Android has grown exponentially in the last couple of years and so has the Android gaming industry. I take great joy in playing video games on my Android devices and I love when a game makes millions in revenue.
That being said, it is also interesting to check out the most popular games on Android from time to time because they are rapidly changing. A game that is popular now might not be so in the next few months and this is why Android gaming climate is always exciting. I know, some of the games on this list have remained on this list for a very long time and they deserve to be there.
Like I always say, everything that is popular doesn’t mean it’s amazing. However, in the gaming industry if you’re short of astounding then you are out of the game. This results in some spectacularly amazing gaming titles that are kept fresh by the developers. And epic masterpiece remains epic throughout time but a great videogame needs to evolve with time to stay relevant.
In this list, we celebrate some of the titles that have gained humongous fame and remained in the hearts of millions of Android gamers. Some of the games are relatively new when compared to the other giants but they all carry the same successful trait; killer mechanics.
Note: The 10 most popular games on Android were tested on a Sony Xperia Z, Galaxy Note III and LG G4 smartphones. Personally, I have played all of these games for countless hours and really enjoyed them. These games are constantly kept updated and are supported well by the developers and this is the reason for their great success.
There were absolutely no problems with the games on this list and there is a high chance they will run flawlessly on your devices. Some of the games will require an active Internet connection to work properly. As they are so different in nature, doesn’t make sense to list them in any order so they are quite random and the list is not in any particular order.
1. Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans is remarkably popular videogame on Android. The game has a very unique formula and is very successful at keeping players engaged for a long period of time. Although there are a lot of free to play restrictions in the game, the developers have designed the game to be fun even with them. The first few hours of Clash of Clans are highly exciting and reel you in the game world.
We have already written a thorough analysis of Clash of Clans that explores different comparisons with other popular games of this genre. The game basically allows you to build your village and raise an army of archers, wizards, barbarians and dragons.
The social aspect of the game also keeps you and your friends engaged. Joining together with other players to form your own ultimate clan is one of the best ways to progress through the game. You will also be able to fight against other rival clans and great clan wars. There is also a good tower defense game hidden inside the game.
2. Candy Crush Saga
This puzzle game on Android took everyone by storm and I mean everyone. From my cousins to aunts and to my friends to colleagues, all got sucked into this highly addictive and challenging puzzle game. Sure, the basic premise of the game has been around for a long while now but it’s the new and unique mechanics introduced in the game which may the game amazing. I tried avoiding this game for a very long time but succumbed to the onslaught of Facebook requests sent by my friends.
The game tasks you with matching similar candies together and eliminating them from the board. Aiding you in this quest are special items and boosters. There are different types of levels and all of them have something new to offer. The game might seem very easy at first but as you progress through, the puzzles will get challenging. This is exactly why this game was featured on our best puzzle games for Android list as well.
3. Asphalt 8 : Airborne
When it comes to arcade racing games, Asphalt 8: Airborne has no rival. We did a great comparison between Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3 and found Asphalt to be more accessible and fast paced. The action-oriented gameplay of this games makes everything feel like a movie. The breakneck speeds, the curvy drifts and the insane jumps; all come together to make a wonderful racing experience.
The 3D graphics are remarkable and some of the tracks look downright beautiful. One night time track looks really amazing on a good Android screen. The controls are kept simple and the gameplay is as arcade as it comes. There is a good reason why this game made it to our best racing games for Android list.
4. Crossy Road
Sometimes a simple idea can make a very wonderful experience, and that’s exactly what this game does. While we have seen this kind of gameplay almost decades ago but Crossy Road takes it to the next level. You may have asked why the chicken crosses the road, and this is the answer to that.
It is a simple game which tasks you with crossing roads while avoiding traffic and that is all there is to the game. But the way the idea is executed is very cute and addictive. I found myself playing the game over and over again and enjoying new characters that were being doled out at a very rewarding frequency.
5. Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft
There are some amazing card games for Android available on the Google play store these days. One of those epic games is Hearthstone, a game about collecting different heroes and putting them against other players. This is a fast-paced card game which requires strategy to win. You will be able to unleash powerful cards and use spells in this game to win the ever-shifting battle.
While it may seem like a simple game, believe me, it is one of the deepest games I have ever played on Android. Building the perfect deck is essential in your wins. The game uses characters from popular videogame such as World of Warcraft and Diablo and uses them really well. The artists have done a remarkable job in creating beautiful cards. There is a reason why this was selected to be on the best card games for Android list.
6. Temple Run 2
The endless running genre existed well before this game arrived but it sure did reach mainstream success. I really liked the fun game for Android, but this was one of the first games that made it exciting. The game is one of the most popular games on Android and has been for a very long time. The first part was good, the second made it amazing.
I really enjoyed playing the game while cycling in the gym because it is easy to play it with one hand. The game features beautiful 3-D graphics and great organic looking environments. There are several different obstacles for you to overcome and many power-ups to aid you through the process. It is a simple game of outrunning death and collecting coins.
7. Angry Birds
Want to kill two pigs with one bird? This game allows you to kill five of them if you’re skillful. Angry Birds has been around for almost 6 years now, and it has made a name for itself. It is a unique physics based game that tasks you with shooting birds from a slingshot.
While some may consider this animal cruelty but I have always stressed that science has proven games are not real. This amazingly simple yet fun to play game has been installed millions of times. There are different types of birds as well which allow you to knock down buildings in different ways. This game is suitable for kids as well and gives them the ability to hone there are aiming skills before moving to call of duty.
8. Subway Surfers
Subway Surfers is a game very similar to Temple Run but as this is the list of most popular games on Android, it makes the cut. There are some things which this game does better than the title it is inspired from. For example, the animations are very fluid and look beautiful. Kids are also attracted to the game characters more than they are to the grim looking ones featured in the other game.
There is a cute policeman and his companion dog chasing you instead of the monster that tends to scare little kids. One great thing this game does is change location every so often to keep the game fresh. They are moving through the bull and it is a great way to keep the audience engaged.
9. Hay Day
Farming games on Android are immensely popular for some reason. Maybe they are highly addictive games and provide good entertainment for a very less input or maybe people just like a consistent mold to play around with.
Whatever the reason, they have made their presence felt and are here to stay. This particular game does everything with great style and doesn’t force you to pay real world cash that much. Sure enough, there are some aspects of the game that can benefit from real money but you don’t have to pay for them.
The game has a very clean looking feel to it and is very well managed. I really enjoyed the time I spent playing the game and it was really surprising for me.
10. Boom Beach
This game came out of nowhere and suddenly became one of the most popular games on Android in a very short amount of time. The game tasks you with fighting the evil forces with your own Army and cultivating large areas.
Playing with millions of other players and raiding the enemy bases is a fun thing to do. Battling against the enemy for control and gaining resources for upgrades is the good mechanics. Exploring a huge tropical area and liberating, it is fun. There are a lot of units in the game, and they work really well, if you know how to use them.
These were the most popular games on Android at this moment. I do not usually recommend going with the most popular option but these are the games that are totally worth your time. When a lot of people are gravitating towards a certain videogame, there is a good chance it will be great.
With a lot of different types of players on the planet, games need a lot to become successful. And only good games can rise to the top and shine above the rest. While some of the games may not be according to your personal preferences, they are still good ones.
Do play them and share your experience with us in the comments below.