Top 5 mobile games of 2020: Jupiter's picks of the year
It’s been a long year - and one full of playing mobile games on my phone and tablet, enjoying the world of gaming from the safety and comfort of my own home. This year, I have played more mobile games that I probably ever have previously, for a lot of reasons. When it comes to the games that have come out, there have, as always, been so many different games - and I am sure that I have missed some.
But, out of all of the mobile games that I have played this year, I have compiled a list of my absolute favorites - so if you haven’t taken the time to download and play through these games yet, what is stopping you? I mean, they are literally the best I have played this year, so you should really download them and play them too.
I hope that these games bring you joy and make you smile, and I’d like to wish you a happy new year! I am sure there will be loads and loads of amazing games in the coming months and over 2021 as well - and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.
Without further waffling, let’s get into my top 5 mobile games of the year.
HoloVista is the most captivating game that I have played this year. With amazing use of AR, this game actually pulled me in on the story, despite my initial thought that it might just be a gimmick. HoloVista shows you a strange world where nothing is quite as it seems. After getting an utterly perfect job offer, you come to find that the job you are in is actually not at all what you thought. It’s a hidden object game where you need to move around the room to see items, but as you play each day and then re-cap through social media and messaging your friends, you find what really is going on.
Probably my most played game of the year, I spent way too many hours working out the absolute best way to keep the city safe. 112 Operator is a simulator game where you are actually controlling a district of a major city, commanding police cars, firetrucks and ambulances to their proper locations while also balancing in-coming calls, keeping people calm, and trying to keep everything completely safe. Each day is a thrill, with an overarching story that you can dive into, but isn’t too in your face either.
Alba: a Wildlife Adventure
A late addition to this year, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure hit a cord with me and is a game I will have in my memory for some time. Playing as Alba is just so fun - it’s fun to take pictures of birds, explore islands, help animals, and simply have the joy of being a kid that wants to discover new things and save the world. Alba is a lovely game, and I have really loved making a difference in this world through small actions like fixing signs and recycling!
Too Many Cooks
Too Many Cooks is a game that I spent a lot of time watching - I saw it at events, I played early builds, I fell in love with the game at a young development stage and it has finally been released this year! The game was well worth the wait - as a fast paced, multiplayer cooking game with the goals to be sort of like the mobile version of Overcooked, Too Many Cooks has made it’s mark as a fun, hectic, chaotic game all of it’s own. There are so many different levels, some great gameplay elements, and it’s really fun to play with friends!
Pokemon Cafe Mix
Pokemon Cafe Mix is a game that I downloaded on my phone because it had Pokemon in the name, but kept dipping back into whenever I was bored and had no notifications. Despite being a simplistic match-3 inspired game, there are unique aspects to the way that you connect the different dots, how the levels work, and the powers that the pokemon give you. Plus, the look of these food items you are creating are HEAVENLY.