The Google Play store has grown incredibly crowded over the years, and as of 2020, estimates suggest there are roughly 2.56 million apps available. This is a good thing, for the most part. It means there really is an app for just about every conceivable purpose. And often enough, the market naturally pushes the better apps toward the top of the charts.
With that said, it is also necessary on occasion to cut through the clutter and consider the best of what a given category has to offer. This is one reason it was worthwhile to do a Best Android Spy App Review last December — to highlight TOS as the best in a heavily populated category. In this post, I want to do the same for the gaming category.
I won’t pick a single “best” Android game. There’s no way to determine such a thing, and attempting to choose one would taint any analysis with bias. Instead, I want to look at some of the most impressive Android gaming apps, from a standpoint of design and execution. It’s not an exhaustive list, but these are some Android games that stand above their competition.
The Room: Old Sins
Praise for The Room series from Fireproof Game has been reverberating around the internet for years now, which means that for regular Android gamers this selection will be no surprise. But I can’t leave an obvious choice off simply because it’s obvious. The Room: Old Sins is the most recent game in the series (save for The Room VR: A Dark Matter on Oculus), and the best of the bunch. It’s a spectacularly rendered, fully immersive mystery puzzle that tasks its players with solving creepy riddles, finding hidden objects, and unlocking new mysteries at every turn. The first game in this series represented one of the first times that mobile game quality was genuinely shocking, and it’s only gotten better from there.
Milkmaid Of The Milky Way
Moving from The Room to Milkmaid Of The Milky Way could almost be considered comical, because the difference in visual quality is stark. This is intentional, however. Milkmaid Of The Milky Way is designed to look like a pixellated old point-and-click adventure, and in many respects it imitates those experiences with gameplay as well. But if anything, this concept executed so gracefully is charming. Milkmaid Of The Milky Way is a reminder that graphics and audio quality alone do not make a great game (something even major console game developers would do well to remember). It is brilliant in its simplicity.
Oddmar is a popular platformer adventure game, and one that thrives above all else through its attention to detail. There are actually a lot of platformer and/or side-scrolling games that build on classics from eras past (Super Mario, Donkey Kong, etc.) and give Android gamers fairly incredible experiences. But Oddmar stands above the rest in an almost inexplicable way. The game essentially depicts a Viking adventure, and every last touch — from background images to the flourishes of character animation, to sound effects — is well thought out. It’s as appropriate an example of flawless execution as can be found in the Google Play store.
Tabletop and casino gaming comprise a surprisingly enormous category in the Google Play store, all things considered. There are roulette and slot machine apps, board and tabletop strategy games, poker and blackjack apps, and assorted additional card games as well. Most of these are perfectly serviceable gaming experiences as well. But the mobile version of the online Gala Bingo site is a cut above the rest, for two reasons. The first is that its focus on bingo comes in addition to the presence of slots and other arcades, making it one of the deeper and more inclusive casino games out there. The second is that this app upholds the smooth, crisp quality of online slot and bingo games, which is vastly superior to the average casino app.
There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension
There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension is a virtually impossible game to describe. Basically, it’s an app that resists interaction. A voice literally tells you that there is no game and you aren’t meant to play. As the player, you then more or less have to break into the game, which turns out to be a manic jaunt through any number of genres reminiscent of computer arcades and other mobile games. All the while, the same program voice is both arguing with and guiding you, ultimately forming a sort of background narrative to your gaming. I’ve included this among the most impressive Android games available right now purely on the grounds of creativity. It’s an astounding conception, and executed better than it has any right to be.
These are not all of the games that could have been listed, but they are certainly among the most impressive, for all of the reasons given above. I hope they’ve given you a few fun new options for your Android gaming, and please feel free to continue browsing Android Wave for more information about all of your Android programs and devices.