The Weekly Roundup: Feb 16, 2018

The Weekly Roundup

This week’s weekly roundup is definitely more heavily tilted towards free to play titles. This week’s new release include a Diablo-like dungeon crawler, a new gacha game with Japanese voice actors, and a new game mode for an older game that changes everything.

As always, while the new free Android games on this list might get the most attention, don’t overlook new paid games (even if there’s only one title on the list this week). 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.
Here are 10 games released in the past week you should be aware of.

Helix Horizon

Following the launch of last year’s Valiant Force, FunPlus has released the global version of the gacha RPG Helix Horizon. The game has a story mode, co-op quests, PVP, and other modes. The combat in the game’s various modes largely takes control out of the player’s hands. While players need to build the right team and choose when to activate their hero’s skills, they do not directly control their characters. While yet another gacha game may not be something worth getting excited about, Helix Horizon does have a few things that set it apart. The game has crisp 2D graphics for both its collectible character cards, the game’s battles, and its story segments. It also features a story and the voices of its Japanese voice actors. Helix Horizon is free and contains in app purchases.

Heretic Gods – Rangarok

Heretic Gods – Ragnarok is a dungeon crawler that will instantly feel familiar to fans of the Diablo franchise. While it never hits the highs of Blizzards fabled franchise, it does offer Android gamers a chance to hunt for build their character and hunt for loot in the game’s dungeons. The game features lots of gear to collect including items with set bonuses, different skills to utilize, and lots of chests and other containers to crack open. Heretic Gods – Ragnarok is free to play and contains in app purchases. The game is currently still being actively worked on, so don’t be surprised if you run into a bug or two.

Kitty Powers’ Love Life

The sequel to developer Magic Notions “Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker” has arrived. Kitty Powers’ Love Life puts players in charge of a “Love Village” and asks them to help couples build their relationships. From a gameplay standpoint the game will involve mini games where the player helps the game’s procedurally generated couples solve disputes, and address problems. Players will also play the role of problem solve as they guide the game’s characters when they’re having relationship troubles. Of course since players are put in charge of an entire village they will also be in charge of building new facilities like the villages bar, auditorium or laboratory. These buildings will host the game’s couples as they work on creating a happy life together. Although the game does not go deep into its city building mechanics, it is also not driven by in app purchases so there are no timers to worry about. Kitty Powers’ Love Life is $5.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.

Warbands: Bushido

Red Unit Studios’ tactical board game Warbands: Bushido has arrived on Android. The game has players take turns moving their 16th century Japan inspired miniature figures on the battlefield’s hexagonal tiles as they attempt to take down their opponents. Players will need to rely on a mixture of tactics and luck as they go through the game’s multiplayer and single player portions. While superior tactics will give players an advantage thanks to features like cover bonuses, the game’s dice rolls add an element of chance to each encounter. There’s a variety of different miniatures to unlock, and new scenarios to unlock and play through. Like Heretic Gods, this game is also currently in beta even though that fact is not mentioned on Google Play. Warbands: Bushido is free and contains in app purchases.

Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition

Sega’s flow of new titles has been steady for the past year thanks to Sega Forever, and now a classic arcade franchise joins the collection. Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition offers 125 stages of Monkey Ball rolling along with 4 mini games and four different monkey characters. As with other games in the series, players take the role of a monkey as it rolls around various stages collecting bananas on the way to the level’s end. Players roll their Monkey Ball by tilting their device. The mini game’s this time around include Monkey Golf, and Monkey Bowl. Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition is free and contains ads as well as an in app purchase to remove those ads. Unfortunately it looks like the game may not be available in all regions at this time.

Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition