Mobile Game Roundup: This War of Mine, Million Arthur and More

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

Mobile games offer a little something for everyone, with this week’s lineup of new releases being a great example of that variety. First, Tapinator and HyperPower Game Group released Deadliest Catch: Seas of Fury, a reflex-testing game based on the hit Discovery Channel television show, while FreshPlanet released SongPop 2, the sequel to its popular music trivia game.

Elsewhere, Zynga released a new endless climbing game, Mountain Goat Mountain, and Glu Mobile released a shooter based on the upcoming Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation film.

From hidden object to strategy games, here’s a look at some additional titles released this week.

This War of Mine ($9.99 on iPad, Android tablets) – A strategy game about wartime survival from 11 bit studios, This War of Mine lets players experience war as civilians trying to survive in a besieged city. A day and night cycle determines the available gameplay options. During the day, players work to maintain their hideout through crafting, trading and more. At night, players can explore and attempt to secure extra resources. As players try to survive, they’re forced to make life-and-death decisions while following their conscience. That is, do they work to save every member of their surviving group, or do they allow some to perish for a long-term gain? During its launch week, This War of Mine is on sale for $9.99. This price will increase to $14.99 after the sale.

Bow Hunter 2015 (Free on iOS, Android) – From iEntertainment Network, Bow Hunter 2015 offers more than 200 hunting missions across the United States. Players have access to tools like rangefinders, thermal vision and more, and will be able to upgrade their gear as they advance. While playing, arrows are affected by wind speed and will begin to drop after certain distances, so players need to line up their shots carefully to be successful.

Revolution (Free on iOS, Android) – From DeadCoolApps and BulkyPix, Revolution is an endless survival game, challenging players to tap at the right time to send a cube between circles, each surrounded by rotating walls. The setup will be familiar to fans of SMG Studio’s One More Dash. Players must move quickly to avoid the walls closing in around the game board, and can share their high scores with friends.

Hollywood Game Night ($0.99 on iOS, Android, Amazon) – From Halfbrick, this party game based on the NBC television show allows up to eight players to compete in various mini-games. A quickplay mode is available for two or more players, while a more competitive team game mode is also available for four to eight players. Mini-games may challenge players to a round of charades, or may ask players to sing songs by only using the word “doo,” as examples. Players can purchase additional content with real money.

Hot Slots: Vegas Dream (Free on Android, Amazon) – Previously released on iOS, G5 Entertainment’s Hot Slots: Vegas Dream has launched on two new platforms, giving players access to multiple slot machines and mini-games. One mini-game, ‘Gamble,’ sees players wagering their winnings on a game of chance, as they predict whether the next drawn card will be red, black or a particular suit. Gamers can cash out at any time.

Tractor Crew: Gold Digger (Free on iOS, Android) – The sequel to Tractor Crew: Operation Cleanup, this title from Kurius Games is a level-based digging game, challenging players to clear a path above and below ground to dig up gold, while leaving themselves a path to the drop off point for delivering the gold. It’s possible to become stuck, if players dig the wrong area of dirt while trying to collect the gold, so players need to strategize their movements before beginning.

Creeping with the Crudashians (Free on Android) – A match-three game from 3 Queens, Creeping with Crudashians is a parody of the reality TV family, the Kardashians. The game ‘pokes fun’ at the major milestones and events of the Crudashian family, with each level seeing players matching tiles to increase their fame.

Jumping Fox

Jumping Fox: Climb That Tree (Free on iOS, Android) – From RoyalCactus and Thumbspire, Jumping Fox: Climb That Tree is an endless jumper, challenging players to help a fox jump as high as possible into a tree to avoid rising flood waters. Players jump by tapping on the right and left sides of the screen to jump left or right, depending on the location of the next available platform. Gamers can share their high scores with friends.

Hidden City: Mystery of Shadows (Free on Android, Amazon) – A hidden object game from G5 Entertainment and AB Games, Hidden City: Mystery of Shadows sees players traveling to a phantom city to rescue their friend in a world of magic and unusual creatures. Players have 15 locations to search and over 890 quests to complete. Players can complete 67 item collections and battle 13 monsters in the title’s mini-games. Hidden City: Mystery of Shadows was previously released on iOS.

