20 Most Popular Android Games to Play Right Now (May 2023)

20 Most Popular Android Games to Play Right Now (May 2023)

One of the advantages of owning an Android smartphone or tablet is a larger selection of mobile games available—compared to the Apple iPhone. Google isn’t as restrictive as Apple with the types of apps and games that you can download, so you’ll always have a wider range of gaming experiences.

However, there are millions upon millions of apps available to play on the Google Play Store, so it may be intimidating to find a good place to start. That’s where we come in.

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We rounded up the top 10 free and the top 10 paid games (20 in total) for your Android mobile device. So whether you like simple, yet challenging puzzle games, in-depth strategy MMO (massive multiplayer online) games, or just looking for something fun to play every once and a while, you’ll find a great selection of games worth playing, below:

TL;DR – These are the most popular Android games

Free Android Games

Paid Android Games

Most Popular Free Games

Monopoly Go! is one of the most popular games on Android

Monopoly Go! is one of the most popular games on Android

1. Monopoly Go!

Monopoly Go! is one of the most popular games on Android for a few reasons, it’s a classic that’s easy to play, quick to learn, and just flat out fun. This is the “Go!” version of the board game, which is faster-paced and more ruthless—instead of just bankrupting your opponents, you also have to destroy their properties in this take-no-prisoners mobile game.

2. 2248 – Number Puzzle Game

The app 2248 – Number Puzzle Game is easy to pick up and learn, but difficult to master. This is a swipe-and-match puzzle game where you match and merge identical numbers to clear a level.

For example: If you match four blocks of the number two, then four blocks merge into one number eight block, and then you try to match that with other number eight blocks around it, and so on and so on in sequence. The more you match and merge, then the more you can clear levels.

3. Roblox

Roblox is the ultimate online community! This is an app that combines games and social media where you can create your own games and experiences, discover other player-created games, and build just about anything they can imagine. It’s also a virtual space where you can meet and chat with others.

4. Royal Match

Save the kingdom! Royal Match is a match-three puzzle game where you match royal items to clear levels to save King Robert. Once you clear a level, you get coins to upgrade, decorate, and rebuild your kingdom.

5. Attack Hole – Black Hole Games

The object in Attack Hole is to move a black hole to swallow as many bullets, shotgun shells, grenades, guns, and more weapons down within 20 seconds. The faster you swallow, the bigger the hole gets to suck up more and more. Between each level, you have to use the ammo and weapons you collected to take down the big boss. If you take him down, you get more points and coins for upgrades and extended time to clear the next level.

6. Hide and Go Seek: Monster Hunt

Hide and Go Seek: Monster Hunt is a simple game of hide-and-seek with a group of friends, only you’re placed into a room and then transformed into an item that belongs to that specific room—like a roll of toilet paper in a bathroom. The object of the game is to stay hidden in plain sight, as a large orange monster tries to find and eat you.

7. Camo Sniper

The enemy is elusive and clever, so if you want to be the best, you have to track ‘em down and shoot ‘em. Camo Sniper is a first-person shooter game where you survey the land looking for enemy soldiers through a sniper scope. However, soldiers are designed to seamlessly blend into the background. You have to have a keen eye and steady trigger finger to win this game.

8. Block Blast Adventure Master

Block Blast Adventure Master is a puzzle game that’s a mix between a traditional block game and a grid game. Just place the blocks in the square to create a solid line. Once a line is created, it disappears to make room for more blocks. Think of it as a drag-and-drop version of Tetris without the falling blocks.

9. Honkai: Star Rail

From game developer HoYoverse, Honkai: Star Rail is a space fantasy turn-based RPG (role-playing game) that features a journey across the galaxy aboard the Astral Express, as you travel to distant planets and meet new companions to stop the evil and corrupting “Fragmentum.”

10. Cooking Craze: Restaurant Game

Travel the world through the meals you prep, cook, and serve in Cooking Craze: Restaurant Game for Android. This is a restaurant game where you grow in the kitchen ranks as a professional chef. Make burgers in New York City, fancy pastries in Paris, grill up some savory meat treats in Rio, as you try to keep your guests happy to build your business and upgrade your kitchen.

