Hack and slash games and beat ’em up games bring out the primal fun in video games. The simplicity of the button mashing and the satisfaction of mowing down hundreds of adversaries is one of the core experiences of early video games. There are plenty of games like that on Android. Here are the best hack and slash games on Android!
Beat Street is an old school style beat-em-up game. It’s a 2D side scroller with a bunch of playable characters. The game features single-handed controls, a story to play through, and a good action pace. Each character has a variety of abilities and the story is good enough to drive the player forward. This reminds us a lot of older SNES and SEGA beat-em-ups like Streets of Rage and similar titles.
Blackmoor 2 is a side-scrolling hack and slash game. It reminds a lot of old arcade games from the 1990’s. The game also features platformer mechanics as well as some RPG elements. You get a story mode along with a co-op multiplayer and a PvP multiplayer as well. You can even build your own dungeons, share them, and play through them with the level editor. This is one of the more unique hack and slash games on Android.
Blade Bound is one of the newer hack and slash games. It also comes with RPG elements. There is a narrative story line that drives the game forward. Additionally, there are a bunch of various attacks and spells to learn. The game also features a ton of gear, boss fights, three difficulty levels, weekly challenges, and more. It’s a freemium game and that’s a bummer. However, the mechanics are solid and it’s one of the better hack and slash games.
Brawl Stars is Supercell’s take on the beat-em-up genre. You and other players team up and battle other players online. Every mode is a PvP mode, but there are a few different game variants to play. Some of them are classic arcade action while others contain MOBA elements. Players can also unlock and upgrade brawlers and the game gets plenty of balance updates. It’s not traditional, but it’s fun.
Dan the Man is one of the better beat ’em up games. It calls itself an action-platformer. You navigate through levels, beat up tons of bad guys, and fight various bosses. The game also includes various gear, character customizations, and a few different game modes. That includes an endless survival mode where you just beat the tar out of stuff for as long as possible. It plays a bit like a retro action platformer. It is a freemium game, though, and that’s not so great.
Dungeon Hunter 5 is one of the most popular hack and slash games on mobile. It’s also an action RPG so you get all of those elements as well. The game has a ton of quests, a story, a metric ton of loot to collect, and co-op multiplayer as well as PvP. This is simply a baseline into the genre and there are a ton of other great games such as Eternium, AdventureQuest 3D, and others. You really can’t go wrong with any of them and it’s mostly a matter of preference.
Icey is a slightly more modern take on hack and slash games. It has decent graphics, smooth controls, and decent game play. It’s a side scroller with a unique story. The narrator is always trying to trip you up and make you do the wrong things. The game also features a brisk pace, truly fun combat mechanics, boss fights, and more. We also quite like that it’s a premium game with a single $2.99 payment. This is a really nice diamond in the rough for this genre.
Nonstop Chuck Norris and Nonstop Knight are two very excellent beat ’em up games. They’re also both basically the same game. You start the game, beat up a bunch of bad guys, level up, and try to keep that going for as long as possible. The game includes boss fights, tons of enemies, gear, and more. The Chuck Norris version also comes with a selection of handy Chuck Norris facts. Both games are freemium titles as well. However, unlike most, these don’t require an Internet connection to play. They’re offline friendly.
PPKP is one of the newer beat-em-up games on Android. It features simple controls, colorful graphics, and a retro style. You play through and beat up a bunch of bad guys as usual. There are also boss fights and a small upgrade mechanic in the background. The game is demonstrably simple so don’t expect anything too deep. However, the action and pacing are certainly there and it’s a fun game.
SEGA Forever is an awesome thing. SEGA is slowly porting a bunch of their old Genesis games to mobile. Some of them make for excellent, old school hack and slash games. Kid Chameleon, Streets of Rage (1 and 2), Altered Beast, Comix Zone, and a few others round out a very good selection of games. Unlike most, these aren’t freemium. The free versions have ads while the full version don’t. They are retro and the controls can be a little weird at times. However, they are relatively cheap, old console games.
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