Top 25 best idle games on Android phones and tablets
Playing idle games on Android is like running in your sleep - it still counts
Tap, tap, tap! That's all you have to do when you choose to play idle games.
When you have a full schedule, but you're a gamer at heart and need to play something, you'll want to figure something out to satiate your gaming needs. Idle games on Android are usually the best solution since they let you progress quite effectively, even without being active for long periods.
You can play several Android idle games at a time, and it could only take minutes to finish all your dailies. There are plenty of types of lazy titles out there, and I am sure there is one for you - no matter if you like to play Android RPGs, tycoon games, or whatnot.
What games are on the list of best Android idle games?Idle games usually fall under 1 of 2 categories. One of those is the true passive one, where you can leave your game untouched for hours and still gain plenty of progress in the meantime (resources, levels, currency and so on.), and pseudo or the ones that label themselves as idle. The latter would be the clickers and the like, where you progress significantly more by tapping than you would for just being passive. I'm personally not a tremendous fan of those, even though I've played my fair share of them.
If you're not familiar with either, then all you need to know about them is that they can be quite charming (if you find the right ones for you). So, if you're still seeking, then let me give you a hand! Use the list below to learn what are some of the best idle games for Android that you can download and play right now!Original article by Cristina Mesesan, updated by Jupiter Hadley
AFK Arena is another popular idle game - and you’ll soon see why.
To start with, AFK Arena features over 100 heroes belonging to seven factions, and each hero has unique attributes. There are 20 skills that you can combine to build the ultimate powerful formation and lead them to victory.
Your heroes will face waves upon waves of monsters, and they have to keep slaying them. The heroes can be upgraded, and with the improved skills, they can survive the attacks better.
Even though it’s an idle game, AFK Arena has rich gameplay - complete with campaigns and storyline. Your goal is to go against the Hypogeans, the ancient evil forces, and protect the realm of Esperia.
Explore and move ahead in the labyrinth, gather powerful relics, and battle other players in the PvP Arena - there’s a lot to keep you hooked here.Download AFK Arena
This award-winning idle game was one of the best things you could play on your device back in 2015 and 2016. And to this day, Fallout Shelter will appeal to many people.
Fallout Shelter takes place in a post-nuclear setting where you have to create the perfect vault underground. You will meet a cast of characters who will help you run the vault, and you have to keep them happy. You will be building and fostering a thriving community - so you will have to provide the dwellers with jobs, weapons, and training.
You also have to explore the wasteland above, craft useful items out of junk, and safeguard your vault from internal and external threats.
There are many layers to Fallout Shelter, but at its core, it's just a truly well-made title that's worth playing. You can read more about it in our Fallout Shelter review, where we mention how we were not impressed with it, but for an idle game, it's pretty darn solid.Download Fallout Shelter
Ode To Heroes
Much like the name suggests, this game is an ode to the heroes in our history. The goal is to lead these heroes in an adventure in the past and fix the disordered timeline.
As this is a historic-themed game, you can expect legendary characters, ancient weapons, artifacts, and much more. There are over 200 heroes to choose from and train, and each of them is equipped with different skills.
At its core, Ode to Heroes is an idle game, so you get to claim rewards even when you’re offline. Further, most of the battles are automated, so you just have to deploy your heroes. With guilds and guild bosses, the game also adds a social element to it.Download Ode To Heroes
Just as the official game description says, there are only two steps to playing Neko Atsume - place snacks and toys in your yard and wait for the cats to show up.
Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector has a very very simple gameplay. The goal is to attract cats from the neighbourhood with snacks and toys. There are over 40 kinds of cats that might show up. Some are rare, and you need to collect exclusive items to attract those.
Whenever the cute cats pay your yard a visit, you can click a picture and set it as your wallpaper.Download Neko Atsume
Almost a Hero - Idle RPG
Creating and upgrading powerful heroes and sending them to the battlefield is a tried and tested formula. Have you ever thought of making a hero out of an ‘almost hero’ character? Think of it as training a useless bunch of characters and make them the heroes they were meant to be.
