You’ve gotten your new Android phone or iPhone set up. Now it’s time for the important part: games. You’ll want something good to play on your new pocket supercomputer, especially if you’re stuck somewhere for the holidays away from your console or gaming PC.
Fortunately, there’s tons of great games out there for mobile devices — here’s some of our favorites.
1. Real Racing 3
Real Racing 3’s freemium aspects caused some protests when it came out in 2013, but the game has been evolving nicely over the past three years while taming some of those early, aggressive prompts to pay. It looks fantastic, runs like a dream, and offers considerable depth as you unlock and upgrade cars while moving through its competitions. Here, too, online multiplayer is a big draw.
2. Into The Dead
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The original Into the Dead was a huge success, blending in elements of endless runners and zombie games for a truly intense and terrifying mobile gaming experience. Into the Dead 2 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, but now with added twists and content that make for more exciting gameplay.
The most significant changes come in the form of an added storyline and objective-based stages that break apart the tedium of endless running. Into the Dead 2 takes the opposite approach and lays out the exact distance you have to run in order to get to safety and move on to the next stage. This element alone opens the game up to those of us that prefer story-driven, stage-based games over endless runners.
3. Dream House Days
Dream House Days is the latest delightful management simulation game from Kairosoft. This game puts you in charge of an opulence apartment complex. This may not sound that exciting, but Kairosoft tends to get more fun out of the most prosaic premises.
As aforementioned, you play as an in-charge of an apartment complex with 4 units and one tenant, initially. Your goal is to manage the complex’s finance, furnishing, developing individual apartments, and magnetize new tenants, collect rent and rule every aspect of their lives.
Tenants are the foundation of the game, based on your performance each action will end up with happy or dissatisfied tenants. Normally the game starts with just one tenant, but you need to bring more tenants to help cover expenses.
4. Sky Force 2014
The original Sky Force came out on mobile devices in 2004. It was a great looking mobile game for its day, and fantastic shooter to boot. Now, a decade later, Sky Force 2014 is looking to do the same again with the benefit of modern tech.
Sky Force 2014 retains the tight combat and vertically scrolling levels of the original. As before, you must attack approaching targets, while trying to avoid the hale storm of bullets the game throws at you.
A responsive one-to-one control system has your craft hovering just above whichever finger you are using to steer the ship. This allows you to clearly see the action in front of your ship, giving you a better chance of spotting and avoiding oncoming fire.
5. Lara Croft Relic Run
It’s surprising that it took so long for Lara Croft to get a game out on mobile based on the adventure runner formula, but the time taken seems to be worth it. Lara Croft: Relic Run is perhaps one of the best entries to the genre to come out recently. It’s a perfect fit for the series, Lara takes on ruins in jungle, desert and arctic terrains filled with traps and obstacles to navigate as well as enemies to overcome. It’s a great mobile title, perfect for quick bursts of exciting, cinematic gameplay and with enough progression hooks to make you return again and again.