What Are The Best Android Adventure Games on Google Play?

What Are The Best Android Adventure Games on Google Play?

If you're looking for a compelling adventure on your Android mobile device, here's a few of the best offerings on the Google Play Store.

Sometimes it's hard being an Android user. Google's mobile operating system may be one of the big dogs, but Android users still get some of the best games dead last, if we even get them at all. (FTL, anyone?) Android is forever playing catch-up to iOS even though it punches just as hard as Apple's ecosystem. Sure, part of the problem is iOS is on relatively few devices, while Android is on hundreds, but that's not too far away from PC development, right?

While everyone else on the USgamer team owns iOS mobile devices, I stand before you as the sole Android user. I've scoured the internet with my trusty HTC One and 2013 Nexus 7 in hand to bring you the best Android games around.

Let's continue with just a few of the best adventure games available on our lovely platform. (The Google Play Store links are in the titles.) As an honorable mention, I'll also bring up ScummVM, which lets you play all of the original LucasArts SCUMM games if you have the original titles.

The Walking Dead: Season 1 ($24.99)

The Walking Dead: Season 2 ($24.99)

I'm counting The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2 as a single game for the purposes of this article, even though you have to purchase them separately. With seasons 1 and 2, you'll get to experience the story of Lee Everett and Clementine as they attempt to survive during a zombie apocalypse. Both titles offer up some of the finest characters, characterization, and presentation you can find on Android and they're just as full-featured as their PC counterparts.

There is a trick though. While both games are listed as free on the Google Play Store, that's just the client. You still have to buy each episode ($5) or pay for the full season pass ($25) via in-app purchase.

Broken Sword 5: Episode 1 ($4.99)

Broken Sword 5: Episode 2 ($5.99)

Broken Sword 5 is a follow-up to the classic Broken Sword point-and-click adventure games on PC. You can pick up an improved version of the first game, Shadow of the Templars, on the Google Play Store, but these are all-new entries. The series follows the adventures of George Stobbart and journalist Nico Collard as they attempt to uncover an ancient conspiracy. Broken Sword 5 is full of great dialogue and it's more tongue-in-cheek than The Walking Dead; pick these games up if you miss the lighter adventure games of yesteryear.

Here's our review of the PC version of Episode 1.

Gemini Rue ($4.99)

Gemini Rue is a cyberpunk adventure game taking place in the 23rd century, dealing primarily with the crime syndicate Boryokudan, who controls a popular drug called Juice. The story follows a few different characters and sticks close to the visual style of Lucasarts' original SCUMM adventure titles. Gemini Rue is a good, gritty adventure from start to finish and it's well-worth the $5 you'd probably spend on a McDonald's Value Meal or something.

Tiny Thief (Free)

Tiny Thief is a charming all-ages take on classic adventure titles. While most of the games on this list stick with an old-school 2D aesthetic, Tiny Thief looks like a lot of recent mobile titles: all bright colors and simple shapes. The benefit of this is the game stands out in a crowd. The gameplay is still the same - grab everything that's not nailed down, bring it to the right spot, and repeat - but it feels refreshing in its simplicity.

Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold, Episode 1

Another mobile adventure game in style of Lucasarts' classic SCUMM games, Fester Mudd is a three-episode adventure. In fact, it's best to think of Fester Mudd like Monkey Island in the Wild West. Fester and Guybrush may be brothers from another mother, but the game's overall quality and humorous writing remain consistent throughout. Of course, that because Fester benefitted from the work of former Sierra Entertainment writer and designer Josh Mandel. The only problem with the game? Episodes 2 and 3 are still nowhere to be seen.

Simon the Sorcerer ($3.99)

Simon the Sorcerer 2 ($3.99)

While other Android adventure games are content to work with the same visual aesthetic as the Lucasarts SCUMM games, Simon the Sorcerer has the benefit of actually being from that era. The series stars Simon, a teenager who finds himself transported to a fantasy world where he has to outwit dragons, trolls, and more. Both games are heavy with a dry British sense of humor and the voice acting of Red Dwarf's Chris Barrie.

Machinarium ($4.99)

Machinarium is a beautiful hand-drawn title that takes a different path from other adventure games. The main character can't talk, so there's no dialog to work with here. Instead, players have to figure out body language, decipher doodles on the walls, and notice patterns to proceed. Of the games on this list, Machinarium is the most devoted to the "puzzle" aspect of adventure games. If that's your jam, this is the game to buy.

Detective Grimoire ($3.99)

Detective Grimoire feels more like an interactive cartoon. This animated whodunit takes place in the middle of a swamp and stars Grimoire, an intrepid detective looking to solve the murder of a man by the hands of the mythical swamp creature, Boggy. There's a bit of Phoenix Wright-style investigations and interrogations, some puzzles, and a lot of dialog trees. Imagine an episode of Scooby Doo in adventure game form and you'll have a good idea of what you can expect in Detective Grimoire.