Almost a Hero is an idle RPG where you have to assemble a squad of heroes and send them off on adventures. There are dark dungeons, skilled pets, ancient artifacts, and much more involved. The storyline in Almost a Hero is a fairly simple but fun one, and you'll recruit non-heroes to your team. You'll have full control over the relics, equipment, and character evolution, and as long as you keep fighting, you'll eventually turn your normal characters into more or less... heroes.
The best part of it is that Almost A Hero is an AFK Clicker game, which means your heroes will continue to battle and slay the foes even when you’re away.Download Almost a Hero
Girls X Battle 2
Girls X Battle 2 is a sequel to the popular Girls x Battle - which is an idle RPG featuring anime-style girl characters. The girls have unique personalities, powerful skills, and dressing style. The goal is to create a powerful formation with these girls and win the battles.
There's more to the game, though. Aside from the regular battles, you can check out other modes like Boss Fight, Challenge, Quiz, and many more. And since Girls x Battle 2 is an idle game, the battles are automated. All you have to do is deploy your girls and sit back.
To add to the fun, you can now play mini-games, where you have to protect the cute doggie from stinging bees and win extra rewards.
Want more GXB2 goods? Then make sure to check out our up-to-date Girls X Battle 2 codes list!Download Girls X Battle 2
Epic Monster TD - RPG Tower Defense
You probably didn't expect a good pixel-graphic game to fall under both tower defense and the idle genre, and to do that well. The truth is, Epic Monster TD is surprisingly good, and although the towers you get will rely on a gacha system, the rates are very high (and it's fairly easy to get the expensive towers).
If you like fantastical creatures and tower defense games, then you should check out Epic Monster TD - RPG Tower Defense.
Now, this game presents a weird combination of fantasy-type monsters and high-tech robots - so you can create quite a powerful army. You step in as a commander of the United Monsters Alliance defense force, and your job is to defend your homeland.
To power up, you will have to earn resources, unlock items, and upgrade your troops. As it’s an idle game, the gold will be collected automatically.
And to keep things interesting, you can participate in the weekly PvP tournaments.Download Epic Monster TD
Very much like the name suggests, Idle Heroes is all about you and your team of heroes. The point is to train your heroes while you’re away. And when you get back, your squad is powerful with new abilities and all set for battles.
The game features over 400 heroes - all belonging to different factions and special attributes. You have to summon your team, train them, and get them battle-ready. You will be facing powerful bosses, going on quests, and leading your guild to supremacy.
One of the pioneers when it comes to idle mobile games, for sure. It's been around for years and it's still going strong. It features over 400 characters, and in case you need help picking the best ones, you can always consult our tier list for Idle Heroes that we are updating with each patch.
If you decide to give it a go, take a look at these Idle Heroes codes, as you use them to get Summon Scrolls and more goodies!Download Idle Heroes
Ulala: Idle Adventure
Do you want a title where being lazy pays off quite a lot? How about a game where you play as a prehistoric character, fending off various dinosaurs while teaming up with three other players who are also casually idling around?
Ulala takes you back to the Stone Age for some fun adventures. It's an idle MMORPG that takes you to a desert located at the foot of a volcano. As soon as you enter the place, you meet Ulala and his little monster buddies.
There’s a lot to do in Ulala - you have a wide variety of pets to choose from, loads of skins, plenty of equipment, and much more. You get to tame the likes of T-rex and Sabertooth Tigers.
Unlike the regular RPGs, Ulala doesn’t need you to be constantly present and play the game. Your characters get upgraded automatically, and it does not take away from the experience of an MMORPG.
Ulala: Idle Adventure is crazy fun, and it has plenty of features to keep you entertained while online as well (even though the main thing you'll see is your character running around, casting spells, and attacking dinos). From cooking weird prehistoric foods to gathering T-Rex pets and whatnot, you'll have a chance to make history... sort of.Download Ulala: Idle Adventure
Hamster Tycoon: Cake Maker
If you like to bake cakes and would love it if little hamsters help you bake, then Hamster Tycoon: Cake Maker is something you should check out.
