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Top 10 platformers on mobile: Super Mario Run, Limbo, and more

Platformers have been around for almost as long as the video game industry itself. Players of a certain age will no doubt have fond memories of Pitfall, Manic Miner and a barrel-tossing ape called Donkey Kong, while others discovered home consoles when Mario and Sonic went head to head for genre dominance in the years that followed.

On mobile, platformers come in all shapes and sizes, from auto-runners to retro revivals, and these games have brought some of the biggest names in the genre to iOS and Android. Looking for one to jump right into? Here are 10 of the best on the app stores.

10. Duke Dashington

Adventure Islands

Publisher: Adventure Islands

Available On: iOSAndroid

When it comes to mobile platformers, developers have to get creative since touchscreen controls can present challenges in this genre. Duke Dashington is a good example of platforming innovation on tablets and smartphones as it makes the right cutbacks without sacrificing playability.

Players take control of the titular Duke and pillage trap-filled tombs via simple screen swipes. Swipe left, and the moustached hero will fly in that direction until he crashes into something. Levels are short, sweet and often challenging, making them compelling and ideal for playing on the go. It also earns bonus points for making us nostalgic for Wario Land.

9. Thomas Was Alone

Bossa Studios

Publisher: Bossa Studios

Available On: iOS, Android

Thomas Was Alone is the most fun anyone’s ever had with blocks since Jenga was first invented way back when. The game combines platforming and puzzle elements seamlessly and follows a bunch of minimalistic coloured rectangles as they team up to navigate a strange world.

Who would ever have thought mere rectangles could have so much personality? Along with boasting clever problem-solving tasks, this indie classic also works as a powerful ode to friendship and teamwork.

8. Limbo

Publisher: Playdead

Available On: iOS, Android

Monochromatic platformer Limbo is a work of art, as much for its infinitely inventive puzzles as its stylish noir visuals. Playdead’s slick side-scroller follows a young boy who ventures into to purgatory in search of his lost sister, and players must help him avoid deadly traps, giant spiders and other fatal hazards along the way.

Limbo debuted on home consoles during the previous hardware generation but it still holds up on mobile today thanks to those timeless puzzles. The gameplay evolves as you progress, first hitting you with simple block-pushing conundrums before throwing anti-gravity machines and rooms that spin around in circles into the mix.

7. Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Sega

Publisher: Sega

Available On: iOS, Android

When Sega announced it was working on a project dubbed ‘Sega Forever’, the early reports suggested a Netflix-style streaming service full of retro games was on its way to mobile devices. It was an anti-climax when it turned out to be an initiative to optimise a bunch of games the studio had released on the app stores once before.

Nevertheless, at least Sega Forever brought us a decent version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, one of the finest platformers of the 16-bit era. New features include save game support, bonus materials and refined controls. The virtual thumbstick doesn’t offer quite as much precision as a Mega Drive D-pad, but this is otherwise the Sonic 2 you know and love.

6. Vector 2

Publisher: Nekki

Available On: iOS, Android

Many mobile platformers take on the form of auto-runners as they are a great fit for touchscreen controls. There are countless examples of these on the app store, but Vector 2 is a cut above the competition. Nekki’s dystopian sequel puts is own spin on the concept by incorporating parkour elements and dark, science fiction-themed backdrops.

The action is fast-paced and dynamic and offers more substance than most auto-runners. Moreover, the stages are procedurally-generated to keep the sense of deja vu at bay during repeat playthroughs.

5. Rayman Jungle Run

Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

Available On: iOS, Android

Rayman Jungle Run is another fine example of an auto-runner done right. With its gorgeous cartoon visuals and increasingly-sophisticated gameplay, the Ubisoft title has as much depth as some of the flagship side-scrollers found on home consoles.

Whether you’re leaping, floating or soaring your way across its colourful backdrops, Rayman Jungle Run is never less than a carnival of platforming fun, and the way it drip-feeds new abilities and challenges throughout will keep you hooked. Give it a whirl. If it strikes a chord, there’s plenty more Rayman on the app stores to sink your teeth into, with Fiesta Run and Adventures offering more of the same.

