Every year brings in a slate of new mobile games, both from big-name and independent developers. Some games flop as soon as they hit the market, some games take a while before they gain traction, and some games become hits practically overnight. This year is no different so we wanted to make it easier for you and present the 2016 Mobile Games You Need to Download (and Play:
Release Date (Mobiles): July 6, 2016 (U.S. and Australia); July 13, 2016 (Europe)
In case you haven’t been keeping up with the latest trends, there’s this little game called Pokemon Go that’s currently taking over both the internet and literally the real world.
Yes, it has finally arrived, the game that allows people to realize their dreams of becoming a Pokemon Trainer. Pokemon Go features the original 151 Pokemon and allows you to “encounter” them in the real world through augmented reality. The gameplay is different from the usual, however. For one, you don’t have to battle the Pokemon you encounter before you can catch it. Just throw the Pokeball and wait for it to be yours. The battle system is also simplified to merely involve tapping instead of selecting moves from a menu. Pokemon Go may feature an entirely different gameplay, but the goal stays the same: Gotta Catch ‘Em All!
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
Release Date (Mobiles): April 7, 2016 (North America); June 16, 2016 (Europe)
Okay, first of all, that X-like symbol in the game’s title is pronounced as “ki”. Kingdom Hearts, in case you’re unfamiliar with it, is a series popularly known for featuring characters and locations from Disney movies, as well as Final Fantasy characters. Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ serves as the prequel to the entire series, so it’s alright if you haven’t played a single game in the series beforehand – you won’t get confused with the story. You start off by creating your own character and then progress through the game by taking on missions and defeating shadowy creatures known as the ‘Heartless’. Combat features a turn-based system using a deck of cards to represent attacks. Unchained χ has connections, story-wise, to the next main game in the series, Kingdom Hearts III, so if you’re a big fan, it’d be in your best interest to delve into this game.
Release Date (Mobiles): January 21, 2016
A popular feature in most role-playing games (RPG) today is crafting, which allows you to, uh, craft items by combining other items. If you’re big on it, then you’ll definitely love Crashlands. The game features an impressive list (for a mobile game) of 500 items for you to craft, easily marking the game for a lot of playing time. And you don’t have to worry about having a full inventory: you’re given an infinite one, so you don’t have to resort to sacrificing items. Aside from the expansive crafting system, Crashlands features gameplay mechanics typically found in RPGs, like character growth and a skills system. As a bonus, you can also tame the creatures in the game and make then your pets, a-la Ragnarok Online.
Final Fantasy IX
Release Date (Mobiles): February 10, 2016
One of the best RPGs to ever grace the industry, Final Fantasy IX brings a bag of drama, comedy, action, and tragedy, carried by memorable characters in a beautifully-designed world. The game places you in the shoes of a thief named Zidane, initially tasked with kidnapping a princess, and ends with – you’ve guessed it – a daunting mission to save the world. In between, you’ll meet different characters and journey to different locations while beating up monsters along the way. Battles are in classic turn-based combat, with the option to attack, use magic and skill, and in two cases, summon powerful monsters to your side. The game has numerous side-quests that will keep you occupied for weeks, so it’s best played when you have a lot of free time to spare.
Release Date (Mobiles): March 2, 2016
Clash Royale is sort of a spinoff of the popular game Clash of Clans, featuring an entirely different gameplay that makes it easily distinguishable from the latter. Yes, it features characters from Clash of Clans, but that’s about the only similarity they share. The game is a mix of the collectible card game, tower defense, and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genres, where the goal is to simply destroy your opponent’s towers before they take out your own towers. Actions are done by using a deck of cards, given to you at the start. You can also upgrade your cards, which, in turn, will help you level up. The main draw of Clash Royale, much like the parent game, is the ability for players to challenge others in real-time, hence the MOBA aspect of the game.
Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
Release Date (Mobiles): June 29, 2016
If the classic Final Fantasy game mentioned above isn’t to your liking, then perhaps this game will suit your taste better. Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is an RPG that has elements from the Japan-only game Brave Frontier. The game features a traditional turn-based battle system to launch normal attacks, combined with interactive touch controls to utilize special attacks. And true to its genre, the game allows you to explore towns and interact with different non-playable characters (NPC) to gain information and/or receive quests. An experience and crafting system is also present in the game. Perhaps the most exciting is the ability for you to summon characters from other Final Fantasy games, like Terra from Final Fantasy VI and ExDeath from Final Fantasy V.
Release Date (Mobiles): April 7, 2016
Chameleon Run is an autorunner that provides a nice gameplay touch-up to make it stand out among the many games in the genre. The touch-up comes in the form of switching your character’s color as you jump along colored platforms, with the purpose of matching the character’s and the platform’s colors. So, not only does the game require you to have quick jumping reflexes, but also the ability to quickly identify the platform colors your character is landing on. And you don’t simply just run from end to end, too. The game presents you with special objectives for each level, adding a bit more depth to a genre not exactly known for it.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Release Date (Mobiles): May 26, 2016
If you’re familiar with the game The World Ends With You for the Nintendo DS, then you probably know how difficult it is to control two characters at the same time. The same gameplay mechanic is present in Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, although, thankfully, the controls are much more simplified than the aforementioned game. In the game, you simultaneously control the titular characters as they navigate their way through different puzzles and fight bosses, all in the name of finding a cure for their sick father. The brothers complement each other, so you have to use them in combination with each other; going solo with one brother will only spell trouble for you.