Mobile Game Roundup: Skylanders SuperChargers, Pop Dash 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? There are lots of new options available, like Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, a new JRPG from Kobojo which sees players become a soldier on a quest to save the world from evil.

Outplay Entertainment also launched its newest game this week: Bubble Genius. The bubble shooting game asks players to help an inventor named Penny defeat an evil scientist who has stolen Penny’s bubble generator, and is using it to cause problems around town.

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

Skylanders SuperChargers (Free on iOS) –¬†After its release on home consoles earlier this year,¬†Skylanders SuperChargers has officially launched on iOS devices.¬†From Vicarious Visions and Activision Publishing,¬†the latest installment in the toys-to-life franchise introduces players to new vehicles for land, sea and air gameplay. In addition to an adventure game experience (which supports online two-person cooperative play via Game Center), Skylanders SuperChargers also includes online multiplayer racing for up to four players.¬†The game is free to download (it¬†offers the first level as a free trial), and includes two free digital characters, Instant Spit Fire and Instant Hot Streak. Players can purchase additional digital characters, as well as the full game unlock, via in-app purchase (the full game unlock costs¬†$39.99). Users can also purchase the physical Starter Pack for $74.99, which includes a Bluetooth portal for¬†using physical toys in the game¬†(including those from past games in the franchise), as well as a Bluetooth controller, two Skylanders SuperChargers character figures and one vehicle figure. Finally, owners of the physical mobile edition of the last Skylanders game,¬†Skylanders Trap Team,¬†have the option to purchase Skylanders SuperChargers digitally, and use their existing Bluetooth portal to¬†bring their physical characters and vehicles¬†into this new game.¬†Skylanders SuperChargers¬†is also available to play on the new Apple TV.

Eternal Arena (Free on iOS, Android) РFrom NetEase, this action RPG sees players create and control teams of three heroes, each with different abilities, on a quest to save the world of Etryna from a villain known as the Master. The game sees players completing single-player dungeons using a virtual joystick for movement and buttons for normal attacks and skills. Eternal Arena offers 35 playable characters, as well as customizable equipment. In addition to the main single-player mode, players have access to daily missions, while social features include guilds and real-time player-vs-player challenges.

Skootch (Free on iOS) – From Kooque Studios, this word game challenges players to create words by either dragging the next given¬†letter title to the board, or moving an existing letter tile to another spot on the board (either horizontally or vertically) on each turn. When players move a tile rather than add the next¬†tile to the board,¬†the next unused tile is added to a random location on the¬†board. As players form words, they can ‘bank’ their points, removing these¬†used¬†tiles from the screen. When the board is completely filled and¬†players are out of eligible moves, the game ends. Gamers have access to power-ups to help them as they play, like an undo button and a bomb which destroys a chosen letter on the board, as examples.

Blaze Waltz

Blade Waltz (Free on iOS, Android) – Developed by¬†Polygon Games and published by Netmarble Games,¬†Blaze Waltz is an action RPG which allows players to take control of three different characters, and switch between them during battle. During¬†missions, players control their character with a virtual joystick, and use buttons to attack and trigger special skills. The game’s combat system focuses on combo attacks, which players can activate¬†by tapping¬†the red and blue normal attack buttons in¬†specific combinations. The combo attack formulas are found on the left side of the screen while battling. An auto mode is also available, which sees the game attack enemies and clear dungeons automatically. In between missions, players can equip their heroes with new gear, or spend coins (the game’s free currency)¬†to upgrade their heroes’ skills.¬†In addition to the main single-player adventure mode, Blade Waltz features boss raids, infinite dungeons, special dungeons, guilds and player-vs-player content.

This War of Mine ($6.99 on iOS, Android) – Following the game’s release on¬†iPad and Android tablets last July, this strategy game from 11 bit studios is now available for players on iPhone and Android smartphones. The game follows civilians who are trying to survive war in a besieged city, with a day and night cycle determining the kinds of tasks players can complete. During the day, players can maintain their¬†hideout by crafting, trading and more. At night, players can explore the city in an attempt to gather extra resources. The game asks players to make life-and-death decisions along the way, which may affect the lives of other survivors.¬†For this release on smartphones, 11 bit studios redesigned the game’s interface to work on smaller screens. In addition, cloud storage allows players to switch between devices to continue playing¬†where they left off.

Drizzy Tearz

Drizzy Tearz (Free on iOS) – From multimedia designer Ashten ‘Whoopi’ Winger, this endless survival game¬†is inspired by musical artist Drake, and challenges players to catch Drake’s tears by tapping on them as they move down his face. The game ends when players¬†allow a tear to fall off of the screen. Drizzy Tearz will receive additional features in the future, including new game levels, social features, a multiplayer option and a story mode. In addition, a future update will allow players¬†to unlock new clothing and accessory options for Drake. The game’s soundtrack is called ‘Tearz from the 6,’ and is available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. The soundtrack is also available on SoundCloud.

