5 Best Android Games of the Week (December 2017 #1)

Every week, hundreds of new Android games are submitted to the Play Store. If you’re not paying attention 24/7, it’s easy to miss some of the best stuff. Each week we will highlight five of the best new or overlooked games. You’re sure to find some hidden gems in these recommendations. Go forth and download!

1. Toppluva

Toppluva is like the old Windows game Ski-Free, but a lot more fun. Your job is to ski down the mountain and complete levels and missions to unlock new characters. Ski around flags, collect items and avoid the many obstacles to reach the finish line.

DOWNLOAD: Toppluva

  • Price: Free
  • In-app Purchases: Yes
  • Rating: 4.0
  • Installs: 10,000 – 50,000

2. Star tale

Star tale is a space game all about gravity. You control a star that is attracted to planets by gravity. You must tap a button to stay away from the planet, but you only have so much energy. Use the energy wisely to pass by planets without crashing.

DOWNLOAD: Star tale

  • Price: Free
  • In-app Purchases: Yes
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Installs: 50 – 100

3. Hoppenhelm

In this game you control a knight stuck in a dungeon. You must hop, slash, and block your way to safety before the rising lava gets you. Collect coins along the way to unlock allies and better weapons. The game has a retro feel with very simple controls.

DOWNLOAD: Hoppenhelm

  • Price: Free
  • In-app Purchases: Yes
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Installs: 1,000 – 5,000

4. Desert Legacy

Desert Legacy is an arcade game that lets you drift between the dunes of an infinite desert. Surf between the ruins of an ancient city, avoid the debris and reach the furthest distance you can. Many walls will hinder your path, but if you master the wind nothing will oppose your advance.

DOWNLOAD: Desert Legacy

  • Price: Free
  • In-app Purchases: No
  • Rating: 5
  • Installs: 500 – 1,000

5. Tank Buddies

Tank Buddies is a shooter game mixed with an endless racing game. You drive a tank on a road with tons of enemies in your way. Shoot them all down and collect power-ups to improve your tank. Every so often you will encounter big bosses that must be defeated before you can continue.

DOWNLOAD: Tank Buddies

  • Price: Free
  • In-app Purchases: Yes
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Installs: 1,000 – 5,000

More Best Apps & Games

Our Download This series includes the best apps and games you should be downloading. We also have more lists of the best apps and games on Android. Check them out below!

Bridge Constructor Portal is the biggest Half Life 3 tease

Valve is giving everyone the biggest tease ever with its latest partnership. Yesterday, Bridge Constructor Portal was announced, which is officially licensed by Valve as it has the whole Portal concept included in the game. Hell, even GLaDOS is there to poke at your heartstrings.

The game itself isn’t too exciting as it’s somewhat like most of the other bridge constructor games found on the Play Store. However, the appeal here is definitely for those of us who love the Portal/Half-Life games and since Valve has officially licensed this one, it’s an insta-buy for me.

Bridge Constructor Portal will blend the laws of structural engineering and technology straight from Aperture Laboratories into an exciting new game experience, all under the demanding gaze of GLaDOS.

The game will be released on December 20th for Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, and Linux with console versions coming in “early 2018.” There’s no mention of how much this game will cost, but with Valve on board and the nostalgia bone fully being messed with, I would probably pay up to $10 for the game. Of course, there’s a chance this is a complete mess and then I will be disappointed yet again. But hey, it’s not the first time that I was disappointed by Valve.

Let us know if you are looking forward to the release of Bridge Constructor Portal, and if you’ll be downloading the game as soon as it is released.

Pokémon GO is getting dynamic weather and 50 new Pokémon

Remember Pokemon GO? The game launched nearly a year ago with a ton of fanfare. There was no way it could maintain that excitement, but a lot of people still play the game. Niantic has been pushing out steady updates to keep the game fresh. The latest update is a pretty big one.

Starting this week, 50 new Pokemon from the Hoenn region (Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire) will appear in the game. Some of the names include Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip. More will be added in the following weeks. The map is also getting a big update. You’ll now see weather conditions displayed on the map screen. If it’s raining in real life it will be raining in the game. The conditions include sunny, rainy, snowy, foggy, partly cloudy, and windy.

If you haven’t gone on a Pokemon hunt in a while, now might be a good time to get back into it. How many of you still play the game?

HQ Trivia will finally be making its way to Android in time for the holiday season

Those of us on Android usually miss out on some great games and apps, as there is usually some type of period of exclusivity for iOS users. We saw this happen with Super Mario Run, as Android users had to wait a few months after the game was available on the iOS App Store.

The same rings true for HQ Trivia, but that all is about to change.

For the uninitiated, HQ Trivia is a game that launched on iOS back in August, offering twice-daily trivia games. The app has garnered hundreds of thousands of users across the globe, but the company announced that the game will be coming to Android in the very near future.

What’s awesome about this game is that while it has already been tried before, there’s nothing quite like playing live trivia with thousands of people at the same time. Part of the reason for all of the excitement is that you aren’t playing to just kill time. Instead, you’re playing for up to a few thousand dollars just by answering some trivia questions.

Now, I have seen that the app has had issues with crashes as the servers are overloaded, but hopefully, HQ Trivia is ready to upgrade its servers ahead of its Android launch. Will you jump in on HQ Trivia once it’s available? Have you already tried playing the game before? Let us know in the comments below.

Nvidia Shield TV shows up in China with remastered Wii games

Nintendo relied heavily on Nvidia for the creation of the massively successful Nintendo Switch, but now it looks like that partnership extends beyond just hardware for the two companies. The NVIDIA Shield TV has debuted in China featuring a selection of Wii and GameCube games that have never been available outside of Nintendo’s own hardware.

Chinese Shield TV owners can now play New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Punch-Out! starting today, while games like Super Mario Galaxy are expected to debut at a later date. Every one of these games has been remastered to take advantage of 1080p resolution and they’ll be available for about $10 USD (68 yuan).

This is good news for Switch owners too, since the reveal of these games on the Nvidia Shield TV suggests that Nintendo could plan to bring them to the Switch at a later date. Both the Nvidia Shield TV and the Nintendo Switch utilize Nvidia’s Tegra X1, so this could be an early peek at Nintendo’s plans for a virtual console on its latest hardware.

So far, these games are only available to Chinese players and there’s no indication that they’ll be available anywhere else.