There are lots of games on Google Play Store that you can play for free. Admittedly, though, the best ones require you to shed a little bit of cash. Since the Google Play Store first launched as the Android Market in October 2008, games on sale on the platform have grown exponentially. Even worse, this number continues to increase by the day. Thankfully, we’re here to help you out with our list of the 30 best paid Android games worth your buck!
Inside This Article
- Best Paid Android Games
- Chrono Trigger
- Stardew Valley
- Hitman Sniper
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- GRID Autosport
- Star Traders: Frontiers
- Transport Tycoon
- Company of Heroes
- Assassin’s Creed Identity
- NBA 2K20
- The Banner Saga
- Conquest of Elysium 3
- Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition
- Mini Metro
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Titan Quest: Legendary Edition
- Bloons TD 6
- Evoland 2
- King of Dragon’s Pass
- Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
- XCOM 2 Collection
- Cytus II
- Pocket City
- Football Manager 2021 Touch
- Monument Valley 2
- Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions
- RFS – Real Flight Simulator
- Exploding Kittens
Best Paid Android Games
Before we give you our list, you’ll notice that the “genre and mechanics” description under each game is a little more in-depth compared to our other game lists. We made it this way to help you understand each game a little better before buying them. Due to that, we’ve tried to make this list as varied as possible with as many different genres and game types as possible. Here’s our list of the 30 best paid Android games!
Also read: Ultimate Guide To The Best Mobile Games
Developer: Mojang Studios
Genres and Mechanics: Simulation, Building, Open World, Sandbox, Exploration, Survival
A game that spawned an entire gaming era since it was fully released in 2011, Minecraft has a complete Android port. Originally called Minecraft: Pocket Edition, the Android version of Minecraft has been remade to conform with other ports of the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft. You can explore, build, and craft in a wide-open world to your heart’s content!
This version of Minecraft has everything you’ll find in the Bedrock Edition, although it may be a version or two behind the PC and Mac versions of the game. Aside from that, it’s as solid a Minecraft experience as you can get, from enchanting and smithing the best armor using Minecraft grindstone and anvils to creating houses with your friends on other platforms, this version of Minecraft has everything you’ll expect from the game on a neat mobile package. If you’re not satisfied with the base game, though, the Android version also supports Minecraft shaders and mods to enhance your gaming experience.
Developer: Square Enix Co.
Genres and Mechanics: Strategy, JRPG, RPG
Chrono Trigger, a well-known and well-loved classic, comes second as the best paid Android game. Originally a Japanese role-playing game (JRPG) for SNES, the Android version has been revamped into the “definitive version” with improved sound and graphics along with touch screen controls.
Chrono Trigger comes from the minds that created both the Final Fantasy (Hironobu Sakaguchi) series and Dragon Quest (Yuji Horii) series paired with art from Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. Those wanting an immersive and timeless RPG experience should take a look at this awe-inspiring game!
Developer: Chucklefish Limited
Genres and Mechanics: Simulation, Farming RPG, Life Simulation, Social Simulation, Casual
Originally the passion project of just one man, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, Stardew Valley is a love letter to fans of the Story of Seasons series (formerly called the Harvest Moon series). This game combines the joys of owning a country-side farm with RPG mechanics, social simulation, mini-games, and an intriguing plot. If that hasn’t sold you yet, this game also has a lot of mods to choose from, even on Android.
You’ll find days or weeks’ worth of content and gameplay with this title due to the myriad things you can do in-game. From fishing to interacting and falling in love with a local NPC through Stardew Valley gifts, there’s always something to do in Pelican Town! Before you sink your teeth into this game, you should take a look at our beginner’s guide to Stardew Valley to get up to speed and have a smoother game.
Developer: 505 Games SRL
Genres and Mechanics: Simulation, Building, Open World, Sandbox, Exploration, Platformer
Terraria is another Android port of a PC original, but don’t let that fool you. This game works just as well on Android as it did on PC, if not better. Rebuilt from scratch for Android, you can continue to “Dig! Fight! Explore! And Build!” on your mobile phone.
Although sometimes described as a 2D Minecraft, this game is so much more. It has 400 different enemies, 20 biomes and mini-biomes, and 20+ NPCs to shelter, interact, and trade with. You will also experience potion-making, boss fights, flying mechanics, fishing, and the same creative freedom where you can build anywhere and everywhere. Terraria’s potential is limited only by your imagination, from playing with unique weapons to ruling over your own city, you can do almost anything you want in this game. This game truly earns its place as the fourth game in our list of the best paid Android games.
Developer: Square Enix Co.
