XCOM 2 in the palm of your hand (pic: Feral Interactive)
GameCentral reviews a bumper crop of new smartphone games, including Samorost 2, Unmemory, and no less than XCOM 2.
With the worlds eyes diverted by the sudden influx of good news, from the discovery of multiple effective COVID vaccines, to the launches of Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, mobile gaming is having its own mini-bonanza. Whether you enjoy the intricate puzzles and interactive fiction of Unmemory, the rootin tootin sci-fi-meets-Wild West action of Space Marshals 3, or the full-on AAA goodness of XCOM 2 theres much to love in this months release schedule.
iOS & Android, 3.99 (Mixtvision)
Clearly inspired by Limbo and Inside, FAR is set on a side-scrolling shoreline of ruined ships and shattered buildings. Your tiny protagonist starts the game standing alone next to a grave, before you guide them on their eternal mission to walk towards the right-hand side of the screen.
To speed up that journey you soon come across a huge and rickety vehicle thats powered either by tossing items you pick up from the beach into its furnace, or via a set of massive sales that sprout from its roof. Fuelling, maintaining, upgrading, and clearing a path for the vehicle then comprises the majority of your interaction with the game.
Entirely wordless, and with no instructions whatsoever, youre left to figure everything out for yourself, and along with the near-monochromatic colour palette, its a process that underscores the pervasive sense of loneliness.
iOS & Android, 79p (Xavier Heras Division)
With a minimalist interface, Union is a puzzle game about connecting sets of shapes. Initially you do that by rotating straight and curving lines so that alike shapes are linked, until youve joined every node on the screen.
Soon the game starts adding new shapes, the ability to swap tiles as well as rotate them, and far more devious and complex sets of linkages.
There are no tips, and you cant skip levels, but the absence of a timer and the ambient soundtrack encourage you to keep trying at your leisure. Its a pleasingly simple way to idle away an hour or two.
iOS, 23.99 (Feral Interactive)
Starting from a point where the aliens have already won, leaving the humans to regroup on a captured alien ship, your job in XCOM 2 is to rebuild your band of plucky rebels and take back the Earth.
As in its four-year-old PC and console forebears, that means engaging in tense, fast-moving turn based combat against the alien menace, while playing a long game of R&D and upgrades aboard your UFO base, while the aliens do the same on Earth.
You can no longer see enemies abilities during combat, and their patrols seem to be less mobile in fights, but the mobile version actually adds a 360 rotatable camera and a handy Overwatch All button.
It also fully recreates one of the best AAA games of the last few years on a phone, and while your handset may get a bit warm during play, in the winter months, and provided youre near a power outlet, thats almost comforting. An Android version is in the works for 2021.
iOS & Android, 2.99 (Amanita Design)
When your dog gets stolen by aliens its time for your hat-wearing hero to take to his own tin can spaceship and give chase, in this classic point n click puzzler from the early 2000s.
With a peerless art style that will be familiar to anyone whos played other Amanita Design games, every animation oozes charm, from the opening logo to the way your spaceman moves and interacts with his environment.
Samorost 2 is still subject to its genres dated trial and error gameplay, but its so refined and beautifully presented its a pleasure to explore from start to finish.
iOS, Free remove ads 2.99 (Mikkel Christiansen)
Artfully blending solitaire and match-3, you need to line up three or more cards of the same suit, which then vanish, making way for more cards to arrive from the top of its neat and tidy interface.
Youll also need to complete short-term goals like setting up matches with cards in numerical ascending or descending order. That adds interest, but unfortunately also underlines how dependent you are on the cards youre dealt, and those that happen to be sitting in the grid.
The game swiftly adds more suits, and you can buy power ups that let you clear rows, or give you more turns to complete goals, but even though its authentic to solitaire, that niggling random factor holds it back.
iOS & Android, 3.99 (Plug In Digital)
Like a great many mobile games, Unmemory starts with a notice advising you to wear headphones. Unlike almost any other mobile game, it also advises you to make notes and lots of them.
Starting with your character waking up naked and bloodied in a strange flat, events unfold as a mixture of reading and interaction, the pages of its text neatly incorporating the props, clues, and mechanisms youll need to unravel its deepening mystery.
Like Simogos classic of interactive fiction, Device 6, this cheerfully plays with the format, exploiting both touchscreen and motion sensing for puzzles that require logical deduction, are never unreasonably abstruse and, above all, make you feel smart for solving them.
iOS, Apple Arcade (John William Evelyn)
Set in a perfectly blank, white world that gradually populates itself with trees, shipwrecks, and fragments of architecture, the words that make up this not-quite-story swirl into sentences in front of you as you move.
Beautifully hand-drawn in black and white, you follow lines of arches or paper windmills to the next area, watching the stunning visual delights unfold in front of you.
Unfortunately, despite the high quality of the artwork the text amounts to little more than pseudo-philosophical new age gibberish, and without a plot or anything much to say, the experience is disappointingly hollow.
iOS & Android, free-to-play or 3 (Pixelbite)
With colourful landscapes, a top-down viewpoint, and tactical gameplay that rewards stealth and judicious use of cover, if youve played either of the previous Space Marshals games this will be like coming home. Home in this case is a dusty Wild West space opera populated by grizzled astro-criminals and moustachioed, gun-toting lawmen.
