The year 2023 got off to a strong start in January with a number of fantastic new Android games, and February followed with its own stellar releases. This month, there is a game for everyone, from PC ports of treasures like Shelter, a badger survival game, to the deeply disturbing Happy Game with its psychedelic horror.
In order to keep you informed about the most recent Android games, we’ve compiled a list of the best releases from the past month. Rest assured that many of the games on this list will make it into our roundup of the best Android games. The majority of them will easily run on even low-cost Android phones, allowing everyone to participate in the fun.
1. World Heroes 2 Jet
World Heroes 2 Jet marked the beginning of the ACA NeoGeo ports in February. It is the third game in the World Heroes series (after World Heroes 2, in case you are unsure of the naming convention) and offers a fighting experience reminiscent of SNK’s past. The inclusion of dash mechanics and overall faster movement is referred to as “Jet” in the title.
World Heroes 2 Jet was praised for its depth and variety of features when it came out in 1994. For $3.99, it’s a great way to learn about this classic, despite the fact that it may not compare well to modern fighting games.
2. Valiant Hearts: Coming Home
As we worked with Valiant Hearts: We were pleased with the game’s approach to the horrors of World War I in Coming Home. The characters had a lot of personalities, and the cartoony look didn’t detract from the overall message, despite the fact that it frequently took a straightforward approach. Whether you’re trudging through the ocean or flying a biplane over enemy lines, the 2D graphics perfectly capture the atmosphere of each scene.
Courageous Hearts: Coming Home is a short, beautiful interactive graphic novel that will stay with you for a long time. Despite the fact that it is only available to Netflix subscribers, you can play it without being bothered by ads or in-app purchases.
3. Pompom: The Great Space Rescue
Pompom: Although The Great Space Rescue appears to be yet another retro Mario platformer, it has a distinctive mechanic that sets it apart. You will place platforms, obstacles, and items to assist the titular hamster in achieving his objective rather than directly controlling him. It’s worth giving Pompom a shot to see how this modern take on a classic genre compares to the best Android platformers.
Pompom: The Great Space Rescue can be downloaded for free, but in order to play the entire game, you’ll need to pay $5.49. Since this is a good thing, there will no longer be in-app purchases, so there is no reason not to play this charming platformer.
4. Happy Game
The perfect illustration of why you shouldn’t give your kids unrestricted access to the Play Store is Happy Game. Forget about zombie and shooter games; The Happy Game, with its ironic title, is the one thing that will undoubtedly cause your child to have nightmares.
It describes itself as an “adventure in psychedelic horror” Sadly, it performs its function quite well. There are a lot of difficult puzzles to solve, but the extremely disturbing graphics can be a little distracting at times.
The puzzle game Happy Game is not for people who are easily disturbed. The music is equally bizarre, but the visuals are the main draw. Although Happy Game costs $5.99, it is a must-play for fans of horror and mystery.
5. Endling – Extinction is Forever
One of the best ways to visualize the damage we cause to the environment is through the eyes of a fluffy creature, which is one of the best ways to understand our impact on the world. The adorable fox family in Endling – Extinction Is Forever is used, but don’t mistake it for a positive environmental message; It is a deeply disturbing experience that does not hold back.
Although Endling – Extinction is Forever is short (four to five hours), it does not fill the experience with content that is not necessary. It’s a survival game, so even seasoned players won’t find it difficult.
However, you’ll quickly notice that the game is more interested in how you react than in presenting you with artificial challenges. It’s an unforgettable experience for $9.99.
6. Daily Dadish
You should immediately download Daily Dadish. Similar to previous Dadish games, this one only has 365 levels, and if you don’t complete them within the allotted time, you won’t get another chance. It’s like if Wordle were a charming platformer about a radish with a mind of its own.
Daily Dadish presents a carefully balanced challenge at each level. Before you can spot the traps, you’ll have to try each one a few times, but it won’t take up your entire day. The retro graphics are fun, if a little too simple, and the controls are simple to learn. It can be downloaded for free, but ads can be removed for $4.99.
7. Sengoku 3
Sengoku 3, the second ACA NeoGeo release in February, is a sequel to Sengoku 2, which was released to the Play Store earlier this month. It’s a beat ’em up game in which you have to get through a lot of enemies to win. One of the best NeoGeo games in this genre, Sengoku 3 was released in 2001, eight years after its predecessor.
