I remember back in the days there were not many quality games available on the Google Play Store but that drastically changed as Android gained popularity. These days there are some amazing videogames available for you to download and enjoy on your Android devices. This is a list about the 10 best paid games for Android that are worth your time and money. Some of the games on this list are technically impressive and some of the best games I played across all platforms; I’ve played a ton of video games.
I have carefully selected the games that provide the most bang for your buck. I understand that not many people are too keen on spending a lot of money on video games especially on a mobile platform. I’m exactly the same; if a game is not going to give me a lot of value for my money, I would move on to a free to play game so that I don’t have to spend any money. Thankfully, there are a ton of different videogame companies that push out generally original and praiseworthy video games for the Android platform. Granted some of them are full on PC/console video games simply ported to the Android platform but that is something we could have only dreamt of back in the days.
Note: The 10 best paid games for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone.
1. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto, or GTA for short, is one of the biggest videogame series in the world. And GTA: San Andreas was one of the biggest and amazing open world video games in the PlayStation 2 era. Now, with certain enhancements and improvements, the full game is available on your Android device. This is nothing short of a technological marvel, no one would have imagined a game of that scale being played on a device that you put in your pocket. But here we are, and the experience is amazing. This is an open world crime based videogame that focuses on Carl Johnson. The game takes CJ from the bottom to the top and you go right with him for the ride.
The story line is great, the graphics are amazing but one of the biggest draws is the ability to do absolutely anything you want in the sandbox. Want to ride your bike till you are fit as a mule? You can do that. Want to race cars and win money? Sure that is also possible. This game will easily take up to 40 to 50 hours to complete, and that is without counting the time you spend on randomly going on killing sprees.
2. Monument Valley
Whenever someone says that video games are not art, I take out my smartphone and show them Monument Valley. This game is not only beautifully made but also comes with a very unique gameplay mechanic. You will manipulate architecture and guide a princess through multiple levels.
The gameplay may seem simplistic enough at the start but believe me it gets ramped up as you progress. This is one of the best puzzle games around for Android and I absolutely love how beautiful it looks. The art design is wonderful, the gameplay is top notch and most of all the music gives it a certain charm. This is a must have for anyone who loves puzzle games or want to flex their muscles a bit.
3. Minecraft: Pocket Edition
Minecraft is one of the biggest names in gaming and it is probably available on anything and everything. So, it makes sense that you also own it on your Android smartphone. With this game in your pocket you’ll be able to explore randomly generated goals, mine resources and build fantastic structures.
The complete freedom this games gives the players is astonishing, if you want to make a house you can make it with this game, same goes for a huge castle. There is even a survival mode that adds a bit of a haste to the gameplay. So, there is everything for everyone here. If you have kids and not enough money to purchase every Lego set there is, this is a great investment. The best thing is you will be able to play with them too online and that increases the replayability of the title.
4. Bridge Constructor
This is a relatively new game but I’ve been playing it for a while now and the physics based gameplay is extremely addictive. Just as the name implies you are tasked with building a bridge. How you build it, why you build it and where you build it is up to you.
The major goal of the game is getting a transport vehicle across rivers, canals and deep valleys. You’ll have a range of materials to build each individual bridge and how you manage that is totally up to you. The only thing limiting your creativity is the budget, just like real life you cannot spend a brick ton of money on a single bridge. So, this gameplay mechanic makes sense. Managing resources while building a stable bridge is one of the most rewarding gameplay mechanic I have ever played.
5. Goat Simulator
Goat Simulator was a prank not an actual video games when the creators launched the trailer. However, when people showed immense interest, they decided to make a simplistic game out of it. However, the game is simply bonkers and all out fun. This is one of the biggest hooks of the game and its main selling point.
You are a goat doing silly antics around an open area, the more damage you do, the more you’ll score. There is a ton of content to go through here and most of it is very interactive and fun. From kicking someone off a construction crane to smashing into a fuel station, there is a lot of fun to be had in this game.
6. GTA: Chinatown Wars
There was a time when the expansive Grand Theft Auto series was a top down 2D game. GTA Chinatown Wars takes us back to that era of top-down, Eagle eye crime action. While this is not as impressive as the full-fledged Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, it is still equally fun to play. Simply driving around liberty city in your stolen car is a wonderful feeling.
The handling and the camera will take a little while for you to get used to, especially if you have never experienced a game like this before. But once you get the hang of it, the game truly shines and lets you pull off amazing stunts while elevating the cops. The story is engaging enough but the major draw of the game is running the drug business. I never thought I will say this but running drugs in GTA is a very addictive gameplay mechanic.
7. Lara Croft GO
I was a little skeptical when a new Tomb Raider game was announced for Android but it was not called a Tomb Raider game. I was even more skeptical when I learned that it would be a turn-based puzzle adventure game. Thankfully, one of my closest friends played the game and recommended it to me and I was able to push past my skepticism and truly enjoy a well-made puzzle platform videogame.
The first thing you notice about Lara Croft: Go are the stunningly beautiful graphics, the next thing you notice is the turn-based gameplay mechanic, which is also top-notch. There are more than 115 puzzles to solve that are divided among 7 chapters, you’ll go around collecting ancient relics and unlocking new outfits for the main character. It’s a fun, addictive and challenging game that any puzzle lover would love.
8. Scribblenauts Remix
Scribblenauts Remix is one of the best video games I have ever played and there is no doubt that you’ll love it as well. The basic principle here is that you can summon anything you can think of in the game to solve puzzles.
The only thing binding you is your own imagination in this epic groundbreaking puzzle game. If you can think of it, there is a high chance that you can create it as well. It is a fun game for casual players that just want to play around with the physics of the game and test out the extent of their imagination and creativity. I highly recommend this game for people who have young kids at home, the game will be a great exercise but also allow them to expand their vocabulary. Overall I cannot recommend it enough, especially at the one dollar price point.
9. Five Nights at Freddy’s 2
This is a graphically intensive videogame and the only horror game on this list. If you’re not sure if the game would run on your smartphone, I recommend that you download the demo first that is also easily available on the play store. In the game, old animatronics come to life and punch you in a building. You are the new security guard working nights and it is your job to monitor the vicinity with cameras and making sure that nothing goes wrong. But as any good horror game, everything goes wrong and you are left to fend for yourself till morning. I won’t to ruin the surprises for you here, so if you are a horror videogame fan, this game will provide an ample supply of jump scares as well as frights.
10. Teeny Titans – Teen Titans Go!
If you’re a fan of Teen Titans and you happen to catch the new Cartoon Network TV show about them, then this game is for you. I’m personally not a huge fan of the aesthetic the new show uses but apparently it is not made for middle-age men, which is a huge shame. The kids seem to love it and this is exactly what the game is targeting as their major demographic. You’ll have to assemble your squad and face-off in 3 versus 3 battles.
The gameplay is kept simplistic, so anyone can simply pick it up and play. There are 77 collectible figures available to collect; that includes characters that were never in the Teen Titan team. Want to play as Alfred or Batgirl? You can do so in this game. The major gameplay mechanic is that you will actually have to go out and collect the figurines, just like Pokémon Go.
These were the 10 best paid games for Android and I hope that you enjoyed the list as much as I have playing the games. I completely understand that these games are extremely different from each other and one single person may not like them all. So I’ve included the variety of different genres into the games, however, puzzle seems to be a recurring one.
Have you found a better game that deserves to be on this list? Feel free to drop a comment below and we will include it. I have deliberately not included Bard’s Tale and it on this list because it has been repeated on several others, including the best RPG games for Android. Feel free to chat with me in the comments below, I always love to hear fellow gamers talk passionately about the games they love.