All told, I think 2018 was an ok year for mobile games. There were some truly great titles, but there wasn't any sort of deluge of amazing games as there have been in the past.
2019, however, is looking to be quite a stunner for mobile. There's a lot of releases just over the horizon that I really can't wait to get my hands on. See some of my top picks of most anticipated games below:
Space Haven was on my most anticipated games list last year, but I knew it was a bit of a stretch. There was no promised release date for 2018, and the game looks like an ambitious combination of Dwarf Fortress and FTL. Here's to hoping this game can come out this year, and here's to hoping it's the less-combat-forward version of Star Command that I'm hoping it will be.
Whatever Zach Gage is working on
Few things in mobile are certain, but one true constant is that Zach Gage makes some of the most polished and interesting games for the platform every year. Whether it's a new take on word games, a billiards score-chaser, or just a good version of Solitaire, all of his releases have a fit and finish that I can appreciate, even if the core game isn't exactly my cup of tea. Here's to hoping this trend continues.
Rubi: The Wayward Mira
The only things I need to know about this game are that it's a metroidvania being put out by Crescent Moon games. It also helps that it has a nice, 16-bit art style going on. If Rubi: The Wayward Mira has full MFi support, then I can see myself sinking a lot of time into it when it comes out later this year.
Cat Quest 2
Cat Quest was a nice surprise in 2017. It was a sort of streamlined Diablo with a really charming feline-centric aesthetic. On its face, it kind of felt like a jumble of conventional mechanics that came together in a satisfying way primarily through the game's look and feel. For Cat Quest 2, I'm hoping everything is going to be bigger and better than the first. Bonus points for if the game adds some new and unique mechanics to its action-rpg formula.
Ticket to Earth
Last month, I waxed poetic about Ticket to Earth, saying it's one of the best mobile games out right now., but it's not complete yet. Originally released back in 2017, this puzzle/rpg has been getting continuously updated with new chapters that add to its story, gameplay, and mechanics. Chapter three dropped recently, but I can't wait for chapter four to come out this year to see how this game completes its full arc.