Feast your eyes on the Android games with the best graphics

Gone are the days when mobile gaming meant only 2D puzzles and primitive pixels. Modern smartphones often boast impressive specs and advanced displays that go to waste on the average user, but really come into their own when it comes to running games. We’ve rounded up the most graphically gorgeous Android games for your visual pleasure.

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Shadowgun Legends
Shadowgun Legends is HD 1GB Games For Android latest offering from Madfinger Games, the same team behind the graphically impressive zombie apocalypse shooter Dead Trigger 2.

It’s a first person shooter that boasts beautiful, colorful visuals, Shadowgun Legends is a real treat for the eyes, with lush graphics and a futuristic setting that will remind gamers of classic AAA PC/console titles such as Destiny and Halo.

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You play a futuristic mercenary, or ‘Shadowgun’, that can be tricked out which an impressive variety of loot for an edge in battle but also with an eye to cosmetics. Your tricked out hero will strut their stuff in front of other players, and skilled warriors will be honored with public statues of their avatar in the game world.

 

The emphasis given to visuals fits in with the game’s economic model, which offers in-app purchases for cosmetic items. However the meat of the game: an extensive single player campaign, as well as multiplayer, versus and co-op team challenges, still looks gorgeous without coughing up dough for the pimp-out loot.

App version: 0.4.3
App size: 843 MB
Compatibility: Android 6.0 and up
Price: Free, in-app purchases
Shadowgun Legends
Install on Google Play
Tekken Mobile
Tekken Mobile brings the hugely popular fighting series to mobile, and looks real good doing it. While not the most technical fighting game out on Android, it’s certainly the most graphically impressive.

 

Be warned, Bandai Namco’s offering for mobile devices is a different beast from Tekken on other platforms. Nominally free, the game is full of micro-transactions and fiddly in-game currencies and stat-building. The sophisticated controls that characteristic the Tekken games have been scaled down to a limited repertoire of taps and swipes, with only 2D movement.

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Yet despite these limitations, there’s no denying that Tekken Mobile is gorgeous to look at. A veritable bevy of beautifully rendered biceps. The characters are rendered in fine detail and movements are fluid. Tekken Mobile is built to take full advantage of what modern high-end phones have to offer.

App version: 1.1.1
App size: 2 GB
App compatibility: Android 5.0 and up
Price: Free, in-app purchases
TEKKEN™
Install on Google Play
PUBG Mobile

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, popularly referred to as as PUBG, is one of the most played video games on PC and Xbox and has finally arrived on mobile devices. One of the most impressive things about it is the fact that it looks just as good on the small screen as on desktop, without many graphical sacrifices in its journey to mobile.

 

The gameplay is the same addictive battle royale scenario that made the original such a hit on PC. 100 players parachute onto an island, scavenge weapons and equipment and engage in a winner-takes-all fight for survival as encroaching death zones push them ever closer to the enemy.

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While controls are not as precise as on PC or Xbox, you’re only pitted against other players on mobile devices, which keeps things fair. The graphics are fantastic and so far PUBG is free-to-play (though I wouldn’t be surprised to see cosmetic IAP or ads appear after it has built up plenty of fans).

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For the moment, PUBG remains the only serious battle royale game on mobile. But maybe not for long, as its main rival (some would say imitator) Fortnite Battle Royale should be landing on Android devices later this year.

App version: 0.3.3
App size: 778 MB
Compatibility: Android 4.3 and up
Price: Free
PUBG Mobile
Install on Google Play

Lineage II: Revolution
Lineage II: Revolution is a mobile version of a hugely popular Korean MMORPG. One of its main selling points are the lush visuals:it’s a sumptuous feast for the eyes and boasts of epic battles with over 100 fighters on the field (hopefully your phone can handle it).

 

The RPG character options are pretty traditional – be a human warrior, elven wizard, etc, but additional professions are unlocked at higher levels. Annoyingly, races are currently gender-locked. No female humans, or a male elves, for example. Nonetheless all the character models are rendered beautifully in the Unreal engine.

