Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Best, worst, and everything in between in 19 new Android games from last week (9/19/21)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today’s list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you’re looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you’re covered. This week I have a good port from Square Enix, a lazy port from Square Enix, and a greedy pay-to-win Pokémon game. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.

Animus: Revenant is the third game in the Animus Souls-like series, and it was initially released on the Nintendo Switch, only just making its way to Android this week. As the latest title in the Animus franchise, Revenant is a solid effort, probably the best in the series, offering solid control options and exceptional graphics. Of course, the game is demanding, so you’ll need a beefy phone to get the most out of the graphics, and the price is up there, at $12.99, though this is still cheaper than the Switch and PC versions. So if you’re a big fan of Souls-likes and have been itching for something new on Android, Animus: Revenant should fit the bill nicely.

Actraiser Renaissance was a surprise release this week. This is a remaster of one of Square Enix’s SNES games, and it’s a hard title to pin down to a single genre since it’s a platformer, but it also offers city-building mechanics. The port is pretty good, sporting new HD graphics, new stories, new bosses, along with new music and a new realm to explore. Controllers are supported, along with cloud saves, though the entire game is capped at 30FPS. Still, this is one of Square’s better ports, which is refreshing after average releases like Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend.

Arctictopia is an enjoyable puzzle game that offers some adorable art. You’ll fill the role of a mother polar bear, and it will be your job to save your baby cub, but in order to do so, you’ll have to solve grid-based movement puzzles to reach your offspring. The game is turn-based, and enemies will move directly after you, sometimes blocking your path, so you’ll have to think out your route ahead of time or use trial and error to find the correct pathing. It’s a fun and challenging game that looks great in motion, and it’s priced appropriately to boot. What’s not to like?

Indies’ Lies is a roguelike, but it’s also a card game, two genres we’ve seen combined more times than I can count. The good news is that this is a single-player experience, and it’s monetized appropriately. Plus, the game promises a smoother deck-building process where you can easily replace cards as you go. There are three maps to play on and three playable characters that offer three separate classes. For a single-player roguelike card game, Indies’ Lies is pretty polished for a fresh release. All it needs now is more content.

Relumine is a low-poly puzzler similar in style to games like Monument Valley and The Room. It will be your job to hunt down your lost father, a familiar trope for escape room games, solving typical escape-room puzzles along the way. However, environment puzzles are also in the mix, similar to how things function in Monument Valley, which breaks up the monotony of the game’s escape-room puzzles. All around, this is an enjoyable title that also offers fair monetization, making it an easy game to recommend this week.

Rollflow is a unique game where you’ll control a rolling ball, but the thing is, you can’t control this ball directly. Much like ChuChu Rocket, you’ll have to place tiles in each stage to ensure your ball rolls where exactly where you want it to, but you’ll have to place these tiles in real-time, which can get nerve-wracking pretty quick, but that’s where the fun is, making it through each stage successfully after some trial and error.

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