If you’re looking to buy a Google Play card or just received one from a friend, you may be wondering which games for Android are worth playing.
Mobile gaming is a billion-dollar industry, and everyone is trying to get their piece of the pie. It’s no wonder there are thousands of games on the Google Play store. But not all of these games are worth playing. The last thing you want is to spend your money in a game that really isn’t worth it.
To save you time, money and frustration, we’re going to share the top Android games to play this year.
The Top Android Games to Play in 2020
The top games on Android this year are a mix of paid and free titles, but most are free with in-app purchases. You can use your gift card for these purchases, so you can expand your empire, or get that upgrade you need to beat your enemies.
The wildly popular Minecraft franchise is available on Android for mobile gameplay, and you can play with your friends.
With the Minecraft app, you can:
- Explore and build worlds
- Play in creative mode and have unlimited resources
- Play in survival mode to mine for resources, craft weapons and armor, and fend off dangerous foes
- Play with friends or fly solo
- Buy unique items from the marketplace community
- Use free add-ons to expand and enhance your gaming experience
- Use slash commands to change the way your game behaves, like summoning mobs or changing the time of day
With Minecraft, you can play with up to ten friends cross-platform – anytime, anywhere – on Realms. Realms is your private server host. There’s a monthly fee for this feature, but you can try it out for free for 30 days.
Multiplayer mode allows you to play with up to four friends with a free Xbox Live account.
Coin Master (Free with in-app purchases)
One of the top games on Android, Coin Master has millions of players all over the world. Become a time traveler and explore magical worlds while battling to be the best Viking, hippie, pirate, king or warrior in the land.
Coin Master has a unique gameplay style:
- Spin the wheel to earn loot by landing on gold sacks or coins. Coins help you build up your village and gain levels. You can also win shields to protect your village.
- Attack other villages to steal loot and get revenge on other players that have attacked your village.
- There’s a treasure, too. Collect cards to complete sets and move towards the next village. You can even trade cards with friends.
Coin Master is a fun, addicting game, and there’s a huge community of players.
Roblox (Free with in-app purchases)
Roblox is a virtual universe with millions of worlds. Play with friends, and be anything you can imagine. The growing library of worlds is created by the community, so there’s always something new to explore.
Customize your avatar with different faces, hats, gear, shirts and more. The library of items is ever-expanding, so you can create virtually any look you want.
What’s great about this game is that you can play anytime, anywhere on multiple devices: mobile, computers, VR headsets and Xbox One.
Roblox is free to download and play, but there are in-app purchases. You can buy robux, the in-game currency, to speed up progress and enjoy other perks.
Gardenscapes (Free with in-app purchases)
If you love match-3 games and a good story, Gardenscapes is the game for you. With more than 8.7 million downloads, this game is wildly popular on the Google Play Store. It’s not just the addicting nature of match-3 games but also the fun story that makes this game so fun to play.
With Gardenscapes, you complete match-3 games to uncover the story and redecorate your garden. The game has a cast of fun characters, including an adorable dog and butler.
Gardenscapes has a large community of players that you can connect with, and you get the chance to redecorate the garden however you please.
Although this game is free to download and play, there are items that you can purchase in-game to speed up your progress and enjoy other perks.
Five Nights at Freddy’s ($2.99)
Five Nights at Freddy’s is a remastered version of the PC game, which received rave reviews on Steam. This game has plenty of scares, flashing lights and other elements that will make you jump out of your seat.
You play a character who just started working night security at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a place where kids can eat and be entertained by animatronic robots. But the robots’ behavior is unpredictable at night. Your job is to watch the security cameras carefully from your office, but you only have a limited amount of power that you can use each night. When you run out of power, you’re left sitting in the dark with no security doors.
Can you survive the five nights at Freddy’s?
If you scare easily, you may want to skip this game, but if you love a good horror survival game, give Five Nights at Freddy’s a try.
There are other games in this franchise that you may also enjoy (all the same price as this one):
- Five Nights at Freddy’s 2
- Five Nights at Freddy’s 3
- Five Nights at Freddy’s 4
- Five Nights at Freddy’s: SL
The Room ($0.99)
A Bafta Award-winning game, The Room is an affordable, fun and immersive Android mobile game. If you love puzzle games, The Room is a game for you.
Unlike other similar games, The Room has challenging puzzles, but it also has dazzling music and stunning 3D environments. The one-touch control function makes it easy for anyone to play.
The Room is addictive, offering realistic graphics and immersive gameplay that will have you hooked for hours.
There are other great games in this series, which are equally as popular as the original game:
- The Room Two ($1.99)
- The Room Three ($3.99)
- The Room: Old Sins ($4.99)
Call of Duty: Mobile (Free with in-app purchases)
Designed for mobile play, Call of Duty: Mobile allows you to build multiplayer maps and modes, whether you want a 100-player battle royale or a 3v3 match with friends.
Call of Duty: Mobile is free to play, but you can spend real money on in-app items.
This game really pushes the limits of mobile gaming, with console quality graphics, customizable controls, immersive sound, and voice and text chat.
As you progress in the game, you will earn and unlock characters, outfits, weapons, gear and score streaks that you can use to customize your loadout. You can take these loadouts into PvP matches as well as Battle Royale games.
Use your skill and wit to battle your way to the top of the ranks in Ranked Mode, or play with friends to earn the most Clan prizes. With such a huge player base, there are always players to compete against.
Monument Valley ($3.99)
Monument Valley is a stunning game with rich visuals and an award-winning design. Solve puzzles, manipulate architecture and help a princess make her way through the world.
The game’s design is inspired by minimalism and optical illusions. You will explore all kinds of palaces and temples from all over the world. Each monument is unique and hand-crafted.
Monument Valley uses simple controls for gameplay, so anyone can pick it up and enjoy hours of play time. Beautiful audio immerses you in the game, but it also responds to your manipulation of the world.
This game is optimized for both tablets and phones, and it’s synchronized across all devices.
PUBG Mobile – Mad Miramar (Free with in-app purchases)
The extremely popular PUBG game is available on Android devices and has been designed exclusively for mobile. Enjoy intense multiplayer action in a free-to-play game.
Drop into boards, gear up and compete against other players to survive. Play 100-player battles, payload mode or a fast-paced 4v4 deathmatch and zombie mode. It’s all about survival in this epic game.
PUBG Mobile has stunning 3D graphics and sound, customizable controls, voice chat and training modes.
Play with friends, solo or in teams of four. Choose between first-person shooter mode and third-person shooter mode. There are tons of vehicles and realistic weapons with a wide range of terrains to play on.
With more than 28 million downloads, PUBG Mobile has an enormous player base that will keep you engaged for hours.
Merge Dragons (Free with in-app purchases)
Love fantasy games? With Merge Dragons, you’ll discover dragon legends, go on epic quests and discover magic and secret lands. Combine anything and everything to create powerful items for your journey.
The game features a mystical world that was once a flourishing place – until the zombies cast a void. Now it’s up to you to heal the land using your magical powers to match (or combine) anything: trees, dragon eggs, magical flowers, treasures, stars and mythical creatures.
Match different eggs to create helpful dragons, and then evolve your dragons to make them even more powerful. Solve challenging puzzles, earn rewards, and then bring those rewards back to your camp. You can also add your friends and visit their camps.
Uncover more than 500 objects to match and interact with, and more than 80 challenges. Drag objects freely around the world, and match 3 to evolve your items into superior versions. Look for Gaia statues hidden in each land, and use them to solve puzzles and create life.
Merge Dragons has 47 new dragon breeds and nearly 900 quests to solve.
Still not sure which game to buy? Here are some tips on how to find ones you will want to play:
- Check forums
- Read online reviews
- Watch game trailers
- Visit game developer and game publisher websites
- Watch gameplay videos on YouTube
Tips for Buying Google Play Cards
Before you run out and buy a Google Play gift card, here are some tips that will help you save time and money:
- Buy your card from a retailer instead of Google. Retailers often offer discounts on gift cards, so you may be able to save money in you shop around.
- Google Play cards are region specific, so make sure that you purchase a card for your region. If you buy a Canadian card, for example, you won’t be able to use it in the U.S.
- If you want to give a Google Play card as a gift, make sure that the recipient can use it. Most people have at least one Android device, but it’s important to check and make sure that the giftee will actually be able to redeem and make use of the gift card.
What Else Can You Buy with a Google Play Card?
What if you’re not really a gamer? Is it worth buying a Google Play gift card? Yes. The Google Play store has thousands of games, but it also has other things that you can buy.
There are lots of things that you can do with a Google Play card. You can buy:
- Apps in all categories, from productivity to shopping and everything in between.
- Movies, including hot new releases.
- Television shows from all genres.
- Music, including singles, albums and even Google Music streaming service.
- Books, including audiobooks, textbooks, children’s books, comics and more.
What’s great about the Google Play Store is that you can view content so many different ways. You can browse the top charts to see what’s most popular right now, you can see all new releases, you can sort by genre or category, or you can search for something directly. The store makes it easy to find what you want quickly and easily.
There are so many Android games to play, and some of the best ones are free to download and play. This makes it easy to give a game a try and see if it’s worth spending real money on in-app items. But even if you’re not interested in gaming, there are plenty of other things you can buy with a Google Play Store gift card.