Sharing the lofty production values of its predecessors, the third instalment continues in exactly the same vein, which is no bad thing given how universally well received the first two games were.
If there is a complaint, its that the aiming mechanic, where you drag your finger in the direction you want to shoot and then release to fire, is prone to inaccuracy, but honestly its just nice to have new levels to play through.
Email email@example.com, leave a comment below, and follow us on Twitter
MORE : Best new mobile games on iOS and Android October 2020 round-up
MORE : Best new mobile games on iOS and Android September 2020 round-up
MORE : Best new mobile games on iOS and Android August 2020 round-up
Follow Metro Gaming on Twitter and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more stories like this, check our Gaming page.
View original post here:
Best new mobile games on iOS and Android - November 2020 round-up - Metro.co.uk
- 37GAMES' Puzzles & Survival is Trending Everywhere, according to YouTubers and Download Rankings - PRNewswire - January 24th, 2021
- Bonnies solve another Pittsburgh puzzle, extend streak to six - pickinsplinters.com - January 24th, 2021
- Award-Winning Puzzle Adventure Game, Arrog, Releasing on PS4 and PS5 in February - PlayStation LifeStyle - January 24th, 2021
- The Case For Valve To Bring Back The Portal Series | Game Rant - GameRant - January 24th, 2021
- Switch Puzzle games where you have to manipulate certain environment/character elements to prevent catastrophe? - Nintendo Switch Forum - Page 1 -... - January 22nd, 2021
- These 5 Steam Games Have the BEST Reviews on the Platform - Here's Why - CBR - Comic Book Resources - January 22nd, 2021
- COVID-19 led an L.A. troupe to reject Zoom theater for games - Los Angeles Times - January 22nd, 2021
- SwitchArcade Round-Up: 'Colorful Colore', 'Timothy & the Mysterious Forest', and Today's Other New Releases and Sales - Touch Arcade - January 22nd, 2021
- The Last Of Us Part 2 has the best storytelling in a video game - Metro.co.uk - January 22nd, 2021
- Keep Calm and Stay Adapted - UMM News, Sports & Events - January 22nd, 2021
- 10 Xbox 360 Games That Were Held Back By The Hardware - TheGamer - January 22nd, 2021
- Review: Ray's The Dead - Movies Games and Tech - January 22nd, 2021
- Galactic Civilizations III is free on the Epic Games Store this week - PC Invasion - January 22nd, 2021
- The state of VR in 2021 - PC Gamer - January 22nd, 2021
- Love Among the Shadows: Beautiful Puzzle Platformer 'Eternal Hope' Launches on PC - GamingLyfe Network - January 22nd, 2021
- Doom Eternal: The most overlooked game of 2020 - Sportskeeda - January 22nd, 2021
- What The Critics Are Saying About Nuts - Looper - January 22nd, 2021
- This free puzzler is a clever twist on the Minesweeper formula - PC Gamer - January 20th, 2021
- Paruzal Games Celebrates One Year Anniversary Wins Best Puzzle Design Award for Pizza Makes Anything Possible - PRUnderground - January 20th, 2021
- Alex Zandra's Top 10 Games of 2020 - Giant Bomb - January 20th, 2021
- Review: Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 - Movies Games and Tech - January 20th, 2021
- Greg Miller's Top 10 Games of 2020 - Giant Bomb - January 20th, 2021
- Games of the week: El Hijo A Wild West Tale, Override 2: Super Mech League, When the Past was Around, and Alba: A Wildlife Adventure - Inverness... - January 20th, 2021
- Survival Z, Lumen and Populus Run: All the games we can't wait to play on Apple Arcade - Best gaming pro - January 20th, 2021
- Will Smith's Top 11 Games of 2020 - Giant Bomb - January 20th, 2021
- 3 Point And Click Puzzle Games That Are Great For Kids - NPR - January 15th, 2021
- What We Want to See in the New Indiana Jones Game | Game Rant - GameRant - January 15th, 2021
- Out Now: 'Erica - Interactive Thriller', 'Neon Beats', 'Yankai's Diamond', 'Picnic Penguin', 'Onmyoji: The Card Game', 'Basketball vs Zombies', 'The... - January 15th, 2021
- Review: The Pillar: Puzzle escape - Movies Games and Tech - January 15th, 2021
- Review: Professor Lupo: Ocean - Movies Games and Tech - January 15th, 2021
- Save on big games in the latest Nintendo eShop sale - Thumbsticks - January 15th, 2021
- Ford has been inside player Panthers have needed - Arkansas Online - January 15th, 2021
- Actually Chat To Your Own Digital Assistant In Acolyte, The Narrative/Puzzle Game About AI - TheGamer - January 13th, 2021
- The Best Escape Room Game Is Coming To Steam | TheGamer - TheGamer - January 13th, 2021
- CES 2021: The Wowcube is a next-gen puzzle gaming console that I need - Critical Hit - January 13th, 2021
