I am always on about console gaming, as a PC or console are the main gaming platforms for most people, but sometimes we find ourselves stuck at home affairs, or at a terrible meetup with friends, and our gaming urges kick in. With no console around and our PC being at home, naturally, our first urge is to take our cellphones out and go on Instagram, and see who is complaining about what on Twitter.
What if I told you that you can game on our cellphone? I know you probably know that already, but there is a difference between those little Candy Crush apps, yes it is an app, not a game, and some great mobile games. With that in mind, here are the top five games that you need to download on your phone, as they will make sure your boring queues and bad dates are filled with gaming goodness.
Final Fantasy IX
Yes, I know that Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII are also available on mobile, but my favorite entry in the series is IX. Its fantastic setting and great story makes for a remarkable adventure. Vivi, Princess Garnet, and Kuja still remain my favorite Final Fantasy characters, and the world of Gaia is filled with great places to visit, and monsters to slay.
The iOS and Android version of the game lets you cheat a little by enabling a super-fast mode to speed up some of those cutscenes, as well as a infinite health and money cheat. These switches are not recommended as they might ruin the experience, but they are a nice touch for those who have played the game a few dozen times, and just want to experience it again briefly. The mobile versions also have improved graphics such as high resolution character textures and remastered soundtracks.
Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas
Oceanhorn merges many of our favorite RPGs into an excellent mobile game. The Legend of Zelda, with a touch of classic Final Fantasy. The game sees a young boy search the islands of the world for his father who has vanished. You explore dungeons, fight bosses, gather new swords and shields, and do it all across different themed islands that represent various elements elements in the world such as fire, water, air etc. Unfortunately, the mobile trailer is not available on the developer's YouTube channel, so instead check out the PC trailer below to give you an idea of how the game plays.
The game also looks stunning and could be classed as a “console-quality” mobile game if you are one to judge it. Everything in the game has superb attention to detail, with a great lighting, and high-res textures. I loved Oceanhorn, and I have just purchased it again on PS4 after playing it on my iPhone.
Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman
“Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman is a side scrolling action RPG the likes of which I have never experienced. The game combines smooth, skill based combat with a brilliant story, beautiful graphics and amazing sound to create the perfect mobile gaming experience while still managing to incorporating player choice and a wide variety of RPG elements.The game is a must play for any mobile gamer and will not disappoint even the most scrutinizing of players.”
Read his full review here.
The Room Three
I loved the first two Room games, and after I finished the second one, I did not think that that Fireproof Games could top it. Well, they did. The Room Three is the pinnacle of the series, as the puzzles as well as captivating sights and sounds, make for a very mysterious journey. The game does not hold your hand as you enter different rooms and have to use all your puzzle-solving skills to get through the contraptions that await.
Flipping open latches, lining up mirrors so that the moonlight touches specific objects, and using all the objects you have at your disposal, to dive further into the contraptions that hold the key to the end. Every box has a new layer to it once you manage to solve the outer shell's puzzle, and as you progress through the game's stunning locations, the puzzles get more complex. If you love puzzles and steampunk themes, then this is must.
The GO Series
Square Enix have had some rough times with their mobile games, especially when it comes to the free to play games with expensive in-app purchases, but they have a few mobile games that really hit it out of the park. These are the GO games, such as Lara Croft GO, and Hitman GO. Both games take you on a unique adventure through a sort of turn-based gameplay experience. Hitman GO is set in a board game scenario, where players move the notorious silent killer across a board with enemy pieces carefully placed on it. The objective is to eliminate them all, without being seen. Moving from each spot takes a turn, and the less turns you take, the higher your score at the end. It is a simple swipe game, but fun nonetheless.
Lara Croft GO has the same turn based movement system, where you swipe to navigate through an area. Shooting enemies in the distance, collecting treasures, and thoughtfully moving around an area, to make sure you don't get stuck between a snake and a collapsing floor. The game has dozens of levels, with some beautiful locations to explore, and some challenging puzzles to solve.
- Developed by: Square Enix
- Lara Croft GO available on: iOS and Android
- Hitman GO available on: iOS and Android
Have you played any of these mobile games and are there any others you think should be in the top five? Let us know in the comment section below.