What Are The Best Android Adventure Games on Google Play?
If you're looking for a compelling adventure on your Android mobile device, here's a few of the best offerings on the Google Play Store.
By Mike Williams Additional contributions by Nadia Oxford.
Sometimes it's hard being an Android user. Google's mobile operating system may be one of the big dogs, but Android users still get some of the best games dead last, if we even get them at all. (FTL, anyone?) Android is forever playing catch-up to iOS even though it punches just as hard as Apple's ecosystem. Sure, part of the problem is iOS is on relatively few devices, while Android is on hundreds, but that's not too far away from PC development, right?
While everyone else on the USgamer team owns iOS mobile devices, I stand before you as the sole Android user. I've scoured the internet with my trusty HTC One and 2013 Nexus 7 in hand to bring you the best Android games around.
Let's continue with just a few of the best adventure games available on our lovely platform. (The Google Play Store links are in the titles.) As an honorable mention, I'll also bring up ScummVM. which lets you play all of the original LucasArts SCUMM games if you have the original titles.
The Walking Dead: Season 1 ($24.99)
The Walking Dead: Season 2 ($24.99)
I'm counting The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2 as a single game for the purposes of this article, even though you have to purchase them separately. With seasons 1 and 2, you'll get to experience the story of Lee Everett and Clementine as they attempt to survive during a zombie apocalypse. Both titles offer up some of the finest characters, characterization, and presentation you can find on Android and they're just as full-featured as their PC counterparts.
There is a trick though. While both games are listed as free on the Google Play Store, that's just the client. You still have to buy each episode ($5) or pay for the full season pass ($25) via in-app purchase.
Broken Sword 5: Episode 1 ($4.99)
Broken Sword 5: Episode 2 ($5.99)
Broken Sword 5 is a follow-up to the classic Broken Sword point-and-click adventure games on PC. You can pick up an improved version of the first game, Shadow of the Templars. on the Google Play Store, but these are all-new entries. The series follows the adventures of George Stobbart and journalist Nico Collard as they attempt to uncover an ancient conspiracy. Broken Sword 5 is full of great dialogue and it's more tongue-in-cheek than The Walking Dead; pick these games up if you miss the lighter adventure games of yesteryear.
Here's our review of the PC version of Episode 1.
Gemini Rue ($4.99)
Gemini Rue is a cyberpunk adventure game taking place in the 23rd century, dealing primarily with the crime syndicate Boryokudan, who controls a popular drug called Juice. The story follows a few different characters and sticks close to the visual style of Lucasarts' original SCUMM adventure titles. Gemini Rue is a good, gritty adventure from start to finish and it's well-worth the $5 you'd probably spend on a McDonald's Value Meal or something.
Tiny Thief (Free)
Tiny Thief is a charming all-ages take on classic adventure titles. While most of the games on this list stick with an old-school 2D aesthetic, Tiny Thief looks like a lot of recent mobile titles: all bright colors and simple shapes. The benefit of this is the game stands out in a crowd. The gameplay is still the same - grab everything that's not nailed down, bring it to the right spot, and repeat - but it feels refreshing in its simplicity.
Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold, Episode 1
Another mobile adventure game in style of Lucasarts' classic SCUMM games, Fester Mudd is a three-episode adventure. In fact, it's best to think of Fester Mudd like Monkey Island in the Wild West. Fester and Guybrush may be brothers from another mother, but the game's overall quality and humorous writing remain consistent throughout. Of course, that because Fester benefitted from the work of former Sierra Entertainment writer and designer Josh Mandel. The only problem with the game? Episodes 2 and 3 are still nowhere to be seen.
Simon the Sorcerer ($3.99)
Simon the Sorcerer 2 ($3.99)
While other Android adventure games are content to work with the same visual aesthetic as the Lucasarts SCUMM games, Simon the Sorcerer has the benefit of actually being from that era. The series stars Simon, a teenager who finds himself transported to a fantasy world where he has to outwit dragons, trolls, and more. Both games are heavy with a dry British sense of humor and the voice acting of Red Dwarf's Chris Barrie.
Machinarium is a beautiful hand-drawn title that takes a different path from other adventure games. The main character can't talk, so there's no dialog to work with here. Instead, players have to figure out body language, decipher doodles on the walls, and notice patterns to proceed. Of the games on this list, Machinarium is the most devoted to the "puzzle" aspect of adventure games. If that's your jam, this is the game to buy.
Detective Grimoire ($3.99)
Detective Grimoire feels more like an interactive cartoon. This animated whodunit takes place in the middle of a swamp and stars Grimoire, an intrepid detective looking to solve the murder of a man by the hands of the mythical swamp creature, Boggy. There's a bit of Phoenix Wright-style investigations and interrogations, some puzzles, and a lot of dialog trees. Imagine an episode of Scooby Doo in adventure game form and you'll have a good idea of what you can expect in Detective Grimoire.
The Silent Age (Free)
Before I get into the game itself, let me just say that The Silent Age is totally free. Not free-to-play, free. The game is the first of two episodes, and you can purchase the second episode via an in-app purchase.
