There was a time when the graphical prowess of gaming machines was not that amazing. Fast forward a couple of decades and we love pixel art games for Android all over again! What? The charm of a pixel art based videogame is eternal; it’s like the vinyl of videogames. I grew up playing highly pixelated games like Super Mario and Contra and have witnessed the dramatic change in graphics first hand. But even if we have some of the best graphics on Android, we still love playing a good game with pixel graphics.
I grew up playing highly pixelated games like Super Mario and Contra and have witnessed the dramatic change in graphics first hand. But even if we have some of the best graphics on Android, we still love playing a good game with pixel graphics.
A lot of people are turned off by pixel art games for Android just because they look outdated. But this is where they are wrong, some of the games in this list look amazing, even more so than the games featuring realistic graphics.
There is a reason they are called Pixel Art Games for Android. If you are a veteran gamer who values gameplay over graphics, then you are at the right place. These games ooze retro, old school looks as well as gameplay and will surly put a coy, nostalgic smile on your face.
Note: The best pixel style games for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphone. The apps performed fine and no glitches or bugs were faced during testing. I would also recommend that you play the games on a tablet rather than a smartphone for a great immersive experience. The games are in no particular order.
Kung Fury: Street Rage
An homage to old school arcade beat-em-ups, Kung Fury, is one amazing ride. First off, you should totally check out the short movie of the same name on YouTube. The makers of the game and the movie surely know how goofy 80’s action movies and games were. Kung Fury allows you to play with 4 different characters; they also come with their own unique fighting styles.
Just for the sake of explaining how zany this game is, you can play as a dinosaur dressed as a cop in the game. It is a hilarious ride that allows you to beat up Nazis and uphold the law at the same time. The graphics, while not as pixelated as one would want, still deliver that retro look we are looking for. The screen effects are also era-appropriate and can turn your Android screen into a CRT display.Show Downloads
Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery
Superbrothers is one of the best looking games I have ever seen on any platform. Static screens won’t be able to translate the beauty of the game very well, but you will have to take my word on this. The game looks stunningly beautiful when in motion. The pixel art is phenomenal in this amazing RPG game for Android, and the game deserves a lot of respect.
The gameplay is well polished, but it’s the animations that really steal the show. The subtle wave of smoke, the swish swash of trees in a gentle gale, the shimmering reflections in the water all contribute to making one of the best-looking games on the platform. I wholeheartedly recommend this game to any role-playing fan who values gorgeous visuals and supporting gameplay.Show Downloads
This is a funny game with a ton of content and exciting levels. McPixel follows a generic hero who is obviously a pixelated version of MacGyver. If you don’t know who MacGyver was, well you should ponder on your life choices.
In the game you are tasked with preventing stuff from blowing up and that too with the tools at your disposal. To top that off, you will only have 20 seconds to defuse the situation and win the level. The game has around 60 levels to enjoy and that is a lot, considering the amount of work put into them. The game is an old-school point and click adventure with fun outcomes.Show Downloads
What if Megaman from Mega man and SamusAran from Metroid got married and had a baby? Well, Meganoid 2 is not going to be that baby; however, it can be a distant cousin. The game is clearly inspired by old school games that took us all by storm. Just like the old games, this game is not easy. Each level can be finished in seconds, so that also increases the chance of failure exponentially.
The game features tombs, temples and the hazards that usually come packaged with them. You can expect booby-traps, boulders, snakes and arrows in this game and all of them have the potential of ending the level for you. The fast paced gameplay of Meganoid 2 is a prime example of what makes the old school games exciting.Show Downloads
Always Sometimes Monsters
This game has one of the best names I have read in a long time. It also has a story that you would want to finish in one go. I really enjoyed playing the game and spent around 9 hours playing it; I would have played more, but I had to leave the office. The story follows a character that has lost everything and everyone dear in his life.
The game then takes you on a journey to win back the person you love and get your life back together. The pixel art style of the game is endearing and looks beautiful on any screen. The game is an RPG, which gives you a lot of choice over your decisions.
You can make your own character, select their gender, race and even sexual preference. The NPC (Non-playable characters) will have appropriate reactions to all of those factors. I highly recommend this title as well.Show Downloads
These were a few pixel art games for Android. Personally, I loved playing through all of them, but Always Sometimes Monsters stole the show for me. There are some modern world gaming gems in the list that will keep you occupied for a long time.
This is perhaps the only list that features more paid games than free ones, but the titles were too good to pass up. I recommend Superbrother as well if you like playing a great pixel RPG.
If you have any question or suggestions, feel free to contact me in the comments below, I would love to hear what you have to say.