The market for games with controller support is growing. Android TV, the Nvidia Shield Console, and other systems are putting games with gamepad support on the forefront and making them more popular. The proliferation of gamepads and Bluetooth controllers have made playing games on your mobile devices with a controller easier than ever before. Why not play some wicked good games with it? Here are the best games with gamepad support for Android.
Crashlands is one of the best games out there with gamepad support. You play as an intergalactic trucker. An unfortunate series of events lands you on an alien planet. Your goal is to craft and fight your way off of the planet. There is also a story line complete with a bad guy. There are over 500 items to craft, a self-managing inventory, and simple combat mechanics. It also supports cloud saving. That means you can play on multiple devices and even on PC. It's $4.99 with no in-app purchases.
Machinarium has been around for a while. However, it’s also a classic. This puzzle game has you searching around, finding things, and then putting puzzles together. Your goal is to save your robot girlfriend from some reprobates that have kidnapped her. The game features some charming graphics, a lovable protagonist, and some enjoyable puzzles. It added gamepad support a while ago. It works really well. It's a pay once game with no in-app purchases. Additionally, the developers plan on adding controller support to their other big title: Samorost 3. Keep an eye out on that!
Minecraft: Pocket Edition is one of the most popular games out there. It also comes with gamepad support. Most people know what this game is all about. Each world generates randomly. You can do pretty much whatever you want to do. The developers are working fervently to bring the Pocket Edition up to spec with the PC and console versions. It'll eventually drop the Pocket Edition moniker. It's still fun right now, though. It's $6.99 for the game. The in-app purchases are optional aesthetic things like character skins.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout is one of the most popular first person shooters right now. It features good graphics, a campaign mode, an online multiplayer mode, and tons of content to play with. You’ll get to pick from seven character classes. Each one has unlockable skills and abilities. You can even chat with other players via global and squad chats. The game became a hotbed of eSports activity here lately. The in-app purchase strategy is a little more aggressive than we'd like. However, it's about as good as it gets in the shooter franchise. It also has gamepad controller support!
NBA Jam might well be the best sports game out there right now. It also happens to have gamepad support. You’ll play two-on-two basketball. It also goes by a more relaxed set of rules. You can do practically anything aside from goaltending. It features a campaign mode that puts you right in the arcade action. You can also engage in local multiplayer as well as online multiplayer against people around the world. It has short play times which suits the mobile gaming style better. It’s also a pay-once game with no in-app purchases. It's probably the best mobile basketball game out there right now.
Nvidia worked hard to bring a lot of games to the forefront. Unfortunately, all of them are for Android TV. However, that means they all have gamepad support. There are some really good games in their lineup. That includes Portal, Half-Life 2, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Resident Evil 5, and more. You'll need either an NVIDIA Shield Tablet or TV to play them. That's a little unfortunate. They are also fairly expensive. However, that's the price one pays for good games.
Never Alone: Ki Edition is an action-platformer. This one is narrative-driven. The story line is actually pretty decent. You’re going to play as Nuna and Fox as you traverse various levels. The unique part of this game are the mechanics. You’ll control both Nuna and Fox independently and you’ll need to solve little puzzles in order to progress. It follows a traditional Inuit story. That's kind of neat. It'll run you $4.99 with no in-app purchases.
There are currently two Oddworld games available on Android. They both also have gamepad support. The first is Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath. That title will have you running around completing an adventure story while taking down bad guys. It also features both first and third person perspectives. The other is Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee. Munch’s Oddysee will have you taking down bad guys to save Oddworld. Both games are relatively cheap with no in-app purchases.
Vector Unit has some real winners with the Riptide series. They are a trio of racing games that take place on jet skis. Your goal will be to race them, perform stunts, and make it to the end. The stunts give you boost. Thus, the better stunts you do, the faster you can go. The games get progressively more complex and better as they go. The first one is the weakest of the three. The third one is the strongest. Thankfully, they're all fairly inexpensive. The second has in-app purchases but you totally don't need them to enjoy the game. All three games have gamepad support.
Rockstar Games is an excellent option for games with controller support. They have six games worth playing. That includes five Grand Theft Auto games. The complete list is Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, San Andreas, Liberty City Stories, and Chinatown Wars. They also released Bully for mobile. It plays like a GTA game. The difference is that you play as a kid in high school. The older games like Vice City and GTA III are a little rough around the edges. However, by and large, these games play really well. They are also all pay once games with no in-app purchases.
SEGA recently started doing something called SEGA Forever. It's essentially porting many of its classic titles to mobile. Some of the games include Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2, Altered Beast, Kid Chamaleon, and Phantasy Star II. They are all faithful recreations of their console versions. That includes solid controller support. They're relatively new. Thus, they do have some issues. However, each game is free to download with ads. You can pay $1.99 as an in-app purchase to remove ads.
Square Enix has taken mobile seriously for years and they have a ton of games for the platform. Many of them also have gamepad support, as it turns out. Some of the titles with gamepad support include most of their Final Fantasy titles, Secret of Mana, Tomb Raider I and II, and several others. Most of Square Enix’s games are full replicas of former console games. Many of the ports play very close to the originals as well. They can get pretty expensive. However, they also have no in-app purchases.
Telltale Games is one of the most popular developers on Google Play. They also have a ton of games. Some of their hits include Minecraft Story Mode (two season), The Walking Dead (three season), Batman, Game of Thrones, Tales from the Borderlands, and Guardians of the Galaxy. These games are virtually identical to their console variants. That includes their gamepad support. Each one is also an episodic adventure. The games cost varying amounts depending on age and if there's a sale happening.
Unkilled is one of the best first person shooters available right now. It has pretty much everything you'd want. That includes over 300 campaign missions. It also has online PvP. That means you can play alone or with friends. It also comes with solid game mechanics, gamepad support, and more. Even the graphics are really good for a mobile game. The developers have done an excellent job adding new content to the game. There is a lot to do here. It is a freemium game, though. Adjust your expectations accordingly.
Yodo1 is a fairly popular game developer. They've had some big hits like Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Rodeo Stampede, and others. As it turns out, a couple of those have controller support. Namely, Pac-Man 256 and Crossy Road. They're fairly simple games. Thus, you'll only need the controller for moving around mostly. However, it's nice to not have to tap and swipe the screen to make stuff happen. These games are kid friendly, cheap to get, and fun to play. What more can you ask for?
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