November 2022 has been a great month for Android games. There’s something for everyone, from the Wreckfest demolition derby to the emotional RPG Finding Paradise. However, with such a wide selection, you might have missed some of these great releases. To help you out, we’ve selected 11 of the best Android games released in the last month across all genres.
If you like any of the games on this list, our roundup of the best games currently on Android may help you find some more. So whether you’re looking for a casual puzzler to pass on a train journey or need something to test out a powerful gaming phone, read on.
As we explained in our hands-on with Finding Paradise, this is perhaps the best story-based RPG available on Android. The emotional twists and turns of the story will keep you hooked, and the retro graphics will delight anyone who grew up with a Game Boy. The mobile port launched with a music box mode, so even if you played it on PC, try the mobile port to access the full soundtrack on command. Overall, not only was Finding Paradise the best RPG released this month, it could very well be the best Android game released in November.
The creative director behind two of Square Enix’s GO games (Hitman Go and Lara Croft GO) has released his first game under his new independent studio, Gridpop. Isle of Arrows is a mix of puzzle and tower defense with a twist of roguelike mechanics. It’s a tricky challenge and ideal for those who like to think on their feet. You’ll also have plenty of playtime outside of the game, thanks to the variety of game modes and the random nature of each level.
Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Kingdoms
Although not technically a standalone game, the Kingdoms expansion for Total War: Medieval II brings a colossal amount of content to one of the best strategy games on Android. While the base game offered a broad overview of medieval Europe, this expansion focuses on specific flashpoints from that era: the Americas, Britain, the Crusades, and the Teutonic Wars. The result is a much deeper exploration of factions, allowing players to explore them in greater depth than they would in the base game. Experienced best even on a budget Android tablet, this expansion is a must-have for any Total War fan.
The past inside
Good co-op games are a bit hard to find on Android, but The Past Within can easily be one of the best. You’ll team up with a friend to solve puzzles in a point-and-click adventure, but there are some interesting twists. It’s a relatively short game, barely two hours, so perfect for spending an evening with a partner. We won’t spoil it, but you’ll have to constantly focus on teamwork while jumping between game timelines.
We love a good retro port, and KOF 2003 is ideal for anyone looking for a nostalgia kick. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, The King of Fighters (KOF) started in the 90s and established a yearly trend of releasing similar fighting games with recurring characters and mechanics. KOF 2003 introduced a tag team mechanic allowing players to swap characters, but unless you’ve played every KOF game you probably don’t care about these minor changes. This is a great retro port of a silly fighting game from the early 2000s.
A spiritual successor to classic Playstation demolition derby games, we were surprised to see such a GPU-intensive game make its way to mobile. Although suffering from a fair share of graphical issues (see our Wreckfest hands-on for more details), we were impressed with the compression of the entire game into a mobile app. It’s a racing game in its own right, offering a variety of races and demolition derby courses across its campaign and multiplayer mods. Give it a try if you want to see amazing soft body physics in action and are ready to forgive frequent graphical glitches.
Evidence 111 may not have the most amazing story, but it does offer an original take on gameplay that’s well worth trying. Gameplay is all about swiping controls to make choices, with audio forming the rest of the game alongside some basic visuals. He has a stellar voice acting, so if you want a game closer to a choice story of your own adventure, then Evidence 111 is a must. Just make sure you have a good pair of headphones, because you won’t want to miss any dialogue.
Another excellent point-and-click adventure game, Station 117 is a great single-player game after exhausting The Past Within’s puzzles. Although Station 117 can be a bit cliché at times, it’s still a fun, challenging, and overall great experience. If you’ve played Glitch Games titles before, we can wholeheartedly recommend them, as they’re more or less the same.
One of the best zombie games on Android, Dysmantle is an expensive but interesting experience. It has one of the most satisfying mechanics in any survival game: the ability to smash almost any object in the game. Dismantle entire structures if you wish; nothing stands against you. Although it takes a bit of time to get started, Dysmantle is an easy hobby perfect for fans of survival games.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
There are many ports of Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited, but the Android version is the best yet. Along with all the base game content, the Android port comes with a host of quality of life features, including an auto-battle option. Grinding is a core feature of Disgaea games, but this auto-combat option is perfect for people who want to focus on the narrative. All in all, it’s a fantastic hardcore SRPG that takes some commitment to beat.
Romancing SaGa – Minstrel’s Song
Romancing SaGa – Minstrel Song was one of the best RPGs of the 2000s, but unfortunately it was not available in PAL regions. Luckily, the worldwide release of Android has given everyone the chance to experience this fantastic RPG again. Just like Disgaea 4, the Android version of Romancing SaGa – Minstrel Song comes with lots of new quality of life features. However, it also includes new characters to recruit and boss variants to fight, so even experienced players will encounter something new.
November 2002 was a busy month with a game for everyone
If we had to choose the best Android game in November, it would be Finding Paradise. But if emotional, story-driven RPGs aren’t your thing, there are eight other fantastic games to try that offer a great mix of mechanics, like Dysmantle’s survival gameplay and Wreckfest’s villainous races. So take your pick, because there’s easily an Android game for everyone that launched in November.