Most Popular Paid Games

Minecraft is also the most popular phone game for iPhone

Minecraft is also the most popular phone game for iPhone

1. Minecraft ($7)

At $7, Minecraft is where you can explore anywhere and build anything in an open sandbox game. Your journey and experience are all up to you! You can use blocks, items, and other materials to build your home or your village, while you can also craft weapons to defend your home or hunt animals to eat or farm. The game is only limited to your imagination.

2. Bloons TD 6 ($7)

Defend your home from invading “Bloons” in Bloons TD 6 for $7. You can use an army of hero monkeys, structures, towers, bridges, and other devices to prevent balloon-like “Bloons” from traveling from one side of the map to the other. The more Bloons you pop, the more coins you make for upgrades, extra lives, and more.

3. Monopoly – Classic Board Game ($4)

Play the classic board game Monopoly on your Android smartphone or tablet for $4. You can play as the classic game tokens—such as the car, top hat, battleship, and others—as you travel around the board buying up properties, building houses and hotels, and collecting rent via Monopoly Money. The object of the game is to bankrupt everyone, so you’re the sole winner with most of the money and properties.

4. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (on sale for $1 $10)

On sale for $1 (was $10), SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a madcap platform video game adventure where you play as SpongeBob, Patrick, or Sandy as you try to save Bikini Bottom from all sorts of killer robots.

5. Incredibox ($5)

From French game developers So Far So Good, Incredibox—which goes for $5 on the Google Play Store—is an app that’s a mix between a music app and a gaming app where you can make your own music. Just drag-and-drop the beats, effects, melodies, and even voices to create a bouncy hip-hop track with impressive and fresh visuals and animations.

6. Garten of Banban 2 ($3)

At $3, Garten of Banban 2 is a survival horror game that takes place in an underground facility under Banban’s Kindergarten classroom. You’re tasked with finding the truth behind the suspiciously empty space, while trying to survive and discover its hidden mysteries.

7. Stardew Valley ($5)

With more than 50 hours of gameplay, Stardew Valley—which is priced at $5—is a farm simulation game that has elements of open-world role-playing. Set in Pelican Town, you inherit a small house and a plot of land from your grandfather. You’re then tasked with clearing the land to grow a farm that’s full of all sorts of livestock and crops. Once you’re ready to harvest, you sell your goods to expand your farm and business with more upgrades, animals, and crops.

8. Brotato: Premium ($5)

Armed with up to six weapons at the same, Brotato: Premium is a top-down arena shooter where you play as a badass potato who fights off waves of aliens. The object of the game is to stave off threats until your platoon rescues you from an alien world, while you create and build unique weapons to survive. Not bad for $5.

9. Papers, Please ($5)

At $5, Papers, Please is a puzzle simulation game and takes place in a border town called Grestin after a six-year long war between two fictional European countries, the Communist Arstotzka and neighboring Kolechia. Think of it as East Germany and West Germany post-World War II.

You play as an immigration officer in charge of people entering the Arstotzkan side from Kolechia, while you must check and stop hidden smugglers, spies, and terrorists from entering using only documents and fingerprints at the border.

10. Terraria ($5)

Terraria—which goes for $5 on the Google Play Store—is a 2D action-adventure sandbox game where you can dig, fight, explore, mine, survive, and build your very own world. It combines elements of platforming and exploration, while it’s described as a mix between Metroid and Minecraft.

What to Look for in Android Games

The Google Play Store is the primary place where Android users find and download games with nearly four million apps available. It may sound daunting to search for games, but Google’s most popular free and paid games lists are a good place to start. Here’s what to look for in Android games.

The first thing you should do is check to see if the mobile game you want to play is compatible with your Android device. Most apps in the Google Play Store require that your smartphone is running, at least, Android version 4.4 KitKat—which was released in October 2013. Older mobile devices might not be able to run most modern games.

You should also consider how much storage space is available on your device. While some games have small file sizes of only a few hundred megabytes, there are others that have very large file sizes of up to 20GB. Luckily, there are Android devices that are designed with an expansion card slot built-in. If you run out of space, you can always pop in a microSD card to add extra storage. But if your device doesn’t have an expansion slot, then you’ll have to delete a few apps, photos, or videos to free up some space or get a new smartphone with a larger capacity altogether.

Meanwhile, when it comes to price, the Google Play Store divides games into two categories: Free-to-play and paid. And while free-to-play sounds self-explanatory, it doesn’t mean these games are completely free. Free versions of games might have commercial breaks or some limitations to gameplay, while in-app purchases can upgrade or remove restrictions. For example: Cooking Craze: Restaurant Game includes in-app purchases for additional items and bundles, but purchases are not required to play this game.

