Mobile Game Roundup: AlphaBetty Saga, The Ember Conflict and More

We take a look at some of the new mobile games released this week.

Another weekend is almost upon us, complete with a new set of games to dive into on iOS, Android and other mobile devices. To start, Fruit Ninja developer Halfbrick released Radical Rappelling, a challenging endless survival game asking players to rappel down a cliff face without running into obstacles.

Elsewhere, Luca Redwood released the anticipated follow-up to the popular puzzle game 10000000, You Must Build A Boat. The game sees players racing through match-three dungeons to construct their boat and sail the seas. Finally, SYBO Games, creator of the massively popular Subway Surfers, released its new endless runner, Blades of Brim, which combines endless running with combat, mounts and more in a fantasy world.

Looking for something different to try instead? Here’s a look at some additional games released this week.

AlphaBetty Saga (Free on iOS, Android) – Following the game’s release on Facebook, King has launched AlphaBetty Saga on mobile devices. The word game challenges players to complete levels by dragging their finger across touching letter tiles to create words. Levels come in five different types, from those asking players to earn a large number of points without running out of moves, to those asking players to clear all letter tiles trapped in bubbles, and so on. The game offers 140 levels at launch, and players have access to power-ups to help them complete challenging stages.

Drift Spirits (Free on Android) – From Bandai Namco Entertainment, Drift Spirits has already achieved over five million downloads in Japan, and is now available worldwide for players in 40 countries and regions. The drift racing game features 30-second races, with the car’s acceleration and drifting speed controlled by the timing of players’ taps on the screen. Drift Spirits offers 40 car models to choose from, with a focus on Japanese vehicles, and these cars can be customized using the parts collected while playing. With the game’s global release, Bandai Namco has plans to increase the number and variety of cars by expanding the focus away from Japanese models. Drift Spirits will launch on iOS soon.

Terminator Genisys: Revolution (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – From Glu Mobile and Skydance Productions, Terminator Genisys: Revolution is the official mobile game for the Terminator Genisys film, set to hit U.S. theaters on July 1, 2015. The game takes players to the year 2029, as they work alongside John Connor in the war to save humanity from the machines. During each of the game’s missions, players will aim at enemies by dragging their finger around the screen, and fire primary or secondary weapons using buttons on the right side of the screen. Players have access to multiple weapons, including assault rifles, shotguns and sniper rifles. Special tools like grenade launchers and EMPs are also available.

Ronaldo & Hugo: Superstar Skaters (Free on iOS, Android) – From Hugo Games, this endless runner stars soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has teamed up with Hugo the Troll to escape Paparazzi Pete. Players will race through city streets in gameplay similar to that of Subway Surfers, and can double-tap to spawn a skateboard, allowing them to grind the city’s rails and earn bonus points for a limited time. Players can unlock new boards and clothing for Ronaldo and Hugo, with some items unlocking passive effects for gameplay (for instance, Hugo’s secret agent jacket makes skateboards last 20 percent longer before expiring).

Robbery Bob 2: Double Trouble ($2.99 on iOS, Android) – From Chillingo and Level Eight, Robbery Bob 2: Double Trouble sees players completing 60 levels as they explore environments and collect loot. In each level, gamers use a virtual joystick for movement, and can tap a button to dash. Levels are packed with security guards, cameras, traps and other obstacles players must avoid. A timer makes levels trickier, and while gamers aren’t required to collect every piece of loot before existing a stage, they receive up to three stars on each level, relating to their remaining time, number of objects stolen and more.

Hitman: Sniper ($4.99 on iOS, Android) – From Square Enix Montreal, Hitman: Sniper is described as a sandbox sniping game. Players will help Agent 47 complete more than 100 missions as they observe each target’s movements and take shots to eliminate enemies in sometimes “creative” ways. Players have access to tools like enemy lures and the ability to dispose of bodies, and will unlock new sniper rifles as they progress. The game challenges players to climb the leaderboards and outperform others across their many contracts and assignments.

Apples to Apples (Free on iOS) – Mattel has released the mobile version of this popular party game, which offers five-player synchronous multiplayer and card pack themes including geography, animals, dessert and more. In each round of Apples to Apples, the current judge plays a card to the table, and every other player must choose a card from their hand that best matches the judge’s card. The judge decides the winning card using his or her own reasoning, with no right or wrong answers. Gamers can play with friends via Facebook connectivity, and the community can vote on trending card combos which appear on the game’s main menu.

Jungle Heat (Free on Windows Phone) – Previously released on iOS, Android and Facebook, My.com’s base-building combat game has been played by over 23 million users so far, and is now available for Windows Phone gamers. Jungle Heat sees users building their base by collecting and balancing the use of resources, with both single-player and multiplayer battles, as well as clan wars, available.

Pirate Battles: Corsairs Bay (Free on Android) – HeroCraft’s pirate-themed base-building combat game sees players building a pirate society on the edge of a bay, where they’ll collect multiple resources and use these to expand their base. Players will compete against others in turn-based multiplayer battles, with four overall kinds of battles available, as well as six different types of pirate ships, which can be upgraded over time.

Epic Eric ($0.99 on Android) – After the game’s release on iOS in 2014, 232 Studios has released Epic Eric on Google Play. The physics-based platformer allows players to complete levels as either Eric the Knight or Princess Erica, using one-touch controls to swing on cogs, bounce off of platforms and more to reach the prince or princess trapped somewhere in the stage. For additional challenge, players are encouraged to collect the three stars in each level. Twenty additional achievements are available for fans to unlock.

The Ember Conflict (Free on iOS) – The Ember Conflict is the debut strategy title from Substantial Games, which takes players to a futuristic fantasy world and challenges them to recruit an army capable of defeating enemies in battle. The game was designed for short play sessions, and can be played in as little as two minutes. However, it also offers an army customization system, allowing players to dive deeper into the experience if they’d like. During battle, players tap and drag to command their troops, and can deploy reinforcement units to overwhelm their opponents. Players can unlock new troop types, upgrade their troops with better gear and more between battles.