Out Now: Old School Edition21 Jul 2017 1
The world's first fully-fledged, cross-platform, mobile MMORPG, a remastered adventuring classic, puzzles, adventures, and another serious CCG contender all await you in this week's Out Now. Read on and pick something up for weekend play!
Albion Online (Android)
Cross-platform sandbox MMORPG Albion Online is now available on Android, and it's the first full-on game of its genre to hit mobile. Albion Online is set in a medieval fantasy world and sports a player-driven economy—all equipment is created and sold by players. There's PVE and both small and large-scale PVP action as well as pretty extensive player housing options. Albion Online is not available through the Google Play Store and you'll have to grab it directly from Sandbox Interactive.
You'll also have to buy in via one of the game's Starter Packs, which start at $30.
Realpolitiks Mobile (iOS Universal) - Full Review Incoming!
Become the leader of one of the world's superpowers…apparently anyone can do it! In Realpolitiks Mobile, you take control of any nation in the world. You'll face real-world problems like terrorism, both natural and financial disasters, and more as you try to steer your nation to political, economic, and military success. The game is marketed as a "streamlined" RTS, which is true, but perhaps a bit too streamlined with too few paths to success. Diplomacy, for example, is pretty narrow. You're basically either allies, angry, or at war without a ton of nuance. There's a full review in the works so unless you're really dying for an RTS to play, I'd hold off and see how this one holds up under a deeper inspection.
Sidewords (iOS Universal)
In a new word game, Sidewords, you use letters along the X and Y axis of a grid to spell words. These words populate the corresponding spaces on the grid. Once a grid is full with words of you creation, you beat the level and move on. It's a cool idea that's well executed, and a fun game that brings plenty of challenge without artificial time limits to drive urgency—perfect for the word-game aficionados among us.
Full Throttle Remastered (iOS Universal)
If you're a fan of the 1995 LucasArts adventure game Full Throttle, you are in luck this week; it's been remastered and is ready to go in the AppStore. The hand-drawn graphics have been completely redone and the sound has been modernized as well. You can compare thanks to the two modes of play: classic and remastered. The story is unchanged: Ben Throttle and the Polecats, his biker gang, get mixed up in a story with murder as its main course.
Resynth (iOS Universal)
Solve a puzzle, complete the music is the theme behind Resynth, another puzzle game released this week. Resynth has you swiping to move a game piece around a maze-like board to fill rhythm and melody squares and complete a tune. It sounds and is abstract, but is much easier played than explained. There are a lot of levels and the difficulty ramps up as you go. Resynth also offers additional level packs that can be unlocked via in-game currency earned by playing, or real-world money via IAP. It's a lot of fun and the music is actually quite good.
The Lion's Song is not one game but four narrative adventures tied together by setting, theme, and an overarching story. Each episode is set in Austria in the early 20th century and follows a character devoted to the arts or sciences. You play as the character, each with a brilliant creative mind, as they struggle to find inspiration, connect with others, and make their way through the world to practice their craft. Choices are presented and of course affect the story as it unfolds. The Lion's Song has good art, solid storytelling, and interesting philosophical and social themes. It's worth a look for fans of story-driven adventures.
The year of the major CCG contenders continues with the worldwide release of Eternal—one of the games on our 2017 guide—on mobile devices. Eternal is made by Dire Wolf Digital, the developers of Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and they know what they're doing. The game may not have a fancy IP or a revolutionary new mechanic, but it is much closer to Magic: The Gathering than other CCGs and that will appeal to many. Eternal adds back in the assignment of blockers, something Hearthstone dispensed with and most digital competitors followed suit, and also has big 12-card booster packs. It also might be the most free-to-play friendly and boasts a pack with your first win every day, not to mention a ton of other rewards. When you play the Arena, the game's draft format, you get to keep your cards along with any rewards you earned. Eternal's second set, Omens of the Past, just dropped bringing 240 new cards to the game, so now's a great time to get in on the action.
That's all for this week's round-up. Seen anything we've missed? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments!