Check out our top picks for the best free Android games that launched during May 2017.
1. Bit Heroes
The 8-bit visuals NES gamers grew accustomed to is still a hot trend in gaming. And there’s still a ton of love for the retro 16-bit graphics that excelled on the Sega Genesis and SNES. Bit Heroes is a throwback MMORPG with a retro art design and the super catchy chiptune music that reflects the era it thrived in. You and a party of other proud warriors get to explore tons of dangerous dungeons that feature randomly generated elements. The battles are turn-based, there’s friendly creatures to collect and add to your party and the gear you can acquire has hilarious titles attached to them. Besides tackling the threat of dungeon creatures, you can also clash with other human players in the arena or fight alongside a larger group of them by joining a guild. Bit Heroes is perfectly playable for those who still appreciate retro RPG gaming.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War
Since the latest (and probably last) Pirates of the Caribbean film launched in May, its release was accompanied by a brand new mobile game. Tides of War puts you in the eccentric attire and black boots of a pirate as you look to become a master of the seas. Your sea venturing goals include looting other pirate ships, building a unbeatable fleet, recruiting worthy followers to your cause and entering into alliances with other high ranking pirates. The game’s main story campaign lets you live out your pirate dreams alongside the franchise’s most popular characters – Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Captain Barbossa immediately spring to mind. Surf the high seas, collect all types of treasure and burn down rival pirate ships with the best of ’em in Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War.
3. Terminator Genisys: Future War
The Terminator franchise gave rise to a saga centering on a dark future brought on by Skynet. The human Resistance rose up to combat such a mechanical threat, but attempts were made to go back in time to prevent this war from occurring in the first place. Terminator Genisys: Future War doesn’t take a trip back to a time where John Connor must be saved; instead, it throws you into a scary scenario where he’s missing and the Resistance is close to extinction. You can choose to rebuild humanity’s last line of defense or continue to break it down by commanding Skynet. This mobile strategy game features the best elements of Plarium’s other excellent titles (Vikings: War of Clans, Throne: Kingdom at War) that stick to the genre. You can expect to get embroiled in plenty of base building, intense Skynet vs. The Resistance warfare and a whole lot of cool nods to The Terminator universe.
4. PES 2017 (Pro Evolution Soccer 2017)
There are two soccer gaming franchises that currently rule the roost – Electronic Arts’ FIFA series and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer. Konami has finally made the decision to port over its finest sports simulation on over to Android devices. Did they make the right choice? Judging by the user reviews given to the game and my personal time spent with it, they definitely made a smart move. PES 2017 makes the perfect transition over to mobile devices with strong visuals, easy to understand virtual pad controls and the same addictive custom team building that’s been featured in the franchise’s console edition. Your thumbs will be responsible for your on-field soccer pros scoring plenty of goals, pulling off fancy foot play and taking down other live players across the globe.
5. Pokémon: Magikarp Jump
Yes, we all recognize Magikarp as one of (if not THE) weakest Pokémon of all time. But surprisingly, that flopping fish ended up getting its own quality mobile game. It evolves into one of the most powerful Pocket Monsters (GYARADOS FTW!), but getting Magikarp to that evolution level is a tough task. Pokémon: Magikarp Jump lets you catch all types of Magikarp, feed them and train them so they eventually jump to extreme levels. As you boost up the attributes of a prior generation of Magikarp, the next one will improve and carry on that strong jumping legacy. This title makes the process of raising Magikarp way more fun than its ever been in the main games. There’s no need to worry about this game’s overall quality since it’s an official production from The Pokémon Company. These official Pokémon are getting better and better, aren’t they?