Welcome to the 294th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here's the big news this past week:
- We received more details on the upcoming Call of Duty mobile game this week. The big news is a battle-royal mode similar to Fortnite or PUBG Mobile. It will play 100 players with one, double and four-player lists currently in testing. It should also have zombies, vehicles and periodic drops.
- Noodlecake Studios next game is available for pre-registration. The game should be a fun and accessible runner style. You play as a fruit and you bounce off the side of a mountain. The game features swings controls, colorful graphics, and hundreds of challenges. It should start earlier than later.
- Legends of legends are apparently on their way Mobile and no, this is not the Arena of Valor. Riot Games and Tencent have been playing for more than a year. However, this is unlikely to come in 2019 due to delays and potential tensions between Riot Games and Tencent on how to monetize the game.
- Microsoft announced Minecraft Earth this week. It's an AR Minecraft game in the same action as games like Pokemon Go, Jurassic World Alive and others. It has a lot of social features and lots of Minecraft's classic open-world charm. There are also mobs, cooperative structure built, and more. The closed beta should start this summer.
- Mario Kart Tour's Closed Beta is out now. Early reports are those of disappointment. However, we have to try the game itself and it's not half bad. It's definitely a step out of most arcade racers, even in its beta state. However, this is not the in-depth Mario Kart game you know of the Nintendo switch. The beta runs for a few weeks.
The Eyes of Ara is a computer game with a new mobile port. It plays a lot like Myst and similar puzzle games. You explore, find clues, unlock secrets, and progress through the game. Build the story as you progress and find clues. The game also features excellent graphics, solid controls, achievements and various languages. It's going for $ 19.99 on Steam, so the $ 4.99 price is more than reasonable for puzzle players.
Steam Chat is, though, Steam's chat in its own standalone app. It works almost like the desk client. You can chat with people, share different types of files, add friends, and even use the group chat feature. We haven't seen a voice chat in the program, but we accept it eventually. There are some issues, but most of them are in the setup. For example, you need a master program confirmation code to use this one. It's annoying, but it happens once.
Daggerhood is a 2D scroll platform. It plays like most of the games you've played before. There are obstacles, bad guys, boss battles, and lots of lava pits to avoid. The character gets a lot of ability to also help with the obstacles and bosses. You get 100 levels, five bosses, multiple challenges, and more. The game regularly goes for $ 2.99. However, it is for sale for $ 1.99 from the time of this writing.
Tor Browser for Android has officially left beta this week. It's now a stable release. It contains most of the things you find in the desktop version. This browser focuses heavily on security and features numerous protection features such as encryption. The stable version is pretty much better than the beta version. However, this is not demonstrably different. If you want to browse privacy, use it.
Pokemon Rumble Rush is the latest Freemium Pokemon game. This one is a surprisingly family-friendly beat-em-up style game. You walk through levels with Pokemon and beat a bunch of other Pokémon. It works great like a child's game and a time warmer. However, there is not enough depth here to justify the kind of long playtime you see with other Pokémon games. It's fun and fun for a while.
If we missed any great Android apps or games news or releases, tell us about them in the comments!