After a bunch of big games last week, it wouldn’t have been surprising if the games in this week’s weekly roundup paled in a comparison. However, this turned out to be a surprsingly big week for new releases. There are new Android games featuring one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, Naruto, a few different gacha games, a beautiful 2D adventure game, characters from Capcom’s Street Fighter, and much more. As with every week, although most of this week’s new Android games are free, don’t over look premium games and free to try games. Premium games that don’t have microtransactions can often provide a better value as they’re not balanced around in app purchases or serving advertisements.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
The biggest game in the weekl round up is undoubtedly Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Officially unveiled during an October Nintendo Direct, and was subsequently soft-launched in Australia, Pocket Camp was released this week to some high expectations. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has players complete tasks for the game’s various creatures in order to build up friendships, get them to visit your camp, and material rewards like in game money. These tasks will involve fishing, catching bugs, and gathering fruit, the game’s three main activities outside of decorating. As with previous Animal Crossing games, players will be able to buy all sorts of decorations, customize your character, and players will be able to visit their friend’s camp sites. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is free and contains in app purchases.
Phantom Chaser is a new gacha game from FloppyGames that includes lots of creatively designed folklore inspired heroes to collect. As with many gacha games, players take a party of their heroes into battles against waves of enemies, though Phantom Chaser deviates from the basic gacha game formula a bit. Players are able to control their phantom’s movement, targeting, and have multiple skills at their disposal. Of course it also has a lot of the mainstay gacha game features that some people dislike. It has an auto-mode option for battles, a stamina system, and a limited inventory for storing phantoms (which players can expand using premium currency). As far as fresh features, Phantom Chaser features a “mimic” system that allows phantoms to absorb powers from the phantoms they mimic while in the mimic state. This adds an extra layer of strategy to the game. Phantom Chaser is free and contains in app purchases.
The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk
The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk has players solve puzzles on their way to saving the family of the flute-noses. Players alternate between playing as Robert and Laura and their pigeon friend Peck as they solve they search for The Last Wind Monk. The game has great production values, with awesome 2D art, and audio worth putting on headphones for. The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk is $4.99 and does not contain any ads or in app purchases.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
The Sega Forever collection just keeps on growing. This week, Sega added Sonic The Hedgehog 2, converting it to a Sega Forever title. The classic platformer was previously available on Google Play, and those who have purchased it in the past can get the ad-free version of the game’s current iteration. Sonic 2 marked the first appearance of Tails, one of the most recognizable characters in the Sonic universe. Beyond that, the game offers players what they’ve come to expect from Sonic, 2D platforming, and lots of it. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is free and contains ads which can be removed via in app purchase.
Battle of Arrow
In Battle of Arrow players mount up and fight their opponent in one on one horseback duels using their bows, crossbows, and abilities. Battle of Arrow’s main gameplay mode is the arena, a 1 vs 1 PVP mode that pits players (and their horses) against each other. For those looking to play against the AI, there is also an adventure mode where players take on monsters, and a raid mode where players team up against large bosses. The game uses tilt and tap controls, where players tilt their device to aim and tap to shoot or use abilities. Battle of Arrow is free and contains ads and in app purchases.