They’re everywhere–on our smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and even invading our computers. While this certainly isn’t a bad thing, there’s more terrible games out there than great, and the bad titles tend to be what people see most.
However, there is an array of remarkable mobile games available where a lot of heart and soul has been put into them. If you’ve got a smartphone or tablet–iOS or Android–we’ve got a list of the top ten titles available right now.
The World of Warcraft-themed collectible trading card game, now compatible with all types of devices, is a magical title that feeds on two characteristics: frustration and addiction. Decks are built with cards earned through gaining levels and buying packs. You can then pit them against your enemy, employ a lot of forethought, and pray your deck wins. Multiplayer is phenomenal, but Blizzard did a marvelous job at offering singleplayer challenges, where you pit yourself against the computer with some insane deck builds.
Monument Valley isn’t difficult by any means, but through geometry, phenomenal music, and elegant graphics, it is an experience like no other. Many people throw those words around, but it rings true for ustwo’s Monument Valley. The only cons for the game are that it is too short and arguably not difficult enough. The game is short, but with its 4 1/2-star rating, the game is enjoyed by many, even Frank Underwood.
Supercell’s strategy and village builder, Clash of Clans is enjoyed by millions of players. The game is truly addicting, urging you to come back to it every few hours. You can expand your village, advance your kingdom, upgrade your warriors, and even join a clan to dominate rival clans, earning yourself majestic rewards. Don’t knock yourself down if you get angry over another clan destroying your village, Liam Neeson experiences the same feelings.
Created by Ironhide Games, Kingdom Rush is a fascinating and engaging tower defense game. With 8 upgradeable towers, 18 abilities, and 9 heroes, you are challenged to fight against 50 waves of increasingly stronger enemies. Just make sure you’re prepared for the boss battles–they are like no other, intense and challenging.
Grapefrukt Games’ minimalistic space strategy Rymdkapsel is a superb game, previously exclusive to Playstation Mobile devices. Your goal is to build and advance your space station while defending it from raiders and gathering resources you need to expand. It’s a longer game than most, but if anything, the graphics are Rymdkapsel’s strongest suit. Taking on a retro style and employing a lot of geometric graphics, the game is a wonderful piece of eye candy, at least for those who enjoy said style.
After the success of Goat Simulator, Coffee Stain Studio knew where they needed to head next: GoatZ, a zombie survival adaption of its predecessor. Explore a world ridden with zombies, fight them, and survive. One of the most humorous things in the game is watching zombies fly through the air having a seizure after you head butt them with your goat. The game certainly doesn’t take itself seriously by any means–it’s comedic gold.
Super Hexagon might be one of the most frustrating, yet brilliant games you’ll ever play. In Super Hexagon, you play as a triangle, attempting to avoid oncoming obstacles. You have to do this for 60 seconds in order to unlock harder difficulties, but good luck getting there, as its nigh impossible! However, you’ll insist on continuing playing because Super Hexagon makes the insanity enjoyable through its wonderfully constructed and alluring retro music.
Noodlecake Studios’ Punch Quest is an addicting, yet amusing arcade-style fighting game. Using only your thumbs, you have to wade through enemies by punching and jabbing so you can make your way to the end. Just be careful, things tend to get a little out of hand when you finally get on a dinosaur that happens to shoot lasers out of its mouth.
Auralux is a clever and strategic game where you command a single unit. Your mission is to capture all of the suns on the map by eliminating the enemy. It’s very strategic, so employing tactics like flanking is a must. It’s much more difficult than it sounds, and also quite addicting. Aside from gameplay, one of the games’ best aspect is its beautifully constructed ambient music.
While Monument Valley might have been an easy puzzle quest, The Room turns the difficulty quite a bit. Playing this game is like trying to figure out a difficult crossword puzzle as a child–it sucks up hours of your time and you really don’t make any headway. It requires a lot of critical thinking, and you have to take your time, otherwise, you might not be able to complete the puzzles. Luckily, there are clues available to guide you along. If you happen to finish the game, there’s a sequel, The Room 2, which is equally, if not more, challenging.