Cataloging Android games is just something we do here at AP, partly because the Play Store is utterly useless for discovery and partly because many mobile games simply aren't worth playing. This is why we've created a roundup of the best Android games out there, the best of the best, and it's a growing list continually updated. So if you've been hunting for the best games currently available on Android but didn't know where to start, today's roundup is for you. Enjoy!

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Alto's Adventure

The Play Store is rife with auto-runners and endless-runners, and there are definitely a few good ones, but Alto's Adventure is easily one of the best. Sure, there's a sequel available, but the original is where perfection lays. It's an incredibly simple setup; snowboard as far as you can while completing goals. Once you finish a goal, you earn currency, which can be used to unlock new riders. And some of these riders offer better handling and speed, which means the more you unlock, the more currency you'll earn, snowballing until you complete the game.

The graphics are gorgeous, the controls are spot-on, and the gameplay loop is addictive. Best of all, you can pay to remove the annoying ads, which is the best way to play, totally unencumbered.

Among Us

If you're familiar with the tabletop game Werewolf or Mafia, you should be familiar with the social deduction gameplay of Among Us. While the title didn't get much attention upon release, it gained traction once some streamers started getting views while playing it. As you can imagine, streamed social deduction games are fun to watch, so Among Us got wildly popular.

So if you'd like to play a multi-layer game where cooperation and backstabbing are prerequisites, a game that almost always results in drama among those playing, you'll probably get a kick out of Among Us. The game is fairly monetized, plus it's free to play, so there's definitely no harm in giving it a try.

Call of Duty: Mobile

What would a best-of Android game roundup be without one of the popular free-to-play shooters on the list? Seeing that Fortnite is no longer available on the Play Store, Call of Duty is the obvious choice for today's roundup. Sure, PUBG is still cruising along, but there's no denying Call of Duty: Mobile is the cool kid in the group. It's newer, and, well, it's freaking Call of Duty. Classic maps are included for those feeling nostalgic, along with a battle royale mode that mirrors the gameplay found in every other battle royale.

Monetization is greedy but primarily cosmetic, though cheating is an issue. But what competitive mobile game doesn't struggle with this problem? More or less, Call of Duty: Mobile does an okay job bringing the primary characteristics of the popular shooter from consoles to mobile, though all of the familiar issues that plague the majority of F2P mobile games are present.

Castlevania: SotN

The term Metroidvania was coined to describe Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. This is a classic PS1 game from Konami, a direct sequel to Rondo of Blood, and it's still heralded as one of the best Castlevania games ever made. Konami brought the title to mobile in 2020 as a surprise release, and the port is fantastic. Not only does it run great, but controllers are supported, which means you can play this just like you did on the PS1, with tactile and responsive controls, which are indeed necessary to beat this challenging game.

Sure, the touch controls work in a pinch, but you're not going to finish the game using them, which is why controller support is so important. Hands-down, this is an excellent port of a fantastic game, and the price is totally on point. For once, Konami did something right.

Dead Cells

When it comes to roguelike Metroidvanias, Dead Cells is a name that's often thrown around, and that's because it's a title that defines the genre. Thanks to the inclusion of controller support, the controls are spot-on, and even the touch controls are good enough to get you through the first few stages. Of course, this is a challenging game, and death is a constant, but you'll still slowly progress as you unlock new weapons during your runs.

What's really nice is that the game supports high framerates, and those framerates are stable, making for a smooth experience. There's even some extra DLC available when you finally beat the primary campaign, which means there's tons of content here that should last most players 30 hours or more.

Pokémon UNITE

For the hardcore MOBA players, there's League of Legends: Wild Rift, but if you're only looking to dip your toe into the genre or simply require something a little more simple, Pokémon UNITE is one of the few highly-accessible MOBAs out there. Sure, the game is themed around Pokémon, and it's clearly designed to appeal to children, but even if you find such things a little childish, there's a lot of fun to be had with Pokémon UNITE.

You can easily play for free, and while the game is technically pay-to-win thanks to cash shop items that offer an advantage, it hardly matters if you're looking to play casually.

If you're looking for more, check out our list of the best Action games on Android.

Adventure

Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact is an adventure game that might not appeal to everyone, thanks to its gacha design, but there is no denying that miHoYo Limited raised the bar exponentially when it comes to the polish and content of free-to-play mobile games. The graphics in this Zelda-like adventure are superb. There are still very few mobile games that can compare a year later. The writing is also better than expected, and the game's characters are detailed and interesting. Still, the monetization is greedy, and you will be bombarded with all manner of sales and other annoying in-game notifications. There's also a lack of end-game content, and you'll run into plenty of false walls along the way, purposefully slowing down your progress.