4. VVVVVV

Terry Cavanagh

Publisher: Terry Cavanagh

Available On: iOS, Android

A platformer where you can’t jump might sound like a shoot-em-up where you can’t shoot, but VVVVVV works surprisingly well. Instead of leaping over obstacles, players flip the world upside down with a tap of the screen. If there’s a pit of spikes in your way, the path to progression is dancing on the ceiling. Well, walking, but you get the picture.

With its gravity-bending mechanics, Terry Cavanagh’s indie gem pits platform fans against unique challenges. What’s more, the ZX Spectrum-esque visuals give VVVVVV a retro edge.

3. Vulture Island

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Publisher: Donut Games

Available On: iOS, Android

One minute evoking Super Mario Bros 3 with its overworld map, the next taking a leaf out of LucasArts’ book on adventure games with its zany, item-based puzzles, Vulture Island is a cocktail of retro delights.

At its core is an 8-bit-style platformer, but with so much hidden depth. Vulture Island is a surprisingly liberating, non-linear experience with multiple playable characters and puzzles that will test your ability to think laterally.

2. Terraria

505 Games

Publisher: 505 Games

Available On: iOS, Android

Terraria has been drawing Minecraft comparisons since it crafted its way onto mobile devices back in 2013, but to say it’s basically the Mojang game reimagined as a platformer sells it short. Sure, you can build things and mine raw materials, but that’s where the similarities end.

Terraria is about unbridled exploration. It dumps players in the middle of a randomly-generated world and encourages them to explore every nook and cranny of it. There are always weird and wonderful sights to see, from mountains and underground jungles, to flying cyclops monsters and RPG-style dungeons. The game may look like a platformer, and at times feel like side-scrolling Minecraft, but there’s so much more to it than that.

1. Super Mario Run

Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo

Available On: iOS, Android

Mario on mobile! What a time to be alive! When Nintendo brought its dungaree-clad mascot to mobile devices, it took many of the concepts from his more recent 2D adventures and repackaged them for smartphones. This was done by reverse engineering Super Mario Bros as an auto-runner, but it lost none of its magic along the way.

Although it can be played one-handed, Super Mario Run feels like something close to the full-fat Mario experience. The graphics look beautifully polished and the gameplay flows nicely. The only real difference is that you can’t backtrack, though Nintendo has thrown in extra features to compensate for the necessary streamlining.

Toad Rally, in which players race against the ghosts of other users online, and the chance to build your own mini Mushroom Kingdom outside of the mainline campaign add stacks of longevity, and there’s bound to be further content updates in the plumber’s pipeline.

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15 most exciting mobile games in soft launch right now

Some developers like to play it safe when launching a mobile game. Rather than release it worldwide in one fell swoop, certain studios insist on soft launching their wares in testbed territories to help them zap any bugs and glitches ahead of mass consumption.

This is good news for players in the tester countries as they can get their mitts on these games before everyone else, while the rest of the world can take a vicarious sneak peek at what’s in store.

Here are the games currently in soft launch that you need to know about.

15. Battlelands Royale

Futureplay

Publisher: Futureplay

Available On: iOS, Android (Finland, Poland, Ukraine)

Battle royale fever has the mobile games industry in its grip right now but there’s always room for more of these titles, providing they bring something new to an increasingly saturated genre. Battlelands Royale is doing that with its high accessibility, colourful top-down visuals and short, sweet multiplayer contests that are ideal for consuming on the move.

14. DC: Unchained

FourThirtyThree Inc

Publisher: FourThirtyThree Inc

Available On: iOS, Android (South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam)

DC: Unchained is basically Marvel Future Fight for people who prefer Batman and Superman to Spider-Man and Iron Man. It’s a team-based superhero brawler in which players pit heroes and villains against one another at famous locations from across the DC Universe. Gotham City and Metropolis are among them, obviously.

