Top 15 best story games for Android
If you are done with shooters and city-building games and are looking for some of the best story-driven games you can enjoy playing on Android, then this post is just for you. In this list, we will cover the top 10 best story games for Android that you should try.
Most people play games for mindless fun, but a few fall in love with them because of their stories. Any well-written narrative can transport you into a virtual world filled with exciting characters and a rich story. Titles like Old Man's Journey, Ticket to Earth and 80 days are examples of great stories.
Recently numerous story-driven games have popped up. Both indie developers and big gaming studios have released a ton of great titles on Google Play. There are over thousands of Android story games available on Google Play, but only a handful of them are good and worth playing. So, if you are tired of downloading random narrative-driven games and then deleting them after 5 minutes, this list of best story games for Android will save you time searching.
We will keep updating this list as and when more story games arrive on Android or if any of the titles receive any new content. We will also mention any significant changes that we spot every time. So let's get into our list of the 15 best story games for Android.
Please note: Since some of the best story-driven games are premium, we have included them on the list. However, our list also has plenty of options for free-to-play gamers.
Life is Strange
Life is Strange is a choice-based narrative game developed and published by Square Enix. It was released in 2018 and has made a name for itself by putting players in difficult situations and presenting unexpected consequences. In Life is Strange, you step in the shoes of Max Caulfield, a teen photographer who is on a quest to uncover the fate of a missing person and prevent a mysterious storm from destroying her town.
It is a five-part episodic game and what makes it different from other story-based games is that players can rewind time and alter the past, present and future. Remember that your choices matter and can affect certain aspects of the game, like in The Walking Dead.
You can download Life is Strange for free from Google Play.
Old Man's Journey
Old Man's Journey is a premium title costing $1.99, but it's worth every penny. It's all about a soul-searching adventure about life's precious moments, broken dreams and changed plans. It's a beautifully crafted point-and-click adventure title that will make you emotional.
Since its release in 2017, it has won over 17 international awards, including the Google Play Award, Emotional Game Award, Best Art Award and Innovation Award. In Old Man's Journey, the entire narrative is visual, and it proves you don’t always need words to tell a great story.
You can download Old Man's Journey from Google Play for just $1.99. It's also available with a Google Play Pass subscription.
Sara Is Missing
Sara Is Missing is an excellent choice if you want an unconventional story game. As the name suggests, Sara goes missing, and you search through her phone to learn how exactly what happened. There are various apps to interact with, videos, photo galleries, contacts to text and call, notes to read and so on.
While the story might make it look like a phone simulator, it's an adventure story game for Android where you need to solve puzzles and decode messages to uncover secret stories and complete your investigation into Sara's disappearance.
You can download Sara Is Missing for free from Google Play.
Ticket to Earth
Ticket to Earth is set in the future on a colony planet called New Providence where life isn't as marvelous as everyone thought. Ticket to Earth tells the story of Rose as she forms a team of heroes to battle various mutants. They also have to take care of the corrupt government.
Ticket to Earth was released in 2017, and its final chapter (the 4th episode) was released in 2019, so if you are someone like me who likes to play finished titles, then this puzzle RPG is going to be an excellent choice for you.
You can download Ticket to Earth from Google Play for $4.99. It's also available with a Google Play Pass subscription.
Sorcery! is an interactive adventure story game for Android based on the Steven Jackson books from the Fighting Fantasy series. As in the books, you get to choose your adventure. You pick where to go and what decisions to make as you fight monsters, meet strangers and solve deadly puzzles.
But in Sorcery! whenever you fail, you have to go back to the start. The game also features a fun spell system where you have to remember and draw symbols. So if you want to set on an epic adventure in a land of monsters, traps and magic, try Sorcery!
You can download Sorcery! from Google Play for $5.99. It's also available with a Google Play Pass subscription.
The next title on the list that is definitely worth your attention is a narrative thriller about teenagers and their adventures. The action takes place on a military island where you can meet the main character and her stepbrother. Here you should make your decisions carefully because they directly affect the plot and lead to serious consequences.
By the way, Oxenfree has multiple endings, so you can try to complete the story a few times to discover all of them. If you are looking for more information about the game, make sure to check our Oxenfree review.
You can download Oxenfree for free from Google Play.
80 Days is another title developed and published by inkle Ltd on this list. They are also the developers of Sorcery! 80 Days is a gamebook based on the famous novel 'Around the World in Eighty Days'
In 80 Days, you step in the shoes of Phileas Fogg and choose which routes to take and visit different cities to complete your journey. It features airships, underwater trains and giant floating cities. On your journey, you will have to make tough decisions, such as whether to bribe your way onto early departures or not.
