The mobile market has so many action games to offer it’s sometimes hard to sort out the good titles. Gone are the days when smartphones and tablets played second fiddle to more muscular consoles and PCs. Responsive, high-resolution touch screens and powerful phones let Android devices deliver full-featured action experiences complete with stunning graphics and gameplay to mobile gamers. From action brawlers to mobile shooters and retro roguelikes, check our picks for the best mobile action games.
From its name to its app icon, ICEY is a rather unassuming entry in the game library, that would be easy to overlook. That would be a mistake.
At its core, ICEY is a 2D side-scrolling action game where you play as the titular character, a mysterious Hatsune Miku-alike cybernetic warrioress that kicks serious rear. The game plays flawlessly, with tight controls and new skills to be unlocked and upgraded as you progress through the game.
If that’s all ICEY was — a kick-ass side-scrolling action game — it would still find a spot on this list. But that’s just the beginning, there’s also an entire meta-narrative at play here exploring the relationship between the player and the narrator. The narrator will guide you around the world and tell you where you should go… but what happens if you ignore the narrator?
There are layers to this game and a sizeable list of trophies to unlock. If you love indie games and meta-humor you definitely need to check out ICEY!
Death Point is as polished a game as you’ll find on Android. It’s a top-down stealth shooter in which you play a captured spy in a post-apocalyptic world. You have to sneak through enemy compounds, taking out guards and sabotaging their systems as you go.
Your goal is to meet up with the only other surviving member of your team, an operator who is able to communicate with you through technology implanted in your brain. She’s there to give you tips and info on upcoming sections, and provide some lighthearted banter and story as you get down to business, getting your revenge.
The graphics are next level, and you’ll probably need a recent flagship to get the most out of this game. Great lighting effects are there to show you when you’re visible to guards and when you’re hidden in the shadows. You’re free to play through however you please, on a scale from Hitman to Rambo, but you’ll quickly learn that this game is very unforgiving if you make mistakes, which makes a stealthier approach the clear winning strategy.
There are 10 challenging chapters to play through that will test even the most hardcore gamers. It’s a great title that’s worth the premium price.
Island Delta was published by Noodlecake Studios, which alone makes it worth checking out. It was developed by Mantisbite out of Finland and released in late 2016. Island Delta brings unique top-down action-adventure-puzzler fun to mobile devices. You’re tasked with surveying a mysterious retro-futuristic island with your heroes, Zoe and Baxter, and attempting to take down the evil Doctor Gunderson and his army of underlings.
Using your anti-gravity gun, you have to get trough mechanical minions, traps, and guards as well as to solve puzzles to make it through to the end of each level. At times Island Delta feels like a stripped down, third-person version of Portal, which is all kinds of good things.
The cartoony graphics and outstanding level design will immediately draw you in, but this game can get seriously challenging at times. Fortunately, the game is fairly forgiving with checkpoints.
GTA San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto is one of the video game franchises that continues to influence other games. There are high chances you’ve played a GTA title before on PC or consoles, but they play just as nicely on Android, too.
Rockstar Games has released five great GTA titles for you to choose from and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Play through Liberty City Stories, San Andreas, Vice City, GTA III, and Chinatown Wars and get your shooting, roaming, and car stealing needs sated on mobile devices.
They’re all great games to choose from, but we have decided to highlight San Andreas because it’s got that massive map and introduced a bunch of awesome features to the series that remain to this day. Play again with CJ and the Grove Street Families gang as you raise carnage on the streets of Los Santos. On that note, it’s worth stating that these games are NOT for kids. The Mature rating is there for a reason.
So, if you want full Grand Theft Auto games right on your phone, hit up the Google Play Store and go to town. Just remember that, since these are the full games you know and love, they will occupy a ton of space on your device.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) lit the world on fire last year. It sold millions before it even left Early Access on Steam, and kicked off the battle royale gaming craze we’re experiencing right now. Ultimately, this FPS giant got a version for mobile devices.
In PUBG you play as a mercenary who parachutes, along with up to 99 other players, onto an island. Once they land, players scavenge for weapons, ammo, armor, and other supplies in a last-man-standing deathmatch. The game’s map starts large but quickly shrinks, as the electrical storm around the island collapses into progressively smaller circles, forcing players together as the game goes on.
It’s a simple concept with tons of room for complexity. You land on an island with 99 other people and only your fists. Find a gun and stay in the circle. Last one standing wins. PUBG Mobile has all the weapons and gear the original game had upon exiting the Early Access phase, and it’s completely free to play. Controls aren’t so precise, so the experience is not that tense and engaging as on the PC and consoles, but this game is still the supreme action game on mobile devices.
Action games on mobile saw great improvement, and now they can flaunt a quality comparable to their bigger counterparts on consoles and PC. The mobile devices have quite different mechanics of playing compared to dedicated gaming devices, so these action games borrow already established stylistic and gameplay solutions and adapt them to the limitations of mobile platforms. These games are supremely fun and have unique characteristics that couldn’t be found on other platforms. Unless we’re talking about GTA ports, which are 1:1 authentic cross to mobile. That’s awesome too.