November 7, 2019

Andreas Betsche

Southeast Asia To Go: Mobile Game Mash-Up

November 7, 2019 | Andreas Betsche

I have been commuting by subway more frequently lately, which gives me more time to play mobile games. I enjoy playing a quick mash-up of three fun games from Southeast Asia on his way to work every day!

Takoway (iOS, Android)

Are you looking for a fun way to pass the time between trains? Look no further than Takoway! This game, created by Singaporean studio Hexagoon, offers short but tricky puzzles that are sure to keep you entertained. The game is based on the optical illusion of the Necker Cubes and features a small octopus that’s been captured for strange experiments. Each level is a three-dimensional cube or rectangle that can be viewed and moved by swiping. This means that the octopus can appear both on the inside and outside of the cube, depending on the perspective. If you’re looking for a challenge, Takoway is perfect for you! It’s wonderfully mind-bending, super cute, and a premium game that costs just $2.99, without any advertising or annoying free-to-play nonsense.

Sunset Road (iOS, Android)

It’s dark in the subway, and it’s time to bring some sunshine into our lives! Sunset Road, a game developed by Indonesian company Klappanome, is the perfect game for this season. The game puts us behind the wheel of a convertible, with our girlfriend beside us, as we speed towards the sunset. The game involves choosing dialogue options, which determine the places we visit next. The game is a journey down memory lane, full of emotions and witty conversations. Sunset Road is a visual masterpiece, with a carefully animated oil painting style. Unlocking new dialogue, set pieces and rides make us crave another playthrough! Sunset Road is completely free and has recently been translated into eight languages. So, there’s no excuse not to play this amazing game!

Boom Battlefield (iOS, Android)

On my way back from work, I often feel too tired to engage in complex narrative games. That’s when I turn to Boom Battlefield, a tower defense game developed by Hiker Games in Vietnam. The game’s mechanics are what makes it so engaging: you build your own army and attack the enemy convoy while simultaneously protecting your own transport from other players. To attack, you must place towers and drop units on the battlefield using a deck of cards. This creates an exciting back-and-forth game with an addictive upgrade system. Unlike other games on this list, Boom Battlefield is free-to-play and relies on lootboxes and micro-transactions. However, the prices for these can be quite high, and after an hour of gameplay, it becomes noticeably less fun if you don’t spend some money. If you’re not bothered by this, then you can expect a gripping and competitive game to fill the time.

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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