35 of the best Android games released in the last year

Discovering new and attention-grabbing video games on the Play Retailer is not at all times straightforward, which is why I am at all times creating new roundups to focus on the higher titles on the market. At present I’ve a contemporary replace for everybody that features seven new titles added to our operating best-of video games checklist, bringing the roundup updated for 2021. So in the event you’ve been on the hunt for brand new and pleasurable cellular video games which have landed on the Play Retailer within the final yr however have been arising quick, this roundup is for you.

Useless Cells

Useless Cells is well probably the greatest roguelike platformers launched on the Play Retailer within the final yr, and fortunately the Android port is unbelievable. You possibly can choose from 30fps, 60fps, and limitless FPS within the recreation’s settings, and there is additionally an HD graphics choice, which suggests irrespective of your gadget, the sport ought to run and look nice. Having spent lots of time placing this recreation via its paces, I can confidently say it runs like butter at max settings on high-end units. Better of all, controller help is certainly included, which is the place this recreation shines, because of its precision controls.

Monetization: $8.99 / no adverts / IAPs $3.99 apiece

Dead Cells
Dead Cells

FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered

Closing Fantasy VIII Remastered was launched on the Play Retailer out of nowhere, and now that the sport is right here, the Play Retailer presents all Closing Fantasy titles as much as XI, so I am certain there are quite a lot of individuals on the market keen to finish their assortment in spite of everything of those years. Plus, FF VIII is extremely regarded by many as a result of it’s a strong RPG. Whereas the Android port is missing controller help and cloud saves, a minimum of Sq. says it’ll add these options at a later date. All in all, the sport performs effective, so in the event you can forgo a number of options, there’s hours of enjoyable available with this launch.

Monetization: $20.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered
FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night time

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night time is a basic Metroidvania title from Konami, and its arrival on the Play Retailer got here as a little bit of a shock to everybody within the final yr, particularly because it’s obtainable for $2.99, which is an absolute cut price. When you’ve but to play SotN, it is an exquisite 2D platformer that gives non-linear platforming-based gameplay, so exploration is certainly inspired. The first marketing campaign ought to take round eight or 9 hours to beat, and since this port helps bodily controllers, it is an ideal title to play on a variety of units. Severely, do not sleep on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night time. It is a basic for a purpose.

Monetization: $2.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Backside

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Backside was ported to Android pretty not too long ago, and I am glad to report that it is a unbelievable port. Not solely does the sport help controllers out of the field, however the efficiency is nice, and the contact controls are lots serviceable. Heck, you’ll be able to even count on extra graphics settings than the PC launch, which is nice for these operating low-end units since you’ll be able to tweak these settings to finest fit your {hardware}. All in all, this is a superb port of an entertaining recreation, so do not miss out.

Monetization: $9.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom

Genshin Affect

Genshin Affect is a divisive recreation, because of its devs cloning a lot of Breath of the Wild’s look and the actual fact it is riddled with grasping gacha-based monetization. However here is the factor, there’s truly a recreation beneath the shiny exterior, and it truly takes some talent to play. The developer behind this title put within the effort to create a recreation as an alternative of a pointless treadmill, which is exactly why I think about Genshin Affect to be the excessive watermark for free-to-play video games on the Play Retailer. Certain, the title remains to be lacking controller help on Android, however past that, that is the closest you are going to get to Breath of the Wild on the platform, one thing no different F2P title has but to attain.

Monetization: free / no adverts / IAPs from $0.99 – $99.99

Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact

Disgaea 1 Full

Disgaea 1 Full is a port of the remaster that made its solution to consoles in 2018. This implies the title’s graphics are improved over the unique Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. Controller help is included, and the touchscreen controls work nicely since they’re designed for tap-based inputs. Cloud saves are additionally supported, which suggests you’ll be able to simply choose up and play the sport irrespective of your Android gadget of alternative. So whereas the $33 price ticket could also be powerful to swallow, what you get is well the most effective port of the title at the moment obtainable, all because of a number of quality-of-life options which are solely obtainable within the cellular model, corresponding to auto-play, which is a godsend when grinding.

Monetization: $32.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Disgaea 1 Complete
Disgaea 1 Complete

STAR WARS™: KOTOR II

Star Wars: Knights of the Outdated Republic II took a very long time to get right here, however now that six years have handed for the reason that first title within the collection was launched on Android, I am certain loads of avid gamers are desperate to understand how if the port of the sequel stacks up. It is unbelievable. After testing diligently on an OP8 and Tabs S7, it is clear the sport is optimized nicely. On high of this, bodily controllers are supported out of the field. You possibly can even unlock the framerate, which is helpful for units that help excessive framerates. I am telling you, it is an incredible port, and it is a heck of an RPG too. Knights of the Outdated Republic II presents a minimal of thirty hours of content material that may simply stretch into 100.

