November is another opportunity for us to showcase some high-quality gaming experiences that have been dominating our Galaxy screens in recent weeks. So, let’s get right to it.
Townscaper is a beautiful game about… nothing, really. Sure, you get to do some townscaping, but in the grand scheme of things, what you get out of this game is entirely up to you. Because unlike your typical city-builder, Townscaper doesn’t feel like a chore to play. There are no convoluted achievements, log-in bonuses, or other mechanics designed to stoke your fears of missing out. It’s just you, your screen, and a hand-drawn sandbox filled with possibilities.
So, if you’re looking for a relaxing, open-ended experience that enables creativity, Townscaper definitely takes the cake this month.
Shin Megami Tensei L Dx2
Shin Megami Tensei is one of the longest-running game franchises of all time; in terms of sheer longevity, it’s up there with Mario and Zelda. And with SMT V releasing this month, there’s hardly a better time to pick up this mobile spin-off and get a refresher on its unique lore based on a huge variety of pop culture.
While it’s designed as a free-to-play experience, the core mechanics of SMT L Dx2 are in line with mainline games. Meaning you’re looking at a monster-catching, party-based RPG not unlike Pokemon. The biggest exception is that these games can get pretty difficult if you aren’t paying attention to type weaknesses and other auxiliary mechanics.
Game Dev Story
A game about becoming a legendary game developer from a legendary game developer. If you have never played a Kairosoft game, you owe it to yourself to give its gameplay formula a spin, and Game Dev Story is arguably the best entry point into its vast catalogue. Both in terms of accessibility and overall refinement.
Back when mobile gaming was still in a state of chaotic flux, circa 2010, this Japanese studio was putting out one amazing portable experience after another. Its games do get kind of samey after a while, but Game Dev Story is still the brightest star of the lot. Its near-infinite replay value and a tightly designed gameplay loop amount to a tycoon manager that we love coming back to. And chances are, so will you.
The full game is available for a one-time fee of $4.99, though you can also get it for “free” if you’re a Google Play Pass subscriber.
- Download Game Dev Story from the Play Store ($4.99/Free with Play Pass)
- Download Game Dev Story Lite from the Play Store (Free)
If you’re on the lookout for a good value deal this November, the enormous amount of content packed into Terraria is going to be difficult to beat. For those not in the loop, Terraria is basically a 2D, side-scrolling take on Minecraft. Meaning it’s a procedurally generated sandbox with amazing replay value.
The latter gets even more amazing once you turn to multiplayer, be that local or online. With up to seven other players in the mix, Terraria delivers a truly astonishing rate of bang for your buck.