Starside Arena (Free on iOS) – This debut title from Epic Owl is a space battle game, which allows players to build spaceships to take into battle against other player-created ships. The game offers 37 ship models, which each contain a layout of squares players can fill with things like engines, weapons, armor and more. Once a ship is built, players can take it into battle against random opponents, with battles playing out automatically while they¬†watch. As players win¬†battles and earn money, they can spend¬†their winnings on new ship models, or on new¬†weapons and other technologies for their ships. Players can own¬†a limited number of ships at any one time, but can purchase room for additional ships with premium currency. Players spend a ship’s energy when they enter battle. When this runs out, they¬†must¬†wait for the ship to be repaired before it can be used again.¬†Players can skip the wait by spending premium currency.

Dragon Friends: Green Witch (Free on Windows Phone) – Following the game’s release on iOS, Android and the Amazon Appstore, InnoSpark has released Dragon Friends: Green Witch¬†on Windows Phone. The dragon breeding¬†and city-building game allows players to raise and breed dragons to create hybrid dragons. Players can also grow crops and adopt additional animals, like cats, dogs and pigs. For social features, players can join guilds with others, and can help other players by taking care of their¬†crops or working in their shops, as examples. Dragon Friends: Green Witch is also available to play for free on Facebook.

Swipey Ball

Swipey Ball (Free in iOS) – From GMonks Entertainment and Thumbspire, Swipey Ball is an endless survival game in the style of an endless runner, which challenges players to help a ball survive as long as possible by swiping left and right to move the ball between lanes to avoid obstacles, and swiping up to jump over gaps. As players move between¬†white platforms, some may shrink when they’re touched, while red platforms will shake and disappear if¬†the ball remains on them for too long. The game ends when the ball¬†falls off of a platform, or hits an obstacle in the path. Users¬†will collect coins as they play, and can spend these on new environmental themes, as well as new balls. Players can also spend coins to keep playing when the game ends. Gamers will receive free coins as prizes over time, and can earn additional coins by watching video ads when these opportunities are presented.

Lost Horizon ($5.99 on iOS) – Animation Arts, in cooperation with Deep Silver Fishlabs, has brought its classic point-and-click adventure game to iOS devices. The game takes players to 1936, and follows the story of Fenton Paddock, a former soldier in the British Air Force, who is on a quest to find an expedition that went missing in the highlands of Tibet. The game features German and English voice acting, and has¬†been given an ‘adjusted’ user interface for this mobile release. Lost Horizon is split into episodes, with the prologue and first episode¬†available for this download price of $5.99, and the rest of the game’s episodes available to download for free for a limited time. Users must unlock¬†these additional episodes manually before the promotion ends. Lost Horizon is coming soon to Android.

Twist (Free on iOS, Android) – From Ketchapp and Mauigo, this endless survival game challenges players to help a ball stay on top of platforms by tapping on the screen to rotate the world around the ball. The ball moves forward automatically, and will automatically move to the next platform if players tap at the right¬†time. The¬†game ends when the ball falls off of a platform, or when players tap at the wrong time, sending the ball off of the board. Players will collect purple orbs as they play, which serve as the game’s currency. These can be spent on new balls, as well as new platform colors.

Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee ($4.99 on iOS) – From¬†Oddworld Inhabitants, Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee¬†was first released on the original Xbox in 2001, and has been¬†ported to mobile by Square One. The game follows creatures named Munch and Abe on a quest to save Munch’s species from extinction. The game allows players to use psychic powers and power-ups as they explore environments, and offers multiple endings,¬†with the ending players receive being¬†determined¬†by the actions they¬†took while playing.¬†This mobile version of the game features improved graphics and sound, and supports MFi controllers with analog sticks. The game also offers achievements and cloud save functionality. Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee is coming soon to Android.

Pop Dash (Free on iOS) From developer PlaySide Studios and game technologies and services company MaxPlay, Pop Dash is described as a ‘pop culture and music runner,’ which stars YouTube artist Lindsey Stirling. The game challenges players to run through environments inspired by current pop culture and music stars, with the game’s soundtrack including artists like Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor, among others. During each run, players swipe left and right to change lanes, and swipe up or down to avoid obstacles. As a music-themed experience, gameplay¬†has a rhythm element, as players can collect coins which are spaced to match the beat¬†of the music, and are¬†sometimes¬†challenged to swipe in¬†specific ways¬†to match prompts as their character runs.¬†Coins can be spent on¬†power-ups like shields and headstarts for future runs, as well as new characters. In addition, gamers can spend real money to unlock¬†Stirling as a playable character. To be specific, users¬†can purchase multiple versions of Stirling, each wearing a different outfit, and each providing a different bonus for future games (like an increase to the player’s¬†maximum possible score multiplier, as an example). The game is further monetized via an energy system. Pop Dash is coming soon to Android.