It's a love it or hate it kind of thing, which will ultimately come down to how willing you are to put up with grindy gameplay that's monetized poorly. Still, Genshin is a great-looking game that's perfect for stress-testing new hardware, and there's some fun to be had if you play casually, especially since there's cross-save support across all supported platforms.

Pokémon GO

When Pokémon GO first dropped in the summer of 2016, it was a phenomenon. You couldn't walk through a city without running into groups capturing Pokémon. It was wild, but Niantic squandered a lot of player goodwill with a buggy game that seemingly took forever to update to the more stable title we know today. Still, many people play to collect Pokémon, and while the monetization is pretty greedy, it would seem the player base doesn't mind. To this day, Pokémon GO is still the most well-known augmented reality game out there, even with Niantic releasing new branded AR games at an even clip.

There's no doubt Pokémon has staying power, so even though the game is often poorly managed, to the point many reviews are now complaining about lag, kids and adults still love it. While I wouldn't call the collection gameplay the best out there, it is unique and addictive, which appears to be a winning strategy for Niantic.

Arcade

Streets of Rage 4

The Streets of Rage brawling series dates all the way back to the 90s on Sega's Genesis. As a matter of fact, Streets of Rage 4 is something of a series revival, released almost 30 years after the third game. And it's phenomenal, including the Android port. You have your choice of new and classic characters, with exceptional art and music that adds up to one of the best brawlers released in years.

Thankfully the Android port is fantastic, and so it offers all the features you'd expect of a console/PC-quality game, such as controller support, optimized performance that can easily hold 60FPS, and even the post-release DLC with its survival mode. However, the DLC has an added cost on the $8 price tag (Mr. X's Nightmare DLC is $3). So if you've yet to play this fantastic beat 'em up (make sure to check out beginner's guide), now's you're chance to play on Android, controller support included.

Minecraft

Minecraft is a game that does not need an introduction. Mojang's open-world voxel sandbox content should be familiar to most. You can build like legos in a free-play mode or jump into survival mode to grind your days away. Multiplayer content is a huge part of the game, and while the store is packed with all kinds of content to buy, at least the primary gameplay loop remains consistent.

Controllers are supported out of the box, and the touchscreen controls are plenty serviceable. All around, this is a solid port of a great game that offers hundreds of hours of gameplay. For the asking price, you can't really go wrong.

Card games

Dicey Dungeons

Terry Cavanagh is probably best known for Super Hexagon and VVVVVV, but his quirky card game Dicey Dungeons is also a strong contender, thanks to its enjoyable roguelike collectible card gameplay, often compared to Slay the Spire, as this is a solo experience designed for fun instead of emptying wallets, like so may competitive card games. This means you're free to enjoy your purchase however you wish, and best of all, since this is a premium release, you get the full game for $5, and the developer has even included the game's new DLC as part of this fee, which is a nice touch.

Slay the Spire

What can I say? Card game fanatics love Slay the Spire. You see the name every time people ask for Android game recommendations, and for a good reason. Unlike many mobile cards games, this is a solo experience, and it plays like a roguelike, where you'll build a deck to set out on your adventure just to see how far you can get. This is a game that many have spent hundreds of hours in. It's basically endless if you're into theorycrafting.

So if you're sick of wasting time and money grinding through pointless pay-to-win cards games, perhaps it's time to give Slay the Spire a try?

GWENT: Rogue Mage

It would seem CD Projekt RED stumbled into the card game business with the launch of The Witcher 3, all thanks to its mini-game Gwent. Well, seeing that so many fans enjoyed the game, CD created a standalone title for competitive play. But as these things go, chasing the meta isn't for everyone, and so CD created Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, a standalone solo game based on Gwent. Well, why launch one single-player-focused spin on Gwent when you can launch two, and so Gwent: Rogue Mage is an even newer release that offers Gwent's familiar gameplay for solo play, and it's a premium release to boot at $10. Yes, there is an optional in-app purchase available, but this just unlocks a few outfits and cards for the online version of Gwent. So despite the confusing mess CD Projekt RED has made of Gwent and its many games, Gwent: Rogue Mage is easily a title worth exploring if you prefer games of skill over those that demand constant payment.

