8 excellent Android games to play on your new Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Inspecting the Note 7 impressive specs sheet, it quickly becomes clear that the device is a serious gaming machine. Well, at least as per the smartphone gaming standards, that is. The speedy internals and the large display are definitely begging for a lengthy gaming session. And no, we don't have Candy Crush Saga in mind - we are thinking something more demanding. 

We've rounded up a couple of excellent Android games that are on the more demanding and graphics-intensive side to help you kick off your Note 7 gaming sessions. Several of these will allow you to make full use of the Vulkan API and relish some really sweet and head-turning graphics. You haven't forgotten that the Note 7 supports Vulkan, right?

Have in mind that we have tens, if not hundreds of excellent games in mind, we'll only list a few of them here for the sake of brevity. We will certainly miss one or two that deserve to be included here, but we hope you'd forgive us!


Vainglory is as graphically intensive from the get go, but if you tinker within the settings menu and set it to run at native resolution, then you're in for a hot experience, literally. Apart from looking fabulous, this one brings some really decent MOBA experience overall. Yes, initially we too had our concerns how this intricate genre will work with the limited control scheme of mobile devices, but Vainglory definitely delivered.

As Vainglory supports the Vulkan API, the graphics of the game are truly beautiful and detailed. With the Note 7's decently-large 5.7-inch display you should have no issues with the game's interface at all. Additionally, you shouldn't expect any performance hiccups at all, either. Vainglory looks like the perfect game to boot your mobile MOBA addiction on your spanking new Note 7.

Need for Speed No Limits

This savage adversary to Asphalt 8 is truly a must-have game for all those Note 7 users that like their games dynamic and their graphics mesmerizing. This free-to-play mobile racer supports Vulkan, so make no mistake - No Limits looks quite unrivaled in terms of graphics. That's so because of Vulkan, which makes its appearance in this Electronic Arts' title.

As far as gameplay goes, we are sure you can guess what's going on - you pick a gas guzzler and race your way to the top of the food chain in the world of illegal street races and evading the law. Yeah, we like that!

World of Tanks Blitz

The immensely popular tank MMO impressed us with the captivating gameplay, way better than average graphics, and the amount of fun we got out of it. It's a 7v7 arena game in which you battle with, you guessed it, WWII tanks. Due to the specifics of the gameplay, the control setup is just fine. Sure, you won't be able to precisely aim at that IS-3's turret weak spots in a jiffy, but you won't find the control scheme frustrating either. By default, you control your tank with your left thumb, while your right one takes care of aiming, recon, shooting, and switching between explosive and armor-piercing shells.

WoT Blitz sports an impressive flurry of German, Soviet, British, American, and Japanese tanks and tank destroyers. You get these by spending credits, which you earn by winning matches and shining on the battlefield. You can also spend real money on getting some premium machines like Matilda IV Black Prince and the Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm, but these are in no way making the game a pay-to-win one.

All in all, a great multiplayer game to enjoy on your Note 7!

Lost Echo

Get it here ($2.99)

Excellent graphics? Check. Captivating premise and plot? Check. Gameplay that sucks you in? Check. Intuitive controls? Check.

Lost Echo is truly an excellent adventure game that you will most certainly beat pretty quick, since you won't be able to put it away until you've finished it. Okay, that might sounds like an overstatement, but it should really tell you something - although you might not be a fan of puzzle or mystery games, you shouldn't overlook Lost Echo.

Rest assured that it has all the potential to keep you glued to your Note 7 for a while - time well spent is not lost!

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 

Get it here ($6.99)

Don't avert your eyes! While it's true that GTA: SA is already 12 years old and counting, pumping all the graphics settings to the max will definitely push your Snapdragon 820 device to the limits. After all, let's not forget that while the Android version  of the game has been optimized as best as possible, it's still a game that was intended for consoles and desktop PC.

Yet, those who point out that a Galaxy Note 7 probably packs more oomph than a Playstation 2, an Xbox 360, or an average PC from 2004-2005 are most certainly correct.

