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Best new Android games to play this February

Android has an awful lot of games, and each month brings new titles. Knowing which ones are any good can be tricky. So we've put together a list of the best games that we've discovered on the Play Store—just three each month to ensure that only games we've played make it onto the list.

February

It's the shortest month of the year, so you don't want to waste your precious time playing boring games. Here are my top three recommendations to make the most of those minutes this February.

Oddmar

Hell yes, we’re going to be a viking warrior on magic mushrooms! Praise Odin and pass the axes. Oddmar’s eponymous ‘hero’ is a lazy layabout viking whose freeloading ways earn him the scorn of his village. His entry to the golden halls of Valhalla is denied. To redeem himself, Oddmar must undertake a heroic quest with the help of enchanted mushrooms gifted by a fairy.

This is exquisitely animated game is a platformer, so you know the drill: collect coins and powerups, run, jump, bump off nasty enemies. In his penchant for fungi, Oddmar even shares a trait with the most famous platform mascot Mario. But even if it’s an old format, a platformer game done right is still a delight nowadays, and Oddmar does almost everything right. 

The art is beautiful, the touch controls fluid and responsive, and the levels and enemies are well-designed to keep challenges fresh. Oddmar himself is a charming protagonist and a worthy modern colleague of Mario, Sonic, Rayman and co. You can play the first five levels of Oddmar for free, and a one-time IAP unlocks the full game.

  • App version: 0.99
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: Free demo, $4.99 for full game

Get it on the Play Store

Star Traders Frontiers

The Trese Brothers are already known for bring exceptional indie games that play well on both mobile and PC. Star Traders Frontiers is the latest from them to make the hyperspace jump from Steam to the Play Store, while keeping the high level of quality we expect from the devs.

Star Traders Frontiers is an open world (open galaxy?) sci-fi roleplaying game in the same universe are previous Star Traders and Templar Battleforce games. You play as a starship captain, but, after that, your fate is really in your hands. While far from being the most graphically impressive RPG on Android, it more than makes up for that in depth and the sheer wealth of options. You can customize your captain, ship, and crew, and what kind of game you want to play.

For example, you can follow the main storyline, strike out into uncharted space as an explorer, participate in faction warfare or establish interstellar trade routes. Strategy fans will appreciate the mix of ship-to-ship combat using your different weapons and upgrades, and party-based crew battles where your pick of different classes and equipment for your underlings comes into play.

  • App version: 2.4.75
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: $6.99 

Get it on the Play Store

Langrisser

For your free-to-play fix this month, you could do worse than Langrisser, the mobile revival of a classic Japanese Strategic RPG series, marketed under the title Warsong on the Sega Genesis back in the day. The new Langrisser stands up on top of the pile of freemium SRPGs on mobile, and yes, that includes Fire Emblem Heroes.

Langrisser strategy involves moving squads of troops (such as lancers, cavalry, infantry) led by fantasy heroes of different classes (oriented to melee, magic, buffing, healing etc.) around a tactical map, with success relying on using the right unit types and character abilities effectively. It's surprisingly deep, especially when you consider the many divergent build options for your heroes.

Aesthetically, the game is gorgeous if you appreciate the very Japanese style. The English voice-over is also excellent and there's plenty of story to keep you going and get a sense of your characters motivations, and also lots of side-quests and missions to complete. While all this is great for free, just bear in mind that Langrisser is a typical gacha RPG, with a random reward system with seemingly low chances of winning the best heroes, and an energy bar that limits long play sessions. I played the game regularly in short bursts for some weeks. It's a satisfying loop of tasks and rewards, but eventually arrives at a point where you have to keep playing out a lot of repetitive battles, or pay to skip the grind.

  • App version: 2.1.3
  • Compatibility: Android 4.0 and up
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases

Get it on the Play Store

January

The new year is here and with it comes new games! If you want to get away from the cold weather and huddle with your phone, we've found some great brain teasers to entertain you. This month's selection will challenge you in unexpected ways and test your abilities to think outside of the box. Let's get into it!

Hit the Light

If you miss the brick breaker games of old, this game delivers the old-school experience with a modern twist. In each level, you are presented with a neon lights fixture which you need to creatively destroy. You do so with the help of three tools - pinballs, ninja stars and bombs. Each has its own physics mechanics and interacts with the lights differently, delivering a challenging and satisfying experience. Unlike the games of old, however, you don't have a paddle to help you bounce the balls back up, so you have to use your resources carefully.

The levels aren't terribly challenging, but they require mastering the use of the different tools. The game also has a great atmosphere, thanks to its masterful neon light art. On top of all that, Hit The Light by Happymagenta UAB is free to play and does not have obnoxious in-game purchases or intrusive ads.

  • App version: 1.0.1
  • Compatibility: Android 6.0 and up
  • Price: Free

Get it on the Play Store.

