The Weekly Roundup: May 18, 2018

The Weekly Roundup

This week’s new releases lack the splash of previous weeks, but there were a number of games released this week that are absolutely worth a look. This week’s new smartphone games include the return of Super Monkey Ball, a new football management game, a new game based on one of the biggest anime franchises around, and a strategy game from Netmarble.

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.

Dragon Ball Legends

The first of this week’s games isn’t available worldwide right now. Bandai Namco’s newest game is out in the United States along with other countries in which it was previously available. Gamers in Europe, Japan, Korea, parts of Southeast Asia and South America will need to wait a little while longer to give the game a go.

Dragon Ball Legends is a card based fighting game starring some of the iconic characters from the Dragon Ball universe. While the game’s primary focus is head to head real time multiplayer, it also features an original story featuring brand new characters designed just for the game. Dragon Ball Legends is free and contains in app purchases.

Homo Machina

Homo Machina is a puzzle adventure game that invites players to explore the factory that is the human body. The game offers an industrial representation of a number of the body’s processes, and players need to make sure that everything is working properly. All of this is filled with great 2D artwork and is inspired by the work of Fritz Kahn. Homo Machina is $4.49 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms offers a lot more depth and compelling content than most idle games. Taking place in the Forgotten Realms Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting, the game tasks players with building a powerful team to take on whatever enemies the world throws at you. There’s a fair bit of text and descriptions that give players a deeper look into the universe that the game puts you in, while still having the hands-off feel of most idle games. Designed for tablets, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is free and contains in app purchases.

Dungeon Chronicle

Dungeon Chronicle is another game that tries to bring some of what makes Blizzard’s Diablo franchise so special over to mobile devices. The game puts players in a dungeon filled with monsters and tasks them with going deeper into the dungeon. There’s a constant stream of loot to find, monsters to slay, and bosses to take down. Though the game is certainly rough around the edges and doesn’t offer much in terms of content outside of basic dungeon crawling, it does have plenty of loot to look for. Dungeon Chronicle is free and contains ads and in app purchases.

Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition

Not all new games are truly new games, and the return of Super Monkey Ball 2 is a prime example. SMB2: Sakura Edition has returned to Android and iOS as part of the Sega Forever collection, a familiar source of new releases. The game tasks players with using their phones gyroscope to direct their ball and collect banana on their way to the end of each of the game’s 125 stages. The tilt controls may not be everyone’s cup of tea but they work reasonably well and perfectly fit the Super Monkey Ball franchise. Those looking for more things to do can also try out some of the mini games, including Monkey Bowling and Monkey Golf. As with other Sega Forever games, Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition is free and contains ads that can be removed with an in app purchase.