The Weekly Roundup: January 26, 2018
This week saw the shut down announcement of a major gacha game, a couple of MMORPGs that have opened up pre-registration, and games that include an idol rhythm game from a franchise that has had almost no exposure outside of Japan, a sequel to an interactive comic book game, a free trial version of a popular puzzle game, and much more.
As always, while the new free Android games on this list might get the most attention, don’t overlook new paid games. Paid games can often provide a better value as they’re not trying to push you towards in app purchases or wasting your time with advertisements.
Utano☆Princesama: Shining Live
KLab Games, the company which release the global version of Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team, has launched the global version of a new male idol game. Utano☆Princesama: Shining Live looks to bring the idol franchise Uta no☆Princesama (or simply Utapri) to the West. The game offers a mix rhythm based gameplay as players tap along to the music at concerts, and story telling in visual novel style scenes. Utano☆Princesama: Shining Live is free and contains in app purchases.
Out There Chronicles Episode 2
Mi-Clos Studio’s Out There Chronicles is best described as a digital interactive comic book. Released last year, Out There Chronicles Episode 1 put players in the shoes of Darius as he wakes up after a very, very, very long nap. As one might expect, Out There Chronicles – Ep. 2 picks up after the events of the first game. As with the first episode, Out There Chronicles Ep. 2 follows Darius after what transpired in episode 1. Players will find themselves in a new environment with new characters, opportunities and threats. Episode 2 brings back the writers and artists that created the first episode of this sci-fi adventure. Out There Chronicles Ep. 2 is $2.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.
Coming a day after its iOS counterpart, Nitrome & Neutronized’s Slime Pizza is now available on Android. Slime Pizza has players take the role of a delivery slime right after it crash lands on a delivery mission. The slime’s cargo (precious pizza) has been scattered and players will need to retrieve it. Players will need to fling the slim from one location to another while they gather pizza. While the environment holds numerous obstacles and enemies, the slime has his abilities as well. Players are able to fling the slime at walls and watch it stick to the surface, or absorb keys needed to open up rooms in order to progress. The game also features checkpoints which, provided you have collected enough pizza, will save your progress. Slime Pizza is free and contains ads and in app purchases.
Nindash: Skull Valley
Nindash has made its Android debut this week, a couple of weeks after its iOS release which managed to accumulate 700,000 downloads. The arcade title tasks players with defending their village from an oncoming horde of skeletons. The game contains more than 90 levels to play through, over 30 playable ninjas to unlock, boss battles, and leaderboards. Nindash: Skull Valley is free and contains ads and in app purchases.
Meteorfall: Journeys is a rogue-like deck builder has players pick one of four classes, receive a started deck of ability cards, and be on their way to defeat the Uberlich. On their journey players will need to take on monsters using their ability cards that they draw from their deck. As this is a deckbuilder, players will build their deck by adding cards over the course of their adventure rather than at the beginning of each game.
In rogue-like fashion, Meteorfall’s adventures are procedurally generated, and death is permanent. During their adventure players will have the opportunity to add new cards to their deck, encounter blacksmiths that could upgrade their existing cards, and a variety of other characters. A large portion of the game will come down to the choices the player makes. Meteorfall is $2.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.
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