The Weekly Roundup: July 27, 2018

The Weekly Roundup

Another great week for new releases as mobile gamers are treated to new racing, horror, arcade, and gacha games.

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.

Alto’s Odyssey

The popular runner is back as Alto’s Odyssey finally hits Google Play. Likely to be one of this week’s most popular games, Odyssey offers much of the same serene endless running gameplay as Adventure, with a few small additions and improvement. The biggest change players will likely notice is in the variety and fidelity of the backgrounds, as the environment they’ll be riding is more gorgeous than ever. There are some minor technical issues, and it is definitely more of the same, but Alto’s Odyssey is one of the best runners out there. Alto’s Odyssey is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Asphalt 9: Legends

The Asphalt franchise is back with a new entry that has improved visuals, more multiplayer options, and a new optional control scheme. Asphalt 9: Legends might be one of the best looking racing games out there, but it also involves a lot of grinding to unlock content. Of course all that can be bypassed for using the game’s IAPs. Those in app purchases may turn off some gamers but racing fans not perturbed by a little pay to win content should absolutely check out the game. Asphalt 9: Legends is free and contains in app purchases.

Kung Fu Z

From the studio behind Dash Quest and Tiny Rails comes a new idle game with the appearance of a classic beat em’ up. Kung Fu Z has players take the role of a martial artist who’s meditation is interrupted by the zombie apocalypse and you can probably guess what happens next. The game features upgradeable gear, boss fights, and a few references and funny moments as players punch and kick their way through hordes of zombies. This being an idle game, player input is limited beyond upgrading gear and tapping on the screen for better attacks. Kung Fu Z is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Super Starfish

One of this week’s more colorful games, Super Starfish has players guide a fish through the cosmos as he collects stars. The goals is for players to progress and gradually unlock more items for their space acquarium, eventually filling it with lots of different forms of fauna and some of the game’s 30+ collectible fish. The game is simple, beautiful, and absolutely worth a download, even if it’s not something gamers will be coming back to again and again. Super Starfish is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Hello Neighbor

2017’s hit sandbox horror game has arrived on Android and unlike the console and PC versions of the game the mobile release is free to try. The game has players take the role of nosy neighbors as they sneak into their neighbor’s house and try to uncover his secrets. Hello Neighbor’s Android port has some compatibility issues and will not look great on older devices (if it runs). Thankfully the first act of the game is free so gamers can try it for themselves before making a commitment and buying the rest of the game.