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Ultimately, we just can’t recommend Warface: Global Operations. On every single level it pales in comparison to Call of Duty Mobile, from its incredibly greedy monetisation system to its pay to win structure and its disappointing lack of modes. That being said, it’s actually not that bad a game when you actually play it. It runs smoothly, has great touchscreen controls, and weapons feel suitably different from each other.
Overall, we’re thoroughly disappointed in Black Desert Mobile. It’s a hideously ugly experience that runs even worse than it looks, is full of pay to win and autoplay, and features a bunch of frustrating decisions like gender-locked classes. It’s 2019 – that should not be happening in this day and age.
Queen's Wish: The ConqueroriOS
Overall, we’re thoroughly impressed with Queen’s Wish: The Conqueror. Spiderweb has clearly poured a lot of love into the project and it’s heartening to see such a genuine effort to innovate 25 years into the developer’s career. If there are any shortcomings, it’s more due to a lack of budget than ambition. We’d love to recruit party members with more personality next time but that’s our sole complaint. If you’re a fan of CRPGs, pick this up right away.
Skilli World-Real Money TriviaiOS
We can comb through the numbers all day, but ultimately, it’s a matter of preference. We recommend using your free golden ticket to see if Skilli World’s pay to play model suits you best.
Dungeon and Goddess: Hero Collecting RPGAndroid
The effect of all this is to make the little triumphs in Dungeon & Goddess – the level 9 Cerberus summon, the close call against the Lava Golem – all the more satisfying and meaningful.
So should you bother with Might & Magic Heroes: Era of Chaos? We would argue that no, you shouldn’t. It’s a particularly dull and ugly gacha RPG in a market that’s absolutely flooded with them, and if you insist on playing one there are far better options.
Luigi's Mansion 3Switch
It doesn’t change our mind that Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the best Switch game of 2019. We had an absolute blast exploring the stunning hotel, hoovering up ghosts, and taking on some of the most well-designed bosses we’ve encountered in some time – and that’s all without mentioning the storytelling and animation, which never failed to make us chuckle.
We also beat a bunch more levels. We didn’t actually do anything because the game handled all of that, which just made us question what we were doing playing this in the first place. When that’s the question constantly lingering on your mind, you know you’re probably not playing the GOTY.
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.