Some of the best new music games can be found on smartphones thanks to a lot of talented developers and the fit of the genre on touchscreen devices. The best Android music games let gamers tap and swipe with the rhythm, putting their phone’s touchscreen to good use.
As with most genre’s finding the best music games on Android can be difficult as Google Play isn’t always the best place to discover games. The list limits games to one per publisher in order to keep things a bit more manageable. So here’s a list of 10 of the best mobile music & rhythm games around, in no particular order.
The Best Android Music Games
Rayark International is perhaps the king of the Android music game genre, and Cytus II is the company’s latest mobile hit. The game’s high tech DJ theme shines thanks to some smart design decisions and an aesthetic that matches the game’s concept. Cytus II has a 30+ song tracklist as part of the base game and more songs that can be unlocked via (slightly pricey) in app purchases. Cytus II is $1.99 and contains in app purchases.
This Android music game looks a lot like a runner but plays like a rhythm game. Players tap on one side of the screen to attack enemies on the ground, and the other side of the screen to attack flying enemies, all to the beat of one of the game’s 30 songs. It’s a simple but well executed gameplay mechanic, augmented by boss fights, multiple unlockable characters, pets, and more. Check out Android Sloth’s Muse Dash review for more information on the game. Muse Dash is $2.99 (currently on sale for $1.99) and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!
BanG Dream offers a combination of hero collection and classic rhythm gameplay as players build their band and tap along to the game’s playlist. With more than 40 songs, a multiplayer mode, and some cutscenes that offer a deeper look at some of the cast’s personalities, BanG has plenty of content for players to explore. BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! is free and contains in app purchases.
Ride Zero combines the look of a SHMUP with the gameplay of a rhythm game. Players are tasked with deflecting bullets to the beat as they take on enemies in the game’s sci-fi world. The game has 50+ songs to play through, high scores, multiple difficulty levels, and a story. Ride Zero is free and contains in app purchases.
RhythmStar: Music Adventure
Part hero collection RPG part music game, Rhythm Star has players collect a team of heroes and take on their enemies in battles where their rhythm skills can make all the difference. Though the hero collection and loot crate mechanics may play too big of a role in the game for some people’s tastes, RhythmStar does offer more than 100 tracks and offline play. RhythmStar: Music Adventure is free and contains ads and in app purchases.