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Alto's Adventure Best Android Games for Tablets

Gaming on mobile has been improving at a far greater rate than any technology that came before it. In 2005, if you had told anyone that you could play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on a telephone with the same graphics as it had on a PS2, you probably would’ve been laughed out of the building. Now there are games that look and play even better than that! Without further delay, here are the best Android games available right now!

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Update September 2016: This is a constantly evolving list, we will update it from time to time with the latest that Android has to offer. This month we replaced a few titles such as Clash of Clans, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Geometry Wars 3 to make room for a new batch of fun games for your Android tablet.

Alto's Adventure Best Android Games for TabletsAlto’s Adventure

[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
Your llamas have escaped! That’s not a sentence I thought I would ever type. In Alto’s Adventure, you’re found plummeting down a snowy slope on your snowboard trying your best to catch those pesky llamas. Along the way you must avoid obstacles and ravines, and hey, have a little fun throwing backflips and grinding on power lines.

This game is easy-going, fun to play and extremely addictive. It’s also one of the more attractive side-scrollers that I’ve come across as of late, securing its spot as one the best Android games for tablets. As you’re bombing down the slope, you’ll get a glance at some great background scenery!

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Asphalt 8: Airborne Best Android Games for TabletsAsphalt 8: Airborne

[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
To date, there have been few racing games with the longevity of Asphalt 8: Airborne. The game contains a metric ton of content, including a single player campaign, multi-player races, time trials, unlock-able content, and consistent updates that add new tracks and other new content. The graphics are pretty decent and the game should work on most devices. There are plenty of racers, but Asphalt 8 hits more of those sweet spots than any of its competitors. At least for right now.

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BADLAND-icon-2016BADLAND

[Price: Free/$3.99]
BADLAND doesn’t seem like much at first. It’s a side-scrolling runner where you must avoid obstacles and keep the ever-scrolling screen from swallowing you whole. However, once you dig into this game, it’s difficult to deny it’s depth. There is a real-time multiplayer (including local co-op mode), a sizable adventure mode, and updates toward the end of 2015 even let players create their own levels. In a land where time wasters get boring very quickly, this one seems to just keep going.

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Botanicula Best Android Games for TabletsBotanicula

[Price: $4.99]
From the creators of the robot adventure game, Machinarium, Botanicula is a tap-to-explore game that puts you in control of a crew of creatures seeking to find safety from scary monsters in a strange world! Botanicula’s gameplay was created with the curious in mind. Upon opening the game, you’re left to your own devices to figure out what to do and where to go. Making your way through the trees, you’ll come across other characters, new landscapes and some precarious situations. I loved being able to interact with so much of the world in this game, but I was a bit disappointed in the frequent loading screens that come with any movement off the screen. Though brief, they were a bit distracting.

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Dash Quest Best Android Games for TabletsDash Quest

[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
Dash Quest is an incredibly fun RPG/Arcade endless-runner that, from an aesthetic point of view, feels like a lot like Zelda game. Like any great RPG, you can outfit your tiny little character with tons of gear that deals more and more damage to your unfortunate enemies. What makes this one of the best android games for tablets is the fast-paced gameplay. Besides the running and hacking and slashing, you’ll come across mini-games that keep you interested and challenged so the game doesn’t get stale. Speaking of being challenged, there are some pretty intense boss battles here as well. If fast and furious is your thing, check this one out.

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Dungeon Hunter 5 Best Android Games for TabletsDungeon Hunter 5

[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
Dungeon Hunter 5 is one of those games that sucks you in and won’t let go. The self-proclaimed “Hack and Slash” RPG boasts some impressive graphics and fast-paced gameplay that is honestly pretty intense at times. Fans of turn-based RPGs beware – the swarms of enemies in Dungeon Hunter 5 wait for no man!

For me, the most enjoyable part of this game was the massive inventory of weapons and armor that you can use to outfit your character. The single player mode is very in-depth, but the online co-op play is much more fun. If the Hack and Slash genre is your thing, give this one a go.

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Fallout Shelter Best Android Games for TabletsFallout Shelter

[Price: Free]
Fallout Shelter was released in 2015 to fantastic fanfare and generally positive reviews. In this game, you must build a fallout shelter (roll credits), populate it with people, and then manage everything so that it runs well. You’ll have to send dwellers out into the wastelands for supplies and fend off bad guys trying to kill everybody. You can make babies, create entire communities, and all kinds of stuff. It has substantial depth and it’s a game you can easily play for months before you even realize it has in-app purchases.

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Hearthstone Best Android Games for TabletsHearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft flew on to the scene in late 2014 and has been a staple of mobile gaming ever since. It’s a concept that is similar to games like Pokemon or Magic: The Gathering where you collect cards, build decks, and the duel other players using those decks. There are some offline components but the game is pretty much always online. You can also engage with cloud saving via battle.net which will allow you to play the game on your PC or mobile device interchangeably.