13. Darkness Rises

Nexon

Publisher: Nexon

Available On: iOS, Android (New Zealand, Australia, Canada)

Nexon’s Darkness Rises is an action-RPG that wouldn’t look out of place on recent home consoles, with its cutting-edge 3D graphics and fleshed-out narrative. You’ll hack and slash your way through hordes of demons, raid dungeons and do battle with screen-filling bosses.

12. Justice Royale

Zapling Studios

Publisher: Zapling Studios

Available On: iOS (Philippines)

Despite what its name suggests, Justice Royale isn’t another addition to the crowded battle royale space. It’s actually a slick and stylish side-scrolling brawler for iOS, with RPG elements thrown in for added depth.

11. NBA 2K Mobile

2K

Publisher: 2K

Available On: iOS (New Zealand)

Not to be confused with the other officially-licensed basketball games on tablets and smartphones, NBA 2K Mobile takes a slightly different approach by placing the emphasis on squad building. The aim is to assemble the ultimate NBA roster, train up your players and take part in a range of different competitions for daily rewards. Slam dunk!

10. Wild Guardians

PlayStack Ltd

Publisher: PlayStack Ltd

Available On: iOS (Philippines)

A tower defence game full of anthropomorphic animals with attitude, Wild Guardians has personality and killer content to spare. There’s a meaty single-player campaign to work your way through and endless fun to be had in multiplayer afterwards.

9. Power Rangers: All Stars

Nexon

Publisher: Nexon

Available On: iOS, Android (Philippines, Australia, New Zealand)

What Nexon has done with the Power Rangers license here will delight fans of the TV shows. Power Rangers: All Stars is an RPG in which players can recruit characters from the length and breadth of the franchise into their squad of five. You can form alliances with other teams or wage war on them inside the arenas.

8. Rumble Stars Soccer

Frogmind

Publisher: Frogmind

Available On: iOS (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines)

Don’t expect to see Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi take to the park in Frogmind’s new football game Rumble Stars Soccer, but you will find a colourful cast of anthropomorphic beasts among your squad ranks. This is no FIFA competitor – it’s a casual PvP offering based around fast-paced, combo-oriented gameplay.

7. Digimon Soul Chasers Season 2

Bandai Namco

Publisher: Bandai Namco

Available On: iOS, Android (South Korea)

Digimon Soul Chasers’ sequel features more of the same, and that’s no bad thing as far as the fans are concerned. Season 2 is another hybrid mashup of PvP and RPG that tasks players with raising Digimon and pitting them against others in battle. There are 120 creatures to collect this time. Gotta catch ’em all. Oh, wait… that’s a different franchise.

6. Knights Chronicle

Netmarble

Publisher: Netmarble

Available On: Android (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam)

Knights Chronicle is a hotly-anticipated RPG from Netmarble. Expect a console-grade experience with polished 3D visuals rendered in anime style, lavish cut scenes and full voice acting. Gameplay-wise, it’s a free-to-play title with prominent strategy elements set against a fantasy backdrop where there are more than 100 unique heroes to interact with.

5. Maze: Shadow of Light

AwesomePIG

Publisher: AwesomePIG

Available On: Android (Malaysia, Philippines)

An action-RPG with slick cartoony graphics, Maze: Shadow of Light whisks players away to the fantasy world of Tera and tasks them with vanquishing the evil Diabolus. The solo campaign is vast, spanning 50 levels, and there are also PvP and co-op modes for added longevity.

4. Puzzle Clash Heroes

Ooblada

Publisher: Ooblada

Available On: iOS, Android (Canada, Philippines)

Puzzle Clash Heroes is a genre-bending offering from French studio Ooblada, which has merged puzzle, arena duelling and light RPG components together in one free-to-play package. Players must grow and develop a team of heroes through match-up puzzling and turn-based combat.

