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3 Quick Tl;Dr Android Game Reviews / Recommendations (Episode 163)

Welcome back, my fellow Android gamers! 🙂 I'm proud to present another episode of my weekly roundup of the most interesting games I played this week. Hope you'll enjoy.

This episode includes one of the absolute best 2D fighting games I’ve ever played, a toony idle incremental RPG, and a retro-inspired action and management boxing game.

In case you missed it: My recent post about the most highly anticipated mobile games of 2021:

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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:

Skullgirls (free)

Genre: Fighting / Action / 2D – Requires Online Access

Orientation: Landscape

Required Attention: Full

tl;dr review:

Skullgirls is an incredibly well-made 2D fighting game, and a spin-off of the popular PC and console game by the same name.

Through the level-based story mode, we start fighting using our two first fighters, while gradually unlocking more fighters and special skills by opening “Relics” rewarded through gameplay. Combat is fast-paced and relies on taps and swipe-controls to trigger various attack skills unique to each fighter. To spice things up, we can even switch between fighters during combat to activate special abilities.

Each fighter can be customized through a skill tree and leveled up faster than through combat by sacrificing other fighters. Over time, we unlock additional game-modes, including a competitive real-time PvP mode where both players start with the same fighters, skills, and levels to make the matches completely fair.

From its polished and wacky art-style to the humorous universe and original characters, everything about Skullgirls oozes with quality. Combined with the unique and over-the-top animations, this is what truly sets the game apart from other mobile fighters.

Skullgirls monetizes through iAPs and a premium currency used to instantly unlock fighters and new skills through the Relics gacha mechanic. Thanks to the competitive PvP mode, both PvE and PvP can easily be played and enjoyed without spending any money, however. The only limiting factor is that each individual fighter has an energy bar that takes one hour to replenish once depleted. However, since we have plenty of fighters, there is always another one to switch to.

Google Play: Here

MiniReview link: Here

Prizefighters 2 (free)

Genre: Boxing / Sports / Simulation / Management / Indie / Pixel – Offline Playable

Orientation: Landscape

Required Attention: Full

tl;dr review:

Prizefighters 2 is a retro-inspired action and management boxing game where we train and fight our way to the top of the ranks in the career and promoter game modes.

In the career mode, after initially customizing our new boxer, we start fighting opponents in 3-minute matches to earn gold and progress in our career. During the in-game weeks where we are not fighting, we spend gold on exercising to train stats or recover energy, health, and stamina. We continue like this until we find our next challenger. Eventually, our boxer retires from old age, and we can start a new career with a different character.

Unlike the career game-mode, the promoter mode lets us fully customize and control the league, including booking fights for each boxer. While the game is fun as a casual experience, there is a lot to dive into for those looking for a long-term gameplay experience as well.

The customizable controls work well, making it easy to land jabs and punches or dodge incoming attacks. Specific combinations of moves even deal extra damage, and we unlock new skills and abilities over time.

Prizefighters 2 is free and without ads. A $2.99 iAP unlocks the full premium version of the game, which includes the promoter game-mode, more customization options for leagues, and a feature that lets us import/export leagues and fighters created by other players.

Google Play: Here

MiniReview link: Here

Hero Factory (free)

Genre: Idle / Incremental / RPG – Offline Playable

Orientation: Portrait

Required Attention: Little (idle)

tl;dr review:

Hero Factory is a toony idle incremental game where we build factory assembly lines that continuously produce heroes to defeat endless waves of enemies and raid bosses.

All heroes automatically fight enemies, but to deal with the increasingly more powerful monsters, we need to also grow stronger by upgrading each hero’s assembly line and unlocking or upgrading gear for each hero. Upgrading the assembly lines requires gold, which we gain from killing monsters, whereas gear is upgraded using enchantment stones that we get one of every 90 seconds. The game is almost exclusively PvE, but optional AI PvP against other player’s heroes provides additional rewards.

When progress eventually slows to a halt, we can go on vacation to reset our assembly lines and earn medals used to buy permanent power-ups that allow us to progress faster the next time. Thankfully, we get to keep our equipment and abilities when resetting.

Although Hero Factory isn’t as deep as some idle games, the art style and monster designs are humorous, and progression is nicely paced.

Hero Factory monetizes through iAPs for loot boxes with gear, a premium currency that we also get plenty of for free, a $5.99 Season Pass for the AI PvP, and a few other items that let us progress faster. There is an incredibly large amount of "opportunities" to watch incentivized ads in Hero Factory, which can thankfully all be removed through a one-time $16.99 iAP. Although expensive, this is a great option for those who end up falling in love with the game.

Google Play: Here

MiniReview link: Here

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