Welcome to the roundup of the latest Android games that went live in the Play Store.Today I have the official release for Call of Duty Mobile, a new Clash Royale clone from Sega, and an adorable perspective-based puzzler staring an octopus,So here are the more notable Android games released the week of September 30.
Call of Duty®: Mobile
Hands-down, Call of Duty: Mobile is easily the best shooter on mobile. Now, this does not mean you won’t find questionable monetization in the title in the form of in-app purchases, loot boxes, and a premium pass, but luckily, the gameplay feels great, especially when running and gunning through your favorite stages. The absence of physical controller support is disappointing, though the touch controls work well enough that I never once felt like my skills suffered. So if you’re looking for a quality shooter, Call of Duty: Mobile should indeed be on your radar.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $99.99
LEAGUE OF WONDERLAND
League of Wonderland is a new release from Sega that starts a handful of public domain characters, and the strategic gameplay resembles that of every Clash Royale clone already available on the Play Store. My first issue with the game is that Sega thought it would be a good idea to use bland characters, and of course, my second issue is that this is a pay-to-win competitive game chock full of in-app purchases. So not only is the design lazy and cheap, the gameplay blatantly copies the more successful titles out there.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $89.99
Shopping Wars reminds me of the TV Show Supermarket Sweep. In this release, it will be your job to collect as many of the items stored on the store’s shelves as possible, to then make your way to the checkout. The goal is to empty each and every shelf in the game, which is easy enough to comprehend, but still difficult to master.
Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs ?
Maze Machina is an early access release, which means the title isn’t yet ready for prime time, though this listing does provide an opportunity to take an early look to see what’s currently on offer. Maze Machina is a simple swipe-based puzzler, where you’ll move tiles to escape the maze in as few turns as possible. It’s a simple setup that’s enjoyable, so I’m definitely eager to see what the official release brings to the table.
Sheep Patrol is an enjoyable herding game where you’ll draw lines on the screen to direct the sheep where they need to go. Not only is this control style accessible, but it also works rather well. So if you’ve ever wanted to know how difficult it can be to herd a group of sheep, leaving no ruminant behind, this is a great casual game to play during your downtime.
Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs