The Weekly Roundup: Aug 10, 2018

The Weekly Roundup

After a slower week, this week’s games have arrived with a bit more of a splash. There’s a reaction time based dueling game, a game that combines platforming and Tetris, a generic MMORPG, and even the rarely seen mobile stealth game.

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.

Sneak Ops

Noodlecake and Gritmaniacs launched their new stealth game this week, giving Android gamers a chance to sneak through facilities filled with cameras, armed guards, and poison gas. The game primarily relies on methodical pattern memorization as players have to avoid being spotted at all costs. That means figuring out guard movement, camera rotation speed, and each room’s layout before advancing. It makes for a fun experience on the go, though stealth game veterans might not find a ton of depth here. Sneak Ops is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Castle Burn

The mobile head-to-head strategy genre is dominated by Clash Royale, but new games like Castle Burn are attempting to break Supercell’s stronghold on the genre. The newly released game lets players construct their own buildings, upgrade their castle, and unlock more advanced units as they progress through each match. It gives the game a different level of depth than competitors, and shifts some of the focus from summoning units to figuring out and executing different strategies. At the same time the game lacks some of the charm of Clash Royale and still gives an advantage to players that pay for loot boxes. Castle Burn is free and contains in app purchases.

Era of Celestials

Era of Celestials is a new RPG from the makers of Legacy of Discord and it plays like a lot of similar mobile MMORPGs. Lots of auto-play, constant leveling up, and very little character customization beyond cosmetic equipment. The game does have a lot of things to do thanks to a number of instanced modes, lots of available quests, a bestiary that needs to be filled, and plenty of opportunities to level up and get new gear. Era of Celestials is free and contains in app purchases.

10 Cube

One of two Tetris inspired titles among this week’s games, 10 Cube has players place blocks in order to form complete vertical and horizontal lines. Unlike Tetris, there is no pressure from descending blocks, instead players simply place their pieces wherever they can fit them. There are hundreds of puzzle levels to solve and an endless mode to try and conquer in this interesting new puzzle game. 10 Cube is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Hollywhoot

Hollywhoot is part sim part idle game. The game has players make their own parody films, develop their own talented stars and directors, and try to build a movie empire. That involves a lot of leveling things up, but also gives players a bit more freedom than many idle games out there. Hollywhoot is free and contains ads and in app purchases.