In The Silent Age, you play Average Joe, a janitor who stumbles into a mysterious dying man who purports to be from the future. Dying guy hands Joe a time-traveling device, which forms the focus of the game: you travel between 1972 and 2012, trying to figure out how mankind became extinct. The Silent Age tells a suspenseful story, despite having less dialog than many games on this list.
The Silent Age: Episode Two ($4.99)
Episode Two of The Silent Age continues Joe's grim time-travelling journey and gradually climbs to a conclusion. Where did everyone go? Can mankind's fate be altered? Is Joe the man for such a big job? If you enjoy The Silent Age's first episode, paying the price of admission for episode two is a no-brainer.
Continuing down this darker path, we end with Yesterday. Young Henry White has taken it upon himself to investigate the crimes of a serial killer who has been murdering beggars in New York. Henry is joined by his friend Cooper and the mysterious John Yesterday. The plot is a deep thriller told over many years and that plot is a large part of the game's focus. In fact, the "game" part takes a backseat once you get into the latter part of Yesterday. Still if you're looking for a dark, mature story, Yesterday delivers.
Layton Brothers: Mystery Room (Free)
(Case file pack one: $2.99)
(Case file pack two: $1.99)
Level-5's mobile adventure game carries the Layton name, but the Professor's son is his own man -- and his game reflects his independence. Very different from traditional Professor Layton games, Layton Brothers: Mystery Room is investigation-based, not unlike the Phoenix Wright series.
That's not to say Layton Brothers: Mystery Room is lacking puzzles. Professor Layton's son, Alfendi, is arguably the game's greatest mystery. He's not quite what he seems.
Tales From the Borderlands ($4.99)
(Episode Two: $4.99)
(Five-Episode Pack: $14.99)
Telltale's mastery in adventure game creation is at its strongest in the Tales From the Borderlands series. The episodes star Rhys, a Hyperion drone with big plans on being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a con artist always on the lookout for her next target.
Though new episodes are a bit slow to arrive, they're well-regarded for their unique blend of Telltale-brand humor and the weirdly intense atmosphere unique to the arid planet Pandora.
The Witcher Adventure Game is a digital adaptation of CD PROJEKT RED’s board game set in the brutal, dark fantasy universe of monster slayer Geralt of Rivia. Embark on a journey across the beautifully rendered world of The Witcher and complete a variety of quests: hunt for deadly beasts, solve ancient mysteries, and take part in complex political intrigues. Make choices and face their brutal consequences in a world begging to be explored!
TW:AG allows players to become four distinct characters known from the books and video games: Geralt of Rivia, monster slayer; Triss Merigold, cunning sorceress; Yarpen Zigrin, dwarven warrior; and Dandelion, roguish bard. Each character has unique skills and multiple ways of overcoming obstacles - the choice is yours: do you fight your way to victory, call on your charm, or try your hand at diplomacy?
- Art design taken straight from the critically acclaimed Witcher series of video games
- Play vs. AI and vs. your friends (online multiplayer and hot seat)
- Clear, simple rules, and intuitive mechanics.
- 4 unique heroes with different skills and approaches to problem solving
- Achievement and leaderboard support
- Digital edition contains over 288 cards and 30 monsters
Ведьмак приключенческая игра является цифровая адаптация настольной игры набора CD Projekt RED в зверском, темно-фэнтези вселенной монстр убийца Геральт из Ривии. Отправьтесь в путешествие по красиво оказанные мир The Witcher и выполнить множество квестов: Охота на смертоносных тварей, решить древние тайны, и принять участие в сложных политических интриг. Сделайте выбор и решать свои жестокие последствия в мире прося, чтобы изучить!
TW: AG позволяет игрокам стать четыре различных символов, известные из книг и видеоигр: Геральт из Ривии, монстр убийцы; Трисс Меригольд, хитрый волшебница; Yarpen Zigrin, гномов воин, и Одуванчик, мошенническим бард. Каждый из героев обладает уникальными навыками и несколько способов преодоления препятствий - выбор за вами: вы боретесь свой путь к победе, призываем ваше обаяние, или попробовать свои силы в дипломатии?
100 awesome Android games you need to try
If you’re craving a little more depth to your characters/story and a slower pace, look no further than the role-playing and point-and-click games that make up our adventure category.
Baldur’s Gate ($8.11)
Explore an incredibly hostile planet to see what you can salvage in this sci-fi styled, tile and turn-based, adventure RPG. Randomly generated worlds and loads of aliens and items make it endlessly interesting.
Mount & Blade: Warband ($7)
If you ever dreamed of being a knight, then it’s time to saddle up and conquer Calradia. It’s an open world to explore full of jousting, medieval weaponry, bandits, and damsels in distress.
The Bard’s Tale ($2)
Final Fantasy VI ($16)
Legendary Japanese dev Square Enix has ported most of the Final Fantasy series to Android. If you played them first time round you’ll know why it’s one of the biggest RPG series of all time, if not it’s time you did.
Knights of Pen & Paper +1 ($5)
Ravensword: Shadowlands ($7)
This is a good-looking open world RPG that’s fairly accessible. Fantasy styling, a storyline to work through via quests, character specialization, and everything else you’d expect to find is here.