobile game, it broke nearly every record in the books. Thankfully, new features are added to the game on a regular basis. A new AR camera mode, new Pokemon, and a slew of other goodies are among the more recent additions. Niantic also released Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality game based on the Harry Potter series.
Price: Free to play
When PUBG Mobile was first published, it took off like a rocket. It has over a million user reviews and over ten million downloads. Fortunately, it's a very professional mobile FPS. It has easy, efficient controls, good graphics, and a straightforward premise. In essence, 100 people are dropped from a plane onto an island and battle it out until only one person remains. The island is littered with gear, weapons, and vehicles, as well as a mechanic that gradually shrinks the play area to prevent matches from being too long. New game modes and a free-to-play feature were introduced in recent updates. Another great choice is Fornite, but you'll have to jump through some hoops to get it installed.
Price: Free to play
Sky: Children of Light is a fantastic adventure game set in the year 2020. The game includes seven worlds to explore, a number of character customizations to make your character look exactly like you want it to, stunning graphics, and one of the most unique social experiences available in any game. Without using a voice or text chat, you can communicate with other players in the game (although text chats are available). Players grab your hand and pull you along with them to get your attention and take you where you need to go. It's ridiculously cute. There are a lot of fantastic adventure games on this list, but Sky: Child of Light stands out.
Price: Free / Free to play / Varies
Square Enix is one of the few “big name” developers who took mobile gaming seriously from the start, and their Android games are among the best available.
Fans of jRPG games will enjoy remakes of Final Fantasy 1-7 and 9, as well as seven Dragon Quest games, Chrono Trigger, and Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition. For tactical RPGs, there's Heavenstrike Rivals, Final Fantasy Tactics: WotL, Secret of Mana for action RPGs, and the Deus Ex series for strategy shooter fans. And their free-to-play games, including Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, are excellent. Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe and Dragon Quest Tact are two recent titles from the studio (and its affiliates).
Stardew Valley is without a doubt one of the best premium games of 2019, as well as one of the best games in general. It's a farming simulator with some RPG elements thrown in for good measure. You begin with a run-down farm and must restore it to its former glory. Catching fish, growing crops, raising livestock, and interacting with the various townspeople are all things that players can do in this game. It is also possible to marry and start a family. The game's retro graphics keep things basic, but there are hundreds of hours of content to explore. Furthermore, the controls are straightforward, and the majority of the in-game interactions are charming and enjoyable. Even if it isn't fully realistic, it is the best farming simulator on mobile. It's also free if you have a Google Play Pass subscription.
Price: $0.99-$4.99 each
The Room is a four-part puzzle game series. It was the first franchise to do a great job with the puzzle genre on mobile. The latest installment in the Room series is just as popular as the previous installments, and they continue to rank among the best Android games. The Room is a series of puzzle games in which you must escape from a room. Each room contains a slew of enigmatic items. The purpose of the game is for you to solve the puzzles and escape. You advance from room to room, solving puzzles and finding even more unique items before you win the game. The Room: Old Sins is the most recent installment, and it includes cloud saving, Google Play Games achievements, and even a small exploration component. This distinguishes it from the first three games' pure puzzle experience. There's no way to go wrong with all of these. They're all excellent.