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This was a huge release week, with some big titles, and something from nearly every major developer. Topping off the list is Great Big War Game, Rubicon Development’s top-notch turn-based strategy title. We’ve also got the latest from Gamevil and Com2uS, a new Adult Swim title, a mobile version of a long-standing MMORPG, and a movie tie-in to one of the biggest films of the summer from Gameloft. Here are this week’s top Android games.
Great Big War Game ($2.99)
Of course the sequel to Great Little War Game from Rubicon Development will top this list! What did you expect? This sequel delivers on exactly what it promises in the title. Everything is bigger and better, with improved visuals, better balancing, a new fog of war, and, of course, more humor than ever as you deal with the generalissimo and his men. In my humble opinion, this is indeed the biggest Android title released this week, even though many of you will likely disagree. Strategy fans rejoice, and check out this excellent sequel. Heck, check it out even if you’re not a strategy fan; it’s just an accessible, streamlined title like that.
Major Mayhem (Free)
While Adult Swim has been flooding the iOS App Store with partnered titles and the like, they’ve left their Android pool of games rather dry. Luckily, they seem to be fixing that as we speak, and we’re finally getting some of their funny and in-your-face titles, like Major Mayhem here. Major Mayhem recently had a big free-to-play update on iOS, and it seems that’s the version we got here as well. This arcade shooter title takes everything that made ‘80s action movies great and slaps a colorful art style on it for a very simple yet entertaining experience. Definitely check it out now that it’s free.
The Dark Knight Rises ($6.99)
Well then… For some reason this is surprising to me. Despite the massive popularity, there has only been one successful game tie-in to the Chris Nolan batman universe, which was Batman Begins. There have been several failed attempts to bring the Batman-who sounds-like-he-smokes-a-dozen-packs-a-day to life in a game, but it seems we finally have another. It doesn’t top of the list for two reasons: I love the Great Sized War Games, and like The Amazing Spider-Man earlier this summer, this is a technical nightmare. It has great instability, low device compatibility, and a sluggish frame rate. That said, it’s just as much fun as you’d expect from another movie tie-in, and if it works for you, you’ll surely enjoy it a lot. So who else is seeing the movie again next weekend?
Arel Wars 2 (Free)
Arel Wars was an interesting RPG-flavored take on the side-scrolling RTS genre that Swords and Soldiers popularized, and now that game gets a sequel. Like the last game, everything revolves around a great war between three unique factions, called the Union, Buster, and Deven, and there’s some conspiratorial stuff going on in the background. Shockingly enough, this game is even more colorful than the last somehow, with that same Gamevil pixel art we all know and love. It’s also been generally improved upon mechanically, and offers more balance than before. Strategy fans should also look into this title, for sure.
Inotia 4 (Free)
The Inotia series of Korean RPGs from Com2uS has pretty much been the singular real competition for Gamevil’s juggernaut Zenonia series, and to that effect, it’s been rather successful. I always preferred these games myself. Like you would expect, this is mostly more of the same with slight improvements across the board. The combat is very well done while other aspects like story and badly-translated dialogue continue to suffer. This game has a more subdued color palette which works quite well. You should know if you’re a fan of these games by now, and if you are, you’ll surely enjoy this one. Then again, even if you aren’t a fan, these are free, so get to it.
Maple Story Live (Free)
My goodness, Maple Story is still a thing? I remember enjoying this free to play, side-scrolling MMORPG when I was, like, 12-years old. This is one of the many long standing MMOs from Nexon, and they’ve certainly changed a lot over the years. To relate it to mobile gaming easier, it’s also like Zenonia or Inotia, but side-scrolling with platforming elements. This version isn’t online, and it’s much more linear and streamlined. The touch control schemes aren’t as smooth as I would like, and there are other technical issues, but for the most part, this is a fun re-creation of the game. I’d recommend people try out the PC version too, though, as I was once quite addicted. There is also a deluxe edition to download if you are so inclined.