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Lineage 2: Revolution is free to play, but with in-app purchases to advance faster. If you’re going to fight to the top without shelling out real money, be prepared to grind—a lot. Thankfully the game is aware of this, and has an auto-quest mode for repetitive tasks.

App version: 1.00.06
App size: 1.18 GB
App compatibility: Android 4.4 and up
Price: In-app purchases
Lineage 2: Revolution
Install on Google Play
Warhammer 40, 000: Freeblade

If you’d like to see Games Workshop’s popular Warhammer, 40, 000 gothic military sci-fi universe brought to live in all its grimdark detail on your phone, then this it the game for you.

 

In, Freeblade you take on the role of an Imperial Knight, a walking humanoid mecha packing a variety of devastating weapons including guns, missiles, and whirring blades. Your mission? Blast your way through hordes of savage aliens and the demonic forces of chaos in an fun and viscerally violent on-rails campaign.

Aside from great graphics, the Freeblade’s tap and swipe controls make controlling the clunking colossus feel easy and intuitive. You can upgrade yourr Knight with in-app purchases for advantages in the PvP multiplayer, but the single player campaign is long enough to provide hours of free ultraviolent entertainment.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade
Install on Google Play
Version: 5.2.3
Size: 606 MB
Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and up
Price: Ads, in-app purchases
Dead Trigger 2
Fragging zombies might be a gaming cliche, but done right, it remains incredibly satisfying to shred the shuffling, moaning meatbags with heavy firepower. And Dead Trigger 2 does it right, and looks real nice doing it too. One of the most graphically impressive games available on Android, this FPS from Madfinger Games boasts hundreds of missions with a wide variety of weapons.

Dead Trigger 2 may be an action shooter but it’s not all about guns. There’s a visceral satisfaction (or maybe it’s my own vicious streak) in delivering beatdown on the undead with a hammer or slicing them up with a machete. Then there are more unconventional ways to bring the pain, such as with a boat motor or with…exploding chickens. Yes.

 

Of course, there’s a variety of enemies with different types of attacks and weaknesses to keep the player challenged, too. I was afraid that Dead Trigger 2, for all its good graphics, would be relatively mindless repetitive blasting, but fights are well-designed enough to keep me on my toes, unsure of whether the next zombies would try and bite, grab, or puke on me.

While I’m more of a lone wolf type, there’s a well-supported multiplayer for those who want to frag a friend, and rather considerately, various control set ups including an intuitive touch target system and a virtual joystick which might suit veteran console gamers better. It supports gamepads too.

Version: 1.3.3
Size: 522 MB
Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and up
Price: Free (in-app purchases)
Dead Trigger 2 – Zombies FPS Survival Shooter Game
Install on Google Play
Galaxy Reavers
There isn’t a huge amount of strategy games on offer on Android besides cartoony tower defense titles, but Galaxy Reavers managed to scratch my armchair commander itch by offering decent strategic and tactical gameplay wrapped in a nice shiny package of cool ships battling against an attractive space backdrop.

 

The battles themselves are between relatively small teams of ships, with an aesthetic that (no doubt intentionally) resembles the massively popular Eve Online. But Galaxy Reavers offers an engaging single player experience, as you upgrade your ships, capture enemy ships, and plan what kind of fleet to take into battle.

The battles are somewhat slow-paced (think deliberate capital ship combat, not starfighter dogfighting). Which is just as well, as part of the fun is zooming in and out of the battlefield to enjoy the view. But there’s still scope for advanced tactics, for example, you can issue commands before battle starts to gain an advantageous position, or concentrate your fire on the rear end of enemy ships to destroy their engines, leaving them stranded and vulnerable.

In the late game, deployment of shields, superweapons and huge powerful units called Titans expand tactical possibilities, keep the game fresh beyond the basic “line ’em up and shoot ’em up” setup.

Version: 1.2.19
Size: 142 MB
Compatibility: Android 4.0 and up
Price: Free (in-app purchases)

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