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15 Best Mobile Games On Android Platforms (Updated September 2021)

Mobile gaming has evolved a lot since the days of Snake, thanks largely to evolving technology. Android gamers have plenty of choices when it comes to choosing fun and exciting games to play in 2021. The power of individual Android devices has been leveraged to the point where AAA titles are now a mainstay on the platform.

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Not all games are created equal, however. For every diamond in the rough, there's a sea of underwhelming titles that promise a lot and deliver very little. The 2021 roster of high-grade Android titles is significant and it helps to know which ones offer the best bang for the buck; unless they're free, of course.

Updated on September 19th, 2021 by Derek Draven: The Android gaming ecosphere has expanded to include some bonafide hits, and this is great news for gamers who like to take the action with them on the go. Genres previously thought impossible to port to mobile platforms are now becoming the norm, which is helping to close the gap between PCs and consoles, and smartphones and tablets. Strategy, battle royale, racing, and puzzle games are just a few that are currently on the menu, and they're all designed for quick bouts of fun.

15 Among Us (2018)

Among Us is one of the few Android video games that features cross-play with Apple iOS users, which greatly expands the number of connections that can be made. It's a social deduction game built inside a sci-fi setting, with a unique twist that involves two sides using cunning to outwit each other.

Players are divided into Crewmates and Imposters, it's the job of the former to identify and oust the latter. The goal of the Imposters is to sabotage and eliminate the Crewmates before their mission parameters can be completed. It's an incredibly inventive and unique game that uses distrust as a game mechanic.

14 GRID Autosport (2019)

Priced at $9.99, GRID Autosport is the perfect alternative to the sheer number of terrible racing games available on Android. It's bereft of any advertisements, ensuring that players can enjoy an uninterrupted racing experience across more than 100 individual and well-detailed tracks.

One of the coolest things about GRID Autosport is that it's a simulation game. When players bump into walls at breakneck speed, they can expect some serious, and realistic repercussions. An easy-to-operate and intuitive training module ensures that drivers get well-acquainted with the game’s controls before they set out to dominate the racetrack.

13 Genshin Impact (2020)

Genshin Impact is one of the best free-to-play games on the Android platform, and Android Authority even touted it as one of the best mobile games of 2020. It amassed favorable responses from critics and players alike upon its release, thanks heavily to the game’s impressive graphics and gameplay. It also includes gacha mechanics for a little more gameplay flair.

Players can unlock new characters and other bonuses using this system, and participate in a series of daily tasks that extend the life of the game. The open-world gameplay of Genshin Impact is hard to find within the Android gaming sphere, which means this title offers something distinctly unique for fans of this genre.

12 Riptide GP: Renegade (2016)

At $2.99, Riptide GP: Renegade is nicely priced, and it's just as fun as the first two installments in the franchise. Renegade changes the feel of the game, as most of the events take place in the seedy and dangerous underbelly of this futuristic sport.

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Decked with the thrills of old-school arcade games, Riptide GP: Renegade also provides the sensibilities of modern smartphone technology, allowing players to perform a myriad of stunts and activate turbo-boosts on their hydrofoil by simply swiping their fingers on the screen.

11 Legends of Runeterra (2020)

Fans of Hearthstone will appreciate what Legends of Runeterra brings to the table, especially as the former loses its popularity. The game can best be defined as an online deck-builder where players collect cards and heroes while battling against other opponents in an online setting.

The addition of new champions to the game brings the total roster up to 24, which is quite a feat.  The game's distinct art style and addictive gameplay make it easy to pick up, and very, very hard to put down.

10 PUBG Mobile (2017)

PUBG is arguably one of the best battle royale games ever made, and with over 10 million downloads, it's also one of the most popular. Following the success of its PC counterpart, PUBG Mobile was released in order to capitalize on that run, and give fans a means to scratch their itch whilst on the go. While the game mechanics differ slightly from the PC version, this Android spinoff is still a winner.

The graphics are solid, the control scheme is acceptable, albeit a bit clunky, and battling it out with 100 other players on a map is a rewarding experience. The best part about PUBG Mobile is that it's free to play, which marries well with its various progression mechanics, daily login bonuses, and events.

9 Garena Free Fire - 4nniversary (2017)

This survival shooter takes its cues from games like PUBG and focuses on short 10-minute games against 49 other players. The match begins with characters parachuting in as per many battle royale titles of late, at which point they must stay hidden while picking off other players.

The gameplay has been well-adapted to serve the mobile medium, which allows players to engage in short rounds, even while on their coffee break. It also features in-game voice chat, a 4v4 game mode, and a ton of different weapons and vehicles to use in battle.

8 DOOM I/II (2019)

At this point, DOOM has seen a release on just about every single video game platform in existence and has inspired a number of great copycats. It's no surprise that it would eventually see an Android port. Almost 30 years later, DOOM continues to entertain FPS gamers with its signature gameplay, creepy imagery, and over-the-top violence.

DOOM I and II might not be the most technologically advanced games available for Android, but there's no denying their charm. Bethesda has fixed a number of issues that existed in the mobile versions, such as the touchscreen controls and the requirement of a Bethesda.net account to access the game. Recent updates have further improved it, allowing gamers to play at 90-120 fps and 16:9 resolutions.

7 Call of Duty Mobile (2019)

Call of Duty is one of the most successful FPS franchises of all time, and mobile gamers can jump into the fray with Call of Duty Mobile. Developed by Activision and Tencent Games subsidiary TiWi Studios, this mobile version takes its cues heavily from Call of Duty: Warzone, stressing a battle royale multiplayer experience.

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While the original version had team deathmatch, a zombie mode, and battle royale mode, the latest update introduced an exciting Warfare mode that is far more engaging. The game is free to play, making it easier than ever for COD fans to get in on the action without a cost-prohibitive barrier to entry.

6 Clash Of Clans (2013)

Fans of games like Age of Empires will like what Clash of Clans brings to the mobile sphere, as both share the same general approach to world-building. Players can compete against millions worldwide while they raise a clan through the early days to full strength.

Combat is a major component of Clash of Clans, which is probably good news given the short-burst nature of mobile gaming. The graphics are quirky, the strategy is sound, and Android gamers seem to love the mixture of village building and armed warfare.

5 AnimA (2019)

AnimA is a game that takes a lot of its aesthetic and atmospheric cues from the Diablo franchise. That in itself is reason enough for fans of the genre to sit up and take notice, as these types of games are relatively few and far between on the Android platform.

Loot mechanics, a dark-fantasy setting, and a nostalgic isometric camera are all throwbacks to the classics upon which this game was built. The game is also free to play, meaning there's no reason to refrain from giving it a try.

4 Gardenscapes (2016)

This puzzle game is one of the best on the Android platform, blending quirky gameplay, a charming aesthetic and atmosphere, and thousands of levels to play. It's the quintessential matchup puzzle formula but done in such a way as to feel fresh and inventive, even after extended months of play.

Gardenscapes is free to play, yet has practically no advertisements attached to it, making it easy and enjoyable to play. In-game purchases are available but unnecessary for those who simply want to have a good time. The game is constantly updated with seasonal events and bonuses, and the ability to decorate dozens of areas within the game is a nice touch.

3 Donut County (2020)

Donut County, although short, is a brilliantly developed and extremely immersive Android title that every mobile gamer should try out. The storyline is unique in the fact that the player takes control of a giant hole that gobbles up anything in its path, thereby increasing its overall size.

As it grows, so too does the challenge factor come into play, with gamers having to use their wits to clear out a level. It borrows at least a few notes from the Katamari Damacy series, though it changes things up enough to feel like an original experience, all on its own.

2 Minecraft (2016)

This ultra-popular video game was released way back in 2011, but it continues to stand the test of time thanks to regular updates and excellent Minecraft DLC content. The mobile version of the game is the perfect solution for those addicted to Minecraft's simplistic and inventive gameplay. It ranks high among players with an astonishing 4.6 out of 5.

The creative nature of the game transcends past platforms and fits nicely inside the Android video game ecosphere. Multiplayer is a strong focus so it can be played with friends, family, or strangers alike, lending Minecraft a level of replay value that few games have.

1 Pokemon GO (2016)

Augmented reality has made quite a paradigm shift, thanks to games such as Pokémon Go. This Nintendo title allows players to catch Pokémon, compete in battles for Gym ownership, rest at Pokéstops, and even complete side missions, all the while taking in the breeze of a real-world environment.

New updates to the 2016 original have made the game even better, featuring brand-new Pokémon, and a dedicated AR mode for the game. The game has received some flack for causing people to take their eyes off the world in front of them, which has led to a few unfortunate accidents, so gamers are advised to keep their wits about them at all times.

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