GAMES OF THE WEEK - The 5 best new mobile games for iOS and Android - July 17th 2020
It's that time again! Time for another entry into our long-running GAMES OF THE WEEK series.
Well, actually, this week we're a little bit later than usual. We've been busy locking in and preparing exclusive announcements for next week's Pocket Gamer LaunchPad - our debut into the world of digital announcement events. It's going to have over 40 exclusives, including news from event sponsors Bandai Namco, PUBG Mobile, Oasis Games, Super Evil Megacorp and Gameloft. Keep an eye out for that, it'll be happening right here on the 23rd-25th of July.
Anyway, if you're looking for the best 5 games which have hit the iPhone, iPad or Android stores this last week then you've landed yourself at the exact right place at just the right time. Lucky, lucky you.
With this article, we skirt around the droves of subscription services (Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass, GameClub, Hatch, and all of their friends) which have launched onto mobile platforms over the years. We also don't factor in things like Steam Link or Google Stadia which allow streaming to handheld devices - and would open up this list to almost every game under the sun.
What that means is that our list is a finely curated list of brilliant, fresh titles which you can download and play without subscribing to, or installing, any third-party initiative. Of course, there are some great games on those services, but, let's focus on the stuff that you can grab right now.
As it turns out we're on a massive run of busy weeks of new releases. This week we've had a HD-update to a classic puzzle-mystery, the latest entry in one of the longest-running RPG franchises, an offroad simulation and much, much more.
Oh, and remember, that 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 our Twitter.
Anyway, without any further delay, click on the big, blue button below to find out more about our top five of the games which released on mobile over the last week.
Felix The Reaper
As we recently wrote, "Felix the Reaper is a stylish and surprisingly cute game about what happens when the Grim Reaper falls in love. It's a puzzle game at heart that sees you spinning and dancing through a host of otherworldly environments to plenty of fun tunes."
Felix the Reaper is available now on the App Store, where it's currently $3.99
The Game of Life 2
You might remember that back in 2016 Marmalade released The Game of Life for both iOS and Android. It was a massive success back then and, as such, prompted the development of the uncannily named The Game of Life 2 - which is out now.
While I definitely think that they could have done some wild and wacky stuff with a sequel to a game named 'The Game of Life' - like maybe something about the afterlife - they've instead decided to reinvent the classic from the game up, offering more life paths and options to win the game through knowledge and happiness instead of just wealth. You can, for instance, become a video blogger now... or return to school later in life.
The Game of Life 2 is available now on the App Store and Google Play store, it is a premium title available for $3.99
If you're into trawling your way across routes that simply aren't ideal for vehicles then MudRunner Mobile gives you the chance to do that with 16 different vehicles over 15 open-world maps. It's an exhausting and rewarding experience about conquering mother nature with your big wheels and drive to succeed (pun intended).
Thankfully you don't have to get out of the vehicle and push it out of the mud like you would an accidentally ditched Citreon Picasso *cough*. Even the smallest vehicle is brimming with Torque, Horsepower, Gusto and the other magic numbers that seem to make them be able to make it over more than the meekest speed-bump.
MudRunner Mobile is available now for both iOS and Android devices, it's a premium title at $5.99.
Tales of Crestoria
With over 1 million pre-registrations ahead of its launch, Tales of Crestoria is certainly looking to be one of the biggest hero-collecting RPGs of 2021. Maybe its helped by the massive Tales of IP attached to it - after all, a series well known for its interesting combat systems and expansive stories, definitely sounds like it might add more to the formula than other attempts at the genre.
Here's some of the official description for the game:
"TALES OF CRESTORIA is a brand-new Tales adventure for mobile! Step into this epic anime RPG game set in an original Tales series world, featuring a dramatic storyline and brand new characters! Experience this anime/manga adventure as Kanata and his allies fight to survive through the fantasy world of Crestoria while bearing the weight of their past sins.
TALES OF CRESTORIA blends classic turn-based JRPG gameplay with an original and unforgettable Tales story of morality. Seen as “Transgressors” by fellow citizens for committing crimes to protect each other, Kanata and Misella set off on an epic role-playing adventure to find respite from a world that wants them erased.
Battle enemy pursuers and monsters in the fantasy world of Crestoria through simple yet intense turn-based anime RPG battle action! Combine Kanata and his allies with legendary characters from previous Tales series to form the ultimate team and help you in this anime role-playing quest!"
Tales of Crestoria is free to play on both the App Store and on Google Play.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
The prof is back, again. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future has finally made it over to mobile devices, and it has had a bit of a visual redo in order to celebrate it coming to mobile platforms. That's right, as with the previous Layton mobile releases, the game has been brought up to modern HD standards - so no fuzzy, DS-screen resolutions for you.
The Unwound Future was the third entry in the series and wrapped up the original trilogy. If the name doesn't seem too familiar then that might be because it launched as 'and the Lost Future' in the European regions.
If you've not played a Professor Layton game just yet then you've been missing out. The series wraps small mini-puzzles around story-driven point and click games, with each game normally starting off as a simple mystery but spiralling into the fantastical as the game comes to a close. Each is incredibly cinematic, and their releases really helped earn Level-5 a reputation as artists and storytellers around the world.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is available now as a premium title on the App Store and Google Play Store where it is $13.99.