10 best arcade games for Android

Arcade games cover all kinds of genres from fighting games , through the racing games , shooting, action and even sports. However, all arcade games have a point in common, and that is that they present a gameplay where pure and simple fun is almost always favored over realism.

Basically arcade games are those titles available on arcade machines (worth the redundancy) that we could find in an arcade, powered by coins in exchange for credits. For this reason, most arcade games tend to be fast and with a fairly marked difficulty curve.

The 10 best arcade games for Android

Of course, nowadays arcade games are not as difficult as they were a few years ago, and we basically call any game that has a minimally retro aesthetic and a gameplay based on pressing buttons as if there were no tomorrow. Android has countless games of this type, and these are some of the most prominent.

Asphalt 9: Legends

If you like racing games, but simulation and realistic driving physics are not your thing, then you have to take a look at the Asphalt saga for Android. Alphalt is an arcade racing game with simple controls and graphics that some portable consoles out there would already like. It has a story mode with quite a few missions, cars to unlock, and a competitive online PvP mode.

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Asphalt 9: Legends

Developer: Gameloft SE

Price: Free

Crossy road

Do you remember the classic 80s arcade called Frogger? In it we had to help a frog to cross a road with heavy traffic. In Crossy Road we control a hen, but the essence is the same, to cross to the other side without being run over by the obstacles on the road. The game is free, it works online and it has some really endearing retro pixel graphics.

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Crossy road

Developer: HIPSTER WHALE

Price: Free

Pureya

Pureya is a game that changes every 10 seconds. It is something like the WarioWare of the GameBoy Advance, with a lot of minigames, simple but very well executed. The dynamics of the arcade games that we will see in here is based on collecting marbles, for which we will have to help each other with only two buttons. Simple but addictive, like any good arcade game worth its salt. Developed by Alva Mayo , one of the most prominent developers on the Spanish indie scene.

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pureya

Developer: Majorariatto

Price: € 3.99

PAC-MAN

The coconut eater, the classic arcade par excellence. Mr. Pac-Man, a labyrinth, many balls to eat and some ghosts that tirelessly chase you all over the screen. The game has recently received an update that has included a new story mode, through which we can unlock different game modes (My Labyrinth, Classic and Tournament) as we overcome the different levels. Come on, the Pac-Man of a lifetime, but with a different twist to make it a little more interesting.

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PAC-MAN

Developer: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

Price: Free

Altered Beast Classic

Mythical arcade game developed by SEGA and presented in arcades in 1988. Shortly after, it was also released for the 16-bit Mega Drive console, and is now also available on Android for free. This official port is a faithful translation of the original game, a side-scrolling brawler or “milk game”, where we put ourselves in the shoes of a hero in a changing and beastly way.

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Altered Beast Classic

Developer: SEGA

Price: Free

Pinball

Also known as Flipper, petaco or millionaire, this “usual suspect” of the arcades is another indispensable within the genre. The game has a multitude of boards, realistic physics, and various game modes. Although the Play Store is full of free pinball games, this is one of the ones with the fewest ads (it only shows advertising when you lose), being one of the most downloaded and best valued by the community.

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Pinball

Developer: Classic Arcade games

Price: Free

Bullet hell monday

As the name suggests, this is “a hell of bullets.” If you like arcade shooting games with a vertical view, you will certainly feel at home here. Control your spaceship as you shoot enemies and dodge the thousands of projectiles that appear on the screen to the sound of a fast-paced soundtrack full of synthesizers.

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Bullet hell monday

Developer: MASAYUKI ITO

Price: Free

Jetpack joyride

If we think of arcade games for Android, this Jetpack Joyride is one of the first that comes to mind. Although the game has been available for Android for years, it has not stopped updating with new content, now with a new mode with which we can put ourselves in the shoes of the Ninja Turtles. Put on your jetpack and try to reach the goal by collecting all the coins and power ups that you find along the way.

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Jetpack joyride

Developer: Halfbrick Studios

Price: Free

Witcheye

This little retro marvel heir to the 16-bit golden age has been developed by DevolverDigital, creators of other indie hits like Hotline Miami, Gungeon’s Enter, and Fall Guys. Here we put ourselves in the shoes of a witch that transforms into an eye (yes, an eyeball) that we control through gestures and keystrokes on the screen. It has very colorful graphics, great gameplay and more than 50 levels with a multitude of enemies and final bosses, several extra modes and unlockable challenges.

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Witcheye

Developer: DevolverDigital

Price: € 3.19

Crazy Taxi Classic

Another classic SEGA arcade, in this case a frantic driving arcade that made history in the arcades of the 90s. Pick up passengers, take them to their destination and try to do all the skids and jumps that come your way. A port remastered for Android by SEGA itself, with a soundtrack from punk groups of the time (The Offspring, Bad Religion).

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Crazy Taxi Classic

Developer: SEGA

Price: Free

And what do you say, what are your favorite arcade games for Android? We read in the comments area!

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