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Update July 13, 2018: We’ve got a pair of top-down brawlers for you this week! Check out Supercell’s latest, Brawl Stars, and then try to outlast your opponents in Battlelands Royale!

Brawl Stars

Brawl Stars is a new game from Supercell that’s just been soft-launched for Android. It’s currently only available in a shortlist of countries, including Canada, so I’ve had a chance to check it out.

This game is a blast to play with over 21 unique characters to unlock, multiple game modes, and a frantic PvP gaming experience that will have you coming back for more. The controls are nice and basic with twin-stick controls for moving and shooting and a super attack button that’s unique to each character.

You start out with just one character and one game mode to play. Gem Grab is a 3 vs 3 battle mode where you fight for control of 10 gems. Win and you’ll collect trophies, keys, and experience which all help you unlock new game modes, characters, and unlock battle boxes.

The second game mode you unlock is Showdown, which is a Battle Royale survival mode where it’s every person for themselves. The third mode is Heist, which is unlocked when you collect 350 trophies. It’s another team mode where your team battles to unlock your opponents safe before time runs out.

This is a game that’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in one of the countries where it’s been soft launched, and a game to keep an eye on if you’re a fan of Supercell’s previous games like Clash Royale and love action-packed games like this.

Download: Brawl Stars (Free w/IAPs)

Battlelands Royale

If Brawl Stars is unavailable in your country at the moment, I suggest checking out Battlelands Royale instead for the time being.

Certainly inspired from other battle royale games (haven’t you heard? It’s the latest trend!), Battlelands Royale offers a fairly unique take on the formula that takes some getting used to but is pretty ideal for casual gaming sessions. Just like PUBG or Fortnite, you parachute down onto a map with, in this case, 29 other players, and must scavenge for weapons, ammo, and armor while staying in the safety circle and eliminating your enemies.

You’re limited to carrying one gun and ammo is very sparse, leading to some pretty intense moments where you need to decide whether to engage an enemy or try and sneak past them. There’s also a duo mode where you can team up with a friend or a random player. The art style and gameplay are bright and fun and this is a great little game for killing time.

Download: Battlelands Royale (Free w/IAPs)

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