With KartRider Rush+ making a splash this past week, we figured it was high time we updated our list of the best mobile racing games out there. From realistic racing sims to futuristic arcade racers (and even racing management games!), check out our top picks for the absolute best games for those with a need for speed.
Staying at home under lockdown kinda sucks. Totally necessary, yes, but also more than a little anxiety-inducing and often boring. Thankfully, we've got lots of great multiplayer games to play with friends and keep us sane, the latest of which, the excellent Same Room Games, delivers multiplayer mini-game fun for all ages.
It's specifically designed to create enjoyable social experiences that should help lift spirits and get everyone chatting. It's up to you whether you want to compete alone to earn the highest score or work together as a team.
Last week’s release of Call of Duty: Warzone on PC and consoles renewed a lot of people’s interest in the battle royale genre. Once a red-hot game mode a couple years ago, battle royales have maintained their prominence despite finding more competition with other popular genres like autochess and more traditional multiplayer shooters, particularly on mobile.
Flappy Royale is probably the purest, most mobile-friendly battle royale game there is. Yes, it lifts the gameplay from the viral and divisive Flappy Bird, but then throws in a bus for 100 birds to launch out of so they can all compete to see who can fly through the most pipes.
What makes the game so satisfying is how imminently replayable it is. There is practically zero wait time between matches, and the rounds themselves are just a minute or two at the longest. It may not be as shooty as other battle royale games, but that’s what makes it so perfect for mobile.
If you still want a mobile-friendly pick but need guns and opponents to shoot them at, surviv.io is your best bet. It may look a little crude, but the top-down action of this battle royale is fast and surprisingly deep.
This pick behaves almost exactly like other battle royales out there. You spawn on a big battle map, run around looting buildings for weapons and gear, and then run into other players that you get into firefights with. The great thing about surviv.io is that—like Flappy Royale—there is almost no time spent waiting for matches to start.
This list would not be complete without a mention of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The PC release of PUBG in 2017 is what catapulted battle royale games into gaming prominence, and PUBG Mobile takes the original game’s winning formula and tunes it for touch.
As far as conventional battle royales on mobile go, PUBG Mobile is probably the most accessible. The shooting model is tweaked to make shots hit more quickly and initial matches are populated with bots so you can feel good about your performance as you get your bearings in the game.
Although not strictly a battle royale game, Call of Duty Mobile has its own gameplay mode dedicated to the genre, and it’s a pretty darn good one at that. In lieu of having a mobile version of Apex Legends (and it’s only a matter of time before we have one of those), Call of Duty Mobile’s battle royale mode delivers more mobility options and unique character customization than other titles on this list.
My only word of warning about Call of Duty Mobile as a battle royale game is that you can’t just play that mode immediately. There are a lot of multiplayer modes in this game, and you have to play quite a few matches of more traditional shooter match types before you can unlock the ability to play its battle royale mode.
All of the other games on this list make some compromise in bringing the battle royale genre to mobile. If you want a truly console or PC-style experience though—whether it’s because you think your touch screen skills are up to the task or you have a bluetooth controller handy—Fortnite is basically your only option.
The version of Fortnite you download off the App Store is the practically exact same game as the PC and console versions, to the point that you even play against players using these different platforms. Fortnite also features its unique crafting/building mechanic that allows players to construct cover and other structures as they run-and-gun to be the last person standing.
Tyrant's Arena is an intense midcore multiplayer actioner where you'll compete in tricky 3v3 matches to crush your opponents and earn neat rewards. It comes to us from developer Kroy Games, and it's now available for pre-registration on iOS and Android.
The core gameplay is said to be fast-paced, with matches only lasting a few minutes each. You'll hunt down and slay your opponents as part of a crack team of heroes. Controls are intuitive and mobile-friendly while still allowing for layers of hidden depth. While the game is easy to get into, only the most skilled players will come out on top during combat.
As you progress, you'll unlock new heroes with their own distinct combat style to master. Classes include Tanks, Assassins, Mages, Support, Warriors, and Marksmen. Smart combinations of hero classes can dominate the battlefield, so it's best to plan ahead before you and your team enter the arena.
New skins can also be unlocked to make each hero unique to you. This gives Tyrant's Arena and its many characters some extra personality.
The ultimate challenge comes in the form of climbing the seasonal rankings. You'll compete with players from across the globe to cement yourself as a champion and earn rewards based on the different medals you achieve.
Tyrant's Arena is set to launch early next month in South/Central America and Mexico. In the meantime, you can pre-register your interest over on both the App Store and Google Play for some special rewards.
Looking for a fight? Brawl Quest captures all the fun of retro arcade beat-‘em-ups, but chucks in a more modern, cartoonish style and some wacky characters to boot. Just released by indie developer ThinkBIT, the game features a roster of playable fighters with which to clean the steets of bad guys and bosses in over 50 stages.
These helpful tips will ensure you get the most out of your brawls, whether you want to maximise your coin count or recruit some pets pronto.
