Updated August 5, 2019: New entries added

Nothing screams 'video games' at you like a good action game. In whatever form it takes, blasting or slicing through a bunch of virtual goons is a perennial favourite pastime.

That's as true on mobile as it is on any other platform. And what a gloriously varied bunch we have to choose from. We've got first person shooters, third person action games, old school shmups, twin-stick blasters, and intense hack-and-slashers.

There are even sub-genres within those staples. These days, it's not unusual to find Android games that tick more than one of those boxes.

As a result, it's been surprisingly difficult to pick out just 25 top action games for Android. But here they are.