A brand new 12 months means a brand new group of video games to get enthusiastic about, however you may not must look forward to play a few of the potential finest cellular video games of the 12 months. January has seen some stellar releases, from the beat ’em up TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge to the quaint puzzler Resonance of the Ocean.

We have curated one of the best video games of January into right this moment’s listing so that everybody can sustain with the recent new titles on Android. A superb few have already made their strategy to our roundup of one of the best video games on Android, so relaxation assured, now we have some heavy hitters this month. We’ve not restricted ourselves to any specific classes, so even if you happen to’re rocking a funds Android cellphone, you may nonetheless play the entire decisions beneath to begin your 12 months off proper with some unbelievable video games.


one TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a beat ’em up impressed by the side-scrolling arcade brawlers of the 80s and 90s. Nevertheless it is not only a nostalgia journey. TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge has all of the quality-of-life options we count on from one of the best Android video games, together with uncapped framerates, controller help out of the field, and all kinds of characters.

Whereas there are many nice brawling video games on Android, TMNT: Shredders Revenge is well the most effective. Followers of the unique cartoon will love the trustworthy copy of their favourite characters, however beat ’em up followers will respect the numerous and fluid fight, unbelievable pixel artwork, and stylish controls. Take note the sport is just accessible by means of a Netflix subscription, however this affords gamers a microtransaction and ad-free expertise.

2 Deadly Fury 3

Two days after TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge hit the Play Retailer, a retro combating recreation from the 90s landed. Deadly Fury 3 is not a beat ’em up, however a combating recreation the place you will have interaction in 1v1 fights to defeat varied characters.

Many retro video games from the ACA NeoGeo library have been ported to the Play Retailer, however Deadly Fury 3 is a transparent standout as one fo one of the best combating video games round. It revamped many of the roster of the prequels, together with new sprites for everybody. Nevertheless it did not simply convey graphical enhancements. A brand new battle system meant gamers might use the foreground and background areas to dodge, together with higher sprint functionality, jumps, blocks, and chain combos. Usually these old-school combating video games may be difficult for youthful gamers, because the style has grown in leaps and bounds over the a long time, however Deadly Fury 3 is a unbelievable start line for a retro kick. The ideas talked about above would turn out to be a mainstay of future titles, and the contact controls and controller help developed for Android make it simpler than ever to play. At $3.99, it is an absolute cut price.

3 A Slight Likelihood of Sawblades

As Android telephones develop in energy, we have seen many PC and console staples make their strategy to the Play Retailer. These tried-and-tested video games are a pleasure to see, however typically it is good to discover an authentic arcade recreation that steals our hearts. A Slight Likelihood of Sawblades would not provide a nuanced story, complicated characters, or phenomenal graphics. What it does provide is quite a lot of sawblades and hours of irritating, addicting enjoyable.

A Slight Likelihood of Sawblades evokes the identical reactions as Flappy Fowl again in 2014. There’s just one factor to do within the recreation (leap over sawblades), however it’s simply tough sufficient to make you assume failure can simply be overcome with a pair extra tries . And take a look at you’ll till the controls click on, and also you attain excessive scores you’d by no means dreamed have been potential. A Slight Likelihood of Sawblades is not complicated, however with gameplay this addicting, it would not should be. A Slight Likelihood of Sawblades is free to obtain with adverts that may be eliminated for a one-time buy of $1.99.

4 Excellent Grind

The heydey of skateboarding video games may be lengthy gone, however Excellent Grind reveals they’re nonetheless enjoyable. It condenses varied skateboarding methods right into a collection of easy swipe controls that, whereas difficult to grasp, allow you to pull off satisfying combos with only one hand. It is a quirky and enjoyable recreation that may fulfill you for hours.

Excellent Grind has extra substance than you may count on from its look. The multicolored world of skateparks is stuffed with NPCs that’ll problem you to carry out completely different skateboarding duties, and the world is stuffed with rails, ramps, and objects that can assist you chain your combos collectively. It is free to obtain with adverts, however not solely does a $2.99 ​​buy take away these, however it provides a sandbox mode the place you may design the proper skatepark. Whereas it could have been good to see this mode be included by default, it is simply well worth the asking worth. General, Excellent Grind is good if you happen to want a enjoyable recreation that has substance with out requiring an excessive amount of dedication.

5 Sands of Salzaar

As we famous in our hands-on, Sands of Salzaar has a number of flaws that may postpone gamers. Imperfect translations, bugs, and repetitive gameplay are a few of them, however they do not wreck what’s, at its core, an bold open-world RPG, particularly when these bugs additionally exist on PC.

In Sands of Salzaar, you will traverse a residing world, finishing quests and defeating dangerous guys whereas increase your military. This military is used to interact in real-time battles, the place each soldier you have recruited has its half to play. January has been somewhat brief on substantial RPGs, so we’re completely satisfied to see a recreation that may’t be accomplished in a single sitting. In the event you can overcome the bugs, you will discover that Sands of Salzaar will preserve you occupied for weeks on finish.

6 Sengoku 2

One week after Deadly Fury 3 got here one other retro ACA NeoGeo title. However Sengoku 2 is a part of the beat ’em up style that TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge harkens again to fairly than a 1v1 combating recreation. So if you happen to loved TMNT, give Sengoku 2 a go to see the place lots of its ideas originated.

Typically these retro ports generally is a little hit-or-miss, however Sengoku 2 is well the most effective from SNK. Aspect-scroller brawlers are effectively suited to Android, and due to the included controller help, you need not depend on the contact controls (though these are greater than ample to benefit from the recreation). Sengoku 2’s gameplay loop is refreshingly easy. Defeat a wave of enemies along with your katana, then advance to the following. There aren’t many complicated options like combos, however this implies fight is fluid, satisfying, and simple to study. Like Deadly Fury 3, Sengoku 2 is a $3.99 obtain with no adverts or in-app purchases.

7 Numerous Daylife

Numerous Daylife has had an odd historical past. Initially launched as an Apple Arcade unique in 2019, it was pulled from the platform two years later. Since then, it has been launched on Swap, PC, PS4, Android, and iOS (no Apple Arcade this time). Whereas it could be simplistic, this RPG from the builders of Octopath Vacationers is a good way to go the time, an space the place cellular video games excel.

At $20.99, the value of Numerous Daylife may elevate your eyebrows. Nevertheless, that is the most cost effective place to seek out it (it is $28.99 on PC and consoles). Numerous Daylife is an easy RPG the place you will carry out on a regular basis duties between battles to degree up your group. Fight includes chaining your occasion’s skills to govern your opponent and deal heavy injury. It is a satisfying loop that could be a nice recreation to chill out with after an extended day.

8 Prehistoric Isle 2

Rounding out the gathering of ACA NeoGeo video games launched in January is Prehistoric Isle 2. It is a side-scrolling bullet hell recreation the place you will pilot a helicopter by means of a panorama of prehistoric dinosaurs. Do not count on your typical swathe of Jurassic Park creatures right here; these imaginative dinosaurs can shoot tasks.

You possibly can management considered one of two helicopters in Prehistoric Isle 2. Every provides distinctive weapons, however each may be powered up all through the sport by rescuing civilians. Whereas the graphics aren’t top-tier, the pre-rendered sprites aren’t ugly (a frequent failing of 90’s video games). Gameplay may be simplistic, however the huge quantity of bullets and enemies on the display means you will not have time to ponder mechanics. Good bullet hell shooters are onerous to seek out, so if you wish to do that traditional instance of the style, you may obtain it for $3.99.

9 NBA All-World

Niantic has made many makes an attempt to return to the glory days of Pokemon Go, and whereas NBA All-World possible will not hit the identical degree of success, it is most likely one of the best recreation Niantic has launched since Pokemon Go. The basketball theme, whereas barely over-commercialized, leads to a fascinating location-based recreation that’s even fulfilling for non-NBA followers.

In our hands-on of NBA All-World, we famous that the real-world integration was surprisingly efficient. The title makes an attempt to find in-game gadgets close to real-world outlets, and your native basketball courts are the place you may compete with different gamers for the highest spot. General, it is a superb effort from Niantic, however we count on that NBA followers will get probably the most worth out of the expertise.

10 eversoul

Eversoul launched at the start of January with all its pre-registration objectives met, that means gamers earned a large quantity of rewards simply from beginning the sport. This sturdy begin wasn’t met with disappointment, as Eversoul is an exquisite title that’s the excellent RPG to select up for an hour or two a day. The gacha mechanics may not be for everybody, however those that can abdomen the quasi-gambling will probably be rewarded with an addicting auto-battle collector’s recreation.

The builders of Eversoul are the identical folks behind Guardian Tales, the most effective gacha video games on Android. However one of the best factor about Eversoul is that gamers can re-roll their first set of characters as usually as they need. This pleasant begin, mixed with the difficult battles, makes it straightforward for newbies to get began with out rising pissed off or bored. General, if you are going to attempt one new gacha recreation this 12 months, make it Eversoul.

eleventh Flash Occasion

Flash Occasion is a platform fighter closely impressed by Tremendous Smash Bros. Whereas we do not count on it to achieve the identical degree of recognition, regardless of its multi-platform availability, it is nonetheless a superb multiplayer brawler that scratches the identical itch Tremendous Smash Bros does.

In Flash Occasion, you will try and knock different characters off the stage by softening them up first. The extra you hit them, the more durable you will hit. It is free to play, so characters are unlocked by enjoying video games. Sadly, you may solely play a set variety of matches earlier than you run out of vitality and must recharge. However regardless of the awkward monetization, Flash Occasion is ideal if you happen to’re in search of a superb multiplayer combating recreation to scratch your Smash Bros itch.

12 Resonance of the Ocean

Resonance of the Ocean is the shortest recreation on this listing; it is one of the best instance of high quality over amount. Whereas we can’t spoil the thriller, we assure you will be enthusiastic about the expertise lengthy after you have completed enjoying the sport.

Resonance of the Ocean is a point-and-click journey the place you will remedy audio puzzles to progress the story. We suggest selecting up a pair of fine headphones for this, as you will must focus rigorously on the sounds to keep away from confusion. As we talked about earlier, the expertise is brief, however we predict that is good. If Resonance of the Ocean have been longer, the puzzles would rapidly turn out to be irritating. If you wish to check out an exquisite indie recreation with authentic puzzle mechanics, you may’t do a lot better.

January has set a excessive bar for 2023’s Android recreation releases

With a roster of video games this sturdy, we’re excited to see what different video games come out this 12 months. However one factor we all know for positive is that it is a good time to be a fan of ACA NeoGeo titles. Be sure to atone for our roundup of one of the best Android video games of 2022 to see what 2023 has to compete towards, and if you happen to missed final month’s new launch roundup, you will discover all the wonderful releases from December proper right here.