With such a bountiful choice of great games for Android phones in the Google Play Store, how do you decide which Android apps to do.w.n.lo.ad? If you’re anything like us, you’ll know only too well that feeling of do.w.n.lo.ad regret, but don’t worry — we’re here to make it a thing of the past with our handpicked list of the best Android games available. Most are free, some cost a few bucks, many are great to play online with friends when you can’t get together in person — but all of them will keep you entertained at home or when you’re out and about. You’ll need internet connectivity for many of these games, but we’ve also gathered together some of the best Android games to play offline.
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There are many different kinds of games in the Play Store, so we’ve aimed to pick a good mix of categories, including first-person shooters, role-playing games (RPG), platformers, racing games, puzzlers, strategy games, and more. At least one game on this list should suit everyone. If you’re looking for the best iPhone games, we’ve found those, too — but if you’re gaming on an Android tablet or Android phone, then you’re sure to find something to enjoy here.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is the latest — and 15th — installment in the Final Fantasy series (with Final Fantasy XVI rumored to be releasing on PS5 — and hopefully mobile — later this year). This mobile version of the original console game divides the story into 10 chapters — you can play the first for free, with subsequent chapters available for purchase. Behind the cute animation lies a stunning soundtrack and a sprawling story that tells the tale of the Chosen King, Savior to the Star. The nations of Niflheim and Lucis have finally agreed to an armistice after years of fighting. Noctis, the crown prince of Lucis, is betrothed to Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae, the youngest Oracle in history, as a symbol of this peace. The prince sets forth for his wedding on the eve of the signing ceremony, but unbeknown to him, many perils await him on his journey …
Falling neatly into the battle-royale-games-you’ve-probably-never-played category, Garena Free Fire is well worth your time if you’re bored of Fortnite and PUBG. Taking a short and sweet approach to the much-loved battle-royale format, each game lasts for just 10 minutes and pits you against 49 other players, all with the same mission: Survival. The short match time works well on mobile, but there’s still plenty to give the game longevity, from the ability to create a four-man squad with in-game voice chat to the 4v4 clash squad mode. True, the graphics may not be the most impressive thing you’ve ever seen on your phone screen, but they’re not bad, and what Garena Free Fire lacks in beauty it more than makes up for with gameplay.
Three reasons to do.w.n.lo.ad this game: It’s free, it’s an addictive runner, and it features everybody’s favorite mutant eastern barred bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot. In all seriousness, though, this is a great little video game to play while you’re watching a show that doesn’t hold 100% of your attention or just whenever you have some time to waste. The gameplay is pretty typical for a runner, but because it’s set in the Crash universe, the locations, characters, and villains are pretty cool and sure to appeal to all Crash fans. Run as far and as fast as you can, avoid obstacles, and collect items. That’s just about it — except for the multiplayer mode where you can team up to see who out of your friends can run the farthest or fastest. Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is free to play, but there are in-app purchases that you can easily disable if younger players are having a go.
Did somebody say Krispy Kreme chocolate-iced raspberry-filled donut? Turns out, Donut County isn’t actually about donuts. Sigh. But it is a super cute, strange, addictive physics-based puzzle game that you’ll find hard to put down. The game was created by one of the designers who worked on What Remains of Edith Finch and The Unfinished Swan, so if you like your games quirky, this will tick every box.
Set in Donut County, you play as a hole in the ground — yes, you read that right — whose goal is to swallow up every object in sight, growing larger by the second. The more objects you consume, the larger you get. That’s not all, though; you can combine objects for some cool effects, like creating your own fireworks. You can also catapult objects to destroy stuff or solve puzzles. That doesn’t detract from the game’s main mission, though: Devour everything in sight. If we had one criticism, it’s that the game is rather short and sweet, but it’s still a puzzle game that’s well worth the price of entry.
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If you’ve ever watched the Harry Potter films and wished you too were a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you’re going to love this award-winning narrative RPG. You arrive as a new student at Hogwarts, going through Year 1 sorting to determine whether you’ll be a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. As well as attending classes, learning magical skills, forming friendships and rivalries with your fellow students — and, of course, playing Quidditch — there’s a mystery afoot. Your brother has disappeared, and you must adventure to learn the truth behind the Cursed Vaults. The game offers plenty of options for customizing your avatar, and it’s free to play, although there are in-app purchases that can easily be disabled if younger children are playing.
The main appeal of Minecraft on your Android phone is cross-platform adventure play with up to 10 friends, on your own private server (a monthly charge applies, depending on how many friends you’d like to invite). But you can also get stuck into Survival mode, crafting armor and weapons to fend off angry mobs, or enjoy unlimited resources and build anything you can imagine in the Creative game mode. Check out the Marketplace where you can pick up everything from custom skins to maps and texture packs from other creators, or play with up to four friends with a free Xbox Live account.
Think nothing can scare you when it comes to horror games? Think again. The first Five Nights at Freddy’s has been around for a while, but it’s still the same utterly terrifying experience it was when it was first released. If you survive number one, you can grab the other Five Nights at Freddy’s games for $3 each.
Basically, you’re the security guard for the summer at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. So far, so not-scary, right? Wrong. The animatronics — Freddy Fazbear and his two friends — are the main attraction here (a bit like the plot of the recent Willy’s Wonderland). But something’s wrong with the robots … they’re wandering the halls at night and behaving unpredictably. You’ve been tasked with watching the cameras from your tiny office, but there’s a limited amount of electricity, which means choosing between the lights, cameras, and the security doors standing between you and the animatronics.
It’s a simple premise, but a classic if you’re into being scared to death — and it’s not one we’d play alone after dark.
CarX Drift Racing 2 is the sequel to one of the most popular drift games of all time, bringing a true-to-life racing game to mobile. With over 65 sports cars to unlock in single-player mode as well as the option to tune your car for the best performance — adjusting the engine, gearbox, turbine pressure, wheel angle, and more — it’s easy to find yourself losing several hours to this game. This isn’t just your average racing game though, as here tire pressure affects driving physics, and your car control varies depending on the surface you’re driving on, from snow to sand and asphalt — so you’ll need your wits about you. There’s plenty of customization when it comes to visual auto-tuning too, and you can make your car unique by replacing mirrors, bumpers, lights, and adding rims and body kits. We love the multiplayer mode where you can compete to hit first place in the championships, and you can join car clubs or create your own to team up. It’s totally free to play and you’ll need to work hard to unlock new vehicles and buy upgrades for your car, so you can sink a lot of time into it.