You can get 80 Days from Google Play for $5.99. It's also available with a Google Play Pass subscription.
OPUS: Rocket of Whispers
If you like stories with intense emotions, then OPUS: Rocket of Whispers might be perfect for you. Set in a distant snowclad land, players get to play as two survivors of an apocalyptic plague. Your goal is to help them build a rocket, so the ghosts of the deceased can return to the cosmos.
The story for OPUS: Rocket of Whispers is written by the same award-winning writer who penned OPUS: The Day We Found Earth - so you can expect a gripping, heartwarming tale. To add to the effect, the visuals are pleasant yet minimalistic, which helps build the right atmosphere.
OPUS: Rocket of Whispers is a free-to-play title, and you can download it from Google Play.
Spiritfarer is an adventure platformer in the world of magic, in which you will have to travel and develop your boat. You will have to explore the world and search for resources. Why? Well, you need to use resources to improve the boat. If you are looking for a relaxing story where you do not need to fight, Spiritfarer is one of the best options.
This title has an incredible atmosphere and a good soundtrack. Moreover, Spiritfarer is the winner of the Pocket Gamer Awards 2022 as the best storytelling game, voted by the audience! That tells more than we ever could.
You can download Forgotton Spiritfarer from Google Play.
Forgotton Anne is a critically acclaimed story game for Android set in a world called the Forgotten Lands. You play as Anne, the enforcer who keeps order in the Forgotten lands, as she sets out to squash a rebellion that might prevent her master, Bonku and herself from returning to the human world.
Forgotton Anne is a very story-heavy title. You also have to solve light puzzles on your journey to move ahead. It is one of the most beautifully crafted story games I have seen. It features hand-drawn animated styles, and the lovely art style is backed by a splendid soundtrack performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.
You can download Forgotton Anne from Google Play.
The Walking Dead: The Game
The Walking Dead became an instant hit on mobile devices and still remains on the top of most downloaded apps. This game is an extremely addictive quest with interactive cinema elements. The Walking Dead offers a fascinating story, a constant choice of further actions, and a very emotional ending.
Even if you have previously played The Walking Dead on a PC or console, you should still try it on your phone. The mobile version is just as good, and now the story of survivors in the world of The Walking Dead will always be in your pocket!
You can download The Walking Dead from Google Play
The Wolf Among Us
The Wolf Among Us is one of the best quest and story games. The whole world of The Wolf Among Us is inhabited by characters from popular fairy tales, but in the game, they act in a completely different way and sometimes do quite strange things.
To create this project, Telltale acquired the rights to Fables comics, which tell unusual stories with well-known fairy tale characters. This game allows you to look at your favorite characters from the other perspective. If you are looking for an interesting and strange story, The Wolf Among Us will be a great option!
You can download The Wolf Among Us from Google Play.
The Bard's Tale
The game is about a slacker bard who suddenly has to save the world, although he has absolutely no desire to do this and only wants to earn some money. In The Bard's Tale, your hero will have magical abilities and many exciting quests.
The first impression might be wrong because The Bard's Tale tells a simple story about saving the world, but after playing it for a few hours, you will understand how exciting this story is. In addition, the game has a very good sense of humor. Thus, you should give it a chance!
You can download The Bard's Tale from Google Play.
To the Moon
To The Moon is another game with a cute and touching story. The plot is about a company that provides a very unique service - they help the client to reach his desire. However, these desires are fulfilled in dreams and serve as consolation for people who are about to die.
A kind old man Johnny wants to visit the moon. To help the client to achieve his desire, employees of the company will have to go straight into his memories, relive the most significant moments of his life and figure out what is really behind his desire to get to the moon.
You can download To The Moon from Google Play.
Beholder has an exciting concept, you will have to play a character who is a manager of an apartment building. The plot of this game takes place in a dystopia, and the main character is not just a manager but also a spy, and his main task is to spy on the residents.
In this game, the player always has a choice of how to deal with the offender, and this choice is almost always associated with moral and material consequences. If you are looking for a game with complicated choices, Beholder is one of the best options!
You can download Beholder from Google Play.
With this, we come to the end of our list of the top 15 best story games for Android. If you think we missed out on any of the titles that should have been on this list, then do let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, you can read about the best narrative adventure games you can play right now.