As we look forward to another big year in mobile gaming, what are the best games available in 2017?
Here is our look at the top five games you really should be playing right now.
Super Mario Run
Already available for iOS users, Super Mario Run will be released in the first quarter of 2017 for Android too. It’s a kind of parkour Mario, free-running plumber style with all the usual goombas, coopers, piranha plants and Bullet Bills that get in your way. The game is a non-stop moving Mario game that has been wonderfully received on the iPhone and looks to be as popular on Android devices. Nintendo’s first ‘proper’ game on mobile follows on from its social media app Miitomo but feels wholly more Nintendo because, well, Mario. The key difference being that, as previously mentioned, Mario is consistently in sprint mode, and to make him jump, duck, dodge, etc, you tap the screen. There is nothing new in the gameplay, its much like any other auto-runner, it is simply a deceleration of Nintendo’s arrival at the party and the plumber wears it well.
First, a little background. Exploding Kittens began life as a real life card game, an idea that became the biggest Kickstarter funded project in history, raising more than $8 million from 219,382 contributors, and is now available as a playable app on iOS and Android. The highly silly but super strategic table top card game on which this app was inspired, has made its digital transition look easy, working flawlessly on mobile devices. More than just a brilliant name, the game actually takes the concept of Russian roulette but, instead of pointing the gun at yourself, it’s the kittens that blow up. The mobile version, while EK light, is still entertaining and every bit as witty as the physical card edition. Which is nice.
Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy: The TellTale Series
Following on from the previous success of other TellTale releases like Batman, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, developers TellTale Games have now set their sights on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The developers are keeping their cards close to their chest on this one, so we know only very little so far. What we do know, however, is that, just like before, players will be assuming multiple roles, including the Star-Lord. We also know that the narrative will follow an original storyline that asks its players to take control over the decision making in the bid to defend the galaxy from numerous threats. We also have it on good authority (because they said so) that the game has been pencilled in for an April release and will be available on both iOS and Android. Super.
This play for chips casino app actually comes from PokerStars and costs nothing to download and play. The premise is simple, the app takes real casino games and gives them a pokery theme. As the game titles suggest, this is designed by PokerStars, the world’s largest poker room, to bring a new audience to their casino product, which launched with controversy among some in the poker community. Some of the titles include Swap the Flop, Hold’em Switch, Double Ditch Hold’em and All-in Poker Split and we promise that they are all extremely amusing. The app is simple to use and extremely fluid, making the game a pleasing experience. Should it pique your interests, then you might want to follow a game up with a real online casino game, of which South Africa is blessed to have many to choose from. These can be on a PC at home or a mobile device but, either way, you’ll be able to enjoy safe access to great online casino options in the rainbow nation.
FIFA Mobile Soccer
By far Football’s biggest and greatest simulation game, FIFA Mobile, from EA, is out now on iOS and Android devices, complete with a coin-based take on Ultimate Team. The console classic comes to mobile and brings with it all the top-notch graphics, and multiple gaming modes and live events that helped make it famous in the first place. In the game, you are in charge of your own team and are encouraged to develop the team and the squad however you deem fit in order to slowly build it into a powerhouse. Collect the players you want or need to assemble your dream team by completing challenges and taking part in live events and also by competing in mini-games. Like last time, it has a coin based gaming function and players can earn their coins, which allow them to buy new packs and players, simply by unlocking new achievements. Plus, there is great fun to be had by playing against people the world over in Attack Mode where, by taking it in turns to attack, players battle it out for further rewards, leaving this mobile spin-off a worthy extension of the popular console title.