We’ve all heard of Dragon Ball Dokkan Battle, the sole official game for one of the most popular manganimes to have made it to the West. But if you’re prepared to venture into less hospitable territory you can find a ton more. The realm of fangames and works released in countries with rather more “lightweight” copyright laws is a goldmine for games you wouldn’t find in the big app stores. This selection of games brings back all your favorite characters from the work of Akira Toriyama – and they’re all available on Uptodown for download via APK.
Arena of Saiyan: Dream Squad
We get started with one of the easiest on the eyes. With a “super deformed” style graphics, Arena of Saiyan sets you the job of collecting characters from Dragon World as you win auto-battles that play out based on your characters’ level and equipment. Daily missions, clans, an objects store, and all the standard fare for Android MMOs are its main appeal. That, and the ability to use Bulma with a shotgun. [Download]
Goku Saiyan Warrior
A yellow card to the developers here for using graphics from the old Dragon Ball Supersonic Warriors for Game Boy Advance, but this game has still been available on all the main app marketplaces for ages now. In it, and with Goku at the center of the setting, you have to hit punch in both directions at the enemies that flank you and constantly appear in waves. [Download]
The idea here involves positional battles on a grid where you’ve got to use cards from your deck to deploy units into combat. Though characters and settings from Dragon World appear, the game gets inventive about adding new hero profiles, as if Toriyama were birthing countless clones for Dragon Quest. [Download]
Super Saiyan World / DragonBoy
In this case the idea goes no further than putting Goku and Vegeta into a 2D platformer. Though they can turn Super Saiyan Blue and explode your precious childhood into a million pieces, this remains an oddity with much more success than it should have. But there it is, raking in the downloads. [Download]
Real talk: within just a few minutes of starting to play this game you’ll realize you’re not looking at an official product. Its development doesn’t go beyond automated static battles and crafting until you use up your combat resources while advancing over something like that a tabletop game board, but thanks to its delightful graphics and the good performance of its interface you’ll likely end up getting hooked, with all the Dragon Ball iconography that hits the nostalgia right in the soft spot. [Download]
Dragon Shadow Battle Warriors
This game uses one of the most extended resources to skillfully evade copyright problems. It simply camouflages the characters with dark silhouettes to deliver a legally spotless game that, with a bit of imagination, satisfies your Dragon Ball cravings. In this 1vs1 action game you’ve got to defeat your enemies via energetic attacks of various kinds. Transparently the stuff of every Z Warrior battle. [Download]
Super Dragon Warrior
Not quite a reskin but close. In this platformer you play a young Goku who can morph into a Super Saiyan (heresy!) and has to find dragon balls. You’ll run into Bulma and the enemies bring to mind canonical characters like that alien cyborg from the Red Ribbon army. [Download]
The ones you won’t have heard of
All the aforementioned titles are or have been available through Google Play, having dodged the legal problems with greater or lesser luck, but there are lots more that have never left Asia. In fact, one of the latest to arrive has been Dragon Ball Awakening (or at least that’s what it’s being called unofficially), a JRPG whose main allure is a more than decent set of 3D graphics and animations that could well pass for any recent console title from a couple generations ago. Unfortunately at the moment you can only get it from platforms overseas, though there is also an APK of dubious provenance making the rounds on the web.
On official sites, on the other hand, there are also good things to come. At the of July Namco Bandai presented a new game called Dragon Ball The Strongest Warrior for both iOS and Android. Of its arrival in the West we’ve heard not a peep, and the sole available material is this video.
Plus there are other official titles that are no longer available after their official servers were shut down, as in the case of Dragon Ball Tap Battle for Android, which offered 2D battles that had little to envy other console games of the same stripes. There are versions floating around that have modified its APK to remove the network requirement and turn it into an offline title, but we leave to your judgement whether you’d like to mess with those!