Mobile Game Roundup: Bake Escape, MyNBA 2K16 and More

We take a look at some of the new mobile games released this week.

Are you looking for a new mobile game to try this weekend? Whether you’re a fan of shooters or hidden object games (or something in between), there are plenty of new games to try this week, including James Bond: World of Espionage, a text and menu-based strategy RPG from Glu Mobile.

Crossy Road fans can try the latest game from creators Matt Hall and Andy Sum, as Mighty GamesShooty Skies launched on iOS. The game is an endless arcade shooter that sees players dragging their finger around the screen to destroy or avoid oncoming enemies.

Electronic Arts also released its newest game, Need for Speed: No Limits, a free-to-play street racing game developed by Firemonkeys, the company behind Real Racing 3.

Looking for something else to play? Here’s a look at some additional games released this week.

Bake Escape (Free on iOS) – From developer Exient and publisher Chillingo, Bake Escape is a match-three puzzle game asking players to help Victoria Sponge and her animal friends complete levels by sliding whole rows or columns of treat symbols to create lines of three or more matching treats. By making matches with four or more symbols, players create special power-ups capable of clearing an entire row or column of symbols, or clearing all symbols of a single color currently on the board. Levels become more complicated as players progress, and may ask them to earn a large number of points before running out of moves, or to clear cookie squares from the board by making matches on top of them, as examples.

Alpacalypse (Free on iOS, Android) – From b-interaktive, Alpacalypse is an endless shooting title, which sees players using two fingers to aim and shoot at oncoming enemies. To aim, players alternate between holding a finger on the left side of the screen and letting go to lengthen or shorten the length of the alpaca’s neck. At the same time, they must tap on the right side of the screen to spit, or shoot at enemies. While playing, rockets will appear on the screen, which reward players with power-ups if they’re shot. These powers may include lightning strikes or alien abductions, as examples, which help players clear enemies. Gamers earn points as they defeat enemies, with games ending once an enemy reaches the alpaca on the far left side of the screen. Players can share their high scores with friends.

Pac-Man Bounce (Free on iOS, Android) – From Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, and developed by Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver and Victory Square Games, Pac-Man Bounce is a level-based puzzle game asking players to help Pac-Man navigate environments by creating a path for him to safely reach the key somewhere in the stage. Once players tap on Pac-Man, he will move in straight lines around the world, and will automatically turn as he hits arrow tiles on the ground. If he hits a wall, he’ll bounce off and begin moving in the opposite direction. Players can manipulate the direction of some of these arrow tiles to create the proper path for Pac-Man, but will need to watch out for obstacles like pits and ghosts. Gamers can collect up to three stars on each stage by having Pac-Man touch them while moving. A hint system is available when gamers need help completing a stage, and is activated by watching a video ad. Gameplay is limited via an energy system, with energy recharging automatically over time, and being available to purchase with premium currency. Gamers can also watch video ads to earn free energy.

Hidden Agendas The Lionheart Mystery

Hidden Agendas: The Lionheart Mystery (Free on iOS) – From Pocket Gems, this hidden object adventure game stars Kate St. Clair, a journalist and detective in the late Victorian era. Players will complete hidden object scenes to find clues relating to each of St. Clair’s cases, and can give these clues to the local newspaper to earn coins. As players progress, they’ll spend those coins to unlock new hidden object scenes, or to upgrade existing scenes, unlocking new clues for discovery. Players will also collect film rolls as they progress, which can be ‘developed’ into new items. Gameplay is limited via an energy system, with energy being required to complete each hidden object scene. Scenes also take time to unlock, after they’re purchased.

Galaxy Jack ($0.99 on iOS) – From developer and publisher Zuhanden GmbH, Gravity Jack is a running and jumping game, asking players to swipe up or down on the screen to jump over or slide under obstacles as they run along the surface of 30 different round planets. As players run, they can collect stars to earn additional points. Users can compare their scores (or share their scores) with their Facebook friends.

Chippy Jump (Free on iOS) – From Funhaus Studios and publisher Thumbspire, Chippy Jump is an endless jumper, asking players to help an avocado named Chippy escape evil chips who wish to make him into guacamole. To play, gamers rapidly tap on the screen to send Chippy into the air, with Chippy automatically moving at an angle left and right across the screen. Players must time their taps to allow Chippy to safely bounce off of the walls of the screen and keep jumping, without jumping into a chip, which ends the game. Players can collect crystals as they jump, which are spent on additional playable characters.

Crayola Bubbles ($2.99 on Google Play) – The third Crayola app from Legacy Games, Crayola Bubbles is aimed at children 5-8, and offers three creative activities, like drawing, as well as five mini-games. As examples, one game asks players to swipe on bubbles to earn points as they appear on the screen, while another sees them guiding bubbles through obstacle courses while collecting stars. In terms of educational content, Crayola Bubbles introduces players to color mixing, pattern memorization and more.

Treasure Tombs: Ra Deal (Free on iOS) – From developer Dark Tonic and publisher BulkyPix, Treasure Tombs: Ra Deal is a level-based puzzle game, asking players to navigate each room of a haunted Egyptian tomb by collecting and using tools like bombs and magical gems. Players can spend gems to remove trap tiles on the floor, and can use bombs to blow up obstacles which may block the exit to each floor. As players progress, they’ll collect coins and special treasures, which can be sold for coins in safe rooms. These safe rooms are found between level groups and aren’t constantly available. Coins can be used to purchase extra tools, like bomb bundles or a resurrection kit, as examples. Players earn up to three stars on each stage, depending on the amount of treasure they collect before leaving.

