Aug 14 AT 3:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 45 Comments

Top 10 First & Third Person Shooters for Android


What are the best games to show off the power of your new Android device? First person shooters normally push the limits of mobile graphics processors and Android has a growing library of quality titles. We’ve been playing first person shooters since the early days of Android, so we rounded up our Top 10 picks. Read on to see if your favorite game made our list.

Tips before you make a purchase

Please read the user reviews of a game before you make a purchase. It helps to filter reviews by your device and the latest version. Some games might play great on one phone, but have a lot of issues with another device.

1. Modern Combat 3

Why we love it: Experience different types of gameplay: escort, destroy, helicopter, 4×4 chase, etc. Fight through a 13-mission campaign from Los Angeles to Pakistan. Enter multiplayer battles for up to 12 players in 6 exclusive maps and 7 different modes.

Why you might not: Lots of 1-star reviews complain the game crashes on their device.


2. Mass Effect Infiltrator

Why we love it: Engage enemies with unique swipe and tap combat controls. Unleash biotic powers, stealth cloak abilities and devastating melee attacks. Upgrade your gear and performance with credits — the quicker and more stylish your kills, the more credits you’ll earn.

Why you might not: The swipe and tap controls are hard to learn for beginners, but once you master them the game really opens up.


3. Shadowgun

Why we love it: Advanced lighting effects, beautifully rendered environments, and pro voices. Advanced combat A.I. – enemies flank, seek cover, and utilize teamwork to take you down. Free expansion pack adds new levels, guns, enemies, graphics, animations and cutscenes. Supports controllers.

Why you might not: The story is pretty lacking. No multiplayer.


4. N.O.V.A. 3

Why we love it: Amazing graphics including real-time shadow & lights, particle system, ragdoll physics, and more. Fight in 10 immersive levels across the galaxy, from a war-torn Earth to a frozen Volterite city. Multiple weapons and powers: Run, shoot, drive vehicles, and pilot a mech to defeat hordes of enemies. Join 12-player battles in 6 multiplayer modes (Capture the Point, Free-for-All, Capture the Flag, etc.) on 6 different maps.

Why you might not: Doesn’t play well on Tegra 3 devices.


5. 9mm

Why we love it: Dive headlong into this stylish third-person shooter game where you’ll jump and fire clip after clip from your guns in stunning slow motion stunts to take out rooms full of criminals. A hip-hop/rap soundtrack that intensifies the tone of the game. Catch gang leaders and informants alive, chasing them through city streets and taking them aside for a not-so-friendly chat in the interrogation challenge.

Why you might not: Tons of profanity. Single player campaign is short.


6. Deer Hunter Reloaded

Why we love it: The most realistic and authentic hunting sim. New X-RAY mode to target specific organs. Version 3.0 adds night vision, knife attacks, and new animals.

Why you might not: Game uses a freemium model and encourages in-app purchase to progress through the game.


7. Dead Trigger

Why we love it: Smash hordes of bloodthirsty zombies. Stunning graphics with advanced lighting and post-process effects. Character animations recorded using high-end motion capture. Supports extended effects like ragdoll physics and water simulation on Tegra 3 devices. Supports controllers.

Why you might not: Gets repetitive pretty quick. There are four basic types of missions and only a handful of maps.


8. Dead Space

Why we love it: Navigate six varied environments and battle Necromorphs with simple swipe and tap controls. Fully voice-acted stereo soundtrack, plus a movie-quality score and sound effects. Immerse yourself in bloodcurdling events that unleash the Necromorph horde.

Why you might not: Lots of 1-star reviews complain that the game crashes on their device. Not supported on some newer phones.


9. Frontline Commando

Why we love it: Free to play. Emerge from destructible cover points to take down helicopters, jeeps and heavily defended enemy bases. Fight off increasingly difficult waves of enemies over a variety of combat mission types. Take to the frontline with an artillery of assault rifles, sniper rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers, med kits, armor and more.

Why you might not: Freemium play model encourages in-app purchases.


10. Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies

Why we love it: First Call of Duty game for Android. Adapted from the best-selling console hit and built specifically for tablets and smartphones. Play solo or join a team of up to 4 players via Wi-Fi as you mow down hordes of zombies using a variety of weapons and perks only available in the Call of Duty zombie experience. Includes “Dead-Ops Arcade,” a 50-level zombie gauntlet that provides the ultimate undead challenge for fans of Call of Duty’s signature zombie warfare.

Why you might not: Game is only supported on the Sony Xperia Play for now. Should come to additional devices around September 3rd.


Honorable Mentions

We limited this list to our Top 10 picks, but there are plenty of other great shooters out there. Some notables that you might want to check out include N.O.V.A. 2, Modern Combat 2, Max Payne, Critical Strike Portable, Six-Guns, and Contract Killer: Zombies.

Let us know if we missed your favorite first or third person shooter, so we can check it out and maybe add it to the list next time.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • BigCiX

    About three of those games don’t work on my One X.

    • jmon

      same goes for me with on my galaxy s3 and the games were made by gameloft.

      • Jon Garrett

        which ones?

      • Quan

        Only Call of Duty is compatible with my phone.

    • Matt

      Thanks for that. Which 3 don’t work on your Onex?

    • Brian

      About 6 of them work on my Galaxy R Style

    • andrej

      lol all games work 4 my huawei ascend g300 of curse not the call of duty…

      • jay

        How, is your phone rooted?

  • Al

    How does Modern Combat 3 work on N7? I’m wary of buying another game from Gameloft, I bought 9mm and it doesn’t work on my N7 :|

    • Taylor Wimberly

      MC3 plays great on the Nexus 7!

    • ritz

      good news for micromax canvas 2 is all of these game works….i completed 9mm,mc3 and 4,and nova3….rest of these are bout a piece of cake!!!!

  • Chris Lewis

    Call of Duty Zombies is going to be so sick! I’ll be buying it the minute it come out!!!!

    • MrCrusha

      Its not that good.

  • Homncruse

    Is this going to be a trend? Will you be focusing on other genres as well? I’m more of an RPG gamer than a FPS gamer (though admittedly, I find that I don’t do much mobile gaming – even RPGs).

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yes this is a trend. I will need help with RPGs because I don’t play that many.

      • Adryan maldonado

        heres a start for you taylor. Final Fantasy 3, Final Fantasy 1&2(not sure this could count as one game but it really is 2 games), This game could count but its such a good mixture its hard to classify it but dungeon defenders is great game as well

      • Adryan maldonado

        heck i think even the game dev story could be counted as rpg to some degree. It has a certain rpg quality with the characters that fill different rolls and have certain strengths and weaknesses that you can build and level up sooo i would personally count it.

  • SCdF

    So I bought Shadowgun to try it out on my Prime, and I *hated* the controls. It just felt gross and sloppy to play.

    Am I right? Or do I just need to give the game more time and I’ll get used to it?

    • grellanl

      I find that about pretty much any FPS using touchscreen controls. Shadowgun does have great controller support though (so do the other madfinger games). Try it with an XBox controller.

  • droidlte

    What about support for Bluetooth controllers? You mention not liking the controls in one of the games. Might be interesting if you listed if wireless controllers work with any of these games. I don’t have any experience, but I might be more apt to download and play if I can use a controller…and I’d mhl/hdmi it out to a screen.

  • Alex Belko

    in modern combat 3 there was a level on a vehicle which suffered serious fps drop for me and some levels are too hard for touchscreen controls, a good game though. Mass effect deleted my saves somehow and I don’t feel like playing from the beginning all over again, but it’s a great shooter. Dead Trigger is fun with good graphics, but it would be great if it was not just a silly shooter

  • shadowxof

    I wish I could play some of these games because so many of them look to be really awesome. Majority of these games don’t play on my HTC One S which I have yet to figure out if its because my phone can’t handle these games (unlikely) or because both EA and Gameloft are too lazy to make these available.

  • Himmat

    Is 1-10 good to bad? If so, please explain why Dead Space languishes behind so many worse games?

