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Best Android games: what you should be playing in 2015

Update: Action games updated

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 1 week ago

Here at AndroidPIT we've compiled a list of the best Android games to help you navigate the Play Store's myriad titles. Join us as we explore the various game genres and find all the best titles to install on your Android phone or tablet in 2015. 

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Read on to discover the best games on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

New Android games this month

Every month we'll bring you scorching hot new games, plucked from the undiscovered depths of Play Store obscurity, to help you stay on the cutting edge of what's worth playing on your Android smartphone. Be the one to tell your friends what's worth playing right now by checking the article at the link below.

Best Android action games

Implosion - Never Lose Hope

Implosion - Never Lose Hope is a highly polished mobile game in terms of both graphics and gameplay. It’s a third-person action title that sees you slicing and dicing your way through hordes of enemies in the style of God of War or Devil May Cry. 

You play as an armor-covered warrior equipped with a sword and a gun, dishing out damage to mutants across a variety of short and sweet locations. This game absolutely nails the controls and feel, working whether you want to button-mash, or build up combos with some more rhythmical strikes.

The graphics are as good as you'll find on the platform and the boss battles are often epic. You can play through the first few missions for free, but after that you’ll be required to buy it for US$9.99, which I think is entirely worth it.

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The graphics and gameplay of Implosion are Triple-A all the way. / © ANDROIDPIT
Implosion - Never Lose Hope Install on Google Play

Into the Dead

Into the Dead isn't new to the Play Store, but it's still one of the best Android action games. Combining an endless runner and first-person shooter, Into the Dead sees you darting headfirst through mobs of zombies, testing your reflexes as you try to dodge those in your way.

Along the way you will find weapon creates to help eliminate those directly in your tracks, including that old zombie kryptonite – the chainsaw. It’s a simple romp, but an often thrilling one. It's free in the Google Play Store, with in-app purchases.

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Into the Dead's glorious presentation plays a large part in its success. / © ANDROIDPIT
Into the Dead Install on Google Play

Hitman: Sniper

Square Enix’s Hitman series has been a big franchise on PC and consoles for some time, but it has recently been given the smartphone and tablet treatment. The turn-based Hitman GO title was released last year, and now 'Squenix' has followed up with a first-person shooter, Hitman: Sniper.

Hitman: Sniper takes place largely in a fixed position behind a sniper rifle scope. You operate as Agent 47, an assassin for hire tasked with picking off a number of high-profile targets. Though it's easy enough to identify and take out the main mark, killing the surrounding guards in the best order brings some tactical depth to Hitman: Sniper.

There are around 150 missions to keep you occupied for the US$2.99 asking price, and few Android FPSs can instill the kind of tension that Sniper does. Once the NPCs get wise to you, things can get hectic.

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Hitman: Sniper's lulls in action make it even more exciting when the bullets start firing. / © ANDROIDPIT
Hitman: Sniper Install on Google Play

Best Android racing games

Reckless Racing 3

Reckless Racing 3 is Micro Machines-style racer with an isometric view, which allows you to look down from above, leading to some fantastically frenetic contests.

Reckless Racing 3 uses four on-screen controls for turning right and left, and driving forwards or in reverse. It might seem like a lot compared with other racers in which you just tilt the screen, but it handles perfectly. That’s not to say that it’s easy to control – your car is perpetually sliding around the track and it’s a battle to keep it in place. It's the control setup that makes the experience, but thankfully the 3D graphics also look the part and the maps are highly realistic.

It’s a throwback to the arcade-style racing games from the 90s (anybody old enough to remember Super Skidmarks?) and it's one of the best racers on Android.

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With a great 3D engine and simple controls, Reckless Racing 3 will have you coming back for more. / © ANDROIDPIT

Download Reckless Racing 3 from the Play Store

Angry Birds Go!

Angry Birds Go! is a free-to-play racing game from Rovio, the team that brought us the original Angry Birds.

It looks like a cartoon with neatly cel-shaded graphics and plays something like Mario Kart. It features a number of different modes, such as avoiding obstacles, racing others, crashing through a predetermined number of items, and boss chases.

It feels like a playable version of Wacky Races. Cars can be upgraded, and new characters are unlocked as you progress, each with their own unique characteristics.

It’s clear that the painterly visuals arrive from a highly talented team of artists; the animations and backgrounds are consistently strong. The shallow learning-curve also makes it easy and fun to get to grips with, and once you get past the introductory levels you're in for an entertaining ride. 

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Angry Birds Go feels a bit like a Mario Kart title. / © ANDROIDPIT
Angry Birds Go! Install on Google Play

Riptide GP2

Reminiscent of Nintendo classic Wave Race, Riptide GP2 is a futuristic jet ski racer. The career mode is fairly typical; you earn money depending on your race position, which you can then use to buy simple vehicle upgrades. 

What it lacks in originality, Riptide 2 makes up for with excellent 3D graphics and tight controls. Rotating your device, even slightly, translates accurately on-screen. It might be too sensitive for some, but the controls and sensitivity can both be customized to your liking.

