Mobile Game Roundup: Badland 2, Action Puzzle Town and More

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

If you’re looking for a new mobile game to play this weekend, there are plenty of new options for you to try, including Katy Perry Pop from Glu Mobile. The life simulation game allows players to become a pop star while interacting with musician Katy Perry.

Next, ZeptoLab released Cut the Rope: Magic, the latest title in the popular Cut the Rope franchise. The game sees players help Om Nom retrieve his candy, which has been stolen by an evil spider wizard.

Elsewhere, Outfit7 Limited released its competitive bubble shooting game, Talking Tom Bubble Shooter. The game allows players to compete against AI opponents and other players in head-to-head bubble shooting matches.

Finally, Halfbrick released Star Skater, a skateboarding game which challenges players to complete courses without running into obstacles or running out of time.

Looking for something else to play this weekend? Here’s a look at some of the additional mobile games released this week.

Badland 2 ($4.99 on iOS) – From Frogmind, this side-scrolling action game offers a single-player campaign mode as well as online stages which allow players to compete against their friends in asynchronous multiplayer events. Levels in Badland 2 contain new elements, including liquids, flamethrowers, frost, magma, water and searing light. In addition, the game supports 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which allows for more precise control when moving through levels.

S.E.D.: Special Enquiry Detail (Free on iPad) – This hidden object game from G5 Entertainment allows players to join S.E.D. Detectives Turino and Lamonte and solve cases around New York City. The game features six cases to solve at launch, and additional cases will be added in free updates going forward. Players can investigate over 30 crime scenes and can play 14 mini-games. The game offers 25 collections to complete.

Rage of Realms

Rage of Realms (Free on iOS) – Developed by Mangosoft and published by G5 Entertainment, this base-building combat game allows players to construct a base and build an army while collecting resources. Gamers can construct 14 upgradable buildings to defend their base, including a catapult and archer tower, as examples. Players can attack 50 enemy villages to expand their territory, and can also fight against other players around the world. During battle, players can use magic spells to heal their units or defeat their opponents.

Plants War 2 (Free on iOS, Android) – From 4:33 Creative Lab, Plants War 2 combines elements from real-time strategy (RTS) games and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, and challenges players to help plants defend their forest home from an army of animals. In each match, players work to destroy the enemy’s base before their own base is destroyed. Players can collect and train minions to help them in battle, and can upgrade their hero’s skills over time. Plants War 2 features over 60 campaign levels and an ‘unlimited battles’ survival mode, as well as players-vs-player leagues, a multiplayer time attack mode and more.

Gods of Rome (Free on iOS, Android) – This fighting game from Gameloft challenges players to defeat Tenebrous, a demon who has enslaved many of the world’s warriors. In each battle, players can defeat enemies using a combination of taps and swipes on the screen. While gamers begin with a single fighter, they can unlock more over time, and can upgrade these fighters to increase their stats. In addition to a single-player campaign, the game offers player-vs-player battles, as well as special events. Gods of Rome is coming soon to Windows Phone.

Scribblenauts Unlimited ($4.99 on iOS, Android) – From 5th Cell and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Scribblenauts Unlimited challenges players to solve puzzles by typing words to bring objects to life within the game. The game was originally released on consoles and handhelds in 2012, and has received updated controls for mobile devices.

Scrubby Dubby Saga (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – From King, this match-three puzzle game was originally released on Facebook, and asks users to drag whole rows or columns of symbols on the board to create lines of three or more matching shapes. Each level has a different goal to complete, as well as a move limit, and power-ups can help users complete stages.

Puzzle Bear ($0.99 on iOS) – This puzzle game from Pine Entertainment offers 65 levels, and challenges players to fuse animal symbols in each level until they’re left with a single symbol. Players can collect up to three stars in each level by creating fusions on top of the stars. Levels become more complicated as players progress.

Dropsy ($9.99 on iPad) – From Tendershoot and Devolver Digital, this point-and-click adventure game follows Dropsy the Clown on his ‘journey of self-discovery’ following a deadly circus fire. The game’s open world setting allows players to choose which portion of the game they’d like to explore next. As players progress, they’ll communicate with other characters using visual icons, rather than text.

