Horror games aren't just about the undead and survival. The best horror experiences understand that the darkest things come from deep inside the human mind, and Distraint 2 definitely fits in among that hallowed and horrifying group.
Not only that, this is one of the most welcoming adventure games we've played in a long while. It's smart in all the right ways, and simple without ever sacrificing depth. Throw in a wonderful art style and a constant atmosphere of dread and you're left with something special.
Click here to download Distraint 2 for iOS
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A super cute retro-style platformer that you can play on your own or, if you'd prefer, you can get a friend involved on the same device. You're going to need something with a large screen to make that feasible, but it's a nice twist on the sometimes lonely life of a mobile platformer player.
This one is pretty familiar, but there's enough going on that you're going to get wrapped up in it all the game. Everything comes together to create a game with one foot in the past, one foot in the present, and more than enough understanding of both eras to make something really enjoyable.
Click here to download Foxyland 2 for iOS
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Pocket Cowboys - Wild West Standoff
What happens when you mix a turn-based strategy with Clash Royale, throw in a wonderful Wild West aesthetic, and then stick some board game-style ideas into the pot? Well, you end up with something like Pocket Cowboys. It's a smart multiplayer game with loads going for it.
Every turn you choose one of three actions, as do the other players. But it's all secret, so you might be aiming to shoot at a square where no one's going to be when it's time to pull the trigger. That extra layer of prediction and guesswork pushes this one into the upper echelons of mobile multiplayer.
Click here to download Pocket Cowboys - Wild West Standoff for iOS
Click here to download Pocket Cowboys - Wild West Standoff for Android
Where Crossy Road took the shape of Frogger and made it more friendly, The VideoKid does something similar with Paper Boy. You're skating along an isometric road, and it's up to you to toss VHS casettes into the correct mailboxes. Oh, and you're going to have to avoid most of the 80s and 90s while you do.
You'll get run over by cars, fall into the sewers and skate with turtles, and get smashed off your board by someone who looks a lot like David Hasselhoff. It's fun, it's light, and it's got the sort of arcade exploration that lots of people are going to love. Try throwing a VHS at the couple making out on the bench and you'll see what we mean.
Click here to download The VideoKid for iOS
Click here to download The VideoKid for Android
PGA Golf Tour Shootout
I love a good golf game - who doesn't? And this one walks the line between the stuffiness of a proper PGA game and the more arcade end of the genre with some panache. There's a card-based system for building up your sandwedges and putters and whatnot, and the golf itself works perfectly on touchscreen devices.
The free to play here seems pretty solid as well - there's always something for you to hit with your clubs, which is really all you want from a game like this. It's slick, it's fun, and you can take the skills you learn in solo mode online to take on all comers. Pick it up, I reckon this one's going to surprise you.
Click here to download PGA Tour Golf Shootout for iOS
Click here to download PGA Tour Golf Shootout for Android