Whether you’re looking for adventure games, arcade titles, puzzlers, or racers, there’s something for just about any taste. And, while there are so many options out there, not all of them are that great. To help you, here are our best picks so you can skip those fumbled console ports and boring puzzle games for some amazing touchscreen titles.
Top 5 Hot New Games for Android
1. Bridge Constructor Portal
Headup offers more than a few Bridge Constructor games on Android, but Bridge Constructor Portal is easily the most popular of the group, all thanks to the slick Portal theme. Yes, you’ll still build bridges, but within this release, you’ll also have to account for a few Portal mechanics in order to build successfully. Not only is this a great mashup of two very different genres, but it’s super fun too. It’s easily the best Bridge Constructor game on the Play Store, which is precisely why it’s in our best-of-all-time game roundup.
Price: $4.99 / no ads / IAPs $1.99 apiece
2. Grand Mountain Adventure
Winter sports games used to be all the rage on consoles, and even though the genre isn’t as popular as it once was, Toppluva AB created a heck of a winter sports game on mobile with the release of Grand Mountain Adventure. First and foremost, the graphics are totally fitting of the genre, with snow that looks absolutely fantastic.
Of course, skiing and snowboarding are the real draws, and both are a total blast. Now, you will have to get used to the camera, as it is in front of the playable character, but within a few minutes, everything clicks, and then it’s off to the slopes to see if you can spot a Yeti. There are seven open-world mountains to explore and hundreds of challenges to take part in, making for a game that should easily last over twenty hours. The game is free to try, and if you like what you see, you can unlock the rest of the content through in-app purchases.
Price: free / contains ads / IAPs from $4.49 – $6.99
3. Rush Rally Origins
Brownmonster Limited has had a few hits on its hands with the Rush Rally racing series, and the latest entry in the series is one of the best yet. Rush Rally Origins is a top-down racer, much like Reckless Racing 3 (another excellent top-down racer), and it offers touchscreen controls as well as controller support.
Things start off challenging, but as you race, you’ll earn upgrades that help, and then you’ll be able to take on more and more demanding races. The game even supports 60FPS play, which is great if you own a high-end device. For me, Rush Rally Origins is one of the best racers on the platform, and it’s easily the best top-down racers out there, a niche genre that’s getting harder and harder to find.
Price $4.99 / no ads / no IAPs
4. Disgaea 1 Complete
If you’re big into turn-based strategy RPGs, your Final Fantasy Tactics, your X-Coms, then you’ve probably heard of the Disgaea titles. This is a series from Nippon Ichi Software that offers an anime-like story with matching art. The first game is known for offering the best story in the series, and what most people don’t know is that the mobile port is actually the best version available, all thanks to the addition of an auto-play mechanic not to be found in any other version.
Despite what you’re thinking, auto-play really adds a lot to Disgaea 1 since later games saw the addition of tons of quality of life features the first title never saw. To say this is one of the grindiest games ever made is an understatement, but it’s a good grind that isn’t monetized aggressively. After all, this is a premium release packing controller support, a reworked UI for touchscreen play, and a speed boost for battles that ties in great with the auto-battle system.
Price : $32.99 / no ads / no IAPs
5. Sky: Children of the Light
Thatgamecompany is probably best known for games like Journey, Flower, and Flow, all titles that offer similar relaxed themes while offering casual gameplay. The studio took a chance to create a free-to-play game for mobile, and even though this game contains in-app purchases, they are only for cosmetics, leaving everyone free to enjoy the title unencumbered.
More or less, Sky: Children of the Light is similar to Journey, where you’ll traverse 3D landscapes in an effort to piece together the game’s story while collecting items helpful for advancing. What’s unique about this release is that it’s online, and you can easily play with others as you explore fantastic worlds. Much like Genshin Impact, Sky: Children of the Light raised the bar as a highly-polished F2P game on mobile. Sky: Children of the Light has proven to be a great exploration game, so don’t miss out.
Price free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $49.99
6. Pokémon UNITE
For the hardcore MOBA players, there’s League of Legends: Wild Rift, but if you’re only looking to dip your toe into the genre or simply require something a little more simple, Pokémon UNITE is one of the few highly-accessible MOBAs out there. Sure, the game is themed around Pokémon, and it’s clearly designed to appeal to children, but even if you find such things a little childish, there’s a lot of fun to be had with Pokémon UNITE. You can easily play for free, and while the game is technically pay-to-win thanks to cash shop items that offer an advantage, it hardly matters if you’re looking to play casually.
Price: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $99.99