Kingdom Tales 2 (Free to try, $2.99 unlock on Android, Amazon) – Previously released on iOS, this time management game from G5 Entertainment and Cateia Games challenges players to complete levels to prove they’re worthy of the princess’ hand in marriage. Gamers will complete 40 levels across nine different locations, with three difficulty levels available. The full game unlock is on sale for $2.99 until July 18, and will increase to $4.99 after the sale.

Tippin’ Bloks (Free on iOS, Android) – The first of three new mobile games based on titles at Dave & Buster’s, Tippin’ Bloks was developed by Robosoft Technologies, and asks players to stack blocks as high as possible by moving a base left and right to catch falling blocks. The game offers a classic mode with just a few rounds, while an arcade mode takes players to different themed worlds and challenges them to complete multiple levels without dropping three blocks. Gamers have access to power-ups which slow down a falling block, straighten the tower or undo the last block’s placement. As players complete games, they’ll earn points which can be stored on their Dave & Buster’s Power Card and redeemed at the company’s real-world arcade restaurant locations.

Speed of Light (Free on iOS, Android) – The second game in the new Dave & Buster’s lineup, Speed of Light was developed by Sabarkan, and challenges players to tap on lights as they appear on a grid, like in a game of whack-a-mole.  The game offers level-based challenges, as well as a Sudden Death mode. Players earn up to three stars on each stage, depending on their high score, and can purchase power-ups with real money. Players can earn additional Power Card points in the game, which can be redeemed in real-world Dave & Buster’s locations.

Big Bass Wheel (Free on iOS, Android) – The final game in the Dave & Buster’s trio, Big Bass Wheel from Robosoft Technologies offers multiple themed spin wheels, which players can spin using a limited number of hearts. Each spin rewards players with a different number of points, which can be added to the player’s Dave & Buster’s Power Card for redemption in real-world restaurants. Players earn more hearts automatically over time, or can purchase them instantly with real money.

Card King Dragon Wars

Card King: Dragon Wars (Free on iOS) – From Card King, Inc., a subsidiary of Crooz, Card King: Dragon Wars is a collectible card game, giving players the chance to collect more than 100 creatures, each from one of five classes, and with different skills and stats. During each game, players deploy their creatures to the playing field, and can either play action cards from their hand, or drag their creatures onto enemies to attack (also receiving new action cards relating to those creatures in the process). Players have a limited amount of energy to spend on actions on each turn, but this increases with each future turn, up to a maximum of 100 points per turn. As gamers play matches, they have a chance to capture defeated enemies for their team. Gamers can also purchase new creatures instantly with free or premium currency.

Dexter: Hidden Darkness (Free on iOS) – From BlooBuzz Studios, this hidden object game is based on the Dexter television show, and sees players searching for clues at crime scenes, completing puzzles to identify killers or other key information and unleashing Dexter’s own kind of justice on the criminals. Players will earn stars as they repeatedly complete hidden object scenes, and can spend these stars to access puzzle stages. Other analysis tasks may take time to complete, but players can spend premium currency to skip the wait. Social features allow players to compare their scores with friends, or invite their friends to unlock hints for use in hidden object scenes.

Age of Empires

Age of Empires: Castle Siege (Free on iOS) – From Microsoft Game Studios, Age of Empires: Castle Siege is a cross-platform base-building combat game, allowing players to battle against opponents playing the PC version of the game (and vice versa) as they build and guide an empire through the ages. Players choose to become one of several civilizations, and will build and expand their kingdom by balancing the use of food and wood. Players can defend their base from attacks by constructing items like defensive towers, or can go on the offensive by training an army to take into battle. During battle, players can command their troops by swiping to target specific structures. As many of the game’s tasks take time to complete, players can spend gold to skip these instantly. Gamers earn free gold over time from their kingdom’s road network.

Million Arthur (Free on iOS, Android) – A card battle RPG from Gamevil and Square Enix, Million Arthur places players in the role of one of many individuals capable of pulling Excalibur from its stone. Players receive the title of ‘Arthur,’ and must create an army of powerful cards to complete missions and prove they’re worthy of the throne of Britain. Million Arthur offers both single-player and player-vs-player modes, with more than 170 cards available to collect. As players progress, they’ll collect experience points, currency and new cards, which can be evolved to form stronger units.

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