There’s a lot going on right now, and I don’t really feel like trying to write some kind of pithy intro for it. All I’ll say is lots of people have been coming together and helping each other in small ways, and I’m choosing to focus on that as I try to stay safe myself.
One of the ways folks are trying to help are by making their games more affordable, or even free, during this time. Check out my top picks below of some great mobile titles that have gone on sale recently:
Games marked with an asterisk(*) denote that the entire developer/publisher’s catalog is discounted, despite the fact that all of their games may not be listed here.
Pokemon Go developers have announced the details concerning the upcoming Gastly Community Day. This particular event was selected by the players of the game after the Gas Pokemon came in second place after a poll that decided which Pokemon would be featured. The winner, which was Weedle, who had its Community Day in June.
So now it's Gastly's turn and the Community Day is set to take place on Sunday 19th July between 11 am and 5 pm local time. During those hours you can expect to see the original ghost Pokemon more frequently in the wild with a chance that you'll run into a Shiny variation.
Supercell recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and their best title, Clash Royale, is as good as it's ever been. Even for lapsed players, returning to the game is as easy as can be.
If you want to join us in picking the game back up, we've put together this guide series to help guide you through each arena with a top deck recommendation and some tips for how to do it. Check it out below, as well as all of our other Clash Royale guides.
Detective Di is a point-and-click murder mystery set in Tang Dynasty-era China. You'll take on the role of China's best-known investigator, Di Renjie, as he solves a series of grisly murders that will ultimately lead him on a collision course with the country's rulers and Imperial Court.
While all of this is going on, there's talk of a potential uprising against the first female empress of China, Wu Zetian, and it appears to be the case that the murders are directly tied to some dark political secrets.
It's all very intriguing, and if the reviews of its PC version are any indication, the final product more than lives up to its neat premise.
Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia is set to have a plethora of events throughout July with plenty of rewards up for grabs
Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, one of Square Enix's many popular mobile RPGs, has announced a plethora of in-game events that are set to take place over the summer. This will include several rewards, Free Multi Draws and more.
These events will mostly take place between now and 29th July and will give players access to Free First Multi Draws. This means that the first Multi Draw from eight special draws will be available to all players for free, giving them a chance to get some rare equipment.
SPHAZE is a neat-looking puzzler where you'll work to guide robots through increasingly elaborate mazes. It's set in a visually distinct world that's equal parts fantasy and sci-fi, and it's finally launched today for iOS and Android devices.
The team behind this one, DynamicTrio, is made up of Dying Light 2, Witcher 3, and Cyberpunk 2077 developers. SPHAZE is obviously completely different but perhaps equally intriguing.
It takes some inspiration from Cut the Rope for its arcade puzzles and Monument Valley for its striking visual design. Aiding the strong aesthetic is an original soundtrack that's best experienced with headphones.
Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Apple is disappointed in the performance of Apple Arcade and will be shifting their approach to the service by focusing on games that can retain subscribers and canceling other upcoming releases that don't fit this new vision.
Honestly, the only surprising thing about this news in my mind is the timing. Apple Arcade hasn't even been live for a year, and half of its existence has been admist a global pandemic, mass unemployment, and burgeoning civil unrest. If Apple was confident about its approach to its new games service, I would've thought they'd give it a little more time and leeway before shifting their approach.
I have been enjoying Apple Arcade and have been a loyal subscriber since it launched back in September. I've even given each game on the service a fair shake. But there's no denying that the service hasn't lived up to its promises.
Pixel Petz has built up a sizeable player base thanks to its layered, easy-to-understand creative tools and friendly social experience. It revolves around designing, trading, and playing with a unique collection of pixel art pets, and it's out now for iOS and Android.
It's always best to start by deciding which parts you want to use and how big or small each of them should be. From there, you can then finetune your pet's design down to its individual pixels. It's easy and enjoyable to gradually build up the level of detail and colour so that they really begin to stand out.
In case you missed it, I am on a quest to rank every Apple Arcade game there is.
Patch notes have been removed and have been replaced with (NEW) designation for the games most recently added or updated on this list.
*UPDATE:* As the pace of Apple Arcade has slowed, old games will also be re-evaluated based on reader feedback and content updates. Recently re-evaluated titles will be designated with (UPDATE) next to the title name.
Game ranking updates for 6/17:
- Grindstone (#27)
- Assemble with Care (#55)
- Crossy Road Castle (#62)
- Kings of the Castle (#75)
- Beyond a Steel Sky (NEW)* (#82)
Games marked with an asterisk(*) are games that suffer in rank due to technical problems.
All current rankings are listed below. More titles will be added frequently until the list is complete.
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26. Bleak Sword
Bleak Sword challenges you with combat encounters that are encased in little monochromatic diorama scenes. There’s a story here, but the main focus is: Enter arena, kill enemies, get loot, level up, and repeat.
It’s really hard to get action-based combat right on touchscreens, but Bleak Sword kind of nails it (and in portrait mode no less!). The controls are simple and responsive without feeling limiting. If you want micro doses of really stylish-yet-minimal action combat, this is the way to go.
Bleak Sword limits its appeal by being so reaction-based, not to mention super hard. Dying also comes with some hefty penalties that might make you want to put it down rather than digging in and mastering it.
Update: I’m a little bummed to have discovered that Bleak Sword apparently doesn’t keep a local save file. It’s always accessing iCloud, meaning you can’t continue your progress in the game unless you’re connected to data.
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51. Agent Intercept
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Agent Intercept is a cross between a racing game and a puzzle game. You play as a secret agent who is chasing all sorts of villains all over the world. In your chase, you need to drive fast, but you also get points for drifting, hitting jumps, and taking down henchmen. The ultimate goal of any level is to get the best score on the leaderboards, which change out every day when a new level becomes available.
This game gets a lot of bonus points just based on its style alone. The super spy theming of Agent Intercept is so spot on and makes playing it feel really cool. Its “one challenge per day” structure also feels like a perfect dose for this kind of game. I just wish the driving felt a little better. The controls just give you a slider to move your vehicle from left to right, which doesn’t always feel the most responsive.
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76. Skate City
Skate your way through three different cities, whether just to find perfect lines or complete specific challenges. Skate City is kind of a 2D take on the Skate series, where you aren’t doing crazy trick combos or finding collectibles. Instead, the focus is on performing specific tricks and riding smoothly.
Overall I’m not super impressed with Skate City. The controls are not as intuitive as they look. It’s visuals also look kind of clunky. This, plus the fact that Skate City has very little personality to speak of, makes it feel pretty forgettable.
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In the far-flung future, the Earth is only inhabited by two things: robots and trash. This is the setup for Scrappers, a side-scrolling beat ‘em up where you play as a robotic sanitation worker who needs to fight their way through junkyards while depositing trash into your truck to earn money. You can also do all of this with up to three other people in the game’s co-op mode.
Scrappers is a mound of poor decisions that got bundled up into a colorful package. Beat ‘em ups are rarely ever good; co-op focused games with no matchmaking make for a boring time; and making “picking up trash” your differentiating mechanic is not exactly my idea of fun. Even if you happen to like beat ‘em ups, Scrappers is a tough sell because of how easy it is to exploit the game’s combat system and suck all of the challenge out of it.
The King of Fighters ALLSTAR, Netmarble's popular action RPG, has once again been updated with a plethora of new content. This includes battle cards, events and 21 new fighters, which increases the already sizeable roster even more.
Among those new characters will be three FES grade fighters which include AS Elizabeth, XIV Rock Howard, and 03 Adelheid. There will also be two other fighters - AS Swimsuit Mai and AS Swimsuit Angel – that can be collected through event roulette using tickets obtained from event missions. The roulette will run between June 25th – July 8th for Mai and July 9th – July 23rd for Angel.
Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe, the mobile spin-off of the popular JRPG series, is available now for iOS and Android
Square Enix latest mobile spin-off Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe is available now globally for both iOS and Android. It initially launched in Japan back in 2018 where it's proven to be incredibly popular, so now folks in the West can finally see what the fuss is all about.
It has most definitely garnered a lot of interested globally too, with more than one million people pre-registering the game. Reaching this impressive milestone also means that players will be able to snag some free goodies when they download the game. This will include: