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.
Alto’s Adventure was one of the most popular runner games of 2016. It’s a rather simple game. You ski down a hill forever while you leap over giant chasms, collect llamas, and avoid other dangerous obstacles. The game also contains simple, Material Design inspired graphics and it plays very smoothly. Its endless runner nature means that you’ll be constantly dodging stuff while skiing down the hill. It’s a good option for those who want something cheap that plays well and fits in with other action games.
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 free with in-app purchases.
Duet is a shockingly intense game for how minimal it is. The premise is that you rotate two balls around a central axis. Your goal is to dodge platforms by rotating the two balls. In practice, it’s harder than it sounds. You’ll also see marks on the platforms where you messed up so you can see it coming next time. You get the main campaign mode for free and you can unlock additional game modes and content with a single in-app purchase. It’s a good minimal game and it shows that you don’t need amazing graphics for an intense experience.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is an arcade game that packs a lot of action. You’ll travel around 3D maps destroying a variety of things in fantastical, colorful explosions. The game features over 100 levels, 15 grids to play on, 12 game modes, and a range of abilities and companions to take with you. There is also a hardcore mode where you can play without abilities or companions. You can play with a hardware controller if you prefer as well. It’s a tad expensive at $9.99. However, you’ll only have to pay once.
Into the Night is an infinite runner with zombies. Your goal will be to run along a bleak and silhouetted landscape while you shoot down as many zombies as you can. Your goal is to make it as far into the hoard as you can before you’re overtaken. The game includes a variety of weapons, power ups, and other buffs to help you make it as long as possible. There are even missions to help keep you going. It’s free to download if you’re interested.
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.
Sonic 4 is the latest platformer in the acclaimed series. It’s the most recent on mobile, anyway. This episodic adventure features the basic Sonic mechanics across a different adventure. The titles also include a new set of villains, new moves, collaborative play, controller support, and more. Each episode of the series is its own game so you’ll have to buy Episode I and II separately. Thankfully, they’re both the same price and have no in-app purchases. Classic Sonic games make for excellent, family-friendly action games.
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.
Unkilled is a shooter where you mow down tons and tons of zombies. The game is developed by Madfinger Games, the same company that does the Dead Trigger series. It includes over 150 story line missions, two online multiplayer modes, tons of guns to collect and upgrade, and various challenges, events, and extras to engage with. You’ll also be treated to some top notch mobile gaming graphics. The graphics get even better if you have a device with a Tegra X1 processor. It’s a freemium game and that’s not ideal. However, it’s still one of the best action games out there.
VOEZ is one of only a few good rhythm games for Android. It uses the touch screen well. You not only have to tap the screen at the appropriate moments, you’ll also have to swipe, slide, and move around quite a bit. The base game has a decent number of songs that you can play. You can download additional packs to improve your collection. Some of them are free and others require money. The graphics are colorful and the game play is smooth. It’s difficult to find good rhythm games, but they also make good action games because you’ll be completely engaged while playing.
Warhammer 40,000 Freeblade is one of many games in the Warhammer 40,000 franchise. The campaign mode has you driving a mech and mowing down bad guys in third person. You can customize and upgrade your mech as you progress to make it more powerful, Or you can make it look cooler. Your call. There are also daily missions you can complete. The game is still in development and more features such as online multiplayer and more weapons are coming in future updates. It’s worth a shot, especially if you like action games and shooters.
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.
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