Playing survival games is both absorbing and challenging, but here’s a warning… you can soon become addicted!
Survival games are among the most popular genres of gaming apps, and there is a multitude to choose from on the Google Play Store. While they can be extremely entertaining, we wouldn’t say they are exactly relaxing. However, it’s easy to get hooked and spend many hours fighting to survive, despite the threats, isolation, risks, and dangers that these games entail. Obviously, the name of the game is to survive in any given situation no matter what is thrown at you, and with the best games of this genre, you never know quite what to expect.
What are the best Survival Games?
Whether you’re a seasoned survival gamer or want to try some out for the first time, our roundup of some of the best survival games on Android will give you plenty to think about. Some of the following apps are free while others are paid apps. Either way, many of them offer in-app purchases that will help to get you further in the game or add to the experience. Why not check out the following apps and you’re likely to find at least one of them addictive!
1. THIS WAR OF MINE
This app is a bit pricey, so if you’re unsure at this stage whether survival games are for you, you might want to try some free ones first before you splash out. Nevertheless, we had to include This War of Mine from 11-bit studios, as it’s simply one of the best survival games available for Android devices, despite the price. In the game, you’ll play as part of a civilian group doing their best to survive in a city under siege. You’ll face danger from enemies at the same time as having to cope with a lack of provisions and essentials such as medicines, so it’s a constant battle of wits to survive.
The game is really absorbing across day and night sequences, and it doesn’t shy away from the fact that sometimes the reality of survival will have to overrule your conscience. This War of Mine supports a variety of languages, and we can’t recommend it highly enough for the authentic experience that it offers.
2. LAST DAY ON EARTH: SURVIVAL
This zombie shooter survival and strategy game is set in the post-apocalypse era (2027) from a plague, where you’ll be a survivor struggling to survive against the waking dead. You’ll have to be continually on your guard against the zombies, as it’s kill or be killed, and you can join a clan with friends in a bid to thwart the enemy. Along the way, you’ll have to develop survival craft skills and weapons as well as search abandoned military bases and camps for resources.
If you love shooter games, this is a great choice, as you’ll need to shoot, smash, slash, fire, and gunship zombies to survive. It’s pretty unusual to find a survival game that offers so much gameplay entirely free, although as with many other survival games there are in-app purchases available for certain items.
3. OUT THERE: Ω EDITION
Many survival games are set in a war zone or involve zombies, and that’s why we found this one rather refreshing (as well as the fact there are no in-app purchases)! There’s no combat involved, and instead, you’ll become an astronaut stranded in an unknown part of the galaxy. It will take all your strategic skills to survive in the hostile environment in which you find yourself after waking from a cryonics experiment.
You won’t be entirely alone as other intelligent species’ are out there, and the game features include 10 spaceships with varying specs, freshly generated galaxies for each new game, and a crafting system with 20 alien technologies. This is an extremely challenging and dark game with plenty of depth and great graphics, so do take a look.
4. DAY R SURVIVAL – APOCALYPSE
In this lone survivor and RPG game you’ll need to survive in an unforgiving world that’s been destroyed by a nuclear war. Radiation is just one of the factors you’ll have to take into account as you craft the things you require, try to avoid injuries, and assemble vehicles for the journey you’ll need to take across the country to get to your family.
You won’t even know if they are still alive but your mission will be all-consuming as you endeavor to find out. This game features a map of the USSR with over 2,500 towns and cities, and the quest for survival is adventurous and exciting.
It would be difficult to compile a list of best survival games on Android without mentioning Minecraft, one of the best-known gaming apps of all time. You can build things, explore randomly generated worlds, and play in survival mode where you’ll have to defend yourself against mobs by crafting armor and weapons.
You can collaborate with millions of other players thanks to Mojang’s huge online multiplayer servers, and the app is constantly being updated with new features. Additionally, Minecraft is a cross-platform game across Android and iOS devices, Xbox One, Windows 10 PCs, and virtual reality platforms.
6. DON’T STARVE: POCKET EDITION
The massively popular Don’t Starve PC game is now available for Android devices. If you’ve ever fancied being a Gentleman Scientist, this could be the exact game for you, as you’ll become Wilson who has been transported to the tough wilderness. The game involves survival, magic, and science, and the object is to find your way home through a world of danger, surprises, and mysterious creatures.
You’ll need to craft structures and items by gathering resources as you play, and although the graphics are not the most sophisticated we’ve seen, this survival game app is an enjoyable way of spending some time.
7. PANDEMIC: THE BOARD GAME
This co-operative game can be played with family and friends and provides some absorbing entertainment. You’ll be part of a team trying to discover cures for four deadly diseases in a bid to save humanity. In the meantime, you’ll need to keep those plagues and epidemics at bay, and this requires treating infections and traveling across the world.
The game involves four actions and all the time you’ll be aware that the clock is ticking as you try to prevent the next outbreak. There are three difficulty settings, and while the game can be played with 2, 3, or 4 players, you can also play solo by playing multiple roles.
8. RULES OF SURVIVAL
Rules Of Survival is in the format of a Battle Royale game and has more than 100 million players as a testament to its popularity. This epic game enables you to play along with hundreds of other players, and it features a new 8×8 km map covering many different terrains. From them all, there can be only one survivor, so this is a mammoth task where you’ll need to gather as many weapons and accessories as you can and play tactically to become the last man standing.
The game can be played in solo or team mode and the most recent update brought along two cargo planes (each carrying 150 players) in the Fearless Fiord Solo Mode.
Downwell has a high user rating of 4.7/5 stars on the Play Store and is a great choice if you like a little retro style. It very much took us back to our gaming roots, but despite its simplistic look, there’s plenty to keep you captivated. You’ll take on the guise of a young lad called Downwell, who for some unknown reason decides to go adventuring in a deep well. It’s dark, eerie, and full of weird creatures and the unknown, but what you need to concentrate on is collecting red jewels as you go along.
This throwback game has very intuitive controls, and features include weapons and items, including lethal Gunboots that you can use against the things that are lurking. One of the highlights of Downwell is that it uses procedurally generated levels each time, so no two journeys into the well are the same, always a nice bonus.
10. DEAD TRIGGER 2
We’re never going to get away from zombies as far as the survival genre is concerned, and this is a classic first-person shooter game that’s worth spending time on. As you might expect, the action takes place in a zombie apocalypse, and you’ll have a vast arsenal of weapons to use against the walking dead as you battle your way across the world as part of a global resistance. The game has evolving storylines and receives regular updates with new content to add to the experience. There are 600 gameplay scenarios, 33 environments across 10 regions, and 50 types of weapon to choose from so this is a truly immersive game. Along with all this come stunning graphics and the chance to play for real prizes in tournaments.
In our choice of the best survival games on Android, we’ve tried to include apps to suit different tastes and skills levels. All of these worked well in our time spent with them. However, it’s worth noting that these types of games can place heavy demands on your smartphone or tablet, so some older or lesser spec’d devices might struggle. Basically, the better your device, the more likely it is that the games will perform smoothly. Because of the vast selection of survival games available, there will no doubt be some readers who feel a game we didn’t mention deserved a place in our selection. Therefore, feel free to comment with your own recommendations of the best survival games for Android.