Best Free Android Games 2017

No, it isn’t a remix of the classic Blur song. Rogue Life is a top-down shooter spliced with an endless runner, sprinkled off with surprisingly tactful RPG elements that make for an addictive freemium experience.

THE GOOD

The first thing that stuck out to me when jumping into Rogue Life was the strikingly charming visuals. The art style is a mixture of chibi-style anime sprites and classical fantasy tropes. Your team consists of three different characters each with their own unique class — Knight, Mage and Viking. All of them look suitably cute and silly, perfectly befitting of the cartoonish world the game takes place in.

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I was also impressed by the unforeseen amount of depth Rogue Life possessed, piling multiple gameplay systems on top of one another to create a minute-to-minute experience that has you dispatching enemies, upgrading your squad and making improvements to your base. It’s all so quick and precise that it’s very easy to find yourself in a melodic groove of completing stages and levelling up your adorable band of heroes.

The meat of Rogue Life comes in its combat stages, which are played by sliding your finger across the bottom of the screen. This moves your squad with unexpected grace, zipping them across the screen as attacks automatically hurtle toward the enemy. Having to constantly strategize my movements against the enemy’s attacks is swift and thrilling, especially when boss battles hurl projectiles in every direction.

While they may not impact the overall gameplay too much, having to mine for resources and customise each hero in-between stages is a nice little distraction. The little stat bonuses that come with this are always handy, ensuring victory is an option whatever the situation. That being said, Rogue Life can be a little too easy.