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The 25 best shooting games on Android

Blast off
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
Updated September 27, 2018: New entries added

Why do we find blasting virtual things to smithereens fun when we wouldn't do the same in real life? It's one of life's big mysteries.

Rather than sit and ponder that question, however, we'd much rather shoot some stuff. And whether you're into first person shooters, third person shooters, bullet hell shmups, twin-stick shooters, or tank simulators, there are loads of ways to blast things on mobile.

All of which can make selecting just 25 of the best pretty challenging.

We'll give it our best shot, though.

#1 Guns of Boom

Product: Guns of BoomFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Game Insight

Guns of Boom
Without doubt the reigning mobile online FPS king, Guns of Boom hones the FPS format for mobile play without losing its competitive edge.

#2 PUBG Mobile

Product: PUBG MobileFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Tencent Games

PUBG Mobile
The hottest shooter sub-genre of the moment is undoubtedly Battle Royale, and PUBG is the game that kicked the craze off. Surprisingly, it works really well on mobile.

#3 Neon Shadow

Product: Neon ShadowFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Tasty Poison GamesPublisher: Crescent Moon GamesGenres: 3D, Action, Shooter

Neon Shadow
Neon Shadow makes the FPS sing on mobile by smartly returning to the genre's unadorned, action-heavy roots. The result: arguably the best FPS on mobile.

#4 Blazing Star

Product: Blazing StarFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: SNK PlaymorePublisher: SNK PlaymoreGenres: Arcade, Retro, Shooter

Blazing Star
As close as you can get to fitting a late-'90s arcade in your pocket - and we're not being rude about the latest oversized Android phablet.

#5 The Bug Butcher

Product: The Bug ButcherFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Awfully Nice StudiosGenres: Shooter

The Bug Butcher
This brilliant arcade shooter takes the core blasting of Space Invaders and turns it into cartoony delight fit for a modern smartphone.

#6 World of Tanks Blitz

Product: World of Tanks BlitzFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: WargamingGenres: Action, Strategy

World of Tanks Blitz
World of Tanks was a popular online shooter way before it hit mobile, and it's made the switch admirably. It's a much more tactical affair than your average COD wannabe.

#7 Space Invaders Infinity Gene

Product: Space Invaders Infinity GeneFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: TaitoGenres: Retro, Shooter

Space Invaders Infinity Gene
An early mobile shmup superstar, Space Invaders Infinity Gene's core evolutionary twist remains daringly fresh some seven years on.

#8 Space Marshals 2

Product: Space Marshals 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Pixelbite GamesGenres: Action

Space Marshals 2
Not an outright action game like other twin-stick shooters, Space Marshals 2 is a far more varied and interesting experience for it.

#9 Missile Dancer

Product: Missile DancerFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Arcade, Hardcore, Shooter

Missile Dancer
This clever twist on the bullet hell shooter gives you automated targeting, but places the range finder perilously close to your craft, forcing you to duck and dive even more than usual.

#10 Random Heroes 3

Product: Random Heroes 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Ravenous GamesGenres: Arcade, Platform, Shooter

Random Heroes 3
Few developers can do virtual control systems as well as Ravenous Games. Random Heroes 3 benefits from this more than most, producing one of the tightest platform-shooters on the platform.

#11 Downwell

Product: DownwellFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: MoppinGenres: Action, Platform

In Downwell, you don't just shoot to destroy baddies - you shoot to move. It's an ingenious twist in an ingenious action game.

#12 Operation Dracula

Product: Operation DraculaFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Crescent Moon GamesGenres: Action, Arcade, Shooter

Operation Dracula
A really-quite-brilliant hardcore 2D shooter that evokes the memory of classic arcade machines, with pacy gameplay and chunky graphics. Operation Dracula most certainly does not suck.

#13 Neon Chrome

Product: Neon ChromeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS Vita, SwitchPublisher: 10tonsGenres: Action, Shooter

Neon Chrome
This twin-stick shooter excels in a number of areas, including its moody story, range of weapons, challenging bosses and tense combat.

#14 Shadowgun Legends

Product: Shadowgun LegendsFormats: Android, iPhonePublisher: MADFINGER GamesGenres: Multiplayer, Shooter

Shadowgun Legends
An ambitious, visually rich FPS that brings a slice of Destiny magic to mobile. Whether you're a solo or a social player, there's something for all shooter fans here.

#15 Glitchskier

Product: GlitchskierFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Shelly AlonGenres: Action, Shooter

A proper retro shooter with beautifully stark BBC Micro graphics and a suitably old skool difficulty level.

#16 Space Pioneer

Product: Space PioneerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Vivid Games

Space Pioneer
An inventive top-down shooter that takes the onus off of aiming in favour of adventuring and light RPG mechanics - all wrapped up in an adorable sci-fi art style.

#17 Danmaku Unlimited 3

Product: Danmaku Unlimited 3Formats: Android, iPhonePublisher: Doragon EntertainmentGenres: Shooter

Danmaku Unlimited 3
Android is the platform to go to for bullet hell shmups these days, and Danmaku Unlimited 3 is one of the most visually arresting examples with its dense action and ethereal palette.

#18 Bullet Hell Monday

Product: Bullet Hell MondayFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Masayuki ItoGenres: Action, Arcade, Shooter

Bullet Hell Monday
Bullet hell has rarely looked this heavenly - if your idea of heaven is a psychedelic assault of colours and shapes, that is.

#19 Kick Ass Commandos

Product: Kick Ass CommandosFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Arcade, Retro, Shooter

Kick Ass Commandos
A gleefully violent top-down shooter that tips its hat to '80s action movies.

#20 Aka to Blue

Product: Aka to BlueFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Shooter

Aka to Blue
Cave doesn't make mobile bullet hell shmups any more, but Aka to Blue feels like one. Besides dodging waves of bullets there's also a moreish coin-hoovering scoring system.

#21 Dariusburst: Second Prologue

Product: Dariusburst: Second PrologueFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: TaitoGenres: Action, Arcade, Hardcore, Retro, Shooter

Dariusburst: Second Prologue
This PSP port is every inch the premium, fully featured shoot-'em-up with serious arcade pedigree. You can almost feel the decades of refinement as you sweep away waves of enemies.

#22 Thunderdogs

Product: ThunderdogsFormats: iPhone, iPodPublisher: Lucky Kat Studios

An online multiplayer shooter that absorbs the arena-based simplicity of the .io sub-genre, but with the style of a classic 2D shmup.

#23 Virexian

Product: VirexianFormats: Android, iPhoneGenres: Arcade, Shooter

Virexian is another great retro twin-stick shooter shooter, this time with neon visuals, randomised levels, and stacks of weapons.

#24 Into the Dead 2

Product: Into the Dead 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: PikPok

Into the Dead 2
A more action-oriented follow-up to PikPok's post-apocalyptic endless runner, Into the Dead 2 gives you more opportunities to shoot the undead with a range of upgradable firearms.

#25 Dead Trigger 2

Product: Dead Trigger 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: MADFINGER GamesPublisher: MADFINGER GamesGenres: Action, Shooter

Dead Trigger 2
It's not particularly fresh, but Dead Trigger 2 is a brash arena FPS that you'll find yourself coming back to again and again - if only to check that your latest phone is up to scratch. Yep, it's a bit of a looker.


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Jon Mundy 27 September 2018
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