» 5 best arcade games for Android

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For a long time, arcade games were among the most popular in the world. They’re noted for their short play times, consistent challenge, and simple game play. Some popular examples from mobile’s early days include Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Doodle Jump. The result is a highly addictive, enjoyable experience that gives players the urge to keep going. Arcade games on mobile aren’t quite the same as their coin-operated predecessors, but they can still provide a good time. Here are the best arcade games for Android!

Asphalt 8: Airborne

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Asphalt 8: Airborne channels the arcade genre more than most. It features decent graphics, simple controls, and a metric ton of things that you can do. There are over 400 career events that you can race through, 1500 challenges to complete, five game modes, and an online multiplayer that supports races with up to 12 people. It also has a ton of customization options, limited time events, and the game is updated frequently to add new content. The in-app purchases are a bit of a bother, but you could do far worse in the arcade games genre.



[Price: Free / $3.99]
BADLAND is a scrolling platformer game that is both fun to play and beautifully constructed. You play as a little forest dweller and you have to progress through levels before the scrolling level eats you alive. There are over 100 levels to play through, a multiplayer mode with 23 additional levels, and BADLAND features a level editor so that you can create your own levels. You’ll also get support for hardware game controllers, cloud saving, and more. You get a portion of the game for free and the rest is unlocked with a single $3.99 in-app purchase.

Crossy Road

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
It should shock nobody if you walked into an arcade games establishment and saw Crossy Road sitting there. That’s because it borrows a lot of game play elements from Frogger which actually was an arcade game. Crossy Road has you crossing various roads and streams while the player must avoid being run over by cars or falling into the water. It features a local multiplayer mode with up to four friends, support for game controllers along with Android TV, and has various characters that you can unlock. The in-app purchase strategy is less offensive than most and you can play the game an unlimited number of times for free.


CSR Racing 2

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
CSR Racing 2 is a drag-racing game with excellent graphics, simple game play, and tons of stuff to do. The premise is that you must drag race your way to the top of the ranks and dominate the competition. The game features cars from actual manufacturers along with a variety of customization options to help give the game some depth. You’ll also get an online multiplayer mode and a enough single player campaign missions to keep things interesting for a while. This is one of those really quick arcade games that you can pick up, play for a few minutes, and then put it down if needed.


Smash Hit

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Smash Hit is an infinite runner that is unlike most other infinite runner titles. This one presents itself from the first person perspective and your job is to throw balls and break panes of glass that pop up in your way. The balls also double as your life total so you have to be a little strategic on when you throw them. The graphics are pretty decent and the pro version even comes with a save feature so you can continue where you left off. The game contains only one in-app purchase which unlocks the full game.