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Sometimes, you just gotta’ let off a little steam. For some that may involve playing puzzle games, taking care of a virtual farm, or even shooting a few baddies.
Unsurprisingly, mobile gaming has come a long way, to the point where you can now have a console-quality experience on the go.
To that end, you can actually find quite a few first-person and third-person shooters many of which would find themselves at home on a game console.
Here are the 10 best shooters on Android.
1. Shadowgun Legends
Loot-shooters are pretty common these days, with the likes of Destiny, Destiny 2, The Division, Warframe, and Anthem on its way soon.
You won’t find Shadowgun Legends on that list because, well, you just won’t. But if you’re looking for a similar experience on your mobile device, Shadowgun Legends is the game for you.
As you take on mission after mission, you’ll level up, collect sweet gear and cosmetics, and take on hordes of baddies.
The gunplay isn’t half-bad either, especially for a touch-based interface. Oh, and there’s PVP too, so you can kick a few asses while you’re at it.
2. PUBG Mobile
PUBG or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is incredibly popular amongst PC gamers, but it’s hard to overlook the mobile port. You get to experience all its buggy glory, right from your mobile device.
Now dubbed the battle royale genre — PUBG wasn’t the first — it drops 100 players onto a map with no weapons or gear.
Every player must scavenge for whatever they can find, and fight to survive by killing off player after player until there’s only one standing.
3. Critical Ops
If you’re itching for a competitive shooter like CounterStrike then you’ll want to check out Critical Ops. It’s still in Beta but there’s plenty to do and it plays great.
There are several modes include standard team deathmatch, bomb defusal, and search and destroy.
4. Dead Trigger 2
You drop-in, loaded to the teeth with guns and ammo and fend off a feral horde of zombies. What more is there to say?
At launch, the game was rampant with in-app purchases and microtransactions, but the developers have since rolled back a lot of the features.
You can now buy, craft, and experience everything in-game, without ever spending a cent.
5. N.O.V.A. Legacy
The longstanding N.O.V.A. series has more than a few parallels with the Halo franchise, the most obvious being they are both sci-fi first-person shooters.
N.O.V.A. Legacy — like its predecessors — is story heavy. As the name implies, it’s also a reboot of the original game.
You play the role of N.O.V.A. commander Kal Wardin who must fend off a horde of invaders. Okay, yeah, they’re aliens.
The game also features a multiplayer mode that is a lot of fun, albeit basic.
6. Hitman: Sniper
In Hitman: Sniper you step into the shoes of Agent 47, who you might recognize from the many Hitman games.
This time things are a little different. You keep your distance, taking out targets using a multitude of sniper rifles.
Oh, and there’s a zombie survival mode too.
7. Modern Combat 5: Blackout
First-person military shooter? Check. Keyword loaded name. Check. Customized loadouts? Check. Multiplayer modes? Check.
If you’re looking for something that’s a lot like the Call of Duty series, what some might dub twitch-shooters, then look no further than the Modern Combat mobile franchise.
Modern Combat 5 is the latest title in the series, but Modern Combat 4 Zero Hour is no slouch either.
Ever heard of Neon Chrome? JYDGE is from the same developers and it borrows the same top-down view and art style, only it’s on steroids.
JYDGE also offers an incredibly deep customization system that allows you to “build your own” enforcement officer.
Yeah, it reminds me of Judge Dredd too.
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9. Overkill 3
If you hate virtual joysticks or touchscreen movement controls, then Overkill 3 might strike your fancy. It’s an on-rails third-person shooter.
If you’ve never heard that term before, it means the game guides you through each level or scenario. Your job is to simply shoot all the enemies.
Like many of the other shooters here, there’s a campaign with multiple difficulty levels.
The real draw, however, is a co-op mode that allows you to play with friends or other random players online.
10. Fortnite Mobile
Fortnite is wildly popular, but I don’t need to tell you that, you’ve likely heard plenty about it. And like PUBG it’s a battle royale game where players are dropped onto a crowded island empty-handed, where they must scavenge and fight to the death.
At launch, the mobile version was only available for select Samsung devices via the Samsung app store.
Other Android users can download and install using the official site — you’ll need to have “unknown sources” enabled in the settings menu.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking to take out some zombies, tear-down some noobs, or collect some phat loot, you have plenty of options on Android which is always great.
If you don’t find something you like on the list — which is hopefully not the case — there are plenty of alternatives.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to respond in a timely manner.