Action games are among the most popular on any platform. They get the blood pumping, the fingers moving, and it’s a great way to test your reflexes and wits. There are a variety of action games out there, including shooters, fighting games, adventure games, platformers, and more which makes narrowing it down a little difficult. Nevertheless, here are the best action game on Android.
Asphalt Xtreme is a racing game from Gameloft. It’s an off-road racing game where you race against competitors. There are five total game modes, over 400 races, 500 challenges, and 35 vehicles to race with more to come. The game also has an online multiplayer where you can race against up to eight opponents. It’s a freemium game so it’ll have the usual pitfalls. However, Gameloft makes up for it by having a ton of stuff to do and the racing can get intense. Especially in multiplayer mode.
Critical Ops is one of the up an coming first person shooters. That also makes it one of the better action games. It’s carries a standard modern premise where you can play as terrorists or as a counter-terrorism unit. It also includes one of the better online multiplayers for a shooter on mobile. It keeps things simple and boasts a more skill-based game play than most. It’s a good option if you like social shooters. It’s also technically still in the developmental stages. That means it’ll get better over time. It’s currently freemium, but the in-app purchases are for customization and not for powerful gear.
Most people have heard of Halfbrick Studios. They have a number of huge games in their library and they’re all decent action games. Some of the games include Dan The Man, Fruit Ninja, and Jetpack Joyride. There are many others as well. The games all feature bright, colorful graphics, family friendly content, and simple controls. Not all action games require guns, explosions, or things like that. Halfbrick Studios proves it with their lineup. The games are usually freemium and that’s a bit of a downside. Everything else about them is great, though.
Into the Dead 2 is one of the more unique runners on mobile. You run through a field with weapons and defend yourself against the zombie horde. The second game adds a lot from the first game. That includes multiple endings, more weapons, a dog companion, and even some tower defense elements. The game also features daily and special events, but that’s fairly normal for freemium titles. This is one of the good ones, especially if you like action.
Jydge is one of the newer action games from 2018. It features isometric style graphics, shooter mechanics, and tons of stuff to do. Players can customize their Jydge with cybernetics, weapons, and other gear. They then take on tons and tons of bad guys. The graphics are pretty decent and the game play is simple to learn. This game has no freemium elements because it’s a pay-once title. It’s a tad steep at $9.99 and we think that’s why the game doesn’t have a larger following. Still, it’s a decent action shooter.
MADFINGER Games is a developer on Google Play with several excellent action games. Their most popular titles are the zombie shooters Dead Trigger, Dead Trigger 2, and UNKILLED. Each one has more feature than the last along with outstanding graphics, decent shooter mechanics, tons of stuff to do, and, in the case of UNKILLED, online multiplayer. MADFINGER also makes the Shadowgun series of games. There are a few of those as well. Those are more traditional shooters with sci-fi themes, online multiplayer, campaign modes, and more. Everything this developer launches is pretty fantastic, actually.
Ninja Arashi is an action-platformer with some hack-and-slash elements. You control a silhouetted ninja and overcome obstacles, fight bad guys, and complete levels. It’s reminiscent of the old Shinobi games on SEGA Genesis, actually. The game also has RPG elements, 45 levels, simple controls, tough battles, and more. The game isn’t overly long. However, it’s also relatively inexpensive and that makes it one of the better action games available right now. Plus, who doesn’t like ninjas?
Rayark is a developer on Google Play and one of the few that do really good rhythm games. Their list of titles is extensive, and include Cytus I and II, VOEZ, Deemo, Mandora, Implosion, and Sdorica. All of these games start out fairly simple and get rather intense fairly quickly. Each game has a narrative along with a list of songs to play. Each game lets you buy additional song packs as in-app purchases. That gives them the appearance of freemium games. However, these DLC packs are permanent additions to the game, so they’re not.
Riptide GP: Renegade is a racing game from a critically acclaimed series of titles. It’s a waverunner game where you race jet skis instead of cars. The waves affect the race track and that can make races intense. As you progress through the campaign, you’ll have access to upgraded jet skis and harder competition. The game also includes an online multiplayer mode in case you want to race real people. It comes with local multiplayer mode and you can even race split screen if you have two hardware game pads. It’s a really good game and one of the few good racing games with no in-app purchases.
Rockstar Games has a decent library of action games. The most recognizable are the Grand Theft Auto titles. There are just under half a dozen available, each with their own story line and situations. Additionally, the studio released Bully. It shares a similar open-world, mission-based mechanics but with a different setting. All of the games are pretty good and most come with things like hardware controller support. Some even come with cloud save support. The games don’t cost much and they don’t have in-app purchases either. They’re solid games worthy of consideration.
Sky Force Reloaded is a top-down shooter with tons of action. Each level has you flying through a battlefield, destroying enemies, complete in-level objectives, and avoid being destroyed. The game also has various aircraft to unlock, upgrades, and card buffs to make things easier. It rounds out the experience with beautiful, colorful graphics, voice over work, and a decent soundtrack. It’s a time waster, but it’s one you’ll have to pay attention to if you want to win. It’s a fantastic title and worth a shot.
Super Phantom Cat is an action platformer. It boasts being an ode to the platformers of old. That means you’ll see a variety of little tricks, obstacles, and themes that you may have seen before. It comes with retro graphics, decent controls, and tons of stuff to do. There is a story and it’s a little goofy. Aside from the main set of levels, there are also bonus levels for you to try out. It’s technically a freemium game, but it’s one of the least aggressive freemium titles we’ve seen. It’s one of the better platformer action games.
Swordigo is a favorite of our readers. It’s a fairly standard action-platformer. You explore a world filled with dungeons, towns, treasures, and monsters. There are also a bunch of things to collect such as magic, swords, and other gear. It’s quite simple in terms of execution and game play. It’s a 2D side-scroller. Additionally, the touch controls are simple and customizable, a rare trait in mobile games. This one is fairly short, but it’s also fairly cheap and that makes it hard to complain. This is an excellent game.
Xenowerk is a third person shooter that plays similarly to the old Contra games in the 1990s. Your goal is to go from level to level killing bad guys, avoid death, and avoid obstacles. The game features 70 levels, each with increasing difficulty. There is also a range of gear that you can collect, Google Play Games leaderboards and achievements, and a rating system that judges you based on performance. The controls are decent and some players have reported being able to play it offline. It’s not one of the more well-known action games, but it’s pretty decent.
Zombie Gunship Survival is the second game in the Zombie Gunship franchise. It’s an action-shooter game with tower defense elements. The game features realistic weapons, interesting mechanics, decent graphics, and more. Players sit in a gunship and mow down hordes of zombies in order to save people. The premise is simple, but its execution is decent. It is a freemium title and some of its content is a little slow. For instance, we would like to see the various game modes available more often. Otherwise, this is a solid game.
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