Puzzle

Angry Birds

That's right; Angry Birds is back. This time as the original game under the Rovio Classics moniker, and it's a premium release. Everything you remember is here, including the classic slingshot play, but now with new graphics fitting for modern devices, thanks to the ground-up rebuild in the Unity engine. There are over 390 levels to explore, spread across eight Angry Birds episodes, and reaching three stars in every single one of them will indeed be quite the challenge. And if you're looking to quickly get started Angry Birds, check the linked guide.

What's great is that there are no in-app purchases or advertisements to ruin the experience, as this is a premium release available for the low price of $1. It doesn't get much better than that. So if you enjoyed the classic, make sure to check out the new remake. It's a hoot.

Baba Is You

If you're looking for something challenging that will make you think and have yet to play Baba Is You, you're missing out. Not only is this a super popular indie game on PC and consoles, but it was also ported to Android, with touch controls in tow, and it plays great. This is a puzzle game, but it requires out-of-the-box thinking where words play an important role, as touching the words on the screen tends to result in new functionality for your character, which can then be applied to the stage to solve its puzzle.

It's like someone took a Sokoban game and twisted it into something totally new. Baba Is You is one of the best puzzle games on Android, hands-down.

Bridge Constructor Portal

Headup offers more than a few Bridge Constructor games on Android, but Bridge Constructor Portal is easily the most popular of the group, all thanks to the slick Portal theme. Yes, you'll still be tasked with building bridges, but within this release, you'll also have to account for a few Portal mechanics to build successfully. Not only is this a great mashup of two very different genres, but it's super fun too.

It's easily the best Bridge Constructor game on the Play Store, which is precisely why it's in our best-of-all-time game roundup.

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is one of those games I'm sure most people are familiar with it. It's a gorgeous game that was all the rage when it launched back in 2014, singlehandedly changing the landscape of mobile gaming. Before Monument Valley came out, polished mobile games weren't really mainstream yet. Sure, there were a few, but Monument Valley elevated the platform once people saw that excellent touch controls, quality gameplay design, and impressive graphics were possible in a single mobile package that didn't break the bank.

To this day, this environmental puzzler is fairly monetized, only offering an in-app purchase for extra content. Many game developers were inspired by what Monument Valley brought to the table, and even though there are many impersonators out there, the original is still the best.

Need more puzzlers? Here's our list of the best puzzle games for Android.

Racing

Data Wing

Free-to-play isn't a term that appeals to most people. Most mobile games are F2P, but are also filled with horrible monetization. In the strictest sense of the term, Data Wing is a truly free-to-play game, as in it's completely free-to-play, sans advertisements and in-app purchases. Even better, the game is an absolute joy to play, where you'll race around minimal (yet challenging) maps to the tunes of some dreamy chillwave.

Not only does this free racer look and sound great, but it also plays great, and it's completely free, which means it shouldn't be missed.

GRID Autosport

Hands-down, GRID Autosport is one of the best racing games on Android. Heck, it's an excellent racing game on PC and consoles, and thanks to Feral Interactive, it's available on mobile too. The port is superb. The game supports physical controllers, and the touch controls work well; plus, there's tons of content here, where the main story should last most players 33+ hours.

The only thing missing is online play, though it is in testing. There's even a free version available where you can test three courses in the game, and if you like what you see, you can purchase this premium version outright or buy the modes you enjoy in the free version piecemeal. If you're looking for a racer between arcade racing and the more hardcore sim stuff, then this is the racing game for you.

Rush Rally Origins

Brownmonster Limited has had a few hits on its hands with the Rush Rally racing series, and the latest entry in the series is one of the best yet. Rush Rally Origins is a top-down racer, much like Reckless Racing 3 (another excellent top-down racer), and it offers touchscreen controls as well as controller support. Things start off challenging, but as you race, you'll earn upgrades that help, and then you'll be able to take on more and more demanding races. The game even supports 60FPS play, which is great if you own a high-end device.

Rush Rally Origins is easily one of the best racers on the platform, and it's definitely one of the best top-down racers out there, a niche genre that's getting harder and harder to find.

RPG

Chrono Trigger

This is a classic JRPG that many consider one of the best of all time, thanks to its fantastic story, accessible turn-based gameplay, and its incredible pixel art. While Square Enix has been known to let its mobile offerings linger in broken states, over the last couple of years, the company has brought some significant updates to the game, like fullscreen support and gamepad compatibility.

This all adds up to one of Square's better ports on mobile, offering all the features you'd expect to go along with the fantastic gameplay. If you've yet to play this classic, now's a great time to jump in on Android.