Anyway, you might have already beat the game a couple of times, but there's nothing wrong of reliving CJ's story on your new Note 7, too! Also, we'd argue that it remains the best open-world game available on mobile.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Get it here ($9.99)

It won't be an overstatement to say that SW: KOTOR is one of the best Star Wars games we've ever had the pleasure of playing, and as Star Wars fans, we've tried a decent amount. Starting from the captivating story that is both beautifully interconnected with the whole saga and unique in its own way, and continuing with the deep and immersive gameplay, this full port of the excellent PC game will keep you entertained for days, even more if you're a fan of the galactic epic. Pair this with the excellent graphics and turn-based combat mechanics that are both easy to learn and hard to master and you're in for some great gaming time!

Atlantic Fleet 

Get it here ($9.99)

Strategic nerds, this one would most likely, pardon the pun, float your boat! It's quite a complex strategy game which will have you command either the Royal Navy or the the Third Reich's Kriegsmarine in intense 10v10 ship battles. 

Apart from the beautiful and demanding graphics (the water physics are exquisite), the game really employs some intricate gameplay mechanics that are nothing to gloss over - we suggest that you play the tutorial scenarios first so that you get familiar with what's going on. We promise it's worth it - Atlantic Fleet is definitely a gem among all the stones. 

Smash Hit

Smash Hit is developed by Mediocre games, but it is by no means a mediocre one. Actually, it's one of our favorite games - it's beautiful, rewarding, and time-sucking. It's definitely a casual game, but it's undoubtedly one of the very best casual games you can get on Android.

The premise of the game is simple - you fly around and do your best to break the glass cones and panes with a limited amount of steel balls - simple, yet effective! Definitely a must-have game. 

Finally, the game now works with the Gear VR, so Note 7 with the new one will be having a blast with Smash Hit!



7. Chrusti

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I usually don't bother posting here but this article id just plain stupid. I can play all of these games on my note 3. why would you need a note 7 to play them ? Also none of these games takes advantages of the note's S-pen. Lastly, who in his right mind thinks that a snapdragon 820 is more powerful than an Xbox 360 ??

10. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I think because of Vulkan API, which your Note 3 doesn't support and the writer loves it. Also, I agree that Snapdragon 820 is impossible that better than XBox performance. Lastly, what phones the consumers want to buy, is their decision, not yours.

14. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Xbox 360 performs like poop. Go and see how games look at that. Even 810 performs better than that 11 year old garbage.

18. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Lol, that's stupid, don't look at stupid Gflop numbers to compare consoles to the smartphones, it's not comparable. Look at any game that's was both released on the phones and consoles, look at GTA etc. Consoles have the advantage of sustaining peak performance and a larger storage space. A game on Xbox 360 could top 14GB easily but never happened on a phone yet. The smartphones have newer tech, newer visual API, higher openGL support and so on, the games would look more stunning but the playability would never be there, portability and serious gaming never mixed well, even serious gaming laptops can't compete with a gaming desktop for the exact reason, the gap may have become smaller but we still need time. Again, RAW performance number means nothing, compare a game side to side, not just the graphics, include the physics too. It might come to ur surprise how bad the physics still is for smartphones.

21. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I'm not talking by GFLOP numbers here. They are stupid and I know it. Let's compare raw benchmark numbers. The Xbox 360 GPU is supposed to be on par with 7800 GTX from Nvidia. https://gfxbench.com/device.jsp?benchmark=gfx40&os=Windows&api=dx&cpu-arch=x86&hwtype=GPU&hwname=NVIDIA%20GeForce%20Go%207800%20GTX&did=26320714&D=NVIDIA%20GeForce%20Go%207800%20GTX As you can see, it scores 12 fps in t-rex offscreen. Adreno 530 on the other hand does close to 90 fps. Games are s**t on android and iOS because they have storage restrictions from the capacity on phones. Also making AAA games and big games with storylines is a lost cause on android. People will still play candy crush or clash of clans because a phone is not just for gaming. You should realise that Xbox 360 is more than 10 years old and consoles are pretty weak compared to computers because of how cheap they are. See, I am talking about RAW performance number. I know that a console is better than a phone for gaming because the game is much better. So yes, the 820 is faster in everything by a good margin. It's still slower than the PS4 by about 4x, but we will get there in a couple years. Games will continue to suck, but nothing can be done about that.

22. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Yeah, I agree with you on 820 is more powerful, I was just debating games on consoles are better, great we got on the same page ; )

35. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Look at what nvidia are releasing for their shield tablet/shield tv ? Half Life 2, Portal, Borderlands 2, Doom 3 BFG Edition, Resident Evil 5, Metal Gear Rising: Revengence. Some of these are not that old, people are claiming Snapdragon 820 is not as powerful as a Xbox 360 when hardware that's less powerful is running Playstation 3 games now and at higher resolutions. Many users here don't have a clue how powerful mobile hardware currently is. It's just a shame there is so much crap on the Play Store/App Store.

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why arw you comparing a mobile GPU vs desktop one. X86 hardware pull way more weight. X86 apps have millions of lines of code. Not thousa da of lines. They both use 2 different technologies. Would you compare a car to a bicycle? Because that is what you are doing.

40. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

I just provided examples of some PS3/ Xbox 360 games running on mobile hardware and you ask why we are comparing them? Are you stupid? These consoles don't even have x86 compatible CPU's. Are you trying to look like an idiot?

44. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I'm comparing GPUs. You don't even know that GPU don't use x86 lol. And even the CPU don't use x86 in this case. Why don't you try to stay away from topics you have zero knowledge about.

15. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Me in my right mind think that the 820 is vastly faster than the Xbox 360. The Xbox is more than 10 years old now and it wasn't the fastest thing even back then.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

SD820 can render games in 2k res, while Xbox360....

19. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Yeah right, please list those games one by one and we would compare them all. Last time I remember my gtx970 was crap on 2k, so I had to go for a couple of gtx980ti

45. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Even one 980ti is enough for QHD 60fps. You need SLI only if you have a g-sync 144Hz panel.

61. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

That's not true, plenty of games need more performance for 60 fps at 1440p 980Ti can't even average 60 fps in Crysis 3, never-mind maintain it.

63. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

You probably didn't overclock your card.

68. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Overclocking won't pull the minimum up-to 60 fps if it's only averaging 50 fps to start with. It might pull the average up but there will still be fairly large drops in performance when things get busy, if your using vsync you can expect uncomfortable drops to 30 fps without a g-sync monitor. Better performing cards were long overdue, you ever tried Ark Survival Evolved? Beautiful game but very demanding even on my GTX1080. :-)

70. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

If you want to help minimums, SLI is the worst way to do it lol.

31. JustinF1998

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 01, 2016

No it can't idiot, the Xbox one and ps4 can't even render games at 2k.

43. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

lol... who's the idiot one here... read my comment again... where did I write Xbox can render 2k, lol..

46. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Xbox one is vastly superior to sd820. He is saying that even Xbox one and ps4 can't do it, then your claim is absolutely false.

33. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Maybe because they run better on the Note 7? as in higher framerates and in some cases higher resolutions. Just because you can't tell the difference doesn't mean others can't. Complex 3D games on Android and iOS usually detect hardware and scale accordingly (don't assume you're getting the same experience as every other device), on older SN800/801 some games will scale the resolution down to maintain higher framerates, that's if your lucky. Many don't and they just run like s**t, I remember running into performance issues with my old OnePlus One, quite a few games lagged a bit and that was two years ago, similar hardware to the Note 3 but a little faster. But two year later you're claiming it runs everything fine, either you don't know what your talking about or you're in denial.

8. Chrusti

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I usually don't bother posting here but this article id just plain stupid. I can play all of these games on my note 3. why would you need a note 7 to play them ? Also none of these games takes advantages of the note's S-pen. Lastly, who in his right mind thinks that a snapdragon 820 is more powerful than an Xbox 360 ??

20. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Ikr? They seem to think having a higher Gflop number suddenly makes the phone a while lot better than the 360. GFLOPs can't be used to compare between different architecture, especially during gaming comparison. Nvidia GeForce usually have a lower Gflops number than the their same category AMD counterparts but nvidia have always performed better for the last 3 years.

29. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

You do understand what FLOPS represents right? It's the universal way of measuring processing unit performance. Compression method, driver stability, etc is another matter all together but to measure raw performance of the cpu/gpu/fpu etc there is nothing better than FLOPS as it gives you a baseline.

9. Chrusti

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

PS Real a racing 3 is about 4 years old now.

34. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Yep, a few of them are outdated, they also missed out some new games.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Good Gracious! I have all of the free games listed above, except Eternity warriors 4 (Own dungeon hunter 5 in place of that).

13. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

How about HIT(Heroes of Incredible) from Nexon? It using Unreal Engine 4.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

isn't note7 is for productivity? /s

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