That Level Again 4

Tired of game tutorials that constantly pop up to explain the most basic things? Sick of unimaginative puzzles? Then That Level Again 4 might be the game for you. Fourth in its series, this indie game by developer IamTagir, doesn't hold your hand. It drops you straight into a pit full of spikes and lets you scramble to find a way out on your own. To do so you need to press buttons... most of the time. However, the game often forces you to think outside of the box.

that level again 4
The first level might be easy, but the rest aren't. / © IamTagir

It somewhat reminds me of The Impossible Quiz - a similarly hard flash game from the early 2000s. Like it, That Level Again 4 breaks the fourth wall and turns everything on its head in the most unexpected ways. If you want to challenge yourself this year, definitely give this game a play.

  • App version: 1.011
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: Free

Get it on the Play Store.

This is the Police

A tale of crime, intrigue and corruption - This is the Police. Taking on the role of police chief Jack Boyd, you come face to face with the seedy underbelly of the city of Freeburg, where the game is set. Initially released for PC in 2016, this indie title is now available on Android. It will have you facing tough choices and crafting masterful strategies, as your goal is to see the chief retire with $500,000 in the bank in just 180 days.

Whether you will turn into a corrupt cop or remain righteous and fair is all up to you. The straight and narrow path is not easy, however. You will be tempted by bribes carefully masked as favors and tested at every opportunity. Your choices are definitely not arbitrary. This is the Police is a game about compromises and it's definitely worth your time despite its relatively high price for a mobile game. It will deliver hours of intrigue and entertainment.

  • App version: 1.1.3.0
  • Compatibility: Android 5.0 and up
  • Price: $7.99

Get it on the Play Store.

December

While I was looking forward to present The Elder Scrolls: Blades to you all this month, it looks like that won't be happening, as Bethesda has kicked the game into next year. But there are still plenty of great games to sink you teeth into, alongside your seasonal treats. RPG fans won't go empty handed either!

Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition

Beamdog continues its journey to bring the beloved Bioware RPGs of yesteryear to modern formats. After the success of the Baldur's Gate series, Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment, it's Neverwinter Nights' turn now. The game's early-era 3D graphics have been polished and the UI has been overhauled to make it easier to play on modern mobile devices. If you already played the game on PC, you can even transfer your saved games and purchased modules over to mobile, and enjoy cross-platform multiplayer with your desktop-bound friends.

The game itself stands the test of time, especially since it comes with all the expansions, which in my mind improved a lot on the base game's story. And on top of that, you have access to user-created modules - adventures made by players like you, some of which match or even best the base content in quality. For your 10 bucks, that's potentially hundreds of hours of adventure.

For newbies, this is a Dungeons and Dragons game, so that means all the fantasy RPG tropes you can think of. Explore cities, exotic locales, meet strange creatures, and (usually) kill them for fortune and glory. The variety of classes and races on offer let you build almost any type of hero you can think of. Over and over again, with no need to pay extra for the privilege. Aaah, the good old days.

  • App version: 8186A00003
  • Compatibility: Android 5.0 and up
  • Price: $9.99

Get it on the Play Store.

Faraway 4: Ancient Escape

This is the latest in a series of puzzle/escape games and this time the action set in the ancient world. Faraway 4 is great for quick brain teasers to occupy your mind during your commute or other short breaks. Inspired by the classic explore-and-puzzle adventure Myst, the Faraway series stands out with its elegant visuals and smooth controls. 

You take on the role of an archaeologist exploring Greco-Roman environments in search of the solution to a family mystery. The attractive colors and ambient music makes discovering puzzles and hunting for clues relaxing, but the puzzles themselves are satisfyingly challenging.

Faraway 4 is free to download, which nets you 9 levels - each of which could take a couple of hours or more to solve. Once you complete them, you should be in a good place to decide whether you want to give $3 to unlock the rest of the game.

  • App version: 1.0.4298
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: Free

Get it on the Play Store.

Chuchel

The latest offering from the creator of Samorost and Machinarium to hit the Play Store, Chuchel is an beautifully designed adventure game with a big heart and a great sense of humor (and a wonderful soundtrack from DVA to boot). You play as a fuzzy black creature on a quest for a cherry. To get your juicy prize, you've got to experiment with all the objects in the cartoonish environment, often with delightfully absurd consequences.

The real joy of Chuchel lies in the pure silliness of the characters and situations, which have been wonderfully crafted to bring out the inner child in you. The game poses its puzzles in a series of short episodes that throw increasingly mad scenarios at you, each with different mechanics to keep things fresh.

It's hard not to play this without cracking into a full-blown grin, as you punch through an army of teeth, crack open a giant sentient egg monster or get teased by a giant jelly dessert. Chuchel is a puzzle/adventure game, sure, but it's the whimsical/comedic experience that makes it really special.

  • App version: 1.0.2
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: $4.99

Get it on the Play Store.

Already played the best new Android games this month? Why not take a look at our other game recommendations, curated with care to bring the best of the best:

What were your favorite games from the last month(ish)? Let us know in the comments below and we'll try and check them out!

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