You’ve heard about the top-of-the line Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 edge (who hasn’t?). Both have state-of-the art-features for gamers, like the Quad HD Super AMOLED display that measures in at 5.1 inches on the S7 and 5.5 on the edge. In addition, both smartphones boast the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GBs of RAM.
While these Android devices surely have the necessary hardware for today’s mobile gamer, the hottest games can cost a pretty penny. But Samsung’s got you covered, as every S7 and S7 edge is equipped with the Galaxy Game Pack, which includes a collection of hot games. Here’s a look at those games, which can only be truly appreciated on the S7 and S7 edge.
Marvel Contest of Champions
This top-selling Marvel game is in the same classic vein of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, but this Marvel game is more of a response to Injustice: God Among Us, its DC counterpart. However, the creators behind Contest of Champions have made some significant upgrades to the God Among Us formula, one of which is a more complex fighting system that allows you to move your character around and block far easier than in God Among Us.
Furthermore, the game play is simply more balanced. Each character in Contest of Champions has a special move that must be powered up. However, players should know that these are not complete game changers unless used strategically. If you don’t use your basic attacks correctly or strategically, the game will feel quite difficult, which is good as it makes the game multidimensional.
This Star Wars game draws its roots from the Knights of The Old Republic games in form, as it’s an RPG, if not content. Pick your team from a list of your favorite Star Wars heroes and battle in iconic locations from the epic franchise. Play as Luke, Yoda and Chewie (sorry, no Rey as of yet, though you might be picking her father). Outfit your characters with items that boost stats and further improve your battle skills with a complex leveling system that lets you customize your team. As you adventure through the game, you’ll earn new characters and items that make your team more multifaceted.
There are a lot heroes in the world of gaming, so let’s not leave out the ones in this digital card game. Hearthstone builds on, or slims down, the rules of traditional collectible trading card games, such as Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh. Similar to Magic: The Gathering, Hearthstone casts you as the central summoner of creatures and spells that protect you, kill your enemy’s monsters and attack your enemy directly. Hearthstone, however, is paired down in some ways to make it more accessible for new and casual players.
One of the most noticeable differences is the accumulation of magical energy that helps fuel your spells and abilities. Meanwhile, physical card games like Magic and Pokemon make you rely on the luck of the draw for the correct energy cards you’ll need. Hearthstone, however, does away with this mechanic all together and replaces it with a turn-based energy system that creates a level playing field between opponents.
Each player’s energy capacity is increased by one crystal each turn, until you reach the limit of 10. Another unique aspect of this game is the nine playable heroes, all of whom have their own unique cards and abilities. This gives you a variety of play styles and makes the game complex for experts—and expansive for new players.
Gods of Rome is a new fighting game by Gameloft and shares aspects of the genre with Marvel Contest of Champions. The controls are similar in that you tap your screen for light attacks and swipe for heavier ones. The character customization is among the best for a game in the genre, and the characters and scenes are beautifully rendered. The story mode gives you choices of what battles to engage in and lets you earn upgraded items, new characters and health potions you can use while in a difficult fight.
A unique aspect of this game is the Bond system, which gives certain characters who are related through the lore and mythology to increase their abilities if picked for the same team. After you’ve mastered the single-player mode, you can test your skills against other players online, where the competition is oftentimes more intense. This game, like most, has a pay-to-play aspect, and energy is needed for each battle. When you run out of energy, you can either buy more through the app, or wait for some time until your energy is restored before re-entering the fray.
This post was written by Alex Clark-McGlenn, a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Writer’s Workshop. His fiction has been published in the Best New Writing 2016 anthology, The Cost of Paper, Smokebox.net, and others. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, soccer, and reading. He lives the Pacific Northwest.