The best Android adventure games

The time had come, adventure games all pretty much looked the same. There were text adventures, then a new generation of text adventures with better graphics, then point and click adventures like Monkey Island and Broken Sword.

But the genre has exploded since the invention of the smartphone, going in so many different directions that we don’t even know what an adventure game is anymore. This list covers all the bases, from cutting-edge storytelling experiences to chilling political allegories.

A modern take on the adventure genre with a story that will captivate you from the start. The best adventure games make you think in different ways, and Life is Strange definitely does.

The image is a poster for the game "life is strange".  The poster uses what appear to be hand-drawn doodle graphics of a white forest, with a portrait of the game's female protagonist glued to the poster.  Graphics "life is strange" appears on the left.

The game follows a senior photography student as she discovers she has the ability to reverse and change time. The game has an episodic structure where you control your interactions with other characters, providing a truly immersive experience.

A wonderful story of lonely robots in a strange, wordless future.

You play as a robot that has been exiled to scrap metal and you must solve puzzles, collect items, and build yourself in order to find your way back to the city. Your robot girlfriend is waiting for your rescue.

You’ve probably played Machinarium by now, but if you haven’t, you should definitely pick it up. Alternatively, try one of Amanita Design’s other sets.

A few bronze-colored robots stand atop a pile of junk, looking towards the camera, with a lost world in the background.

If you’re looking for your next murder investigation pretending to be in an episode of The X-Files, then you’ve come to your destination. Thimbleweed Park is a graphic adventure game set in a small town populated by characterful locals. Each has their own unique personality, and the game will reveal that to you as you investigate them, one by one. On top of this classic graphic adventure format is a tone of dark humor – what’s not to love?

The Thimbleweed Park poster.  The image depicts a man and women investigating a corpse.  The evening light shines coldly on their backs, while their faces and the forest they are in are darkened.

An interesting premise for a game – can you get away with killing your husband? At the sea! puts you in the shoes of a woman who has just pushed her other half out of a boat and now has to interact with the passengers and pretend to be innocent.

A poster for the Android game "At the sea!" The image features the main protagonist in front of a group of other game characters. In front of the small group of characters are the graphics "At the sea!  Get away with murder".

As the game is quite difficult, you probably won’t be able to do it at first. However, with more parts of the game, you’ll soon know how to best trick your fellow travelers.

The White Door is a psychological mystery adventure game that follows a man who wakes up in a mental health institute. His main problem: he doesn’t remember anything about how he got there or how long he’s been there.

A screenshot of the game "The white door".  The screen is split into two halves, vertically.  On the left side of the screen, a man is in a room which contains a bed, a toilet, a table, a few tables and some chairs.  The man is standing near the bathroom mirror.  On the right side of the screen, the man appears to be brushing his teeth in the mirror - it's a closer shot than the previous one.

As you progress through the game you will understand why you are here. A point-and-click style mechanic is how you play the game, and you’ll advance the game by discovering and sticking to your daily routine.