Here is the round-up of the best new Android games from last week. Let’s check out for not missing any hottest game releases.
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus is a mobile port of the PC and console game, and this port holds up. Sure, the UI is pretty small, so this is a tactical game best played on tablets, but it sure gives X-COM a run for its money, making for a solid option for turn-based tactical fans. Best of all, this is a premium release, so you won’t have to worry about any in-app purchases or advertisements ruining your fun. So if you’re looking for tons of hours of strategic gameplay, this is the game for you this week.
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Raging Loop is a Kemco release, but this isn’t a JRPG, it’s actually a visual novel, and it’s a well-reviewed one to boot. The game has been available on PC and consoles for some time, but now that it’s finally made its way to Android, mobile fans can get a taste. The game plays out as a psychological horror story, which keeps things interesting, plus the art is excellent. So if you’re a fan of visual novels or choose your own adventures, then you should probably check out Raging Loop. Really the only downside is the price, though it is comparable to every other version.
Machinika Museum is a new release from Plug in Digital, and it’s basically an escape room game. You’ll solve logic puzzles to move from room to room in order to figure out what’s going on with your mysterious surroundings. So if you’re a fan of games like The Room, then you’ll more than likely enjoy Machinika Museum.
Tender: Creature Comforts
Kenny Sun has managed to find success creating abstract puzzlers, and while these titles often lack in the graphics department, the gameplay always holds up. Tender is the latest release from the developer, and it’s an odd game about online dating. This means the title focuses on swipe culture, offering a tongue-in-cheek comment on the state of modern dating. It’s a weird game, and that’s what I love about it.
The PAKO racer series may not be as recognizable a name in 2021, but in its heyday, PAKO was one of the first survival driving games to find a large audience on mobile. The series has moved away from its simple roots with PAKO Rumble’s release, a randomly generated racer where it will be your job to stick to the road on an ever-shifting course. So really, this title plays like an endless runner where the course changes as you race, which is what makes the game challenging. You’re goal, to make it as far as possible without dying.
Sixit is an early access release that could use a bit more polish. The puzzle-based gameplay can be fun, but the rough edges make it clear this title did not come from a seasoned developer. Some of the UI choices are odd, like not being able to tap through text, and instead, you have to tap on arrow buttons, which feels out of place. And really, this sums up Sixit. It’s a solid effort, but the lack of proper game design is apparent throughout.
Colossus Mission is a lunar lander game where you’ll fly your ship around all sorts of bends and corners, all to reach your goal. The level design could use some work, but for the most part, this is an avoidance game where you’ll avoid walls and obstacles until you reach the end of the stage. It’s a simple and familiar setup, and it’s polished enough that I can recommend checking the game out. It’s pretty fun. The only downside is that you can’t remove the game’s advertisements, which can be annoying.
Score! Hero 2
Score! Hero 2 is a soccer game where you’ll draw lines on the screen to make your shots. It’s a simple setup weighed down by uneven gameplay. You see, the AI is too strong, and so you’ll have to watch time and time again as you miss shots because you have no control of your teammates, who often turn away from the ball heading their way. Performance isn’t great either, and so slowdown will rear its head more often than not. Simply put, this game isn’t ready, though its in-app purchases surely are.
Suspects: Mystery Mansion
Suspects: Mystery Mansion offers a cartoony game of Werewolf, and it supports up to nine players, making this a party game. You can also play with strangers online, but since there aren’t enough servers, English speakers are mixed with those who don’t speak the language, causing tons of confusion. Beyond that issue, the game works well enough and can be fun to play, though the excessive in-app purchases are definitely worrying. For a game that contains IAPs that reach up to $99.99 per item, you’d think this dev could afford a foreign server or two. Plus, there are tons of Werewolf clones on the Play Store, and most of them aren’t as greedy as Suspects: Mystery Mansion.
My Heroes: Dungeon Adventure
My Heroes: Dungeon Adventure is an early access release, and it’s already monetized to the max. Sure, the pixel-based graphics are nice, and the twin-stick shooting can be fun, but the grind and monetization really weigh the fun down. Even as a fan of ARPGs, it’s hard to excuse the pointless grind in games like this when it’s clearly designed to impact the gameplay in order to push people towards in-app purchases.
Elona Mobile has left early access this week, and it’s an indie roguelike that was created back in 2006, though this new mobile version comes from a different developer. This week marks the first time this particular mobile version of the game is available on Android, though it would seem the developer has already stuffed the title with in-app purchases, which is a bummer. Still, the gameplay can be fun, thanks to the inclusion of competent dungeon crawling as well as a few life-sim mechanics that spice things up. Sadly bugs are everywhere, along with grammar issues, which shows this isn’t a title that offers competent development.
Battle Seven Kingdoms: Kingdom Wars2
Clearly Battle Seven Kingdoms : Kingdom Wars2 has something to do with kingdoms, though it probably has a lot more to do with keyword stuffing. The game itself lacks polish, and really it’s nothing more than a tower defense game where you’ll choose cards at the bottom of the screen to send out troops to take down your opponent’s tower. There’s nothing new here, plus the performance and polish are lacking, so this is an easy one to skip this week unless you’re just dying to play a lackluster tower defense game.
HeroStars is a casual third-person shooter, and it plays like Brawl Stars, with a few different modes to choose from, ranging from battle royale to a timed boss mode. The graphics are cartoony but basic, so there are tons of clipping and visual bugs. Worse yet, the controls aren’t very responsive, and the matchmaking is lopsided, so there isn’t much to redeem this title, especially when it’s already monetized to the hilt. More or less, this game is a buggy mess that unapologetically copies a successful game’s formula, which is why this release is a transparent cash grab.
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