Brawl Stars artwork

Today we're going to have a look at some of the games that I think are going to make waves on mobile over the next six months of the year. Some of them are soft-launched, some of them are just announced, and some of them aren't even that.

We've got tie-in games, new experiences, and something new from the developer of one of the best known games on the App Store. We'll have a few more pieces in the series in the coming weeks too, so make sure you check back to 148Apps regularly to find out exactly what we think you should be excited about in the second half of 2018.

New Star Soccer Manager

The main reason I'm excited for this one is that I want other people to play it as much as I have to make my addiction to it seem less problematic. It's a brilliant mix of New Star Soccer's tappy play, and a deeper club management experience. There are a lot of balls to juggle, a lot of people to keep happy, and plenty of football, or soccer, to be played.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades

There's a part of me that's worried about this one, but there's another part of me that thinks it might be something pretty special. It has the potential to be the best RPG on the App Store, and that's not something to be sniffed at. And it looks like Bethesda is putting the work in to make the game work on mobile, rather than just stuffing a port where it doesn't fit. Fingers crossed all that work pays off.

Eve: War of Ascension

It's hard not to wonder about space. None of us are likely to get there in our lifetimes, so games like this one are all the more important. It's set in the same universe as the popular MMO, and things you do here will change things in the core game. Hopefully though it's going to be entertaining enough that even people who dont' play Eve Online are going to be able to dive in.

Brawl Stars

Clash Royale is still one of the most interesting games on the App Store, but this follow up seems to have gotten stuck somewhere in development hell. It's soft-launched in a variety of places, and it has been for a while. It's another multiplayer experience that sees you banding together with friends in 3v3 scraps, and with a bit of luck we might all get to play it at some point in 2018.

Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

While this one has just made it onto Steam, it's unlikely that Asmodee and Fantasy Flight won't be thinking about getting it onto the App Store too. It's a brilliant game of cards, adventuring, and battle, set in the world of Tolkein's books. If this one does well, expect to see some of Fantasy Flight's other LCGs coming to mobile as well.

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