We’re easy to please types here at Gamezebo. That doesn’t mean we like every mobile game that comes down the pike, but we certainly get excited every time Thursday rolls around and there’s a brand new batch of titles waiting for us like intangible holiday gifts that don’t need to be unwrapped.
Give us an extra large selection of new mobile games and we get like kids in a candy store if you’ll excuse the mixed metaphors. That “everything looks so good” feeling sets in and it’s hard to get your bearings.
But we persevere, especially since some of this week’s offerings have been on our radar for some time. Here’s a look at what we humbly believe is most worth a download or a purchase for your phone or tablet among the new stuff.
Crash of Cars
It helps to have a hook to sell people on your mobile game, but it doesn’t need to be a complicated one. For Crash of Cars, it’s real-time multiplayer demolition derby with dozens of unlockable cars and skins and a bunch of weapons and power-ups. Sold. We can throw in stuff like a single-player mode, mission system and the ability to play against friends, but we suspect you might already be downloading it.
Cube Escape: The Cave
If you’re a fan of puzzle games with an offbeat sensibility, you already know all about Rusty Lake. This is the latest addition to its lineup, one that is said to reward veterans of the series since it has story ties to the studio’s previous titles. It’s also probably extremely unchallenging and a bit unsettling, which would make it fit in perfectly with what’s come before. Not for everyone, but if you enjoy what Rusty Lake has been serving up so far, you’d be silly not to at least give The Cave a try.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
A wannabe Hearthstone killer? Absolutely. But man, is it a nice one. The Elder Scrolls: Legends released for PC earlier this month and was well worth the wait for iPad owners (assuming you’ve got one new enough to handle it). The basic mechanics will feel right at home for anyone who’s played a card battler over the last few years, but there are enough tweaks between the playing field, upgradable cards and other aspects to make the gameplay feel fresh. A solo campaign with an actual story is a nice part of the mix, and the production values are as impressive as you’d expect from Bethesda.
- App Store (free)
Death Road to Canada
Some games you really need to see for yourself to learn how awesome they are on a conceptual level, and Death Road to Canada is one of those. In a post-apocalyptic world, the only safe haven is to journey to the border, but doing so when there are swarms of undead out there isn’t easy. That alone would be worth checking out, but when you add in the retro graphics, over the top humor, memorable characters and what looks to be nonstop action, you can easily understand why it could be worth what for mobile is a pretty high price. People who have played it are raving about it so far.
- App Store ($7.99)
Fantasy RPGs are a dime a dozen on mobile like they are on any other platform, but RPGs with truly different, imaginative settings are another story. In the case of Sunless Sea, it’s the Fallen London universe from Failbetter’s previous game of the same name, and it puts you in the boots of a ship captain out to seek fame and fortune on a vast underground ocean. What’s that? Of course there are monsters in it! Failbetter guarantees your character will die, but you can pass on resources from one generation to the next, so maybe your grandkids will fare better before succumbing to madness.
- App Store ($9.99)
From the makers of Card Crawl comes this follow-up, but Card Thief is definitely its own thing. Imagine a stealth-based heist game that also has solitaire elements since the cards also make up the playing field and you’re on the right track. It’s been a fun game to follow during development, and the finished product is stylish and fun to play. Early reviews suggest that Card Thief delivers deep strategy that can still be tackled during short play sessions, and that’s a combo that is always a desirable one.
- App Store ($1.99)
Words are hard. That means it might seem cruel for word games to make them even more challenging, but there have been some sweet ones on mobile over the last few years. TypeShift could join them, particularly since it’s by the maker of SpellTower, who describes it as “Anagrams meets Word Search, with a sprinkle of Crosswords.” We dig it, at least until it gets too difficult and we just end up creating our own curse words. You don’t even need a game to do that.
- App Store (free)
Power Rangers: Legacy Wars
If it seems like a good idea to make a fighting game drawing on the rich (don’t laugh) legacy of the Power Rangers franchise to release right before the new live-action movie, you understand what this game is all about. Power Rangers: Legacy Wars features the new movie Rangers, naturally, but it also lets you scrap with and against characters from all the different TV series. What’s most interesting? It has live PvP and is a fighting/strategy hybrid instead of a straight up screen-masher. Go go check it out. Sorry.
We’ve become aficionados of different types of mobile chess games at Gamezebo, and thankfully, developers keep coming up with new twists on the original strategy board game. Chesstris is exactly what it sounds like: chess crossed with a puzzle game you’ve probably played before, as you have to drop groups of pieces onto the board as you play. If the board gets too full, it’s game over, so there’s an additional level of urgency to the whole thing. As if that chess clock in the normal game wasn’t enough …
- App Store ($1.99)
John Woo, this one’s for you! We say that because FZ9 makes bullet time a big selling point, and Woo was kind of the godfather of that technique. Take out tons of enemies with a variety of real-life weapons, or create your own unique firearm with the game’s intriguing Armory feature. FZ9 also promises a deep story mode and several other ways to play, but let’s be honest: you probably were hooked way back at the “bullet time” part. Mr. Woo is smiling and nodding somewhere, hopefully.
Board game adaptations tend to work pretty well on mobile, and Tokaido comes with plenty of advance buzz since the physical version has been an award-winner for several years. The other reason to be extra hopeful is that the same people who worked on the original game helped on the digital transition. Journey across ancient Japan and defeat either AI or human opponents, and definitely marvel at the amazingly detailed visuals which almost appear to be worth the price of admission on their own.
Dead Ringer: Fear Yourself
A famous American president once gave a stirring speech about fear itself, but he didn’t offer any guidance about fearing yourself. We’ll just have to dive into this sci-fi horror game and learn the hard way. It’s man against machine, which in this case is a nanobot-spawned A.I. named M.I.R.A., and we all know how these things usually turn out for the humans. Spoiler: badly. But maybe you can change that.