Welcome to our roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the last week or so. Today’s list is divided into several sections, ranging from best, average to mediocre. So whether you’re looking for the best quality games or just the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you’re covered. This week I have the long-awaited arrival of Crypt of the NecroDancer, a new solo card game from CD Projekt Red, and the official launch of the popular MMO RuneScape Mobile. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the past week.
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Titles that offer reasonable pricing, enjoyable gameplay, great interfaces, or are interesting
Android Police Coverage: Five Years After iOS Release, Necrodancer’s Crypt Is Finally Available on Android
It took five years for Crypt of the Necrodancer to make its way from iOS to Android, but now that it’s here, I can say with confidence that the wait was well worth it. It’s a solid port with three different touch-control options, and it offers controller support, too. You can also play the game on a Chromebook as the game is optimized for Google’s laptops. All around, this rhythm-based roguelike is very versatile. Sure, it’s a challenging game, but there’s a lot of content, so you can rest assured that this is a release you can play with for years to come.
monetization: $4.99 / No Ads / No IAPs
The Witcher Tales: Thronebreaker
Android Police Coverage: The Witcher Tales: Thronebreaker is a single-player spin-off of the card game Gwent, out now
The Witcher Tales: Thronebreaker is essentially a single-player version of the popular PvP card game from Gwent, CD Projekt Red. This is a premium release, and you can try it out before you buy. If you like what you see, you can unlock the full copy for $9.99 via the only in-app purchase included in the title. Thronebreaker is a demanding game, and so high-end hardware is definitely recommended, but even so, expect some bugs and stutters as this title could use a little more polish for its Android debut.
monetization: Free / No Ads / IAP $9.99 with a
RuneScape – Open World Fantasy MMORPG
Android Police Coverage: After years of teasing, RuneScape is finally available on Android
Runescape was initially announced for mobile in 2018. For the past few years, people have been able to play the Android version for as long as they were customers, but as of this week, the game is now available to everyone. It’s a sandbox MMO, and it’s heavily monetized, so much so that the optional sub is recommended, which will run players $10.99 per month. Sadly, this port isn’t playing very well at the moment, so it’s hard to justify subscribing if you’re only going to play on mobile. But as a complementary platform, the Android port will certainly come in handy for grinding AFK.
monetization: $0.99 – $109.99 . From Free / No Ads / IAPs
Mazeman was released on Android this week, and it comes from Crescent Moon Games. It’s a clever title that combines the fun of Bomberman with a procedurally generated arcade game full of baddies. This is a premium release, and there are tons of characters to collect, which means you’ll have plenty of good content to unlock them all. Thankfully, the grind is well balanced, which is why this title is so much fun. If you’re a big fan of classic arcade games, you’ll want to check this out.
monetization: $2.99 / No Ads / No IAPs
Escape Lab is an escape room game with a twist. It is designed for two players. While the game’s connection works online, you can play in person, though you also have the option of communicating over a phone call while you play. The game really requires collaboration to solve its puzzles, with a playtime that should last an hour or more. This is an entertaining title if you have any friends to play with, so don’t miss it.
monetization: Free / No Ads / IAP $0.99 with a
Intergalactic Interpreter is a fun little narrative game where you’ll choose between two consecutive answers to advance the story. It’s a simple and familiar setup, and thankfully the game’s writing is on point. The theme revolves around a mediator who is helping the President and an alien communicate, whose goal is to avoid a war between aliens and humans. The best part is that Intergalactic Interpreter is free, so there’s no harm in checking it out.
monetization: Free / No Ads / No IAPs
Titles that may not be the best-of-the-best, but still offer fun and interesting mechanics
rpg armed amethyst
RPG Armed Amethyst is the latest RPG from Kemco, and like the rest of the developer catalog, it’s a premium game that includes several in-app purchases. Luckily these in-app purchases are optional. there is also a free version Available that contains ads if you want to try before you buy. So if you’re looking for a fresh yet generic RPG to play, I think RPG Armed Ameth can fill that void. Just don’t expect anything unprecedented or unique. At best, it’s a time-waster in RPG form.
monetization: $7.99 / in $0.99 – $49.99 . Contains Ad/IAP of
Friends Mart Rush
Friends Mart Rush is a simple endless runner that offers a cute theme. You’ll take on the role of an adorable teddy bear overlooking the islands of stores, and the goal is to grab as many items as you can while dodging obstacles. As of now, there isn’t much content, so you only have a few skins to collect. Hopefully, the developer plans to add more content so that the game doesn’t freeze.
monetization: Free / Contains Ads / No IAP
Titles that are short, unpolished, or offer aggressive monetization
OOTP Baseball Go!
OOTP Baseball Go is the mobile interpretation of the Out-of-the-Park baseball simulation/management series on PC, but contrary to its inspiration, Go is full of in-app purchases. That’s right, instead of releasing a worthwhile game that offers fun in return for skillful planning, Go is a blatant cash grab, and even worse, it’s also really buggy. The game crashes quite often, but of course, why does it matter when it is already notorious for releasing buggy games on dev PCs that are rarely fixed. So it looks like Go offers the worst of both worlds, all the bugs from the PC and all the awesome monetization of the mobile releases you’ve come to expect. what a waste.
monetization: $0.99 – $99.99 . From Free / No Ads / IAPs
Trap Master: Merge Defense
Trap Master: Merge Defense is basically a tower defense game. You’ll set up traps and weapons inside a side-scrolling corridor, to make sure no one reaches your treasure. While this setup can be fun, the game is aggressively monetized, and for something so simple, it just isn’t worth spending a penny on, which makes it an easy title unless you’re a tower defense gamer. Don’t work hard for someone who doesn’t respect the player’s time.
monetization: $0.99 – $99.99 . Free from / Contains Ads / IAPs
Alchemy Stars: Aurora Blast
Alchemy Stars: Aurora Blast is the latest generic gacha SRPG to hit the Play Store, and like the rest, it’s a game filled with in-app purchases. While this game may sound like a legitimate SRPG experience, it is not. Fighting is either easy or impossible and so you will grind or pay. Of course, paying doesn’t really guarantee that you’ll get what you want, which is why gacha games are often compared to gambling, because that’s exactly what you’ll do with your money. Oddly, the US version is more monetized than the other editions, reflecting what the devs think of the US audience.
monetization: $0.99 – $99.99 . From Free / No Ads / IAPs
godzilla battle line
TOHO Games will have been contracted to form a group of Godzilla games for the launch of the Godzilla vs. Kong movie, as the studio pulled out three lackluster titles in short order, and Godzilla Battle Line is the latest to receive an English translation. As you’d expect from a branded game released at breakneck speed, this title isn’t very polished, even though it offers similar gameplay to Clash Royale and many of its clones. Even worse, matches are hard to find, so you’ll mostly be playing against bots, which isn’t much fun. It’s also a cash grab full of IAPs, because why advertise a movie when you can make money through greedy gambling mechanics?
monetization: $0.99 – $109.99 . Free from / Contains Ads / IAPs
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