As we enter 2018, with all its new games to look forward to, it’s important that we have something to tide us over in the bleak Christmas-hangover months. While there’s not been a ton of time for 2018 to grace us with many new mobile games yet, we’ve picked out the best games released over the past couple of months to keep you tap-happy.
Here’s our rundown of the hottest new mobile games to be enjoyed by Android and iOS users alike. (Though this time round, iOS users have a slightly better selection – sorry!)
For those of you enamored with the 80s, this isn’t a mobile game recreation of the classic movie about breakdancing. Sorry. For those among you enamored with 80s/early 90s gaming, however, Beat Street is a cutesy tribute to classic beat-em-ups like Streets of Rage and Final Fight.
Take charge of one of several teen heroes tasked with beating up evil anthropomorphic animals around a city. The controls are designed for minimum fiddliness, letting you do all manner of fly-kicks, rising uppercuts and grapple-throws with little fuss. Also, Online Co-op. You didn’t get that back in the SNES era, did you?
Playdead’s brooding dystopian puzzle-platformer was one of my games of the year when it came out on PC in 2016. Upping the ante from the developer’s previous game, Limbo, it casts you as a red-sweatered boy traversing a nightmarish industrial landscape, where broken, stooped citizens are being oppressed by some mysterious company involved in shady science experiments. You must navigate your way through this landscape using your wits rather than brawn.
Despite its starkness, Inside has a beautiful art style that really pops on the Retina display. It’s not all bad news for Android users either, because if Limbo is anything to go by, it should eventually make it over to Android, too.
This well-loved board game of sneaks and shills comes to iOS adorned with glowing reviews from its PC audience. The turn-based game takes place in a comical Victorian setting of gaslight and guilds, where you build up your gang and send them around town to steal, kill and extort the poor denizens of the city.
You can play through the single-player campaign which contextualizes all your skulduggery in a well-written story, or you can have a more ‘pure’ board game experience against AI or players online. Naturally, we recommend playing against friends for the best shenanigans.
Reigns: Her Majesty
Proving that you can evoke an entire world through minimal graphics, excellent writing and a card-based interface, Reigns was one of the breakout mobile games of 2016. This sequel puts you in charge of a queen instead, expanding the amount of actions at your disposal to keep your court loyal and your people happy – or afraid – either will work.
As queen, you issue orders to those seeking to impress you – whether that’s to slay a beast or assassinate a rival – take on specific challenges to strengthen your grip on the throne, and utilize the new inventory system to use items that affect the course of the narrative. It’s a game of power and court intrigue, so essentially, a game of … thrones?
South Park: Phone Destroyer
All the crass charm and choppy animation of the inimitable TV show comes to mobile devices in the form of this clever little RTS. And yes, it’s written and voice-acted by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, which for a lot of people will be reason enough to pour plenty of hours into it. To immerse you in the ‘phoney’ feeling, various characters from the South Park universe send you texts in-game, which look pretty much like real texts you’d receive – a nice touch.
It plays well, too, as two teams face off against each other in strategic encounters entailing character classes like tanks, assassins and sorcerers. It’s surprisingly deep, especially when you face off against other players, and to cap it all off, it has a compelling (and obviously hilarious) single-player campaign to boot.
This selection should get you off to a perfect start to 2018. Have you been playing any other new games that we should know about? Do share!