With the rapid development of technology comes the inevitable question: will we become cyborgs? While most of us are actually already cyborgs by turning on a wearable like one of Android’s best smartwatches. But that’s just part of the cyberpunk aesthetic.
Corruption, constant surveillance, information control and extreme inequalities between the rich and the poor are some of the cornerstones of cyberpunk. It is a society zombified by technology and political propaganda rather than an actual zombie outbreak.
Cyberpunk 2077 depicted these themes in the most detail and upon its launch in 2020 led to a massive influx of cyberpunk games on the market. While the trend has died down somewhat, the genre is still more popular than ever, even on mobile. This is why we’ve rounded up some of the best cyberpunk games on Android. Enjoy!
Battle Night: Cyberpunk RPG
At first glance, Battle Night bears a strong resemblance to Cyberpunk 2077, particularly with its prominent use of the color yellow in promotional materials. Both games also happened to take place in 2077, but the similarities end there.
Battle Night is a free-to-play RPG that combines elements of cyberpunk and fantasy. In the game’s story, you take on the role of a detective and work to assemble a team to investigate a government conspiracy. Build your team, outfit them with futuristic gear, take on massive bosses, or let your characters evolve while you’re away from your device. Battle Night is constantly adding new content via updates in the form of new characters, equipment and new missions.
CyberCode Online – Text MMORPG
Much like Battle Night, CyberCode is an idle RPG, with a difference. It is entirely text-based. Everything, be it exploration, combat, hacking or dialogue, is done via text. But don’t let that put you off, as you’ll explore an immersive cyberpunk world and fight bosses alongside your friends as much as any game with graphics.
Like a regular RPG, CyberCode Online has deep lore, characters, weapons and upgrade trees. And you can interact with other players by raiding dungeons or trading valuable items. And a quick look at the reviews shows that most users give CyberCode a perfect score. That’s a rarity these days, so it’s best to take advantage while you can.
Cyberika: Action Cyberpunk RPG
With glowing neon visuals and an open world to explore, Cyberika is probably the closest you’ll get to Cyberpunk 2077 on Android. In this open world RPG you can do pretty much anything. You can explore the city in a futuristic sports car, stop by the ripper doctor to install new body augmentations, or just run out to exterminate the local gang members.
Each district is controlled by a different gang equipped with advanced weapons and technology. In other words, you need every advantage to take on the title’s many opponents. Your journey starts modestly, but you can upgrade your character by purchasing futuristic weapons, such as laser rifles, installing body modifications or equipping your avatar with the latest in armor technology.
Cyberlords – Arcology
If you fancy something more retro, Cyberlords might be for you. Visually, Cyberlords looks like a Genesis-era Shadowrun game, including the isometric camera perspective. It takes place in the much more distant future of 2173. You take control of a resistance group intent on bringing down the corporate force trying to enslave the common people.
Build a team of up to four characters, each with their unique specialties, and equip them with futuristic body augmentations and weapons to match the game’s opponents. Cyberlords will cost you $1.99 for an ad-free version, but you can also get access by subscribing to Play Pass.
Cyberpunk Hero: Epic Roguelike
Welcome to Night City. Never mind that Cyberpunk Hero borrows the name of its setting from Cyberpunk 2077. Cyberpunk Hero is a challenging top-down roguelike where you only get one shot at victory. Fail and it’s back to the beginning.
Cyberpunk Hero offers a choice of three characters, each with their own set of abilities and approach to combat. As you defeat robots, drones, and other cybernetically enhanced enemies, you collect coins that allow you to level up your character to hopefully survive the next attack. Best of all, you can control the game while using only one finger.
Huntdown: Cyberpunk Adventure
From pixelated graphics to non-stop 2D platforming, everything about Huntdown screams “blast treatment”. Huntdown is a 2D cyberpunk action-adventure game inspired by the 16-bit era of consoles. The story takes place in a bleak future where gangs rule while the authorities care too little to interfere.
The game was well received on home consoles and PC, and was then released on Android and iOS in 2021. Huntdown gives you a try-before-you-buy option by providing a short demo, but you’ll have to shell out $3.99 to unlock the full game. It’s a fair price to pay for 20 levels filled with action-packed destruction featuring three different characters, each with their own methods of fighting oppression.
Infinity Ops: Cyberpunk FPS
Infinity Ops is a complete package, with premium mobile visuals and a Battle Royale mode that places it among the best on Android. Fans of online multiplayer FPS games will find a selection of additional modes, such as Team Deathmatch, and four different classes to choose from. For those seeking an even bigger challenge, Infinity Ops offers a hardcore mode that effectively doubles any damage dealt or received.
It shows that there are no happy endings in the cyberpunk scenario, as society has reached the pinnacle of technological development. The remaining factions vie for power and use every advantage, including futuristic weapons and augmentations, to gain the upper hand over the opposition.
Whispers of a Machine
Whispers of a Machine walks a fine line between cyberpunk and the scenario where the world is not engulfed in glamorous neon lights. There is little about the game’s graphics that screams typical cyberpunk, but it nevertheless covers similar themes of the relationship between man and machine.
In fact, it’s a pretty tame point-and-click adventure game similar to Beyond a Steel Sky and Syberia titles that focus on story and puzzle solving. You take on the role of Vera; an extended government agent tasked with investigating a series of gruesome murders. Vera’s cybernetics will come in handy during the investigation when interrogating the game’s many inhabitants, or solving puzzles. Whispers of a Machine comes at a reasonable price tag of $3.99 or as part of the Play Pass.
Cyberpunk is now
In video games, cyberpunk fiction tends to favor action, but it’s really about storytelling. It is about the consequences that unchecked technological progress and socio-economic inequality ultimately lead to. Cyberpunk covers a variety of genres, including RPGs, first-person shooters, retro-inspired platformers, as well as adventure games. What’s your most cyberpunk experience on Android so far? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider including the game in a future update.