January 2024’s top picks

January is never the most significant month for gaming, but we still witnessed some outstanding new Android games in January 2024. From the arcade space shooter Phoenix 2 to the unusual puzzle game Ponpu, a wide variety of genres were represented this month. If you’re interested in staying up to date on the best Android games, continue reading to discover the latest titles from the Play Store.



We’ve compiled the most significant new games of January so you don’t have to search through the Play Store to find your next favorite. Many of these games support the top Android controllers, so be sure to grab yours for the optimal experience.




1 Phoenix 2

Randomly generated bullet hell action


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Phoenix 2
In-app purchases

$0.99 – $100.00 per item

Genre
Arcade

Subscription
❌ No

Controller support
❌ No

ChromeOS support
✅ Yes

Publish date
December 30, 2023

Publisher
Firi Games

Phoenix 2 might seem like every other bullet-hell shooter on the Play Store, but it has a clever mechanic that will make you want to return every day. A new level is randomly generated daily, giving you 24 hours to achieve the highest score possible. As the level remains the same throughout the day, you can replay it as many times as you like to achieve the highest score. If a level is too challenging, you can leave it and come back the next day.



Beyond its daily mission structure, Phoenix 2 has various ships to play with. These can be acquired through earnable in-game currency or in-app purchases. This means the game is somewhat pay-to-win, but not overly so. Overall, it’s an incredibly entertaining bullet-hell game that provides enough motivation to keep coming back for more.





2 RPG Alphadia I & II

A charming retro-inspired RPG


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RPG Alphadia I & II
In-app purchases

$0.99 – $49.99 per item

Price
$9 .99

Subscription
❌ No

Controller support
✅ Yes

ChromeOS support
✅ Yes

Publish date
January 10, 2024

Publisher
KEMCO

The first two games in the Alphadia series were released on mobile devices in 2007 and 2008, respectively. These pixel-art RPG games have now been remastered for modern devices in a unified package that adds new narrative events and brand-new visuals. For $10, you’ll get a fully fleshed-out RPG that flew under many people’s radar’s when it was initially released.



Alphadia may not have the cult following of similar fantastic RPGs like Final Fantasy or Chrono Trigger, but it has all the elements that made those games great. There are numerous characters to add to your party, a unique magical ring crafting system, and non-linear dungeons. In-app purchases can assist in speeding up the adventure but are not necessary to play.





4 Grift: Scam Tycoon

A bizarre adventure of online scamming


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Grift: Scam Tycoon
In-app purchases

$1.99 – $8.99 per item

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