Whatoplay presents 15 of the best Android titles from the first half of 2021. All arranged by playscores. To check out our full list, visit our page on all best Android games of 2021.
It’s no PGA Tour, nor Super Mario Golf, but it’s still a great substitute if you don’t have the consoles for them. Golf Impact is pretty much like your average golf game, but its gimmick lies in the mobile limitations. Enjoy simple golf courses at the palm of your hand. It even has PvP so you could go one on one with a friend in competitive challenges. This game receives a playscore of 8.14.
Fresh out of the oven is an unlikely fantasy tale about sentient cookies. Governing a kingdom ruled by these sweet and savory desserts is layered with the savory goodness of these bite-sized creatures. Assemble the best cookie team and engage in cute but epic RPG-style battles using your hardened troops. There are a ton of collectibles here and secrets to uncover. A playscore of 8.15.
One of Steam’s highly-rated titles makes its way to Android devices. A roguelike game where you protect your ship’s generator from invading extraterrestrial threats. After being sent to this hostile planet, lead a band of hardened characters in an effort to survive the harsh environment. Fortify your defenses against a slew of randomly generated challenges. Take advantage of the endless cycle to mix and match your power-ups and technology. It receives a playscore of 8.18.
A beloved JRPG classic straight from the vaults of 1998. This Square Enix title was the reason why Octopath Traveler even existed. SaGa Frontier takes players into a gorgeous fantasy world where they control eight playable characters with their own set of stories to tell. This Remastered version enhances the game’s visuals, sound and even added a new playable character. It receives a playscore of 8.18.
11. Slay The Spire
The most popular and quite possibly the highest-rated roguelike deck builder on the market. Slay the Spire’s endless grind and replay value can net you hours and hours of climbing an ever-changing magical tower. Now that it’s out on Android, the heavyweight content is perfect at the palm of your hands. Racking up over 50 hours with your smartphone will be no big deal. A playscore of 8.22.
NetEase’s mecha-based battle royale lets you gear up your metallic monster and let him tear apart enemies in a massive arena. The game has a lot of options for you to consider, especially in its customization. Equip them with the best firepower, but be mindful of the game’s aggressive microtransactions. Once you’re done beefing up your mechanical avatar, you can climb the ranks in no time. A playscore of 8.22.
It’s a top-down 3 versus 3 MOBA where you control various characters, each with their unique abilities. There’s fun here, but only if you can get past its unbalanced matchmaking. While the game is out for quite some time, there are still numerous issues plaguing it, including pay-to-win mechanics like game-changing microtransactions. The gameplay is by far its best feature. You can always try it out since it received a playscore of 8.37.
Compared to the other games on this list, this is by far the most simple and takes little effort to enjoy. Your goal is to basically stack up as many stone plates until it falls apart. Turn into a towering wonder and break your record after every attempt. There’s nothing too complex here. It’s the ideal game when you want to waste a few mins, or when you’re really bored and want something oddly therapeutic. A playscore of 8.41.
Anyone who still watches the Walking Dead in 2021 might find something to enjoy in this survival simulator. If you love management games like Clash of Clans or Fallout Shelter, Survivors will be easy enough with its familiar mechanics. It’s set in Robert Kirkman’s world but you’ll be playing as everyday people instead of the main stars from the show. Gather enough resources and let your civilization thrive amidst the Walker threat. A playscore of 8.42.
The myth of the mischievous monkey king is now available on Android. Ancient China’s fate is up to four heroes to turn back the tide. In this adventure, Sanzang, Wukong, Kihong, and Sandmonk travel to fantastical lands to gather scroll pieces and fight evil. It immerses you in 16th century China with their visuals and encourages a spirit of competition with their local and online PvP. Master the strengths of each unique hero and test your reflexes across a multitude of challenging enemies and bosses. A playscore of 8.42.
It’s time for some feline fun in this adorable cat-action RPG from Supercolony. Catopia is all about keeping it simple. Controlling your hero is easy-peasy. With your fingertips, you can unleash a barrage of magical powers with ease. Your goal is to survive and slay as many monsters inside dungeons. In addition to its colorful campaign, a city-building mode can let players manage their own Feline City via idle gameplay. You don’t have to do anything, just let it gather materials and watch it grow while you’re away! A playscore of 8.43.
Anyone familiar with Contra or Metal Slug will find Huntdown’s aesthetic and gameplay delightful. Help these badass bounty hunters secure the bag in this sprawling cyberpunk city. It’s like a time machine on Android devices. This side-scrolling retro shooter really takes us back to the good ol’ days of 80s gaming. Huntdown takes pride in its inspirations from the games that came before and adds its own unique and modern twist. A playscore of 8.44.
From the creators of Sara Is Missing and SIMULACRA comes an interactive fiction where you revisit Doctor Who’s terrifying Weeping Angels. Use your smartphone to unlock the mysteries of Western Drumlins. Solve a myriad of puzzles all while being haunted by these petrifying threats. Use your phone to search for various clues hidden in videos, images, and more. It’s an original Doctor Who story, so anyone can play it without being a Whovian. A playscore of 8.52.
A game that needs no introduction. You already know what it’s all about by simply reading the title. UK’s beloved rock legends have their own rhythm game for Android devices. Vibe to the tunes of their greatest hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You” and more. You can even unlock behind-the-scenes content and some Queen trivia! Master different instruments for each song and tap the tiles to become the ultimate music legend. A playscore of 8.57.
1. Baba Is You
This award-winning indie title from Hempuli Oy has graced Android devices with its satisfying brain-teasers. Take command of how every level works by making your own rules on how to manipulate the mysterious blocks. Every new level presents new and unique interactions, creating a fresh experience for every playthrough. With over 200 levels, it’s almost an emergent experience every time as mechanics keep evolving in different ways. But what you see isn’t exactly easy. While it lures us with its cutesy art style, it’s pretty hard and it requires a lot of trial-and-error. A playscore of 8.81.