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.
Described as “an experimental piece of interaction based partly on a total misunderstanding of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, Spaceplan is part of the new breed of clickers/idle games that offer a lot more. In the case of Spaceplan, it’s excellent writing, music, visuals and personality. Not only do the numbers go up, those numbers are surrounded by a slew of mechanics that make it fun and interesting beyond other, simpler games of the genre. It’s no secret that we love idle games here, and Spaceplan is the best one to come out in 2017.
Spaceplan from Devolver Digital is $2.99 on Google Play.
Personally, I’ve yet to experience “the” moment with an action game on a touch screen. I think games that try to put too much on the touch screen invariably end up an exercise in frustration. But games that tend to offer a tap on either side of the screen or something similar — the standout Downwell comes to mind — it can be something special. Fowlst is a relatively unknown roguelite game about an owl who is trapped in Hell. You bounce left or right by tapping on either side of the screen, avoiding obstacles while keeping yourself perpetually airborne. It’s charming, difficult and well-made. I’ve put a lot of hours into it and will put many more.
Fowlst from Cat Cup is $1.99 on Google Play.
A stunning narrative adventure game told through an old man’s eyes, Old Man’s Journey is touching, sad and powerful. The gameplay is shallow — this game is lightly interactive at best. But it’s completely engrossing and every second is worth experiencing alone, with headphones, preferably on a rainy day with something warm to drink.
Old Man’s Journey from Broken Rules Interactive is currently $0.99 on Google Play.
Underhand is lacking a lot of polish, but it’s one of quite a few cult-based games that came out in 2017. In the game, you’re summoning eldritch terrors from beyond the depths of human comprehension, and you’re doing this by managing your cult’s resources via a card game. There’s a lot of neat art, a lot of personality and it’s different enough from other card games out there. It’s a strongly unique take on a very proven concept.
Underhand from Spoopy Squad is free on Google Play.
Word puzzles are always going to be a thing in mobile, but it seemed like there was a stretch over the past couple years where innovation was lacking in the space. It takes a game to be either incredibly well-polished or able to do something new, and Sidewords delivers both. It’s a tough logic puzzle game wrapped around a word game. The game has no timers, no penalties, just a clean interface, no distractions, and good word puzzles centered around a grid with one word across the top and one word down the side. The goal is to fill in all the squares on the grid by combining letters from both words. You cannot overlap any squares, and it gets tricky fast. But there being multiple solutions to most (every?) puzzle keeps it from being frustrating.
Sidewords from Milkbag Games is $2.99 on Google Play.
Destination Android Game of the Year 2017 thus far
30. A Girl Adrift
29. Burgle Bros
28. DATA WING
27. Passpartout: The Starving Artist
25. Layton’s Mystery Journey
21. Home Behind
20. The Witch’s Isle
19. Milkmaid of the Milky Way
18. Cosmic Express
17. FRAMED 2
16. Miracle Merchant
13. Old Man’s Journey