3. The Island: Survival Challenge

Endemol Shine

Publisher: Endemol Shine

Available On: iOS, Android (New Zealand)

Bear Grylls on mobile? What’s not to love? It may be a digital recreation of the survivalist expert’s likeness we’re talking about, but he’s handing out challenges on a remote desert island nonetheless. The Island: Survival Challenge pits players against touchscreen versions of the trials seen on the TV show, tasks that can only be completed by following Bear’s expert advice.

2. Royal House Slots

King

Publisher: King

Available On: iOS, Android (Netherlands, Malaysia)

Candy Crush studio King has tried its hand at a mobile slots simulation, and the results are as colourful as you’d expect. You try your luck at the game’s digital slot machines without the risk of losing any money, since King hands over 100,000 virtual coins when you join the party. Why not take it for a spin?

1. The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

Available On: iOS (Canada)

The long-awaited mobile port of a PC game that shut its servers down in 2016, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot brings an authentic Diablo-style hack-n-slash experience to tablets and smartphones. There’s dungeon crawling, epic boss battles and mountains of loot on offer. Mighty Quest is currently in soft launch on iOS over in Canada and will also be released for Android devices when Ubisoft feels it’s good and ready.

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15 most exciting mobile games in soft launch right now

Some developers like to play it safe when launching a mobile game. Rather than release it worldwide in one fell swoop, certain studios insist on soft launching their wares in testbed territories to help them zap any bugs and glitches ahead of mass consumption.

This is good news for players in the tester countries as they can get their mitts on these games before everyone else, while the rest of the world can take a vicarious sneak peek at what’s in store.

Here are the games currently in soft launch that you need to know about.

15. Battlelands Royale

Futureplay

Publisher: Futureplay

Available On: iOS, Android (Finland, Poland, Ukraine)

Battle royale fever has the mobile games industry in its grip right now but there’s always room for more of these titles, providing they bring something new to an increasingly saturated genre. Battlelands Royale is doing that with its high accessibility, colourful top-down visuals and short, sweet multiplayer contests that are ideal for consuming on the move.

14. DC: Unchained

FourThirtyThree Inc

Publisher: FourThirtyThree Inc

Available On: iOS, Android (South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam)

DC: Unchained is basically Marvel Future Fight for people who prefer Batman and Superman to Spider-Man and Iron Man. It’s a team-based superhero brawler in which players pit heroes and villains against one another at famous locations from across the DC Universe. Gotham City and Metropolis are among them, obviously.

13. Darkness Rises

Nexon

Publisher: Nexon

Available On: iOS, Android (New Zealand, Australia, Canada)

Nexon’s Darkness Rises is an action-RPG that wouldn’t look out of place on recent home consoles, with its cutting-edge 3D graphics and fleshed-out narrative. You’ll hack and slash your way through hordes of demons, raid dungeons and do battle with screen-filling bosses.

12. Justice Royale

Zapling Studios

Publisher: Zapling Studios

Available On: iOS (Philippines)

Despite what its name suggests, Justice Royale isn’t another addition to the crowded battle royale space. It’s actually a slick and stylish side-scrolling brawler for iOS, with RPG elements thrown in for added depth.

11. NBA 2K Mobile

2K

Publisher: 2K

Available On: iOS (New Zealand)

Not to be confused with the other officially-licensed basketball games on tablets and smartphones, NBA 2K Mobile takes a slightly different approach by placing the emphasis on squad building. The aim is to assemble the ultimate NBA roster, train up your players and take part in a range of different competitions for daily rewards. Slam dunk!

10. Wild Guardians

PlayStack Ltd

Publisher: PlayStack Ltd

Available On: iOS (Philippines)

A tower defence game full of anthropomorphic animals with attitude, Wild Guardians has personality and killer content to spare. There’s a meaty single-player campaign to work your way through and endless fun to be had in multiplayer afterwards.

9. Power Rangers: All Stars

Nexon

Publisher: Nexon

Available On: iOS, Android (Philippines, Australia, New Zealand)

What Nexon has done with the Power Rangers license here will delight fans of the TV shows. Power Rangers: All Stars is an RPG in which players can recruit characters from the length and breadth of the franchise into their squad of five. You can form alliances with other teams or wage war on them inside the arenas.

8. Rumble Stars Soccer

Frogmind

Publisher: Frogmind

Available On: iOS (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines)

Don’t expect to see Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi take to the park in Frogmind’s new football game Rumble Stars Soccer, but you will find a colourful cast of anthropomorphic beasts among your squad ranks. This is no FIFA competitor – it’s a casual PvP offering based around fast-paced, combo-oriented gameplay.

7. Digimon Soul Chasers Season 2

Bandai Namco

Publisher: Bandai Namco

Available On: iOS, Android (South Korea)

Digimon Soul Chasers’ sequel features more of the same, and that’s no bad thing as far as the fans are concerned. Season 2 is another hybrid mashup of PvP and RPG that tasks players with raising Digimon and pitting them against others in battle. There are 120 creatures to collect this time. Gotta catch ’em all. Oh, wait… that’s a different franchise.

6. Knights Chronicle

Netmarble

Publisher: Netmarble

Available On: Android (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam)

Knights Chronicle is a hotly-anticipated RPG from Netmarble. Expect a console-grade experience with polished 3D visuals rendered in anime style, lavish cut scenes and full voice acting. Gameplay-wise, it’s a free-to-play title with prominent strategy elements set against a fantasy backdrop where there are more than 100 unique heroes to interact with.

5. Maze: Shadow of Light

AwesomePIG

Publisher: AwesomePIG

Available On: Android (Malaysia, Philippines)

An action-RPG with slick cartoony graphics, Maze: Shadow of Light whisks players away to the fantasy world of Tera and tasks them with vanquishing the evil Diabolus. The solo campaign is vast, spanning 50 levels, and there are also PvP and co-op modes for added longevity.

4. Puzzle Clash Heroes

Ooblada

Publisher: Ooblada

Available On: iOS, Android (Canada, Philippines)

Puzzle Clash Heroes is a genre-bending offering from French studio Ooblada, which has merged puzzle, arena duelling and light RPG components together in one free-to-play package. Players must grow and develop a team of heroes through match-up puzzling and turn-based combat.

3. The Island: Survival Challenge

Endemol Shine

Publisher: Endemol Shine

Available On: iOS, Android (New Zealand)

Bear Grylls on mobile? What’s not to love? It may be a digital recreation of the survivalist expert’s likeness we’re talking about, but he’s handing out challenges on a remote desert island nonetheless. The Island: Survival Challenge pits players against touchscreen versions of the trials seen on the TV show, tasks that can only be completed by following Bear’s expert advice.

2. Royal House Slots

King

Publisher: King

Available On: iOS, Android (Netherlands, Malaysia)

Candy Crush studio King has tried its hand at a mobile slots simulation, and the results are as colourful as you’d expect. You try your luck at the game’s digital slot machines without the risk of losing any money, since King hands over 100,000 virtual coins when you join the party. Why not take it for a spin?

1. The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

Available On: iOS (Canada)

The long-awaited mobile port of a PC game that shut its servers down in 2016, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot brings an authentic Diablo-style hack-n-slash experience to tablets and smartphones. There’s dungeon crawling, epic boss battles and mountains of loot on offer. Mighty Quest is currently in soft launch on iOS over in Canada and will also be released for Android devices when Ubisoft feels it’s good and ready.

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The best football games on mobile

Another Premier League season has come to an end and the pre-World Cup withdrawal symptoms are about to kick in, but there are plenty of places football fans can turn to keep them at bay.

The app stores are packed with beautiful games, from life-consuming football management sims, to casual togger titles that are basically the gaming equivalent of jumpers for goalposts. Here are the best of them…

10. New Star Soccer

New Star Games

Publisher: New Star Games

Available On: iOS, Android

New Star Soccer might feature a mind-boggling array of teams from around the world, but it’s pleasingly simplistic out there on the pitch. New Star Games’ mobile opus is based around an accessible swipe interface that lets you shoot and score with just one hand.

This is part swipey football sim, part casual life simulation as users are also in control of aspects of their player’s affairs away from the pitch. You can buy property, visit the casino and even get yourself into a relationship when you’re not banging them in for your team.

9. Real Football

Gameloft

Publisher: Gameloft

Available On: iOS, Android

Gameloft took a stab at porting the full FIFA experience to the palm of your hand when it brought Real Football to mobile devices several seasons ago. The game looks and plays just like a console-grade football title, with a virtual stick and buttons for directing the action on the pitch.

There are some real-life players and teams featured thanks to licensing deals, a range of game modes – including exhibition, league and international matches – and personalisation options. Users can customise their team’s kit and even upgrade their stadiums. Back of the net!

8. Tiki Taka Soccer

Panic Barn

Publisher: Panic Barn

Available On: iOS, Android

The age-old footy classic Sensible Soccer isn’t available on mobile devices, but that’s nothing to get all worked up about, since we have the next best thing on iOS and Android. Tiki Taka Soccer looks, feels and plays like a fitting homage to the Amiga and PC favourite.

The game shows the action from a bird’s eye view and uses a no-nonsense touch-and-tap interface. It’s simple to pick up, but takes a short lifetime to master. There’s more on offer here than just retro kicks.

7. FIFA Mobile

FIFA Mobile

Publisher: EA Sports

Available On: iOS, Android

FIFA’s leap to mobile saw the game reimagined as a social experience, in which you’ll spend most of your time blasting through match segments, rather than entire games. Typical challenges FIFA Mobile might throw at you include scoring as many as possible before half time, overturning a deficit with a quarter of the game remaining or winning a penalty shootout.

EA Sports obviously felt these scenarios are better suited to tablets and smartphones than full matches or entire seasons, but the depth comes in the shape of social features. There’s a big focus on squad building – bolstered by an extensive licensing agreement – competing online, challenging your friends and joining global competitions.

6. PES 2018

PES 2017

Publisher: Konami

Available On: iOS, Android

Konami took a different approach to EA Sports when it came to porting their bestselling football game to mobile devices. While FIFA was reimagined as an abridged experience suited to on-the-go play, Pro Evolution Soccer is the real deal, albeit with some necessary concessions.

If you’re after something close to the full PES experience on tablets and smartphones, PES 2018 has you covered, with its 3D visuals and extensive online features. The number of licensed teams and players may be thin on the ground compared to FIFA, but PES at least has legends such as David Beckham, Romario and Ian Rush on board this season.

5. Pocket League Story 2

Kairosoft

Publisher: Kairosoft

Available On: iOS, Android

Pocket League 2 is football management at its most casual. You won’t find any real-life players or teams here, or be forced to navigate endless menu screens to set your tactics. Kairosoft’s take on the beautiful game is stripped down, upbeat and filled with cutesy sprites.

The game tells a true underdog story as you take a squad of no-hopers to the dizzying heights of football glory, building up your stadium, facilities, backroom staff and squad of fictitious superstars along the way. The sequel’s headline inclusion is a multiplayer mode, while lets users pit their winning XI against that of rival managers from around the world.

4. Top Eleven 2018

Nordeus

Publisher: Nordeus

Available On: iOS, Android

Top Eleven is basically a football management simulation for those who prefer a more ‘gamey’ experience than the mobile Football Manager instalments provide. It’s a streamlined offering designed with tablets and smartphones in mind, but that isn’t to say it lacks depth.

In Top Eleven, you’ll be in charge of every aspect of your club, from stadium construction to formations, transfers and tactics. There are more than 5,000 real-life players among the game’s ranks, so it doesn’t skimp entirely on authenticity. Here we have a happy middle ground between Football Manager and Pocket League Story 2.

3. Flick Kick Football

PikPok

Publisher: PikPok

Available On: iOS, Android

The mobile gaming sector is broad enough to host a wide range of different football titles. If console-esque is what you’re after, PES 2018 is the way to go, while those seeking an in-depth management experience should look no further than Football Manager Touch.

But maybe you want neither of those things, and are instead looking for a quick flickabout to take the sting out of a commute. In that case, Flick Kick Football is where you should turn. It’s an ultra-casual, arcade offering based on pitch-perfect flick and swipe controls. Who’d have thought you could net a wonder goal with just one finger?

2. Football Manager Mobile

Publisher: Sports Interactive

Available On: iOS, Android

The first of two Football Manager titles to round off our list, FM Mobile 2018 is the one to go for if the idea of playing the game anywhere on your smartphone appeals. This is the definitive footy simulation scaled down so it fits in the palm of your hand.

Much of the porting process involved tailoring the game for handsets. There’s no 3D match engine – games play out in old-school, text-centric fashion – and the menu screens have been optimised for limited display real estate, but the depth and authenticity are still there. Players have the chance to manage teams from all over the world, backed by a massive database of real players, and the amount of tactical nouse FM Mobile 2018 calls for would put Pep Guardiola through his paces.

1. Football Manager Touch 2018

Sports Interactive

Publisher: Sports Interactive

Available On: iOS, Android

Sports Interactive pulled off something spectacular with Football Manager Touch by bringing the definitive Football Manager experience to iPad and Android tablets, so you can immerse yourself in it at home and away. To be precise, this is the streamlined Classic version found on PC, repackaged for mobile devices without concession.

From the 3D match engine to the jam-packed database and broad range of tactical options, it’s all in place here. You can even transfer your save game from the PC edition via Steam integration and continue on the move. This is the number one football management simulation on mobile.

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15 mobile games in soft launch you need to know about

No all mobile games hit every country across the world in one fell swoop. Some spend a good while in soft launch, doing the rounds in select regions so the developers can catch any bugs and glitches in their net and zap them ahead of the big, worldwide release.

Keeping a close eye on what’s at this stage in development is a good way of staying up to date with the future iOS and Android classics that are about to land in an app store near you, and here are the most exciting games in soft launch right now.

15. Battlelands Royale

Futureplay

Publisher: Futureplay

Available On: iOS & Android (Finland, Poland, Ukraine)

Battle royale is all the rage on mobile right now, so it comes as no surprise than another developer has stepped up to put its own stamp on the concept. Futureplay’s Badlands Royale is a casul entry to the genre in which players fight to the death with 23 others in a gradually-shrinking arena. Snap it up now if you’re in Poland, Finland or the Ukraine.

14. Emerge!

Gram Games

Publisher: Gram Games

Available On: iOS (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand)

There’s nothing like a simple, addictive puzzler to kill time when life throws a waiting room stay or a public transport journey at you. Emerge! is a new one from Gram Games and it promises a gentle learning curve and fiendishly compelling match-up gameplay.

13. Card Smash: Tribes at War

Heavyweight Rex

Publisher: Heavyweight Rex

Available On: Australia, Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, Philippines, India

Card Smash: Tribes at War is a mobile card battler made by a developer that sounds like a boxing dinosaur. Heavyweight Rex’s iOS exclusive challenges you to build the ultimate deck, scale the leaderboard and make your mark on a world where tribes are forever at war.

12. Diamond Diaries Saga

King

Publisher: King

Available On: Android (Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Poland)

When it comes to colourful puzzle games, King really lives up to its name. The Candy Crush studio is back with another infectious casual game that challenges players to match objects by colour. Diamond Diaries Saga is available now in Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Poland.