You step in as the owner of a cake factory, and the hamsters are there to help you! As you progress through the levels, you get to make delicious cakes, including tiramisu and cheesecake.
As the factory owner, you have to make strategic decisions to expand your cake factory and bring in profits. You can even hire skilled hamsters to help you with your business.Download Hamster Tycoon: Cake Maker
IdleOn! - The Idle Game MMO
If you ever dreamed of having your own squad of superheroes, then IdleOn lets you do just that. You start by creating one character and crushing monsters. Later, you can create even more characters and create a team to fight the bad guys.
Of course, IdleOn has more than that. You can master more than 15 different skills, like alchemy, fishing, mining, and more. You can interact with more than 50 NPCs, craft more than 100 items, and even be a part of a guild.Download IdleOn! - The Idle Game MMO
It’s a gold rush to collect eggs. Egg, Inc. is set in the near future, where chicken eggs unlock the universe’s secrets. So you will be hoarding loads and loads of eggs and creating the most advanced egg farm on the planet.
At its heart, Egg, Inc. is a clicker game. However, there’s still a lot to do here. You have to build hen houses, hatch chickens, fund research, and even plan space expeditions.
Egg,Inc. has pleasant visuals, simple gameplay, and incremental clicker mechanic to keep you engaged.Download Egg, Inc.
Idle Mafia - Tycoon Manager
After prison business and barbershop idle games, it’s time to become a mafia.
In Idle Mafia - Tycoon Manager, you get to take over shady businesses, order Capos around, and expand your business territory.
You can achieve this step-by-step - starting with street fights and protection money. Eventually, you will be setting up casinos and gentlemen's clubs. As you grow your business, you can set up a whole international crime syndicate with infamous criminals at your side.Download Idle Mafia - Tycoon Manager
Idle Barber Shop Tycoon
Idle Barber Shop Tycoon takes you to a barbershop where you aim to become the best barber in town.
It’s a family business that has been passed down to you, so you start with grandpa’s old furniture. You have to make money, upgrade the barbershop, learn the most advanced hairstyling technique, and be the best at the game.
Much like other idle games, this one needs you to make strategic business decisions, expand your business, and evolve your characters. At the same time, you get to follow the story and interact with a cast of characters.Download Idle Barber Shop Tycoon
Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money
If you’re thinking that this game has something to do with the TV show Trailer Park Boys, then you’re correct.
Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money is indeed based on the TV show. The whole gameplay is based on you managing a trailer park, building a successful business, and becoming a trailer park tycoon.
There are three important things - cash, hash, and liquor. You have to collect these to get ahead in the game. Along the way, you will unlock some characters that make the game lively. To keep things competitive, you can participate in the weekly events and battle against your friends.Download Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money
Mythic Heroes: Idle RPG
If you like games with anime-like characters, then you need to check out Mythic Heroes: Idle RPG. As you can guess, it is an RPG featuring some mighty Gods and powerful heroes.
As the dark forces are bent upon destroying the world, your goal is to stop them in this war against shadows. You have to form a team of powerful characters and dominate the battlefield.
Interestingly, the game lets you choose how active you want to be on the battlefield. So you can choose to tap once and then go hands-free, or you can actively fight.Download Mythic Heroes: Idle
Awesome Devil: Idle RPG!
Awesome Devil: Idle RPG is an action game where you become a reincarnated Devil, full of power, looking to kill off hordes of monsters and complete a bunch of quests so that you can improve your stats. The quests themselves guide you forward within the game, introducing new features and making sure that you are leveled up. You can use up to 6 of your skills to do more damage to the monsters appearing around you and are just looking to destroy and keep yourself alive.
Awesome Devil is an idle game, so the battling can be left alone and your little character will make it's way through the enemies on their own, using all of the tools and powers at their disposal. It's a game that's easy to dip in and out of, and the look of the monsters are very captivating!Download Awesome Devil: Idle RPG!
Idle Farming Empire
The game resembles HayDay, Township, or any other farm simulator that you’ve played. However, there’s a difference - Idle Farming Empire is an idle game, so you don’t have to toil much in your digital farm.
