We're past the half way point in 2020. One suspects that for many of us, 2021 can't come soon enough.
Still, there's no knocking the quality of the mobile games we've been getting of late. Over the past 30 days or so we've received some absolutely killer ports alongside a smattering of top notch mobile originals.
July was heavy on the 'killer ports' part of that equation. But some of those have been of a really high quality, with one or two of the following selections arguably playing best on a touchscreen.
We've also seen some genuinely original auteur-driven projects, including a particularly fresh spin on everyone's favourite pen-and-paper puzzle game.
Have you been playing anything different in July? Let us know in the comments below.
Essentially a full single player campaign for the Gwent card game taken from the The Witcher series, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales stands as one of the finest card battlers/deck builders on mobile. It's a fine port, with the kind of intuitive touch controls and cloud saving that we didn't manage to get in the recent Slay The Spire conversion.
Add in a meaty narrative filled with weighty choices, along with a little light resource management, and you have one of the most involving games of its kind.
In this so-called 'Shadow manipulation puzzle' game you must work through a series of deathly dioramas, slinking through the shadows to initiate a number of fatal scenarios. Our protagonist is a not-so-grim reaper, who bops and dances along in a most incongruous fashion.
There are loads of Sokoban-style puzzlers on iOS and Android, but if we've seen one as well put together as Felix The Reaper, you'll have to remind us what it was. This is memorably slick stuff.
Another Professor Layton game? Where do we sign up? Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a port of a Nintendo DS original. Its underpinnings may be 10 years old, but a layer of HD polish makes the conversion seem crisp and fresh.
Otherwise, it's Prof. Layton as you know and love it. This is the game that wrapped up the original point-and-click puzzler trilogy, and it's as packed full of charmingly fiendish brain-ticklers as the rest.
The original Wave Wave formed part of a mid-2010s trend for masochistically tough arcade experiences. But it was also a lot of fun - an auto runner with a jagged edge, if you will.
Wave Redux is described as a spiritual successor, with the same zig-zag movement system and retro-futuristic visuals. However, it's a lot more chilled out than the original, with a steadier pace and more forgiving gameplay. For the most part, at least.
Good Sudoku is a new game from developer Zach Gage, which should be enough to prompt you to click the download button. Gage routinely takes familiar games (pool, Solitaire, Chess) and rethinks them for a mobile audience. Now he's done just that with Sudoku.
Good Sudoku takes the famous number puzzler and removes virtually all of the busywork through AI-powered hints and tools. Despite being way more intuitive than other Sudoku games, it also contains some truly fiendish puzzles.