Pound for pound, this has been one of the best weeks for new Android gaming releases in months, with a huge variety of experiences on offer. There’s The Procession to Calvary, a completely unique point-and-click adventure game channelling Monty Python, an interactive take on George Orwell’s Animal Farm, and the first mobile spin-off of League of Legends, one of the most influential games of the last decade.
There are some cracking sales on the go, too – though you’ll need to fork out quite a lot to take advantage of all of them.
The term “Python-esque” is bandied about a lot, but rarely is it more aptly deployed than in the case of The Procession to Calvary, Joe Richardson’s marvellous point-and-click adventure game set just after the holy wars. The backdrops are taken from renaissance artworks, the is music is sampled from classical composers, and there’s a strain of gory humor throughout.
Ever wondered how you might have done things differently from Napoleon and his porcine comrades if you had found yourself leading a communist revolution on Manor Farm? Me neither. Even so, Orwell’s Animal Farm is a fascinating and highly playable interactive take on George Orwell’s allegorical novel, giving you the chance to see whether power really does corrupt.
Forager is the classic rags to gamejam to riches story. A true labor of love, it sees you foraging and crafting on a small island, gradually adding to the list of stuff you can make and expanding your territory. It makes for a perfect mobile port, thanks to its accessible and streamlined approach to the genre. An easy recommendation.
While it’s not “out” out, League of Legends: Wild Rift is now available throughout Europe in open beta. That means you can play it right now. So far the response to this first mobile spin-off of Riot Games’s MOBA classic has been positive, but, alas, gamers in North America will have to wait a little longer to try it out.
A full decade after the last Drawn to Life game came out we’ve been treated to Drawn to Life: Two Realms. It uses the same basic premise as the DS original, but adds a comprehensive creation tool to let you customize your experience. It costs half as much on mobile as it does on the big-screen platforms, too.
Teslagrad goes on sale quite often, but it never hurts to flag it because this is one of the most exciting, polished, and inventive puzzle-platformers on mobile. It sees you harnessing a variety of electricity-adjacent powers as you explore the Tesla Tower. It’s available now for 99c.
Old Man’s Journey is a widely acclaimed, multiple award-winning indie game about a man of advancing years going for a walk. The clever part is that you control the landscape rather than the old man, moving hills and other features to create paths for him to follow, bending the laws of physics and perspective in a manner reminscent of Monument Valley.
9th Dawn III is just a good old-fashioned monster-busting, loot-hoarding, dungeon-crawling hack-and-slash action-RPG. It sees you wandering around a huge fantasy world killing everything that moves while pushing through the story campaign and completing quests for townsfolk. It’s $4.99, which isn’t cheap, but that’s half the price it normally is.
SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions was the first of the SaGa games to come to North America. It’s a huge, open-world RPG that originally came to PS Vita in 2016. Its recent vintage might explain its usual price tag of $29.99 – a truly eye-watering sum on mobile. But you can pick it up right now for “just” $9.99.