Five Games: ‘Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China’ And Everything Else You Need To Play This Week

PCs, handhelds, mobile, console, indies, triple A, free-to-play — the gaming scene gets more diverse and difficult to follow by the day, but thankfully, I’m here every week to guide you through what’s happening with games.

As always, I’ll rattle off five games I think you might want to check out this week. Keep in mind, these articles aren’t meant to be comprehensive lists of everything coming out in any given week so much as a nice rounded tasting menu. So, let’s get to it…

This Week’s Strategy Roguelike

Convoy (PC & Mac, April 21)

Convoy is a strategy rogue-like in the vein of games like Faster Than Light. As the game’s title implies, you’re tasked with managing and leading a convoy on a hostile, Mad Max-esque planet as you search for your lost spaceship parts. Convoy looks like some good, punishing strategic fun. Here’s the game’s Steam page.

This Week’s Turn-Based Strategy Game

Highlands (PC, April 21)

Highlands is a new turn-based strategy game that’s appears to lie somewhere between Final Fantasy Tactics and the Civilization series. Basically, the main focus is on tactical battles, but resource and party management plays a big part, too. The game also sports a handsome hand-drawn art style. Here’s the game’s Steam page.

This Week’s Metroidvania Platformer

Environmental Station Alpha (PC & Mac, April 22)

Environmental Station Alpha is yet another solid-looking tribute to the Metroid series. There may be a lot of games like this kicking around, but if Nintendo won’t give us another Metroid, indies may as well pick up the slack. Here’s the game’s Steam page.

This Week’s Wacky Sim

Tea Party Simulator 2015 (PC, Mac & Linux, April 23)

This game isn’t about the infamous American political movement (thank heavens). It’s about actual tea parties. Tea Party Simulator lets you position all your favorite stuffed animals, pour tea and, uh, other things, maybe? Sorry, guys. It’s a slow week. Here’s the game’s Steam page.

Pick of the Week

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (PC, Xbox One & PS4, April 21)

This week, the Assassin’s Creed series takes a bit of a left-turn, briefly leaving behind the sprawling open world gameplay of most titles in the series in favor of more focused 2.5D platforming. Also, as the title implies, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is the first game in the series to take place in Asia, something fans have been requesting for a long time. Hopefully this will provide a bit of a palate cleanser after the frustrating Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Bit of a thin week after last week’s GTA/Mortal Kombat blowout. Any games you’re itching to get your hands on that I failed to mention? Hit the comments and let the world know.