What are the best indie games for Android?

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  1. 33

    #1Minecraft

    Minecraft

    Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by Mojang and Markus Persson. Released in 2009, this game became the best-selling computer game with over 29 million copies sold worldwide. Available on various platforms.

    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS , Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, GameStop

    $26.95

    Gerald Reed
    Written on August 22, 2018
    "Tho it isn't that much of an "indie" game now, I played it when it was still indie and supported it wholeheartedly, I'm glad that this game made it to this list and that it's really popular now"
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    #2Underworld Football Manager 19

    Underworld Football Manager 19
    Underworld Football Manager 2017 is now Underworld Football Manager 19. It is a game app that offers to build a football empire and football club. It features Cheat, bribe, scheme throughout the game to be a football tycoon.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ronald Garrett
    Written on March 14, 2017
    "Underworld Football Manager gave me a chance to build my very own football team in a simulator style mobile game. There is enough cartoon-style action to keep the game upbeat and exciting. It is probably one of my favorite games to play while traveling to pass the time."
  3. 28

    #3Limbo

    Limbo

    Limbo is an adventure and indie game developed and published by Playdead. It was released on Aug 3, 2011, and is available with different platforms including Android, iOS, and more. It centers around the adventures of a boy who entered limbo.

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Linux

    $4.99

    Mary Flores
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Limbo is a scary little game that almost has the feel of a spooky movie, & yet is simple in it's concept all at the same time. It's in black & white, & a little boy is trying to find his sister because he's worried about her. As he moves through the game he is greeted with obstacles, & attacked by large creatures that he must jump over. There are creepy sound effects in the background. This is probably not suited for younger players, but pre-teens through adult would enjoy it."

WHAT’S THE MEANING

“Indie” is a shortened and more broadly-used term for the word “independent”, usually used in things related to media like music, artists, games, movies, and bands. Any group or individual that operates, creates, develops, and/or publishes original works without the ownership or affiliation of any major record label or brand can be considered as indie.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Minecraft is considered to be the biggest and most successful indie game that has been released to the public? Minecraft was designed by Swedish developer Markus Persson, who goes by the name Notch, along with a small team named Mojang. The game’s incoming popularity was foreshadowed during its early phases, garnering more than a million purchases less than a month of its early access beta, including the fact that it made an estimated $43.4 million in revenue within 5 months of its official public release.

Presently, Minecraft’s intellectual property, along with Mojang, was sold to Microsoft for $2.5 billion, where it continues to be updated, improved, and constantly fixed of bugs and glitches. The game has also produced two spin-offs: Minecraft: Story Mode, developed by Telltale Games in collaboration with Mojang, and the Minecraft: Education Edition, which was released as a new tool for educational purposes, which can be used for school and in homes.

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    #4World of Goo

    World of Goo
    World of Goo is a game where you have to create large structures using balls of goo. The main objective of the game is to get a number of balls to an exit, but to get there you'll have to build bridges, buildings and many other structures.
    Games

    Amazon, Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Check price

    Teresa Turner
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I love this puzzle game! It has tons of levels, so I never run out of things to do, and the whole thing is quirky and fun. At just $4.99, this game is a steal. Definitely worth getting for your Android phone to kill time and keep you entertained."
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    #5Thomas Was Alone

    Thomas Was Alone

    Thomas Was Alone is a minimalist platformer in which users will have to successfully guide different types of rectangles with different jumping skills to the end of every level. The game features a mix of puzzle and platform gameplay.

