It's been a while since we did one of these month game round-ups. The typical end-of-year shenanigans took up all of our list-writing capacity for December.

But we're back for the first monthly mobile game summary of 2021. And there have been some absolute treats already.

We've been enjoying all sorts of sweet treats on our iOS and Android devices, and the theme seems to be 'cute'. There's an Apple Arcade treat with an adorable premise, a kawaii puzzler, a bouncy platformer - even the tactical RPG we've included has a bright and breezy art style.

Have you been playing anything different in January? Do share in the comments below. With potentially a long stretch of dead time ahead of us, half a dozen game recommendations might not cover it.