The last week in July is always a bit of a bummer: it’s still technically summer, but we can feel the days getting shorter, the school year creeping ever closer, and pumpkin spice avalanches waiting just around the corner. Now’s the time to sneak in any last-minute vacation plans we didn’t get around to already, or recover from those that we did.
Whether you’re jetting off to the beach to maximize your remaining relaxation efforts or cooling off in the privacy of your own home, there are plenty of great new mobile games out this week to keep you company
10 New Mobile Games You Need on Your Phone This Week of August 2017
1.Tales of the Rays
Genre: Adventure Developer: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Namco have released an all new Tales game onto the Play Store. It’s titled Tales of the Rays, and it is being billed as a “console quality” release that you can easily play on the go. Tales of the Rays combines the epic real-time RPG battle system of Bandai Namco’s long-running series with short-burst dungeons suited to on-the-go gaming. Despite the slightly scaled-down size, however, Rays intends to pack a massive story punch as it follows heroes Ix and Mileena on a journey to save the world (what else?) after their home island is destroyed by one of the first of many cataclysmic events. As they seek out power from other realms, heroes from previous Tales games will join their effort, adding familiar faces from Tales of Vesperia, Symphonia, Xillia, and more to your party of sword-slashing, Artes-dealing warriors.seem that Tales of the Rays is in a weird middle ground of playing somewhat similar to its console brethren, but it still contains plenty of free-to-play mobile aspects that take a lot of enjoyment of traditional RPGs out of the equation.
From what I have played so far Tales of the Rays has performed well on my Galaxy S8+. There has been no lag during gameplay, and the loading times haven’t been too bad at all. Sure, the game’s transitions could be a bit quicker, but seeing that this just released, it may take a few more updates for the performance to shine. You will also notice when you first open the title that you need to download some extra data. The thing is, this happens more than once, so you should expect to spend some time installing this game. Once it is fully installed, it should take up around 566 MB.
2.Galaxy of Pen & Paper
Genre: Strategy Developer:Behold Studios Jogos Eletronicos LTDA ME
Behold Studios’ Knights of Pen & Paper gave us a charming, cheeky adaptation of tabletop gaming in mobile RPG format, putting players in charge of a group of role-playing friends and their Game Master as they tackled a literal fantasy realm. Galaxy of Pen & Paper looks to do the same with a sci-fi campaign, while adding tons of new classes, creatures, and even epic spaceship battles dreamed up from the comfort of home in 1999. Between exploring alien planets and traveling through time, the sky really is the limit for our dice-rolling party this time around. There’s a story in Galaxy of Pen and Paper—no self-respecting game master would start a session without one—but as the game progresses the player gains the ability to generate missions of various types, giving the player characters new ways to earn loot and experience.
I’ve not played a large amount of Galaxy of Pen and Paper, but I love what I’ve seen so far. Behold Studios has kicked things up a notch for this game. The music and presentation are a cut above the older games, the humor is on point, and they’ve worked in a special system for ship battles. The only downside so far is they didn’t call it Space Knights of Pen and Paper.
Genre:Adventure Developer:Spunge Games Pty Ltd
Faily Skater will have you playing as Phil Faily, who has clearly learned nothing after his many transportation incidents in the previous two games. Now, he finds himself on a skateboard. Without proper protection…going downhill…through a busy city full of traffic. This is not going to end well for Phil. It will end well for you, if watching Phil wipe out in ever more chaotic ways is good to you, you sick monster you. Development has just started, so art here is very unfinished:
It seems like as soon as Spunge Games’ Phil Faily starts to get the hang of one mode of transportation, he flops on to the next one. He’s toppled down hills in a car, on a motorcycle, as an extremely durable caveman, and now he’s testing his (typically poor) luck on a skateboard. This should be his best attempt yet, however, as Phil is apparently a somewhat skilled skateboarder–he will grind, flip, and do intentional tricks as he wheels around “San Fran Faily” earning coins and points. Of course, there are plenty of obstacles waiting to send him flying in classic crash-prone Phil style; this is still a Faily game, after all.
4.ROME Total War: Alexander
Genre:Strategy Developer:Feral Interactive Ltd
As before, ROME: Total War – Alexander is a game of two halves. On the one hand you have a zoomed-out, turn-based empire-management simulator. On the other you have zoomed-in real time battles between huge armies. In the former you drag your armies around a map of Greece and the surrounding region, choosing which of the many warring states to engage, whether to lay siege, and what to do with captured cities.
