Top 25 action games for Android

1

Guns of Boom


Without doubt the reigning mobile online FPS king, Guns of Boom hones the FPS format for mobile play without losing its competitive edge.

2

Black Paradox

Black Paradox

Don’t let the retro graphics and 2D shmup mechanics fool you – Black Paradox is a decidedly modern experience, complete with roguelike elements and stacks of weapon types.

3

Downwell

Developer: Moppin

Genre: Action, Platform

Downwell

In Downwell, you don’t just shoot to destroy baddies – you shoot to move. It’s an ingenious twist in an ingenious action game.

4

Neon Shadow

Developer: Tasty Poison Games

Publisher: Crescent Moon Games

Genre: 3D, Action, Shooter

Neon Shadow

Neon Shadow makes the FPS sing on mobile by smartly returning to the genre’s unadorned, action-heavy roots. The result: arguably the best FPS on mobile.

5

Blazing Star

Developer: SNK Playmore

Publisher: SNK Playmore

Genre: Arcade, Retro, Shooter

Blazing Star

As close as you can get to fitting a late-’90s arcade in your pocket – and we’re not being rude about the latest oversized Android phablet.

6

The Bug Butcher

Publisher: Awfully Nice Studios

Genre: Shooter

The Bug Butcher

This brilliant arcade shooter takes the core blasting of Space Invaders and turns it into cartoony delight fit for a modern smartphone.

7

Space Invaders Infinity Gene

Publisher: Taito

Genre: Retro, Shooter

Space Invaders Infinity Gene

An early mobile shmup superstar, Space Invaders Infinity Gene’s core evolutionary twist remains daringly fresh some seven years on.

8

Space Marshals 2

Publisher: Pixelbite Games

Genre: Action

Space Marshals 2

Not an outright action game like other twin-stick shooters, Space Marshals 2 is a far more varied and interesting experience for it.

9

BackFire

BackFire

A fascinating twist on the arcade shooter that celebrates the noble rearguard action, as you seek to evade your opponents whilst simultaneously blasting away at them.

10

Operation Dracula

Publisher: Crescent Moon Games

Genre: Action, Arcade, Shooter

Operation Dracula

A really-quite-brilliant hardcore 2D shooter that evokes the memory of classic arcade machines, with pacy gameplay and chunky graphics. Operation Dracula most certainly does not suck.

11

Tesla vs Lovecraft

Developer: 10tons

Publisher: 10tons

Genre: Shooter

Tesla vs Lovecraft

This twin-stick shooter packs an appealingly flamboyant steampunk style, satisfyingly squelchy gunplay, and relentless action. It’s a bit of a winner.

12

Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders 2

Publisher: Atypical Games

Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders 2

This technically amazing dogfighting game has you swooping through the sky in your propeller-driven fighter. It’s kind of like a flight sim, but one that’s instantly thrilling to play.

13

PUBG Mobile

Publisher: Tencent Games

Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Shooter

PUBG Mobile

The hottest shooter sub-genre of the moment is undoubtedly Battle Royale, and PUBG is the game that kicked the craze off. Surprisingly, it works really well on mobile.

14

World of Tanks Blitz

Publisher: Wargaming

Genre: Action, Strategy

World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks was a popular online shooter way before it hit mobile, and it’s made the switch admirably. It’s a much more tactical affair than your average COD wannabe.

15

Neon Chrome

Publisher: 10tons

Genre: Action, Shooter

Neon Chrome

This twin-stick shooter excels in a number of areas, including its moody story, range of weapons, challenging bosses and tense combat.

16

Shadowgun Legends

Publisher: MADFINGER Games

Genre: Multiplayer, Shooter

Shadowgun Legends

An ambitious, visually rich FPS that brings a slice of Destiny magic to mobile. Whether you’re a solo or a social player, there’s something for all shooter fans here.

17

Glitchskier

Publisher: Shelly Alon

Genre: Action, Shooter

Glitchskier

A proper retro shooter with beautifully stark BBC Micro graphics and a suitably old skool difficulty level.

18

Space Pioneer

Space Pioneer

An inventive top-down shooter that takes the onus off of aiming in favour of adventuring and light RPG mechanics – all wrapped up in an adorable sci-fi art style.

19

Danmaku Unlimited 3

Publisher: Doragon Entertainment

Genre: Shooter

Danmaku Unlimited 3

Android is the platform to go to for bullet hell shmups these days, and Danmaku Unlimited 3 is one of the most visually arresting examples with its dense action and ethereal palette.

20

Bullet Hell Monday

Publisher: Masayuki Ito

Genre: Action, Arcade, Shooter

Bullet Hell Monday

Bullet hell has rarely looked this heavenly – if your idea of heaven is a psychedelic assault of colours and shapes, that is.

21

Aka to Blue

Aka to Blue

Cave doesn’t make mobile bullet hell shmups any more, but Aka to Blue feels like one. Besides dodging waves of bullets there’s also a moreish coin-hoovering scoring system.

22

Dariusburst: Second Prologue

Publisher: Taito

Genre: Action, Arcade, Hardcore, Retro, Shooter

Dariusburst: Second Prologue

This PSP port is every inch the premium, fully featured shoot-’em-up with serious arcade pedigree. You can almost feel the decades of refinement as you sweep away waves of enemies.

23

Virexian

Virexian

Virexian is another great retro twin-stick shooter shooter, this time with neon visuals, randomised levels, and stacks of weapons.

24

Trigger Heroes

Publisher: Lucky Kat Studios

Trigger Heroes

A brilliantly streamlined take on the twin-stick shooter which has you focusing on your movement rather than aiming. Roguelike elements help keep things feeling fresh.

25

Hot Guns

Hot Guns

A deeply challenging platform-shooter with a glorious twist – when you’re carrying a weapon, your jumping skills are massively compromised.

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