After a couple of months of hyping the new iOS and Android games that awaited us in 2019, the new releases have now started pouring out, and we’re back to reporting on all the fun stuff you can play right now.
March 2019 brings the best kind of mixed bag of games, ranging from a gruelling survival experience that took China by storm to a gloriously pixelated prison break game.
Here are the best new games you should be playing this month.
Survival games have been big business for a long time, and China is a country that knows all about big business. LifeAfter was one of the top mobile MMOs in China last year, and now it’s come to iOS and Android here in the west.
LifeAfter is a classic setup of zombies and survivors in a ruined rural world, with various factions facing off against each other while you try to build a homestead for you and your party, hunt for food, and generally scavenge to survive. There are deep levelling and crafting systems, and the graphics look fantastic for a mobile game.
Naturally, other players will be wandering this broken world, too, and you’ll need to judge whether to team up with people or fight against them.
80s neon stylings and synthy music are all the rage right now, and Immortal Rogue taps into that while delivering a great-looking and super-playable roguelike experience. To accommodate the twitchy action and precision, there’s a swipe-based attack system that works an absolute treat.
The gist of it is that you’re a vampire who needs to kill and feed to survive, and the game actually unfurls depending on what kind of creatures you choose to slay; the world and enemies change, making each new run a novel, unpredictable treat.
With their permadeath and snappy pacing, roguelikes are a great natural fit for mobile, but Immortal Rogue really gets the balance right.
Skylanders: Ring of Heroes
Skylanders is the kind of franchise that you’ve probably heard of, and you either couldn’t care one iota about its vibrant world of cartoony figures and turn-based combat, or you’re completely invested in it. Whatever your stance, these are high-quality RPGs that deserve your attention.
This free-to-play mobile outing is another likely hit for the Skylanders team. You build your Skylander team to take on the forces of Kaos, in a high-viz fantasy world mixing magic with technology.
Despite being turn-based, it’s nice and pacey like you’d want a mobile game to be, with a lengthy campaign, plenty of challenges, and an in-app purchase system that isn’t too intrusive.
Say what you will about Flappy Bird, but there’s definitely something compelling about the simplicity of tapping anywhere on the screen to gain momentum for your avatar and that being the only control you need to think about in the game.
That’s the basic idea of Boost Buddies, but on top of that it’s a much deeper and more rewarding experience. You tap to move vertically, rather than horizontally, as you seek to get the crowns and keys at the top of the screen, while a gauntlet of spikes, circular saws and deadly blocks gets in your way.
There’s a wonderful rhythm to the game, the difficulty ratchets up nicely, and there are plenty of unlockables, making for a well-rounded (and free) package.
The Escapists 2
Platforms: iOS, Android
Ever since Prison Break (or Shawshank Redemption, for older readers), there’s been an allure to plotting the perfect escape from incarceration. The Escapists 2 builds on the good points of its hit predecessor to offer a deceptively deep realization of that fantasy.
It can be a little daunting at first, as you’re chucked into one of a number of prisons with no guidance on how exactly you’re supposed to get out. There are strict prison schedules to stick to, and you need to work within and around these to make the contacts and get the equipment to plot your escape.
It’s very sandboxy, so how you go about this is up to you: will you sneak out during a riot, dig a tunnel through to the waste pipes, or any of a number of other methods. It’s your call!
The Escapists 2 is already out on Android and should be on iOS very soon.
Platforms: iOS, Android
A slow-paced relaxathon, Stardew Valley is already out on iOS but is coming to Android on 14 March 2019. If you ever played Harvest Moon, you’ll get the idea here, even though Stardew Valley builds on the farmstead concept in all the right ways.
So it’s a farming game, as you’ve probably gathered, tasking you with taking over a neglected farm and turning it into a flourishing business and home. It has a lovely naturalistic art style and feels a bit more pacey than Harvest Moon, the game from which it took inspiration, with the time it takes to nurture crops and animals being considerably quicker. Amidst all the meditative humdrum of farming, it has a great story, too!
Which games are you most looking forward to on iOS and Android in 2019? Have we missed anything vital or included anything silly? Let us know in the comments!