The best Android games to play in 2020

There are a LOT of games in the Play Store (the clue’s in the name), and finding the games that are worth your time can be difficult. But don’t worry, we’ve done the hard job of playing through the most promising titles out there to compile this list of the best Android games. Whether you’re a hardcore handheld gamer or just looking for something to pass the time on your commute, we’ve got games for you.

  • Compatibility: Android 2.3 or higher
  • Price: $6.99

Reigns: Her Majesty

In the game of thrones, you swipe or you die. And sometimes you still die, but it’s always fun. A sequel to Reigns, which was an entertaining mix of kingdom-sim and Tinder-style swiping, Reigns: Her Majesty puts you in the queen’s fancy shoes this time, but the basic premise is the same—using a selection of cards and quirky items (new to the sequel), you make decisions that attempt to balance various factions in your kingdom, such as the people, the army and the church. And of course, your own desires come into it too…don’t they?

Reigns: Her Majesty works best played in roughly 15-minute sessions that give the impression of an episodic progression through a story of intrigue, tension, and unexpected twists. Although it’s a game that makes you think if you want to work for a perfect ending, I never got too stressed with the decision making because of the clever writing which delivers even missteps and misfortunes with delightfully dark humor.

  • Compatibility: Android 4.3 and up
  • Price: $2.99

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Have fun figuring out these Android puzzle games

Need a brain scratcher to keep you entertained? These suggestions should have you covered, whether you like physics-based puzzlers or more exploratory games.

ALTER: Between Two Worlds

Developed by Fivestones Games, Lift ALTERS transports you to a retrofuturistic universe to solve puzzles in this click and point adventure. The game offers an interesting gameplay mechanic which consists of allowing you to change dimensions in order to modify the map and overcome obstacles.

  • Compatibility: Android 6.0 and up
  • Price: Free

Get it from the Play Store.

The Room: Old Sins

The Room: Old Sins is the latest in a beloved series of atmospheric puzzlers with a focus on manipulating contraptions in a limited space. On the trail of a precious artifact believed to be the key to a mysterious disappearance, the player must explore disturbing places, puzzle through obscure clues and operate bizarre devices to uncover the secrets of Waldegrave Manor.

Manipulating intricate puzzles boxes with touchscreen controls sounds like it might be awkward, but the controls of The Room: Old Sins are really well implemented. As you explore the devious dolls house of puzzles, you’ll want to poke your nose and fingers into every nook and cranny, looking for levers, buttons, and other hidden mechanisms with the help of a special eyeglass.

The level of graphical detail and sound quality immerse you into the creepy story, making the game feel tense and tactile even as you’re free to take your time to figure out the latest brain teaser—when you get stuck, the game will offer you progressively more informative hints.

Get it on the Play Store.

  • Compatibility: Android 4.4 and up
  • Price: $4.99

Homo Machina

This game from the highbrow European media group ARTE has an intriguing concept. This game reimagines our squishy, leaky, throbbing flesh-vessels as mechanical contraptions. Basically, wheels, cogs, pipes conveyor belts and valves take the place of biological veins and organs.

The developers at Darjeeling cite as inspiration the work of Fritz Kahn, a doctor, and scientist who described the workings of the human body using machines as metaphors. Playing through Homo Machina, it also reminded me of another famous figure: Rube Goldberg, the artist whose illustrations of complex mechanical contraptions are evoked in the game.

If the human body is a machine akin to a giant factory, the player is tasked with managing the staff: little people-within-a-person whose job it is to keep everything running smoothly. The game’s story presents several situations to navigate as game puzzles, from as simple as eating a meal to more complex ones like a date. As with the real human body, everything is connected, so solving one problem requires you to make sure several puzzles in different parts of the body have been completed.

Get it on the Play Store.

  • Compatibility: Android 5.1 and up
  • Price: $3

Love to “point and click”? Try these great adventure games

Puzzle and story go hand in hand in the classic ‘adventure’ game format, which used to be synonymous with mouse and keyboard PC gaming back in the day. This style of gaming, where you take on the role of a character, navigate different levels, talk to NPCs and find items to advance to the next level of the story, are great for playing on your smartphone touchscreen.

