25. Inked on Android and iOS
Opening our list is this gorgeous puzzle game from Nuverse. Hand-drawn with a unique ballpoint-pen aesthetic, it follows a tale driven by love. Accompanied by a moving musical score, change the world around you using a variety of simple puzzles. It didn’t get enough scores to warrant a playscore on Android, but the iOS version received a score of 8.17.
24. Populus Run
Anyone mildly familiar with the runner genre will find something similar in this unconventional title from developer FIFTYTWO. Lead these chaotic bunch of characters to freedom as they dodge flying giant fast foods and other random objects. It’s currently available on the Apple Arcade and it receives a playscore of 8.17.
If you’re looking to scratch that roguelike itch on your smartphones, then this game is for you. Survive an alien planet as you find a way to restore your ship’s generator. Select from a crazy cast of characters, each with unique abilities, and engage in a never-ending gauntlet of dungeon-crawling escapades. Each death brings new surprises. It receives a playscore of 8.18 for the Android.
Before there was Octopath Traveler, there was Saga Frontier. Select from one of the 8th main protagonists with their own story to tell and embark on an epic fantasy adventure. This re-release includes updated visuals and sound, perfect for those handy-dandy smartphones. Android receives a playscore of 8.18.
21. World Of Demons
An Apple Arcade title is PLATINUMGAMES’ stylish character-action game. If you’re into Devil May Cry or Bayonetta, then this is the hack and slash fix you need. In terms of story, it’s like Nioh where you brave through a Yokai-infested world. Dive into Japanese folklore on your small screens in this iOS title. It receives a playscore of 8.20.
20. Cookie Run: Kingdom on Android and iOS
Fresh out of the oven is an unlikely fantasy tale about sentient cookies. Govern a kingdom ruled by these sweet and savory desserts. Assemble the best cookie team and engage in cute but epic RPG-style battles using your hardened troops. There are a ton of collectibles here and secrets to uncover. It has a playscore of 8.20 for the iOS.
19. FOG - Battle Royale on Android and iOS
One of the many Battle Royales for mobile devices. This iOS title pits 30 players against each other in a battle for supremacy. What makes this game different from the others is its mix of MOBA mechanics. One thing’s for certain: the last man standing takes the crown. Select from powerful medieval weapons and dominate the playing field. A playscore of 8.21.
18. Slay the Spire on Android and iOS
Considered by many as the strongest deck builder-roguelike on the market right now. Mix and match the cards you have at your disposal and climb up an ever-changing spire. You’ll have to ace off against powerful enemies. But don’t worry, as a roguelike, each death is a learning experience. The Android version gets a playscore of 8.22.
17. CLAP HANZ GOLF
There’s not a lot of great golf games for the iOS, but thankfully this one from Claphanz actually has some depth to it. Whether you want to go on a golf tournament or make your own courses, Clap Hanz Golf has a lot of content for the fans of this sport and it’s even available on Apple Arcade. It receives a playscore of 8.26.
A puzzle-game rendered in realistic 3D. lumen. transports players into a secret room once owned by a famous antique collector. Throughout your stay in these hallowed halls, solve a myriad of puzzles using light-based physics. Use mirrors and lenses to overcome tricky challenges. This Apple Arcade title receives a playscore of 8.27.
15. Dadish 2 on Android and iOS
Mobile games have no shortage of ridiculous concepts for their games. This sequel to the adventures of this responsible radish takes us to more rad levels in challenging classic platforming. Like the good ol’ days of Super Mario, go on a side-scrolling trip as you bounce and dodge your way around obstacles. A playscore of 8.28 for the iOS.
The popularity of Cyberpunk titles have skyrocketed since last year and more games have adapted to neon-lit dystopias. In Cyberika, survive in a city full of invasive technology, drug-crazed criminals, and capitalist overlords. Augment yourself and enjoy an action-adventure RPG for the mobile. Its iOS version receives a playscore of 8.30.
It was only a matter of time before The Walking Dead makes a clone out of popular settlement games like Clash of Clans. While it does share a ton of similarities, what Survivors does differently is its story-based moments. Making tough decisions in this post-apocalyptic world is crucial and your decisions as a leader will change the game. It has a playscore of 8.31 for the iOS.
