The graphics take us into an Asia-inspired fantasy universe. The graphics are successful and very pleasant, especially in scenes where nature plays a role.
Sword of Shadows
We have to make an admission this month – Golf Clash is still utterly addictive and taking up far too much of our time. Nevertheless, we’ve made just enough room in our schedules to hunt out some new games for you to download this month. Among the new entries, we have a physics-based drawing game and a hover racer that’ll make you reminisce about Wipeout on the original PlayStation.
Rolling Snail looks like a simple drawing puzzle game, and it is – but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy. Your aim is simple; make sure the snail collects a few stars and a weird-looking portal box thing on each level. However, to do this there are only a few things at your disposal that you can use.
Most simply, you can draw a line on the screen that the snail will then roll along. This is the essence of the game. You can also draw a rock shape so you can drop it on the snail and propel it in whichever direction you need. Thirdly, you can also remove lines that you’ve drawn, or cut through them, to alter the trajectory of your snail. That’s about it.
It’ll likely take you a few tries to get your head around the general approach needed for the first few levels but you’ll quickly get into the swing of how to start thinking about making it to the portal on each level. There are ‘potions’ and other power-ups you’ll be able to collect as you progress, but they’re not really necessary and all happen incidentally as you collect coins and gems as you progress.
RivalGears is a spin on a racing game that will bring back some early 90s nostalgia for anyone who remembers Wipeout, and anyone that doesn’t will just enjoy a high-energy hover racing game. Driving is straightforward – just use the arrows to change lanes, and tap the boost button when it appears.
There’s nothing revolutionary in the upgrade mechanisms and customization options, but there are enough different daily challenges, league events, one-off challenges and other game modes to keep you busy for quite some time. Racing does consume fuel though, and you get that back either by waiting or trading in some diamonds.
You can buy different cars too (of course) and it’s entirely possible to keep upgrading and customizing them without ever paying any real cash via an in-game purchase. Each car component essentially has three different levels of upgrade, with each of those levels being broken down into five parts. Once you have the five, you can upgrade that component level – and if you’re missing any of the parts required for an upgrade, you can buy whatever you need with your race winings or diamonds.
With lots of different game options – all online racing against other real people – and granular upgrades, it’s one racer that could keep you busy for quite a while.
January saw us spend far too much time playing Dirt Xtreme and WarFriends, but with those minor addictions now beginning to wane, it’s time to add a couple of new games into the mix from across the last month. This time, we’ve got a super-simple timewaster for you, and an altogether more creepy adventure game, and a golf game that’s taking the mobile world by storm.
Golf Clash isn’t the ultra-realistic and potentially dull golfing game you’ve been waiting for but it is an awful lot of fun, and paces its progress just about right.
As with any golfing game, your aim is to get the ball in the hole, but unlike others, each game consists of just one hole and you’re put in a head-to-head battle against another real-life opponent. Win and you take home some extra coins, which are used for entry into competitions.
The first level you play only costs 50 coins, but they quickly unlock and get more expensive. Lose all your coins and you’ll have to watch a video ad to get 50 more to enter the cheapest competition.
As you play for additional coins, you’ll want to upgrade your clubs and unlock new ones. You, essentially, do this by spending coins and diamonds on new items or abilities, and when you win a round, you’ll unlock a ‘Tour Chest’ that contains a few goodies. You need to wait a set time for these to unlock though – the more valuable the contents, the longer it takes to unlock. Of course, spend a few more diamonds and you can skip the wait.
Golf Clash is free to download, and simple enough with its controls to be a truly enjoyable and fun golfing game. It’s a shame progress is quite so slow after the first few levels of upgrades, but how fast you achieve that really depends on how good you are, so perhaps the problem isn’t with the game. Future updates include a new Tournament mode, but there’s already multiple leagues to keep track of your progress.
Ninja Spinki Challenges is a game very much in category of “cute looking but heinously difficult” that’s previously been occupied by games like Flappy Bird. And it uses the same blocky, retro graphics too, if that’s your bag. It does have a little more going for it than Flappy Bird though.