Genres and Mechanics: Action, FPS, Puzzle
The best Hitman game for smartphones, Hitman Sniper harnesses the assassination element of the series into a wonderful entry for the Hitman franchise. A tactical sniper game that places you in the shoes of Agent 47 on a mission to assassinate several high-profile targets from your long-range sniper’s perch.
Hitman Sniper isn’t your normal FPS game. It forces you to be creative and think on your feet. It has over 150 missions with ten different contracts, all with multiple ways to achieve your objective and make it easier for yourself. Choosing from 16 wonderfully modeled guns, you can decide to take out the electricity before your assassination or maybe wait for a better chance when the patrols have passed. Either way, it is your decision on which way to go.
Developer: Rockstar Games
Genres and Mechanics: Action, Third-Person Shooter, Open World, Sandbox
Another PC classic, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, has been remastered and revamped by War Drum Studios for Android phones. This game is one of Rockstar’s popular Grand Theft Auto games alongside IV and Vice City. Other than purpose-built high-resolution graphics, the Android version of San Andreas also adds cloud save support (for Rockstar Social Club members), customizable controls, tactile effects, and gamepad compatibility.
This game is everything you’ll expect from a GTA game: guns, drugs, intrigue, mayhem, and murder. As with the original game, this port still sees you living out the life of Carl Johnson, back in his hometown of Los Santos, San Andreas, after a five-year stint in prison. With over 70 hours of gameplay, this game is well worth it for the price, if not for the nostalgia trip alone.
Developer: Feral Interactive
Genres and Mechanics: Simulation, Vehicle Simulation, Racing
The first vehicle simulation game on this list, GRID Autosport, is less of a game and more of a true simulator. You may be sitting on a bench or laid back on your bed, but with this game, you’ll feel like you’re behind the hood of the best supercars or the fastest F1 racers.
Considered a competitor to the PlayStation-only Gran Turismo series, GRID Autosport is a AAA game and it shows. It has over 100 cars split into touring, endurance, open-wheel, tuner, and streetcars and 100 different racing circuits like Mount Panorama, Circuit of the Americas, and the Indianapolis Speedway. The game’s content is more than enough to get into this list of the best paid Android games.
Developer: Trese Brothers
Genres and Mechanics: Simulation, Tycoon, RPG, Trading, Turn-Based Strategy
Star Traders: Frontiers is a multi-genre game. Part life simulation, part strategy game, it lets you play as the captain of a star-faring spaceship. You’re free to explore the universe and pave your own path through the galaxy.
Will you be the honest trader shuffling goods between star-ports and stations while slowly amassing your wealth and fame? Maybe you’ll take a chance to unite the galaxy through diplomacy with a high-speed ship jumping from capital to capital? Or take the low road to plunder and pillage your way through the crumbling galaxy? Whichever you choose, you’ll have to gear up using your earnings to equip and train yourself, your crew, and your ship for turn-battles that risk your life and your loot!
Developer: 31X Ltd.
Genres and Mechanics: Simulator, Building, Tycoon, Transport
Yet another classic game, Transport Tycoon, is a remake of the original Transport Tycoon Deluxe by Chris Sawyer. First released in 1995, the game helped spawn the wave of transport and tycoon games that boomed in the late 1990s and 2000s.
This Android version is a complete remake of the game but still keeps the game mechanics and lovable sprite art of the original. It features everything the original Deluxe version had with a little on top, like the over 150 vehicle types available, railway junctions and signaling, as well as upgrades and replacement of vehicles up to the modern era.
Developer: Feral Interactive
Genres and Mechanics: Strategy, Real-Time Strategy
A game that originally rode the wave of World War II media like Saving Private Ryan and Call of Duty in the 2000s, Company of Heroes is a real-time strategy game fully remade for Android. This version still features the squad-based tactics, dynamic game map, compelling plot-line, and expansive campaign that made the original Relic Entertainment game great.
There are several changes that help players on Android, like optimized high-resolution graphics, a command wheel interface, flexible unit and barbed wire placement, ergonomic on-screen controls, and other quality of life improvements. Company of Heroes also has the Opposing Fronts expansion pack available with a port of the Tales of Valor expansion expected to follow soon. Like its PC counterpart when it first came out, this version also has a decent system requirement needing 5.2 GB of space and Android OS version 9.0 or newer.
Developer: Ubisoft Entertainment
Genres and Mechanics: Action, Third-Person ARPG
Assassin’s Creed has long had releases for mobile phones. Out of these, the only paid one is Assassin’s Creed Identity, and it shows why. Identity is simply a complete Assassin’s Creed experience for Android. From the game’s trademark complex stealth and cover mechanics to the assassination and escort missions, Identity tries for an earnest run at bringing the joys of the series’ console and computer versions to Android.
