While we saw fewer games arrive on the Play Store in May, there were still plenty of titles to get excited about that will easily make up many of the best games on Android. The return of World of Goo is exciting for many, but we’ve also seen sequels to popular franchises like Dumb Ways to Die and Super Cat Tales. In particular, these are not very demanding games, so you should be able to play them all with a cheap Android phone.
We’ve rounded up the best games in this roundup. But if you want to see what else has arrived this year, also check out our roundup of the best games of April.
1 dumb ways to die 4
Dumb Ways to Die 4 brings the wide variety of wacky mini-games we’ve come to expect from the franchise, but instead of introducing meaningful gameplay mechanics, it returns to the style of the first Dumb Ways to Die game. It’s a refreshingly fun game; You won’t be disappointed if you enjoyed any of its predecessors.
Dumb Ways to Die 4 is free to play with microtransactions and ads. These go up to a staggering $134.99 buy for in-game currency, but luckily these are mostly cosmetics locked behind paywalls. Overall, these don’t detract much from the experience, making Dumb Ways to Die 4 the perfect way to cut time on your journey.
In-app purchases: $1.99 – $134.99
2 Laya’s horizon
With Laya’s Horizon, game development studio Snowman took everything we love about Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey and increased it to 11. Despite offering completely different gameplay, Laya’s Horizon feels like a sequel to Alto’s games, achieving the same trick to calm you down. while dodging obstacles at high speeds.
Laya’s Horizon is a 3D wingsuit flying adventure that we can’t recommend enough. While there’s a relatively steep learning curve, the final product might just be Snowman’s best ever. However, Netflix Games has picked it up, so you’ll need a subscription to play.
Exclusive Netflix Games
In-App Purchases: None
3 Mia and the dragon princess
An FMV game starring some notable actors, Mia and the Dragon Princess takes us on an action-packed adventure where we can influence the narrative as we play. FMV games tend to be fairly quiet adventures, but Mia and the Dragon Princess is packed with brilliant fight scenes; it’s worth playing just to see the choreography.
You will have to pay $4.99 to unlock the entire game, but you can play the first few chapters for free.
4 brave force 2
Despite some frustrating monetization, Valiant Force 2 is an absorbing turn-based strategy game with plenty of depth. While you’ll have to rely on the game’s gacha system to spawn heroes, the sheer variety of heroes means you’ll have a hard time running out of strategic options.
Fans of the original Valiant Force game should certainly play this sequel, but it’s worth a try if you enjoy playing any of the best strategy games on Android. Just keep in mind that this is a gacha game, which can be frustrating for some.
In-app purchases: $0.99 – $99.99
In May, Niantic returned to its pre-Pokémon Go roots by releasing an AR game with a completely original IP. Peridot may look like a Pokémon Go on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a more Tamagotchi-like experience. The goal is to develop a closer bond with your creatures, and the result is undeniably adorable, even if microtransactions taint the experience.
Peridot is on the same path as its predecessors as a free-to-play game with microtransactions. However, they are particularly egregious here. But if you can handle the nasty in-app purchases, Niantic’s first original IP in years is worth checking out.
In-app purchases: $0.99 – $99.99
6 Lost Words: Beyond the Page
Lost Words: Beyond the Page launched as a Stadia exclusive in 2020 and has since been ported to various platforms. It’s finally available on Android, so now you can try this awesome narrative platformer on your phone. The atmosphere is the most impressive feature, but the gameplay and narrative are just right to keep your interest throughout.
Like Antivine, you can only play a few chapters of Lost Words: Beyond the Page before you get blocked by a paywall. However, $5.99 is a reasonable price for this awesome game.
7 Torchlight: Infinite
Torchlight Infinite is Diablo Immortal’s biggest competitor on the Play Store, and there’s a lot going on here that sets it apart from last year’s biggest mobile ARPG. As we noted in our review, Torchlight Infinite offers fairer monetization and an expansive combat system. However, an obscure perk system and lackluster content keep it from being a Diablo Immortal killer.
