Best New Mobile Games for iOS and Android - August 2022 Roundup

Best New Mobile Games for iOS and Android – August 2022 Roundup

Octopath Traveler: Champions Of The Continent – Good game, but not the best of the month (Image: Square Enix)

August turned out to be the best month for smartphone gaming in a long time, with not a single dud and a rare 10/10 score.

Torn by the traditional summer games drought, this month has seen a bizarre and completely unexpected tidal wave of excellence arrive on mobile. From the ecstasy of finally being able to play Into The Breach on the iPad or Papers, Please on the phone, this month also sees the arrival of the excellent Dicey Dungeons and the perfect console port of Descenders’ unique roller-coaster flavor of mayhem. .

Kingdom Rush Vengeance TD+

iOS via Apple Arcade (Ironhide)

This is a rebalanced Apple Arcade version of Legend Of Kingdom Rush: Vengeance, which was originally released in 2018 as a free-to-play game, without microtransactions.

As always, this is an action-packed Tower Defense game where you’ll build and upgrade towers while leading heroes and troop reinforcements to where they’re needed on the map. Although some of his tower types never feel essential, that doesn’t spoil the fun.

Heroes are now unlocked as you progress instead of having to pay for them, but other than that it’s the same game and remains as polished and addictive as other entries in the Kingdom Rush series.

Score: 8/10

Papers please

iOS and Android, £4.49 (Lucas Pope)

Originally released for iPad in 2017, Papers, Please brought its unusual brand of high-speed Border Patrol bureaucracy to tablets, but this month marks the first time you’ll be able to play it on your phone.

With a slightly redesigned interface to play on an even smaller screen, no compromises have been made in terms of content or timing, it maintains its flawless dance between doing your job and doing what’s morally right, just like it was in 2013 that it arrived on PC.

Why the phone port took so long is a mystery, but this version is as good as ever.

Score: 8/10

In front of your eyes

iOS and Android via Netflix (GoodbyeWorld Games)

Your soul is judged, so you can scroll back through your entire life to find the greatness that might qualify you for a spot in the game’s version of The Good Place. And to top it all off, your only interaction is looking around and blinking.

As you experience scenes from your earliest childhood, a metronome appears at the bottom of the screen, and if you blink, you’ll be moved forward in time, sometimes by a minute or two, sometimes by many years. So you can hold on to a scene you enjoy, but not for long. One blink eventually comes, whether you like it or not, and that moment is lost forever.

It’s a mesmerizing meditation on the transience of even the most blissful times in our lives, making you a part of its flow, often involuntarily, as an inscrutable blink propels you away from childhood and into adulthood.

For any parent who’s watched a child grow up, it’s a haunting process that won’t leave many dry eyes at the end of its less than two-hour playtime, even if the ending itself descends into schmaltz.

Score: 7/10

Dicey Dungeons

iOS and Android, £4.49 (Terry Cavanagh)

You are a brave warrior trying to outwit Lady Luck and what the game accurately describes as her “cruel whims” by engaging in a series of mild tactical card battles.

Dice rolls are important, but only to the extent that they support your available special moves, which vary from transforming into a bear (which has powerful attacks but isn’t so hot at dealing with merchants) to setting your opponent’s dice on fire, making them useful. only at the expense of health.

Along with his hilarious sense of humor, the multitude of potential effects, some of which combine as each roll is completed, makes for a tactically interesting game that compensates for its random elements with a variety of abilities that you can use to mitigate unlucky rolls.

Score: 8/10

To The Breach

iOS, part of a Netflix subscription (Netflix)

The excitement is palpable. From the developer of the legendary FTL comes one of the best strategy games ever made to iPad, and like FTL, it looks like the definitive version of the game.

As usual, you’ll be defending Earth from invaders with a team of three battle mechs. Both friendly and enemy units have simple but strict rules about how they move and attack. As with chess, the interaction of these moves creates a staggering level of tactical complexity.

It’s a roguelike, though completing each of its island levels will unlock the ability to start from that island in future runs, and this iteration of the game comes with plenty of fresh content including new pilots, mech teams, weapons, and enemies. It’s the best version of Into the Breach and a wonderful gift for Netflix subscribers that arrived with surprisingly little fanfare.

Score: 10/10

A card scrolling adventure

iOS and Android, free (Arnold Rauer)

From the developer of the wonderful Card Thief and Maze Machina comes a new layered, tactical card game for one.

As in its previous versions, you have to connect the cards together on a 3×3 grid. Each card you tap uses power, and when you run out, the cards drain health instead. It runs out and it’s game over.

Its roguelike structure and the interplay of different card effects make for a robust and long-lasting challenge to think.

Score: 8/10

Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent

iOS and Android, Free (Square Enix)

Octopath Traveler’s take on 16-bit Japanese RPGs has been stirring up nostalgia for years, but until now the mobile version was only available in Japan.

Its voice acting is still in Japanese, but now with subtitles, and while Champions Of The Continent features the same gacha tendencies many have learned to despise, it’s a far cry from the exploitative mess that some revered franchises become when they go mobile.

Graphically and combat-wise, it stays remarkably true to its older sibling, and while there are incentives to spend frankly ridiculous amounts of cash, free-to-play is perfectly viable.

Score: 7/10

Descendants

iOS and Android, £8.99 (noodlecake)

Descenders, the mountain bike roguelike, has been remastered for mobile and comes complete in every way. Just like on console, you’ll explore its open world through a series of hub points.

Each one features procedurally generated courses that are incredibly varied, so you’re never quite sure what challenge you’ll face next in your quest for reputation, which also unlocks a new set for your rider. .

The touchscreen controls almost work, but attach a controller and it’s a full console experience on a small screen.

Score: 8/10

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