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15 best iOS and Android games currently in soft launch

It’s always worth keeping tabs on the mobile games in soft launch. When a developer tentatively releases its product in testbed territories, it’s usually an indication that it will be available on iOS or Android devices in your neck of the woods in the near future.

We’ve done the legwork for you, as these are the best mobile titles currently doing the rounds overseas so the studios behind them can apply bug spray in all of the right places ahead of their global launches.

15. Tales of Gaia

Snail Games

Publisher: Snail Games

Available On: iOS & Android (Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway)

Tales of Gaia is an action-MMORPG set in a vast open world populated by elves, Titans, humans and dwarves. Players in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Scandinavia can download it right now, and it shouldn’t be long before it emerges from the realm of myth elsewhere.

 14. First Hero


Publisher: Webzen

Available On: iOS & Android (Canada, Latin America, Philippines)

MU publisher Webzen is trailling its new mobile strategy First Hero in Canada, Latin America and the Philippines. Players in those regions are recruiting armies of heroes to wage war on rival clans, and when they’re not overseeing the action on the battlefield, based building, diplomacy, and troop management is surely keeping them busy.

13. Fall Tower!

Gram Games

Publisher: Gram Games

Available On: iOS (Canada, Australia, Philippines, Denmark, Netherlands)

iOS puzzler Fall Tower combines the best parts of Tetris and Jenga. Players in Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Denmark and the Netherlands are matching colours and destroying bricks, while taking care not to bring the whole tower down, right now.

12. Durango


Publisher: Nexon

Available On: iOS & Android (Korea)

Open-world MMORPG gameplay meets prehistoric thrills in Durango, an online multiplayer game set in a world where humans and dinosaurs coexist. Players in Korea are already trying to survive in this harsh, unforgiving world where mankind doesn’t always get along with the oversized reptiles they share the Earth with.

11. RIVAL: Crimson x Chaos

Section Studios

Publisher: Section Studios

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

Classic tower defence gameplay is on its way to Android devices with RIVAL: Crimson x Chaos, a game which will introduce players to a world where two factions are locked in eternal conflict. Players in Canada, Australia, Philippines and Singapore will have already decided whether their allegiances lie with the Crimson or the Chaos clan.

10. Raziel Dungeon Arena

Guangzhou DiShiTian Software

Publisher: Guangzhou DiShiTian Software

Available On: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore

There are already a few Diablo-style action-RPGs on iOS, but make way for one more. Raziel Dungeon Arena promises to cater for those who enjoy a spot of hacking, slashing, loot-gathering and dungeon plundering.

9. Returners

Nexon Company

Publisher: NEXON Company

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

Returners is another entry to the mobile battle arena genre and it will find players taking part in epic 5v5 battles over an internet connection. There are numerous MOBA titles on mobile, but this one has a hook. The teams you assemble are made up of real-life historical figures, including Robin Hood, Cleopatra, Hercules and Mozart.

8. Protostrike


Level Eight

Publisher: Level Eight

Available On: iOS (Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden)

Most multiplayer online shooters take place from the first-person perspective, but here’s one which switches the action to an overhead view. Protostrike is an arena shooter which pits players against others from across the globe. Expect fast-paced, real-time combat and incendiary contests that last no more than three minutes. Ideal for those who like to shoot first and ask questions later.

7. Opticale


Publisher: Furinkazan

Available On: iOS & Android (France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg)

In a sense, Opticale is a less cutesy version of Pokemon Go. The game uses AR and geolocation technology to whisk players off to an astral world where they must seek out a vast array of weird and wonderful creatures. It’s currently in soft launch in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

6. Nova Wars

NEXON Company

Publisher: NEXON Company

Available On: iOS & Android (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam)

Despite what the name suggests, Nova Wars has nothing to do with the popular first-person shooter series from Gameloft, but it is set against a similarly high-tech science fiction backdrop. NEXON Company’s latest offering is a PvP battler with a side helping of card collecting, with said cards serving as powers-ups for beefing up your fleet’s defensive and offensive capabilities.

5. Night Driver


Publisher: Atari

Available On: iOS & Android (Canada)

Atari has reimagined its drive-em-up classic Night Driver for mobile devices and it’s already out of first gear in Canada. The new version is an endless driver tailored for touchscreens which gives players ample opportunities to upgrade and enhance their vehicles.

