October 2017 saw some great premium / paid Android games arrive on Google Play. Paid titles typically offer a more focused experience built around a fun and balanced gameplay experience, not around making sure that players keep coming back and spend more and more money on the game. While free will continue to dominate the mobile market for the foreseeable future, it is important to keep an eye out for great premium mobile games. Paid games can ironically provide a better value than free titles as they aren’t built around wasting your time with ads, grinding, or draining your wallet with pay to win (P2W) in app purchases. These 5 games are the best paid Android games to come out in October 2017. To qualify for this list a game cannot have in app purchases beyond cosmetic items and expansion packs.
Thimbleweed Park is an old-school point and click (or tap) adventure game set in the 1980s.. Players switch between 5 different characters as they explore the mysteries of Thimbleweed Park. There’s a dead body, some X-Files inspired agents, a clown, and plenty of other weirdos to play as or encounter in the game. Look forward to plenty of jokes and puzzles in this game. Designed by some of the people that worked on classic LucasArts adventure games like Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island, there aren’t many Android games, paid or free, that boast the same sort of developer pedigree as Thimbleweed Park. Altough Google Play ratings are rarely a good indicator of quality, Thimbleweed Park managed to maintain a 5 star rating for weeks after it was released and just recently dropped to 4.9. The game is $9.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.
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. Here’s a review of the game.
Love you to bits
Alike Studio and Pati.io’s collaboration Love You to Bits arrived on Android in October 2017. In Love You To Bits players embark on an adventure as they attempt to reunite space explorer Kosmo with his robot girlfriend Nova. To do that Kosmo will need to search the universe for bits and pieces of Nova and attempt to put her back together. The game has incredibly cute and crisp 2D graphics to go along with a variety of puzzles to solve and levels to traverse. Love You to Bits is $3.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.
The only $0.99 game on this list is a new puzzle game from the makers of Zenge and Hook. PUSH has players push every button they can in order to finish each of the game’s levels. The challenge lies in the finding of all of the buttons, which will require rotating objects, pulling levers, and whatever else the game throws at you. Without any sort of score, goals, or objectives beyond finishing each level, this is a game that is meant to be a relaxing brain teaser that’s played at its own pace. PUSH is $0.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.
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.