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3 Quick Tl;Dr Android Game Reviews / Recommendations (Episode 150)

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Welcome back, my fellow Android gamers! I'm so excited about this week's episode, as it includes some really awesome games that I've been wanting to share with you all for a while now! 🙂

This includes a Runescape-inspired idle RPG developed by a solo indiedev, a sci-fi themed action dungeon-crawler sequel to "Ailment", and a super fun retro arcade game that is almost impossible to complete!

Disagree with my opinion? Let’s have a friendly discussion below.

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The games are "ranked" somewhat subjectively from best to worst, so take the ranking for what it is.

Let's get to the games:

Melvor Idle (free)

Genre: RPG / Idle / Indie / Runescape-like – Requires Online Access

Orientation: Portrait

Required Attention: Little (mostly idle)

tl;dr review:

Melvor Idle is a fun indie cross-platform browser, PC, and mobile idle RPG heavily inspired by the progression system of popular MMORPG, Runescape.

Just like in Runescape, we level up a range of resource gathering, refinement, crafting, and combat skills from 1 to 99, which allows us to gradually defeat stronger and stronger enemies and bosses. All resources and skills are exact copies of those found in Runescape, which makes the gameplay experience a true nostalgia trip for any Runescape fan.

While crafting and resource gathering is idle, combat requires the game to be open, so that we can collect loot and eat food to avoid dying – something that is especially important during the strong boss fight dungeons. Melvor Idle is gradually differentiating itself from Runescape by adding new content, such as minigames and milestones, and since the game is in open alpha, it receives frequent updates.

Melvor Idle provides one of the best idle gameplay experiences I’ve had on mobile, and since it monetizes only through ads at the top or bottom of the screen and a one-time $4.99 purchase to remove these, the monetization is perfect too.

Google Play: Here

MiniReview link: Here

Endurance: space shooting RPG game (free)

Genre: Action / Top-down / Shooter / Indie – Offline Playable

Orientation: Landscape

Required Attention: Full

tl;dr review:

Endurance is a challenging action dungeon-crawler RPG prequel to the popular indie game “Ailment”. Set in the same top-down pixel-art sci-fi universe, our goal is to escape a spacecraft where most crew members have been infected by a disease that causes them to become aggressive and attack us.

Exploring the huge spacecraft is a true adventure experience, with hidden objects to discover, countless enemies and bosses to defeat, allies to team up with, and lots of back-tracking once terminals that unlock previously locked doors have been found and activated. There’s a multitude of weapons to find or buy, and we progress by upgrading our health, speed, shield recharge, and trap detection using a single currency we earn as we play.

The comical plot and numerous NPC interactions create a humorous yet sinister atmosphere. Combined with the unpredictable nature of exploring the spaceship, this makes for a unique and challenging space shooter experience.

Endurance monetizes by showing forced ads between levels, incentivized ads to revive or for small upgrades, iAPs for more in-game currency, and a $2.99 iAP to remove all ads. The monetization isn’t pushed aggressively, and the iAP to remove ads is absolutely worth it for the many hours of entertainment the game offers.

Google Play: Here

MiniReview link: Here

METBOY! (free)

Genre: Arcade / Retro / Action – Requires Online Access

Orientation: Landscape

Required Attention: Full

tl;dr review:

METBOY! Is a fun retro-inspired arcade action game where we attempt to fight through 5 worlds of enemies and challenging bosses while competing for the highest score on online leaderboards.

The simple controls have us tap either side of the screen to jump-and-spin in that direction, which also triggers a boomerang blade being thrown in the same direction. Our objective is to jump from side to side, clearing waves of enemies that die when we spin-jump into them, or when our bullets hit them. Since we can jump as often as we want, we can essentially fly across the entire screen.

The almost impossibly difficult gameplay forces us to complete all levels in one go without dying – and there are no ads for a free revive or any similar system. It’s as brutal as it is fun.

Gold earned by killing monsters can be spent on temporary upgrades that last till we die, while overall progression happens by spending another currency earned through gameplay on buying new chips that enhance our character by adding extra attack, HP, or gold gain.

METBOY! Monetizes through banner ads in menus and forced ads that appear when pausing the game, both of which can be removed by buying any of the iAPs that also provide more of the currency needed to progress. The monetization is very relaxed, and the game can easily be enjoyed as a free player.

Google Play: Here

MiniReview link: Here

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