4. Friday the 13th – Killer Puzzle

Blue Wizard Digital

Publisher: Blue Wizard Digital

Available On: iOS (USA)

If you thought Hellraiser was the only horror movie series based on killer puzzles, think again. Blue Wizard Digital has reimagined Friday the 13th as a logic-based game with cutesy visuals. Don’t let those colourful graphics fool you, though. As Jason Voorhees, you’ll get to murder your way through countless teens and camp councillors. You just have to solve puzzles to make it happen.

3. Firstborn: Kingdom Come

Netmarble Games Corp

Publisher: Netmarble Games Corp.

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

Real-time strategy meets MMO gameplay in Netmarble Games’ Firstborn: Kingdom Come. Players take to the throne and attempt to bring glory to their realm, mostly by smiting its enemies on the battlefield. Army building, alliance forging and contests against others players from around the world are your bread and butter.

2. Dungeon Hunter Champions


Publisher: Gameloft

Available On: iOS & Android (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia)

Shamelessly pillaging Diablo for all it’s worth must have gotten old for Gameloft, as the studio has attempted to reinvent the series for its latest instalment. Rather than playing like a carbon copy of the Blizzard titles, Dungeon Hunter Champions places the emphasis on multiplayer. The vintage hack-n-slash gameplay is still in place, except now its accompanied by co-op modes, MOBA-style battles and more.

1. B.o.T

Red Button

Publisher: Red Button

Available On: iOS (Britain, Italy, Russia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine)

iOS devices aren’t quite at the point where they’re able to run games like Titanfall without concessions, but here’s the next best thing. B.o.T – or Battle of Titans, if you prefer the more long-winded title – is a multiplayer shooter in which players pilot mechanical behemoths and shoot the bejesus out of each other in quickfire battles.


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6 new mobile games you need to try this week

My Tamagotchi Forever

When we’re not playing and writing about mobile games, we do get a chance to geek out about other stuff. One of the things we’re really excited about is Avengers: Infinity War, which is now just only seven weeks away.

In that movie, the evil Thanos is looking to assemble the six Infinity Stones to give him ultimate power over just about everything. In honor of that concept, we picked out six new mobile games that look like they would put a smile on even a Mad Titan’s face, though downloading them all won’t give you power over time, space, or the soul.

As far as we know, anyway. Let’s get into these stones! Er, games.

Fighting Fantasy Legends

Asmodee Digital is already pretty awesome at translating board games to mobile, so why not gamebooks too? Why not, indeed. Fighting Fantasy Legends is based on a trio of gamebooks from Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone but is its own thing, a dice and card-based roguelike formula that reportedly works a charm. Seems like a great fit with what Asmodee already publishes, yet another reason to give it a shot.

My Tamagotchi Forever

Mobile gamers of a certain age probably already have fond memories of the first time Tamagotchi was a thing, or even the second. It did cycle back once already, right? In any case, this new take on the popular virtual pet combines features things you would expect like feeding and caring for it but adds an AR element to the experience as well. That sounds wise for the current generation of young mobile users.

Death Coming

If you prefer to take some of the chance out of your new mobile game exploration for the week and want a title that’s already highly touted before it arrives, here’s another option for you this week. The adventure starts with your death, and you take on a new role as an agent of Death, capital ‘D.’ You’re now tasked with making sure people who are supposed to die actually do, but there are limits to your powers that make the whole enterprise challenging.

Lost in the Dungeon

We don’t know about you, but our formative D&D days taught us that drawing maps was the best way to avoid getting lost. Failing that, you could immerse yourself in this game’s card-based dungeon-crawling mechanics and try to make the best of it. The deeper you go, the more difficult the challenge becomes, but since you’re lost anyway, might as well press forward. We dig the art style too.

Master of Eternity

What does Nexon have for us this week? Considering that one user review calls it “kinda like drift girls but instead of drifting cars, its a tactical rpg gundam,” we’re not entirely sure. It’s got mecha, sweet anime-esque designs, turn-based strategy RPG battles and other things we like, so we’re going to assume they might end up assembling themselves into something cool.

Siege of Dragonspear

Yes, we might be going a little fantasy RPG-heavy this week. No, we’re not the least bit sorry about it, particularly when all of the games involved are quite different from each other. Except, you know, for the fantasy RPG part. Set in-between the first two Baldur’s Gate games and in the Forgotton Realms world, this is classic D&D style adventure as you like it, complete with a familiar voice cast, a new character class and cross-platform multiplayer. As the kids say, we are here for this.