Sky: Children of the Light

Thatgamecompany is probably best known for games like Journey, Flower, and Flow, all titles that offer similar relaxed themes while offering casual gameplay. The studio took a chance to create a free-to-play game for mobile, and even though this game contains in-app purchases, they are only for cosmetics, leaving everyone free to enjoy the title unencumbered.

More or less, Sky: Children of the Light is similar to Journey, where you'll traverse 3D landscapes in an effort to piece together the game's story while collecting items helpful for advancing. What's unique about this release is that it's online, and you can easily play with others as you explore fantastic worlds. Much like Genshin Impact, Sky: Children of the Light raised the bar as a highly-polished F2P game on mobile. Sky: Children of the Light has proven to be a great exploration game, so don't miss out.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: KOTOR is a classic RPG from BioWare, and this mobile port comes from Aspyr Media, a quality port house that knocked it out of the park with this release. Not only is this RPG one of the best Star Wars games ever made, but it's also a solid RPG even if you disregard the theme.

The graphics are pretty dated, but the story is as good as ever, and the controls are spot-on, too, especially since controller support is included. There's a 30-hour campaign, and if you're eager for more, Aspyr also released a port of the sequel, which you can find here.

Stardew Valley

ConcernedApe did the impossible, he created a better version of Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, all on his own, and the results speak for themself. Stardew Valley is a phenomenon, a trendsetter, and for a good reason, it is one of the best farming and life sims ever made. Not only are there hundreds of hours of gameplay included within, but the writing is also top-notch, support is superb, plus you can easily resize the UI to fit whatever screen you play on, and there's controller support out of the box.

Sure, the multiplayer content is still missing, but beyond this one issue, the Android port is fantastic. Hands-down, Stardew Valley is the obvious choice if you're looking for a friendly farming sim to dive into.

Titan Quest: Legendary Edition

Don't confuse Titan Quest: Legendary Edition with the older Titan Quest listing, as this is the version that contains all of the DLC in a single package. I.E., it's the complete game at a single price point. If you're unfamiliar, this is a classic action RPG that still holds up. It's the closest thing we have to a legit Diablo game, set in the ancient worlds of Greece, Egypt, Babylon, and China.

Controller support is included, plus the touch controls are good enough to get you through the game, which should last most players around 50+ hours just to make it through the primary campaign, and since all DLC is included, this title could easily stretch well past 100+ hours.

If you're looking for more, check out our list of the best RPGs for Android.

Simulation

Disgaea 1 Complete

If you're big into turn-based strategy RPGs, your Final Fantasy Tactics, your X-Coms, then you've probably heard of the Disgaea titles. This is a series from Nippon Ichi Software that offers an anime-like story with matching art. The first game is known for offering the best story in the series, and what most people don't know is that the mobile port is actually the best version available, all thanks to the addition of an auto-play mechanic not to be found in any other version.

Despite what you're thinking, auto-play really adds a lot to Disgaea 1 since later games saw the addition of tons of quality of life features the first title never saw. To say this is one of the grindiest games ever made is an understatement, but it's a good grind that isn't monetized aggressively. After all, this is a premium release packing controller support, a reworked UI for touchscreen play, and a speed boost for battles that ties in great with the auto-battle system.

Mini Metro

Mini Metro is described as a simulation game since this is a title all about directing where subways trains go, but there is also a puzzle aspect in figuring out the proper track routes. The minimal design is very striking, and the game runs fine on just about any device because of this. It plays great on tablets and phones alike.

More or less, if you'd like to spend your time figuring out how to run trains with the limited resources provided, there's no better option than Mini Metro. The game's a stunner to look at, and it's a hoot to play, thanks to the fact it's reasonably challenging.

This War of Mine

There are plenty of survival games out there, but few can compare to This War of Mine, thanks to its dark yet detailed graphics, not to mention the disturbing story centered around a civil war. Your job is to go out into the world to hunt for supplies and survivors, all to build up your camp. Crafting, trading, and treating survivors will require a balance, or else things could go south, which is where the fun is to be found, ensuring your camp's needs without accidentally killing everyone.

Keep in mind this is an emotional game with adult themes, so it may not be for everyone as it can be a little depressing. Still, the detail of the world and the solid survival gameplay make for a memorable experience that's easily worth the asking price.

Looking for more simulation games? Here's out roundup of Android sims.

