Updated on September 19, 2021: New entries added, updated with download links

Looking for the greatest adrenaline surge titles that you can play on your phone or tablet? Today we are going to talk about the best action games for Android!

What is an action game? We often see games given that description, but what does it mean, exactly?

They aren't a specific genre. Head to the Action Games section of the Google Play Store, and you'll find all manner of shooters, beat-'em-ups, platformers, and arcade oddities. The term signifies something altogether more visceral. A feeling of empowerment and aggression.

To put it a little more crudely, if you're getting your virtual kicks through some form of real-time violence, then you're probably playing an action game. That doesn't really narrow things down all that much, does it? Thankfully, we have a handy list of 25 top exceptional Android action games to help with that.

Don't see your personal favourite on there? Let us know in the comments below.

Original list by Jon Mundy, updated by Pocket Gamer Staff.