After a bit a slower than usual week, this week’s weekly roundup is once again filled with titles worth playing. This week’s new releases included a hero collection RPG that’s playable online, a game based on a classic manga and anime franchise, a new RPG shooter, and a lot more. As always, though free games are tempting, don’t overlook the paid titles on this list. Paid games can often provide better value as they tend to focus more on quality rather than pushing players towards spending money on in app purchases.
Reigns: Her Majesty
Topping this week’s weekly roundup is the sequel to 2016’s Reigns. In Reigns: Her Majesty players take the role the queen and must swipe left or right on various cards to make decisions. The decisions you can impact future events and will also impact your standing with the game’s four factions. If your standing with the church, people, military, or treasury gets too high or too low, your reign will come to an end. Reigns: Her Majesty adds a few things to the original game’s formula. The most obvious is, of course, that you play as a queen rather than a king. Players will also have access to an all new inventory system, allowing them to use items on character cards. Reigns: Her Majesty is $2.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.Here’s Android Sloth’s review.
The Secret Police have launched their new turn based gacha RPG. Unlike most gacha games, Dragon’s Watch is playable offline. Allowing players to keep playing the game without using up their valuable data. The game’s other unique component is its battle interface / mechanic called the revolver. Players pick a squad of 6 characters to go into battle, with 3 being on the front line and 3 being in the back at any given moment. Units in the back cannot attack or take damage from most attacks and regain health after every turn. Players can rotate the revolver at the start of their turn and shift their rotation to take advantage of elemental conditions or to avoid having a hero fall in battle. Beyond that, the game has a story mode, a real time PVP arena, and a lot of hero collection. It might not be one of the biggest titles on this list, but this is a game that has a number of features that other games in the genre lack. Dragon’s Watch is free and contains in app purchases.
While a lot of attention this week may have been given to the announcement of Bridge Constructor Portal, a different game with Portal in the title made its Android debut. Portal Knights is a Minecraft inspired RPG game where players pick a class and then go on to explore the game’s many interconnected island. These islands are filled with enemies to overcome and resources to collect. Islands are procedurally generated to help keep the game fresh. While the core of the game is fighting monsters and exploring islands while you level up and upgrading your gear, the game also offers crafting and home building. Portal Knights is $4.99 and contains in app purchases.
Streets of Rage
Sega’s flow of classic titles has been a consistent part of 2017’s new release landscape. Two weeks after adding Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to the Sega Forever collection, Sega has added one of the essential side-scrolling beat ’em up experiences, Streets of Rage. Players pick one of three characters and then go on to try and clean up the streets by whatever means necessary. That means beating up bad guys with fists, pipes, broken bottles, and whatever else you can get your hands on. Streets of Rage is free and contains ads and a $1.99 in app purchase to remove ads.
Amazing Katamari Demacy
Amazing Katamari Demacy is the latest entry into Bandai Namco’s wonderfully weird Katamari Demacy franchise. Players roll their Katamari as it picks up various objects in this 3D runner. As with Katamari Demacy games, as players pick up objects, their ball gets bigger and they can start picking up larger objects. Hitting objects that are too big, or some of the hazards in the game can lead to your run ending. There are new objects to unlock, coins to collect, and new things to roll over. Amazing Katamari Demacy attempts to capture the quirkiness of the core franchise with oddball objects like cats on skateboards, planes that have a person on them, and more. Amazing Katamari Demacy is free and contains ads and in app purchases.