In essence, whatever the level, the aim is to not come into contact with any of the various objects that come in your direction – these vary from bananas and other fruit to kittens. Exactly how you do that depends on which level you’re playing.
On some, you can only move left or right by swiping at the screen, while on others you can move up, down, left and right. There are also other levels where you need to dispatch your enemies by throwing stars at them; you do this by tapping the screen behind your character. Simple, right? Nope. Not really.
Sure, the first few levels aren’t too challenging but it’s not as straightforward as it sounds, so working your way through the 30 challenges will take a while. Along the way, you’ll also be unlocking new ‘Endless’ levels that just keep throwing enemies at you to see how high a score you can get.
Ninja Spinki is free to download from the Google Play Store, and funded by ads.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location
OK, hopefully you downloaded and enjoyed a simple, if difficult, few minutes/hours with Ninja Spinki, because the next game is just straight up odd and more than a little creepy. In a good way though, mostly.
The game is the latest installment of a series, and it’s not one I’ve delved into before. Nonetheless, if you’re in the same position, jumping in at this point isn’t a problem, and the basic aim of the game is actually a little different to the rest in the series, as it turns out.
The game’s also a port from the desktop version that remains a good-looking and sharply written title, but does lean a little too heavily on trial and error for some sections where the gameplay has been tweaked. You’ll literally find yourself fumbling around a room in the dark trying to work out what to do next.
It’s in these moments that the game manages to deliver on its promise of sitting in the ‘horror’ genre, by effectively making liberal use of jump-scares featuring the deformed animatron creations.
If you want a simple pickup-and-play game, this probably isn’t it, but find a dark room late at night and you might enjoy this one more.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location
Five Nights at Freddy’s: SL
2017 is here, and with it brings the promise of another entire year of awesome Android gaming. To kick things off we’ve got a game from Chillingo that pits you against your friends, and an altogether more relaxing and simple little time-waster from Midnight Pigeon that sees you take on the role of a frog trying to escape from a kitchen.
WarFriends takes the essence of shooting games, but makes it a whole lot more approachable for the casual player, which is always a good thing. Part of the way it achieves this is through the graphical style of the characters and animations; make no mistake, you’re trying to eliminate the other player, but it doesn’t take a realistic approach to the graphics and as a result, it’s more fun than stressful.
Your basic task (kill the other player) remains the same, but there’s plenty of weapons, character and squad upgrade options present too, so there’s lots to dig into and work towards unlocking if you have the patience for it.
Chillingo is the same company that made Micro Machines too, and WarFriends uses a similar league and VIP member system. There’s ‘WarCards’ as well, which allow you to temporarily boost your battle abilities.
It’s a fun, simple shooter that involves some level of strategy too, as you also control your AI squad members by tapping single-button commands. One thing that might take a little practice, depending on how large your hands are or the size of your screen, is learning to aim accurately with the little pop-up zoom when you place your fingers on the screen; the three introductory missions should be enough for this though.
With loads of different elements to rank up, a variety of weapons and the raw appeal of one-on-one battles against other players, WarGames is worth a look.
Froggy Ribbit: Outrun the Chef
If WarFriends isn’t really your speed, and you just want a game you can play for two minutes while you wait for a train, Froggy Ribbit is a bit like a modern day ‘Frogger’, except you have to escape a kitchen rather than cross a road.
The controls are as simple as they come – you just need to angle the way you want to hop to try and escape the chef intent on turning you into lunch. Fun graphics and sounds combine with a simple overarching task (escape the kitchen) to make Froggy Ribbit entertaining enough to download. It’s not overly easy, either, despite the simple goal.
The app is free to download, but offers a premium version that unlocks all the levels and a few different characters immediately. However, in our testing, the button that allows you to upgrade to Premium doesn’t currently work, but we’re sure that’ll be fixed pretty quickly.
Froggy Ribbit: Outrun the Chef
Froggy Ribbit: outrun the chef
What were your favorite games from the last month(ish)? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll try and check them out!