Tennis Stars: Ultimate Clash is the latest free-to-play tennis title to hit iOS and Android. It's said to be a fairly casual experience, offering easy-to-learn controls and fast-paced, mobile-friendly matches.
Its focus is on competitive multiplayer bouts where you'll use basic touchscreen swipes to aim and charge up your shots. It's going for a lighthearted tone, though I find the character models to be more terrifying than humorous – those giant, dead eyes stare straight into my soul.
Matchmaking here is incredibly fast, and the game promises almost no lag during heated matches. You'll also be able to chat to your opponents in real-time, just be sure to keep things civil.
As you continue to progress, you'll unlock new cards that can then be traded for characters or skill upgrades. Your talents on the court should also gradually improve, especially your mastery of power shots.
If you're looking for a challenge, there are weekly tournaments to take part in. Matches here take place across the world in cities ranging from New York to London to Melbourne.
Super Mecha Champions' latest update sees the addition of a brand new character called R.E.D. Alongside that, there's news about the current season and a series of Emojis that have been added to the game.
But we'll start with that new character because that's always the most interesting part of any update. R.E.D is a teenage girl with a rebellious streak that gives off the impression she's not particularly fussed about, well, anything. However, underneath that veneer, she's a kind individual who's keen on repaying any support she receives.
She was a street-raised child which lead her to fight to be in a position to help those who are oppressed or have become victims of wrongdoing. Her aim is to become the People's Champion and to act as a beacon of hope for those who live in unfortunate circumstances like the ones she grew up in herself.
Beyond that, there will be a host of new Emojis added to the game to give the player's a few more visual options to choose from when chatting to each other. This will be called the Riko-chan emoji series, which is available now alongside the latest update.
Finally, there's an update on the current season, which has been available since December 5th. NetEase says that it's proven to be very popular with players providing a lot of positive feedback. Therefore, they've decided to extend the length of the season until the beginning of March.
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.
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.
51. Mini Motorways
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Mini Motorways is the follow up to Mini Metro. Only this time, instead of building public transportation, you are building road ways from houses to buildings with parking lots. Your goal is to create as smooth and quick a flow of traffic as possible, and if too few cars can reach their destination in an appropriate amount of time, you lose.
Mini Motorways is a fine minimalist puzzler, but it doesn’t feel all that different from Mini Metro. On top of that, the games moves dreadfully slowly and has some clunky controls which often result in accidentally building roadways where you don’t mean to.
Isle Escape: The House is an upcoming puzzle game from Simeon Angelov that's intended to serve as an introduction to a saga they're planning on releasing in an episodic fashion. The first chapter is set to release for both iOS and Android on 29th February.
The first instalment starts when you wake up in a strangers living room, unaware of who you are but cognizant enough to know you don't belong in this place. It turns out this house belongs to a lady called Mrs Redove who lives on a desolate part of the island with no neighbours or shops to speak of.
It's referred to as 'the other side of the island' by locals and they do their best to avoid it. The reason? Mrs Redove is apparently in contact with the afterlife, which is something that would scare most folks away to be fair. So, waking up in her living room unaware of who you are is certainly not ideal, probably best to get out as soon as possible.
So, as you might have guessed, it's an escape room game. There will be a plethora of tricky puzzles to solve and riddles to decipher so that you can get out of this potentially supernatural dwelling. You can see an example of one of these puzzles in the trailer above where you have to rearrange a shelf of books so that they spell out a sentence.
Simeon says this will be the shortest of the chapters as it's only intended to be an introduction, promising that more and more of the story will unravel with each additional chapter. It'll be free so it's definitely worth downloading if you're a fan of these types of games.
Feral Interactive has finally released their highly anticipated iOS version of the strategy classic Company of Heroes. It's available now for iPad as a premium title and has had various tweaks to ensure that it's optimised for touch controls.
This includes a few new additions to the game such as the command wheel. This is accessed by tapping and holding on any unit present on the battlefield. This will open up a circular menu that will provide you with a host of actions that a unit can carry out.
Time will also slow down when you do this to allow players to think they move through. However, you can also play the game without the use of the wheel if you'd prefer, this is merely an additional option. And there are few other touches like this such as multiple options for selecting units.
They've even included an option to save a bit of space on your tablet which is a thoughtful inclusion given that the game will take up 6gb of space, though Feral Interactive recommends having at least 8gb available. You'll be able to choose which skirmish and campaign missions are installed as well as being able to decide if you want high-quality models or not.
