The Android game recommendations list

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#1 Edited by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

So my brother has an Android phone and I'd like to play great games on it. The damn-this-shit-is-so-great-it-almost-should-be-on-a-console kind of great!

Edit: This topic turned from a simple request into a mega linked game list!

My recommendations - sorted by greatness:

(Free games are underlined)

Updated post with duder recommendations below:

For descriptions look at the posts below!

FREE:

PAID: (sorted by size)

#2 Edited by lotrsam0711 (10 posts) -

Rebuild is the one I've sunk the most hours into. It's a base management zombie survival game. I know, I know, another zombie game! But it's one of the best in recent years and a great one of those "just one more turn" games.

#3 Posted by Kidable (124 posts) -

Starbounder.

Not only one of my favourite Android games, but probably one of my favourite games full stop.

#4 Posted by Chtasm (432 posts) -

Solitaire by Ken Magic

Brings me back to pre-Windows Vista/7 Solitaire simplicity.

#5 Edited by Lumley (927 posts) -

Kairosoft games such as Ninja Village and The Pyraplex

Super Stickman Golf 2

10000000

The Room (Only available via the new Humble Bundle I think)

7x7

Sword and Sworcery

Super Hexagon

Contre Jour

I need some new games so I'll be keeping an eye on this thread

#6 Posted by Eujin (1293 posts) -

The Bards Tale (which is a port of the PS2 game, but whatever, it's great. Also includes the original PC Bard's Tale games from the 80s/90s)

#7 Posted by DarthOrange (3498 posts) -

Angry Birds Star Wars is a really fun game. I played it on iPad but it's probably the same thing on Android.

#8 Posted by madpierrot (66 posts) -

WarMongers (single best game app I've played, only available through the Amazon App store I believe)

Beat Hazard Ultra (this might actually be an xbox live indie game as well I think)

RPG Alphadia (done by a group that has made many NES style, pretty genric RPGs, this one has English and is decent)

GameDev Story

Samurai 2: Vengence

AirAttack HD

Last, yes I know, tower defense games, but I find the genre to be pretty fun and these for me were by far the best.

Myth Defense LF

Radiant Defense (really hard though and "free", but basically without at least a few booster packs way too hard to recommend)

Sentinel 3: Homeworld

#9 Posted by Alexander (1720 posts) -

Plague Inc

You are a deadly plague and need to wipe humanity off the face of the earth. There are scrolling news headlines that are pretty hilarious and the game is well made, fair amount of tactics involved with getting your bacteria/virus/fugus/bio-weapon/nano-virus etc. worldwide, keeping undetected for as long as possible and working your magic before humanity finds a cure.

#10 Posted by onarum (1946 posts) -

I got a game called God of blades the other day and it kicks ass, it's very simple mechanics but it controls so well and it's very satisfying being timing based, the music and art-style are great and pretty unique too, everyone should check it out(huge battery drain on it though).

I also play a lot of:

- osmos HD

- eufloria

- dead trigger (surprisingly fun)

- super hexagon

- rebuild

- Nethack

#11 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1213 posts) -

I've been enjoying Open Sea

I need some new games so remember this: "I'll be watching you.........thread."

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#12 Edited by LimpBishop (220 posts) -

The Room < This!

Might still be part of the Humble Android Bundle.

#13 Edited by probablytuna (3445 posts) -

Game Dev Story and 10000000.

#14 Posted by MedalOfMode (294 posts) -

The Room and Onlive

#15 Posted by BionicRadd (617 posts) -

Horn - Bit like Infinity Blade with a slightly more open world
Bladeslinger - Character action game with very slick one-hand touch controls
Great Little War Game - Advanced Wars clone
Great Big War Game - Sequel to above AW clone
Trainyard Express - puzzle game. It's technically a demo of Trainyard, but it's a completely different set of puzzles, so there's some reward to playing through all of Express and then buying the full game if you like it.
Where's My Water - puzzle game
Where's My Perry - similar to WMW but with some fun new mechanics
Fragger - Mechanically similar to angry birds, but with more emphasis on precise aiming
League of Evil - Probably my favorite 2D platformer I've played on a touch screen
Dungelot - Roguelike + Minesweeper. Very addictive
Cut the Rope - puzzle game
Cut the Rope Experiments - sequel with some new mechanics

Contrary to popular belief, there are a metric ton of great games on Android. Just depends on your tastes.

#16 Edited by Dagbiker (6898 posts) -

Nun Attack is already on consoles, and android. But its free to play.

Also, screw what I just said, download NetHack.

#17 Posted by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

You guys are fantastic, I just bought the Humble Bundle for The Room, and also got Super Hexagon, Starbounder and Plague Inc. Fucking amazing games I think I'm gonna hijack my bro's phone :D

@kidable said:

Starbounder.