Monetization: $14.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

STAR WARS™: KOTOR II
STAR WARS™: KOTOR II

Slay the Spire

Slay the Spire is a roguelike deck-builder that is loved a lot success on different platforms, and it lastly made its solution to Android within the final yr because of Humble Video games, making for the second cellular launch from the studio. The port is strong, the controls work nice, and the gameplay is as enjoyable as ever. You will not want a high-end gadget to play, and cloud saving is included, however solely throughout Android units since cross-saves aren’t supported. This does imply gamers must begin from scratch within the Android model, however since this recreation is such a pleasure, I doubt most could have an issue with this.

Monetization: $9.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Slay the Spire
Slay the Spire

Civilization VI – Construct A Metropolis | Technique 4X Sport

Out of nowhere, Aspyr media lastly introduced its cellular port for Civilization VI to Android within the final yr. As you’ll count on, it is a demanding recreation because of the simulations it is pulling off, and so efficiency can dip late-game, particularly in relation to loading occasions. Remember the title even chugs on the most recent iPad Professionals in addition to the Nintendo Swap, so dropped frames are just about anticipated. Nonetheless, the Android model is a pleasure to play, and because of the 60-move free trial, everybody can check the sport to see the way it performs earlier than they spend a dime.

Monetization: free / no adverts / IAPs from $4.99 – $29.99

Civilization VI - Build A City | Strategy 4X Game
Civilization VI - Build A City | Strategy 4X Game

Dadish

Dadish is a free-to-play launch, although it solely incorporates a single in-app buy to take away the sport’s commercials, which is about pretty much as good because it will get in relation to F2P titles. Fortunately gamers can attain the tip of this launch with out spending a dime, which might be why the 2D platformer has racked up so many constructive critiques within the final yr. It additionally does not damage that the sport is balanced nicely, providing a problem however by no means being too powerful, and whereas there are solely 40 ranges to play via, the title’s collectible stars assure a wholesome dose of replayability.

Monetization: free / incorporates adverts / IAPs $3.49 a chunk

Dadish
Dadish

Summer season Catchers

Summer season Catchers is a beautiful auto-runner from Noodlecake Studios, and it is a port of the PC recreation that was launched on Steam in 2019. The Android model needs to be on everybody’s radar since it is a attractive title that performs equally to Alto’s Journey, and it is a premium launch, not like its inspiration. So if you would like to kill a while by endlessly operating via a colourful world that mixes racing, story, rhythm, and puzzle parts into a singular however acquainted bundle, Summer season Catchers is a superb alternative that was launched within the final yr.

Monetization: $3.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Summer Catchers
Summer Catchers

Hidden Via Time

Hidden Via Time is an exquisite hidden object recreation that gives pleasing artwork, cute animations, and pleasurable gameplay. You may spend your time deciphering clues with the intention to discover all the hidden objects in every stage, and every stage is charmingly animated, which makes it straightforward to stare on the display for hours as you seek out each final hidden object on this launch. When you take pleasure in titles like Hidden Of us however are on the lookout for a little bit of coloration to brighten the expertise, then you are going to love Hidden Via Time.

Monetization: $2.99 / no adverts / IAPs $1.99 apiece

Hidden Through Time
Hidden Through Time

Missile Command: Recharged

Missile Command: Recharged takes the tried and true missile taking pictures method of the unique arcade recreation and provides on high some attention-grabbing powerups whereas offering an improve path for development. The contact controls work nicely, and the sport is supported by adverts that may be eliminated via a single in-app buy. All in all, it is a polished and fairly priced launch that is enjoyable and controls nice, so it is positively price spending a while with. When you benefit from the classics however are on the lookout for one thing with a contemporary contact, be sure you do not miss out on Missile Command: Recharged.

Monetization: free / incorporates adverts / IAPs $2.99 a chunk

Missile Command: Recharged
Missile Command: Recharged

Completely Dependable Supply Service

Completely Dependable Supply Service is a sandbox recreation that gives ragdoll physics and on-line co-op multiplayer gameplay, which is an enormous development for the reason that final yr. It is like somebody blended collectively Goat Simulator with Human: Fall Flat after which added a bundle supply mechanic to essentially stir issues up. What’s good is that you’re free to roam across the recreation. This implies you’ll be able to discover with as much as three associates, which is the place the actual enjoyable is available, laughing at your buddies as they flail about whereas struggling to manage their character.

Monetization: free / no adverts / IAPs from $1.99 – $9.99

Totally Reliable Delivery Service
Totally Reliable Delivery Service

Sky: Kids of the Gentle

It could have taken some time to return to Android, however Sky: Kids of the Gentle arrived on Android within the final yr, and it might seem the wait was nicely price it. This can be a third-person exploration recreation that is comparable in fashion to the developer’s earlier work, corresponding to Journey and Flower. This implies exploration is the important thing to success, and because of the sport’s multiplayer points, you’ll be able to discover the title’s seven ranges with a buddy or two fairly simply. Now, it is a free-to-play launch, and in-app purchases are included, however they’re hardly essential to benefit from the recreation. Whereas this generally is a demanding launch, you’ll be able to nonetheless play on a low-end gadget, because of a bout of efficiency enhancements.

Monetization: free / no adverts / IAPs from $0.99 – $49.99

Sky: Children of the Light
Sky: Children of the Light

Firm of Heroes

Firm of Heroes is a well-liked real-time technique recreation that was ported to iOS early in 2020, however ultimately, the sport made its solution to Android, and the wait was price it. Not solely is that this a strong port that performs nicely, however the recreation itself is fairly dang enjoyable, particularly in the event you take pleasure in real-time technique video games themed round WWII. Whereas the small UI, lack of on-line play, and huge price ticket might maintain a number of individuals again, there isn’t any denying that console-quality technique video games are laborious to return by on Android, making Firm of Heroes probably the greatest choices at the moment obtainable on the platform.

Monetization: $13.99 / no adverts / IAPs $3.99 apiece

Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes

GRIS

GRIS is a port from console and PC that made its solution to Android this yr, and as you’ll be able to see within the trailer and screenshots under, it is an exquisite recreation. The title’s puzzle-based platforming presents a ton of enjoyable on high of the standard visuals, which rounds out this recreation as an exceptionally polished launch. Higher but, the music is completely on level, and actually, the one draw back is that it is a quick recreation that may be overwhelmed in a single sitting. Nonetheless, it is a high quality launch that is positively well worth the asking value, so do not miss out.

Monetization: $4.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

GRIS
GRIS

Titan Quest: Legendary Version

Titan Quest has had an iffy historical past on cellular, however it might seem that the most recent developer linked to the cellular port is engaged on altering this. Whereas the unique launch remains to be obtainable, Titan Quest: Legendary Version contains all the recreation’s DLC with the sticker value. It might additionally seem that HandyGames has squashed many excellent bugs, and so everyone seems to be free to take pleasure in this basic because it was supposed, in full and in working order. Plus, the developer not too long ago added controller help, a long-requested function that has lastly made its solution to each cellular ports.

Monetization: $19.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Titan Quest: Legendary Edition
Titan Quest: Legendary Edition

Legends of Runeterra

Legends of Runeterra is a collectible card recreation from Riot Video games, and whereas the style is not as common because it as soon as was, there nonetheless seems to be a big fanbase for CCGs, with many gamers claiming that that is at the moment the best choice on Android. A lot in order that it might seem Runeterra is extra common than Gwent, which is exactly why this card recreation has made the lower in at present’s checklist. For probably the most half, the title is balanced fairly nicely, even without cost gamers, and on-line matches are sometimes fairly honest, although the truth that you should buy as many playing cards as you want (a latest change this yr) means the sport might be thought-about pay-to-win.

Monetization: free / no adverts / IAPs from $2.99 – $49.99

Legends of Runeterra
Legends of Runeterra

Mitoza

Mitoza is labeled as a surreal choose-your-own-adventure recreation, and that is an apt description. That is certainly an odd recreation, and the actual problem is determining what the hell is occurring. Oddly sufficient, this expertise is definitely fairly enjoyable, so in the event you’re on the lookout for a bizarre recreation to wind down with after a protracted day of labor, Mitoza is a superb alternative. Better of all, the sport is totally free, which suggests everybody can test it out.

Monetization: free / no adverts / no IAPs

Mitoza
Mitoza

Gameloft Classics: 20 Years

Gameloft Classics is a celebratory launch that landed in 2020, and it presents 30 of Gameloft’s flip-phone-era cellular video games. Whereas lots of the licensed titles, like Ubisoft’s video games, aren’t current, what’s supplied is a strong number of basic cellular video games from the Gameloft library, and they’re all free to play. Better of all, you will not run right into a single in-app buy since it is a free launch for the followers, so everyone seems to be free to discover this assortment recreation to look out their favorites from years passed by.

