Another month has passed, another bunch of mobile games have come out. Sorry that the month ended a week ago and it’s taken us this long to write this article, but we’re doing it now and that’s all that matters.
We’ve selected the very best games that came out for mobile in September 2020 and turned them into an easily digestible list. Said list also features download links, trailers and all the other things you need to make informed purchasing decisions. Because we’re good to you like that.
Think we’ve missed something? Got a suggestion for a game that should be included on the list? Then make sure you let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article. Before that, though, here are what we think were the best games for mobile of September 2020.
Creatures of Aether
A super slick midcore CCG that sees you battling it out with other players. You drop your cards on a grid, and the cards have attack scores along their edges. Whack a card with a lower attack score and you’ll turn it to your color.
The aim of the game is to have more cards of your hue on the board at the end of the game. Battles are short and sharp, but have enough tactics to keep you enthralled. Creatures of Aether manages to balance heft and lightness pretty darn deftly.
Rowdy City Wrestling
Another bonkers physics scrapper from Colin Lane, but this one features a bit more meat on its bones in the shape of a story mode. Can you lead an amateur wrestler from the gutter to glory?
In all honestly, probably not. At least not on your first try. Your failed pugilists hang around the gym taking on menial tasks as you try again and again to climb the ladder. But you’re going to be doing it with a big smile on your face.
What happens when you mix snake with a car crash? You get something like Pako Caravan. Drive around, collect trailers and try to avoid your mechanical tail for as long as you possibly can.
There are loads of challenges to try and complete, and some really neat ideas that make sure all the levels are super interesting. A brilliant arcade blast that’s sure to put a smile on your face in these gloomy times.
Ostensibly this one is a hidden object game, but there’s an awful lot more going on here than that might suggest. For one thing there’s a brilliant story about love, loss and modern technology.
This is the sort of game you’re going to play all the way through to the end, just to find out what on earth is going on. And you’re going to enjoy every second of it. It’s deep, easy to pick up and it’ll stick around in your head long after you’ve put it down.
Download Holovista from the App Store
One of the best looking games available on mobile. It doesn’t just look amazing, though, there’s a brilliant game bubbling under that aesthetic that’s going to suck you in and hold you tight.
Basically it’s a gacha RPG, but it’s a gacha RPG that’s polished to an amazing mirror shine. This is the sort of game that you’re going to use to show off the power of your phone or tablet, and keep playing even when everyone you were showing off to has left.
Ministry of Broadcast
A dystopian sci-fi platformer with a gorgeous retro aesthetic that’s inspired by the likes of Prince of Persia and the Oddworld games. Expect less superheroic leaping and more desperate human scrabbling.
There’s a brilliant story here, as well as plenty of fresh and engaging ideas. Throw in some action and you’re left with an experience that hits most of the right notes at most of the right times.
Download Ministry of Broadcast from the App Store
Another stylish old-school leaper, but this one has more of a focus on blasting. You’re legging it through the caverns of the moon trying to collect special gems to keep your ailing mother alive.
There’s loads of fun to be had here and a decent level of challenge on top of all of that. Moon Raider is one of those games that proves just how well platformers can work on mobile and it’s definitely worth some of your time.
Download Moon Raider from the App Store
A strange and engaging point and click adventure that sees you exploring the secrets of the titular town. This is a game chock full of logical puzzles and riddled with the sort of mysteries that are going to keep you pushing forwards.
It might have been out on other platforms before, but there’s something brilliant about being able to play it in the palm of your hand. Lovers of story, adventure and deep thinking are going to lap up everything Truberbrook has to offer.
Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower
Build a team of adventurers and take on the deadliest monsters of the Old World. This is a turn-based tactical battler with a bunch of ideas lifted from the classic board game of the same name.
There’s an awful lot to love here, especially if you’re a fan of swords, helmets and characters with slightly weird Germanic names. Even if you’re not there’s plenty to enjoy, especially as the game gets tougher.
BTS Universe Story
One of the biggest bands in the world now has its own mobile game. It’s bonkers, in all of the right ways, and mixes ideas from a whole bunch of different genres to create something pretty darn unique.
Sure, if you have no idea who or what a BTS is then this one’s probably worth giving a miss. If you’re a fan, though, well you’ve probably already downloaded it and you’re playing it with one hand while you’re reading this article.
Scythe: Digital Edition
One of the best board games of recent years is now available on your phone or tablet. It’s a big, complex beast, but at least if you’re playing it digitally you’re not going to have to worry about clearing up after you’ve finished.
The game is set in an alternate history, features giant robots, worker placements and a whole lot more. This one is so deep you’re going to find yourself falling into it whether you want to or not.
A cheeky action adventure that takes its cues from the classic Zelda games of yore. It’s set in space as well, and everyone knows that games set in space are a bit better than games that aren’t set in space.
There’s hacking, slashing, bosses to take on and loads more. It might not be the most original game in the world, but everything it does it does really well and it does it all with a big smile.
Download Songbringer from the App Store
The Unfinished Swan
A classic, esoteric puzzle game presented in stark black and white. It’s been around for a while, but now it’s finally available for mobile. It asks some pretty big questions, while still being an awful lot of fun.
There’s a huge amount of game to work through, and every part of it is filled with novel and engaging ideas. It’s going to scratch your brain in all the right ways, and potentially change the way you look at the world too.
Download The Unfinished Swan from the App Store
Zombies have, inevitably, taken over the world. They always seem to be doing that, don’t they. You’re a survivor and it’s up to you to slaughter the undead and stay alive through a series of short, action-packed levels.
Things get pretty tough, and you’re going to need to be on your toes if you want to keep going. The game never sticks to one mechanic for too long, so at least things stay fresh whie you’re getting eaten.
A new game set in the Neuroshima university. It’s a card game with an asymmetric core mechanic that sees two players duking it out. It’s fast, it’s easy to learn and you can play with a friend on the same device.
There’s online multiplayer too or you can take on the AI. There’s loads to like here, and you can fit a good few games into a play session. Well worth checking out if you’ve been missing board game night during the pandemic.
It’s boxing, but it’s a card game. You’re in a duel with the champ and you need to defend, attack and heal your way through 12 rounds. You’re not looking for the knock out blow, you just need to stay on your feet until the end of the scrap.
Every fight is different, and you need to pay attention to make sure your HP isn’t getting too low. There are rewards for getting to the end of the game with loads of health left, or for just scraping to the end with hardly any.
Download Deck ‘Em from the App Store