Sky: Children of the Light

Sky: Children of the Light is an indie game from Thatgamecompany studio, the guys and girls behind Journey. It’s just been out for Android for almost a year after first being released on iOS. The music and graphics are both beautiful and the overall atmosphere is delightful. You play as a tiny character, a Child of Light, who progresses through gigantic and magical landscapes. The object of the game is to collect spirits, but on the whole, this game is all about contemplative exploration.

  • Compatibility: Android 8.0 and up
  • Price: Free

Get in on the Play Store.

Thimbleweed Park

The latest adventure game from legendary Monkey Island series designer Ron Gilbert, perfectly blends nostalgia with modern convenience:

You control a pair of idiosyncratic FBI agents investigating a murder mystery in an equally idiosyncratic town, and in the mode of classic adventure games, you need to explore different environments, talk to quirky characters, and collect and use items in the right way to solve puzzles to progress.

Being able to switch between different characters in different locations adds another layer of depth, but if the head-scratchers are too much, there’s even an ‘easy’ mode if you’d rather just enjoy the story and retro-style graphics.

  • Compatibility: Android 4.4 and up
  • Price: $9.99

Get in on the Play Store.

Life is Strange Mobile

Life is Strange broke a lot of hearts back when it released for PC and consoles in 2015, but in a good way. This graphically beautiful game combines a supernatural mystery with emotional and compelling human drama.

Here you can place various plants, from energy-giving sunflowers, to balling pea cannons, to carnivorous plants in your 5 x 9 tile backyard. It’s besieged by a zombie herd of transformed football players, newspaper-reading grandfathers, and crazy gardeners in waves that you’ll have to now down (how fitting).

  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: Free, in-app purchases

Defense Zone 3 HD

Defense Zone 3 is a challenging tower defense title based on a more realistic look and futuristic weapons and vehicles war equipment than most other games in the genre. Instead of defending its base against cute animals or blobs, tanks and anti-aircraft guns are used.

Not only does it look really good, it also plays very well. The many tactical possibilities and attitudes might be a little overtaxing for beginners and beginners at the beginning, but connoisseurs of the material will find their way immediately and appreciate the playful variety.

  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: Free, in-app purchases

Fighter? Wizard? Rogue? Try these fantastic RPGs for Android

Just like with tower defense and sports games, there’s a good chance you have your favorite RPG that you’ve already invested a lot of time (and possibly money) in already. The following are more in-depth RPGs for those prepared to spend hours diving into fantasy worlds.

Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition

Planescape: Torment is rightly remembered by gamers of a certain age as a masterpiece, but the Dungeons and Dragons based RPG that wowed so many in the year 2000 hasn’t aged so well alongside modern AAA titles.

Thankfully, Beamdog has given this classic title a modern facelift and tune-up that includes various convenience tweaks as well as beautification and a remastered soundtrack. Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition’s rich and immersive storytelling remains as compelling as ever, and you can expect to sink 30-40 hours into completing it.

If you enjoy Planescape: Torment, then you might also want to check out Beamdog’s similarly enhanced editions of classic RPGs such as Baldur’s Gate.

  • Compatibility: Android 3.0 or higher
  • Price: $9.99

The Quest

Don’t let the generic title put you off. The Quest from Redshift games is an old school first-person open-world RPG with hand-drawn graphics and a great story, that brings to mind the classic Elder Scrolls titles such as Daggerfall.

There’s a complex plot at the heart of The Quest, but the game doesn’t hold your hand down a set path. You’re free to explore a vast fantasy world and handle the different side-quests and missions at your own pace, in your own style, and your choices can lead to many different story outcomes.

To go on this quest, you’ll have to pay eight bucks, but you’ll get many hours of gameplay in return, with no annoying ads. And if that’s not enough for you, there are five expansions with new quests and areas to add on. A tip: the main game goes on sale for half price quite often.

  • Compatibility: Android 4.4 and up
  • Price: $3.99

Ready? Go! Android endless runner games

Endless runners are always one of the most popular Android games categories, and our suggestions below should keep you entertained for a long, long time.

Alto’s Odyssey

The long-awaited sequel to Alto’s Adventure delivers all the great elements of the original-lush levels, entrancing music, smooth flowing gameplay-but more. More variety in levels, more movement tricks, more worlds to discover, and secrets to find.

Its main appeal over other endless runner type games is the atmosphere. The levels are truly beautiful. Desert dunes, ancient temples, and rock canyons are painted with rich, evocative colors that give an impression of the vastness beyond the 2-dimensional plane that you’re racing down. A day-night cycle and weather affect not only add variety to the palette but add a sense of life to the fantastic world. Music also plays a key part, with the relaxing yet driving rhythms absorbing you into the game.

Alto’s Odyssey is free to play, but you’ll get ads in between levels that can be removed for a couple of bucks. If you’re impatient, you can also outright purchase the coins that you normally collect in the different levels, which can then be used unlock special items and bonuses, like a wingsuit or compass that provide powerups.

Get it on the Play Store.

  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: Free, ad-supported, in-app purchases

Run Sausage Run!

Run Sausage Run! is an endless runner with a culinary twist. As a plucky sausage attempting to escape your fate on the dinner table, you’ve got to dash through the kitchen dodging deathtraps like knives, tenderizers, searing hot grills, and various whirling blades.

As a roguelike game, this game can be difficult, you’ll die over and over again only to be revived in a new time, losing some resources but keeping others across all your lives, which makes you grow incrementally more powerful through play, even if you’re on a losing streak.

The story’s timeline is affected by who you choose to kill, and who you choose to turn over to your vampiric minions. These allies can give you persistent bonuses so it not only changes the story, but your character’s abilities.

Get it on the Play Store.

  • Compatibility: Android 4.0 and up
  • Price: $4.99

Grimvalor

Grimvalor isn’t shy about its influences, being a ‘Metroidvania’ style side-scrolling action game with many mechanics borrowed from Fromsoftware’s Souls series. Expect your fantasy hero to die a lot as you navigate the 2D platformer levels and slash, smash and dash through mobs of enemies and tricky bosses. Thanks to well-implemented touch controls, the action flows fast and rewards aggressive combos and timely dodging.

True to its inspirations, Grimvalor’s environments contain many secrets that you can find to explore hidden areas, gaining new abilities and experiences to customize your hero is particularly satisfying, especially in the boss battles which provide the game’s highlight, pushing you to use your abilities in novel ways. Leveling up your character allows you to build for more power, speed, and so on, and different weapons and trinkets help keep the game fresh as you battle through its dark fantasy world.

Grimvalor offers the first chapter for free, with a one time $7 purchase for the whole game. It’s well worth it, but the free version offers hours of play by itself, by which time you’ll know whether you want to pay for the rest.

Get it on the Play Store.

  • Compatibility: Varies with device
  • Price: Free ($6.99)

Start your engines! Racing games for speed freaks

Got that need for speed? Longing for the engine’s roar? Then strap yourselves in, because here we go!

Asphalt 9: Legends

The latest in the popular series from Gameloft, Asphalt 9: Legends is one for fans of high-end graphics and realistic vehicles. As always, it is available for free download but in-app purchases are there to tempt you.

One of the main draws of Asphalt 9: Legends is the extensive roster of well-known cars (about 50) such as Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini. New circuits are present, as are new online features like the 7-player multiplayer. For the first time in the Asphalt series of games, you can also create your own online community of racers with the Club feature.

Gameloft has perfected racing with touch controls, and Asphalt 9 plays smoothly and responsively so that you can react in those split seconds crucial for winning in such a high-speed contest.

Get it on the Play Store.

Riptide GP: Renegade

This racing game has been around for a few years but still receives regular updates and sees fierce competition on the leaderboards. You play a hydrojet racer, piloting a kind of hoverbike/hi-tech jet ski through a futuristic landscape. The controls are smooth and responsive and the graphics are excellent, with impressive water physics that give a real sense of physicality to the racetracks as you zoom through future cityscapes, underground ruins, and other locales.