Monetization: free / incorporates adverts / IAPs from $0.99 – $3.99

Gameloft Classics: 20 Years
Gameloft Classics: 20 Years

Levelhead

Levelhead landed on Android the final yr, and it comes from Butterscotch Shenanigans, a reliable dev with a depraved humorousness. Roughly, Levelhead is much like Mario Maker in that you simply get to create your individual ranges as a part of the sport’s major mechanic. Apparently Levelhead presents a singular tackle score these ranges, and so the extra you play everybody else’s content material, the higher the position in your user-made ranges. So basically, the extra you play, the extra possibilities you’ve gotten of individuals noticing your content material, which makes for a strong rotation of ranges to play via for everybody.

Monetization: $6.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Levelhead - Infinitely challenging platformer
Levelhead - Infinitely challenging platformer

Kingdom Two Crowns

Kingdom Two Crowns is the follow-up to the indie journey recreation Kingdom: New Lands, and it brings with it a brand new co-op mode. The devs have additionally added a marketing campaign mode to the collection, which suggests there’s extra construction to this launch over the primary title. So in the event you’re trying to delve into a brand new kingdom builder that gives honest monetization and gameplay, all whereas sporting glorious pixel-based graphics, Kingdom Two Crowns is about pretty much as good because it will get.

Monetization: $9.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Kingdom Two Crowns
Kingdom Two Crowns

Danganronpa: Set off Completely happy Havoc Anniversary Editi

Danganronpa: Set off Completely happy Havoc Anniversary Version is a mouthful, however fortunately the sport itself is unbelievable, and it is fairly ugly besides. Certain, it is principally a distinct segment visible novel that incorporates acquainted tropes, corresponding to college students caught in a college that need to keep away from a assassin. However the factor is, the story is nicely well worth the asking value, with twists and turns in every single place. Really, that is an engrossing recreation, and better of all, because it’s an anniversary version, it comes with all-new graphics in addition to touchscreen help, to not point out a number of gallery extras for the hardcore followers. You can too discover the sequel on the Play Retailer, must you need to proceed your journey after ending this launch.

Monetization: $15.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Editi
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Editi

Pictoquest

Pictoquest comes from Plug in Digital and is a premium nonogram recreation the place you will create pictures by fixing grid-based quantity puzzles. What units this recreation aside from the remainder is the truth that there are additionally RPG parts within the combine, so you will even have one thing to work in the direction of as you resolve the sport’s puzzles. So in the event you’ve been looking out for a top quality nonogram recreation, Pictoquest seems to be your best option launched on Android within the final yr.

Monetization: $4.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Pictoquest
Pictoquest

Crying Suns

Crying Suns is the primary Android recreation to be revealed by Humble Bundle on the Play Retailer (a welcome shock within the final yr), and it is an indie sci-fi roguelite that was initially revealed on PC again in 2019. This implies the Android model is a port, and fortunately it is a high quality launch that brings with it unbelievable contact controls. So in the event you’re on the lookout for an pleasurable tactical house recreation that additionally presents an intriguing story that is actualy well worth the asking value, then that is the sport for you.

Monetization: $8.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Crying Suns
Crying Suns

MudRunner

MudRunner is an off-roading simulation recreation the place you get to drive Soviet-era vans via the mud to finish duties. The sport has existed on consoles and PC for some time now, however this cellular port is a brand new arrival on cellular from the final yr. This cellular model brings with it 15 maps to discover in addition to 16 automobiles to drive. Better of all, bodily controller help was added to the title shortly after launch, so in the event you’re trying to software round within the mud as you’ll within the console model, MudRunner is a reliable cellular launch for on-the-go enjoyable.

Monetization: $5.99 / no adverts / IAPs from $1.99 – $8.99

MudRunner
MudRunner

Brawlhalla

The best solution to describe Brawlhalla is to name it a Smash Bros. clone, however in fact, such a label might anger Smash and Brawlhalla followers alike. At its core, it is a free-to-play platformer brawler, and so the title incorporates a money store for cosmetics in addition to an elective Battle Move subscription that can web customers additional rewards over free gamers. The sport itself is finest performed with an exterior controller (my most well-liked solution to play), although touchscreen controls are within the combine and may be adjusted within the title’s settings. All in all, the Android port of Brawlhalla holds its personal, and because of cross-play help, you’ll be able to simply play in opposition to your pals irrespective of their platform of alternative.