• Remember your fighter types: Brawl Quest features rock-paper-scissors fighter types, with each type having either a 15% damage advantage or disadvantage against another type. Before you enter a stage, check the suggested fighter type to send in based on the sort of thugs awaiting you
• Log in daily: After completing area 2-1, you’ll unlock daily quests. These are a quick and easy way to gain additional gold coins and gems, which can be used to level up and unlock new content, including pets (more on them below). Even just logging into Brawl Quest regularly gets you some freebies; the premium shop has a free loot box given away to all players daily, providing you’re there to collect it
• Get your paws on pets: Pets act as a sort of living talisman, imparting boosts to your fighters’ stats. Aim to get through area 2-6 as fast as you can to begin unlocking your own animal companions. We recommend saving up 200 gems to unlock a third pet slot
• Dispatch your brawlers: Once you’ve completed area 2-10, you can start sending brawlers out on quests to bring back loot. Not all dispatches will be successful, but you can improve your brawlers’ chances by paying attention to their fighter type and level.
• Top up your energy: If you’ve run out of energy, spend some coins at the vending machine for more, as well as other useful items for levelling up.
Put our advice into action and let those fists fly. Brawl Quest is out now for free on Android and iOS (coming out mid-February).
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One-man indie studio SPARSE//GameDev has now launched its tranquil puzzler, Spring Falls. It's described as "a peaceful puzzle game about water, erosion, and watching things grow".
At launch, the game features 60 handcrafted levels to work your way through. Each boasts an atmospheric ambient-folk soundtrack, which enhances the mood and aims to relax all who play. The game's visual style is super distinctive, polished, and just flat-out nice to look at, with plenty of pretty mountain vistas to ogle.
You'll work your way down a steep mountainside, soaking in the atmosphere, manipulating the landscape, and diverting the flow of water as you go. By solving puzzles, you'll eventually return life to the land and see the fruits of your labour blossom.
Eric Billingsley, SPARSE//GameDev Studio Head, says: "After two years of development, I'm so excited to finally get this game out into the world. I hope Spring Falls can bring some peaceful moments to people's daily lives, and maybe make them reflect a little on the beautiful fragility of nature."
If Spring Falls sounds like your sorta puzzler, you'll find it available for download now from both the App Store and Steam. It's also worth noting that it's a premium game with no ads or IAPs to ruin the mood.
One of the exciting releases that we’re looking forward to is Talking Tom Hero Dash, an upcoming superhero-themed runner created by Outfit7. This new game is an action-packed endless runner that takes you on an epic adventure to assemble the ultimate team of heroes – Talking Tom Heroes – and save the world from a pack of nefarious raccoons.
Talking Tom and Friends remains one of the biggest names in mobile gaming, with the series having branched out into different genres and even different mediums with an award-winning animated series. And while Talking Tom Hero Dash might not be Outfit7’s first go at the endless runner genre, it manages to really set itself apart with its neat superhero premise and varied, highly-detailed levels.
Talking Tom Heroes are a super powered team consisting of fan-favourite characters like Talking Tom, Talking Hank, Talking Ben, Talking Angela, and Talking Ginger. However, they’ve all been kidnapped by a band of raccoons and hidden in locations around the world, leaving Tom alone to reassemble the team and save the day.
All five of the playable levels have been vandalised in the chaos, so you’ll need to collect coins and gradually rebuild the iconic landmarks and buildings in each location. And, eventually, restoring a level to its former glory will lure out a powerful raccoon boss.
Tom is unlocked from the start, though a new playable character will become available every time you defeat one of the bosses. The 3-lane runner action is made even more exciting when you factor in each character’s unique gadgets and powers. Some can temporarily fly, while others make use of an awesome hoverboard.
Final Blade is an epic fantasy RPG that revolves around two warring nations and one extremely powerful sword. Having already found great success in Taiwan and South Korea, the developer is now bringing its acclaimed free-to-play iOS and Android title to the west. Pre-registration is open for those of you who want to get in as early as possible and maybe even earn yourself some exclusive goodies.
For those not in the know, the game contains many of the classic RPG elements that we expect and love, such as a deep levelling system, tons of lovely loot, and powerful skills that allow players to utilise their characters in new and exciting ways. And you’re certainly going to need all those skills at your disposal, as enemies have a tendency to be pretty darn tricky.
Delving into the rich backstories of the cast is one of the highlights here, as is uncovering the painstakingly detailed fantasy world that the dev team has put together. Another real point of pride for Final Blade is just how extensive and replayable an experience it is. With an adventure mode, daily dungeons, and insanely powerful raid bosses, there’s a ton of great stuff to sink your teeth into.
On top of that, the online arena and clan wars – which pit players against one another in intense battles – are sure to keep the more hardcore among us busy. Final Blade also boasts extremely detailed and colourful visuals, with some especially impressive character designs to boot.
In terms of the pre-registration gifts, you can expect a nice bundle of gold and in-game items. However, the biggest incentive is definitely the 5-star hero selection ticket, which is sure to give you the edge once the game launches. And, in a cool little twist, the more players that register, the most gifts everyone will get.
