Mobile gaming for the past few years has shifted from dedicated gaming handhelds to smartphones and tablets. Practically everyone has one and their respected online application stores showcase thousands of video games from indie studios to big name triple AAA developers. We’ve even seen companies like Nintendo merge into delivering video games for both Google Android and Apple iOS.
Today we’re looking at the best open world based video games on the Android platform. These are massive video games that players will sink plenty of time as they complete quests, customize their various characters, and most of all explore the open world. If you enjoy open world games, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? Then take a look at some of the best available for your Android smartphone and tablet, though keep in mind we are not ranking these in any particular order. We’ll continue to add more great open world games as they release.
#15 9th Dawn
9th Dawn has been described as a 2D version of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim before and it definitely has that appeal of epic long journeys and quest embarking adventures. Developers Valorware, deliver an old school RPG video game filled with mystery, danger, but most of all, adventure. Players can choose from three classes as they progress through the game, a knight that can wield heavy weapons, an archer who is swift with incredible skill for long range combat, and lastly the mage who possess the power of magical elements to destroy his enemies. Gamers will locate lost treasure and help the troubled world from the undead army, and explore the various landscapes that range from forests, towns, to dungeons.
#14 Grand Theft Auto III
This is the Grand Theft Auto title that really took off within the series. Grand Theft Auto III introduced players to a three-dimensional world of Liberty City. We shouldn’t have to spend too much time discussing Grand Theft Auto III simply because of its popularity along with being one of the more influential video games of its time. Overall, the game follows the criminal Claude who manages to escape prison transport. Landing on his feet, Claude is forced into taking on odd criminal jobs that lead him deeper into the life of crime. Additionally, much like the previous Grand Theft Auto titles on this list, developers Rockstar Games gave the mobile version of the game the royal treatment with updated enhanced visuals and audio.
#13 GTA: Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is one of the latest GTA titles to have released for mobile devices. Within Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, players take on the role of Huang Lee who is on a business trip to Liberty City, however, after being robbed and left for dead, Huang decides to seek revenge on the morally corrupt city. Unlike other Grand Theft Auto titles on our list, Chinatown Wars takes the gameplay back to its roots with a more isometric view, but regardless, this is still very much a Grand Theft Auto video game. Players can freely explore the city, cause mayhem, steal cars, and dive into the life of crime.
#12 Mines of Mars
Mines of Mars is described by developers Crescent Moon Games, as an RPG title that shares elements similar to both Metroid and Motherload which is quite apparent when starting the game. Within Mines of Mars, players explore an abandoned mining colony that is procedural generated. As players progress through the game, they dig up dark secrets although, much like Metroid, aliens will be meeting you at your every turn. Explore the world, discover it’s dark secrets, and track down the various advanced weaponry to take out your enemies along the way.
#11 Six Guns: Gang Showdown
We don’t see too many video games set in the old wild west but if there’s one gem we can’t recommend enough, it would have be Six Guns: Gang Showdown. This open world western stars Buck Crosshaw an outlaw that was forced to fake his death in order to escape the state of Arizona. However, our outlaw finds himself facing an evil force that begins to erupt in the hills of a mysterious region. Gameloft has packed forty missions into Six Guns: Gang Showdown and players can expect to have intense shootouts, fight waves of enemies, take out criminals such as thieving robbers, and even partake in horse races. Right now, it’s the next best thing to Red Dead Redemption on Android.