  • RobBull75

    Normally, I hate ranking lists, but this is one I can agree with.

  • Luke Evans

    Both Frontline commando and Deadtrigger use IAP, but there is a big difference here! Frontline commando is a rip off, Deadtrigger is good value. I would love to see your reviews reflect value for money with In App Purchases!

  • Sol

    Modern Combat was the first and last Gameloft I bought for my Nexus 7.
    No idea wht the hype is about; the control are terrible. What’s worse, those crooks at Gameloft only provide a small apk/file when you buy from the Play Store, and when you first launch the game, it starts downloading game data from their own sh*t slow mirror, which takes between 10 – 15 minutes (it shouldn’t on my 100mbps connection), so even when you start the game and realized it controls horribly, your 15 minute refund window is long gone. Dead Trigger’s controls are much better than MC3′s, imho.

    Meh, I’m not really a shooter guy anyway. Just waiting for Baldur’s Gate Enhanced and the next GTA port (hopefully one with motorcycles this time) to come out. Till then, I’ll be sticking to Kairosoft offerings.

  • rsanchez1

    Out of this list, my favorites are Mass Effect: Infiltrator, Dead Trigger, and Dead Space. ME just because I’m a huge ME fanboy and love playing in the same universe on my phone. Dead Trigger because I think they have the best touchscreen controls. Dead Space because it’s just so darn good, just like the PC version, though I’m still too scared to finish both!

  • doombadger

    Dead Trigger FTW! Best game in this list by a metric fukton.

  • Alberto

    Awesome list! I almost played all of them! Need to try CoD: Zombies!

  • amplwp

    Have several of these games on my SIII and they worked fine. Just need to find the time to transfer them to my Nexus 7 and start some serious kick butt gaming!

  • BrotherBloat

    I require a more awesome device, for sure… those games look sweet :D

  • Blaatschaap

    All the games I want to try need to be paid for… Don’t think my desire HD can keep up with em though

  • tylerfoy

    Wasn’t aware of a few of these, bet they’ll look good on my TF201! Thanks!

  • bgssilva

    Shadowgun and NOVA 3 is a amazing games! i like very much

  • Wackykayaky

    Why hasn’t this been updated in four months?!

  • soulpyro

    Shadowgun has some good graphics but I don’t like opening 30 ammo crates to get the same damn shotgun over and over and over again…

    Dead Space was fantastic, graphics were great, NEVER crashed on me with simple controls(that locked up every once in a while during important parts.) That allow for smooth gameplay.
    P.S. word of advice when it says use a headset before the game when the app starts USE IT or your cheating yourself of a great experience.

    DEAD TRIGGER was the best controls were easy to use graphics were ambrosia to my brain and the physics were flawless, the game has a diverse selection of weaponry, but only if youre willing to day after day save your gold(not the money, the “special currency”) until you have enough to get what you want, unlike most mobile fps games this one has tue feature to buy gadget which depending in how you use them can be the difference between completing a level with no ammo or dieing inches from the objective
    ALWAYS have gadgets with you end your top three gun
    (Keep in mind that stats count in this game look at your guns stats, upgrade them, and use the gun that suits you and the situation the most(mission briefing)
    P.S. watch your back

  • cduran1983

    I love Dead Space and GTA III. Play them both on my TF101

  • kenneth yaw

    Just got black ops zombies on my hacked nook tablet and it fuckin rocks!

    • mateo

      What app is it on

  • Foregone

    You should add The Conduit HD to this list! Just came out a week or two ago.

  • abhijith

    Could anyone tell which games works great from those list of games for galaxy s advance upgraded to 4.1.2 jb having 768mb ram its dual core processor with mali 400 chip

  • mario sanchez

    my fav shooting game is cs portable

  • goldenhark

    hey you didn’t include brother in arms. that game rocks

  • Iden

    You Guys forgot; Call of Mini: Infinity! Its a great, free third person shooter, never crashes, easy to learn and is very similar to Halo. Its actually a striking similarity that you would love. Get it!!

  • SeriousHitman

    On my galaxy ace 2 is working 7 of those games.