11. Rocky Horror: Touch Me

Rocket Lolly Games

Publisher: Rocket Lolly Games

Available On: iOS & Android (Denmark, Ireland, Sweden)

Rhythm-action gets a Rocky Horror twist in Rocket Lolly Games’ Rocky Horror: Touch Me. With a swipe to the left and a tap to the right, you can star in your own version of Richard O’Brien’s hit musical and dance along to its most iconic tracks.

10. Quantum Siege

Armada Interactive

Publisher: Armada Interactive

Available On: iOS (Philippines, Malaysia, Canada, Qatar, Australia, Romania, Singapore, Ireland, Finland, United Arab Emirates, Iceland)

Sci-fi strategy Quantum Siege has you directing an army on an intergalactic battlefield, commanding all kinds of high-tech units from a top-down perspective. There are daily story missions and a fleshed-out multiplayer mode to keep space cadets busy for a good while.

9. League of Dragons

Social Point

Publisher: Social Point

Available On: iOS & Android (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru)

It sounds like something from Game of Thrones, but League of Dragons is actually a cute, colourful MOBA-style offering for iOS and Android devices. Collect dragons, spells and special moves in the form of cards and then stick it to rival fire breathers in PvP contests.

8. Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak

Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

Available On: iOS & Android (Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Brazil)

Tom Clancy is sadly no longer with us, but his legacy is alive and well in gaming because Ubisoft’s keeps churning out titles with his name on them. Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak is the latest of them, and it’s basically battle royale with sniper rifles, console-quality 3D graphics and stacks of eSports potential.

7. Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians

Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

Available On: iOS & Android (Australia, Canada, Philippines, Singapore)

Ubisoft has several impressive looking mobile games in soft launch right now, and most of them are franchise fodder. Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians is a squad battler entry to the long-running fantasy series, in which players assemble teams of five heroes, kit them out and pit them against waves upon waves of enemies.

6. Temple Run: Treasure Hunters

Scopely

Publisher: Scopely

Available On: iOS & Android (Australia, Philippines)

There isn’t much running involved in the latest entry in the Temple Run series. Treasure Hunters is a spinoff which sees the franchise make strides into match-3 puzzler territory, and you can plunder it right now if you happen to live in Australia or the Philippines.

5. Guardians: A Torchlight Game

Perfect World Games

Publisher: Perfect World Games

Available On: iOS (Australia)

Action-RPG series Torchlight has been scaled down for mobile devices, but Guardians: A Torchlight Game strives to offer something close to the full-fat experience PC players have been enjoying for more than a decade. There’s dungeon crawling aplenty, weird and wonderful pets to rear and co-op to sink your teeth into.

4. Quest Hunter

2 Zombie Games

Publisher: 2 Zombie Games

Available On: iOS (Canada, Australia)

Quest Hunter is more than just another PC RPG that has made the leap to iOS devices. Sure, there’s randomly-generated dungeons, skill trees to climb and all that jazz, but its sharp narrative focus really sets it apart from the competition.

3. Sdorica

Rayark International Ltd

Publisher: Rayark International Ltd

Available On: iOS & Android (Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore)

Rayark International’s Sdorica whisks players away to a rich fantasy world where they’ll be solving puzzles one minute and taking on role-playing challenges the next. Still not convinced? You will be after you’ve feasted your eyes on the stunning animation this one boasts.

2. Monopoly Towns

Backflip Studios

Publisher: Backflip Studios

Available On: iOS & Android (Hungary, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa)

The board game that made tophats and irons trendy has spawned a mobile spinoff in the shape of Monopoly Towns, a game which throws everything from its source material out, besides the town-building aspects. It’s basically an accessible take on the Sim City formula with heightened social elements and no risk of going to jail.

1. Space Pioneer

Vivid Games

Publisher: Vivid Games

Available On: iOS & Android (Philippines, Malaysia)

Space Pioneer is an RPG which casts players as an intergalactic bounty hunter, and that means what you think it does: there’s ample opportunities to shoot aliens in the face. There’s substance on offer too, as exploration and discovering new worlds will also be high on your agenda, though not quite as high as gunning down anything that looks at you funny.

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