Top 10 Google Play Year-End Deals You Need to Check Out

Game as cheap as $0.10! Run, don't walk!

Google Play's running its annual holiday and year-end deals, and there's a bunch of great paid games you can pick up at bargain basement prices. Some of them are as cheap as ten cents, which is just absurd. Even if you don't get the deepest discounts or miss the sales, these games are well worth picking up at regular price. But at their discount rates? You simply must get these. Here are the tremendous discounts you need to know about.

Lara Croft GO Screenshot
Square Enix Montreal

Square Enix has one of the best strategies for approaching mobile. They do plenty of free-to-play games, but they're not afraid to have paid games and unique versions of their franchises on mobile. Square Enix Montreal has been responsible for some of these unique games, with Lara Croft GO being a unique puzzle-adventure take on the series. It's a lot like Hitman GO, but with a Monument Valley feel in the visuals, and some devious, devious puzzles and enemy encounters. You haven't played anything like it, and at $0.99, it's incredible. 

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NBA Jam Screenshot for Android
EA Sports

I don't think I should have to tell you to rush out and buy a $0.10 game, as at that price you should just pick it up. But if you haven't, you're missing out on an amazing revival of the classic arcade basketball game that holds up well to this day. The mobile version features great touch controls, and plenty of the goodies you'd expect from an NBA Jam game. Plus, there's Android TV support (and there's good reasons to buy one), and online multiplayer! Seriously, for ten cents, you can't go wrong. If you're outside North America, you may need to buy the game from this store listing

Hitman Sniper Holiday Update
Square Enix

Square Enix Montreal developed this game, which at first might look more like a traditional Hitman game, with you setting up in a clandestine location and taking out targets. But swiftly, the game's dark quirkiness reveals itself in the creative things you can do to score points and take out the targets you're going after. The game takes place in one giant scenario, and you're rewarded for learning how the whole giant machine works. The holiday update the game got, which decks out the environment with decorations, adds another macabre touch. Check it out, especially at 50 cents. 

Rayman Fiesta Run

This is an auto-running platformer from Ubisoft, featuring their famed Rayman character. Far from being just another endless runner, this is actually a clever platforming game where you time your jumps and punches to an almost rhythmic quality, making your way through well-designed and gorgeous levels. The game's got a fantastic feel to it, and at 25 cents, you can't go wrong. It's also one of the best family-friendly games you can play on mobile.

Goat Simulator Helicopter
Coffee Stain Studios

Look, you need to see what the fuss is all about. Goat Simulator is one of the most absurd games of the last few years, parodying the 'simulator' genre of games popularized by Farming Simulator and the like. You're a goat, in a world with a wacky physics engine. Strange and wondrous things will happen. The whole game feels kind of like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in the way that you can string together combos, though with more goats. Also consider the spin-off games: the zombie survival parody GoatZ, and MMO parody MMO Simulator.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Bandai Namco

2015 was a great year for Pac-Man games on mobile, with Pac-Man 256 from the Crossy Road developers, and this game coming along. The core rules are Pac-Man, with some of the Championship Edition tweaks like dynamic mazes, but this just throws a lot of speed and intense action your way. If you go back and play the original Championship Edition, it'll feel so slow and dull in comparison to the hyperactive experience you get here. It's a wonderful evolution of the Pac-Man formula, and proves that the important yellow dot muncher can still be relevant in the 21st century.

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Riptide GP2
Vector Unit

Vector Unit specializes on making great games with console-quality production at mobile-caliber prices. Riptide GP2 is one of the few games to have gotten speedboat racing right, and it's loaded with great visuals, a great sense of speed, and loads of features, including support for game controllers, Android TV support, and online multiplayer. For fifty cents, it's hard to go wrong.

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Dark Echo

Another $0.49 game, Dark Echo is so unlike anything else you've played, being heavily focused around sound. While there's visual representations of what you're doing, you need good headphones to properly enjoy this one. Grab your best pair and try this game out. It's dark, it's tricky, but it's really good, especially at the bargain-basement price.

Minecraft Story Mode
Telltale Games

 While you can often pick up the first episode of Telltale series for free down the road, rarely are they available for so cheap off the bat like this. Ten cents to try out the first episode of this lovingly-crafted series, which puts a new story spin on the Minecraft series, putting you in an authentic representation of the Minecraft world? That's well worth it, and even if this one doesn't click with you, well, then you're only out ten cents.

Monument Valley
Ustwo Games

 I hope you have already played this iconic mobile game for yourself already. But if you haven't, $0.99 is quite the bargain for an artistic experience that will astound you.