Monetization: free / no adverts / IAPs from $5.99 – $49.99

Brawlhalla
Brawlhalla

EVE Echoes

EVE Echoes assuredly took its time coming to Android, however because of a launch this yr, everyone seems to be free to play their favourite sci-fi MMO on the go this Christmas. Certain, this is not a 1:1 copy of the unique PC model of EVE, however that is an excellent factor since now you can use a touchscreen interface to play. Roughly, in the event you’re trying to soar into an immersive MMO on cellular that gives the same expertise to PC, EVE Echoes is likely one of the few selections obtainable that delivers. Sure, the sport is technically pay-to-win, however I doubt this may deter seasoned EVE gamers for the reason that PC model is monetized equally.

Monetization: free / no adverts / IAPs from $0.99 – $184.99

EVE Echoes
EVE Echoes

ATOM RPG

ATOM RPG is a CRPG much like the primary two authentic Fallout titles, so it ought to simply attraction to followers of basic CRPGs. As a survivor of a nuclear holocaust in an imaginary ’80s timeline, you will discover a Soviet wasteland whereas investigating a shadowy conspiracy bent on destroying the previous few individuals alive. The port works nicely, although there’s a bit slowdown right here and there. Nonetheless, it isn’t sufficient to wreck the expertise. So in the event you’re an enormous CRPG fan, ATOM RPG is likely one of the few high quality selections on the Play Retailer that is is not an overaged basic.

Monetization: $8.49 / no adverts / IAPs $0.99 apiece

ATOM RPG
ATOM RPG

Watch Me Stream My Psychological Breakdown (Card Sport)

Watch Me Stream My Psychological Breakdown is an odd title that is made its means from PC to Android within the final yr. This can be a card-based single-player recreation, and it is story-heavy, so it’ll require endurance. However in the event you’re into deck builders however have felt your choices have lacked a correct humorousness, then Watch Me Stream My Psychological Breakdown could be what you are on the lookout for. Whereas the worth is fairly steep for a cellular launch, it does examine to the present Steam value.

Monetization: $19.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Watch Me Stream My Mental Breakdown (Card Game)
Watch Me Stream My Mental Breakdown (Card Game)

ninth Daybreak III RPG

ninth Daybreak III is the end result of the final two titles on this action-RPG collection, and it presents a boatload of polish, to not point out tons of loot to gather as you discover the sport’s huge open world. Assume “2D Skyrim,” and also you’re getting shut. Whereas the second recreation within the collection had no controller help and an odd soar mechanic, each points are mounted on this launch. So whether or not you need to play utilizing the touchscreen or a bodily controller, each choices can be found, and so they work nice. Severely, it is a unbelievable port that ought to present lots of of hours of dungeon-exploring enjoyable, so do not miss out. There’s even a free demo obtainable for people who need to see how the sport performs.

Monetization: $9.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

9th Dawn III RPG
9th Dawn III RPG

Bridge Constructor: The Strolling Useless

Bridge Constructor: The Strolling Useless is the most recent branded Bridge Constructor recreation from Headup, and very like the earlier entries within the collection, you will resolve puzzles by constructing bridges. This time round, you will achieve this to flee hordes of hungry zombies, however actually, in the event you’ve loved the earlier entries within the collection, you are going to love this one too. Fortunately it is a premium launch, so what you see is what you get, and what you get is a reliable bridge building recreation that is fairly dang enjoyable.

Monetization: $2.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead

KartRider Rush+

Within the final yr, I took KartRider Rush+ for a spin, although I wasn’t actually anticipating a lot from it. Surprisingly I got here away impressed, largely because of the truth the sport presents a way more pleasurable expertise over Mario Kart Tour. Not solely does the steering on this recreation work higher, however on-line play was included at launch. So regardless that KartRider Rush+ is riddled with in-app purchases, the sport primarily presents cosmetics in its store, which suggests everybody can compete at a fair stage irrespective of how a lot cash some sink into the sport.

Monetization: free / no adverts / IAPs from $0.99 – $89.99

KartRider Rush+
KartRider Rush+

Pigeon: A Love Story

Pigeon: A Love Story is an odd recreation that in the end doesn’t reveal its win situation, leaving gamers to poke and prod as they play simply to see what occurs. The sport is designed to supply a calming expertise, and so you will fly over a map of London as you seek for your soulmate. This map is to scale, so you’ll be able to fly for fairly a very long time, and you’ll even seek out well-known landmarks, making this a wonderful exploration recreation. Simply remember the fact that it is a demanding launch, so high-end {hardware} is beneficial.

Monetization: $0.99 / no adverts / no IAPs

Pigeon: A Love Story
Pigeon: A Love Story

This roundup has been up to date with new video games for 2021

  • FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered
  • Slay the Spire
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Backside
  • Titan Quest: Legendary Version
  • Watch Me Stream My Psychological Breakdown
  • Mitoza
  • Pigeon: A Love Story