That said, the game does have a lot of deficiencies compared to the series’ titles on other platforms. This includes the limited play map, a more text-based “dialogue” system, and rudimentary touch screen controls. Even with that, Identity is still a good Assassin’s Creed game that covers all the basics for the series. If you can’t play the series on console or computers, this game is a good alternative to get your Assassin’s Creed fix.
Developer: 2K, Inc.
Genres and Mechanics: Simulation, Management, Strategy, Sports
The first sports simulation game on this list, NBA 2K20, is a hybrid management-sports game and is one of the best basketball games on mobile. This mix lets you play both as the management of your favorite NBA teams as well as the players on the court during the playing and training seasons. An annual game, this version of NBA copies and simulates the players and management of NBA teams for the 2020-2021 season.
NBA 2K20 is a good port of the PC original and has most of the playing modes, including Run the Streets, The Association, NBA Story Mode, and the quick games. This title’s standout mode, though, is the My Career mode. It lets you create your own player (My Player) and build your career from college basketball to winning the NBA Championship.
Developer: Versus Evil
Genres and Mechanics: Strategy, Turn-Based, RPG
A story-rich game with a plot-heavy story and stylized art style, The Banner Saga is the first of a three-part series. Created by former Bioware game designers who worked on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (which is a little further down this list), The Banner Saga is an interactive player-driven game where your choices affect the entire game world.
The gameplay itself is a mix between a turn-based strategy game and visual novels with some character management in between. Story-wise, The Banner Saga is an emotional epic set in a dying world beset with eternal winter. Your and your group’s story is sewn into the eponymous banner as you traverse the dangers of this Viking-esque world. This game is definitely one of the best narrative games you could play and is one of the best paid Android games you can buy!
Developer: Illwinter Game Design
Genres and Mechanics: Strategy, Roguelike, Turn-Based, 4X
Another unique game on this list, Conquest of Elysium 3 (CoE3), is a fantasy turn-based strategic roguelike game where you control a faction to conquer and rule the continent of Elysium. Compared to other 4X-like games, CoE3 doesn’t really have a dedicated building element. Instead, it focuses on expanding. You will have to capture pre-placed buildings and locations in-game to access their special units and abilities.
Aside from the 4X mechanic, what truly makes this game shine is its 18 different factions. These factions are completely different from each other. They have different mechanics like how Necromancers collect “Hands of Glory” from towns and cities to summon spirits and the undead, while Dwarf Queens instead birth new dwarf workers per turn. CoE3 is one of the games with ultimate replayability with its randomized map and myriad of factions!
Developer: Klei Entertainment Inc.
Genres and Mechanics: Action, Survival, Adventure, RPG, Open World, Roguelike
A horror-survival game from the Canadian indie game company, Klei Entertainment, Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition is a mobile port of their hit PC game. A game with obvious inspirations, Don’t Starve has game mechanics similar to Minecraft. The game’s art style and story progression take visual cues from movie director Tim Burton’s works like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and The Nightmare Before Christmas. This game represents the survival genre on this list of the best paid Android games.
The game has a decent plot that starts when your character is suddenly transported to an odd and dark parallel world. Your goal is to survive and find a way back to the real world. Gameplay, meanwhile, is the familiar survival equation where you have to fend off monsters while keeping yourself fed and healthy. Overall, Don’t Starve is a good and solid game to get and play!
Developer: Dinosaur Polo Club
Genres and Mechanics: Simulation, Management, Puzzle, Casual
More than worth it for its price, Mini Metro is a much-acclaimed casual game. A balanced hybrid between the puzzle and management genres, your goal in the game is simple, to create the most efficient metro system for some of the world’s biggest cities.
This game tries its best to simulate the metro foot traffic of big cities like London, New York, and Beijing. So you’ll spend most of your time tweaking and fine-tuning your trains and railways to deliver the most passengers to their destinations. In the end, Mini Metro is exactly as it sounds, a small train game that fits in your Android phone where you can play it at any time you want.
Developer: Aspyr Media Inc.
Genres and Mechanics: Action, RPG, Open World, WRPG
A tour de force game from Bioware, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) had an all-star lineup including game director Casey Hudson, game designer James Ohlen, and writer Drew Karpyshyn, who went on to create the Mass Effect franchise. Aside from them, the game’s music and score were produced by The Elder Scrolls and Guild Wars composer Jeremy Soule.