Baby Blocks

Baby Blocks (Free on iOS, Android) – Previously released on Facebook, Baby Blocks from Square Enix studio is a level-based puzzle game in the style of King’s Pet Rescue Saga, in that it challenges players to rescue baby creatures by breaking the blocks beneath them in each stage. Players can only destroy groups of two or more touching blocks of the same color on each move, and will have access to power-ups to help them out. For instance, a claw allows users to remove a single chosen block from the screen. Gamers earn up to three stars on each stage, depending on their score.

Ski Safari 2 (Free on Android) – Following the game’s release as a paid title on iOS earlier this year, Sleepy Z Studios has released Ski Safari 2 as a free game on Android devices. The game sees players racing through three different mountain environments, as they avoid an avalanche, lava flow or tornado. Gamers have access to a variety of animal and vehicle speed boosts, and can complete more than 130 challenges as they play. In addition to the standard single-player mode, users can turn on Frantic mode, which increases the difficulty but also increases the maximum points combo users can achieve while racing. Elsewhere, gamers can compete with up to three others across two multiplayer modes. One, Challenge Attack, challenges users to complete objectives while stealing their opponents’ points, while a Ring Dash mode challenges players to be the first to collect 200 rings in a match.

Qubes (Free on iOS, Android) – From No Monkeys and Ketchapp, Qubes is an endless survival title, challenging players to help a ball survive as long as possible as it makes its way down the screen. The ball bounces from square to square on the board automatically, leaving players to tap to change its direction to avoid pits and the edge of the board. Players will collect coins as they play, which can be spent on mystery boxes containing new ball patterns. Players can share their high scores with friends, and will unlock achievements via Game Center integration. Game Center leaderboards are also available.

The Balloons (Free on iOS) – From Noodlecake Studios, The Balloons is an ‘endless floater,’ challenging players to help a balloon float as high as possible without failing. The balloon floats upward automatically, and players move by quickly tapping on the left and right sides of the screen to avoid enemies and obstacles like spikes. The screen also moves automatically, challenging players to keep the balloon flying higher without getting popped by the bottom of the screen. Players earn coins as they play, which can be spent on a prize machine which will potentially reward them with new characters. Gamers can also purchase specific characters instantly via in-app purchase.

Dawn of the Sniper 2 (Free on Android) – From Brutal Studio, this sequel to the original Dawn of the Sniper is a zombie shooting game, asking players to complete sniping missions to protect human survivors during the zombie apocalypse. The game offers new guns and upgrades to purchase, as well as achievements to earn. Dawn of the Sniper 2 is coming soon to iOS.

mg_CUBE (Free on iOS, Android) – From GREE and Wright Flyer Studios, this level-based puzzle game asks players to help a cube navigate puzzles by tapping on the right and left sides of the screen to activate the cube’s red and blue power spheres. Players must activate these spheres as they approach matching red and blue squares within the world, which propel the cube further toward the finish. Over time, players will unlock special stages with different controls. In addition to 51 stock levels, the game offers two endless levels allowing players to test their skills to earn a high score.

Huemory (Free on iOS, Windows Phone) – Following its release on Android, Huemory from Pixel Ape Studios is now available on iOS and Windows Phone. The color-memorization game challenges players to observe colorful circles, and memorize the locations of all circles of a color of their choice. Once players tap on a single circle, the rest go dark, challenging users to recall the locations of the matching circles from memory. Each game is timed, challenging players to clear as many circle groups as possible before running out of time or making enough mistakes to end the game. Over time, players can collect power-ups, which may freeze the timer for a few seconds, allow them to reset a single stage for another chance or to receive a quick peek at the colors to ensure they don’t make a mistake. In addition to the default game mode, players can purchase extra modes, like a hardcore mode or zen mode (as examples), in the game’s store. Players can earn these for free by spending the points they accumulate in other modes (points can also be earned by watching video ads), or can be purchased instantly using premium tokens. A competitive local multiplayer mode is also available, as well as color options for color-blind players.

MyNBA 2K16 (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – From 2K, Cat Daddy Games and Visual Concepts (both 2K studios), MyNBA 2K16 is the official companion app for the NBA 2K16 console game. The app allows users to sync their accounts between the mobile app and the console game, and earn virtual currency for the console game by playing a card game called ‘MyTeam Mobile’ within the app. MyTeam Mobile allows players to collect a variety of real NBA players for a team, and take those teams into Quick Game matches against other players’ teams. In this mode, players select their athletes for each ‘quarter’ or duel in the game based on their stats. Once selected, the stats for each card are compared, and the better athlete wins the round. Technically, both players receive points for each round, like teams accumulate points in a basketball game, with the winner at the end of the game receiving two new cards for their deck, and the loser receiving one. Players can fuse lesser cards into those they’d like to keep to improve their stats. In addition to the Quick Game mode, players can access Season mode, which pits them against 29 other users in a quest to earn the NBA Championship through simulated matches that complete over time. Players can purchase new cards for their deck instantly using free and premium currency, and can buy and sell cards in the game’s auction house.

Publish date: October 2, 2015 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT