The Weekly Roundup: June 22, 2018

The Weekly Roundup

This week’s games include a couple of gems. The week saw the release of the best mobile 3D platformer, an RPG with some of the best character customization ever seen on smartphones, and a new SEGA Forever game.

As always, while the free 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.

Suzy Cube

The first of this week’s games is a new Mario inspired 3D platformer from Northernbytes and Noodlecake Studios. Players take the role of the title character and have to navigate their way through the game’s 40+ levels in an attempt to recover stolen treasure. The game uses a simple virtual joystick + jump button control scheme that works quite well, and controller support is available for those who prefer using physical buttons. Though it’s not necessarily the pretties game out there, it scratches a 3D platforming itch like no other mobile game out there. Suzy Cube is $3.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases. Check out Android Sloth’s review of Suzy Cube for a deeper look at the game.

Darkness Rises

Nexon’s new action RPG provides Android users one of the deepest character customization on any platform. While the classes are gender locked, players have access to dozens of different options and sliders to make their character look the way they want them to look, and the option to dye their gear to make their character stand out.
The actual gameplay is what most have come to expect from mobile ARPGs. A virtual joystick and attack buttons let players clear rooms full of enemies as they play through the game’s numerous modes. Combat plays out at a faster pace than most mobile ARPGs, and dodging becomes important once players get into raids, higher level co-op dungeons and competitive PVP matches. Darkness Rises is free and contains in app purchases.

Gorogoa

Gorogoa is a gorgeous puzzle game that has players interact with illustrations in order to solve each of the game’s puzzles. Players will need to cleverly arrange, combine, and zoom into the game’s hand-drawn illustrations in order to progress. Clocking it at around 2 hours worth of gameplay, some may find the game to be a bit short. This is definitely a game that emphasizes quality over quantity and wraps up before its innovative mechanics become stale. Gorogoa is $4.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.

Westworld

Based on the HBO show, Westworld is a simulation / time management game that has players build a roster of hosts that can satisfy their park’s guests. In an experience that will be familiar to those who have played Fallout Shelter, Westworld is all about building up the game’s park, its facilities, and sending out hosts to tend to the guest’s needs. That means a lot of timers as players wait for each host to perform his or her task, a facility to be upgraded, or for their hosts to be repaired after one too many guest interactions. The experience doesn’t break any new ground, but fans of the show might find something to like here. Westworld is free and contains in app purchases.

Evoland 2

Evoland 2, A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder takes gamers on a journey through time and different eras in gaming. Like its predecessor, Evoland 2 frequently changes genres and gameplay styles as players go from playing an RPG to playing a card game or a SHMUP. Compared to the original, the sequel offers a lot more variety, better visuals, and is a much longer experience. Evoland 2 is currently on sale for $5.99 as part of a launch promotion, and will so go back to its regular price of $9.99. It does not contain any ads or in app purchases.