Pocket Gamer's definitive list of the best mobile games of the last 12 months
I hope you like lists, because it's the time of year when pretty soon you won't be able to move for the things. The best movies, albums, TV shows, smartphones, steak knives, cardboard items - you name the product, someone will be sticking into some kind of rigid numerical order and rattling on about it.
We'd love to be able to take some kind of moral high ground here, but the truth is we at Pocket Gamer like a good end-of-year list as much as anyone. Besides, how else are we to recognise the stellar mobile games released in 2017?
So here it is: Pocket Gamer's list of the best 25 mobile games of 2017. (Psst: your friends on the team have also listed their personal gaming obsessions, starting with our Glen and Jon, so for a more personal approach check those out too.)
If there's one no-brainer on this list, it's Monument Valley 2. The only mobile game to receive full marks in 2017, this is a beautifully moving puzzler that will gently twist your brain in knots while simultaneously making your heart sing.
Many developers have tried to make an online FPS for mobile, but precious few have succeeded. Guns of Boom is the rare game that hits the sweet spot between accessibility and skill, complete with a freemium system that doesn't grate or unbalance things.
The team behind Knights of Pen and Paper takes on sci-fi, with predictably lovely results. And so we have a pen and paper RPG wrapped up in a Star Trek pastiche, with loads of neat touches and flourishes.
It took ages to land on mobile, but The Witness on iOS was worth the wait. This is a first person puzzler set on a mysterious island, with a stunning visual style that's only matched by the ingenuity of its puzzles.
It's dank, it's dark, it's deeply unforgiving. So why is this side-scrolling dungeon-crawler so difficult to put down? Probably because it's packed full of surprises and built around an ingenious battle system.
Miraculously, bashing zombies was made to feel fresh in Death Road to Canada. It's a dungeon crawler with a post-apocalyptic twist and a wicked sense of humour, as your motley party scavenges across America.
Pavilion is a platform-puzzler in which you don't actually control the protagonist directly, rather the level elements around hime. It's also one of the most detailed, downright beautiful games of the year.
It might look like a very old point-and-click adventure game, but Thimbleweed Park is so much more than that. Thanks to an interaction system that's both complex and flexible, it's as fun to play as it is to follow the (excellently told) story.
Despite having clear shades of Square Enix's GO titles and Monument Valley, Euclidean Lands manages to forge its own puzzling path. Each level is a compact Rubik's Cube puzzle that needs to be twisted into shape.
Simulacra is a lost phone game that stands apart from most of its rivals with a deeply unsettling story, excellent voice acting and realistic simulation of the smartphone experience. It'll make you squirm.
Titanfall: Assault was one of very few 2017 mobile games that managed to take the Clash Royale template and do something genuinely worthwhile with it - this time adding an extra layer of strategic depth.
Kalimba is a smart 2D platformer that has you controlling two characters at once - but it was the ingenious spatial puzzles that were wrought around this mechanic that really made it stand out in 2017.
Like Lewis Hamilton winning his fourth world championship, Motorsport Manager 2 takes what was already a top mobile management sim and makes it even better. There's no actual driving, but it's arguably the best racing game of 2017.
Calling Campfire Cooking a grid-based puzzler is bit like calling a hotdog 'protein and carb sustenance'. It's way more lip-smacking than it sounds, as you flip, shift, and cook a range of delicious-looking foods using spatial logic.