The Silent Age (Free)

Before I get into the game itself, let me just say that The Silent Age is totally free. Not free-to-play, free. The game is the first of two episodes, and you can purchase the second episode via an in-app purchase.

In The Silent Age, you play Average Joe, a janitor who stumbles into a mysterious dying man who purports to be from the future. Dying guy hands Joe a time-traveling device, which forms the focus of the game: you travel between 1972 and 2012, trying to figure out how mankind became extinct. The Silent Age tells a suspenseful story, despite having less dialog than many games on this list.

The Silent Age: Episode Two ($4.99)

Episode Two of The Silent Age continues Joe's grim time-travelling journey and gradually climbs to a conclusion. Where did everyone go? Can mankind's fate be altered? Is Joe the man for such a big job? If you enjoy The Silent Age's first episode, paying the price of admission for episode two is a no-brainer.

Yesterday ($6.99)

Continuing down this darker path, we end with Yesterday. Young Henry White has taken it upon himself to investigate the crimes of a serial killer who has been murdering beggars in New York. Henry is joined by his friend Cooper and the mysterious John Yesterday. The plot is a deep thriller told over many years and that plot is a large part of the game's focus. In fact, the "game" part takes a backseat once you get into the latter part of Yesterday. Still if you're looking for a dark, mature story, Yesterday delivers.

If Yesterday's price of admission makes your pocketbook go ouch, consider downloading the free ad-supported version of the game.

Layton Brothers: Mystery Room (Free)

(Case file pack one: $2.99)

(Case file pack two: $1.99)

Level-5's mobile adventure game carries the Layton name, but the Professor's son is his own man -- and his game reflects his independence. Very different from traditional Professor Layton games, Layton Brothers: Mystery Room is investigation-based, not unlike the Phoenix Wright series.

That's not to say Layton Brothers: Mystery Room is lacking puzzles. Professor Layton's son, Alfendi, is arguably the game's greatest mystery. He's not quite what he seems.

Tales From the Borderlands ($4.99)

(Episode Two: $4.99)

(Five-Episode Pack: $14.99)

Telltale's mastery in adventure game creation is at its strongest in the Tales From the Borderlands series. The episodes star Rhys, a Hyperion drone with big plans on being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a con artist always on the lookout for her next target.

Though new episodes are a bit slow to arrive, they're well-regarded for their unique blend of Telltale-brand humor and the weirdly intense atmosphere unique to the arid planet Pandora.

The Wolf Among Us ($4.99)

(Episode Two: $4.99)

(Episode Three: $4.99)

(Episode Four: $4.99)

(Episode Five: $4.99)

(Five-Episode Pack: $14.99)

Based on the Fables comic series by Bill Willingham, The Wolf Among Us follows Sherriff Bigby Wolf as he tries to figure out who's been murdering his people -- Fellow fairy tale creatures and characters forced to live in hiding in New York City. Seeing as he's the "Big Bad Wolf," Bigby doesn't readily find cooperative witnesses.

The Wolf Among Us contains some of Telltale Games' best writing, and its graphics masterfully blend thick-lined characters and stark colors with a gritty, smoky atmosphere. It's a memorable journey from start to finish.

Here's our review of Episode One, Episode Two, and Episode Three.

Game of Thrones ($4.99)

(Episode Two: $4.99)

(Episode Three: $4.99)

(Episode Four: $4.99)

(Six-Episode Pack: $19.99)

Another solid offering from Telltale, the Game of Thrones adventure game is a stand-alone story that centers around House Forrester and mostly takes place in and around Westeros' densest ironwood forests. Don't let the game's departure from the show and the books frighten you away: Westeros has plenty of politics and adventure and brutality to go around.

Here's our review of Episode One and Episode Two.

Republique ($4.99)

(Episode Two: $4.99)

(Episode Three: $4.99)

(Season Pass: $14.99)

Kickstarter-funded stealth / adventure game Republique garnered a lot of attention with its (eventually successful) Kickstarter campaign thanks to its intriguing female protagonist and Orwellian setting. Now backers and buyers alike can partake of this unique experience wherein you guide a mysterious woman, Hope, to safety via remote actions like locking doors and hacking security systems. There's nothing quite like it amongst adventure games.

Grim Fandango Remastered ($9.99)

Everyone should experience Tim Schafer's most well-loved classic, Grim Fandango. Grim Fandango Remastered adds polish to one of the funniest and most compelling adventure games in gaming history, and though the remaster didn't sit perfectly with our own reviewer, it's still the easiest way to buy and play one of Schafer's very best works.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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