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15 best iOS and Android games in soft launch right now

Not all mobile games land in every territory across the world simultaneously. Some developers like to play it safe and cautiously roll their product out in a select few countries to use them as testbeds, before flicking that switch to set it live on a global scale.

This practice is known as soft launching and it allows studios to work out any bugs, glitches or teething problems before shipping their latest release to the masses. Although it can be frustrating when an eagerly-anticipated game is only available in some obscure territory, players can take solace in the knowledge that it will arrive in their neck of the woods with any niggling technical issues already weeded out.

Moreover, when a mobile game enters soft launch, it’s usually an indication that its global release is just around the corner and there’s plenty we can learn about the finished product based on how it was received overseas. So, here are the iOS and Android titles currently in soft launch that you should be super excited about.

15. Asphalt 9: Legends


Publisher: Gameloft

Available On: iOS (Philippines)

Gameloft is best known for creating games that dubiously resemble popular console titles, but everyone is totally okay with that, because in most cases, they end up being the closest thing we have to said console game on mobile. Asphalt 9: Legends is the studio’s latest answer to the Need for Speed franchise, and its engine is already running over in the Philippines. iOS users in the territory are currently enjoying more than 50 vehicles, 70 tracks complete with realistic weather effects, and a car editor for adding personal touches to their fleet.

14. Final Fantasy Awakening


Publisher: Oasis Games

Available On: iOS & Andriod (Philippines, Australia, New Zealand)

Square Enix is getting plenty of mileage out of Final Fantasy on mobile these days, but fans should be bracing themselves for more. The studio has licensed the property out to Oasis Games so it can undergo the action-RPG treatment and offer a faster-paced experience. Final Fantasy Awakening boasts a huge cast of characters comprising many familiar faces from the legendary series and also features online play. Android and iOS users in the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand can download the soft-launch edition now.

13. Assassin’s Creed Rebellion

Assassin’s Creed Rebellion

Publisher: Ubisoft

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

Seminal cloak and dagger series Assassin’s Creed is getting a mobile makeover, which basically means cutesy, colourful visuals and gameplay reimagined with tablets and smartphones in mind. Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is a strategy-RPG which places its focus on brotherhood building, tasking players with assembling a squad to take the fight to the Templars. Plenty of series legends are recruitable, including Ezio, Aguilar and Shao Jun. iOS and Android owners in the Philippines and New Zealand can take a stab at it now.

12. Lemmings

Sad Puppy

Publisher: Sad Puppy

Available On: iOS (Philippines)

Most retro gamers will have fond, and maybe a tad traumatic memories of Lemmings, the puzzler which tasked you with escorting a band of tiny critters from A to B without them dying horrible deaths. Sad Puppy has reimagined the game for iOS, complete with swanky visuals and a touchscreen interface, and players in the Philippines can download it now.

11. Marvel Strike Force


Publisher: FoxNext Games

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

Marvel fans assemble! A new mobile game based on the bestselling comic books and phenomenally popular movie series is on the way, and it will let you make like Nick Fury and build your own version of the Avengers. The idea is to put together a crack team of Marvel superheroes and villains and pit them against other teams in 5v5 strategic brawls. The fate of the world is hinging on these battles, and players in Canada and New Zealand are already fighting their own personal infinity wars.

10. Pac-Man Maker

Bandai Namco

Publisher: Bandai Namco

Available On: iOS (Canada)

Players delivered all kinds of ingenious creations when they were given the tools to build their own Super Mario levels, so it will be interesting to see what the community comes up with when Pac-Man gets the same treatment. Pac-Man Maker basically does everything it says on the tin: lets players create their own mazes for the pill-popping hero to explore, complete with ghosts and random pieces of fruit. The end results can be shared online so you can laugh your ass off while others die more times than in a Dark Souls marathon, trying to beat your creation.

9. Shadowgun Legends

Madfinger Games

Publisher: Madfinger Games

Available On: iOS & Android (Netherlands)

Generally speaking, Madfinger Games has a reputation for making first-person shooters that look beautiful but aren’t exactly brimming with substance. Its latest offering Shadowgun Legends is more ambitious than anything its churned out to date, promising the same glossy, Unity-powered visuals but this time with something meaningful underpinning them. Shadowgun Legends is a console-quality shooter with a spattering of RPG mechanics to add depth to the gunplay, and a real-time PvP arena for those who prefer killing other players to alien monsters. This is one of the most eagerly anticipated mobile games on the horizon, and if you live in the Netherlands, you can take an early look at it now.