First of all, that game is really.. well, not hard, but it makes me angry, in a good way.. Motion games have been my least favorite but this one is a keeper!

And secondly, I got the biggest nostalgia punch in the face when the first level began and I found myself on a Guitar Hero-ish track, dodging floor gaps and collecting orbs.. Please tell me you know what that childhood game is that I remember nothing of :(

#18 Posted by BionicRadd (617 posts) -

beginning of Starbounder was very reminiscent of F-zero.

#19 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

ChuChuRocket and Super Hexagon are all you need.

#20 Edited by csl316 (7366 posts) -

Rayman Jungle Run. Good time, just a simpler, different version of Origins.

#21 Edited by Loafsmooch (260 posts) -

I recommend Pixel Dungeon. It's a roguelike in development, constantly updating, and it's free. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.watabou.pixeldungeon&hl=sv

Some people have compared it to Brogue. but with smooth animations and graphics.

#22 Edited by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

Updated thread with the amazing recommendations

#23 Edited by Daveyo520 (6597 posts) -

Sword and Sworcery is so good, if you have not played it you must. Amazing music and art style.

#24 Edited by MegaLombax (381 posts) -

Battleloot Adventure. It's probably the best turn based RPG I've personally played on the Android platform. Great visual style, requires occasional grinding, simple enough game mechanics to be a mobile game but enough to keep you invested. There's no real main storyline, just a collection of quests. Developers seem to try to inject humor in these small quests though (which are quite funny).

#25 Edited by onarum (1946 posts) -

I recommend Pixel Dungeon. It's a roguelike in development, constantly updating, and it's free. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.watabou.pixeldungeon&hl=sv

Some people have compared it to Brogue. but with smooth animations and graphics.

Oh wow, thanks for recommending this, it's a fantastic roguelike, I love the animations, gonna give nethack a break :p

#26 Edited by myketuna (1631 posts) -

Please continue this thread in perpetuity or as long as possible. This is the first list/article/anything that has some actually good Android games.

#27 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1213 posts) -

Man this tread is great, Never knew chu chu rocket was an option and pixeldungeon and dungelot are great games.

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#28 Posted by MattyFTM (14244 posts) -

I've just recently got an Android phone myself, so all these recommendations are great.. The games I've bought that jump out are:

Letterpress - a fantastic little word game.

Slingshot Racing - a fun little racing game with a super simple mechanic.

Rayman: Jungle Run - it is just an endless runner, but it oozes with Rayman charm.

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#29 Posted by louiedog (2331 posts) -

Chip Chain is a good puzzle game. It got some buzz on iOS when it released there. It's free with optional IAP to unlock more of the game quicker, but I think you can get everything just by playing.

Yesterday is a quality point & click adventure game that was released on PC last year. Vinny did a Quick Look. I only played 3 minutes to test out the Android version, but there's a $5 app and a free one (that I tried) which I assume is just the demo.

#30 Edited by gerrid (283 posts) -

Surprised no one has mentioned Waking Mars, very interesting little game, well worth playing.

Also heard good things about Knights of Pen & Paper.

#31 Edited by louiedog (2331 posts) -

3 games have been added to that Humble Mobile Bundle -- Another World, Raiden Legacy (which is 4 games), and Funky Smugglers. All three of those are pretty good and all 9 games for $5.53+ (the current average) isn't too shabby at all. If you already bought the bundle at any price the three new ones are already yours.

https://www.humblebundle.com/

#32 Posted by Pie (6936 posts) -

Thanks for updating the post. Will look at some of these tomorrow

#33 Posted by theoreticalpunch (7 posts) -

It seems like what would have been my recommendations are already on the list, but I'm still glad I came—I'll be sure to check out some of these others that I haven't yet tried.

I am ashamed though that probably Canabalt HD is probably the Android game I've played the most, but that's probably because it's the easiest to pull up when you're standing and waiting in line for something, or to pass back and forth between friends.

#34 Posted by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

Holy crap maintaining a thread list is hard work, but it's worth it :D Updated it just now.

@louiedog: Why would they add games like that? I already bought it, that's not cool.

#35 Posted by Bollard (5027 posts) -

I hope someone can answer this: I wo 't be buying my (first) Android device till this weekend, and it might not arrive before the 9th. I already have an existing Google account that I use for YouTube and er, not a lot else. Can I buy the Humble Android Bundle speculatively for my new device before it arrives?

#36 Posted by louiedog (2331 posts) -

Holy crap maintaining a thread list is hard work, but it's worth it :D Updated it just now.

@louiedog: Why would they add games like that? I already bought it, that's not cool.

If you bought it earlier then you get the games added to your bundle automatically. The .apk links should be on the page they emailed you after purchase and also available to download from within their app.

#37 Posted by LTSmash (556 posts) -

I hope someone can answer this: I wo 't be buying my (first) Android device till this weekend, and it might not arrive before the 9th. I already have an existing Google account that I use for YouTube and er, not a lot else. Can I buy the Humble Android Bundle speculatively for my new device before it arrives?

As with other Bundle games, they are tied to your Humble Bundle account. I bought the Android Bundle for my Nexus 7 and the games don't appear to be tied to the Play store at all. You actually have to change some settings to allow the games to download and install without using the regular app store.

#38 Posted by louiedog (2331 posts) -

@ltsmash said:

@chavtheworld said:

I hope someone can answer this: I wo 't be buying my (first) Android device till this weekend, and it might not arrive before the 9th. I already have an existing Google account that I use for YouTube and er, not a lot else. Can I buy the Humble Android Bundle speculatively for my new device before it arrives?

As with other Bundle games, they are tied to your Humble Bundle account. I bought the Android Bundle for my Nexus 7 and the games don't appear to be tied to the Play store at all. You actually have to change some settings to allow the games to download and install without using the regular app store.

Sorry I missed that question before my last comment. I must have glazed right over it. I can confirm that the above comment's response is accurate. You don't need an Android device. Also, if you're not sure how much you want to pay right now and aren't sure if you want the beat the average games you can pay whatever you want now and increase your order amount up to 30 days after the bundle ends, so as long as you put in some money now the 9th isn't your last chance.

#39 Posted by Loafsmooch (260 posts) -

@onarum said:

@loafsmooch said:

I recommend Pixel Dungeon. It's a roguelike in development, constantly updating, and it's free. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.watabou.pixeldungeon&hl=sv

Some people have compared it to Brogue. but with smooth animations and graphics.

Oh wow, thanks for recommending this, it's a fantastic roguelike, I love the animations, gonna give nethack a break :p

Anything to spread the word of rogue brother! If you got any questions about the game mechanics you can pm me ;)

#40 Posted by Sinusoidal (1155 posts) -

Bouncy Ball

Free simple platforming game with hundreds of levels that range from very easy to tablet-smashing, piss-me-the-fuck-off. It's huge in Korea where judging from the konglish description it was likely developed:

Best killing time game!! This free game is similar to the BUMPY(old game). You must control the Bouncy Ball and eat the star. You will feel Thrill and puzzle! Are you Bounce! Bounce! Ready? Just Enjoy!! 

You can play it online too.

#41 Posted by Bollard (5027 posts) -

@ltsmash said:

@chavtheworld said:

I hope someone can answer this: I wo 't be buying my (first) Android device till this weekend, and it might not arrive before the 9th. I already have an existing Google account that I use for YouTube and er, not a lot else. Can I buy the Humble Android Bundle speculatively for my new device before it arrives?

As with other Bundle games, they are tied to your Humble Bundle account. I bought the Android Bundle for my Nexus 7 and the games don't appear to be tied to the Play store at all. You actually have to change some settings to allow the games to download and install without using the regular app store.

Awesome thanks, I'll grab it now.

@louiedog: The average is only like $5 something right? I'll just go over that, The Room is the game I'm most interested in and five dollaz isn't that much!

#42 Edited by Bollard (5027 posts) -

My Nexus 4 is here, time to get cracking on this list :D

#43 Edited by psylah (2153 posts) -

I love to play Monopoly (paid app)

#44 Posted by xwordfan (1 posts) -

Crossword Rush is a great free crossword puzzle app for Android.

#45 Posted by Hinamotto (66 posts) -

Thank the heavens for this thread! I have an android and struggle to find some great games to play. For now I've downloaded nethack and pixel dungeon and they seem great.

Thanks duders!

#46 Edited by MattyFTM (14244 posts) -

I've been playing a bunch of They Need To Be Fed 2 recently. It starts off extremely easy, but the dificulty takes a significant ramp up once you unlock the "Epic" mode, and it is a really fun platformer. Art style is simple yet attractive, and it's certainly worth the money.

Also, I've been somewhat addicted to Zookeeper Battle for a while. The core gameplay is just standard bejewled style match three. But you're going head to head against other people on the internet, earning attack and defense points which you use to deplete your opponent's health bar. It's an interesting twist.

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#47 Posted by uniform (1830 posts) -

Currently playing a decent action-rpg titled Queen's Crown 2.

It's free with the occasional pop-up advertisement that can be closed. Don't let that prevent you from trying out one of the better "free" games I've played on the Android. Also, don't bother with the original game, as I notice it's exclusive to iTunes. Both seem to get great reviews.

#50 Edited by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

@uniform: @mattyftm:

@psylah said:

I love to play Monopoly (paid app)

@xwordfan said:

Crossword Rush is a great free crossword puzzle app for Android.

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