March wasn't exactly the best month for mobile gaming we've ever lived through, but nor was it particularly bad.
We had two mobile games that secured our 9 out of 10 Gold Award. One of those was a remarkably polished and tight racing game, while the other was a remarkably polished and tight shooter. Which is all very remarkable. And tight.
Rush Rally 3 has instantly become one of our favourite mobile racers. It nails the precarious balance between risk and caution that makes rallying such a thrilling sport, and its career mode is truly something special. This is far deeper than your average mobile game, but the rewards for your time investment are rich and varied.
Team-based shooters have had to play second fiddle to Battle Royale on many gaming platforms, but they're thriving on mobile. We'd add Frag: Pro Shooter to the box featuring Guns of Boom and Brawl Stars, but we're too busy playing its curious blend of Nerf sports action and MOBA-inspired base assault.
Just when you think the endless runner has nowhere else to run, a new game gives it an escape route. Rest in Pieces is such a game, with a quirky swing mechanic that sees you utilising momentum to dodge left and right past oncoming obstacles. It also has a weird, schlocky horror B-movie vibe that we kind of dig.
Scorcher arguably does much less of note with the endless runner than Rest in Pieces. But it won our affection through a combination of racing game slickness and ace sci-fi presentation. We didn't need a second invitation to skim across an alien desert planet on a speeder, dodging giant sand worms and gobbling up sand sharks.
Monsters With Attitude is a far richer and more visually opulent .io game than you might be accustomed to. It's got a more involved progression system, an impressive range of critters to feed upon, and a particularly detailed 3D world to wreak havoc in.