    Games

    Android, Windows, iOS

    $4.99

    James Banks
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "Thomas Was Alone is a top rated Android game. The goal of the game is to bring some rectangles, with different jumping skills, till the end of each stage, passing through obstacles, and solving puzzles. It's really funny and entertaining, and it costs just $4.99!"
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    #6Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery

    Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery
    Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery is an indie adventure game where you explore a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle and evoke sworcery to solve mystical musical mysteries.  The pixel game is developed by Capybara Games.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    $3.99

    Angela Spencer
    Written on July 1, 2017
    "Story was kinda lame in my opinion but my husband liked it. The best feature was that you can use Twitter to enable co-op play. The graphics are strange, but I can almost guarantee you haven't seen anything like it, so they have that uniqueness going for them. "
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    #7Reigns

    Reigns

    Reigns is an indie strategy and simulation video game developed by Nerial and published by Devolver Digital. Players take the role of a medieval monarch with the aim of juggling requests from advisors, peasants, and allies.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $2.99

    Gary Kelley
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I'm giving this a 3/5 and mainly because it links to a Steam version of the game when asked for the best android one. That being said this is also on Android and it's a fairly fun game, so give it a shot."
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    #8Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a twin stick shooter for Android. In the game, the player pilots a ship that is claw-shaped and that can shoot all around the screen. The goal of the game is to destroy all the enemies that want to destroy your ship. 

    Games

    Android

    $9.99

    Bobby Cruz
    Written on June 9, 2017
    "A great game, with fantastic visuals and addictive play. I spent the better part of my weekend, in an intense bid to clear as many levels as I could. It looks fantastic on the SHIELD Android TV!"
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    #9Shadow Blade: Reload

    Shadow Blade: Reload

    Shadow Blade is a is an action-platformer set in a visually striking world where the ancient teachings of ninjas and samurai clash upon a modern landscape. The game is for PC/Console, mobile and tablet devices developed by Dead Mage. 

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Jean Carlson
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Here is a fantasy video game that can be played on an Android or a tablet. This offers you some escapism while you wait in that long line. The game action is old-fashioned 8-bit, but with graphics updated to a year-2000 level. Hey. It's something to do while you're just standing there doing nothing else."
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    #10Castaway Paradise

    Castaway Paradise

    Castaway Paradise is a life simulation game developed by Dutch indie studio Stolen Couch Games wherein the player starts an adventure on a tropical island. This game is suggested for those who like Animal Crossing, and Harvest Moon.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Aaryan Singhal
    Written on August 5, 2017
    "Castaway Paradise is a fun little game with bright colors and simple 2D graphics that still manages to be endearing and entertaining. It's not the best RPG/simulator but it does lighten my mood whenever I open it to play even if its only for a couple minutes."
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    #11Rymdkapsel

    Rymdkapsel
    In this minimalist real-time strategy game you will be in charge of a space station and its minions. Plan your expansion wisely and manage all your resources to explore the universe and all the planets it contains. 
    Games

    Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Windows

    $7.99

    Christian Anderson
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "I played rymdkapsel on the way to my sister's wedding. I needed something i could pick up and put down easily while i was going through the motions of the rehearsal and the 4 hour bus ride. It was fun! I had a hard time putting it down, but i wont hold that against it. The gameplay is unique, the graphics fit with the overall feel of the game, and the challenge provided by other online players is we rounded. Great game for a casual gamer like myself."
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    #12Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

    Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

    Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville is a strategy and simulation video game developed by Northway Games, released on May 30, 2015. This survival game is set in a post-apocalyptic theme where survivors scavenge for food and resources.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Kathryn Garrett
    Written on July 3, 2017
    "This is a pretty great game! While zombies are not as popular as they were a few years ago, they are still fun! In this game, you need to make good choices to survive the zombie apocalypse. My nephews "borrow" my phone every chance they get to play this! This is a fun game overall that leaves you wanting to come back for more. "
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    #13Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy

    Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy

    Eclipse is a digital version of a board game of the same name. This features customizable star systems that can be played by up to 6 players. The players get to control an interstellar civilization. No worries because it has in-game tutorials.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Joe Green
    Written on August 27, 2017
    "I opened this site and immediately felt comfortable with using it. It drew my attention due to no ads on the top of the main page, as well as it being on Steam (which is a known gaming source). I would have no issue with this and I think it is a great solution."
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    #14Battle Worlds: Kronos

    Battle Worlds: Kronos

    Battle Worlds: Kronos is a classic turn-based strategy game in the tradition of Battle Isle, Advance Wars and Panzer General. 