Click here to check out all the apps and games from Blizzard!

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Kingdom Rush Origins Best Android Games for TabletsKingdom Rush Origins

[Price: $2.99/In-App Purchases]
All of the Kingdom Rush games are pretty good but the most recent title is Kingdom Rush Origins. This is a tower defense game with a fantasy theme where you must build towers and deploy heroes to defend against hoards of bad guys. Towers and heroes all have their individual perks and can be updated as you progress. Kingdom Rush isn’t an overly complex game, but it’s an all around solid and enjoyable experience. The game is $2.99 with in-app purchases which is an admittedly bold move, but you can make it to the end without using the in-app purchases.

Check out the rest of the Kingdom Rush series by Ironhide Game Studio!

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition Icon Best Android Games for TabletsMinecraft: Pocket Edition

[Price: $6.99]
Minecraft is a popular game all around the world for people of all ages. For those who have never played, Minecraft puts you in a giant world where you mine stuff, build stuff, beat up bad guys, and do pretty much whatever you want. There is a survival mode where you must mine your own resources and food along with a creative mode that gives you unlimited everything. Updates at the end of 2015 added in Redstone which allows you to create even more fun stuff. There are also no in-app purchases.

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Final Fantasy 4 Best Android Games for TabletsSquare Enix Games

[Price: Varies]
Square Enix is one of the few “big name” developers that took mobile gaming seriously from the start and they have some of the best Android games available anywhere. Fans of jRPG games have remakes of Final Fantasy 1-6 and 9, seven Dragon Quest games, Chrono Trigger, and the Chaos Rings series to play and they’re all really good. Hitman: Sniper, the original Tomb Raider, and Lara Croft GO round out a decent selection of puzzle games. You have Heavenstrike Rivals and Final Fantasy Tactics: WotL for tactical RPGs, Secret of Mana for an action RPG, and the Deus Ex series for strategy shooter enthusiasts. It’s a huge collection of games and most of them are really good. Square Enix actually has two developer pages on Google Play. For the ones with Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, click the button below. For the one with Lara Croft GO, Hitman: Sniper, and Tomb Raider, click here!

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Telltale Games Best Android Games for TabletsTelltale Games

[Price: Varies]
Telltale Games are the undisputed masters of the episodic adventure game genre and they have the chops to prove it. They have seven games in their arsenal right now and they are The Walking Dead seasons 1 and 2 along with the standalone Michonne game, Game of Thrones, Tales from the Borderlands, The Wolf Among Us, and Minecraft: Story Mode. These games all revolve around similar “point and click” mechanics and they all have stories that can be altered by the decisions of the player. They also all have five episodes a piece that are purchased as in-app purchases and they can all be completed in about 10-15 hours. They’re great games with a good stories, good graphics, and easy game play mechanics. Click the button below to check out the entire Telltale Games collection!

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The Room 3 Best Android Games for TabletsThe Room 3

[Price: $4.99]
The latest game in The Room series is just as big of a hit as its predecessors and they remain among the best Android games. For those who have never played the game before, The Room is a beautifully done puzzle game that involves a number of unique objects in a room that you must solve to unlock their secrets. You progress from room to room to find even more unique objects and solve their puzzles until you win the game. The third one includes cloud saving, multiple profiles, alternate endings, and the same beautiful puzzles and graphics that drove people to play the first two titles. There are also no in-app purchases.

If you want to check out The Room 1 and 2 from Fireproof Games, click here!

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This War of Mine Best Android Games for TabletsThis War of Mine

[Price: $14.99]
This War of Mine is so good that we awarded it the best game released in 2015. In this survival game, you lead a crew of civilians in a city torn apart by war. You’re tasked with making difficult decisions that have heart wrenching results with survival being the key. It comes with good graphics, plenty of content, and a hefty price tag with no in-app purchases. It’s definitely worth a play.

Here are more awesome games from 11 Bit Studios, including Anomaly 2!

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Zombie Age 3 Best Android Games for TabletsZombie Age 3

[Price: Free/In-App Purchases]
One thing is for sure. The zombie craze is never going to die (pun most certainly intended). Zombie Age 3 is by far my favorite zombie-slaying android game for a couple of reasons. For starters, I love the side-scrolling action. It’s not so ambitious as to take away from from the blood-shedding fun, and makes it much easier than some of the first-person options to keep a handle on the hordes of the undead. The playable characters are the other reason that this is my favorite zombie game available for Android. Though I’m not sure how they secured licensing for some of these characters, you’ll find some familiar faces (masks?) such as Batman, Deadpool, Ghost Rider, Terminator and more.

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To see all of our Android games coverage, click here! And for a real treat, head on over to our sister site Android Authority, where we’ve put together a massive list of the 70 best Android games for your phone or tablet.

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