8. Dead Rivals


Publisher: Gameloft

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

Gameloft’s derivative handiwork again, and this time the studio has combined your classic zombie apocalypse with MMORPG values in Dead Rivals. The game is action-driven and set against a vast, open-world backdrop where players are forced to band together with other survivors to discover the cause of the outbreak. Players in the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand are already battling the undead.

7. Rocksmith


Publisher: Ubisoft

Available On: iOS (Canada)

Ubisoft’s Rocksmith straddles the divide between Guitar Hero and actual music tuition, challenging users to play along with songs and learn from the bum notes they hit. The iPad edition, which comes bundled with four free tracks, is currently on soft launch in Canada. There are interactive lessons for guitarists and bass players and more songs can be downloaded through in-app purchases.

6. Sky

Publisher: thatgamecompany

Available On: iOS (Philippines)

From Flower to Journey, thatgamecompany’s titles are always works of art and its latest offering Sky looks set to be no exception. Currently in soft launch on iOS devices in the Philippines, this aesthetically stunning social adventure will find players exploring a world up in the clouds with friends and family, bringing light to its darkest corner and solving puzzles as they go. It’s all about togetherness, collaboration and artistic expression.

5. The Walking Dead: Our World

Next Games

Publisher: Next Games

Available On: Android (Philippines)

The Walking Dead: Our World is essentially Pokemon Go with a twist, the twist being that you slaughter hordes of zombies instead of capturing weird and wonderful creatures. The game uses AR technology to bring the Walker slaying to the real world (sort of) and pits players against weekly challenges. Characters from the popular AMC TV series also show up, and players in the Philippines are getting acquainted with them right now.

4. Westworld

Warner Bros

Publisher: Warner Bros

Available On: iOS (Philippines) Android (Thailand, Denmark, Finland, Malaysia, Norway, Sweden)

AMC isn’t the only TV network bringing one of its hit shows to the world of mobile games. HBO’s Westworld is also winging its way to iOS devices, and its already soft launched in the Philippines, Thailand and Scandinavia. The robot cowboy series has been adapted as a build-em-up, in which players are tasked with constructing their own Wild West-themed amusement park. You’ll spend your time upgrading the AI, keeping the guests happy and preventing the main attractions from gunning everyone down.

3. Paladins Strike

Hi-Rez Studios

Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios

Available On: iOS & Android (Australia)

Players will take control of mythical warriors and pit them against one another in 5v5 showdowns in this MOBA title from Hi-Rez Studios. Paladins Strike is an action-heavy, multiplayer-centric battler which gives players an enticing fantasy world to explore and the chance to take control of more than 15 Paladin characters within it.

2. Nyjah Huston: #Skatelife

Hugo Games

Publisher: Hugo Games A/S

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

Pro skater Nyjah Huston could become the Tony Hawk of the mobile generation if his new skateboarding sim Nyjah Huston: #Skatelife is a smash hit. It’s currently in soft launch for iOS devices in Canada, Denmark, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and has already been given a full, worldwide release on Android. Like the Tony Hawk games of old, the object of this one is to grind, kickflip and shred your way around obstacle-filled courses and pull off as many monster combos as you can.

1. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Warner Bros

Publisher: Warner Bros

Available On: Android (various)

The magic of JK Rowling’s wizarding world is coming to Android devices with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, an adventure game with old-school point-and-click elements, RPG components and narrative-based puzzles. Players will learn everything there is to know about witchcraft and wizardry from some of the best teachers in this business. Just try not to get on the wrong side of Professor Snape. And stay out of the Chamber of Secrets.

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Try out these 5 great new mobile games this week

The Sims Mobile

We’re so, so close to spring. Like really close, just weeks away. And yet winter still has its claws in some of us in some places, which is why it’s still mobile games weather.

Yep, that’s right. When things aren’t so great outside, there’s nothing like curling up with a good new game for your phone or tablet. What, you thought we were going to say a book? Those are good too, but we’re more specialists in things that can be played on a touchscreen.

With another good crop of new titles in the app stores this week, there should be something that can help you fight off the last vestiges of winter. Let’s start with a brand new iteration of a long-running video game franchise designed specifically for mobile.

