Fighting games may not be the most popular genre anymore, but the people who still love the genre are among the most loyal of any gamers. Unfortunately, fighting games haven’t been as rampant on Android as many would’ve hoped and there aren’t many amazing options available. That said, we found some of the best fighting games for Android that we’d like to share with you.
Animelee is an animal themed fighting game. It features a variety of animals and each one has their own set of moves. There are 14 characters in total along with customizations, a story mode, and more. The developers also let the players vote on what character they want to see next. The game has a history of bugs that may be a detriment to some. However, it's goofy, fun premise for those who don't take it too seriously. It's also one of only a few totally free fighting games.
EA Sports UFC is one of the most popular fighting games currently available. It features decent graphics, a roster of 70 MMA fighters (including both male and female stars), and tons of in-game content to play with. The controls are pretty bad. Most of it is just tapping or swiping. There isn't hardly any room for creativity. However, it's not a bad way to spend five minutes at a time. It's an EA Sports game that has in-app purchases. Many fans of EA games know what to expect with that.
Fatal Fury Special is an arcade port. The series was big in the 1990's and now it's on mobile. The game includes retro graphics, a cast of 16 characters, and more. The game is based off of Fatal Fury 2. However, it has received updates to graphics, game play, and game balance. There is also a new combo system in place. It includes a classic fighting game button layout for combos and movement along with local multiplayer over Bluetooth. It was fun in the arcades and it's fun now. Best of all, there are no in-app purchases.
Fight Club bills itself as an action-adventure fighting game. The game contains 20 levels, various equipment to help yourself out, and even some super powers. It has nothing to do with the movie of the same name. Well, most of the fighting takes place in dimly lit basements or at night. Aside from that, though, there is no resemblance. It's a decent little time killer that should get you through a few afternoons. The only downside is the advertising. It's fairly aggressive and annoying.
Fighting Tiber - Liberal is one of the older fighting games. It's also pretty good. You start in an area and you must beat up a number of opponents instead of just one. The mechanics are predominately fighting with grapples, special moves, and combos to help you along the way. It also features a number of fighting styles, weapons, and more that you can use to beat up the bad guys. It has a campaign mode where you must save your girlfriend and fight for your life to survive. Not bad for a completely free game.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is another one of the most popular fighting games out there. However, like most popular fighting games, the mechanics are a little bogus. It's mostly just tapping a bunch of times until someone wins. Aside from that, it comes with a decent roster of DC Comics heroes, tons of stuff to do in the game, and online multiplayer. For those wondering, it plays almost the same as Mortal Kombat X. It's also worth noting that Injustice 2 is currently in the pre-registration stage at Google Play. That will likely replace this one.
Iron Kill: Robot Fighting Game has been around for a while and has a bit of a lame name, but it’s a decent fighter. It allows you to pick a robot and go head to head against other robots. Much like the fighting games of old, there is a branched storyline you can play through. You can also level up your robot to become more powerful. It has a variety of events, including league wars, restricted fights, and limited time events to keep things interesting. It’s not the most complex of the fighting games. However, it's still not half bad.
Punch Boxing 3D is the first of a few boxing games on this list. As with most boxing games, the game play is a bit slower than combo fighters and you rely more on block and strike moves rather than movement. The graphics are alright and the controls seem to function as intended. It's a bit unfortunate that your controls are essentially confined to block and punch, but that's how it goes sometimes. The audio is also pretty bad. You can also level up your character by fighting at the gym and there are a variety of accessories you can unlock.
Punch Hero is a less serious take on the boxing game genre. It features animated characters, tons of stuff to do, and plenty of character customization. The controls are also better than a lot of other fighting games. The game even gives you the option to add your own face. It plays well enough most of the time. However, it hasn't been updated since 2015. That means if you find a bug, chances are that it's permanent. It'll definitely work best on devices running older versions of Android.
Real Boxing 2 Rocky is the sequel to one of the best fighting games out there. You'll get to play as (and against) the popular fictional character as you fight. There is also a lot of stuff to do. You can challenge other fighters, engage in mini-games, battle bosses, and even create your own character. It has a selection of power ups and gear and that can turn the tide in battle for better or worse. The controls are pretty decent as are the graphics. There is also social mechanics in the form of leaderboards and gifts.
Real Steel is a series of robot fighting games from Reliance Games. Unlike most, these titles feature arcade style fighting controls. That means you'll have to move and hit on your own. There are four games in the robot fighting series, each with their own set of mechanics, looks, and stuff to do. The most popular one, Real Steel World Robot Boxing, includes customization, multiplayer, and a couple of other play modes. These are on the higher end of the fighting game spectrum.
Samurai Showdown II is one of the few pure combo fighting games on Android. It has a single cost so there are no freemium traps to get boggled up in. There are 15 characters that you can play with along with an expansive list of movies, special moves, and other mechanics. It also has two control schemes so you can play casually or for real if you prefer. You can even play against friends in local multiplayer mode using Bluetooth. It’s a classic.
Shadow Fight 2 is another one of the most popular fighting games out there. It features smooth game play and unique shadow-style graphics. You'll have to upgrade your character as you progress in order to fight tougher and tough opponents. There are also boss fights, gear to collect, and various weapons to play with. The weapons you use will determine things like your speed and reach. It has simple mechanics, but it makes up for it by being genuinely fun.
The King of Fighting is a series of fighting games by the SNK Corporation. They were once popular games in the arcade circuit. They feature retro style graphics, arcade style controls, and that fighting games charm from the 1990's. There are four games in the franchise and each one is slightly different from the others. They are also all pay-once games with no in-app purchases. They're not perfect by any stretch, but they're a lot better than most. SNK also did Samurai Shadowdown II, another excellent pay-once fighting game.
Sadly, WWE Immortals is about the only WWE game where fighting actually happens. Thankfully, the game itself is okay. It has similar mechanics to other mobile fighting games like Mortal Kombat X and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Since they were all developed by the same company, we guess that makes sense. This one has a variety of characters from the WWE, RPG elements, and online multiplayer battles. It's not amazing, but it's a good little time waster.