Top 5 indie games to play on iOS and Android this summer
Summer is usually considered a bit of a dry spell for video games, but that's only true if you restrict yourself to the world of AAA gaming. Look to the indies and you'll find plenty of hidden gems to while away the hours with.
It can be hard to stay on the top of the sheer number of new iOS and Android indies, so we've put together this here handy list of high-quality titles to point you in the right direction.
Outlast: Journey of a Gladiator challenges you to rise through the ranks of a gladiatorial arena while gradually mastering its layered combat and boosting your fighter's strength.
Over the course of your run, you'll alter your character to your liking, changing their basic look and stats to the point where they'll be unique to you. You can tinker with their health pool, attack damage, luck, speed, and more, meaning that there are plenty of potential build types to try out. Between rounds, you can also buy new equipment and weapons to increase your chance of survival.
There's a surprising amount of depth to its combat, you can easily lose hours to its intense multiplayer mode, and it provides a very fresh take on well-worn swords and sandals tropes.
Emergent Fates is a stylish and good-looking turn-based RPG inspired by classics of the genre. You'll head out on a grand adventure through its watercolour world while engaging in battles against all manner of foul foes and attempting to undermine the forces of fate.
Boasting a likeable, varied cast and a compelling sense of adventure, it's one of the few recent games to succeed in delivering a meaty RPG experience to mobile devices. What's more is that it's a premium title that you can try out before dropping a single penny on it.
Emergent Fates is available to purchase from the App Store now for $5.99.
This one is probably best described as a Big Brother simulator where you'll snoop on the daily lives of the game's cast in a bid to discover who was responsible for a series of terror attacks. You'll do this by sifting through their social media, DMs, and private computer files. It's all very voyeuristic and nasty – but that's kinda the point.
Detective Di is a quality point-and-click adventure game that tasks you with solving a series of murders in China during the time of the Tang dynasty. Things get out of hand in no time flat, and soon you'll find yourself caught up in a tale of political intrigue.
Existential horror games are few and far between on mobile, so it was great to see Outsider: After Life arrive on the scene earlier this month to show us how it's done. This creepy puzzler sees you attempting to reboot an android in a timeline where humanity suddenly disappeared.