There are hundreds of thousands of apps on the Google Play Store, and many are games. In fact, games are so popular that it”s the first tab you see when you open the app.
If you”re looking for the best games available on the Google Play Store, you”ve come to the right place. To make it easy to find, we”ve divided this list into eight categories, which you can find in a handy jumplist that will take you directly to the page of your choice.
Whether you”re new to Android and need some fresh, new games to start building out your Google Play library or simply looking for the latest trendy games that are worthy of your time and attention, these are the best Android games you can find right now.
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The best RPGs
Though mobile doesn”t have the impressive backlog and history of RPGs that PC and consoles do, there are still quite a few notably good ones that you can play right on your phone. Some are classics ported over to the touchscreen, while others are unique to this platform. These are time sinks, make no mistake, and are well worth the entry cost.
If you liked Diablo II, then there”s a clone on Android for you. AnimA is an action RPG hack-n-slash that evokes many memories of Diablo, right down to the font. It features the classic isometric camera angle, loot, and dark fantasy setting.
I just started playing this week, but I”m already hooked; this suggestion came from our own Daniel Bader, and I jumped on it immediately. This is a free-to-play game with microtransactions, but it seems to be similar to Path of Exile, where they”re not in your face, and you can play through the game on your own terms.
I love ARPGs, so AnimA is right up my alley. It helps me get in that fix when I”m away from my PC (and thus Grim Dawn). Give it a try and see if you like it; you have nothing to lose.
An excellent ARPG experience for Android, AnimA takes obvious cues from the Diablo franchise while free-to-play. It”s an enjoyable time if you like this kind of game.
Atom is a CRPG reminiscent of classics like Fallout and Fallout 2. It”s set in the post-apocalyptic Soviet wasteland, and it sets out to tell an interesting and meaningful story through excellent quests and dialogue. It”s a bit of a slow game, but I found this to be more to my liking than constant action. Slowing down to consider your choices is a good thing in my book.
You have the freedom to craft your character how you choose, a hallmark of a good RPG. This is just a good game and worth picking up, especially if you loved the classics in the 90s and early 00s. There”s a really long runtime (an advertised 60+ hours of content) and a ton of build diversity to make follow-up playthroughs just as fun.
Combat is turn-based and involves some good strategies. The writing is witty, and the setting is harsh yet inviting, leading me to enjoy my time with Atom thus far. It comes at a premium price, but that also means no shady monetization nonsense.
If you loved the classic CRPGs of yore, then I think you”ll like Atom. It”s a post-apocalyptic adventure through the Soviet wasteland. It”s a big game and is well worth the time investment.
BattleChasers: NightWar is an award-winning JRPG that offers one of the most complete mobile RPG experiences you”ll play — and that”s complete in the sense that there are no in-app purchases or paid DLC to worry about. Hallelujah!
Everything about this game is polished and complete, and it starts with a robust overworld that”s filled with hidden dungeons to explore, epic bosses to take down, and other surprises along the way.
The turn-based combat is inspired by all the favorites you remember from the JRPG genre and is a real treat even for a casual fan like myself. Along with the dense and sprawling world to explore that”s teeming with enemies to do battle with, there are also deep crafting elements as well for upgrading your team”s weapons, armors, and magical jewelry. An RPG is only as good as its story and characters, and given that this game is based on a graphic novel of the same name, we”re given fully developed characters and a compelling story.
The narrative focuses on a young girl, Gully, as she takes up the quest to find her long-lost father, Aramus. He was a hero to the local village who never returned after setting off into the Grey Line, a near-impenetrable wall of mist that borders their homeland of which nothing has returned from once entering. Aramus had left behind a set of magical gauntlets rumored to grant untold powers to the wearer. Gully must learn to wield her father”s gauntlets as she embarks on her own epic adventure past the Grey Line to uncover the truth behind her father”s final mission.
Gully is joined by a supporting cast that includes Knowlan, the wise old mage who always travels with Calibretto, an ancient war golem built for battle that developed his own sentience and emotions but who can still kick ass to defend his friends.
There”s Garrison, a paladin who was friends with Aramus and feels compelled to protect Gully along her journey, and lastly, Red Monika, a rogue outlaw who manages to toe the line between good and evil. This game is definitely worth checking out if you”re a fan of either BattleChasers or simply looking for a new JRPG to dive into.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a game specifically designed to appeal to fans of turn-based role-playing titles, with a JRPG influence in all aspects of the game. Best of all, there are no microtransactions of any kind – buy the game, and you”re all set.
Death Road to Canada is a $10 game — I want to open with that just to get the sticker shock out of the way before I talk about how awesome this freaking game is.
Facing a zombie apocalypse, you must lead a scrappy squad of somewhat interesting characters on a deadly mission to the relative safety of Canada. Along the way, you”ll need to explore and loot places for supplies while also managing your team”s health and morale.
Everything in Death Road to Canada is randomly generated, making every play-through unique in this dynamic road trip, action RPG. You can randomly generate your character and buddy or custom design your starting characters with different attributes to help them stay alive. Still, you probably don”t want to get too attached unless you”re a perfect shot.
The controls admittedly take some getting used to, and there”s a pretty steep learning curve as you learn which weapons are most effective and which times it”s better to fight or run. And you will die, early and often, although that”s part of the fun of a zombie apocalypse, right?
There”s a ridiculous amount of depth in this game, including 10 different game modes to unlock. The price might seem a little steep, but if you”re a fan of rogue-like zombie games, it”s well worth the investment!
Death Road to Canada
Yes, I know I”m cheating here, but both Evoland titles are such excellent games that I had to include them in one entry. Other than classic RPGs, the Evolands account for the most time I”ve put into mobile games. They each take you through the history of gaming, expanding and evolving as you go through them. It”s a unique way to present an action-adventure, for sure.
There”s plenty of humor, easter eggs, and general references to the great games of the past that helped define this entertainment medium. You”ll go from 2D monochrome to 3D real-time combat as you progress, unlocking new gaming technologies that change how you play. You”ll be hard-pressed to find something as unique as these.
For $0.99 and $3.99, respectively, Evoland and Evoland 2 should definitely be a part of your library if you: 1. want something to pour a ton of time into, and 2. love video games as an art form and want to play something that appreciates its roots.