The Weekly Roundup: July 13, 2018

The Weekly Roundup

As anticipated, this was a packed week for Android games. This week’s new releases include the global launches of what is perhaps the best boxing game on Android, and English version of a solid gacha game, zombies, and the highly anticipated launch of an asymmetrical multiplayer game from NetEase.

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.

Boxing Star

The first of this week’s new games is 4:33’s new boxing game. Boxing Star gives players a chance to step into the ring with their customized boxer and take on AI controlled opponents in the game’s league and story modes. Without a true multiplayer mode, players take on AI controlled versions of other players. The actual combat revolves around trying to dodge your opponent’s strikes and answering with a counter-punch, something that becomes increasingly difficult as the difficulty ramps up.

There are multiple body types, different clothing options, upgradeable gloves and protective gear, and skills for players to equip as they try to make their fighter unique. Though the customization isn’t great early on, it keeps players from fighting the same basic fighter every match. The real issue players are likely to have is the game’s pay to win leanings. For more on Boxing Star check out Android Sloth’s Boxing Star impressions. Boxing Star is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Star Ocean: Anamnesis

Star Ocean: Anamnesis is a new hero collection action RPG starring characters from throughout the Star Ocean universe as they go from planet to planet taking on whatever enemies they come across. Played in portrait, it’s not exactly the sort of game players might expect when they hear “mobile action RPG”. Players use their virtual joystick to move, target, and execute basic attacks while using designated buttons for skills and changing heroes on the fly. It makes for an experience that more closely resembles Dragon Project than Darkness Rises. Star Ocean: Anamnesis is free and contains in app purchases.

Space Wall

Perhaps the simples and most difficult of this week’s games, Zplay’s Space Wall is a surprisingly challenging puzzle game that adds a new dimension to the fit in the hole category. Players have to figure out how to rotate their three dimensional shape so that it lines up with the hole in the wall ahead. While that may like an easy task, the challenge comes from figuring out just how your shape will look like from each perspective. The camera does a good job of giving players just enough of a view so that they know what they need to figure it out, but not enough to make things obvious. Space Wall is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Magicats Builder

Magicats Builder is a level creation focused platformer. Players can build, share, and play levels created by the game’s community. The actual platforming is acceptable, though far from perfect, and works reasonable well with touchscreen controls. If you’re looking for a mobile game that lets you make your own levels, Magicats Builder is a great option. If you’re just looking for a platformer to play, it’s not one of the best platformers on Android. Magicats Builder is free and contains in app purchases.

Identity V

NetEase Games’ asymmetrical horror game has arrived on Android. The game pits 4 survivors against 1 hunter as the survivors try to escape while the hunter tracks them down and takes them out. It’s the same concept as the popular PC horror survival game Dead by Daylight, and NetEase brought on a couple of members of the Dead by Daylight team on to consult on the direction of Identity V. Both the game’s survivors and hunters have their own unique abilities, adding an extra layer of strategy to the game as players choose characters that suite their playstyle. Players can further customize their experience by applying various cosmetic items on their characters. Identity V is free and contains in app purchases.