After two great weeks filled with major new releases, a down week was inevitable. This week saw a fantastic new city builder, the return of SEGA Forever, an action game starring an NBA legend, and more.
As always, while the new free Android games on this list might get the most attention, don’t overlook new paid and free to try titles. 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.
Pocket City is a mobile city builder without any in app purchases. That alone makes it stand out from the endless hordes of timer driven, premium currency pushing, handholding games that try to pass themselves off as city builders. Pocket City gives players a plot of land, some quests, and after a brief tutorial lets them build whatever they want. Provided they have the cash and unlocked whatever they want to build. Players looking for a pure city building experience can try out the game’s sandbox mode, where everything is unlocked from the start. Pocket City has a free version with optional ads, and a $4.99 premium version with added features and no ads. For more information about the game, check out Android Sloth’s Pocket City review.
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II
The SEGA Forever collection is back with one this week’s new games. Perhaps not technically new, SEGA has opted to release a SEGA Forever version of Sonic 4 Episode II, giving players a chance to try out an ad supported version of the classically inspired platformer for free for the first time. Though not quite as good as some of the classic Sonic games, Sonic 4 Episode II does give players plenty of fast 2D platforming action. Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II is free to play and contains ads that can be removed for $1.99 via an in app purchase.
#OneRoom (yes, the hashtag/octothorpe is part of the name) is an extremely simple room designing game from the folks at 111%. The game revolves around decorating and sharking single rooms, and that’s just about all there is to it. It can be a relaxing experience for those that enjoy decorating and design, but don’t expect much depth. #OneRoom is free and contains ads and in app purchases.
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
The sequel to the legendarily bad Shaq Fu has arrived on mobile this week, giving Android gamers a chance to take the role of Shaq as he takes down waves of enemies in classic beat ‘em up fashion. It’s a surprisingly fully featured beat ‘em up in the same vain as classic titles like Streets of Rage. Players can destroy environmental objects, unleash special attacks, and even pick up fallen weapons as they attempt to save the world from evil celebrities. The game’s humor can fall a little flat sometimes and the controls are far from perfect on touchscreen devices, this is definitely a one of the better new games released this week. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is free to try and the full game can be unlocked for $4.99.
Tower of the Wizard
Inspired by classic Gameboy games, Tower of the Wizard is a retro metroidvania title that unfortunately light on content and features extremely floaty jumping physics. With only a few different types of enemies, and a small castle to explore, the game doesn’t have much content. To make things worse, the platforming doesn’t handle well thanks to physics settings and animations that have the player feel like it’s floating. Tower of the Wizard is free and contains ads.