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, PS4, Linux

    $16.99

    Timothy Mitchell
    Written on April 5, 2017
    "So Battle Worlds wasn't my personal cup of tea when I played it. But overall it does sit at over 4 stars so it's not horrible, but having only 133 user ratings kind of demonstrates that this game wasn't all that popular. And the solution here is accurate in that Battle Worlds is an Android game and the link actually took me to the Google Play store page, instead of the Steam store page for the game."
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    #15Junk Jack

    Junk Jack
    Junk Jack is a multiplayer 2D sandbox exploration, mining, and crafting game. You can build and improve your home, tame and breed creatures, cook foods, collect animal companions, grow flowers and play with your friends.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Keith Fernandez
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Junk Jack is like Minecraft & Terraria put together, which makes it 10 times more fun. The building and crafting mechanisms are wonderful and beautiful put together for hours and hours of enjoyment. The best part? If you get tired of your current game play, start over and end up in a whole new world to explore."
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    #16Flipping Legend

    Flipping Legend

    Flipping Legend is an action game developed by Noodlecake Studios for iOS and Android. Play with powerful heroes and unlock all their abilities and secrets to become a flipping legend.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Victoria Andrade
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I am not a fan of apps that promote violence in games. I have not heard of "Flipping Legend" before, but it didn't seem particularly interesting. What I did think was interesting, was that there were options for more child-focuses game apps on the same site as this game of fighting. I would have preferred that violence and older versus younger game apps be separated."
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    #17Slayaway Camp

    Slayaway Camp

    Slayaway Camp is a killer puzzle game developed by Blue Wizard Digital and was released in 2016 for Windows and Mac. In it, you control Skullface, a psycho slasher bent on slaughtering camp counselors at the title campground.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    $2.99- With in-app purchases

    Kathleen Reed
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This is a super fun android-based game that's sure to delight teenage boys and young adults (and the excited females, too). It's a bit much for my tastes (too much gorn imo), but it is a well received indie game if you're into this genre."
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    #18This War of Mine

    This War of Mine
    This War of Mine is a survival game developed by 11-bit studios. This simulation game is where you have to manage the shelter, resources, and survivors through scavenging and crafting.
    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Wayne Contreras
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I love indie games. I wanted to find a new game for my Android Samsung smartphone. I found out about This War of Mine, which is a really interesting survival game. You have to manage resources and survivors. It's really a lot of fun. I frequently play it on the bus to school and I love it. It's very immersive. The gameplay is amazing, as are the graphics. Highly recommended!"
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    #19Noughts And Noughts

    Noughts And Noughts

    Noughts And Noughts is a board game developed by rwdesenv that resembles Tic Tac Toe. Both available on iOS and Android devices, this free game features a global leaderboard and simple rules. 

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    RW D
    Written on November 10, 2018
    "Match the color rings in the Tic Tac Toe board. Addictive and easy to play. A twist of the popular Noughts and Crosses game, also known as Tic Tac Toe."
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    #20Galaxy Ranger

    Galaxy Ranger

    Galaxy Ranger is a free space shooter mobile game application where you must save the solar system from the attacks of space enemies. This is a classic space combat mobile game. 

    Games

    Android

    Free

    Andrew Mudrik
    Written on January 18, 2019
    "Cool and easy"

Summary

Best indie games for Android
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1MinecraftGames 33 Paid
2Underworld Football Manager 19Games 31 Free
3LimboGames 28 Paid
4World of GooGames 27 Paid
5Thomas Was AloneGames 26 Paid
6Superbrothers Sword & SworceryGames 24 Paid
7ReignsGames 23 Paid
8Geometry Wars 3: DimensionsGames 21 Paid
9Shadow Blade: ReloadGames 19 Paid
10Castaway ParadiseGames 17 Free
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