Gods Will Be Watching ($0.99 on iPad) – From Deconstructeam and Devolver Digital, Gods Will Be Watching is described as a ‘point and click thriller.’ The game follows Sgt. Burden and his crew through six scenarios, which focus on challenges like hostage situations and surviving in the wilderness, as examples. In each situation, players can solve narrative puzzles, and may be forced to make decisions impacting the lives of their team. To experience the entire game, players can purchase all six chapters for $0.99 each.

Thomas & Friends: Race On! (Free on iOS, Android) – From Animoca Brands and Mattel, this children’s racing game stars Thomas the Tank Engine and other characters from the Thomas & Friends franchise. In each event, trains advance along the track automatically, and players can trigger speed boosts for their train by tapping or swiping on the screen in response to prompts as they appear. In addition to single-player events, the game offers split-screen multiplayer races which allow two players to race on the same device.

Time Unit

Time Unit (Free on Apple Watch) – From Everywear Games, Time Unit takes players to a world where a ‘mysterious anomaly’ has breached space-time and unleashed evil creatures on the planet. Players are challenged to help the heroes of the Time Unit defeat these creatures, and users can level up their heroes’ abilities over time. Users must have an Apple Watch to play the game.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories ($6.99 on iOS) – First released on PSP in 2005, this open world action adventure game from Rockstar Games has been updated for mobile devices with ‘shorter, streamlined missions,’ updated graphics, cross-platform saving via the Rockstar Social Club and more. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is coming soon to Android and the Amazon Appstore.

Hibachi Hero (Free on iOS) – From the students of MassDiGI’s Summer Innovation Program and Thumbspire, this endless survival game challenges players to flick knives at food items falling from the top of the screen to slice them, while also avoiding falling trash. Each game ends when players reach five ‘strikes’ by either missing falling food, or slicing trash. Players can collect golden knives, the game’s currency, as they play, which are spent on prizes like new knives to use in future games. In addition, free golden knives are awarded as prizes over time, and users can earn extra golden knives by watching video ads when these opportunities are presented.

Paddle Panda (Free on Android) – From Six Foot Kid, Paddle Panda is a endless survival game, challenging players to tap on the screen to guide a panda down the river while riding an inner tube. Players must help the panda avoid sharp rocks while floating, and must collect the pizza floating on the river to keep the game going. Gamers can collect new characters and inner tubes over time.

Toca Blocks ($3.99 on iOS) – Toca Blocks is the 30th app from Toca Boca, and is a ‘world building’ game, allowing children to create worlds with a variety of blocks, like sticky or bouncy blocks, as examples. The game offers three pre-installed worlds to get players started, and users can discover new blocks and objects as they play. Users can save their creations and edit them at a later time. Toca Blocks does not contain in-app purchases.

Evolution Heroes of Utopia

Evolution: Heroes of Utopia (Free on iOS) – This idle or clicker game from allows players to quickly tap on monsters to attack them and earn currency. As players collect currency, they can spend it on additional heroes for their team, which will damage enemies even when players aren’t tapping on the screen (or aren’t actually playing the game). Gamers can upgrade these heroes to cause more damage each second, and can also upgrade their own hero, so each of their taps causes more damage.

Action Puzzle Town (Free on iOS, Android) – From Com2uS, Action Puzzle Town includes a set of 10 mini-games, which come in multiple varieties (memory games, matching games and more). Players can collect 180 costumes which offer bonuses in specific mini-games, and can also unlock 27 different characters to use in the game.

In addition to these new releases, here are some of the previously released mobile games that have been released on new platforms, or in new versions.

Bubble Genius from Outplay Entertainment – Free on Amazon; previously released on iOS, Android.

Vikings: War of Clans from Plarium – Free on Amazon; previously released on iOS, Android.

Beat Da Beat Free from Nekki – Free on iOS, Android; previously released as a paid app on iOS, Android.

Fruit Monsters from LINE Corporation – Free on Android; previously released on iOS.