12. Infinite Galaxy on Android and iOS
Lead a galactic fleet and make your name across the entire galaxy in this space-simulation from CAMEL GAMES. Build an unstoppable empire by upgrading the right technologies and send them off to the far reaches of space for total domination. Think of it as Stellaris for the mobile. It recently came out this year for iOS but its Android version arrived first last year This iOS release gets a playscore of 8.40.
11. DRAGON QUEST TACT on Android and iOS
A classic JRPG like Dragon Quest has had a lot of evolution over the years. We’ve had Builders, a Minecraft-like adventure set in the DQ universe and we have this Strategy game that’s far from the series’ usual mechanics. Embark on a grand fantasy adventure in strategic combat. Plan your moves ahead and learn every enemy’s weakness. It receives a playscore of 8.44 for the iOS.
Speaking of strategy games, Playdigious’ Norse-powered 4X game lets you expand your Viking empire as they survive the harsh nature of the cold European wilderness. Manage your resources and train your troops to achieve the most optimal development. There’s a ton of micromanagement here, but don’t let it intimidate you. It receives a playscore of 8.47.
You might’ve seen this on your local Arcade. Also a part of Apple Arcade, this rhythm-based title lets you follow the beat using this adorable Japanese drum. Like all rhythm games, time your hits right and challenge yourself with its multiple difficulty settings. It receives a playscore of 8.47.
8. Astracraft on Android and iOS
A sandbox game designed for creative people. Create your own little mecha machine and power it up to your heart’s content. Build, modify and let your creation fight the many threats lurking around its massive world. There are multiple tools ready for tinkering, especially if you’re the experimental type. Expect hours of content here as it receives a playscore of 8.49 for the iOS.
An interactive puzzle adventure set within the Doctor Who universe. It picks up right after the episode “Blink'' and it lets players face off against the terrifying Weeping Angels. Use your smartphone to navigate around the challenging puzzles. And don’t forget the golden rules: never turn your back, don’t look away and don’t blink. It receives a playscore of 8.49 for the Android.
6. SMASH LEGENDS on Android and iOS
Not to be confused with Nintendo’s crossover fighting game. This bite-sized brawler might share similarities to Nintendo’s triple A fighter, but it builds its own identity as a mobile game with its arcade-y aesthetics. Play against other players in short three-minute battles. Select from a cast of quirky characters and win by knocking them off the map. It receives a playscore of 8.52 on the iOS.
5. NBA Ball Stars on Android and iOS
Far from the usual NBA titles we’ve seen on other platforms. Ball Stars is a puzzle game at best. You’ll meet your favorite NBA players, but you only get to see them without any chance of interaction. For the most part, you’re solving match-three puzzles and collecting various cards. If you’re expecting to play an actual Basketball game here, don’t bother. It receives a playscore of 8.52 for the iOS.
A Kaiju game with a twist. Instead of going on a rampage across the city using nuclear powers, use the power of music to control these colossal cuties. Upgrade them using a bunch of abilities and make them an unstoppable threat. It receives a playscore of 8.62 on the iOS.
3. Unruly Heroes on Android and iOS
Already out on the consoles 2 years ago, this 2D action-adventure just hit the mobile this year. It’s inspired by China’s popular story, “The Journey to the West''. Solve puzzles and embark on a trip of epic proportions. The game looks great for a mobile port. Its hand-drawn art and fluid animations are perfect for smartphones. A playscore of 8.63 on the iOS.
2. Queen: Rock Tour on Android and iOS
Jam to the tunes of one of the best bands in the world. Rock Tour is a rhythm-game built for fans of British Rock band, Queen. Select from its popular tunes and unlock behind the scenes trivia and media straight from the vaults. It has a playscore of 8.69 on the iOS.
1. And the best new mobile game for this year is FANTASIAN
Available on the Apple Arcade, this is a product of the industry legends responsible for the Final Fantasy series. This spectacular RPG takes players into hand-crafted worlds that look like dioramas. Players assume the role of the protagonist, Leo, who awakens from a massive explosion only to find himself lost in a strange land with only one memory left to him. Engage in frenetic battles and vibe to Nobuo Uematsu’s impressive score. It receives a playscore of 8.71.