Best Android Games not on the Play Store

Although there are literally millions of games on the Play Store, there are some games that do not make it onto the marketplace. This doesn’t mean the games aren’t good enough, there are multiple reasons why a game may not make it onto the Play Store.

It could be that it violates Google’s Terms of Service, or it could have been removed after a stint on the store. In this article, we will look at some of the best games that aren’t available on the Play Store and where you can find them.

Best Android Games that aren’t on the Play Store

Call of Duty: Strike Team


Call of Duty: Strike Team is a first-person shooter for Android and iOS, where you can switch from first person to overhead drone shots.

You can command players to find cover, fire, secure objectives, and toss frags at enemy players in order to win the game. This is a strategic game that combines positioning tactics as well as map awareness and military tactics.

The game gives different campaign missions and a storyline that links together the available missions to make for interesting gameplay.

In first-person, you move around, fire, and switch between team members in order to achieve the same objectives that you would from the bird’s eye perspective. Download CoD: Strike First here:

Dead Space


Dead Space is a survival horror game mixed with science fiction, there is nothing about this game that is bad.

You control your character Isaac Clarke who is a ships systems engineer who is tasked with fighting his way through the starship that has become infested with aliens. The crew have been annihilated and reanimated and are now called Necromorphs.

Like any good survival horror, you engage with lots of different creatures that have different abilities and require you to change up your tactics in order to defeat them.

Cinematically this game is outrageous and striking and has been critically acclaimed for the visual experience that it gives the player. Definitely, one of the best games you can download that isn’t available on the Play Store.

Download Dead Space here:

Fortnite Battle Royale


If you haven’t played it, you have probably heard of it, Fortnite Battle Royale. This is one of the most popular Multiplayer Online games in the world and it is free to play.

You can play Fortnite Battle Royale single-player or in a squad of up to four players. Your objective is to eliminate all opponents by killing your team or if you are playing alone as an individual.

You parachute onto an island and scavenge for gear to defend yourself from the other 99 players on the map. Battle Royale is the companion to Fortnite: Save the World.

As you progress in this game the map basically shrinks down if you are caught outside of the safe zone, you will take damage.

If you have seen the film Battle Royale or even the less violent Hunger Games, it’s the same premise just in video game form. But this is one of the best games available outside of the Play Store for Android.

Download Fortnight Battle Royale here:

Duke Nukem 3D


Duke Nukem 3D is an action role-playing platform game from the original Duke Nukem franchise for PC, where you move through levels shooting enemies.

You can basically destroy almost anything on this game which is part of the fun of it. The reason it isn’t available on the Play Store is Duke Nukem contains nudity, pornography, and massive amounts of violence.

You can use air ducts, back doors, and sewers rather than your standard linear advancement in the game to escape and ambush your enemies. This is definitely a game for retro lovers of 90’s classics.

Download Duke Nukem 3D here:

Flappy Bird


Remember this game? Remember when it was literally all the rage? To the point, my own brother developed an app based on a similar premise back in the day.

But did you know that this game is no longer available on the Play Store? I know, crazy. But the developer of Flappy Bird made the decision to take it off the Play Store after being swarmed with media attention and because of the addiction, it caused amongst children and users.

This game was insanely annoying, to be honest, and for such a simple premise it made a massive impact on mobile gaming to the point I don’t feel like I need to even describe to you what it’s about. Do you want to relive the craze though?

This is a low storage game meaning you can download it without worry about it taking up a ton of space on your phone.

Download Flappy Bird here:

How to Download Android Games that aren’t in Play Store

Most app developers will adhere to the Play Store’s ToS’s because it gives them a huge platform for their app to be sold on.

Some developers are far more concerned with keeping the original integrity of the app they have created and so will host the game elsewhere for download. For instance, if the game is too violent or explicit it won’t be allowed on the Play Store.

However, some of the best Android apps are not available in the Play Store, with mobile games being the most common. For this reason, it can be worth downloading ones that aren’t readily available.

Firstly, to download any of the games mentioned in this article you will need to enable downloads from unknown sources, to do this:

  1. Go to ‘Settings.’
  2. Choose ‘Security.’
  3. Now select ‘Enable Unknown Sources.’

Some of the best Android games are not available in the Play Store, so it makes to download them elsewhere from time to time.


In conclusion, a lot of the games that aren’t available on the Play Store are down to the level of violence and other ban-able aspects of the games that contravene the ToS’s of Google Play Store.

However, the things they are banned for as an adult at least, are the reasons I still play games so it’s good to know you can still access these games somewhere online.

There aren’t that many casual/strategy games that are banned from the play store, it tends to consist of first-person shooters and horror games for obvious reasons as aforementioned.

Above I have listed some of the best games you can get online that aren’t available on the Play Store, so have fun and happy gaming.

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An avid gamer, historian and all-round literature buff, Tracy is our go-to when it comes to using different devices. MacOS, iOS, Android, Windows, Linux or whatever else, Tracy's got a device that runs it (she's even got an old Blackberry laying around somewhere!).

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