Action games are among the most popular on any platform. They get the blood pumping, the fingers moving, and it’s a great way to test your reflexes and wits. There are a variety of action games out there, including shooters, fighting games, adventure games, platformers, and more which makes narrowing it down a little difficult. Nevertheless, here are the ten best action games on Android! BADLAND [Price: Free with in-app purchases] BADLAND was one of the best action games released on mobile in 2013. It’s a 2D infinite runner with simple, but beautiful graphics, a simple premise, and easy game play. You must dodge obstacles and continue forward before the ever scrolling screen swallows your character. There are currently more than 100 levels, a full co-op mode, and updates in late 2015 gave players the ability to make their own levels which they can then share with other players around the world. It’s free to download so you can try it before you buy the full version and it’s a game that just keeps on giving. Half-Life 2 [Price: $9.99] Half-Life 2 may be the purest shooter left on Android. It’s a full port of the PC version which is currently only available for NVIDIA Shield devices right now. It offers superior graphics, a decently long campaign mode, and there is even an expansion you can pick up for an additional $7.99. Anyone who has played Half-Life 2 before can tell you that the game ramps up the action almost constantly and there are no in-app purchases to get in the way. If you have an NVIDIA Shield device, you should buy this game. Into the Dead [Price: Free with in-app purchases] Into the Dead is a 3D infinite runner action game where you’re caught in the zombie apocalypse and you must run to survive. You’ll be given weapons but otherwise it’s just you as you wade through a seemingly endless hoard of zombies that are trying to kill you. The game graphics use a lot of silhouettes and darkness which helps keep the atmosphere dark and foreboding. It’s an excellent time waster and one that should keep you going for a while. Injustice: Gods Among Us [Price: Free with in-app purchases] Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game that features a large cast of DC’s most popular comic book characters. It includes some basic fighting game mechanics along with super powers that are integrated into the controls as special moves to make each character unique and interesting. On top of the basic game mechanics, you can battle online against other folks using parties of three and you’ll be able to upgrade each of your characters to make them more powerful. There is a lot of game here and it’s worth checking out. Implosion – Never Lose Hope [Price: Free / $9.99] Implosion is a hack-and-slash action game with pretty decent graphics. It takes place in a futuristic world where you must slay mutants, monsters, and various types of creatures both mechanical and non-mechanical. The controls are easy enough to use and the game does have a pleasant flow with plenty of action and mayhem to enjoy. The free version includes the first six levels with the rest unlocking after you purchase the full game as an in-app purchase. It also has Google Play Games cloud saving which is just cherry on top of an already sweet cake. Grand Theft Auto (any of them)
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Feed the Rats: A physics-based puzzle game Farming Simulator 14: Be in charge of your own farm and its resources [Price: $4.99-$6.99] Grand Theft Auto is arguably the largest sandbox game available on Android. Anyone who has played a Grand Theft Auto game knows what to expect here with car chases, shootouts, fighting, driving, dodging police, and taking down rivals all being par for the course in these games. The controls are a little clunky on mobile devices and will require a bit of a learning curve before you’ll feel comfortable, but otherwise these games work really well, have tons of content, and look pretty decent as well. Modern Combat 5: Blackout [Price: Free with in-app purchases] The Modern Combat series helped define what a shooter should be on Android. It contains easy controls, decent graphics, online multiplayer, a leveling system, and, of course, a campaign mode. You’ll be able to choose between six classes based on how you want to play with each class possessing their own unique traits and abilities. You can level up through single player and multiplayer which is a nice plus. The in-app purchases get in the way a little bit like many of Gameloft’s games do, but the execution is otherwise very good. PewDiePie: Legend of Brofist [Price: $4.99] PewDiePie: Legend of Brofist exploded into the scene back in 2015 and was one of the most popular paid games of the year. It’s a 2D action game that borrows mechanics from a variety of genres, including platformer, shooter, and more. It features tons of pop culture and gaming references and you can even unlock other popular YouTubers. There are a ton of levels, boss fights, secret treasures, and pretty everything a retro action game would ever need to be awesome. Of course, there are no in-app purchases. Sonic the Hedgehog [Price: $2.99] Sonic the Hedgehog was one of the original action games available on any platform. The game focuses on speed as you get from the beginning to the end of each level, collecting rings, and avoiding certain death. There are also boss fights! Sonic 1 and Sonic 2 are available on mobile right now as well as Sonic 4 episodes 1 and 2 that all hold true to the original Sonic ethos. They’re a lot of fun and even bring a bit of nostalgic value to the mobile gaming world. They’re also pretty cheap with no in-app purchases! UNKILLED [Price: Free with in-app purchases] UNKILLED is a title done by MADFINGER GAMES, the same developers who brought us Dead Trigger and Shadowgun. In this action-fueled zombie shooter, you take down mass amounts of zombies using a variety of weapons, fend off bosses, and play in over 300 missions and counting. The graphics are some of the best we’ve seen on mobile and those with a Tegra X1 device will get a little bit extra in the graphics department as well. It’s a great mix of shooter and time waster and it’s definitely worth a shot.