- Daniel Kleffmann's Blog - Collaboration games in the aftermath of COVID-19 - Gamasutra - January 13th, 2021
- Deal: Who Thinks They Can Solve These Areaware Gradient Puzzles? - InsideHook - January 13th, 2021
- SwitchArcade Round-Up: 'S.U.M. - Slay Uncool Monsters', 'Epitaph', and Today's Other New Releases and Sales - Touch Arcade - January 13th, 2021
- REVIEW: Luna: The Shadow Dust Updates the Old Adventure Game Genre - CBR - Comic Book Resources - January 9th, 2021
- Pictopix is four years old and still the best Picross game on PC - Rock Paper Shotgun - January 9th, 2021
- Choose Topeka brought him here. Now he's releasing his first video game from the capital city. - The Topeka Capital-Journal - January 9th, 2021
- Puzzling through romance - The Tech - January 9th, 2021
- Metacritics 10 Highest Rated Games, According To User Score - GameRant - January 9th, 2021
- Eight great-looking PC games not to miss in January - PCGamesN - January 9th, 2021
- Screen-free weekend activities for kids: Keep them busy with puzzles, colouring books and more - The Independent - January 9th, 2021
- Five games I wish everyone played in 2020 - Destructoid - January 9th, 2021
- Top mobile apps of 2020: TikTok, Fitbit, Roblox and Among Us lead the way - GeekWire - January 9th, 2021
- The games we're looking forward to in 2021 - Eurogamer.net - January 9th, 2021
- Hitman 3 preview -- Beginning the end of a bloody journey - PC Invasion - January 9th, 2021
- 55 'hidden gems' released on the Switch eShop in 2020 - Destructoid - January 9th, 2021
- Heres Your Chance To Get Your Mobile Game Published And Win SGD$160,000 - IGN Southeast Asia - January 9th, 2021
- Free Guy Might Be The Only Video Game Movie The World Needs - GameRant - January 9th, 2021
- Meet the Puzzle Makers of New York Times Games - The New York Times - January 5th, 2021
- Why Gamers Should Be at the Top of Your Hiring List - Built In - January 5th, 2021
- Good Reads from Brilliant Books: 'The Inheritance Games' by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - 9&10 News - January 5th, 2021
- Oculus Quest Games 2021: Every Title Coming This Year - UploadVR - January 5th, 2021
- VR Puzzler Hyperstacks Will Be Coming To Steam Q2 2021 - Bleeding Cool News - January 5th, 2021
- Why Is Tetris the Most Searched Game Even Today - PVP Live - January 5th, 2021
- Lego Indiana Jones: 5 Things The Games Got Right About The Movies (& 5 They Got Wrong) - GameRant - January 5th, 2021
- Plant a garden, solve puzzles and save the world in these video games - The Japan Times - January 4th, 2021
- The Pillar is Headed to Mobile in 2021 - mxdwn.com - January 4th, 2021
- 36 temporarily free and 73 on-sale apps and games for New Year's Day - Android Police - January 4th, 2021
- 8 Best Games Masahiro Sakurai Worked On That Aren't Super Smash Bros. (According To Metacritic) - TheGamer - January 4th, 2021
- TheGamer Editor's Choices Of 2020 - Eric Switzer | TheGamer - TheGamer - January 4th, 2021
- We're Just Playing: Some Our Favorite Games of the Year - 25YearsLaterSite.com - January 4th, 2021
- Review: Call of the Sea Has Phenomenal Graphics, Somewhat Easy Puzzles - thirdcoastreview.com - December 31st, 2020
- The 10 video games that made 2020 bearable - The Next Web - December 31st, 2020
- Chess.com Puzzle Week 2021: All The Information - Chess.com - December 31st, 2020
- Faheys Top 10 Games Of 2020 - Kotaku Australia - December 31st, 2020
- Wccftechs Best Adventure Games of 2020 Means to Escape - Wccftech - December 31st, 2020
- The Best Video Game of 2020 Taught Me Patience in an Impatient Year - VICE - December 31st, 2020
- Test eyes, hands and mind in soccer board game from Bethel hall-of-famer in Mishawaka - South Bend Tribune - December 31st, 2020
- Hell Sports, Wingspan, Cube Raiders, The Innsmouth Case and the uber-cheap FUZE Player arrive on Switch - Games Asylum - December 31st, 2020
- Smith the problem solver faces tough new puzzle - The Roar - December 31st, 2020
- How To Get The Most Out Of Xbox Game Pass - Kotaku - December 31st, 2020
- Call of the Sea Interview Art Style, Puzzles, Story, and More - GamingBolt - December 28th, 2020
- Professor Lupo: Ocean is a puzzle adventure game that's set to release for iOS, Android and Switch today - Pocket Gamer - December 28th, 2020
- 10 Anime That Are Actually Better As Video Games | CBR - CBR - Comic Book Resources - December 28th, 2020
- Who Wants Candy? - The New York Times - December 28th, 2020
- SwitchArcade Round-Up: 'BIT.TRIP' Series, 'Door Kickers', 'DungeonTop', and Today's Other New Releases and Sales - Touch Arcade - December 28th, 2020