To make races more interesting there are ramps placed around the map – successfully completing a trick on them grants you a boost. It presents a nice risk/reward scenario into the courses, as failing to land the trick properly will actually slow you down.

It’s tough to get a three-star rating on every race, but the challenge is welcome in a game that handles as good as Riptide GP2 does. Check it out via the Play Store link below. 

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Riptide GP2 is like a futuristic Wave Race. / © ANDROIDPIT
Riptide GP2 Install on Google Play

Best Android fighting games

Marvel Contest of Champions

Featuring some of the greatest Marvel characters ever, Marvel Contest of Champions is the Android brawler you’ve been waiting for. Battle your way through a variety of stages as you level up and unlock new characters in this epic quest.

It’s Marvel Contest of Champions' control-precision that makes this one of the best fighters out there. It feels incredibly fluid and responsive: simply swiping with your thumbs in different directions brings out a range of perfectly animated attacks, and there are no annoying on-screen controls to try to connect with.

You’ll have to be running a pretty modern device to play it smoothly, but if you’re itching to battle it out as some of your Marvel favorites, you need to check this out. It's free in the Play Store, with in-app purchases.

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Play as your favorite Marvel characters in Marvel Contest of Champions. / © ANDROIDPIT
Marvel Contest of Champions Install on Google Play

WWE Immortals

We've been playing WWE Immortals recently for an epic mix of fantasy and, well, almost reality. The game fuses the cast of Injustice: Gods Among Us with pro-wrestlers for some awesome, silly fun. The graphics and animations are top-notch, and you can tag up to three characters for some thrilling three-on-three match-ups. Get ready to rumble.

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WWE Immortals has had us in a bear grip recently. / © ANDROIDPIT
WWE Immortals Install on Google Play

SOULCALIBUR

SOULCALIBUR (yes, all caps) is an arcade classic: the fact that so little has changed between its release in 1998 and now speaks volumes about its mechanics.

It’s a somewhat predictable fighter by today's standards. There aren’t any surprises here in terms of gameplay, but its tried and tested formula provides some of the most enjoyable battles in the genre. You don’t need to memorize a whole bunch of complicated button presses to unleash a combo in this fighter; anyone could have a decent, ahem, stab at playing it. Yet it maintains the nuance to allow experienced players to gain an edge in combat.

SOULCALIBUR features a variety of fighters, each with unique weapons and moves, but it disappointingly lacks multi-player support. It's one of the more expensive games (currently US$13.99) in the Play Store, but as a pure fighting experience on Android, it’s one of the best.

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SOULCALIBUR's fluid fighting makes it one of the most enjoyable brawlers on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT
SOULCALIBUR Install on Google Play

Best Android strategy games

XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within is one of the best Android strategy games because it wasn't founded on free-to-play principles like many other popular strategy games from the Play Store. It was built to be enjoyed without any additional purchases.

It was an award-winning strategy title for PC long before it ever made its way to Android, so expect top-end graphics, but also a top-end Play Store price. We can assure you it is well worth the initial investment, though. 

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XCOM: Enemy Within offers a deep turn-based strategy experience like no other. / © ANDROIDPIT
XCOM®: Enemy Within Install on Google Play

DomiNations

DomiNations might be fairly new on the Android scene but it has already amassed over a million downloads, and a high level of critical acclaim. Running somewhere between Clash of Clans and Civilization, DomiNations is a basebuilding game in which players take control of an entire nation "from the stone age to the space age" to explore, expand and conquer the world.

The level of strategy afforded by DomiNations is far beyond what is seen on most Android games. Should you spend money on building a stronger army, or plow it into researching a new technology at the library? DomiNations is filled with these minute-to-minute decisions that could swing the chances of victory in your favor, as well as some sweeping battles to take part in. It's free to play and you can check it out in the Play Store.

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DomiNations was created by a former Civilzation II dev, and the quality shows. / © ANDROIDPIT
DomiNations Install on Google Play

Best offline games

Our current favorite: Ridiculous Fishing is easily our favorite offline Android game. Mostly because it doesn't stop at fishing for fish; you can also blast them with a whole arsenal of weaponry. No one ever said the fish had to get on your place in one piece, so bazookas are totally legitimate fishing tackle. Cast away.

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It's like shooting fish in a barrel. Except that the barrel is the sky... / © ANDROIDPIT
Ridiculous Fishing Install on Google Play

If you find yourself almost out of your data allowance or facing a long trip where you need to conserve battery life, offline games are a must-have in your games repertoire. Take a look at our roundup of the best Android offline games to keep on your phone for those no-internet fun times.

Best Android puzzle games

Our current favorite: One of the best Android puzzle games of all time is Monument Valley, highlighted on the Google Play Store as one of the best of 2014 and sitting at the top of basically every 'must play' list of last year. For painterly beauty, mind-bending architectural geometry (think MC Escher), and clever puzzles that get progressively more difficult, be sure to check it out.

