We know how difficult it can be to pick something great to play from Play Store. Not that there’s a shortage of games on Android—quite the opposite! Every month, so many play-worthy games are added to Play Store that it’s very easy to miss those few hidden gems that deserve your time and money the most. To help you out, we have selected top 5 best Android games for December 2017, and our list includes something for everyone.
Based on the thrilling Netflix original drama starring actress Winona Ryder, Stranger Things for Android takes you back to Hawkins, Indian. You play as Hopper and the kids, solving varied puzzles with the unique abilities of each character and exploring the mysteries that await you in Mirkwood Forest, the Hawkins National Laboratory, and other familiar locations.
The game features retro-inspired pixelated graphics that match the undeniable ’80s spirit seen in the TV drama. Playing the game will remind you of such cult-classics as the Legend of Zelda series or the first few titles in the Final Fantasy series. Even though the game is optimized for mobile devices, you can easily play it on your TV to enjoy that nostalgic feeling of what it was like to sneak into the living room late at night, turn on the Nintendo, and forget about the world.
The number of times point-and-click adventure games were proclaimed to be dead is too high to count at this point. While we likely won’t experience something similar to the golden age of adventure gaming, which has given us games like Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango, or Full Throttle (all of which are now available on Android devices), adventure games are here to stay, and games like Thimbleweed Park make us optimistic about their future.
Thimbleweed Park takes place in a small, forgotten town with many strange mysteries and even more stranger residents. You play as five different characters, who can all work together to unravel the game’s intricate story and solve satisfying puzzles—none of which feel out of place or unfair. Thimbleweed Park was created by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, creators of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, so you can be sure that there’s no shortage of jokes, references, and Easter eggs.
With Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story, you get to experience what it’s like to find a phone and dig through its content to, hopefully, return it to its owner. As you’ll examine personal notes, pictures, appointments, messages, and the installed apps, a mosaic of the owner’s professional and personal life will emerge, and you’ll get the chance to think about the social habits of a young adult in the digital age.
The game is constructed as an immersive narrative-driven experience that blurs the lines between fantasy and fiction. There are no gameplay mechanics to learn and no quests to complete. It’s just you, stranger’s phone, and the voyeuristic inclinations that we all have deep down but try to suppress.
Batman: The Enemy Within is the latest title from Telltale Games, developers of The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, or Tales from the Borderlands, just to name a few adventure games from this prolific company. If you’ve played one Telltale game, you already know the drill: you solve puzzles and make difficult choices to move through a branching story with multiple endings.
The game features a fun comic book style graphics, controls that are easy to pick up, and an attractive price of exactly $0. Subsequent episodes cost $4.99, and you can also buy all episodes at once for $14.99. Batman: The Enemy Within supports Tegra K1 and X1, Adreno 418, 420, 430, 505, and 530, Mali T760 & T880, and Nvidia Maxwell GPUs, and it requires Android 4.4 and up.
In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, you play as Talion, and your goal is to overthrow Sauron and defeat his powerful army. To accomplish this difficult objective, you will journey through Mordor and wage real-time battles to turn Sauron’s army against him with the Champions of Middle-earth and your own personal Orc army. During your journey, you’ll collect, equip, and upgrade iconic characters from Shadow of War and The Lord of the Rings and visit several regions of Mordor. Each orc enemy you face along the way remembers your decisions, and the game uses this mechanic to create a unique experience for every player.
Even though Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a graphically intensive game, it runs smoothly on all recent Android devices. You don’t have to pay anything to enjoy this thrilling fantasy experience, but the game has many in-app purchases, which it tries to jam down player’s throats every chance it gets.