Welcome to version 427 of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the top headlines from the past week:
- Google is trying to make it easier to find games on your Chromebook. The new potential search service helps people find games by compiling a set of results in one go. Since Chrome OS now supports Steam which is good for some game streaming services, you may be able to do a single search for all the services. Click on the link to find out more.
- Microsoft is seeking stronger integration with Android. The company recently reorganized its Android development teams in hopes of providing better overall integration. The reorganization involves dividing up a dedicated team that is accountable only to the head of Microsoft products, Panos Panay. We’re not sure what the team will do first, but hopefully that’s okay.
- The new Google Play Protect feature removes permissions from your unused apps. The feature is already present in all phones running Android 11 and above. However, Google is porting the feature to devices running Android 10 and earlier via Google Play Protect. Some devices, like Samsung phones, have the feature as well, but it’s good to see it pass on to more people.
- Piracy is on the rise again since 2018. We asked our audience if they had hacked anything before, and 83% of them said they had done so before. This is not unusual, because hacking is very easy and has been widespread for many years. The streaming services seem to have forgotten that their primary competitors are pirate sites and not each other. Click on the links for full details and survey numbers.
- Google makes it hard for people to find apps that don’t get consistent updates. The company does this in the name of security because older apps may have vulnerabilities that developers haven’t patched yet. Starting in November 2022, apps that target anything before the two latest versions of Android will be hidden from more and more people.
League of Angels: Chaos
price: Free to play
League of Angels: Chaos is a new mobile MMORPG. Players create a character and have a choice between three basic classes. The classes are knights, mage, and archer. Each one has his own playing style. Some of the other game features include alliances, cross-server competitions, equipment crafting (called forging), trading functionality between players, and more. The game has an automatic mode, which some fans of the genre do not like. Otherwise, it’s a pretty standard MMORPG. You go on quests, get loot and level up your character. In addition, the progression is the strangest combination between very fast at the beginning and very slow once you get too far into the game.
It definitely has its drawbacks and you can buy your way to the end of the various challenges within the game. Fortunately there is very little emphasis on PvP and you can get resources if you are patient, so pay-to-win is only if you want to get to the end very quickly. It has potential if the developers tighten it up a bit, but even then, it’s pretty average.
Linios Icons (Seven Colors)
price: $0.99 each
Developer GomoTheGom II recently released seven icon packs to the Play Store under the name Linios. There are seven packages in total and each one has a different color. Each pack costs $0.99 and includes 3,000 icons along with matching wallpapers. The developer is also taking requests for new icons that should appear in each pack. Hit the button below to check out the developer’s Google Play page where you can find all seven packages.
Top Mech considers itself a strategy fighting game that features mechanics. It plays like many mobile strategy games. You can get resources, build a base, train troops, and defend yourself from attack. This is the main gameplay loop and is something we’ve never seen before in this genre. Our only gripe is the in-app purchases. You can literally buy buffs for your army with real money and while we don’t like to use the dreaded pay-to-win phrase often, this is a very good example of that. If the developer comes up with a better way to monetize this game, it is a good city building strategy game. Otherwise, we think most players will leave very quickly.
Jolt Social is a social space aimed at gamers. It works just like any other social media site. You can post videos of yourself playing games, fan art, and other things like that. You follow people, others follow you, and you make new friends this way. The app has more than 60,000 communities to join, one-to-one chat functionality, and you can create your own community with your moderation team. It already has a good number of users and it honestly isn’t a terrible place to hang out with other players.
Rovio Classics: Angry Birds
price: 0.99 USD
Rovio Classics: Angry Birds is actually the first re-released Angry Birds game for Android. It has the original gameplay along with the original gameplay with some additional elements to refresh things. The original game was based on its own game engine originally and this variant is based on Unity. Thus, developers can update it without worrying. Anyway, this is actually the original game. There are 390 levels, no in-app purchases, no ads (we’ve seen them, anyway), and more. There’s also a rather neat new Mighty Eagle mechanic. This is the same family friendly, simple and cheap arcade game we’ve seen for years. It’s honestly worth its $0.99 price tag, even if you played 10 years ago.
If we missed any news or big releases of Android apps or games, tell us about it in the comments.
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