9 Most Challenging Android Games to Play

Challenges are always there, especially in games. It tests our brains and reflexes. Challenges can come from anywhere and there are some difficult games on Android. If you are looking for something hard you should have their plates full with the most challenging games for Android! Here are the 9 most challenging android games to play.

Although some of these games are a little old, there are truly, obnoxiously difficult games that are designed to be difficult.

1. Dead Cells

Price: $8.99

Dead Cells
Dead Cells

It is a roguevania, which means it has a tincture of rogue-like and elements of Metroidvania. The world is a large, interconnected map and you can explore it. It also has the rogue-like element of permanent death. Dying starts over new altogether so you learn to get good with stuff rather quickly. The progression, addicting fight, and many power-ups make for a very fun game. You’re going to die a lot in this game making it quite challenging.

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2. Duet

Price: Free / $2.99

Duet
Duet

It is an interesting puzzle game where you play as two orbs. You rotate the balls around various platforms. Each side of the screen controls the revolution of the balls. This game starts with some simple levels and then you need to ramp up the difficulty quite a bit. Getting through this one is quite challenging. The major part of the game is free to play. The secondary and tertiary parts of the game require an in-app purchase.

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3. Bonus: Pulse SMS

Price: Free / $10.99 / $0.99 per month

Bonus Pulse SMS
Bonus Pulse SMS

This is a free texting app so they can text on non-connected devices like tablets. Pulse SMS, AirDroid, Android Messages, Pushbullet, etc. are all great options for this. These apps don’t provide free text messages. They will let you use your existing text plan on basically any other device you own. This game is clean and it’s one of the few with a single up-front cost instead of a subscription. You just need to get the app, install it on all of your devices (including your computer) and it all starts sending and receiving real texts from your normal phone number. Microsoft has a coming app that is doing better at this as well. These apps don’t send texts for free but you still require a carrier plan, but they let you send your texts on all of your devices.

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4. Final Fantasy IV

Price: $7.99

Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IV

It is one of the hardest JRPGs on any console. The basic version of the game is also challenging. This is not the same version of the game from the SNES days. This game comes with a hard mode that just rips players to shreds. Even seasoned fans of the series have a hard time with hard mode. In the difficulty, though, is a solidstory line, an outstanding OST, and sufficient hours of fun. It comes for $7.99 and that’s about half of its launch price so it’s a fairly decent deal these days.

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5. Pandemic: The Board Game

Price: $4.99 + optional DLC

Pandemic The Board Game
Pandemic The Board Game

As the name suggests it is a board game where you play as members of the CDC and you must squash diseases before they have a chance to become, well, a pandemic. Every player has a special ability to help with the cause and you’ll be allowed to construct bases to help you move around faster and heal disease. It’s not good on easy mode, but hard mode is an entirely different story. This is a game that goes out of control in just a single round and that’s what makes it so fun and so very challenging. It is not very expensive also.

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6. PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call of Duty: Mobile

Price: Free to play

PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call of Duty Mobile
PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Call of Duty Mobile

These two games are the most popular battle royale games on Android right now. These games have simple, familiar components, but a difficult premise. You get into a combat zone with 99 other players, i.e. it has 100 total players. The winner is the last person standing or alive. It should be fairly evident how difficult it can be to survive in a game against 99 other people. PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty offer a more authentic experience in terms of gameplay while Fortnite adds a bit of fiction to the mix for some different kinds of fun. Both of them are excellent, and difficult, battle royale games.

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7. Rayark rhythm games

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Rayark rhythm games
Rayark rhythm games

This has a game studio with a bunch of decent games. They are based on the rhythm genre. Their Cytus, Cytus II, and VOEZ titles are among the most popular rhythm games on Google Play. Each game has its style, story, and list of songs. In terms of mechanics, they are similar, but still manage to be unique. It starts easy and gets harder as you go like most rhythm games. The toughest songs are, indeed, quite difficult. All of their games have some free content with extra songs and you can find more content as DLC (in-app purchases).

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8. Smash Hit

Price: Free / $1.99

Smash Hit
Smash Hit

It is a runner game with a unique premise. With a first-person perspective, you shoot metal balls at panes of glass to avoid hitting them. The rub is your ammo which is also your life total and every time you get hit, you lose ten of your ammo. Thus, the game not only involves dodging and breaking your way through many obstacles but also managing your ammo and life simultaneously. This game is beatable so it’s not an endless runner, although there is an endless mode after you beat the game. The game is free and you can unlock a few extras with a single $1.99 in-app purchase.

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9. This War of Mine

Price: $13.99

This War of Mine
This War of Mine

It is a strategy game with simulation stuff. You are a band of refugees stuck in the middle of a war, where you must survive. You need to control your survivors, manage your shelter, and try to get resources when you can. Difficult decisions often force your hand and you must adapt accordingly. Although this game is not that different to play Super Hexagon, however, the difficulty comes in getting all of the survivors out and making those tough decisions when you can’t do that. The game also comes with a DLC that revolves around innocent children. It’s a fantastic mobile title with a standalone expansion you can pick up for $2.99 if you want to continue the fun.

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