Every day(ish) in December, we here at Destination Android are celebrating the best games released in 2017, starting with No. 31 on the first. We missed some deadlines, but are nonetheless enthused to bring you the next batch of games up until our absolute favorite game of 2017 is revealed on the 31st.

You know that feeling when you’re asked to describe a game and your mind just blanks? I have been playing Million Onion Hotel for the past couple of months, and I’m still not sure I can answer that question. But that’s half of what makes the game so interesting.

Million Onion Hotel, by the aptly named Onion Games K.K., is at its core, a puzzle game. The majority of the game is played on a 5 by 5 square where your goal is to connect 5, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Squares get marked by tapping on the onions that grow randomly through the game, and each time you get a line completed you level up and start on a clean board. As you level up, you get different creatures instead of onions which might require more than one tap or move as you try to clear them. All of this is done under the crunch of a time limit that extends as you clear boards.

Core gameplay isn’t the only thing that makes the game so interesting: if you manage to get a double or triple line, you will enter a fever mode that will let you grab fruit for score and onion knights. These onion knights will come in handy when you fight the bosses every 20 levels. Oh, and did I mention every 10 levels you get a weird story cutscene? The cutscenes include gunfights, sex, and of course, onion soup.

Overall, Million Onion Hotel makes for a very enjoyable and unique experience. I keep coming back to it to try to get further and a higher score, but I guess my biggest complaint is that it seems like whether I do well or not is somewhat random. I’ve tried to set up multiple line board clears, but I end up just waiting for the right piece to show up. And if you don’t get to the fever mode, those bosses can really eat up the time that you banked up. Then again, maybe I’m just bad at the game and sad that I can’t get past level 60…

Check out the trailer below.

Million Onion Hotel is $3.99 on Google Play.

Destination Android Game of the Year 2017 thus far

31. Sonny
30. A Girl Adrift
29. Burgle Bros
28. DATA WING
27. Passpartout: The Starving Artist
26. Cityglitch
25. Layton’s Mystery Journey
24. Disjoint
23. Linelight
22. Tokaido
21. Home Behind
20. The Witch’s Isle
19. Milkmaid of the Milky Way
18. Cosmic Express
17. FRAMED 2
16. Miracle Merchant
15. Spaceplan
14. Fowlst
13. Old Man’s Journey
12. Underhand
11. Sidewords
10. Love You to Bits
9. Card Thief
8. Cat Quest
7. Slayaway Camp
6. Million Onion Hotel

Author

Anthony is an accountant that is pretending to moonlight as a games journalist. He is a board game fanatic and a craft beer aficionado.

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