Still considered as one of the best video games of all time and 17th on this list of the best paid Android games, Star Wars: KotOR’s Android port delivers the same performance and immersion as the original, albeit with a few quality of life improvements. These include a revamped user interface, touch screen controls, HID controller support, and game achievements.
Genres and Mechanics: Action, ARPG, Adventure, Exploration, Hack and Slash
Although originally created by Iron Lore Entertainment in 2006, Titan Quest stands the test of time for a game of its age. This is further highlighted by new expansion packs released after more than a decade, with Ragnarok coming out in 2017 and Atlantis in 2019. Titan Quest is considered by many as one of the early pillars of hack and slash games and of the ARPG genre alongside the older Diablo and Icewind Dale series.
True to its roots, the Android version is almost a carbon copy of the original with a few updates and upgrades for easier play on mobile. These changes include a rotary selection interface, touch screen controls, and high-quality graphics. The complete experience, Titan Quest: Legendary Edition, has all three downloadable content (DLC) expansions, the Immortal Throne, Ragnarok, and Atlantis, included with this pack.
Developer: Ninja Kiwi
Genres and Mechanics: Strategy, Tower Defense
Part of the hit Bloons TD smartphone series, Bloons TD 6 is the culmination of the franchise. Combining the good parts of all previous games as well as adding its extras and improvements, TD 6 gives you one of the most satisfying tower defense games of all time. This game has several standout features, including 22 unique “Monkey Towers” to build, 13 hero units, and over 56 playable maps. Each unit and tower in this game has its different abilities and upgrade paths which greatly define them from each other.
Overall, Bloons TD 6 is part of this list of the best paid Android games as our highest-rated tower defense game that not only gives you tons of fun playing alone but allows you to play with three of your friends through online co-op mode!
Genres and Mechanics: Action, Fighting Game, RPG, WRPG, JRPG, FPS, Platformer, Bullet Hell, Rythm Game, Puzzle
Evoland 2 follows after its prequel in giving tribute to games in the action-adventure genre. If not obvious enough from the genres and mechanics listed above, this game is an attempt to let you play through the history of action-adventure games while at the same time parodying it. To do this, it borrows the mechanics and the art styles of games like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda, Street Fighter, and Bomberman.
While the game mostly plays like a traditional RPG, you may suddenly find yourself fighting enemies on a platformer game or having to place bombs to destroy blocks and escape a mine like the Bomberman games. Due to its myriad genres and truly fun gameplay, Evoland 2 takes the 20th spot on our list of the best paid Android games. Those wanting to get this game should best think of Evoland 2 as a cake that has a different flavor for each slice.
Developer: HeroCraft Ltd.
Genres and Mechanics: Strategy, Management, RPG, Adventure
King of Dragon’s Pass is a mostly text-based management RPG game where your task is to lead and decide the future of your clan. Set in the same world as RuneQuest and HeroQuest, your clan has recently immigrated to the far-flung Dragon’s Pass where other clans have also claimed land. To survive, you have to create your clan council and juggle their advice and counsel in diplomacy, internal affairs, and your relationship with the gods.
Gameplay-wise, the King of Dragon’s Pass plays like a highly interactive “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel. It features appealing hand-painted artwork and more than 600 interactive scenes that each have different consequences depending on your decision. For a game worth $9.99, you surely won’t get bored with its almost endless replayability!
Developer: Square Enix
Genres and Mechanics: Strategy, JRPG, RPG, Turn-Based
A seminal game, even among the already great works in the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy VIII was an instant hit when it was first released in 1999. This remastered version tries to capture the essence of that game while giving it some tweaks and changes to match up to modern video game standards. These changes include high definition graphics, up-scaled character models, ergonomic touch screen controls, and a remastered soundtrack that includes the famous “Eyes on Me” sung by Faye Wong.
For those of you who haven’t played this game yet, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on Android is surely going to be an emotional experience that’ll leave you wanting more!
Developer: Feral Interactive
Genres and Mechanics: Strategy, Turn-Based, RPG, Management
XCOM 2 Collection is another Android port of a PC original. This version is an exact copy of the original game, including all story and unit DLCs like War of the Chosen and Shen’s Last Gift. XCOM 2 is the sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and you continue the fight against the invading aliens 20 years after the original game.
XCOM 2 continues with the game mechanics of the first game, where gameplay is split into two modes. The strategic game mode includes base building and resource management elements where you create and build up your flying base to improve your research and production capabilities. Meanwhile, the tactical battle mode is activated after going on missions where you go into turn-based battles using your battle squad.
