Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a spacefaring turn-based strategy game, a re-release of a Flash favorite, and a pixelated version of Dark Souls.
The last Great Little War Game was a popular title on Android, and here comes the sequel with more turn-based combat. It looks a lot like the original, but there are a number of enhancements in this one. For example, it's "Optimised for iPhone, great on iPad." Wow, that sure is an impressive feat for an Android game.
It's a good thing originality isn't a pre-requisite for a good game, otherwise there would be far less enjoyment to be had on our mobile devices. Heroes: A Grail Quest is yet another clone, this time inspired by Heroes of Might and Magic, but that shouldn't prevent it from being a fun little experience. Game Dev Team, aside from having perhaps the most straightforward and honest name in the industry, has also developed the moderately well-received Sky Aces series and a 3D RTS based on mechs.
It's time to bust stuff up in a cross-platform manner. Aerena - Clash of Champions has arrived in the Play Store after debuting on Steam (coming to iOS later). This is a turn-based combat game that promises quick, high-energy matches with squads of cool heroes squaring off. It's free-to-play, but the model doesn't sound bad. Note: it's tablet-only.
The land of Estellion is a bit of a mess, but perhaps you can bring it under control in Ravenmark: Mercenaries. It's going to take careful planning and tactical knowhow, but you didn't expect it to be easy, did you? Ravenmark: Mercenaries is a turn-based strategy game with some interesting surprises along the way. Think you have the keen tactical mind for it?
The turn-based element of Ravenmark: Mercenaries is based around two phases – command and battle.
Do you dream of leading Earth's Mightiest Heroes into battle... in the fashion of a 1992 JRPG? The Marvel's Avengers Alliance is for you. This game got its start on Facebook before jumping to iOS, and now it's here to grab a few Android users before they go back to re-watching the Captain America DVD.
The game is a lot like Marvel's War Of Heroes, except with a more story-focused campaign and no collectible card game pretense.
Hero Academy is a charming and addictive turn-based strategy game made by people who know a thing or two about strategy games. It may not look like it, but some of the folks behind Hero Academy have worked on the likes of Age of Empires and Halo Wars. This game has brought in such accolades as a 2013 Mobile Game of the Year D.I.C.E award and a near perfect rating on the Apple App Store.
Turn-based strategy is a classic style of gameplay, but it's still pretty big these days with titles like Frozen Synapse hitting Android. But sometimes these games can be a little slow, or even tedious if a not designed well. The developers of TurtleStrike are trying to combine real-time with turn-based gaming in what they call "live turn-based" gameplay. This approach has the potential to make matches proceed quickly, but still allow careful tactical planning.
The Hunters: Episode One is a new game on the Google Play Store that looks to appeal to fans of the XCOM, Jagged Alliance, and Final Fantasy Tactics series. You take control of a team of mercenaries in turn-based missions which will earn you money upon completion. You can use that money to upgrade your squad and complete contracts that refresh every day. You can also purchase in-game currency with real money, as well.