Although previous titles in the series featured battles between almost featureless black figures, Shadow Fight 3 brings all the action into the light, with great graphics and a variety of fighting styles, armor, and weapons for your fighter to brutalize opponents with. “Shadow” powers are still available as special moves, however.

You won’t get far with button-mashing in this game either, beating Shadow Fight 3 requires proper form and timing to succeed, especially if you resist the in-app purchases.

  • App compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: Free, in-app purchases

Want to see the other challenges? Check out our list of the top fighting games for Android.

Lock and load: the best Android FPS games

First-person shooters have been a popular genre in the video game world ever since the days of Doom, and yes you can play Doom on Android. For our selection here, we’ve picked our favorite action-packed space shooter, as well as the best sniping game for those who like more careful, tactical action.

Call of Duty: Mobile

There are no bigger brands in the world of first-person shooters than Call of Duty. The mega-franchise is now available on mobile and thus can be downloaded and played on your Android smartphone. Call of Duty: Mobile is a mix two console experiences – Black Ops and Modern Warfare – and maps, characters, and weapons from both games can be found accordingly.

The game uses a free-to-play model but you get a lot of game without paying at all. There is also the opportunity to create your own loadouts in the classic CoD way and compete against your friends online. Our man, Antoine is a huge fan of this mobile game and likens it the console experience.

  • Compatibility: Android 4.3 or higher
  • Price: In-app purchases

Shadowgun Legends

Shadowgun Legends is the latest offering from Madfinger Games, the same team behind the previously mentioned zombie shooter Dead Trigger 2. Shadowgun Legends is a more futuristic affair with lush graphics that will remind gamers of classic AAA PC/console titles such as Destiny and Halo.

You play a futuristic mercenary, or “Shadowgun” that can be equipped which an impressive variety of weapons and armor for an edge in battle but also with an eye to cosmetics, as a high-scoring hero will strut their stuff in front of other players and will be honored with public statues of their avatar in the game world.

There are several distinct spacefaring civilizations to play as, from humans to interstellar crabs. Through the graphics are basic, each comes with distinct bonuses and ship design to give them a different flavor.

The goal is galactic conquest, which is accomplished via exploration, expansion, economic growth, technological research, and of course, diplomacy and war once you start bumping into your rivals. Nonetheless, once you’ve spent time getting the hang of it, Uciana stands out as one of the best strategy games out there on mobile that isn’t tarnished by pay-to-win monetization or predatory IAP.

  • Compatibility: Android 4.2 and up
  • Price: $0.99

All against all: welcome to battle royale

Despite the name, the now uber-popular battle royale format of shooting game doesn’t just offer free-for-all battles, but various other game modes such as squad-based games are also possible. Nonetheless, the classic battle royale is still king: start with nothing, explore and scavenge on an island for the weapons and items you need to overcome your enemies and be the last left standing as the game area closes in on you.

Battle royale is a hot trend right now, with two big names currently in competition for world domination:

PUBG Mobile

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (popularly known as PUBG), is one of the most played video games on PC and Xbox, and enjoys great success as a free-to-play game on mobile, with over 20 million players active daily.

For an in-depth look at how Fortnite plays on Android, you can check out our full review. Fortnite’s take on the battle royale format is quirkier, more cartoonish, and generally more whimsical than PUBG’s grim and gritty ‘realistic’ style. The environments and player avatars have eye-catching colors, bizarre outfits, and a more absurd feel. Whether you prefer Fortnite’s visuals and zany sensibilities to PUBG is a matter of taste but it’s also free to try, with in-app purchases reserved for outfits and cosmetic enhancements.

Get your game on

There are hours of fun to be found in the games listed above, but in case the selection doesn’t quite fit your style, we’re always on the lookout for great new games, and you can check out our reviews of the latest and greatest in our monthly list of the best new games to land on the Play Store.

If you’re interested in pushing immersion to the limit, then take a look at our selection of best VR games for Android, covering Cardboard, Daydream, and Gear VR.

What does the future hold in store for Android games? As our smartphones become even more high tech, Android games are becoming more impressive all the time. We keep track of the most hotly anticipated titles right here:

What is your favorite Android game? Let us know in the comments!

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