Developer: Rayark International Limited
Genres and Mechanics: Action, Rhythm
From the creators of DEEMO and VOEZ, Cytus II is a sequel to the musical rhythm game Cytus with much of the same staff returning for this production. Cytus II is on this list of the best paid Android games as the representative of the rhythm game genre. The game has more than 35 songs composed by musicians worldwide in the base game alone. It also has over 300 rhythm charts with several difficulty levels.
Aside from its plot centered on a cyberpunk future and anime cutscenes and aesthetics, the game also has occasional tie-ins with other media like the virtual YouTuber Kizuna Ai that brings in more characters and songs. The game also has in-app purchases of new songs and content packs.
Developer: Codebrew Games
Genres and Mechanics: Simulation, Building, Management, Tycoon
Pocket City is what 1989’s SimCity Classic would be if it was remade for Android phones. A pure city-building game, it represents the best of the genre where you plan, create, and grow your small town into a bustling metropolis. In-game, you have multiple enemies but in a different way compared to RPGs. You’ll have to face off against debt, natural disasters, and the wrath of your unhappy populace.
Gameplay centers on the city-building aspect where you’re in the shoes of the city’s mayor. Aside from your “enemies” the game also has an XP mechanic where completed quests can help you unlock more buildings and services for your city. This game has one promise: to have zero microtransactions. All the resources will be available to you through game progression instead of buying it off an in-game store.
Genres and Mechanics: Simulation, Management, Strategy, Sports
If it wasn’t obvious enough, Football Manager 2021 Touch is another sports management game similar to the previously mentioned NBA 2K20 but for soccer. In the same vein as 2K20, this title is also an Android port of a PC original and has two modes: a management mode and a real-time mode where you control your players on the football field.
There are two ports of Football Manager 2021 to Android, namely Touch and Mobile. Touch is the 3D version that closely copies the PC version, while Mobile is a downgraded port with 2D graphics and simpler game mechanics. If you want to experience playing under the UEFA banner or going into the regional leagues like the Bundesliga, the Premier League, or Serie A, this game is for you!
Developer: Ustwo Games
Genres and Mechanics: Tabletop, Puzzle, Strategy, Casual
A cute and simple game, Monument Valley 2 looks like a tabletop set piece of architectural marvels compared to your normal boring puzzle game. This title has a stylized look that slightly reminds you of M. C. Escher’s paintings due to its moving staircases, complicated aqueduct-like roads, and circuitous buildings.
The gameplay for this game is quite simple, the mother and child discovering the mechanics of the “Sacred Geometry.” Aside from the wonderful visuals, the game also has some of the most relaxing audio you can find in a game. Overall, Monument Valley 2 takes a place on our list of the best paid Android games due to its nice and relaxing feeling that’s good for winding down for a few hours.
Developer: Square Enix Co.
Genres and Mechanics: Strategy, Turn-Based, JRPG
Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions (FFT: WotL) is another game ported to Android. Compared to the other JRPGs on this list, the gameplay of FFT: WotL is closer to XCOM 2 than to other Final Fantasy games due to its turn-based fights and gameplay.
This port came out in 2015 and copies everything the PSP game has but adds some quality of life changes for Android players. Some of these changes include touch screen controls, camera rotation, improved loading times, and the ability to skip cutscenes.
Genres and Mechanics: Simulation, Vehicle Simulation
Who hasn’t wanted to be a pilot and fly their own jumbo jet? Well, this game lets you do just that! A pure simulation game, RFS – Real Flight Simulator is to aircraft as GRID Autosport has been to cars. It does its best to accurately simulate how flying a commercial aircraft goes, from interacting with air traffic control to creating your advanced flight plans while factoring in for weather, fuel loads, and equipment failures.
The only downside to this complicated and advanced game is its subscription system, where you have to pay in the in-game store to get the “pro version” of the game that allows most of its advanced features and multiplayer gameplay.
Developer: Exploding Kittens Inc.
Genres and Mechanics: Tabletop, Card Game
This entry is the last game on our list of the best paid Android games and the sole card game on the list. Exploding Kittens is best played with friends online instead of with random players online. This game is a digital version of the Kickstarter-funded Exploding Kittens tabletop card game with a few exclusive cards added just for this version of the game.
Aside from the obviously cat-based art, the game is simply described as a card version of Russian Roulette crossed with Old Maid. You pick up cards from the deck and use their different powers and abilities to interfere with your opponents until someone draws an explosive kitten card, and they lose if they don’t have anything that can defuse it.
Choosing the best game for you is really more of a matter of personal preference than anything else. Are you more into role-playing games? Maybe you like quiet city-builder games instead? Either way, the important part of choosing your game is to look at its tags, game reviews, and watching some gameplay footage before fully buying into the game.