Content of the article: "3 Quick Tl;Dr Android Game Reviews / Recommendations (Episode 152)"
Happy Friday, fellow Android gamers! 🙂 This is my weekly roundup of the most interesting games I lay this week, and I'm excited you decided to stop by.
This week, I played a fun cartoony 2D Beat Em Up fighting game, a dark open-world fantasy MMORPG, and a game that actually delivers on all of those fake "pull the pin" mobile game ads we've all seen.
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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:
Genre: Beat Em Up / Fighting / 2D / Action / Cartoony – Offline Playable
Required Attention: Full
Brawl Quest is a fun level-based 2D Beat ‘em up fighting game with a unique cartoony art-style, simple controls, and over 50 levels of baddies to defeat.
Before each level starts, we select one of the eight unlockable brawlers to use for that fight. Every brawler and all enemies have either a Rock, Paper, or Scissor type, which determines their strength of weakness against the opponent. Each brawler also comes with a unique weapon and two abilities that can be used during the action-packed combat.
As we blast our way through the four different game modes, we unlock Caps and gold used to upgrade our brawlers and various pets that provide permanent stat increases. If we need more gold quickly, we can spend tickets on instantly-finishing levels that have already been completed. We regenerate 1 ticket every 15 minutes, up to a total of 20.
Brawl Quest monetizes through incentivized ads to revive or to double gold rewards, a $4.99 iAP to remove ads, and additional iAPs up to $19.99 to buy gold and Caps. The monetization isn’t pushed heavily and the game is easily enjoyable as a free player.
Brawl Quest is a great and simple 2D mobile brawler, and one of the only played in portrait mode.
Google Play: Here
MiniReview link: Here
Genre: Bad Mobile Game Ads parody / Puzzle / Pull The Pin – Offline Playable
Required Attention: Some
Hero Rescue is a fantasy-themed level-based puzzle game parody of the horrible mobile game ads depicting “pull the pin” gameplay. Yes, this game turned fake gameplay ads for other games into an actual game – and it somehow works out.
Every level consists of a side-view room split into multiple sections that are divided by pins. Each section can consist of multiple items, such as gold, monsters, poisonous gas, weapons, lava, or a princess, and our goal is to pull the pins in the correct order so that the gold or princess reaches our hero. The early levels are incredibly easy and provide no meaningful challenge, but with 420 levels and additional game-modes, there’s plenty to dive into. Oh, and the game even calculates an "IQ" score at the end of every level – another parody of the horrible mobile game ads.
Hero Rescue monetizes by showing banner ads at the bottom of the screen, forced ads between some levels, incentivized ads to skip a level, a 3-life system, and a few iAPs ranging from $0.99 to $5.99 to remove ads and acquire more in-game currency faster.
If only the levels were more challenging, Hero Rescue could have been fantastic. The current gameplay experience feels mostly like a parody game, but can still be enjoyed for what it is – although you might want to buy the $2.99 iAP to remove the very frequent ads or play in offline-mode.
Google Play: Here
MiniReview link: Here
A3: Still Alive
Genre: MMORPG / Action / Auto – Requires Online Access
Required Attention: Little
A3: Still Alive is a dark open-world fantasy MMORPG by Netmarble with all the features you’d expect from a modern mobile MMORPG, including guilds, quests, raids, login rewards, and – to my big surprise – a Battle Royale mode.
Everything from combat to questing is done automatically, turning A3: Still Alive into more of an Idle game than a traditional MMORPG. Classes and characters are also gender-bound, limiting our customization options, and the UI is cluttered with constant pop-ups about new types of rewards or quests that have been completed. It feels like the game tries to overwhelm with rewards to hide the otherwise relatively shallow gameplay.
The Battle Royale mode is the game’s only redeeming factor, and I enjoyed its fluid hack'n'slash combat. In either solo or teams of 3 players, we start by selecting a weapon and then fight creatures and other players to become the last man standing. Unlike the rest of the game, all players start with the same gear and weapons in the Battle Royale mode, which means there is no pay-to-win.
A3: Still Alive monetizes through a Battle Pass and an insane amount of expensive iAPs that provide lots of Pay-to-Win advantages. If you can live with the monetization and enjoy the fully automated gameplay, A3: Still Alive has a lot to offer, including extensive auto-play settings. For everyone else, the game is not worth playing.
Google Play: Here
NEW REVIEW APP: You can search and filter reviews and games I've played (and more) in my app MiniReview: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=minireview.best.android.games.reviews
Outdated (replaced by MiniReview): Sheet of all games I've played so far: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bf0OxtVxrboZqyEh01AxJYUUqHm8tEfh-Lx-SugcrzY/edit?usp=sharing
TL;DR Video Summary (with gameplay) of last week's 3 games: https://youtu.be/VpA-wcJhhV0
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