Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Appvn or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.
Flip! the Frog
Want a touch love story game with cute green protagonist? Flip! the Frog is the best choice for you.
One quiet night Flip the frog was catching flies in his peaceful little pond when all of a sudden the moon appeared in the sky above him. She was so bright and so beautiful, that the poor croaker fell completely and utterly in love. Unable to think of anything but his precious Luna, he’s preparing to take one small step for a frog and one giant leap for the toadkind…
Blon is an auto-runner, but seeing that you control your jump to avoid obstacles, it’s an auto-running platformer. The art is 2D, pixel-based, and it looks great. There are seven biomes to explore, several bosses to beat, and an adjustable difficulty that ensures the gameplay won’t grow stale. All around, a solid release from Plug n Digital, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Secret Cat Forest
Graphically, Secret Cat Forest is artistically beautiful with hand-drawn art. There is however not really that much to see. It’s really just two environments with a day and night phase. Everything is really colorful and lively though and I really like the variety of cats you can collect. The music also compliments the art and is very soothing and relaxing.
Car Drift: Racing History
Car Drift: Racing History is an enjoyable auto-runner, where you’ll race cars while drifting your way to victory. Yes, this is a casual game, and yes, it’s best played in short burst. But the game is fairly monetized, and there’s fun to be had as you race around. You can tune your cars as you advance, and the low poly graphics mean just about anyone can run the game with ease. So if you’re looking for a fun little racing game to pass the time, Car Drift: Racing History is a solid option this week.
If you were a big fan of TapTap Revolution, then you’ll probably want to check out this new rhythm game melod. The design is clean, and the gameplay is solid even though it’s still a little buggy, with double notes not always registering. You’ll start off with an hour of free content, and as you play, you’ll earn stars that are useful for unlocking new songs. It would also seem the developer recently removed a subscription fee, which is great to see. All in all, this is one of the cheaper rhythm games out there, and while the music is all indie content, there’s still some fun to be had despite a few bugs.
Ski Safari-10th anniversary
Ski Safari is a re-release of an old mobile game to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. This is an auto-runner, similar to Alto’s Odyssey, and it’s free-to-play with optional in-app purchases. If you were a fan of the original, then you’ll definitely enjoy this release too. So if you’re big into auto runners or simply never played Ski Safari back when it was popular, now’s your chance to check out this classic.
Puzzle Adventure: Solve Mystery 3D Logic Riddles
Puzzle Adventure: Solve Mystery 3D Logic Riddles may be an extremely generic name, but at least the game offers gameplay that can be fun. This is a puzzler that offers many different problems, somewhat similar to Sokoban but a little more involved. Most of the time, you’ll move the provided game pieces on the board to solve each puzzle, which is much easier said than done. Sadly the game’s in-app purchases are up there, and since there is a base-building mechanic, it all boils down to the same junk you’d find in most free-to-play games, where grinding is the norm unless you open your wallet. In the end, the game feels improperly balanced once you beat a few levels, which makes it difficult to recommend despite the pleasant art.
Starlit Kart Racing
Starlit Kart Racing is indeed a kart racing game, but it is free-to-play, which means it contains in-app purchases even though they are hardly necessary for a kart racing game. This means you’ll be limited in how much you can race, thanks to a stamina system to push people towards the game’s IAPs. In other words, Starlit Kart Racing was created to suck up money, not to offer fun. Sure, racing a few short races is enjoyable, but balancing feels off, and a limited playtime means you can’t enjoy the game for long if you’re playing for free.
If you couldn’t tell by the name, World Flipper is a pinball game, but it’s also an action RPG. You’ll attack your enemies by firing a ball at them, mimicking the gameplay of a pinball table as you trounce your foes. Of course, this is a free-to-play release, and so this is also a gacha game that contains many in-app purchases, but at least each character offers a unique story, which should keep players busy as they grind or pay to unlock all the waifus they can. So yes, the pinball gameplay can be fun, but it quickly falls victim to the poor balancing of every other free-to-play game.
Knight’s Edge is a PvPvE game where you’ll compete against other players in a race to take down each stage’s baddies. So, in essence, this is a co-op game where you compete for a high score. Sadly nobody is playing the game since it’s new, and so you’ll only play with AI unless you bring a friend along, and the AI stinks. The monetization also stinks, and so you’ll wind up in a loop chasing your own tail as you try to progress but get nowhere. The game is designed this way to push people into paying, which is a big no-no in my book.
Doomsday of Dead
Doomsday of Dead is a standard gacha survival game built around sucking up money instead of providing fun. No skill is needed. Simply pay once you hit the numerous grind walls. A boring cash grab is how one user described the game, and I have to say I agree. It plays as an isometric shooter, but really this is more an idle game that does everything for you on auto, with tons of annoying alerts and buttons cluttering the screen. Nothing we haven’t seen a million times before.
Girl Cafe Gun
Girl Cafe Gun is a gacha game that contains a bunch of anime girls to collect. The gameplay, if you can call it that, revolves around isometric shooting action. Though it’s not like skill is required, all you need is a fat wallet or time to waste for the grind, which really sums up the gameplay. A pointless experience with paywalls galore. In total, Girl Cafe Gun is a snooze, but the graphics are excellent, which is clearly the draw of this release.
Battleship Apollo is a space-based strategy game that might not offer the best graphics, but it does offer deep gameplay. You can choose to go it solo, or take your skills to the net through online play in massively multiplayer arenas. Like any good strategy game, this title offers enough content that will last you for years, which means you can continue upgrading your ships endlessly. Sadly the monetization isn’t the best, so whether this is a game worth investing time in depends on how well you can ignore the grind that results from not paying. As is, Battleship Apollo is blatantly a pay-to-win game, so you will have to contend with that if you choose to play.
SpongeBob’s Idle Adventures
It’s a rare day when I cover an idle game, thanks to the fact they are a dime a dozen and mostly play the same, especially since player interaction is rarely a prerequisite. Still, Spongebob is a force to be reckoned with. Sure, the story stinks, there’s barely any gameplay, and the title’s stuffed with in-app purchases despite the E for everyone rating, but in the end, all anyone will care about is that Spongebob stars in the title. Frankly, Kongregate should be ashamed of taking advantage of children through games like this. And if you think I’m kidding, just check out the IAPs below, and you’ll immediately see what I mean. It’s sickening.
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