Mobile gaming is big business – that should be obvious to anyone who’s ever used a smartphone. With that in mind, it’s not all that surprising that there’s a plethora of downright incredible games in the wings. Today, I’m going to share just a few with you. These games all have but one thing in common: they’re all incredibly promising, and serve as shining examples of just how far mobile development has come. Note that these are just a few awesome-looking titles; there are many more to be found elsewhere.
First up on our list is a Roguelike that goes by the name of Wayward Souls. This one’s currently available on iOS, and will soon be launching on Android and – oddly enough – PC. The premise is fairly simple: create a character from one of six different classes, customize them with whatever abilities and upgrades you see fit, and see how long you can survive a randomly-generated dungeon before you perish. Not only does the concept look and sound fun as hell, the graphics aren’t too shabby, either – it’s a true 16-bit experience, and all you need is your phone.
If medieval fantasy isn’t quite your style, then Shattered Planet might be just what you need to scratch the Roguelike itch. This tactical, turn-based roguelike RPG puts you in the shoes of an explorer searching for a means of fighting back an all-devouring darkness that’s consuming the universe. The only hope for a cure for this horrible blight is to be found on the shattered remnants of the former human homeworld, Earth. Fair warning, it’s pretty difficult – if you’re not up for an intense tactical game, then look elsewhere.
I’d say it’s fairly indicative of how far technology’s come when a title that once required a cartridge and a home console can now be played on a device smaller than a TV remote. Final Fantasy VI remains a masterpiece; even in mobile format, it’s still one of the best Final Fantasy titles ever made. Whether you’re just getting into the JRPG genre or you’re an old hand at role-playing games, this one’s worth picking up and playing – if only for the nostalgia factor.
Not quite sure what to make of the fact that two of the games on this list are simply ports of titles from old-school consoles? Don’t worry; you aren’t alone in that. Secret of Mana was originally released for the Super Nintendo, and was one of the first action RPGs ever made. Again, it’s a fantastic throwback to an older era of gaming, and the perfect thing to cut your teeth on if you’re new to action RPGs.
The Kickstarter-funded Chroma Squad puts players in the shoes of a band of costumed martial artists who totally aren’t the power ranges. Sort of. You actually manage the gang of heroes in this turn-based strategy game, which includes every single feature that made the Super Sentai genre famous: malevolent aliens, plucky teenage dynamos, giant robots, giant aliens, awesome music, giant robots…wait, I said that already, didn’t I?