The Weekly Roundup: August 31 2018

The Weekly Roundup

This week was filled with a lot of smaller new games that are worth a look. The new games released this week include optical illusions, NBA card collecting, two games about space travel, and a match-3 game that’s all about taking over territory.

Bloons Adventure Time TD

The Bloons have invaded the Land of Ooo and it’s up to Jake, Fin, and their allies to stop them. This Adventure Time take on the Bloons TD franchise offers players a bunch of characters from both franchises, multiple ways to upgrade them, and a bit of a story. It does suffer from some pacing issues, with early stages completely boring, but it’s still one of the better new games around. Bloons Adventure Time TD is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Optica

Optica is a puzzle game that’s all about perspective and optical illusions. Players will need to change their view point in order to figure out the real shape of the object they’re dealing with and create a pathway for light to travel. While the game’s puzzles are on the short side, there are 70+ levels to play through, and the puzzles are compelling enough to keep playing. Optica is $2.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.

Disc Drivin’ 2

Disc Drivin’ 2 is an asynchronous turn-based racing game. How does that work? Surprisingly well.
Players take turns flicking their discs across the game’s 15 tracks, trying to hit every boost pad and avoid falling off of the edges or running into spikes. Proper planning and execution are handsomely rewarded, and there’s a wonderful tension when you get close to falling off of a stage but survive by a hair. For more information on the game, see Android Sloth’s Disc Drivin’ 2 impressions. Disc Drivin’ 2 is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Gravity Rider

Gravity Rider is a Trials inspired stunt racing game that has players navigate numerous hazard filled tracks while completing tricks, picking up collectibles, and staying ahead of the competition. While it goes a bit heavy on its loot box mechanics, the futuristic tracks and great camera work make for a fun experience. Gravity Rider is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Hungry Dragon

The follow up to the Hungry Shark series has arrived, letting gamers around the world rampage through caves, villages, and rain terror from the skies. Hungry Dragon has players take the role of a dragon that constantly needs to eat to stay alive, destruction ensues. The new game has multiple dragons to unlock, a map that gets bigger as players unlock more dragons, pets, and lots of missions to undertake as you strike terror into the hearts of the game’s villagers, spiders, and birds. Given the wild popularity of the Hungry Shark series, don’t be surprised if this becomes the biggest of this week’s games. Hungry Dragon is free and contains ads and in app purchases.