The 15 Best Android Games

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This is by no means a comprehensive or complete survey of Android games. A marketplace as vast and vibrant as Google Play has something for everyone: board games, word games, shooters, racers, runners, and even fantasy quiz RPGs. To tackle a market that broad, we combined research with a poll of what PCMag staffers had on their own phones. Like the offerings on Google Play, it's a broad mix of new and classic games that we love, and we're sure you'll feel the same way.
We've got a few high-octane, high-performance titles that will stun your eyes and drain your battery. We've also got a lot of smaller, simpler titles that are perfect for just killing time and occupying your mind. There's also titles designed to challenge your wits, and some oddballs to keep things interesting.
What really excites me is the number of titles that premiered on computers but have made their way to Android. It shows that these games have really strong concepts that can be translated across just about any platform, and it's a testament to how far mobile devices have come as gaming platforms. It's also super convenient to have your favorite games accessible, no matter where you are.
The Best Is Yet to Come
As with all of our lists at PCMag, this is a work in progress. We'll be updating and expanding it from time to time. We'll try to keep it fresh, too, by cycling out titles that have already had their moment in the sun. Hopefully, every time you check this list, there'll be something new and interesting to discover.
Don't see your favorite on the list? Drop us a polite message in the comments. Like you, we're always hungry for new tappy timewasters and we'll definitely take a look.

The Banner Saga

This tactical, turn-based strategy game was a hit on the PC and has finally arrived on Android. Lead your party of Vikings through a gorgeous, mythic world and weave your own legendary story. Though the price tag is steep, the rewards are worthwhile (read: buy it).

Crazy Taxi: City Rush (for Android)
Crazy Taxi


Do you love classic Dreamcast titles? Do you support traditional taxis in the face of Uber? Do you really, really love The Offspring? Then you'll faint with joy playing Crazy Taxi, a port of the console classic for Android. Don't spring for the ad-riddled remake Sega Crazy Taxi: City Rush; stick with the original.

Disco Zoo


From the creator of Tiny Tower comes another retro-themed time-waster you won't be able to put down. This time, you work to assemble a zoo of adorable pixelated animals and earn extra cash by...wait for it...throwing an animated party in which all of your cute denizens dance their hearts out.

Kim Kardashian Hollywood


Calm down, haters. Regardless of what you think about Kim K or casual gaming, Kim Kardashian Hollywood is an enormously fun, cleverly written, and enjoyably addictive breakout hit that is worth your time. I have nothing to add to our review's excellent summation: "basically, it's exactly like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas."


If you like dastardly puzzle games that look like maddening schematics, then you'll love Lyne. Connect each geometric shape the appropriate number of times, and you win. It's deceptively simple, and the difficulty ramps up quickly. This game has hundreds of levels, and releases new sets daily (yes, daily) so you'll never be without a puzzle.

Marvel Contest of Champions

If you're a fan of comic books or the hit Marvel superhero movies, you'll love Marvel Contest of Champions. This one-on-one fighting game is extremely simple, but also fast-paced and fun. Warm up your tapping fingers!

Minecraft Pocket Edition
Minecraft—Pocket Edition


It would be difficult to understate the importance of Minecraft in the world of gaming today, and you can get a taste of that experience on your phone in Minecraft—Pocket Edition. Think of it as a cubist terrarium in which you can mine, craft, and construct to your heart's content. It's surprisingly compelling, even for hardcore fans of the original desktop Minecraft.

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is an incredibly beautiful game, proving that mobile game doesn't need to be synonymous with cheap and shallow. In this meditative puzzler, you'll have to use optical illusions to complete each gorgeous level. Meditative, mysterious, and intriguing, it's a must-play Android game.

Ridiculous Fishing


Try to hook as many deep-sea fish as you can before they're all tossed in the air. Then throw aside your rod and reel and pull out your...minigun? The madness doesn't stop there in this hilarious, bizarre game. This is truly ridiculous fishing.  

The Simpsons: Tapped Out


Far from being a dreary cash-in, Tapped Out is a brilliant, satirical look at casual gaming and even the long-running cartoon which spawned it. Yes, it's packed with opportunities to spend real money, but it's always with a wink and a nudge. The best parts of this game are easily the massive events that completely re-skin Springfield and its denizens. You'll wear out the screen with all your tapping.



Set Lustrous Prismneck to Maximum! In Spaceteam, you and the other people in the room work together to navigate a spacecraft through various mechanical disasters. If you love the techno-babble of Star Trek, then you'll love this unique game.

Star Realms


This clever sci-fi card game has surprising depth despite being easy to learn and fast to play. Assemble your fleet, and then use your ships and bases to pummel the enemy into submission. If you enjoy deck-building games like Dominion, then you'll feel right at home.

Survive! Mola Mola!

One of the strangest games to arrive on our phones, Survive! Mola Mola! is a sunfish simulator based on the (scientifically dubious) idea that these animals are the dumbest and weakest of all living things. Basically, it's a virtual pet, but one that's more likely to kill itself by jumping too high out of the water.

Trivia Crack

Play against your friends (or enemies) with the game that blatantly flaunts its addictive properties in the title. Answer multiple-choice questions in the areas of Science, Entertainment, Art, Geography, Sports, and History. Be horribly embarrassed when you fail.


If you enjoyed the minimalist beauty of Dots, then you'll love its sequel: Two Dots. As in the original, you're tasked with connecting dots of like color, but now there are new challenges and an even lovelier aesthetic.  

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