Some weeks are better than others in the world of Android game releases, but there’s one constant: variety.
This week, for example, we’ve got an inventive 80s-inspired casual arcade game, a real-time strategy masterpiece, a slick fantasy RPG, an accessible multiplayer brawler, and an entire virtual world containing its own diverse library of mini-games.
If you can’t find something you like in all that, there’s no pleasing you.
Chaser Tracer is retro in more ways than one. This stylish, neon, synthwave-infused casual arcade game sees you racing to deactivate a gigantic bomb while being pursued by the Chaser. It’s retro in its presentation, obviously, but also in its gameplay, which harks back to those early touchscreen games built around drawing symbols with your finger.
The invasion has begun. Following the success of the Company of Heroes smartphone port, follow-up Opposing Fronts has joined it on the battlefield. Originally released almost 15 years ago, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts is available as DLC, and it sees you embarking on two sweary campaigns – one German, one British.
Everything you need to know is in the title. Smash Legends is a spin on the Smash Bros format, with gameplay that sees you trying biff opponents off the edge of a floating arena. And it features a cast of legends from the world of fairytales. Smash. Legends. The game boasts an impressive variety of modes, including the obligatory battle royale.
After a successful soft-launch period in select territories, Play Together is properly out. This indestructibly good-natured multiplayer game sees you visiting a virtual metaverse with friends from all around the world to hang out and play mini-games. There’s even a school, as well as pets to look after and a variety of single-player activities for those moments when you want to get away from it all.
Darkfire Heroes is not only a Rovio title, but the first title to come out of Rovio’s new Copenhagen studio. Gameplay-wise, it’s a conventional but highly polished free-to-play fantasy RPG with 75 heroes, six factions, 20 spells, hundreds of skills, a campaign, PvP, and all the stuff you’d expect to find in a free-to-play mobile fantasy RPG. If you like this sort of game, Darkfire Heroes looks like a safe bet.