After our first Friday break this year, June see’s a ton of new releases to catch up on.
It was great to see so many new hyper casual games this month including our Academy Game of the Month, Stack Colors, and the super close second place, Cube Surfer, now topping the charts at No.1 and No.2 respectively.
This is one of the things I love the most about Academy Live, we get to pick out the early releases that have huge potential. Smashed it!
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What’s New this month
Both Stack Colors and Cube Surfer use “stacking” as their primary game mechanic and, as I’ve said a few times lately, there’s room for more innovation, so think about what game you can make:
– Stacking Boxes / Pizza’s / Tin Cans / Cups?
– Stacking Zen Stones?
– Stacking Palettes with a Vehicle?
– Stacking Jenga Blocks?
You get the idea 🙂
A neat and simple hyper casual puzzler in the form of Pong Toss 3D was released this month. This comes from the relatively unknown Tokyo Smart Games, they’ve seen previous recent success with Mix Colors & the vote from the Live chat was overwhelmingly positive.
Let’s see if this makes an appearance in the charts over the next few weeks, but either way, it’s well worth checking out.
To say I’m a fan would be a slight understatement.
I’m a fan boy and it’s official.
Why you say?
It’s actually quite simple, consistent overall production quality in their hyper casual games. Whilst I could literally bang on about each one of these games all day long, I’m sure I convinced Academy Members who watched our record breaking 2 hour Live Show, and converted them too.
If you’ve not played any of their games yet I’d highly recommend doing so. Take a leaf out of their book and get a masterclass in hyper casual games UI and UX.
The rise in the shooting genre continues also so if you have any ideas for a shooting game you’ve been sitting on, now would be a very good time to get executing!
Or should I say… Pull the trigger on your idea, badum tish! XD
The rise of the Mini games
These are the games that contain many various mechanics usually centred around a core theme.
GameJam.co, founded by former Ketchapp CRO and Advisor, Christian Calderon, have really embraced this model with titles such as Food Games 3d, Toilet Games 3D, Date The Girl 3D and more.
Essentially it’s their whole strategy, and whilst I’m not a huge fan of the quality, their success in undeniable.
You can also checkout Suji Games who also use this formula to great success with titles such as Hypermarket 3D, Hyper School and fresh out the gate, Hyper Hotel.
I’m just wondering if you have a ton of small prototypes, perhaps bundling them together and trying your luck wouldn’t be such a silly idea?
Be sure to checkout Money Buster! by Alictus too, it’s their take on this “Mini Game” formula. This is super interesting with good quality and varied mechanics.
We saw Mr Beast’s “Finger on the App” taking over the NO.1 spot this month only to be knocked off by the strange but ever sticky Randonautica.
Here’s the Gist of Randonautica in a nutshell:
“In essence, Randonautica is an app that encourages you to get out and explore your local area. It does this by giving you a randomised set of coordinates and asks you to go out with a purpose in mind. This can be anything big or small, like finding something unexpected or the answer to something that’s been bugging you.
Once you return from your trip, you are encouraged to share what you stumbled across on the game’s forum, on Reddit or on the ever popular TikTok App.
Some people have stumbled across spooky coincidences, which has helped the app gain traction.”
Anyways, if you want to know more, and all its’ quantum number generated madness, Doctor Google will help you out for sure.
Some incredible hyper casual games to play this month and here’s the full list with links.
Top Hyper Casual Games List for June 2020
A classic sharp shooter with a sharp suited agent to match! He’ll drop into missions spy agent style using the heli-umbrella and get straight to the action. Enemies in buildings, on boats and trains don’t stand a chance!
Use simple one touch controls to swing glide your rotor brush effortlessly over the island canvas to change the colour. Keep to the island boundaries and don’t end up in the water!
Fast action and even faster cars in a desert race to the finish line. Fire your weapons as you race side by side against enemy vehicles and watch as their cars fall apart and swerve out of control. Dodge being rammed off the road or you may be the one who blows up first.
Tap perfectly at each jump to maximise your flip height and see how far you can travel along the highway. Upgrade your character and gain that extra momentum to flip the highest and travel the furthest.
A game for all you puzzlers. Just tap to remove the pins on the screen to grow and merge all the balls and feed the plant at the end of the level. Once you unlock the plant you can grow them in your garden gallery.
Jump in your helicopter go on deadly missions in different locations. Tap and shoot on the criminals hiding out in the buildings, aim for the perfect head shot or fire at explosive barrels and blow the whole floor to pieces. Just don’t blow up the hostages.
Be a hero and go all out to destroy the villain. Use your hero cape and fly to intercept the bad guys hell bent on destroying the city. Earn rewards for the damage you give and the distance you travel.
Rig up your gun on the rooftops and hunt out the bandits in good old sniper fashion, eliminate all the bad guys, take down a helicopter or two or go on the rampage down in the city streets with a machine gun.
It’s the money mini game! Your job is to use different tools to detect all the fake money and shred it or burn it. Sort out and arrange the safe, count out and collect all the real money, oh and make sure the cashpoint is fed!
Just get your ping pong ball into the glass! Super chill puzzle game using the pull back mechanic to direct your ball, bounce it off walls, down steps and over traps until it lands in the glass.
Show off your samurai skills and slice and dice your enemies to reach the next level. Jump in slo mo style from high platforms and use your swords to carve your way through the ever changing worlds.
Size those wheels and race! Choose between speed or power to get you through the challenge. Touch and hold to expand or shrink your wheels to match the track ahead and beat your opponent.
These were the best Hyper Casual games to hit the store this month and we hope you find some inspiration and new game ideas!
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