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Monument Valley is one of the best puzzle games on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT
Monument Valley Install on Google Play

If you're after some other great puzzle games for Android, there's plenty to choose from. They're great for your morning commute or while you're waiting at the doctor's office. Sometimes brainless fun, and other times more complicated than you would think, puzzle games are as essential as your phone itself. Check our our other favorites at the link below.

Best Android endless runner games

Our current favorite: From our list of the best endless runner games, we've plucked out our all-time favorite: Subway Surfers. The game has you dodging objects for as long as you can as you step into the role of a graffiti artist who has the cops hot on his heels. Along the way, you collect power-ups and coins, fly in the air and even ride a hoverboard. The game has great controls, awesome graphics and gameplay that will have you coming back for more and more. Just don't get caught. 

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Try out Subway Surfer or one of the best endless runner games on Android from our list. / © ANDROIDPIT
Subway Surfers Install on Google Play

Android endless runner games are some of the coolest games around, because they are so simple to pick up and so hard to put down. Awesome titles such as Temple Run or JetPack Joyride are known by everybody, but we've delved deeper and plucked out some truly undiscovered gems for your playing enjoyment.

The best of the rest

What do you think is the best Android game? Let us know in the comments.

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.

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  • Little Stacy 16 hours ago Link to comment

    Cool. I like Into the Dead.

  • MissYou Ho 2 days ago Link to comment

    Try Puzzle Moppet to feel Special:
    Light, nice graphics, style.
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.igame.puzzlemoppet

  • Shehroz Malik 4 days ago Link to comment

    nice games. guys also try SAVE THE BIRDS in PLAY STORE its really nice and fun game and i bet your kids will love it.

  • Apollo 4 days ago Link to comment

    I have always the same problem with casual android games, most of them definitely too easy. But about this one, people say: this game is too hard. What do tou think?
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Infinite.ShurikenMaster

  • SkyGames 6 days ago Link to comment

    Wow This game is like Super mario it Addictive
    com.skygames.monkeyadventurerunandjump

  • Vicky C. 1 week ago Link to comment

    Yes ,well, I have always loved old school role playing games, and you don't mention them at all in the article. I remember being totally obsessed with Final Fantasy 7 back in the 90's. Don't get me wrong, I also enjoy games from other genres, but I am almost totally offended that my favorites aren't even given a thought .I will probably forgive you though, because you are smart, cute, and seem like you would be cool in person. (Plus you know a lot about Androids, and I love them.)

  • Moussa 1 week ago Link to comment

    I love soul caliber, I bought it from the play store because I remembered playing it on my dream cast. Great game, love it.

  • Nirjon Ahmed 1 week ago Link to comment

    Clash of clans is good...

  • Shehroz Malik 1 week ago Link to comment

    these are nice games. but i am playing SAVE THE BIRDS nowadays and its very addictive. guys you should try it too.

  • tkk tan 1 week ago Link to comment

    I get the note because of the screen n the sd card. I have 3 sd cards of 32 gb. Have upgraded from note 3 to note 4 but not note 5. Reason : no sd card slot. Both note 3 & 4 are great. Will stick to note 4.

  • Isabella Heath 1 week ago Link to comment

    I really like Monument Valley and I played it in my Samsung Galaxy III. Worked well.

  • Vlad Rose 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    My current list of games: Motor World Car Factory, Drift Girls, Plants Vs. Zombies 2, Quiz RPG, and MMX Racing. All free to play. :)

  • fatima Aziz 4 weeks ago Link to comment

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  • Jocimar Santos 1 month ago Link to comment

    Thanks

  • Flip Flippin 1 month ago Link to comment

    I highly recommend "Last Hope – Heroes Zombie TD" if you are a fan of tower defence games. Its free to play game that is definitely worth checking out.

  • Brice Caris 1 month ago Link to comment

    only game missing is this adorable game Bird Drops
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bricecaris.birddrops

  • Dylan Young 1 month ago Link to comment

    Thanks for the list! Please check out my casual adventure game Jungle Ball! (play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dhowellsden.jungleballlite)

  • Kayen Hovan 1 month ago Link to comment

    Waw guys I love those games , please check my first android game , I hope u like it
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neonfletch.highwayfastmotorcycleriderfree

  • ra r 1 month ago Link to comment

    Hi Friends ,
    Look at the latest android game Space Dodge made by a 14 year old boy Rahul .
    +++ Play
    +++ Enjoy
    +++ Post your High Score

    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.matrixdevelopers.spacedash

  • doodlleus 1 month ago Link to comment

    Try "Back Off" by seekpi
    its a local multiplayer game and the devs say that it will be cross platform when the apple version comes out.
    its similar to johann sebastian joust on ps4 and there doesnt seem to be a limit on the number of people that can play at any one time. i had 6 in my house and had a right laugh. keep a good grip of your phone though!

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