Sports

Rocket League Sideswipe

Psyonix did the unthinkable. It created a side-scrolling version of Rocket League that's played on a 2D plane, and boy, does it hold up! First of all, the game still isn't monetized; it's actually free to play in the strictest sense, with quality controls on the touchscreen as well as physical controller support. Controllers are recommended if you wish to rank, but for casual play, the touch controls work perfectly fine. Anyone that's a fan of the mainline game should definitely check out the younger sibling on mobile, it offers plenty of familiar game modes like 3v3, and the matchmaking is quick, so you're never left waiting for a match.

While it's doubtful Rocket League Sideswipe will remain free of in-app purchases and other annoyances, for now, monetization is completely absent. This allows the gameplay to shine, and shine it does, as this is about as good as a side-scrolling interpretation of the core game can get.

Grand Mountain Adventure

Winter sports games used to be all the rage on consoles, and even though the genre isn't as popular as it once was, Toppluva AB created a heck of a winter sports game on mobile with the release of Grand Mountain Adventure. First and foremost, the graphics are totally fitting of the genre, with snow that looks absolutely fantastic. Of course, skiing and snowboarding are the real draws, and both are a total blast.

Now, you will have to get used to the camera, as it is in front of the playable character, but within a few minutes, everything clicks, and then it's off to the slopes to see if you can spot a Yeti. There are seven open-world mountains to explore and hundreds of challenges to take part in, making for a game that should easily last over twenty hours. The game is free to try, and if you like what you see, you can unlock the rest of the content trough in-app purchases.

OK Golf

OK Golf is a low-poly golf game that offers pleasing graphics, chill music, and enjoyable gameplay suitable for just about any phone or tablet. The controls are simple, thanks to their slingshot-like mechanic, and since there are no clubs you have to mess with, shooting your ball takes center stage. So yes, this is slightly more casual than a simulation golf game, but that's why the game is so accessible; just about anyone can pick it up and play.

This is a premium release that retails for $3, which means there are no in-app purchases or advertisements. What you see is what you get, and what you get is a fun little golf game that's great in short bursts as well as longer sessions. So if you've yet to play OK Golf, it's highly recommended you finally give it a shot.

If you're looking for more sports game, check out our list of the best Sports games on Android.

Strategy

Bad North: Jotunn Edition

Strategy games might be super popular on Android, but it can be tough to find titles that are both polished and fairly monetized. Thankfully Bad North was ported to Android from PC and consoles, bringing its premium real-time strategy gameplay to mobile, and let me tell you; the touch controls are superb. This is also a roguelike, so advancement is slow as you upgrade your troops. Thankfully levels are procedurally generated, so things don't grow stale since each stage is totally different from the last.

You could do much worse for the asking price, and since this is a quality port, performance is never an issue. Bad North is one of the best real-time strategy games on Android, hands-down. Don't miss out.

Civilization VI

The Civilization games are well regarded as some of the best 4X strategy titles out there, and it was quite a surprise to see VI come to Android, but it sure was a welcome one. This is the whole game (there's a 60-turn demo, and if you like what you see, you can unlock the full title through an in-app purchase), and you can even purchase all of the DLC found on consoles and PC, though I would suggest waiting for a sale, as the expansions can be pricey.

Still, the base game is a blast, though you'll have to keep in mind that a beefy device is definitely recommended, as the deeper you get in the game, the more memory you will need. Some bugs are present, which is something to be mindful of. But even then, the ability to play the full version of Civilization VI on tablets or Chromebooks is simply too good to pass up, bugs and all.

League of Legends: Wild Rift

If you're looking to get into a serious MOBA, something that's highly competitive, then League of Legends: Wild Rift is probably what you've been looking for. Unlike Pokémon GO (below), League of Legends: Wild Rift is a bite-sized version of the PC game, offering 5v5 gameplay and no pay-to-win aspects. The store is for cosmetics, and that's it.

The game runs and controls great, and since this is a live service title, new champs are continually released. This is one of the best MOBAs on Android, and it's one of the best fair MOBAs at that, which is about as good as it gets for this genre.

Thanks for reading. Hopefully, everyone found some quality games to play, whether you're into brawlers like Streets of Rage 4, or prefer casually tossing birds at building in Angry Birds. Of course, new updates are rolling out all the time, with new games added to the list, so if there's something you'd like to see added, shout out in the comments below. Oh, and if you're looking for the best apps out there, feel free to check out the sister roundup that offers the best Android apps in 2022.

UPDATE: 2022/07/11 07:30 EST BY MATTHEW SHOLTZ

This roundup has been updated with new games

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