Mobile gaming apps are a weird culture right now. Some call them games and many others call them mobile games. Some even call them gaming apps. We don’t judge. We already have a list of the best Android games and the best free Android games. You can find links to those just below this paragraph. So what are we going to do with this list? It’s pretty straightforward, really. We wanted to highlight some great games that simply wouldn’t work on any platform. All of these games take great advantage of the things that only phones have. No other gaming platform has a touchscreen and an accelerometer as well as Bluetooth, GPS, and the ability to play in two different orientations. Some developers just exploit these elements better than others. Here are the best games apps for Android!
Halfbrick Studios games
Price: Free to play
Halfbrick Studios is a developer on Google Play. They have some of the most popular and funniest mobile game apps. Their collection includes classics like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride as well as others like Dan the Man and Raskulls (in beta to date). These games are among the most popular of their genre. Fruit Ninja is a classic arcade and Jetpack Joyride is a classic infinity racer. Dan the Man is also a decent mobile runner / fighter. These games all have quick and easy mechanics and serve as excellent time killers. Their latest game, Booster Raiders, is still under construction, but it looks like it’ll fit right into Halfbrick’s lineup.
Monument Valley 1 and 2
Price: $ 3.99 and $ 4.99 respectively, with an optional DLC of $ 1.99
Monument Valley is one of the most iconic mobile game application franchises. The former turned heads with its MC Escher-style puzzles, simple mechanics, and fun graphics. The second continues this tradition. Both games offer the same base game. You turn and move the levels to open new paths. Both games are a bit short, but that’s really their only problem. Both are also single pay games with no in-app purchases or ads. The first Monument Valley does have a few DLCs, however. The main designer of these games also created Florence, an interesting slice of life game. Mekorama is another great mobile game in this genre. This is also available free of charge for Google Play Pass subscribers.
Price: Play for free / Varies
Nintendo hit the ground running through mobile space in a big way. They have some remarkable mobile game titles. They include Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Super Mario Run. Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are freemium titles. Super Mario Run is a premium title with a price tag of $ 9.99. It’s way better than its lackluster rating would suggest, and it’s definitely one of the best mobile platform games out there. Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp are also some of the best in their respective genres. Dragalia Lost also launched in September 2018 and it’s pretty good. We’re rightfully excited to see what Nintendo does next on mobile.
Price: Free / Varies
Noodlecake Studios is a developer of mobile games on Google Play. They have a ton of games. This includes fun puzzles like Lumino City and FRAMED 1 and 2 as well as shooters like Island Delta, arcade sports games like their Super Stickman Golf series and their Pumped: BMX series, and many more. Let’s not forget Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey, their most popular games as well as Farm Punks, the studio’s latest title. The games from Noodecake Studios are generally quite interesting and unique, even among games of the same genre. We have their collection linked to the button if you want to see their stuff.
Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite
Price: To free
Pokémon Go (and similar games) is a mobile-only game. It requires your GPS for in-game navigation, your camera for capture footage, and Bluetooth if you purchase the optional accessory. You basically travel around the real world to capture Pokémon, overtake gyms, lead raid battles with other trainers, and collect Poké Stops. This is not a game that you can experience on any other platform outside of mobile unless you cheat a lot. There are other real-world AR genre gaming apps as well, including Jurassic World Alive and The Walking Dead: Our World. Niantic also recently launched Harry Potter Wizard’s Unite, a game similar to Pokemon Go but set in the Harry Potter universe.
Rayark rhythm games
Price: Free / Varies
Rayark is a developer on Google Play with arguably the best rhythm games on any mobile device. Its collection includes Cytus, Cytus II, Sdorica, Deemo, Voez and Mandora. The last game is Cytus II. The games include smooth, colorful and skillfully performed rhythm game controls with catchy songs and plenty of free content. Many of them include permanent DLC as in-app purchases with more songs in case you run through the story too quickly. Rayark is essentially the whole rhythm genre on mobile with few good competitors. Rayark has also released Soul of Eden, an online mobile fighting game. It’s not a rhythm game but it’s still pretty good. Finally, Cytus II is available for free via Google Play Pass if you use it.
Price: $ 1.99 to $ 4.99 each
The Room was one of the first real good puzzle games on mobile. The Room: Old Sins, launched in 2018, showed us that the developers still have their chops. These are gorgeous games with fun puzzles, easy controls, and a bit of arcane. Most games include support for Google Play Games, a bunch of puzzles, great graphics, and later installments include multiple endings. There are four games in total in the series. They range from $ 1.99 for The Room to $ 4.99 for The Room: Old Sins. None of them have any additional ads or purchases in the app. The Room helped improve mobile gaming and it still does, even today.
Square Enix games
Price: Free / Varies / Free to play
Square Enix entered the mobile landscape long before most of its competitors. They have carried a bunch of their old console classics, but have also released a variety of games designed for mobiles that are truly exceptional. Some of the titles include Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Heavenstrike Rivals, Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia (say three times faster) and many more. They also have a fair number of game ports from other consoles, like most of the early Final Fantasy games as well as more recent titles like Life is Strange. We also still love Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter and Blizzard’s Hearthstone a lot, despite their age.
Price: Free to play
Supercell is another developer of some very popular mobile game apps. Their titles include Clash Royale, Clash of Clans, Brawl Stars, and Boom Beach. They also have other titles, such as Brawl Stars. These games are light, mellow, simple, and addicting. Plus, you can play it for years if you have the patience. Clash of Clans and Boom Beach are realm builders with elements of real-time strategy. Clash Royale is a card dueling game like Blizzard’s Hearthstone, and Brawl Stars is a mix between a fighter and a MOBA. These are all freemium games and they all have tons of active players for multiplayer activities.
Games with Zynga Friends
Price: Free to play
Zynga offers a series of online multiplayer games with simple themes. They include Words With Friends (similar to Scrabble), Chess With Friends, Crosswords With Friends, and Draw Something (similar to charades). These games take classic board games or board games. Most people already know how to play them. The mechanics are simple and the games use turns, not real time. So someone can send a motion and you can access it whenever you want instead of paying attention all the time. These are freemium games, but they are generally quite fun.