On Android it’s typical for developers to decide to release their games step-by-step, publishing them in only certain countries to test how they work before the global release. In most cases, the game itself doesn’t have any type of geo-blocking beyond what the marketplace itself may apply. That’s why it’s perfectly possible to install these games in soft-launch using the APK file, without any geographic restrictions. Read on to find five highly-anticipated titles for Android that you can play right now, even if they’re not officially available where you live. 

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Contra: Return

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  • Initial release date: August 2018
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  • Originally released for:  Southeast Asia
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The most seasoned veterans will remember the legendary Contra saga from Konami, the side-scrolling arcade game that established a good deal of the groundwork for the genre, both in arcades as well as in its later console versions. This adaptation of the original game by Tencent and published by Garena expands the formula on all the levels, adding more characters, RPG components, and a much more manageable difficulty level than the original. [Download]

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Knights of Fury

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  • Initial release date: July 2018
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  • Originally released for: Sweden, Denmark, and Thailand
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Although we’ve always associated the studio King with the never-ending promotion of its Candy Crush saga, in this case, the studio is working with an external studio to put a new spin on the tiresome colored stones. Knights of Fury is an RPG with turn-based combat and a combat system where you’ll have to make touch gestures on the screen to deliver hits and put together combos. Of course, you’ll still find the typical map with different levels to complete and the score out of three stars, but the formula is a real revolution for the studio. [Download]

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Knights of Fury is the latest game from King, but it’s not what you’d expect

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Ragnarok M: Eternal Love

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  • Initial release date: October 2018
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  • Originally released for: Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia
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The Ragnarok saga has had various adaptations in the mobile market, stemming from the success of the PC version of the well-known MMORPG. Its relaxed nature and the sick customization resources for the big-headed characters have always been its hallmarks. And now, they’ve been transferred to the Android world with this adaptation inspired by Ragnarok 2 on a visual level, since it forgoes the 2D sprites from the original game. After various months in closed beta, the Asian servers have finally been opened, with the title translated into English. [Download]

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[Updated] Ragnarok M: Eternal love is now available internationally

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Skylanders: Ring of Heroes

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  • Initial release date: December 2018
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  • Originally released for: Canada, Australia, and New Zealand
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Activision was spot on when they created Skylanders, a videogame associated with a line of toys that could interact with the game itself through an external device. In its jump to mobile devices, they’ve gotten rid of the physical component, but have maintained the collecting and creature discovery, although taking it to the field of the mobile MMOs with turn-based combats and the typical gatcha system. And yes, Spyro is back. [Download]

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Skylanders Ring of Heroes is now available on Android

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RebirthM

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  • Initial release date: November 2018
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  • Originally released for: Southeast Asia and Brazil
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MMORPGs are living their best life on Android right now, with the success of sacred sagas that are being transferred to the platform. RebirthM is developed by Caret Games, a studio made up of ex-workers from Nexon, NCSoft, and Netmarble, or in other words, the top dogs in the genre. RebirthM is impressive on various levels, both for its graphics as well as the enormity of its world. It’s so immeasurable that it would almost make more sense on PC. [Download]

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RebirthM, a great MMORPG for Android that’s just as good as big PC games

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