The Best of Android Gaming Goes to Head to Head in Google's Indie Games Contest This Week

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 10:00 AM

We don’t usually cover many mobile games but 20 aspiring indie developers have topped the list of Google’s Indie Games Contest 2017 and will be showcased in a final event at the Saatchi Gallery in London this Tuesday, February 13th. The winner could be on course to win a €75,000 prize pool and a prominent place on the Google Play store.

Actually getting recognised in the hundreds of thousands of apps that flood the Android marketplace is no easy prospect, but the final line-up is pitched as the best of the best. A lot of the games are actually also on PC or heading to PC as well, so there’s plenty of ways to check them out.

Some of the finalists include Bridge Constructor Portal, Bury me my Love, Old Man’s Journey and Radium 2, which our own Shaheryar reviewed on Steam a few months back (8.5/10). It’s a list that certainly beats the current best sellers on the Google Play store, which is littered with the likes of Lords Mobile, Clash of Clans, Coins Master, Candy Crush Soda, Clash of Kings, Clash Royale and, well, you get the picture.

Indie Games Contest 2017 Finalists

  1. Old Man's Journey
  2. Radium 2
  3. The Big Journey
  4. The House of Da Vinci
  5. The Office Quest
  6. Unbalance
  7. Undervault
  8. Yellow
  9. A Planet of Mine
  10. Bridge Constructor Portal
  11. Bury me, my Love
  12. Captain Tom Galactic Traveler
  13. Core
  14. Fern Flower
  15. Flat Pack
  16. I Love Hue
  17. Jodeo
  18. Kami 2
  19. Kensho
  20. No More Buttons

If you’re spending a lazy Saturday morning wondering what you can play on the cheap, you can probably do a lot worse than checking out one of these 20 games available on the Play Store.

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12:45 Feb-14-2018

The Winners! I have my eyes on Yellow & the Steam version of Old Man's Journey :)

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12:50 Feb-14-2018

Hmm I've heard very good things about Bury me but it does sound like it might be a bit depressing... Yellow looks cool though, I like abstract puzzle games.

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13:01 Feb-14-2018

Yeah, but drama mostly wins! Just not sure if a text-based game like this will work for me; it may be immersive enough....


As for Yellow: reading some of the reviews/comments 'over there', people appear to be stuck a lot, so this only makes it more interesting for me :P Abstract Puzzler, with still some logic in it I'd say :) Gonna try it!

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07:46 Feb-12-2018

Wait, isn't the title supposed to read...
"The Best of Android Gambling goes head to head....."


We really can't pretend anymore that mobile games are actual games and not gambling addiction hook programs for the younger generation.

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11:42 Feb-11-2018

I guess I know almost all levels of Ra² (PC version) by heart now, so maybe it's time to taste something new as well; Bridge Constructor Portal looks very appealing to me, but so do many other games, like Core and Captain Tom Galactic Traveler. Art enough! Time to install a few more than Wordfeud & Hill Climb Racing :D

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12:10 Feb-13-2018

Hill Climb Racing is so good though lol. I definitely wasted too much time on that

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12:35 Feb-14-2018

Hehe, almost completely copy your words; maybe I partially wasted time, since it required an incredible amount of dedication in order to get the necessary coins -- but that made me lose interest a bit ;-) Crazy what prices they ask for coins etc., I bought the ad-free version though, to show my appreciation :)

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