There are many great games on Android that you can play, whether you’re using a phone, tablet, or a dedicated Android handheld. Some of them even work on your Google TV equipped TV with Bluetooth controller connected. And in 2022, it just got a lot easier to play Xbox and PC games over the cloud if you don’t mind paying a subscription fee to do so.
For both Android veterans and newcomers, jumping into the Google Play Store to find a new game can be overwhelming. (It’s not your fault, the shop curator whoops hard to navigate.) Instead of leaving you alone to find the good from the immense selection, we’ve pulled out a few handfuls of recommendations. All of these games should support touch controls and some may also be compatible with Bluetooth controllers or snap-on controller accessories like that Razer Kishi V2 and the backbone one.
Many of these games are free (with in-app purchases), although some of them require payment to play. Regardless, all should offer high replay value to keep you entertained throughout the holiday season and beyond.
Marvel snap is the mobile game of the year, at least in terms of the amount of buzz it’s generated. It is a trading card game where each card contains a Marvel character with unique abilities and attributes. You battle online opponents with your deck in battles lasting six minutes or less. If that sounds even a bit like something you’d enjoy, you should check it out. It’s free with in-app purchases and my colleague Ash Parrish has written a handy starter guide.
A trading card game where each card contains a Marvel character with unique abilities and attributes. Free with in-app purchases.
blizzards Diablo immortal is the first Diablo Mobile game, and fans and newcomers to the legendary isometric dungeon crawling series should check out this game. It’s a very faithful adaptation for phones and tablets that looks great, plays well (if your hardware is powerful enough), and offers plenty of depth without costing you money upfront. For the Diablo As the uninitiated, you choose a character class with set abilities that grow as you defeat hordes of undead enemies and bosses. One of the best parts to play ever Diablo Game team up with friends which this game also supports.
Diablo immortal works with touch controls and offers controller support.
A faithful adaptation for phones and tablets that looks great, plays well and has lots of depth. Free with in-app purchases.
In mid-2022, Respawn and Electronic Arts released a free mobile version of Apex Legendshis hit battle royale first person shooter. Apex Legends Mobile Works with touch controls and has limited controller support (works with Xbox, PS4 and PS5 wireless controllers and the Razer Kishi). The cell phone takes over Apex Legends is not exactly a one-to-one copy of the console and PC versions of the game. You can play in either first-person or third-person perspective, and character unlocks are distributed differently. Your progress from the other version of the game will not carry over to this one either. Otherwise, it’s a great way to bring that Apex Legends experience with you on the go.
A great way to bring the Apex Legends experience with you on the go. Free with in-app purchases.
The games I’ve recommended so far require a lot of active input, but if you want a free game that’s more relaxed (and rewards just by walking around), give it a try Pikmin bloom. One of Nintendo’s newest mobile games, it borrows some of the charming characters and gameplay mechanics from the company’s home console. Pikmin games. By walking around (and being tracked by GPS), you pick Pikmin from the ground and plant seedlings in-game. Between walks, you can groom them in a Tamagotchi-like fashion. There is no real end goal other than trying to run as much as possible to win new types of Pikmin along your journey.
By walking around (and being tracked by GPS), you pick Pikmin from the ground and plant seedlings in-game. Free with in-app purchases.
You can’t go wrong with this Minecraft. If you’ve never played it, it’s a first-person survival meeting building game where everything is made out of blocks – a now iconic look. The game is available on virtually every modern console and platform, but you get the full experience on mobile, complete with multiplayer support. Unfortunately, if you own the game on desktop, you’ll need to buy it again to play it on mobile (unless you scroll down to the next recommendation).
Minecraft is the rare kind of game that can go as deep as you want. Some people just enjoy scavenging by day and fighting zombies by night, digging underground tunnels (ahem, mines, hence the name), crafting replicas of cultural touchstones, or playing it as an educational resource for school.
A legendary first-person survival meeting-building game where everything is made of blocks.
Genshin Impact is a shoo-in for this list, although it’s not technically new. In case you haven’t heard of the game or just haven’t played it, it’s an open-world action-adventure title that rips off the look and some gameplay The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In short, it’s a lot of fun, even if not everything about it is original. The developer, miHoYo, is constantly adding more content to keep the game fresh, and thanks to its great graphics, it’s a continuous joy to watch.
This game is free to play, but remember that it requires a fairly powerful phone to run at respectable frame rates. Also note that there is currently no controller support. So you just have to use the touch screen to play it.
An open-world action-adventure title that writes off the look and some gameplay The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Free with in-app purchases.
Dark Souls isn’t on mobile, but other games have filled its absence. dead cells Scratches that itch with fun but difficult gameplay to be repeated. It’s a side-scrolling action game with procedurally generated enemy placement (meaning it’s different every time you play), and there are plenty of weapons, abilities, and stages to unlock with cells you collect from slaying enemies.
Assuming you haven’t died at the end of each stage, you’ll have the option to trade your cells for rewards. But once you’ve died (you’ll probably die a few times – that’s part of the fun), you’ll be tasked with recovering your cells from the point you dropped them. Getting her back becomes a fun game in itself.
A sidescrolling action game with lots of weapons, skills and levels that you unlock with cells you collect from killed enemies.
Okay, this isn’t technically a “game” recommendation, it’s an entire ecosystem of games available on Android. If you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ($1.99 per month for the first three months if you are a new subscriber, $14.99 per month thereafter), You can visit this page on your Android phone it basically turns it into a portable Xbox. It says “Cloud Gaming Beta” at the top of the screen and gives you access to all the latest games from Microsoft Xbox Game Studios, as well as many others.
This cloud-based service allows you to play many Game Pass games over Wi-Fi or LTE / 5G (you’ll have the best experience over Wi-Fi, but remember this service is a a lot of of files). Some games allow touch controls, or you can connect a controller like the Xbox Wireless Controller, the Razer Kishi, or the Backbone One.
Note: There is no app to download, but you can give it a permanent place on your home screen using the Google Chrome mobile browser. Click the three vertical dots to the right of the URL address bar, then tap Add to home screen.
This cloud-based service allows you to play many Game Pass games over Wi-Fi or LTE/5G. Get the first month for $1 and $14.99 per month thereafter.
If you own a PC with plenty of games on Steam, the Epic Games Store, and Ubisoft Connect, you might as well give Nvidia GeForce Now a shot. With it, you can play many of the PC games you own from these three services on your Android device without your PC having to be on. Here is a full list of supported games. Just connect a controller and you’re good to go.
The catch with this service compared to Xbox Cloud Gaming is that GeForce Now doesn’t just dish out a bunch of games for a fee. In most cases, you must own them in order to play them. There are a few free-to-play games including Fourteen dayswhich are available free of charge. GeForce Now has a free tier This lets you play the games you own and the free-to-play titles at 720p for hour-long sessions (you’ll just disconnect but can reconnect), or you can go down to a $9.99 per Monthly Upgrade You Get Access to a 1080p virtual machine capable of running ray-traced graphics with six-hour game sessions.
Like Xbox Cloud Gaming, this service uses a lot of bandwidth, so it will adversely affect your device’s battery life and your internet data cap, if you have one.
With Nvidia GeForce Now you can play many of your PC games from Steam, the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Connect. The app is free; The service has a limited free tier or costs $9.99/month.