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.
A puzzle game with great visuals isn’t something that the Android ecosystem is short on, but a great game is a great game. Cityglitch is one of those games — a haunted world filled with different cities that are encountering glitches, and it’s up to you, the protagonist, to light runes and fix those glitches. The gameplay is primarily sliding-based puzzles on a five-by-five grid, where you have to light up all of the runes before you can advance. There’s nothing groundbreaking with the way the gameplay works, but it’s fun, engaging, and the game oozes style.
Cityglitch from Mindfungus Games is $2.99 on Google Play.
Japanese developers and publishers continue to push premium products with premium prices on the Google Play store, to varying degrees of success. The newest game in the Layton series of puzzle games hit Android, iOS and the Nintendo 3DS all around the same time, and by all accounts, it’s a whole lot of Layton. The game offers nothing seriously incredible as far as series standards go, but it remains a lovingly crafted, beautiful and vibrant game filled with puzzles that are perhaps a tad too easy. It’s hard to recommend at full price, but without taking that into account, it’s a worthy entrant into the series.
Layton’s Mystery Journey from Level 5 is $15.99 on Google Play.
Disjoint isn’t just a pretty puzzle game where you rotate triangles around other triangles, it also has a story. It’s not an amazing story, but it’s well-crafted, made me smile more than a few times, and helps carry along the gameplay, which would stand on its own as a fairly decent puzzle game without all the extra story and polish on top. With those things, it’s elevated to the next level and one of the very best in the genre.
Disjoint from Copperbrain is $2.99 on Google Play.
We’ve written about this game before, and it should surprise nobody that it’s showing up here. Linelight is a relaxing minimal puzzle game where you travel across lines with your line. Your goal? Get to the end of the line. The neat thing about this game is that it can be played in portrait or landscape, but the “field” doesn’t rotate when you do. You can attack things from different angles. Did I mention it’s relaxing?
Linelight from My Dog Zorro is $1.99 on Google Play.
Board game adaptations have found a whole lot of success on mobile platforms, and Tokaido is one of the shining examples of the genre done right. It’s a faithful recreation of the board game’s mechanics, but more than that, it’s also one of the most visually stunning games on all mobile platforms. It is consistently beautiful and I often get lost in admiring just how clean and polished everything is. Tokaido stands above just about everything else in the genre.
Tokaido from Funforge Digital is $3.49 on Google Play.
21. Home Behind
It’s not easy to do a game about refugees on the brink of collapse following some great cataclysmic event. This War of Mine did it well, and Home Behind takes a lot of cues from it. Filled with good writing and enough systems to suffocate you if you let it, it’s a brilliant survival sim with great visuals to boot.
Home Behind from Coconut Island Games is $2.99 on Google Play.
Destination Android Game of the Year 2017 thus far