ROME Total War’s release on iPad last year was a huge victory for strategy fans: the classic RTS was ported to tablets in all its glory, making large-scale encounters entirely accessible on the smaller screen. Feral Interactive’s subsequent release of expansion Barbarian Invasion and now, Alexander, solidified their commitment to keeping players busy no matter where they’re campaigning. Alexander offers a chance to follow the feats of Alexander the Great across Macedonia and Greece all the way to the Persian Empire. Six new battles, four new factions, and 25 additional units should keep commanders busy well until the next expansion hits the App Store.The latter portion is even more of a focus in Alexander than in the previous campaigns, as you micro-manage various columns of units within epic 3D battles.
Genre:Adventure Developer:Shallot Games, LLC
Vista Golf is a casual golf game that’s actually surprisingly entertaining. It feels better balanced than most, with a cheeky swagger and some intriguingly designed holes. After bringing us last year’s immensely enjoyable, Tetris-like mini golf puzzler, Putthole, Shallot Games has returned with a more classic putt-putt experience. Vista Golf is a relaxing, no-frills version of the popular pastime, with simple controls that require little more than dragging to aim and shoot. The 3D courses emerge one after another from the miniature golf-spawning sea without any time limits or restrictions, merely the recommended par. Shallot has promised three new courses will be added every week, offering an endless supply of competitive or introspective putting for players of all skill levels. You get an infinite mode as well, which just chucks holes at you until you get bored. There are achievements to unlock too, and the whole thing looks pretty darn good as well.
Vista Golf is a slick, if not particularly deep, golfing experience. It’s fun while it lasts, and it’ll definitely fit nicely into those small snatches of dead time that mobile gaming is perfect for.
Genre:Puzzle Developer:Kirill Zolovkin
Steam Panic has the strange premise of being a lost puzzle from 1935 presented by Schrödinger’s cat, which is enough to make us want to peek inside. Its clever mechanical puzzles are the real draw, however, with a board rotating mechanic that lets you use–or fight–gravity to drop and slide objects into place. The liquids are all placed in small vessels and have different colors. If you arrange several vessels of the same color next to each other, they combine to form a closed form. This should, of course, have the shape of the target surface of the color, so that this can match and you can solve a level. You have to get blocks of liquid to their destination by sliding around barriers, activating buttons, entering portals, and avoiding hazards like saw blades. It looks like a serious mental workout wrapped in a gorgeous steampunk aesthetic.
7.Fighting Fantasy Legends
Genre:Strategy Developer:Nomad Games
Fighting Fantasy Legends takes place within three of the fantastic Fighting Fantasy stories: Citadel of Chaos, City of Thieves, and The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. Legends adds a card-battling twist to the classic gamebook adventure along with a dice leveling system unique to this entry in the series. The overhead exploration is reminiscent of classic RPGs like Ultima and still packed with the decision trees and in-depth plot that makes every Fighting Fantasy so engaging. Nomad Games has promised “thousands of choices ensure that no two games are ever the same,” which essentially translates to “there goes every remaining minute of our free time.”
Genre:Puzzle Developer:Jundroo, LLC
Aero Effect is a change of pace for developer Jundroo, who is best known for physics-based builders SimplePlanes and SimpleRockets. This arcade-puzzler puts players in control of an ever-descending aero as it works its way through a maze of “animated, geometric peril.” The world’s tilted layout provides a unique viewpoint that almost feels like an overhead pachinko machine, but one where you have an end goal and much greater control in getting there thanks to the aero’s precise lift and drag physics, which are borrowed in part from SimplePlanes.
9.The Revenge of Shinobi
The Revenge of Shinobi was one of the first games made available for the 16-bit SEGA Genesis hardware in America, in 1989. It served as the direct sequel to 1987’s Shinobi from the arcade scene and the 8-bit Master System, The Revenge of Shinobi was originally released on the Sega Genesis in 1989 to mostly positive reviews and once again placed players in the role of expert assassin Joe Musashi — to put his skills of swordplay and stealth to use in taking down various film and comic icons like Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker.
The goal of each level is simple enough — simply getting Joe safely to the end on the right side of every stage. The latest addition to the somewhat controversial SEGA Forever lineup, . It’s a side-scrolling platformer in which you take on the role of ninja Joe Musashi as he hunts down the crime syndicate that killed his master and kidnapped his fiancée. Like all SEGA Forever titles, The Revenge of Shinobi is free to download with a single $1.99 IAP to remove ads (plus it has some pretty sweet iMessage stickers).
Genre:Adventure Developer:Grumpy Rhino Games LTD
Grumpy Rhino’s Idle Armies pit players against themselves as they played both the heroes and villains in the tongue-in-cheek RPG clicker. Idle Empires is all about the greedily villainous side of that coin, focused on building an army and city that can exploit as much gold from its citizens as possible. There will be, of course, plenty of tapping and upgrading as you expand your tyrannical reach and quell potential revolutions, but anyone with a an appreciation of fine subjugation and a sense of humor should find plenty to love here.