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Received a Google Play Gift Card During the Holidays?

The holidays season is wrapping up, and the season of figuring out what to do with gift cards is upon us. If you have received a Google Play gift card (and didn’t instantly use it on gems, diamonds, or some other premium currency) here are 12 premium games (or free to try games with an in app purchase that unlocks the full game) that are worth your money. They’re divided into four broad categories with 3 games each. Check out the bottom of the list for some of the highlights among the game’s currently on sale.

Action

ICEY

ICEY is a fast paced action side-scroller with a good bit of 4th wall breaking meta humor. Players play as ICEY, who is on a mission to defeat Judas, or so the game’s narrator tells her. Throughout the game players will hear the narrator discuss the events of the game, what ICEY should do next, or how ICEY isn’t doing what she’s supposed to. That creates lots of opportunities for some light meta humor. The game itself still provides plenty of action and as players hack through a variety of robot enemies using combos they have learned along the way. ICEY is $2.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases. ICEY is on sale (30% off) until January 5th, 2018. Here’s a review of the game.

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Death Road to Canada

The final game on this list of the best paid Android games of October 2017 comes from developer Rocketcat Games, the people behind Punch Quest, which has released its road trip simulator Death Road to Canada on Android. In DRTC players are tasked with making the journey from Florida to Ontario, Canada during the zombie apocalypse. As players drive north they will encounter numerous choices along the way. If they choose to stop somewhere, they will have to fend off the undead as they scavenge for supplies. Android gamers have had to wait a while to get this one, but 2017 is better than never. Death Road to Canada is $9.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases. The game is currently on sale for $0.99.

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Portal Knights

Portal Knights is a Minecraft inspired RPG game where players pick a class and then go on to explore the game’s many interconnected island. These islands are filled with enemies to overcome and resources to collect. Islands are procedurally generated to help keep the game fresh. While the core of the game is fighting monsters and exploring islands while you level up and upgrading your gear, the game also offers crafting and home building. Portal Knights is $4.99 and contains in app purchases.

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Adventure

Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked

The Shipwrecked standalone expansion to Klei’s popular Don’t Starve franchise is finally on Android. It is currently in open beta, so anyone who wants it can get the early access version right now for $4.99. The expansion adds ships, and has players exploring an all new environment with new resources, enemies, and more. If you want a solo survival game, Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked are both great choices. Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked is currently on sale.

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The Letter

Inspired by Asian horror films, this visual novel game has players take control of 7 different characters throughout the game. Each of The Letter’s 7 chapters has players take the role of one character. The choices players make will help determine their character’s relationships, and how the rest of the story will play out. The game is complete with English voice acting, quick time events, and lots of scares. The Letter is free to try, but unlocking the full game game will set you back a few bucks.

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Thimbleweed Park

Thimbleweed Park is an X-Files inspired classic point and click (or tap) adventure game. Players switch between 5 different characters as they explore the mysteries of Thimbleweed Park. Look forward to plenty of jokes and puzzles in this game. Designed by some of the people that worked on classic LucasArts adventure games, there aren’t many new Android games with the same pedigree as Thimbleweed Park. The game is $9.99, half price compared to other platforms.

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