One of the main flaws of this era’s arcade brawlers is fixed in Sengoku 3. Sengoku 3’s gameplay is smooth and satisfying, not jerky and awkward animations. For the best experience, we recommend purchasing a controller that is compatible with Android, but the touch-screen controls are simple enough to use. Sengoku 3 can be purchased once for $3.99, just like the other ACA NeoGeo releases.
8. Mega Man X
The classic 1993 SNES game is being remastered for Android in Mega Man X. The general gameplay mechanics have not changed, but smooth models have taken the place of pixel sprites, and a variety of difficulty settings have been added. It’s still a great remaster, even if die-hard fans of the original may be disappointed by the changes.
In 2011, Mega Man X was first released for iOS. Since then, the game has been improved, and the features that were problematic on launch day have been removed. It costs $9.99 to download right now.
9. Samurai Shodown III
Samurai Shodown III, the third ACA NeoGeo game of the month, is a fast-paced fighting game that is one of the series’ more original entries. Newcomers to Samurai Shodown will likely be struck by the fast and brutal matches more than any other feature, despite the fact that fans of the series may argue incessantly about which one is superior.
Samurai Shodown III stands out from the other NeoGeo fighting games by ending matches quickly. Despite the fact that we typically recommend a controller for these games, playing Samurai Shodown III requires a lot of button-mashing in order to win. On the Play Store, Samurai Shodown III is available for, surprise, surprise, $3.99.
10. Tomb Raider Reloaded (Netflix)
Tomb Raider consists of two parts: Reloaded. First, there is the fun run-and-gun gameplay; The second is the revolting microtransactions that taint the entire encounter. Fortunately, the Tomb Raider game from Netflix Games: Reloaded gets rid of all of these predatory mechanics, so you can continue playing the main game without being interrupted.
Tomb Raider, without the microtransactions: Although it is a basic action game, Reloaded is enjoyable. It’s not nearly as good as Vampire Survivors’ masterpiece, but it’s still a fun way to pass the time.
You can get it by signing up for a Netflix account, or you can download the standalone version for free. However, be aware that that version is not a fun game but rather one about microtransactions.
11. Dust & Neon
Dust & Neon, a top-down roguelike shooter exclusive to Netflix Games, is a much better experience than Tomb Raider: Reloaded. The cover-based system provides a novel take on the genre, and the setting is original thanks to the incorporation of Western and science fiction elements.
The gameplay of Dust & Neon strikes a good balance between action and strategy. The battles are quick and brutal, so you need to carefully plan how to fight your enemies. From the wide range of weapons and upgrades to the Borderlands-like visuals, there is a lot to enjoy here. Dust & Neon can be purchased once on other platforms; however, in order to play it on your mobile device, you need to subscribe to Netflix.
12. Shelter: An Animal Adventure
This new Android version of Shelter is a direct port of the PC version that was first released in 2013. In that you will be in charge of a group of fluffy animals, Shelter is a little like Endling – Extinction is Forever. However, Shelter pits your badgers against a variety of natural threats rather than humans. Although it is a sandbox game, don’t be fooled by the soothing graphics; Every turn points to death.
The survival gameplay in Shelter is brutal, unforgiving, and infinitely rewarding. It’s easier and more devastating than you think to lose your cubs, but careful planning will help you get through it. The shelter can be downloaded for free, but in order to play the full game, you’ll need to pay $4.99. Despite the fact that it is a must-play, animal lovers should be prepared to start it.
13. Ultra Blade
Despite offering gameplay that is comparable to that of Vampire Survivors, Ultra Blade is still an excellent top-down hack-and-slash game. If you prefer more control over your character, Ultra Blade is a good choice because it is also more hands-on than Vampire Survivors.
Ultra Blade is well worth a try, even if you’re a Vampire Survivors fanatic. The additional controls and loadout combinations help it stand out as a worthy competitor, so the resemblance to Vampire Survivors is mostly superficial. It is free to download, but in-app purchases can speed up character unlocking.
Tacape stands out from the other great Android card games thanks to its distinctive charm. While the roguelike mode offers infinite replayability, the main campaign is a good place to start. Matching the right cards to your opponents is the basic gameplay, and after each round, you can upgrade or purchase new cards.
Tacape is an excellent card game that will not let you down. The overall look is excellent, with a wide variety of landscapes and monsters, despite some underwhelming animations. However, even though you can download the game for free, the full version will cost you $3.99.