Update: This post has been updated on July of 2019.
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.
Oceanhorn: monsters of Uncharted Seas
Oceanhorn: Monsters of Uncharted Seas came out all the way back in 2013 and it’s still one of the more highly recommended titles for smartphones. This is an action-adventure title that acts similar to The Legend of Zelda franchise. Players take on the role of an unnamed young boy protagonist who is on a quest to find his lost father. In order to do so, you’ll have to venture into new terrains, fight off monsters, equip a variety of weapons, and explore the world.
While at the time of writing this, Nintendo has yet to bring over the Zelda franchise to the smartphone mobile market, so this is as close as you can get at the moment. However, we do have to give a bit of a disclaimer here as this game may not be a fully open world. Instead of having a fully open world to explore, the game features a variety of islands that act like hubs for you to explore. This is also not a linear experience so you’ll have to venture off into the different islands to find new secrets or solve puzzles that may have simply caused a roadblock before you were able to proceed any further into the narrative.
Portal Knights is a cooperative 3D sandbox action RPG from 505 Games Srl. The title puts players onto grand quests as where they will explore the open world environments and defeat a variety of enemies along with boss battles. Luckily, the game does offer multiplayer with up to four friends who can aid you in your journey. Additionally, the game does offer a bit of a crafting element where players can create their own island full of structures and recruit NPCs they find in the game to live and aid your home.
Titan Quest comes as one of the more pricey titles on the list as it will run players about $7.99. The video game is an action RPG that originally released on the PC platform back in 2006. Overall, the title is set in a mythological narrative where titans have broke free from their captivity and started their destruction of Earth.
As a result, players will create a new champion for the planet. You’ll venture into Greece, Egypt, and Babylon among other locations to track down the otherworldly foes and save humanity. If you’re familiar with the God of War franchise, the title does mimic a bit of the overall hack-and-slash style while fighting off other Greek mythological creatures. Outside of the narrative and gameplay, Titan Quest does offer a wide assortment of items to discover and skills that you can upgrade on your character
Survivalcraft, as I’m sure you can tell from the name alone, is a clone to the popular video game Minecraft. Within this title, players are left stranded on a blocky world where they must collect resources, craft tools, and most of all survive. What makes Survivalcraft a more approachable title compared to the widely known Minecraft video game is that the developers are pretty much on top of things with new updates and features, not to say Minecraft falls far behind, but if you need a good alternative that still stays close with blocky visuals then this would be our recommendation.
If you enjoy video games like the Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row series then Gangstar Vegas is probably your best option for a free alternative on mobile. Players are tossed into a pretty big map of Las Vegas where our protagonist is an up and coming MMA fighter that gets intertwined with the mafia. As you become featured in the biggest fighting match of the year, the infamous crime lord Frank Veliano decides that you’ll take the fall and let your opponent win. Although, when you come out as the victor, you suddenly also come out as the most wanted man in the city. With an awesome soundtrack, a variety of weapons and vehicles to choose from, Gangstar Vegas has proven to be a must-have open world video game for mobile users.
In Ravensword: Shadowlands, the story opens up with the fall of Ravengard in which the world quickly erupts into chaos. Dark elven invaders begin to flood into the Kingdom of Tyreas and during the heat of battle, the ancient Ravensword was stolen. Players take on the role of a descendant to the ancient kings bloodline where it’s revealed that only you contain the power to wield the Ravensword and restore the world to its former glory. This third-person RPG resembles much of the same gameplay from The Elder Scrolls series as players have an open fantasy world to explore, various attributes to level up, quests to complete, along with a variety of enemies to face against.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath definitely looks appealing visually and the gameplay is what you would expect from a title within the Oddworld franchise. However, in Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, players take the role of a bounty hunter named Stranger who wanders into the wastelands of Western Mudos, a town filled with belligerent outlaws. Stranger sets off on his goal in order to earn enough money for a much-needed life-saving surgery. As mentioned, the world of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is stunning, the gameplay mechanics are fun with quirky weaponry and the game world is filled with outlandish characters to meet along your journey.