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Square Valley is a city-building puzzle game with randomly generated elements, lovely visuals and relaxing background music. It might take a while for you to get a hang of the lengthy tile descriptions of the portrait game, but it's a great way to pass the time and indulge in a little brain training while you're at it.
It's in this sense that the mechanics of the game can be really, really hard to understand. The deep strategic element of the title's combat system is already complicated enough - add that to the fact that descriptions aren't clearly translated and you might just spend way too much time on the menu trying to figure out what to do.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is a unique narrative game that tasks you with solving murder cases in the midst of a sick "killing game". The mobile controls feel a little wonky, and the story does tend to drag before you get to the thrilling end of each chapter.
The game also has a pretty big curveball in store for players towards the end, so if you're planning on picking up this game (and you really should), be sure you're ready for all the incoming feels.
Grammarian Ltd offers a totally fun way for players to learn grammar without actually realising they're learning grammar. It might feel a little too close to home at times, especially if you're already clocking in at a regular nine-to-five on a daily basis, but the humorous narrative keeps things spicy.
EndCycle VS features fast-paced combat across a grid-based battlefield, as well as charming pixel art graphics and tons of skill combinations to tinker around with. It feels like it lacks a few more QOL improvements, but the awesome soundtrack might just be enough to help you get further into the game.
Still, Akindo - Merchant's Road is a unique title that aims to do something new compared to what's currently on the market today. It's worth giving it a go just to see how its genre-mashing elements come together nicely - it's a free-to-play game, after all, and I didn't feel like the ads were particularly intrusive.
Arabilis: Super Harvest is a farming-slash-puzzle game that features charming pixel art and roguelike elements. You can choose between a pressure-filled run and a Relax mode where it's just you and your veggies, and it's certainly a unique take on mobile farming sims in the market today.
Mosaic Chronicles is a unique puzzle game that lets you piece together stained glass artworks to uncover chapters of a story. It may be a challenge to complete the mosaics, but the story is compelling enough to motivate you to keep at it - and it really is well worth the effort.
In Hitman Sniper: The Shadows, you can choose from six playable characters. Each one is introduced with a backstory and unique attributes. In future updates, I would like to see some more characters to make PvP more engaging.
The Revolt: Massing is a pretty decent entry into an already saturated genre in that it sets itself apart with its unique aesthetics. There were a lot of translation errors I spotted here and there, and the buttons that pressure you into paying up can be a little suffocating, but it does bring something new to the table and is well worth a go.
Irregular Recruits is an incredibly engaging roguelike deckbuilder that adds its own fresh twist into a tired old genre. It's a premium game that costs $4.49 a pop or your local equivalent, but honestly, for the value you're getting (not to mention the insane fact that this was all done by one person), it's well worth shelling out a few bucks for the game.
A Musical Story is a 70s-themed rhythm game with funky music and stunning visuals. Getting those beats right without the Assist function can be frustrating at times, but it's worth picking up if you're up for a challenge (and the occasional earworm).
Puzzle Quest 3 is an enjoyable match-3-slash-RPG experience from the OG franchise that started the genre mash in the first place. It's not for casual players, and the paywall feels a little too high at times, but the match-3 combat itself is an engaging experience that's one for the books.
An overall enjoyable, authentic experience for both the longtime football gamer and new one whether it's on iOS, Android, or now on the Switch. The satisfying gameplay with Switch controls combined with the off-field strategy essentially makes Retro Bowl a 2-in-1 package even with the lack of defensive play. It's a great nod to the games of yesteryear while still quenching the thirst of the modern sports gamer.
ENCODYA is a gorgeous-looking point-and-click adventure with painstaking effort put into every detail of the game. It's truly a labour of love, and I appreciate that - but I do wish the controls were more mobile-friendly to make the game less of a slog to get through.
Milo and the Magpies is a short but sweet visual treat for fans of the point-and-click genre (or fans of cats in general). It's a refreshing way to engage in a little problem-solving on your phone without the added pressure of a time limit or the possibility of a frustrating rage quit.
A fantastic game that's well deserving of a port, aside from the controls sometimes betraying you. The only concern is that you lose some of the atmosphere on the smaller screen; For those who play mobile first, however, there's almost no reason to not dive in.
With a bit more polish, Star Discord has massive potential to be the true real-time strategy game on mobile that fans of the genre deserve. It can take a while to get used to the clunky controls, but if nothing else, it's a great way to scratch that itch when you're looking for that same RTS feel while you're on the go.
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DC Worlds Collide is DC Comics' entry into the mobile gacha gaming trend. It has everything to love about idle gacha games plus a few new elements of its own, so if you're a fan of the DC IPs, then it's definitely well worth your time.
Figure Fantasy is a refreshing take on idle gacha RPGs that makes it a must-try for fans of the genre (or fans of figure collections, for that matter). Its beautifully rendered in-game figurines will likely satisfy any figurine aficionado - or aggravate that unquenchable thirst to collect them all.
One Hand Clapping is an incredibly unique 2D platformer that will literally and figuratively take your breath away. The voice-based mechanics can take some getting used to, and the plot is pretty non-existent, but thankfully, the gorgeous visuals should keep you invested long enough to keep trying.
Touchgrind Scooter is a unique title with funky visuals and a bop-your-head-to-the-beat soundtrack. Controls may take a while to get used to, and there's not much of an addictive factor here, but it can certainly be enjoyable for a quick casual session or two.
Mini Motorways is a minimalist game with lovely visuals and a low-key soundtrack. The gameplay is pressure-filled, however, and may not appeal to those who are lacking in the organization and neatness department.
Sumire is a short but sweet visual novel adventure that's beautiful inside and out. The ethereal soundtrack and artwork go perfectly well with the superb writing, and at just 3-4 hours for each playthrough, it's definitely well worth the time and effort.