Mobile Game Roundup: The Executive, Divide by Sheep and More

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

As we head into another weekend, there are plenty of new titles available for mobile gamers to try, including Hidden Heroes, a strategy role-playing from 505 Games Mobile. The game allows players to scan QR codes and barcodes on real-world products in order to discover new lands to explore and conquer within the game.

Elsewhere, Super Evil Megacorp’s MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), Vainglory, has been fully, commercially launched on iOS and Android, complete with a new hero and other in-game features. Finally, SEGA and Picomy released Heroki, an action-adventure game developed over the past five years.

Looking for a different game to try this weekend? Here’s a look at a few more games released this week.

The Executive ($2.99 on iOS) – From Riverman Media, The Executive is a fighting game that places players in the role of CEO at a company being attacked by werewolves. Players must battle these enemies to save their employees and, eventually, the entire city. The game features 120 levels at launch, which combine fighting and rhythm game elements. During combat, players rapidly tap on the screen to attack enemies or tap and hold to defend themselves from attack, while each level’s stunt sequences see gamers swiping on prompts at the right time to crash through vending machines, walls, ceilings and more to reach the next enemy. Players collect money in each stage, which can be spent to upgrade their hero or overall company, with company upgrades increasing their earnings over time. In celebration of its launch, The Executive is 40 percent off for a limited time.

Shapes: Match & Catch (Free on iOS, Android) – From developer VIM Digital and publisher Thumbspire, Shapes: Match & Catch offers one-touch game play, with players asked to tap on the screen to move a pail at the bottom of the screen to catch matching shapes. The pail is split into sections for shapes like crowns, squares and more, and players must ensure that the pail is in the correct position as shapes of all varieties randomly fall from the top of the screen. As games progress, additional columns and shapes are added to the screen and pail, increasing the challenge. Players can share their high scores with friends.

Marble Monster (Free on iOS, Android) – Developed by Nterfun and published by Inflo Games, Marble Monster is an action RPG, allowing players to collect more than 500 monsters and battle through over 100 levels at launch. In each battle, a player’s team is represented by marbles on the game board, and players tap and drag their finger to launch their marbles at enemy marbles to do damage. Players will collect new monsters as they complete battles, and they can upgrade their favorites over time. In addition to a single-player campaign, Marble Monster features guilds and player-vs.-player battles.

Ramboat (Free on Android) – Previously released on iOS, Ramboat, from Genera Games, is a mix between an endless runner and an arcade shooter, challenging players to defeat enemies as they control their boat’s speed in the water. In each game, the boat moves automatically, and players tap and hold to make the boat speed up and approach the right side of the screen. Letting go makes the boat slow down and move to the left, while swiping up or down makes the boat jump out of or dive into the water. Players collect weapon pickups, coins and more as they progress, and must avoid oncoming fire from all directions.

Shake Duck Off

Shake Duck Off (Free on iOS) – From Pine Entertainment, Shake Duck Off resembles the classic game of Duck Hunt, as players control a dog who must shoot ducks before they fly off of the screen. Players tilt their device to aim at each duck, and shake their device to fire once they’ve locked onto the target. Games continue until three ducks have escaped. Users can share their high scores with friends after each game.