As we approach another weekend, it’s time to recap a few of the many mobile games released on iOS, Android and other mobile devices this week.
This week was rather light in terms of big name releases, but did see Rovio’s Angry Birds Fight soar onto mobile, bringing with it multiplayer match-three battles starring the famous birds and pigs. These angry birds have also been spotted elsewhere, with SEGA and Rovio unveiling a cross-promotion in Sonic Dash, which allows players to unlock three new playable Angry Birds within the endless runner.
If the Angry Birds franchise isn’t your favorite, or you’re looking for another game to play while your energy recharges in Angry Birds Fight, here’s a look at a few other games released this week.
Jungle Force (Free on iOS, Android) – From Fedeen Games, Jungle Force is a strategy combat title, mixing real-time and turn-based combat. Players create a team of animal warriors, each with different skills, which can be used in combination to eliminate large groups of enemies at once. Timing and the order of attacks is key, as players, for instance, may be able to use one animal to cluster many animals into a small area, and then attack with another animal which can hit them all at once. Players can summon new animals for their team, with 84 animals to collect and 100 levels to complete.
Zen Pinball: eSports Edition (Free on iOS) – From Zen Studios, Zen Pinball: eSports Edition offers free-to-play pinball, with no in-app purchases and no advertising. The game focuses on multiplayer, skill-based matchmaking and leaderboards, powered by Skillz, and offers tournaments with real-money prizes.
Elemental Wings (Free on iOS, Android) – From Joycity, Elemental Wings combines elements from vertical shooters, collectible card games and RPGs. The endless survival game asks players to drag their hero left and right to automatically shoot the enemies moving down the screen. Enemies drop orbs when defeated, which trigger special attacks or power-ups when collected. Each game is limited via the character’s mana, which drains automatically over time, but can be refilled by defeating special boss enemies. In between runs, players can summon new heroes, or level up their existing heroes with enhancement crystals.
Spirit of War: The Great War ($4.99 on iOS) – From French studio G-OLD and publisher BulkyPix, Spirit of War: The Great War is a turn-based strategy game which allows players to relive key moments from World War I on battlefields made of hexagons. The game offers 48 maps across two single-player campaigns, and supports local multiplayer across 12 maps. As gamers play, they’ll unlock 47 different units, which are revealed in the order of their real-world introductions. The game was created to be as historically accurate as possible, and in between battles, players can read a summary of the war’s events to learn more about each encounter.
Guncat (Free on Android) – Following the game’s release on iOS devices, Techland and Shortbreak Studios have released this shooter on Android devices. The game stars a cat on a quest to blast birds as they fly across the screen. Gamers unlock various weapons as they play, and will collect coins in each game, allowing them to unlock new enemy types.
Doofly (Free on iOS, Android) – From Gold’n, Doofly is an endless survival game, challenging players to drag their finger around the screen to control their character, avoiding moving and stationary obstacles in the process. The screen is forever moving, so players must quickly react to their randomized surroundings in order to survive. Players can collect coins in each game, which can be spent on power-ups. Some boosts can also be collected while playing, like shields or parachutes offering temporary invincibility. Gamers will level up over time, making future games more challenging, with the addition of new kinds of obstacles to the screen.
Try Harder (Free on iOS) – From Adult Swim, Try Harder is a purposefully challenging side-scrolling platformer, which sees players run across the screen automatically, while users tap to jump, double jump, glide or bounce over obstacles. Players pick up orbs unlocking these platforming abilities, and must use them strategically as they avoid pits, spikes and more. Players can share their scores to Twitter, and will unlock Game Center achievements over time.
Green Ninja: Year of the Frog (Free on iOS, Android) – This level-based puzzle game from Nitrome asks players to swipe their finger on the screen to move a ninja frog into enemies, automatically defeating them. When swiping, the frog will move until it hits a solid surface in its path (it’s worth noting the frog bounces off of some platforms), so players need to watch out for obstacles which may harm the frog as he moves.
Blamburger (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – An arcade game from Cartoon Network, Blamburger sees players helping Clarence build hamburgers by tapping along the bottom of the screen to move Clarence between three positions and catch falling ingredients. Players must catch ingredients while avoiding firecrackers, which end the game. While players can collect every food item that falls, they’ll earn bonus points for catching ingredients required for specific recipes. The longer players survive, the faster the items fall from the sky.
Crime Coast: Gangster’s Paradise (Free on iOS, Android, Windows Phone) – A gang-themed base-building combat title from Pixel Squad, Crime Coast: Gangster’s Paradise sees players building a base and defending it from others using the cash they earn from protected businesses or from raiding others. Players complete single-player missions against computer-controlled bases, or can attack other real-world players. Additional social features allow gamers to either help their friends, or rat them out to earn extra cash.
Threes Free (Free on iOS, Android) – The popular Threes puzzle game is now available in a free version on iOS and Android. In the game, players swipe to combine matching tiles with the goal of creating large numbers and earning high scores. In Threes Free, gamers have a limited number of plays available, and can earn more by watching ads.