If you're unfamiliar with Company of Heroes, it's a strategy game where throughout its campaign you'll take charge of two different companies of American soldiers and guide them various operations throughout WWII, starting with the D-Day Invasion of Normandy.
Company of Heroes originally released back in 2006, where it's frequently heralded as one of the finest strategy games of all time. Long time fans of the series were pleased then to hear that Feral Interactive would be handling the port as they've bet a well-deserved reputation for bringing classic games to iPad such as Tropico and Rome: Total War.
Company of Heroes is now available for iPad over on the App Store. It's a premium title that costs $13.99.
With Mario Kart Tour's Valentine's Tour now at an end (suspiciously before Valentine's Day has even arrived), it's now time to move on to the all-new and exciting Vancouver Tour. This time around, the featured drivers are Hiker Wario and Aurora Rosalina, and they both look pretty neat.
According to a recent tweet posted on the game's Twitter, Aurora Rosalina is "totally out of this world", and you better believe that she's happy to make her grand MK Tour debut in such a dazzling dress.
Under the starry night, the sound of rumbling engines breaks the silence to kickoff the race... It's time for the Vancouver Tour!
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— Mario Kart Tour (@mariokarttourEN) February 12, 2020
It also says something about her being fast like a shooting star, presumably meaning she'll embarrass her opponents/ex-friends, ruining their harmless karting fun by lapping them a practically endless number of times before their feet have even touched the accelerator.
The Vancouver Tour is set to run until February 25th, giving you around two weeks to get stuck in and hopefully have a good time with the new tracks and drivers.
If you're yet to give it a go, you'll find Mario Kart Tour available for download now as a free-to-play title from both the App Store and Google Play. Oh, and if you're in need of some friends for challenges or multiplayer, our sister site Pocket Gamer has over 20,000 friend codes available for you to add at your leisure. Be sure to add your own in the comments.
PictoQuest is a charming little puzzle game, but it left us a little disappointed. The game just didn’t seem to use screen space effectively, to the point that using the touch controls (as opposed to the default virtual d-pad) could lead to errant taps. This, combined with a somewhat unpredictable—and arguably unnecessary—layer of RPG mechanics made a game that would otherwise seem perfect for mobile hard to recommend.
Over the weekend following its release, though, there has been an update to PictoQuest that addresses some of these issues. Most notably, players can now solve puzzles in Zen Mode, which nullifies things like enemy attacks in levels. This allows you to sit an ponder out a puzzle without having to worry about time pressure.
Alley is an atmospheric adventure game that sees you playing as a young girl trapped in an inescapable nightmare. Surrounded by her worst fears, every step forward for her is a huge challenge that you'll help guide her through using some simple controls and your own smarts to outwit the many traps and shadows that lie ahead.
While most of the game is fairly slow and relaxed, there will be times when you're going to have to react quickly to traverse the maze safely. For example, spider webs can prove deadly if you can't escape them in time.
The further you get, the higher your score will grow, so there's an element of high-score chasing fun to it all despite the mellow tone. Progress is made whenever you find a new memory or star, and there are also helpful items to collect along the way such as shields and 'jars of starts', which I'm assuming act as an extra life.
You'll be able to disguise yourself in a total of 29 distinct outfits. These can be bought using the stars found throughout each level. Using your handy dandelion, you might just find hidden scenes – and even a bonus stage – that flesh out the game's world.
From Final Fantasy to Chaos Rings, Japanese roleplaying games have found a large and loyal fanbase on mobile devices. If you’re seeking a more under-the-radar JRPG to escape into, Lionsfilm’s Cryptract could be the one. The game has been around since 2015, but its reach has mainly stayed within its homeland of Japan, where it’s developed one of the largest playerbases in mobile gaming.
In Cryptract, you’re tasked with saving the Guilsanian Empire against the threat of the Mystical Beasts — monsters hell-bent on causing chaos. With the heroes you gather through gacha-style summoning, you’ve got to form a powerful questing party. Head out on missions to slay beasts and save the day, learning more about the in-game universe along the way.
Circuit Dude is a tile-based puzzler that was originally released on Steam back in 2017. Now it's made it's way over to mobile devices where it's available for both iOS and Android as a premium game.
Players will take control of the titular Circuit Dude and will assist him in creating his ultimate invention by plugging in chips, activating switches and pushing blocks. The aim of each level is simply to make sure the sockets have plugs in them. Once you've done that, a portal will open to take you to the next level.
This has the potential to go very wrong, however. Once you've plugged a chip into a socket you can no longer walk back over that spot, this means you'll have to plan ahead, thinking about the correct order to plug everything in.
There are no enemies to speak of and although it's possible to kill yourself, you have infinite lives. That means not being able to figure out the solution is the only thing that can stop you from completing each level, you'll only be able to blame your own brain. Well, unless the controls are bad, that is.
Once you've either completed the 120 levels that are available or if you get overly infuriated with one of them in particular, there's a level editor where you'll be able to create your own stages for other players to try and solve.
This means you'll be able to make use of the 10 different tile related mechanics the game itself uses to try and infuriate your pals. Of course, this also means you'll be able to play other people's levels, potentially making Circuit Dude a game you'll play for a while.
Liege Dragon is an upcoming RPG from Kemco, who has certainly streamlined the process of making their particular brand retro-inspired turn-based games at this point. Liege Dragon will be available for both iOS and Android.
The story takes place in a kingdom where an evil dragon was born out of people's negativity and spite towards each other. Three heroes managed to seal the dragon away in a distant past but now it has returned and it will be up to a new set of potential heroes to smite it down.
Two of those heroes are a princess and a young man who recently lost his memory. Through various means, they end up working together and embark on a journey to hunt down the Dragon Tools of the Three Heroes they'll need if they want to stand a chance of defeating the powerful dragon.
Along the way, you'll have to defeat waves of enemies that will swarm the characters. To help push the relentless masses back you can use a system call Unison - which is triggered by the allies' bonds - to inflict large amounts of damage.
There will also be various skills each of the characters can learn that you can unlock using Sorcery Stones. In addition to those skills, you'll also be able to give your weapons and armour different buffs by adding charms and brooches to them.
There will also be a loot system tied to killing various monsters. There is a monster guide within the game that will reward players with different items depending on how many of a certain specifies of an enemy they've slain throughout the game.
Liege Dragon will be available on the App Store and Google Play when it eventually releases and you can pre-register on the latter now. There is no word on pricing at the moment but we'll keep you updated as we learn more.
Joy Brick's Hidden Survivor is an interesting title of two halves: part story-focused survival experience, part intense hide-and-seek multiplayer game. Both elements come together to form a compellingly strange and enjoyable whole.
The hide-and-seek arena battles task you with scouring your surroundings for useful items. Knowing when to use these items is key to remaining successful and earning as many points as possible.
The twist is that you can disguise yourself as any object in the level, hopefully allowing you to go unnoticed when one of your rivals becomes the player-hunting 'Seeker'. As the match progresses, certain areas of the level will grow dangerous to linger in, causing you damage over time.
The Stupid Zombies are preparing to make their grand return to iOS and Android in the fourth instalment of the hugely popular trick-shot shooter series. If you missed out on the earlier games, the basic idea is that you have to bounce bullets around the scenery to take out as many zombies as possible using fairly limited supplies.
Having not played the earlier entries in the series, it's interesting to find that they've proved so incredibly popular. The third entry even had a major crossover with Techland's Dying Light.
Stupid Zombies 4 is set to offer a variety of mission types and an eclectic arsenal of weapons to master. You'll collect coins to unlock new heroes and gradually work your way up to become an absolute zombie-killing machine.
Our review of the third game was mostly positive, with reviewer Rob Rich arguing that it offered a good deal of fun despite being more of the same and in some ways a step back for the series. His main issue stemmed from Stupid Zombies 3's removal of the smart puzzles that made the earlier games a hoot.
Pew Pew Planet is a space-based shooter that sees you controlling a fleet of 'Guardian' spaceships to push back against the alien hordes. After being announced late last year, the game is now available as a free-to-play title for both iOS and Android.
The basic idea is that you need to time your blasts to hit the aliens as they circle around a planet. Controls are simple, requiring you to tap the screen to fire your ship's weapons. It's very casual and easy to get into.
The combat is complicated slightly by the addition of power-ups and a rapid-fire mode called 'Hyper Mode'. You'll start out with a fairly basic arsenal before unlocking fun boomerangs and other such weird weaponry. Wisely utilising every mechanic and tactic available to you is a great way to earn yourself a spot on the daily leaderboards.
While flying around, you'll need to carefully avoid bumping into any stray bombs and the planet itself. There are collectables to hunt down and earn, and you'll unlock new ships as you continue to progress. There are over 30 of them at launch.