The Best Mobile Games
  • The Best Mobile Games

    Admin 0 0 1451 Date: 10 Jan 2018
  • Mobile gaming has come a long way. Over the past few years we've gone from simple distractions like Snake, Words With Friends and Doodle Jump to full-on narrative experiences crafted specifically for Android and iOS devices. What's more, at least a few traditional console game developers have shifted entirely to mobile at this point, and, in a bit of a reversal, they've ported their games to consoles. By 2012, game-design toolsets like Unity and Unreal made a charming indie designed for mobile devices indistinguishable from one you'd play on a PlayStation or Xbox. As such, for the purposes of this list, we're focusing on games that have been released within the past five years.

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    While it's impressive that Rockstar Games fit Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas onto mobile phones, you'll need a gamepad to get the best experience. There are plenty of those available, sure, but chances are you won't have one on you while you're waiting in line at the grocery store. This list serves to champion the best mobile-native games that don't require any additional hardware or accessories.

    Alto's Adventure

    Everything about Alto's Adventure is designed to help you relax. This sidescrolling snowboarding game takes a frantic mobile genre (endless runners) and slows the pace way down. Momentum from the first hill carries you forward, of course, but it never feels like you're running a race. Instead, all you need to focus on are grinding rails, freeing llamas and busting sweet tricks over precipitous gaps. No two sessions feel quite the same either, thanks to ever-shifting goals and randomly generated slopes. It's absolutely gorgeous too, and unlocking the diverse roster of characters -- each with its own proficiencies -- makes repeat trips down the mountain even more addictive.

    Hidden Folks

    "Slow paced, no pressure, and a lot of things to do that will wait for you." That's how Hidden Folks designer Adriaan de Jongh describes his latest game. Basically, it's a cross between an adult coloring book and Where's Waldo? wherein you explore the black-and-white line drawing in front of you however you see fit. Tapping on a tent might reveal a canoodling couple, while doing the same on some seeds in the farm scene will cause stalks of corn to sprout from the ground. Each successful find gets you closer to unlocking the next diorama. Considering how intricate each level is, though, you might want to play this on a tablet instead of your phone.

    Ridiculous Fishing

    In Ridiculous Fishing, picking the right firearm is just as important as dropping your line in the right place. Simply cast out, tilt your device left and right to avoid hitting fish as you plumb the briny depths, and try to hook as many as possible on the frantic return trip to the surface. Then things get ridiculous and you have to shoot your catch as it flies into the air. Different species occupy different locations, and when you've had enough of the main event, you can upgrade your gear (dual Uzis!). Or you could always check out what people are saying about your angling skills on the game's hilarious version of Twitter, called Byrdr.

    Lara Croft Go

    Developer Square Enix Montreal started life as a AAA studio, and it shows. The team's mobile games take familiar franchises and translate them into killer games that feel appropriate for the platform rather than shoehorned to work on mobile devices. Lara Croft Go is the studio's best work to date. Whereas its predecessor Hitman Go had a steep learning curve, the Tomb Raider spin-off nails the sweet spot in terms of difficulty. Each painterly 2D level offers fresh challenges, and figuring out the game's myriad puzzles never feels like you need a degree in advanced logic.

    1979 Revolution: Black Friday

    While everything else on this list is fun, none of the games have aspirations beyond being a distraction. That's what makes 1979 Revolution: Black Friday so important. You play as a photojournalist in late '70s Iran, documenting the unrest and political upheaval that took place. Iran-born Rockstar Games alum Navid Khonsari interviewed more than 50 scholars and historians and took thousands of photos to ensure accuracy, and he even interspersed home videos into the game as a means of storytelling.


    One of the most impressive aspects of Minecraft on mobile is that it's pretty much full-fat Minecraft on a device that fits in your pocket. You don't need a gamepad to play, nor do you need a keyboard and mouse. And thanks to the recent Better Together update, you can even play in realms created on PC and consoles on your mobile device. More than that, you can join up with friends for co-op exploration and building. Yeah, it's come a long way since the original Pocket Edition.

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