If you’re an RTS player that’s constantly underwhelmed by most genre entries on mobile, or sick of putting up with stingy F2P models and cheaters, Rift of Raigard is the base building game for you. Developed by a team of creators who are equally annoyed, the game is now in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign which could benefit from your backing. Here’s what’s in store if you do.
Set in a fantasy world that’s being ravaged by a war between three factions, players will need to pick a side – whether it’s the Folklords, Gremlochs, or Coalites – and test their strategic chops to bring balance back to a land devastated by chaos. Rift of Raigard features a wholly original, interwoven story that will see you venture through multiple exotic landscapes in any one of the game’s three explorable continents.
Rift of Raigard will encourage you to personalize your central hero, ground troops, and base thanks to the large number of customisation options. All three facets mentioned can be personalised with a slew of in-game skins, meaning you’ll be spurred to protect your armaments in the battle to hold back enemies strategically in real-time. The best Rift of Raigard players will find themselves vying for a space at the top of the leader board.
Should the game reach its funding goal, Rift of Raigard will also include a dedicated guild system that lets players team up, sponsored events and leagues, alongside what the developer Dun Rite Games is teasing as “game modes never before seen in this genre.”
The good news is that you can also be part of this adventure. Be sure to visit the game’s Kickstarter page to show your support, for a mobile-first RTS game that wants to be fun and accessible for all while clamping down on cheaters.
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With the season of creepy stuff and spooks upon us, it feels right to chat about our favourite spooky games, doesn't it? Everyone's got one that stuck with them regardless of the platform. Whether it's the rhythmic drums of Slenderman, the gross mutilated family of Resident Evil 7, or the static radio sounds from Silent Hill 2 (AKA the greatest horror game of all time), everyone's got that one game that rubs them up the right and wrong ways.
In mobile it's a little trickier, only because it's tougher to balance the content and controls in such a way that the experience doesn't feel cheap or underwhelming. That's not saying there aren't tons to choose from, of course. We're very much spoiled for choice.
Mobile gamers can’t get enough of Battle Royale contests these days, so the launch of Creative Destruction’s open beta test has come at the perfect time.
Titan Studio’s new addition to the genre is as much about building bases as it is blowing them up. The game takes place against a fully-destructible environment where virtually anything can be reduced to rubble and recycled as a customisable stronghold.
Can you believe it? The App Store turns ten years old today. Ten years of amazing apps, games, and experiences. There's a collective tear in our eye here at 148Apps. Our little App Store, all grown up and getting ready to head out to big school next year.
So we thought it was high time to look back at the past decade and see how much has changed in the world of mobile gaming, and how far we've all come since the App Store's inception back in 2008. Lordy, that was a long time ago. If you've got your own suggestions about how the ravages of time have deformed us all, stick them in the comments at the bottom of the article.
You've probably read a lot over the past few days, or at least you probably have if you've got any interest in video games outside of the mobile sphere, about Nintendo Labo. People have been getting their hands on the new tech, and the general consensus is that it's looking like it might be pretty special.
Which got me thinking - is this the sort of thing we're likely to see coming to mobile any time soon? And if we are, what form is it likely to take? These questions and more are all going to get answered in the next few paragraphs, so let's put on our thinking caps and see where they take us.
Webzen is at it again, churning out a fresh stream of a new class, equipment, and mechanics for its flagship MMO, MU Origin. The game changes quite a bit in its new version update, but we assure you there’s something here for everyone. New multiplayer, refined systems, and more are sure to keep you busy for weeks to come. Here’s what you can expect from the latest patch.
It’s been a while, but MU Origin is introducing a new class at last, the Summoner. The Summoner uses their magical abilities to call upon Valkyrie, who will lay waste to your enemies in battle. You can create a summoner if you have at least one character at 3 Rebirth Level 1, or by using a Scroll of Dark Souls.
You can now create a Sub-Character, too, which should significantly change up the way you play. This “extra” character allows you to play as another class while keeping your Rebirth, Levels, Resources, States, Pets, and more. Equipment and skills won’t transfer between characters, but it should offer you more flexibility in battle. The Sub-Character can be unlocked by completing the quest, “Secret”, which is only available to character at 8 Rebirth Level 1. Once that’s done, you’ll need to pay up 1,500 Unbound Diamonds, and then the Sub-Character is yours.
If you’re looking for more Guild action, MU Origin has you covered in that department as well. The game’s newest Guild event, The Land of Struggle, will pit guilds against each other to be the fastest to defeat the event boss and deal the most damage. The event is ongoing every Wednesday-Friday. If your guild is victorious, you could win a number of fancy prizes, including Bound Zen, EXP, Contribution Points, and the Emperor Card.
You’ll find plenty of other treats sprinkled throughout, as well. The Forge is a new Refine system, while West Akeron is a new all-server area that lets you mingle will all players. Webzen is introducing a new CP Rewards System that gifts players special rewards based on their CP. For fashion forward players, you’ll now have access to the Blood Costume, and the Three Chicken Brothers are sure to please folks in the market for a new pet.
Ready to give MU Origin a go? You can play it for free right now on iOS and Android.
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