Additionally, most paid games download to your Android device completely unlocked. But, it might also include in-app purchases for upgrades. For example: Monopoly has in-app purchases to unlock special editions of the game. There’s also a gaming subscription called Google Play Pass for Android users. Games available for the service include zero ads and in-app purchases, so you’re free to play without restrictions for $5/mo.

Finally, the most important thing about picking an Android game is if it’s fun to play. Whether you’re going to spend a few minutes or hours upon hours playing it on your smartphone or tablet, games have to look like a fun and immersive challenge to conquer.

Upcoming Android Games

Wondering what new games are coming down the pipeline on Android? See the biggest upcoming Android games for the latest.

Also see: the 20 most popular iPhone games right now.

Rudie Obias is a contributing freelance Tech writer and editor for IGN with a speciality in all things Apple products.

As the world continues to settle into remote working and schooling, it is important to remember the importance of taking some time away from the usual routine to relax. The perfect way to do this is to get involved with some of the world’s most popular mobile games. While there are thousands of titles available for both Android and iOS, we’ve rounded up the top twenty Android games you should check out right now.

1. Subway Surfers: Subway Surfers is an endless-running game from Kiloo and Sybo Games that sees players take control of speedy surfer Jake as he dodges obstacles, collects coins and outruns the grumpy inspector and his pit bull.

2. Garena Free Fire: Arguably one of the top battle royale games available for Android right now, Garena Free Fire sees players take on up to fifty opponents in ten-minute deathmatch scenarios.

3. Clash of Clans: This popular base-building game from Supercell sees players build, expand and defend their home bases against attacks from rival clans.

4. Fruit Ninja: A fun and simple slicing game where players must chop as many fruits as possible in a given time limit.

5. Candy Crush Saga: You’ve surely heard of Candy Crush Saga if you’ve been around the gaming world for a while now. This puzzle game sees players matching and collecting various types of sweets as they progress through the various levels.

6. Angry Birds: Finch, Pig and the other angry birds are back in this popular physics-based puzzler. Players must use their slingshot to hurl the wronged birds at structures housing the thieving green pigs.

7. Pokémon Go: For those of you who love Pokémon, but struggle to stay inside, this augmented reality game brings the world of Pokémon into the real world.

8. Temple Run: Brave: This endless runner game places you in the role of brave protagonist Guy Dangerous as he dashes and jumps while pursuing his quest through his temple.

9. 8 Ball Pool: This classic billiards game allows you to take on opponents around the world while playing friendly 8 ball pool matches.

10. BADLAND: This award-winning side-scroller game takes you on an eerie quest through a mysterious forest, full of monsters and traps.

11. Minecraft Pocket Edition: Travel to an endless virtual world and build all kinds of structures, while also overcoming obstacles, such as hungry creatures.

12. Asphalt 8: Airborne: This racing game from Gameloft challenges you to perform daredevil maneuvers while you speed around some of the world’s most iconic tracks in both single-player and multiplayer modes.

13. Hill Climb Racing: This physics-based game sees you drive your vehicle up steep hills and then down gently as you carefully control your vehicle’s speed and weight.

14. Bike Race : This unique bike game from Top Free Games pits you against eight other players as you compete in intense bike races across a variety of tracks.

15. Crossy Road: Crossy Road is an award-winning Frogger-style game with endless gameplay and beautiful 8-bit graphics.

16. Where’s My Water: Help Swampy the alligator by guiding water to his shower so he can get clean – don’t forget to collect all the rubber duckies!

17. Jetpack Joyride: Players take control of the charming Barry on his journey as he avoids attacks while dodging lasers, missiles, and guided missiles.

18. Into The Dead: A zombie survival game that puts the emphasis on running, as you dodge the undead while trying to reach the end of the level.

19. Cut the Rope: Your job is to help hungry little creature Om Nom as you cut ropes, strategically free food and feed him through the game’s two hundred and forty levels.

20. Stack: This mobile version of the classic arcade game has you stacking different shapes together to help Stack the friendly cube reach the sky.

With something for everyone, these twenty Android mobile games will no doubt keep you entertained during breaks from work or school. If you’re looking for something to help you unwind, these top Android games are a great place to start.

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