13 new Android games from the last week: The best, worst, and everything in between (9/26/21 -10/3/21) – Android Police

November 30, 2021 by No Comments

Garena Free Fire MAX, DQ Dai: A Hero’s Bonds, Unicorns on Unicycles, plus more
Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today's list is broken up into several segments, ranging from best, average, to mediocre. So whether you're looking for the best games of quality or are simply looking for the latest free-to-play gacha titles, you're covered. This week I have an HD update for Garena Free Fire that's available in an all-new version, a new Dragon Quest gacha game, and a slick unicorn jousting game. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the last week.
Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.
Titles that offer fair pricing, enjoyable gameplay, polished interfaces, or are intriguing
Unicorns on Unicycles is a casual single-player jousting game spread across 30 levels, where you'll duel baddies in an effort to spear them with your magic horn. Stages offer unique themes, and the art is pleasing, making for an enjoyable title that's perfect for short-burst play. Best of all, the game is appropriately monetized as this is a premium release. So if you've ever wanted to joust as a unicorn that rides a unicycle, this is indeed the game for you.
Monetization: $3.99 / no ads / no IAPs
Doors: Paradox is the latest escape room game from Snapbreak, and it's also the latest chapter in the Doors series, following Awakening and Origins. Just like the previous games, this is a gorgeous title where you'll solve intricate puzzles, similar to The Room. Though the gameplay is short, the puzzles can be challenging, with the entire experience clocking in at around 2 hours to complete the title. Anyone can play the first eight levels for free, and if you like what you see, you can pay $4.99 through an in-app purchase to unlock the rest of the game.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $2.99 – $4.99
Dad's Monster House is a new point-and-click adventure from CottonGame. It offers stylish black and white hand-drawn art and is a perfect title to play during the buildup to Halloween. Like many adventure games, you will hunt down your lost father after he reaches out in distress, all thanks to a house that's packed with monsters. By solving puzzles, you'll inch your way closer and closer to solving this mystery. There's nothing here that strays too far from the typical tropes of a point-and-click adventure, but it's still a fun journey that's easily worth a couple of bucks.
Monetization: $1.99 / no ads / no IAPs
Concordia: Digital Edition is exactly that, a digital edition of the strategic board game. This is a turn-based strategy game that supports 2-6 players, and there is an AI mode so you can also play solo to learn the ropes, and like all board game adaptations, learning the ropes will take some time. Familiarity with the title is recommended, especially at $10, but if you're looking for something new and don't mind having to take a deep dive to wrap your mind around the mechanics, then there is plenty here to explore if you're a fan of tabletop gaming.
Monetization: $9.99 / no ads / IAPs $16.99 apiece
Dream Park Story is the latest release from Kairosoft, and as expected, this is a simulation game. This time around, it will be your job to manage a theme park from the ground up, something like Roller Coaster Tycoon, but simpler and more in line with Kairosoft's other games. While the price is up there, this is a premium release, and there aren't any in-app purchases either, which means you are free to enjoy this amusement park sim in full once you purchase it.
Monetization: $7.99 / no ads / no IAPs
Titles that may not be the best-of-the-best, but still offer fun and interesting mechanics
The art in Robot Colony 2 might not blow you away, and yet the original has managed to rack up over a million installs, and for a good reason, the RTS gameplay is solid. Luckily the sequel plays just as good, if not slightly better, thanks to the new insects in this release. Plus, you get a boatload of new stages, so think of this more as an expansion on what made the first game so great. Now, if only we could pay to remove the game's advertisements, that would seal this strategy game up as a must-play.
Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs
Moon Pioneer is a new release from VOODOO, a publisher known for casual games filled with advertisements. This particular release strays for the brain-dead stickman designs that are so popular right now to offer something somewhat unique. You'll collect oil to build factories so that you can explore space, an extremely simple and circular setup that can be fun in short bursts. Sadly you can't pay to remove the game's ads, so you're stuck with them, which stinks. So this is a game with potential, but for some reason, VOODOO has decided to cripple the fun by stuffing the game with ads.
Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs
Rumble Party is a casual arena game where you'll duke it out with 25 players to see who reigns supreme, similar to the many io games on the Play Store. The gameplay is physics-based, somewhat comparable to Gang Beasts. Sadly Rumble Party contains advertisements that can't be removed, which is an annoyance. Still, if you're looking for something free to try, you could do worse than Rumble Party.
Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs
Real Driving 2:Ultimate Car Simulator just entered into early access this week, and it's the follow-up to the original Real Driving. As you can see, 2's icon looks suspiciously like EA's Real Racing 3 icon, and I would hazard a guess that's on purpose, which is pretty smarmy if you ask me. Luckily the in-app purchases in Real Driving 2 aren't as numerous as anything EA has released on mobile, plus the racing can be fun, though there's no denying this is a cheap clone of a better game.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $19.99
Titles that are buggy, unpolished, or offer aggressive monetization
Android Police coverage: Garena Free Fire MAX brings a graphics and gameplay overhaul to the popular arena shooter
Garena Free Fire MAX is an updated version of the original game, bringing HD graphics and polished gameplay to the four-year-old arena shooter. You see, Garena is a PUBG clone that was rushed to market to beat PUBG Mobile to the punch, but it hasn't aged well, so MAX serves as a fresh release for those who wish it to play Garena with better graphics and a few additional gameplay optimizations. Basically, the developer polished the game without ruining the original, and so there are now two versions, and this one looks better than the last. Still, the game is stuffed with greedy monetization, and while most of the stuff in the shop is cosmetics, it's hard to ignore how high the game's IAPs go when there are cheaper PUBG clones out there.
Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $144.99
Android Police coverage: Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero's Bonds launches on Android today
Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero's Bonds is not only an extraordinarily long and ridiculous name for a game, but it's also the name for a popular DQ anime, which this game serves as a branded tie-in to advertise the show. Square being Square saw fit to stuff this advertisement for an anime with greedy monetization, along with auto-play, resulting in a grind fest that's boring and annoying. After all, if you've watched one wave-based RPG with card mechanics play itself, you've watched them all. So like all branded cash grabs, Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai: A Hero's Bonds is a lazy effort filled with greedy monetization, which means this is a title that's easy to skip this week.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $79.99
Nexomon: Extinction is a Pokémon-like with 380 different monsters to collect. The game is free-to-play even though the Steam version is a premium release, but you can only play the firs chapter for free, and if you like what you see you can unlock the rest of the game. Sadly other in-app purchases have also been added, which means loot boxes are in the mix. After all, there's a reason the mobile version contains a bunch of IAPs, and it surely isn't for the player's benefit.
Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $54.99
Color me shocked. Square Enix has released a non-branded, non- RPG on the Play Store. Clearly, Square is interested in chasing the MOBA trend from 2014, and so its Montreal studio has pushed out this 3v3 mobile-focused MOBA. Pay-to-win mechanics are in the mix, putting this square with Pokémon Unite, another casual MOBA that contains pay-to-win mechanics. So it would seem the current trend for MOBAs on mobile is that they should offer as much greedy monetization as possible. Who can resist?
Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $1.99 – $99.99
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