In the last few years, Android shooters have come on leaps and bounds. No more do we receive a scoff from our Call of Duty playing console brethren when we mention that Guns of Boom actually is pretty good.
Okay, they do scoff. But we know we’re right, so forget about them.
We want to help you prove that mobile is the place to go for some multiplayer shooting action. So we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best that you should all install on your phones right now.
Go on, what are you waiting for?
Best shooter on Android: Guns of Boom
Taking pride of first place is Guns of Boom, a recent multiplayer shooter by Game Insight. It absolutely nailed the first person shooter on mobile like no game before it, and its equally addictive as Call of Duty.
The trick is in the automation here. You only have to control where your bullets land, with reloading, stabbing, and weapon switching taken care of for you. It’s far from easy though, as aiming is still tough.
If you just want to choose one game from this list, make sure it’s Guns of Boom.
World of Tanks Blitz has been out for some time, but also found immediate success in the mobile shooting space. It helps that tanks are slow, giving you time to think about what you’re doing. As well as wrestle with touch controls.
But it works like a charm, and we thoroughly recommend it. If you prefer big metal vehicles over tiny shooty humans, choose this.
Modern Combat 5 should have been Call of Duty‘s mobile successor, but the touch controls are imperfect to say the least. You can customise them to give yourself an easier time, but you’ll have to perform thumb gymnastics nonetheless.
Despite this, Modern Combat 5 has a lot going for it. There’s an epic single player campaign, a ton of multiplayer options, and a solid variety of weapons.
If you’ve exhausted Guns of Boom and fancy something more sophisticated, try this.
War Robots isn’t a far cry away from World of Tanks but it features gigantic robot monstrosities instead.
You can customise your robot from one of 24 different options and 20 weapon types. That’s the real draw of this one, building your own robot and destroying everything in your path.
If you loved the Titan sections in Titanfall or its sequel, this is the one for you.
Modern Strike is one of a raft of Android titles that’s aimed to emulate Counter Strike on mobile. This is a solid effort though, with great visuals and maps based on favourites from its PC inspiration.
There are 70 different weapons to choose from as well, and you can customise them in your own image. You can also grab body armour to keep you safe. That’s nice.
We suspect it will also require some thumb gymnastics, but if it’s Counter Strike on the go you’re after, this is the closest yet.
Another option is Critical Ops, which has been designed from the ground up for mobile play and is also heavily inspired by Counter Strike.
The developers are aiming for this to be a mobile eSports title, so you can expect longterm support for it. It’s a nifty experience.
Grab it if you want Counter Strike on mobile, but an experience tailored to the platform.
NOVA Legacy is a recent remaster of the original NOVA, which is Gameloft’s answer to Halo. The refreshed version features fancier visuals, multiplayer, and a tiny download size.
It’s an Android exclusive as well, which is awesome. Grab this if you want some Halo-style multiplayer action on the go.
Shadowgun: DeadZone may be showing its age at this point, but there’s still no better third person multiplayer shooter on Android. Well, at least until the sequel Legends arrives.
Shadowgun was inspired by Gears of War, and you can see the inspiration clearly in the character design. Everyone’s chunky and muscly, and the weapons are suitably massive too. No chainsaws though.
Play this if you want Gears of War on your mobile.
Last, but certainly not least, is Brawl Stars by Supercell. It might not have officially launched it, but we’ve already seen enough to know that this is a serious contender.
It combines MOBA gameplay with a shooter mentality. There are a variety of different modes but all of them pretty much boil down to shoot the most opponents.
You can unlock and customise your characters (there are loads of them) and upgrade them to increase their power. If you want some Overwatch on your mobile, or don’t want something as intense as a MOBA, grab this when it launches.