You start with a small piece of land and planting crops. Eventually, you will be making investments, upgrading farm equipment, and automating the entire operation. You can also collect different kinds of crops and animals and even control the weather for better profits.Download Idle Farming Empire
Idle Frontier: Tap Town Tycoon
You get to build a whole town from scratch and then run it like you’re the mayor. The whole point of this game is to start building a town, expand the territory, develop it, hire people, and claim the title of tycoon in this Tap Town.
To fund these operations, you have to keep mining gold and cash. And as you develop and upgrade the town, you can automate these functions with the right investments.
Oh, and it has a Wild West theme - so you can expect deserts, trains, and other fun elements in the game.Download Idle Frontier: Tap Town Tycoon
Call of Dragons
Much like the name suggests, there are dragons involved in this one - and you even get to train a bunch of those.
The game takes you to Tamaris - a land infested with ‘behemoths,’ which are large, ancient creatures like dragons and hydras. Your goal is to capture and train these behemoths and make them a part of your army. As you probably might've guessed, it's a strategy game, where you'll have to wait a lot later to produce resources, armies or build anything, and this is why it's also an idle game.
Artstyle will remind you a lot of Rise of Kingdoms, but this one has more focus on fantasy than ROK. It's a good choice for players that loved ROK, but were missing fantasy elements and magical creatures.Download Call of Dragons
Now, Idle Apocalypse is something that you might not have played before.
In the game, your goal is to build a tower high into the sky and deep under the ground. You can start a cult, create monsters, and unleash the summoned idols to bring an apocalypse. And all this happens with a few clicks. There’s no seeming end to this idle clicker, as there’s lots of loot to be hunted.
It feels good to be a villain once in a while, especially if you can just lay back and watch the world burn on its own.Download Idle Apocalypse
In a way, you can say that Cookie Clicker was one of the first ‘tap tap’ idle games, and it remains popular to this day. The original app by Orteil & Opti is available on Google Play Store as well as the App Store.
Much like the name suggests, all you have to do is click on the cookie to make them and then buy things that help you make cookies. There are countless levels to progress through, multiple upgrades to be made, and delicious cookies to be made.
There’s also Cookie Clicker 2 if you want to experience some advanced mechanics in the classic game.
We made a Cookie Clicker strategy guide, which will help you with the basics, but there are also some advanced tips too for those who are already familiar with the game.Download Cookie Clicker
Idle Miner Tycoon
Idle Miner Tycoon literally lets you dig gold.
You step into the shoes of a miner, level up, build a mining business, and become a tycoon. As you might have guessed, the goal here is to build and expand your mining business worth millions.
There’s a lot to do here - set up your mine factories, make investments, hire managers, automate the mines, and much more. And, of course, you get to mine coal, gold, jade, and many other precious items without having to click too much.Download Idle Miner Tycoon
Summoner's Greed: Idle Hero RPG
In Summoner’s Greed, you’d be playing the Robinhood… kind of.
You, a summoner, start by stealing precious treasure from the King’s castle and go on a run. The king has alarmed his forces, who are now hot on your heels.
To defend yourself and the precious loot, you must set up defenses, summon monsters and minions, and cast powerful spells. You have to stand your ground against the waves and waves of the king’s army.
If you need help picking the best characters, we made a Summoners Greed tier list that sorts all of them!Download Summoner's Greed: Idle TD Hero
Prison Empire Tycoon
It’s like becoming a business tycoon but in prison.
You start by running a low-security prison, expanding your business, building your reputation, and working your way up. The goal is to build a business inside the prison system and make a high-security prison by making strategic decisions.
There’s a lot to do - you have to cater to inmates’ needs, prevent riots, upgrade the cells, manage your staff, make investments, ensure the prison's security, and much more.
In addition to this, you also have to rehabilitate prisoners, which will give you a good name in the government and society.Download Prison Empire Tycoon
These are all of the idle games for Android that we think are worth checking out! We are, of course going to update the list now and then as soon as we find something worth adding.