The best NEW Android games from December 2022

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Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month, and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or want something with a bit more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Some months are better than others, but there is usually at least one great new game on mobile every month. Let’s look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can also check out our picks for the best new Android games released in all of 2021.

The best NEW Android games from December 2022

1 Bit Survivor

Price: Free / $2.99

1 Bit Survivor is a roguelike survival game where you must survive for 28 days to make it to the end. It’s a procedurally generated game as well, which means each playthrough is slightly different. The game is easy enough to play. You use touch controls to move around and shoot bad guys. The turn-based nature helps you strategize your next moves. Some other game features include perma-death, three character classes, offline support, and the game even keeps track of your run statistics to see how you did. It’s a reliably fun, difficult game.

Airship Knight

Price: Free to play

Airship Knights is an idle mobile RPG. It features all of the elements of such a game, including a story to play through, idle gameplay that requires little input from the player, and gacha elements where you form parties from knights that you find. The primary fun in this game comes from its relaxed flow and idle gameplay. You watch the game more than play it half of the time. Other game features include a PvP mode, a few different spots to explore, and plenty of things to do. It’s above average as far as idle games go, which is saying something considering how many idle games have come out lately.

The Eminence in Shadow

Price: Free to play

The Eminence in Shadow is the latest game from Crunchyroll Games. It takes place in the same universe as the light novel and anime of the same name. At its core, it’s a mobile gacha where you obtain characters, form a team, and use them to perform combat and progress through the game’s story. The execution is pretty decent, with anime cutscenes. The combat is pretty typical, but the animation quality is reasonably decent, and a cut above most turn-based gachas. Most of the negative reviews stem from folks dealing with the game’s bugs, which is pretty typical of a new mobile game these days. It should get fixed reasonably quickly, and then it’ll be a decent gacha going into 2023.

Neural Cloud

Price: Free to play

Neural Cloud is another mobile RPG with gacha elements. This one features a reasonably big cast, an okay story, and tons of stuff to do like most mobile gachas. The combat system is the old-school checkerboard system like older strategy RPGs. You put your team on the board and use their attacks to take out opponents. It’s a bit weird at first, but it doesn’t take long to get used to. Players progress through the story, collect materials to upgrade and build stuff, and collect new characters as the game launches them. There isn’t a whole lot to separate this in a sea of gachas, but the execution is actually pretty good for it being such a new game. That alone makes it worth a try.

Ninja Must Die

Price: Free to play

Ninja Must Die is a 2D runner with platformer and action elements. You play as a ninja, and you rush through the various stages to get to the end. During gameplay, you’ll take down enemies, fight bosses, and avoid obstacles to remain alive long enough to reach the end of the level. In terms of pure mechanics, that’s really it. It’s a simple game with a simple premise. Luckily, the execution is good, the pacing makes it even more fun, and there is an element of challenge to this game. Some other game features include cooperative social elements like clans along with a story to play through. This is a surprisingly decent time killer.

North Kingdom

Price: Free

North Kingdom is one of two entirely free games on our list this month. This one is a tower defense game. Players put their archers on the course and stop the bad guys from advancing passed them. Players have hoards of enemies to defeat, upgrades for their towers, and more. The game is also playable offline, which we always appreciate. What makes the game special is that it’s entirely free, with no in-app purchases or advertising. You simply open the game, play it, and put it down when you’re done. It’s not the deepest or longest tower defense game, but it’s definitely one of the best free games we’ve seen in a long time.

Sword Art Online VS

Price: Free to play

Sword Art Online Variant Showdown is the latest mobile game to make use of the SAO IP. This one comes from Bandai Namco, so there’s at least a bigger name attached to it. The game features a level-based system where you progress through the story by completing levels. Combat is action RPG-style, where you run around a confined map and attack bad guys with character-specific abilities. The game features a new story revolving around Kirito and Asuna, the most popular characters from the anime series. For the most part, it plays like a standard gacha. You pull new characters, level them up, improve their gear, and battle your way through the story. The controls are decent, as are the cutscenes. Getting max scores for some levels is fairly difficult if you don’t have the correct characters, and there are some game bugs. Those two issues about sum up our complaints with this one.

Talking Tom Time Rush

Price: Free to play

Talking Tom Time Rush screenshot 2022

Talking Tom Time Rush is the latest endless runner-style game in the Talking Tom franchise. Players can take control of popular characters from the franchise, including Tom, Angela, Hank, and others. In terms of mechanics, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. You run forward on a track, using jumps and movement to collect gold bricks and dodge obstacles and bad guys. There are in-app purchases, but nothing too detrimental to the game. It’s a family-friendly time killer with some cute animals, and aside from the kinds of bugs new games often have, there isn’t anything really wrong with it.

Vampire Survivors

Price: Free

Vampire Survivors is the second entirely free Android game on our list this month. This one is a roguelike shooter where you walk around taking out tons and tons of bad guys. There are also bullet hell elements as you dodge tons of incoming enemy attacks. The core gameplay is pretty simple. You run around decimating hoards of bad guys. There are upgrades and various weapons you can use to more effectively complete the objective of surviving. The developer even has a tips and tricks section in the Play Store listing in case you need some beginner advice. To be honest, for its price tag, which is nothing, this is a pretty great little time killer. We have no real complaints.

Zombie Hunter D-Day 2

Price: Free to play

Zombie Hunter D-Day 2 is the official sequel to the first game, which was fairly popular in its own right. The first game takes place 80 days after a zombie apocalypse begins. This game takes place 160 days after the same apocalypse, so the two games do link in terms of lore and story. It’s an FPS game where you collect weapons, mow down zombies, and avoid dying yourself. It has an arcade shooter aesthetic, and you spend your time rooted in a single spot, defending your position against oncoming attackers. It’s definitely not as deep or as well done as Unkilled or Dead Trigger 2, but it scratches that itch if you want to gun down tons of already dead people. It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough.

If we missed any great new Android games, tell us about them in the comments. You can also click here to check out our latest Android apps and games lists.
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