The Best Android Games of December
The year 2020 is coming to a close. A cornucopia of mobile games, whether highly anticipated or as yet unannounced, awaits us in the new year. However, before we round the corner and jump into 2021’s tantalizing selection of fantasy worlds, sci-fi battles and turn-based strategy, there are a few titles that you’ll want to make sure you haven’t missed this month. Here is Hardcore Droid’s list of the best Android games of December.
4. Space Commander: War and Trade
The foray into space doesn’t stop there. A single-player sim game, Space Commander: War and Trade offers a different take on spaceship command. Players will take control of and customize an entire space fleet, ranging from heavy bombers and large transport vessels to quick, maneuverable fighters. Add custom paint jobs to your ships and deck them out with upgrades and powerful weaponry. Then head out to face off with the intergalactic space pirates and private organizations crowding your space.
As you complete various missions in Space Commander, you will earn experience and be able to upgrade your commander’s skills in trade and combat. You’ll grow richer, increase your firepower and gain reputation with the various factions vying for influence. Do you want to be a reputable trader, use your strength to become a space ranger and uphold the law, or does a bit of space piracy sound more appealing to you? The stars are the limit in this visually stunning space sandbox RPG by Home Net Games.
3. Dear My Cat
Want a quick break from space warring and long for something calmer? Well, then Dear My Cat is the mobile game for you. This life sim filled with peaceful felines going about their daily lives will provide the zen you’re searching for. Every aspect of Flero Games’ creation—minimalist art style, pastel colors and gentle piano notes—is designed to ease your mind. You’re even encouraged to play with headphones to drown out the sometimes overly strident sounds of everyday existence.
The objective in Dear My Cat is to buy upgrades for your kitty island and level up the cats that inhabit it. Each cat has a name, biography and unique personality. Every time a kitty levels up, they write you a letter sharing a bit more about their particular quirks. And that’s the entire premise of the game. Peaceful cat tending, calming music, a pleasant aesthetic and an enjoyable way to spend some free time.
Frostborn: Co-op Survival is the latest survival game released by developer Kefir, who have a few other post-apocalyptic titles under their belt. In this cooperative game, the Norse gods have long since disappeared and the goddess Hel has begun to corrupt the land with her dark magic. You are Jarl, an immortal Viking warrior tasked with establishing a kingdom strong enough to combat the dark creatures of Helheim.
The game allows you to customize your character and features over a dozen RPG-style classes and subclasses to choose from. And MMORPG elements let you team up with other players. Raid together, trade together, scavenge together…or betray and assassinate them. How you play is up to you.
Those who don’t enjoy PvP or cooperative gaming can instead focus on building a new Viking capital. The game’s developer has even designated areas of the world where PvP is prohibited. So you can safely gather resources and complete various quests to upgrade your settlement. Eventually, you will even venture into England and France to raid them for supplies. All’s fair when fighting Hel, as the saying goes.
1. The Procession to Calvary
Indie developer Joe Richardson’s point-and-click adventure game tops the list of the best Android games of December. The Procession to Calvary is a surreal and comical mixture of art history and flippant wordplay. Set in the same world as Richardson’s Four Last Things, this latest foray into the chaotic world of the Renaissance can be played on its own.
In The Procession to Calvary, you set out with the goal to kill Heavenly Peter. The characters and landscapes encountered on your journey are pulled from hundreds of Renaissance paintings by Rembrandt, Botticelli, Michelangelo and others. Additionally, the game is scored with a selection of classical music from Vivaldi, Bach and Handel.
During your heroic quest through this quirky adventure game, you will encounter puzzles of varying degrees of difficulty and will need to complete a variety of quests, such as stealing the clothing from two naked, wrestling men. I did mention that the game is rated M for Mature, right?