GAMES OF THE WEEK - The 5 best new games for iOS and Android - October 17th
Hello and welcome to this week's entry in our long-running GAMES OF THE WEEK series. If you're looking for the best 5 games which have launched onto the iPhone, iPad or Android stores this week then you've landed yourself at the right place.
Here's where we discuss the top five games which have launched on any of the mobile platforms which, specifically, don't require a subscription or membership to play. While we realise that this does whittle down the amount of titles available to discuss — after all, we are in the age of Google Play Pass, Hatch and Apple Arcade — it's totally worth it and means that you are presented with a selection of games which you can immediately play or can grab without having to sign up for anything.
This week we've got some great new titles, ranging from a tightly-wound strategy game through to a sweeping RPG using clever swiping mechanics. Oh, there's also an aRPG which cites a level count of 'a gazillion' handcrafted dungeons. A lofty claim for sure, but it looks really stunning regardless of the hyperbolic marketting spiel. There's plenty more too.
Remember, if you're looking to check through some of our previous selections then you can always do that at our Games of The Week Hub, it's a great way to find games to fill out that empty storage space on your phone. Or, if you like your news in bitesize chunks, delivered straight to your palm then maybe follow us on Twitter.
Anyway, without any further delay, click through on the big, blue button below to find out more about the 5 best new games for mobile this week
Alluris - iOS / Android
Alluris is a beautiful fusion of the Reigns-style selection mechanic which we are starting to see integrated into new genres, and the classic choose-your-own-adventure RPG. The whole experience is brought together with some cleverly designed choices and some absolutely fantastic artwork.
If you've fond memories of the heyday of choose your own adventure games then you don't really need to look much further than Alluris. However, even if you're completely alien to the genre it's worth looking into - the RPG mechanics fuse really well with the simple two-choice swiping mechanics, and there's plenty of content there to dive into.
Bouncer Story - iOS / Android
Bouncer Story is a really interesting offering, in many ways it captures notes of Lucas Pope's Papers Please or PanicBarn's Not Tonight, however it chooses to focus more on the choices and branching story rather than the constricting beurocracy of its forebearers. Where others would have you juggle paperwork and stamps, checking ID, Bouncer Story is much more black and white, instead focusing on the fight between justice and crime which is overwhelming the city you call home.
Potion Punch 2 - iOS / Android
Some of you will remember Potion Punch 2 from its previous Android release. Well, it's out on the App Store now and brings with it the experience of running a travelling storefront. Well, it kind of does, at launch there's only one location available, however there's plenty of content - in the form of recruitable heroes, added difficulty and extra conditions - to keep your alchemy-stuffed workday full.
From everything I've seen of it so far it's a fun little order-matching title which requires you to mix and match potions while managing a fish-grill. All good fun.
Monolisk - iOS / Android
I've always found that the aRPG genre is completely hit or miss when it comes to mobile versions. Sometimes they're clunky and slow, sometimes they're fast, intense and you end up blocking half the screens with your contorting thumbs. I've played a little bit of Monolisk and, well, it's not bad at all. Where its real strength lays however is in the map artwork and the map designs.
Every player builds their own dungeons, of which there are a lot of options and potential combinations. The fantastic, Bastion-adjacent artwork really brings all of this together, but it's the randomness of leaving assembly to players which makes Monolisk stand out.
Bad North: Jotunn Edition - iOS / Android
Bad North is easily one of my favourite strategy games of all time, and I say this as an avid, PC-first strategy gamer. The strong distilling of core strategy gameplay into a simple click and move, positioning-based, tactical affair is easily one of the smartest and praise-worthy efforts which I've seen come out of the wide church that is the strategy genre in years.
When it comes to what really makes Bad North stand out to me its not just the absolutely stunning shader work, nor the easy to read battlegrounds, or even the immediate feedback that you get through the loss of troops in combat... no, it's the level construction and well-constructed procedural level designs.
And, as for the mobile version. Its just as great, the game scales perfectly to the smaller screen (although I am playing it on an iPad currently), and there's even added in difficulty modes incase your digits aren't quite as flighty as your mouse hand.