So you're broke and can't quite afford a VR headset capable of letting you play Half-Life: Alyx. You've seen the glowing reviews – the GOTY-worthy ratings – and are now staring aggressively at your bank balance in a last-ditch effort to make the numbers jump up via the power of positive thinking or some such magic.

Try as you might, it's not going to work. But you know something that could help? This here list of solid mobile game alternatives to Valve's latest hit. Yes, Half-Life: Alyx is a VR game, I know, so I've gone for titles that echo the essence of the Half-Life series itself.

Half-Life's world is a dystopian nightmare with a strong focus on sci-fi strangeness and physics-based puzzling. That's a fairly wide brief.

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