First up is Elune, GAMEVIL’s turn-based jRPG effort. Elune has you take control of an expanding roster (of up to 200 characters) of heroes who must save multiple dimensions from a great evil. These heroes are split across five classes and each have their own skills, abilities and appearances. Gameplay plays out like a very story driven, PSOne-era jRPG, with players placing a selection of heroes into multiple combat positions and then using them in turn-based combat.
There’s a few interesting things going on thanks to the sweeping storyline, however it is the fact that you can combine the individual units to fuse their powers which makes Elune stand out.
Garena Speed Drifters
Garena International seem to be cropping up all over the place now, which is nothing but a good thing. They’ve no fear of crossing over genres and don’t dip too heavily into aggressive iAP marketing practices. Their latest game, Garena Speed Drifters, continues their good practices but with the kart racing genre.
Perhaps what is most interesting is that Speed Drifters does manage to innovate quite well within the somewhat rigid Kart Racer space. One of the race modes which you are introduced to early on is ‘Team Item Race’ in which the players are divided into two teams and can actually pass collected items between each other using a transfer mechanic.
The tutorialisation is, thankfully, over quite quickly and there’s enough people currently playing online that once you’re out of the realms of possibly-bots the matches all populate quite quickly. Alongside the multiplayer racing there’s a campaign mode which is populated by bots, and a meta game based around avatar style.
Garena Speed Drifters is currently free to download on the App Store.
Stick Fight: The Game Mobile
If you fancy something a bit more fighty then there’s also Stick Fight: The Game Mobile. Landfall Games’ outstanding couch-multiplayer fighting game has been brought over to mobile platforms by Mercury Studios (under NetEase Games) and they’ve done a pretty great job of it.
If you’re old enough to remember all of the old, Flash-powered stickman videos and GIFs from the early days of the internet then you’ll know exactly what to expect in the game. There’s some pretty cool weapons in there, although there has been some strange decisions made regarding renting and buying the power-up skins as iAPs.
Hyper Light Drifter
Abylight have done an amazing job of porting over Heart Machine’s Hyper Light Drifter. The action-packed adventure title feels perfect on the touchscreen and the team have also managed to to get it running at an impressive – and probably unnecessary – 120 frames per second. For reference that’s over three times the frame rate that the Netflix TV series will be running at.
If you’ve not dabbled with Hyper Light Drifter then you’ve been missing out. It combines the feeling of exporation that early Zelda games delivered but with a tough, fast-paced combat system which almost feels like a bullet hell at times. Our reviewer called the Switch version “A beautiful yet punishing action RPG for Switch” before awarding it a gold award.
Last, but not least, is Chessplode. It’s just launched on iOS and will be coming to Google Play quite soon. It’s a free to play twist on Chess with the largest change being the fact that if there isn’t a king within the same row of column as a unit when it is eliminated then the entire chain of units is detonated. This means that a traditional chess game could have an entire row wiped within three turns.
The second big change is the unit arrangements. The explosive nature of the game quickly alters the pacing of the game and so to compensate the layout and distribution of the chess pieces become the element of the game which changes between levels.
What these big changes mean is that the King is not just a unit to defend, but it is also integral to defending some of your units from collateral damage — very clever. It also means that the largest
Chessplode is available now, for free, on the App Store