The Weekly Roundup: Aug 17, 2018

The Weekly Roundup

This wasn’t the biggest week for new games, but the week’s new releases still saw two major gacha games become available in North America, a memory game with wacky faces, and a match-3 game without any ads or in app purchases.

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.

Bendy in Nightmare Run

Perhaps the biggest of this week’s games sees Bendy make his mobile gaming debut in a new boss runner that has him and his friends run away from some huge villains. Players will need to dodge, jump, and counter-attack in order to survive and pick up collectibles as they play through the game’s numerous stages. The game’s 1920s cartoon aesthetic and cast of characters provide a unique running experience, which is hard to do on a platform that has hundreds of different runners. Though the novelty of the eye catching graphics can quickly lose its charm, the game is good enough to stand on its own. Bendy in Nightmare Run is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Destiny Knights

After a long stay in Asia and Oceania, Destiny Knights (previously Destiny6) is now available worldwide. This is another hero collection game that will do little to convince people one way or another about the gacha RPG sub-genre. While battles certainly involve more player input than some games, requiring them to move out of the way of powerful attacks and use break skills to interrupt bosses, it is still a game that is largely dependent on having powerful heroes. To that end the game’s characters are relatively easy to obtain, and the game showers players with premium currency early on. The result is that players will find early content to be trivial but the more difficult content and PVP to be extremely difficult without getting more heroes.

Guess Face

One of this week’s more simple new games, Guess Face is a memory game that has players memorize and then recall faces and outfits. Though there are over 1,000 different combinations, players will quickly find themselves encountering the same few mouth, eye, and hair types repeatedly. That being said, it can act as a nice memory game that’s played a few times a day over a long period of time. The game’s stat tracking and unlockable faces can help keep players engaged and trying to set new high scores. Guess Face is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Samurai Kazuya

Samurai Kazuya is a new samurai themed clicker that has players tap on the screen to beat up bamboo, trees, and other objects in order to obtain loot. That loot can then be used to power up Kazuya so he can be better at destroying trees, and so that he can take down his enemies in The Tower, the game’s non-clicker mode. There isn’t much here beyond the samurai theme, and the controls in The Tower are not responsive enough for that part of the game to be fun. Samurai Kazuya is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

REACH Classic

Reach Classic is something a lot of mobile gamers are looking for: a match-3 game that does not contain any in app purchases, does not have any adds, and is playable offline. It has leaderboards, stat tracking, clean graphics, and a ton of potential for time wasting. That being said, its not the typical match-3 gameplay players usually think of, instead players drop blocks one at a time to complete their block groups, set up combos, and more. Reach Classic is $2.49 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.