With that being said, casual ARPG fans will be engrossed in Torchlight Infinite for hours. It’s free to play as it relies on good old fashioned microtransactions for profit, but to its credit these are easily ignored for the most part.
In-app purchases: $9.99 – $104.99
Antivine is part casual, part puzzle game. If you’ve played Monument Valley before, you can expect similar gameplay here, but there’s a distinctly different aesthetic. It’s simpler than most of our favorite puzzle games, but its relaxing gameplay is the real draw.
Antivine is free to download, but you have to pay $3.99 to pass the first few levels. This is not stated in the game’s Play Store listing, so please note that this is not a free game before you download it.
9 legend of the guardians
A dungeon management game with a humorous twist, Legend of Keepers is an adaptation of the 2021 game for desktop and Nintendo Switch. In Legend of Keepers, you will take the place of an ambitious dungeon manager trying to climb the corporate ladder by building the best dungeon. You will try to protect your dungeon against gold-hungry heroes; is easily one of the best roguelikes available on the Play Store.
Legends of Keepers is a premium game with no microtransactions or ads. However, you will eventually be able to purchase the DLC that was released on both the desktop and Switch versions. The game interface was completely redesigned for mobile devices; however, you might find the user interface a bit overwhelming without the benefit of one of the large screens on our favorite budget Android tablet.
10 ether beholder
The number of free gacha games on the Play Store can sometimes seem overwhelming, but many great titles are hiding in the sea. Aether Gazer is a recent addition to the crowd, but its smooth gameplay and (at the time of writing) fair monetization have already made it stand out.
While Aether Gazer bears superficial similarities to games like Honkai Impact, its mechanics are refreshingly unique. However, we recommend starting with our beginner’s guide, as Aether Gazer is just as difficult to understand as its brethren.
In-app purchases: $0.99 – $89.99
eleven Farming Simulator 23 Mobile
Farming Simulator games have had an irregular release on Android; Five of the games released in the last ten years are missing from the Play Store. However, Farming Simulator 23 is here and introduces new crops, farms, and vehicles to satisfy your farming desires.
The last Farming Simulator game on Android was in 2020, and this year’s iteration is a marked improvement. The gameplay remains the same, but the improved graphics and expanded content are reason enough to buy it. While some content is locked behind paywalls, the Switch version retails for $44.99, while buying all game content on Android will set you back $34. This is still cheaper than the Switch version. , even when factoring in the price of the base game.
In-app purchases: $0.99 – $3.49
12 World of Goo Remastered
World of Goo will be a household name to anyone who enjoyed mobile gaming in the misty days of 2011, and thanks to Netflix, we were blessed with a remaster this month that brought HD to the venerable puzzle game. Thankfully, the main gameplay loop hasn’t been changed, so you can relive the classic game on your Android tablet without squinting at the blurry graphics.
World of Goo Remastered features HD graphics and cross-platform saving, but this comes at the cost of requiring a Netflix subscription. However, as a Netflix Games exclusive, the game has no ads or microtransactions.
Exclusive Netflix Games
In-App Purchases: None
13 Super Cat Tales: PAWS
The latest installment in the Super Cat Tales series, Super Cat Tales: PAWS, is the same Mario-style platformer we’ve come to love. In fact, it may be too similar, but longtime fans may see this as a positive feature.
Super Cat Tales: PAWS is free to play with ads, but these can be removed with an in-app purchase. While it doesn’t bring significant changes to the series, it’s hard not to recommend this adorable platformer.
In-app purchases: $1.99 – $5.99
Play the best Android games released in May 2023
While it was great to see the return of classics like World of Goo, some impressive original games were released in May, including Antivine and Laya’s Horizon.
2023 has seen a lot of exciting games on the Play Store, so check out our roundup for the best games on Android.