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The Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningSwitch
Overall, Nintendo has done an excellent job introducing Link’s Awakening to a new audience. The fresh lick of paint is stunning, it screams charm and personality, and the updated controls make the game more accessuible than ever. Nintendo deserves huge credit for making a 26 year old game feel this modern.
If you’re looking for a new challenge in the mobile puzzle gaming sphere, Dungeons & Zombies will fit the bill. Just don’t expect to be finished with it by Halloween.
GWENT: The Witcher Card GameiOS
Overall, those who love GWENT already should absolutely grab it on mobile – particularly if you’re a PC player, as you can just pick up where you left off and play the same account on the go. Newcomers should also check it out, as mobile is the best platform for it – particularly if you have an iPad and can take advantage of the larger screen.
Layers of Fear: SolitudeAndroid
Overall, we’re of two minds about Layers of Fear. It’s a decent enough walking simulator, with gorgeous visuals, up to 10 hours of gameplay, and terrific emergent storytelling and attention to detail. The touch controls, and a lack of genuine horror and variety do taint the experience though. Ultimately, mobile isn’t the best platform for it unless the controller support is improved.
Arena Allstars isn’t the most elaborate production you’ll find on mobile, and it feels a bit underdeveloped in places, but if you’ve yet to sample the joys of auto chess on mobile, this is a good place to start.
We literally haven’t got a bad word to say about Bad North. It’s a delightfully well-paced strategy roguelike that’s as fresh on your first run as it is on your 10th, with new features, enemies, skills, and troops drip-fed to you as you play. You’ll constantly be developing new strategies and trying to make the most of your limited number of troops.
If you’re the sort of person that absolutely adores MMORPGs and are constantly on the lookout for something that scratches that old classic PC itch, Ragnarok M has something to offer – particularly if you played it back in the day. We’d question its longevity though, in a market that’s poised to get RuneScape and Warhammer: Odyssey in a matter of months.
Slaughter 3 is a bit too rough and ready to satisfy serious fans of third-person action games on mobile, but its unique Russian superjail setting and squalid, mildly disturbing aesthetic keep it interesting all the same.
Overall, it’s a huge thumbs up from us for Call of Duty Mobile. This release very much blurs the lines between console and mobile, feeling every bit the huge profile console release on our phones. The fact you get so much for free is astonishing, and Tencent and Activision wisely stayed clear of pay to win – even if the freemium monetisation will remain off-putting to some.
Mario Kart Tour isn’t perfect, but it is Nintendo’s best offering on mobile yet, and one that manages to completely avoid pay to win in the freemium space. That’s pretty commendable stuff.
Whenever you level up, you can place attribute points that improve your statistics. You can also visit the academy and upgrade your skills in a variety of different areas. It feels like a box-ticking exercise, but we like that small drip-feed of progression in MMORPGs.
Overall, Fist of the North Star: Legends ReVIVE is well worth checking out for series fans, and it offers enough for fans of gacha games to check it out. You might even enjoy it if you’ve never played or dislike gacha games, as the combat system is very fun indeed.
Our only criticisms at this point are that it’s a bit barebones and could really use a few more game modes to feel more fully fleshed out. We’re also mildly concerned at the potential level of pay to win required for the later, more challenging campaign battles. But, if you like Pokémon GO and gacha RPGs, this is an awesome blend of the two. We’d thoroughly recommend at least checking it out.
If you don’t have a controller though, your mileage with it may vary. It’s a very challenging and complex game from the get-go, and the virtual controls don’t really do it any favours. It needs a total rework in the control department if it’s going to function as comfortably with just a touchscreen as it does on controller.
Overall, we’ve had an awful lot of fun with Dead Zed and aren’t finished with it just yet. It’s not going to win any mobile game awards but it does offer a bunch of solid and satisfying zombie-slaying fun each time you’ve got a few minutes to spare.
So is Pokémon Masters worth playing? We have mixed feelings. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’ll get a kick out of seeing your favourite Pokémon and trainers in such stunning detail. The writing is also a joy, providing a genuinely engaging story that we didn’t feel the need to skip. Core Pokémon RPG fans will find the battle system too easy, with little challenge. Heck, even gacha RPG fans might find the poor AI baffling, as their Pokémon don’t use the elemental strengths to their advantage often.
If we have anything positive to say about Farm Punks, itâs that the general aesthetic is quite lovely. We like the cartoon, cel-shaded visuals and the wide variety of fruit characters to collect. It breathes a little extra life into this bafflingly bizarre game.
While we appreciate the effort to move away from autoplay thanks to the toggle button and fun movement abilities, it doesnât really make much of a difference. Quests are still kill an arbitrary number of monsters or collect a certain number of things followed by a far too lengthy chat with a dull NPC.
Gears POP! is a mixed bag. We appreciate the attempt to change up the Clash Royale formula, but we won’t personally make the transition. Gears POP! is a busier, less balanced, and uglier game with an unsatisfying cover system that doesn’t do enough to change up the formula.
If you’re suitably impressed by GameHouse’s storytelling and game design efforts you can sign up for Original Stories at a cost of £7.49 a month. This gives you unfettered access to 32 games, but there’s no getting around the fact that Welcome to Primrose Lake is more expensive than your typical casual timewaster.
I am sure if I went looking for problems and played a lot of similar mobile games then I would have more criticisms to lay on Dungeon Tales, but I don’t want to. As far as a free game goes, I think Dungeon Tales delivers on almost every level. We can unlock everything through gameplay, there are no random packs that give you duplicates upon duplicates. Dungeon Tales is a CCG RPG with roguelike elements to keep gameplay fresh and enjoyable.
I can see Yokai Dungeon being a superb game after an update or two, but unfortunately, that’s not how reviews work. As of right now, the game needs to change its controls, perhaps to a one-touch method mentioned earlier. Also, the game needs to reduce how many adverts it shows and make sure gameplay stops if it runs an advert mid-way through a go (which no game should do).
If you are a casual gamer who doesn’t want a genuinely challenging mobile game, then please don’t download Rogue Legacy and leave a bad review. Accept that they design it to be hard and that it requires a lot of practice before you will get near completing it.
Overall, it doesn’t do much to harm Gigantic X, as the game surrounding it is absolutely solid and well worth checking out for the sort of player that likes to grind out loot.
Ultimately then, Doom 2 is not the perfect mobile port of id Software’s superlative shooter – but you have to ask if such a thing is even possible. Considering the circumstances, this is a perfectly acceptable port – just don’t go expecting it to be an entirely smooth ride.