Put simply, it's a must-have for Pokemon fans who live and die by the "catch 'em all" creed; for everyone else, however, it's simply another version of yet-another retro release whose initial massive allure has been dulled throughout nearly two decades. It's a great game in it's own right, but Pokemon Silver (and, presumably, the re-release of Pokemon Gold) very likely won't have enough content to satisfy any of the remaining players who are still unfamiliar with the Pokemon series.
With consideration to its free-to-play foundation, 2 For 2 is about as good a game as any other. It isn't going to wow players with graphical prowess, plot-based intrigue, or loads of unlockables, but it achieves what it sets out to do in proper style. It's engaging to play, matches can last anywhere from minutes to hours, and players can pick up their previous progress at any time in the totally-plausible chance that they have to set down their phone and tend to real-world matters.
In theory, Heroes of Skyrim is a great expansion to the game: it presents new cards, new abilities, new Legendaries, and new strategies for players regardless of their preferred classes. However, the given options are so vast that it's easy to get lost in the mix, and newcomers — particularly those who are just now picking up The Elder Scrolls: Legends for mobile devices — might find themselves dropped so far into the deep end that they may never find their way out.
Arms is solid all-around, from its controls to its ability to hook you into playing "just one more round." But like many fighters, it suffers from a lack of content that will keep you coming back over a long stretch of time. Like 1-2-Switch before it and the ever-excellent Snipperclips, it's reliably built, accessible and familiar, but after a few weeks of solid play unless you're a hardcore fighting enthusiast you'll likely be looking for something else to show off to your friends who haven't yet gotten a Switch.
However, now that I’ve played Pokémon Sun and Moon I feel as though they’re the first true sequel in the series. They take the same idea of being a young Pokémon trainer on their first journey and put a unique spin on it that stays true enough to the successful Pokémon formula that it doesn’t feel gimmicky. For those that love Pokémon, Sun and Moon is the best Pokémon adventure to date.
World of Final FantasyPS Vita
As the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy approaches, there’s no better way to celebrate the adventures that we’ve treasured than World of Final Fantasy. Even though the game is a huge crossover event, by making everything make sense in its own world of Grymoire, the game doesn’t rely exclusively on nostalgia to hook players. Even though you’ll see Sephiroth, Squall, and other friends in your quest, even those who somehow don’t know these iconic characters can get enjoyment out of the great gameplay and light-hearted story of World of Final Fantasy.
Romancing SaGa 2 is an amalgam of impeccably clean sprites, impressive graphic work, and responsive onscreen touch controls. While the localization and translation could use a little work, the entire package is one of Square Enix’s finest, and well worth the price point to experience, especially since this is the first official English release of the game. If you’re looking for an RPG with several quirks, you can’t go wrong here.
Need for Speed No LimitsiOS
If you're a fan of arcade racing or looking to add another mobile racing title to your collection, you could do a whole lot worse than Need for Speed: No Limits. In fact, I'd recommend it as a primer for what's to come in the full-sized version of what will likely be a very similar racer for the current-gen consoles this November.
Dust: An Elysian TailiOS
Crisp visuals, a fantastic soundtrack, and an impressive campaign make Dust: An Elysian Tail easily the best Summer of Arcade release thus far, clearly ending the promotion with a bang. If you're looking for an RPG with old-school sensibilities to spend a weekend or two on, Dust must not be missed.
Cooking Dash 2016iOS
Cooking Dash 2016 is a very colorful and functional game, especially for those looking to try out another title with Flo and similar mechanics to Diner Dash. It may need to tone down its constant need and requirements a bit, but in all, it's a worthy play if you want to experience the thrill of running a restaurant without the financial burden.
Chaos Rings IIIiOS
Chaos Rings III is a fantastic role-playing game that you'll want to embark on, even if you've played every JRPG released in the last few years. It's a sprawling, entertaining bit of software that's worth the pricier entry fee, and it's an exemplary game if you're looking for a nice showpiece to add to your collection.
Lara Croft: Relic RuniOS
If you're a longtime Tomb Raider fan or just need a new, free title to mess about with, you can't go wrong with this selection. Whether you're traipsing through the jungle on foot or facing off against a T-rex, there's a surprising wealth of content here to keep you going. Give it a try!
If, like me, you enjoy the Hitman franchise for the way it truly makes you feel like an assassin, you'll enjoy Hitman: Sniper. It's an excellent collection of contracts, upgradeable parts, and exciting prospects that you'll keep coming back to -- at the very least, until you've got a new console release to check out. There's always a job out there for 47 to tackle, you know.
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains3DS
If you're a big fan of the series and are looking to get some extra mileage out of it, this might be a good buy for you, but if you're unfamiliar with Attack on Titan already and are just looking for some quick action, you might want to pass this game up and find something more action-packed and value-rich.
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros.3DS
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons is an excellent option for those looking to further expand their 3DS library or even those curious about GungHo's mobile versions of the game. Both halves of this package are fun and entertaining ways to spend a few minutes here and there, and you'll love seeing what they have to offer.
Insomniac's Bad Dinos is an interesting endeavor and one that isn't changing the tower defense scene, but it's certainly done its part to, at the very least, offer up a game that takes convention and tweaks it so it feels like a much less mundane experience.
Digit & DashiOS
It's nowhere near as frustrating as Flappy Bird or any of the freemium rides out there, and it's worth supporting a studio that's done such great work in the past. It looks like Insomniac has a bright mobile future ahead of them, and you should tackle this game first if you're interested in seeing where they're heading next.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D3DS
This game is not only an absolute pleasure to play, and a must have for anyone with a New Nintendo 3DS, it is a technical marvel for Nintendo. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a system-seller, and if you've had a 3DS for a couple of years and are thanking of moving up to the new model, this title is a huge motivator.
Pokémon Rumble World3DS
Pokémon Rumble World is an excellent, extremely fun entry in the Nintendo free-to-play stable, and unlike Pokémon Shuffle, its microtransactions are unobtrusive and you can absolutely work with them if you want to play the game in short bursts over and over. What's more, if you want to spend some money on the game you get a fairly decent bang for your buck. If you're looking for a cheap and easy way to add to your 3DS library, this is a great choice.
Pokémon Shuffle is cute, but don't let that fool you. If you've got a bottomless wallet full of cash to spend on the game, you'll find that the entertainment value is pretty up there. If not, you'll want to skip out on this outing for something more substantial -- like putting down the money to own one of the actual Pokémon games instead, where you'll have markedly better luck capturing one or two. Heck, you could capture them all for less money than it would take to best Pokémon Shuffle.
Blood Brothers 2iOS
Blood Brothers 2 is a great strategy game. The artwork looks unique and there are a lot of interesting generals to assume the role of. The game is held back by an unforgiving stamina system and its need of a constant Internet connection, but don't let these issues prevent you from experiencing what is an otherwise quality effort.