The Sims Mobile

It would be hard to imagine that there are many people who haven’t tired a Sims game of some type at some point. Living artificial lives has proven endlessly fascinating, and that should prove the case on mobile too. The focus here is on stories that each Sim can explore in both work and personal lives, while also allowing you to customize your home and clothes as you see fit. A strong social element? Of course, it’t got that too.

Read Only Memories: Type-M

A while back, long enough ago that Ouya was still a thing, this “cyberpunk thriller” was crowdfunded and brought to life for a handful of platforms. It’s finally made its way to mobile, so you can enjoy its retro-90s gaming stylings on your iOS or Android device of choice. Can a machine and a human uncover the secrets of Neo-San Francisco? You can try the first chapter for free to find out.

Farm On!

We have a long-running theory here at Gamezebo that it’s impossible to fully satisfy the overwhelming love that casual gamers have for farming. It’s been a staple of mobile gaming as long as that’s been a thing, and there’s always room for one more entry to the genre. Farm On lets you harvest crops, raise animals, and much more, all with just one hand. Seems like that might catch on.

The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands

Hey, this game fits in pretty nicely with our theme of bad weather. Except in The Bonfire, not only is there snow to worry about, but also monsters that prey at night. Thus, it behooves you to master building up a settlement, crafting and researching new technologies so your villagers can survive and fight back. Plus, you’ve got to love the visual style this game brings to the table. Looks like style and substance meet up nicely here.

Heir of Light

Some games, even those in pretty crowded genres like strategy RPGs, grab our attention with their production values alone. Heir of Light is a gorgeous looking newcomer from Gamevil, one with cool character designs, enormous bosses and dynamic animations with oversized weapons. Those are a few of our favorite things, with all due respect to The Sound of Music. Does it play as good as it looks? We’re willing to find out.

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We’ve got a sensational list of 6 new mobile games to try this week


It’s March time! And by that we mean the actual month of March, not suggesting you need to get up and physically march anywhere. But if you want to virtually march, you can do it to the app store of your choice for some brand new mobile games.

See what we did there? There’s a pretty nice new crop of titles for iOS and Android this week, and we’ve done out usual due diligence in combing through the lot to see what looks most promising. We settled on six this time around, across a variety of genres and price points, because a new month deserves a nice cross-section of choices.

Evoland 2

They said this game wasn’t going to make it to mobile, but then they changed their minds — and since “they” in this case were the developers, that’s worked out just fine. The first Evoland was a tribute to RPGs across the eras, but this one takes the concept and runs even further with it, saluting different genres along the way. We love its sense of humor too.


Okay, so this one sounds like it should be a Squeenix RPG, but it’s actually a cool-looking side-scrolling brawler. Four different characters to master would be enough reason to take a dive in, but it also offers real-time PvP. How’s that work? We haven’t put it to the test just yet, but we’re anxious to give it a shot. Also, this one’s been in the works a long time, as it was originally announced in 2012.


Speaking of games that have been percolating for a while, we give you the mobile version of Tekken. The venerable fighting game franchise has made appearances on phones and tablets before, but this game is designed from the ground up for mobile with a ton of characters and pure fighting game mechanics with a tinge of CCG thrown in. Will it win over the hearts of the masses? We’ll see.

Part Time UFO

Normally, UFOs just freak out the conspiracy theory crowd. So what do they do when they aren’t scaring people? Plenty, as it turns out. Live the remaining parts of a UFO’s life in this cute but quirky game, using your claw to perform a variety of odd jobs, unlocking outfits for your spaceship and meeting a bunch of interesting characters. Because a UFO’s gotta work too.

Armored Warfare: Assault

Time to get your tank on. Not the kind of characters who soak up damage in RPGSs, but the other kind of tanks. Armored Warfare: Assault pits a selection of military war machines against each other in both 3v3 and 8v8 multiplayer matches. It;s got Unreal Engine 4 visual goodness rendering it all, and it appears to be a must-try for people who just want to blow stuff up for free.

Peak Rider Snowboarding

Talk about a game that’s releasing at just the right time. Now that everyone knows what a switch backside 1080 is again thanks to the recently completed Winter Olympics, you probably have the urge to go try that stuff out yourself. Now stifle that urge before you hurt yourself and just try this game instead. Yeah, the courses in Korea didn’t have obstacles to avoid, nor different characters and outfits to unlock, but our narrative here still works.

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