Freemium titles are popular these days, well, because they're free. Add the enticing combination of Ninjas and Martial arts tournament fighting and the formula almost solves itself. It’s a cash cow. Shadow Fight 2 has garnered a whopping 5,000,000 downloads in less than half of a month, taking a sharp katana to the face of existing premium fighting titles already in the marketplace. The franchise's humble beginning started on facebook and had a very successful run on iOS devices, so the momentum was already primed for an Android release. Shadow Fight 2 eventually snuck its way onto Android to a not so stealthy response, but more akin to sake enriched Sumo wrestler in a China shop. So far for developers Nekki, Shadow Fight 2 has been a total success on the Android platform.
There's a new FPS out by Brutal Studio, the guys who brought us Epic Celeb Brawl, yep, I've never heard of them either. Heavy Shooter is a fixed FPS game, you have no movement and shoot from a fixed position on the map.
Batman Arkham Origins has just been released for Android and It's free. Batman is one of the more interesting DC heroes (not that that is much of an accolade), and I love NetherRealm's fighting games; so I immediately downloaded it. How does it play?
Phenomenally gifted is one way to describe Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pelé. After watching fifteen minutes of a documentary covering his dribbling, passing and scoring skills, I was amazed. Football’s (soccer) most well renowned player has arrived in the Play Store. Pelé: King of Football is the first game from mobile application design and development group Cosi Productions, based in New York. If you have enjoyed games like Flick Soccer! by Full Fat Games, you will definitely want to download this game. It is enjoyable and has plenty to offer.
Who knew that the runner genre of game play would become so popular? There is no shortage of runner type games in the Play Store. The game play is straightforward, your character is propelled ahead of you and all you have to do is either tap or swipe to stay alive. Terminus by Imaginary Computer takes things beyond the traditional game play and spins your environment around you as you are launched down a chamber. Guess what? It works.
In Heroes & Castles, Foursaken Media has created a genre blending game that is part Action-RPG, Strategy and Castle Defense. Either of those types of games individually can bring plenty of fun gaming, but put them together and you have a formula for success. Heroes and Castles has plenty to offer if you are willing to dive in for the long haul. In the name of your King who is near death, you must defend the castle gates.
Knock knock is an odd game. This makes for a difficult review. The first review that I had lined up was a glowing one as I was quite impressed with the effects the developers designed, as you'll read below. The second one I was going to write was much more negative, almost scathing, pointing out things that I felt the developers should've included in explaining the game better, after I encountering a sudden and unexpected "Game Over" that was without cause. This is my third take on the game, which will be a bit more balanced and include elements of both.
NothingElse is a very dark game, a very short game, a game that doesn't allow you to save your progress, yet great nonetheless. I'll do the best I can to review this without of spoiling the ending, which was incredibly dark, but I definitely didn't see it coming. For that reason, the game won me over.
The Last Express is a murder mystery that was originally released for Macs and PCs in the spring of 1997, and has since been ported to Android. It's set in the days leading up to World War I, and you play the entire game on a passenger train passing through a large portion of Europe, on its way to Constantinople. On the whole, it's quite unique for for a game. In some ways, it's a bit like the game Clue, as both games have players confined to a space full of colorful characters that each have their own agenda. You need to navigate those agendas to accomplish your own in solving a murder.
I mash my thumb into my phone’s screen for the umpteenth time, watching as the numbers next to my sword climb ever higher. I switch to my next hero, mashing my thumb once again into the glass, as the numbers next to my sorcerer’s boots jump up another 200. I jab my battle-worn thumb into the screen a few more times and find myself at the airship screen. My eyes glaze over with sheer joy as I watch the numbers next to my airship climb higher thanks to some hard earned upgrade components. Those too required many presses of my thumb. I pray my thumb will see my heroes to the level cap without breaking. This is the game for those with fortuitous thumbs. This is the game for those with little free time. This is Heroes of Atlan.
It’s rare to see a new spin on an overused game formula. What I’m personally used to seeing is a game suddenly rising in popularity, and then everyone releasing what is pretty much a re-skinned version of it. Gameloft’s Rival Knights is the exception I’ve been looking for. It’s a jousting game that plays very similarly to drag-racing games such as CSR Racing, but adding more than enough changes to make the game feel new and fresh.