It's Thursday which means it is almost time for the weekend. It also means, like every Thursday, there are plenty of cool new Android games to check out that got released today. So, with that said, today we are going to be hitting up the Zenonia S closed beta which began last night. There is also Final Fantasy: Record Keeper which arrived today as a bit of a surprise, since the soft launch was only a day or two ago. Finally, there is the full release of Taichi Panda along with the Teumessian content update that launched simultaneously. We will also be talking about upcoming games and upcoming giveaways.
Mobilebits, the team behind the SoulCraft franchise on Android, has released a bit of a surprise today called Heroes of SoulCraft which is the company's new MOBA game based off of the SoulCraft world. What is even more interesting is the fact that this particular MOBA can be played cross-platform with other players on mobile or on PC. There is even support for Android TV along with controller support.
2K Games has started a Spring Sale over on iOS the other day and now it appears that us Android users also get a bit of love starting today. The company has heavily discounted three of their games for a limited time, so there is a chance to save some serious cash right now.
Some interesting news today in the world of game developers, clones, and legal matters. Stolen Couch Games released a puzzle game back in December 2012 called Ichi which has actually done pretty well for itself. The game was made in partnership between Stolen Couch Games and Jay van Hutten, of which the founding members of Stolen Couch Games and Van Hutten were attending the Utrecht School of the Arts together. This is where the eventual creation of Ichi happened.
Fans of Cryptography-style puzzle games have a new one to test their brain power in called Next Quote by Vito Technology. This particular Cryptography game uses the Substitution Cipher, which is one of the oldest and most basic methods of encoding a secret message, that doesn't mean that this game is easy.
If today is your first time playing Taichi Panda then you won't realize that there is actually a content update that arrived today with the game's official release. However, if you have been in the beta then you will notice some changes immediately upon downloading and starting this version of Taichi Panda. This is due to the Teumessian Update which arrived today along with the game's launch.
Square Enix has begun a soft launch for their upcoming Final Fantasy game called Final Fantasy: Record Keeper. Like most soft launches, this one is specific to certain regions in the world and so far we know that the game is available to folks who live in Canada. If it follows the usual approach game developers use with soft launches, then this game should be available in regions such as Australia and New Zealand, although we have no confirmation on that just yet. Canada, however, is confirmed.
Snail Games' Action-RPG title called Taichi Panda appears to have finally been released globally onto Android which, if you have been following our coverage, was the company's plans with the game. Last week there was a bit of confusion when the beta for the game expanded the regions it was available in to include the USA and other countries, making some users believe that the game had launched at that time when in reality ti was still in closed beta. That meant character wipes before the launch would still be happening.
While fans of Noodlecake Games releases are patiently waiting for the company's next release this week, Noodlecake has begun teasing another one of their games called Brickies. So what is this game all about? Think of the classic game Breakout, but with a twist to it, and faces on the blocks you are breaking.
NetMarble has announced that they will be releasing a new side-scrolling platformer called Quickboy onto Android next month. This game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world with a steampunk theme to it as you take on the role of Tommy Hawk who needs to find his brother as well as save the world. We've contacted Tony Hawk to see if there is any relation between him and Tommy.
While we expected to be streaming the Zenonia S closed beta today, it won't be starting until later tonight. So in the meantime, we managed to pick up a copy of the Alpha for the Android version of Heroes of SoulCraft, the new MOBA game from Mobilebits. No, we aren't in Europe but they were cool enough to send us a copy that supports us Americans. After we check that game out, and if there is still time, we will dive into the wonderful world of Silly Sausage in Meat Land, Nitrome's newest release today.