What are some quality mobile games right now?

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Hey duders,

So, I sold pretty much all my gaming hardware recently, cause I'm so fed up with the way modern games are. I could go on for ages about how soulless the modern gaming industry is, but I honestly can't be arsed. It's exhausting, and nobody cares.

However, I do have a phone! And I do wanna play some weird little quirky phone games. So what are we enjoying? What are we playing? I downloaded FF: Brave Exvius I think it's called and I'm gonna start that later, and I'm obviously playing Wordle every day.

I haven't played mobile games since...Doodle Jump, so I'm all ears!

(I have an Android if that makes a difference!!)

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Some from the top of my head are Swap Sword, the Hidden My Game by Mom games, Holedown, Spelltower, Typeshift, Canabalt, Ridiculous Fishing, Super Hexagon, Reigns, Pacman 256, Hundreds, and Pancake - the game. I played these on IOS but I assume most are on Android. Apologies for the length of the list, just started listing them off lol

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Did you ever play Kingdom Rush back in the day? I'm replaying it right now on my iPad and it holds up. It's on phones too.

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Yugioh Master Duel is quite good if you like Yugioh/want to learn. They are really generous with gems (paid currency) too. I haven't played yugioh in about 15 years, but I easily built a good deck and still have a lot of gems left. The game has changed so much in 15 years, but this did a good job of explaining new mechanics that I was clueless about.

Magic: Arena (if you like MtG), but this is way stingier with giving out its paid currency for free. It's a very good Magic app, but I don't use it a lot, because I'm not going to put money into it.

Final Fantasy 1-5 have Pixel remasters with FF6 incoming. Those are all good.

I quite like Mario Kart World Tour. I have played it way more than any Mario Kart on a Nintendo platform (and I have played those quite a bit).

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It depends really on what you are after. I like narrative games, so 80 days is rather excellent. Device 6 is also rather cool, though it's a bit old now.

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If you're a soccer fan, play football strike. Its addictive af though. Started playing it a couple of weeks ago and I'm playing like 4+ hrs daily on average.

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Being fed up about the soullessness of the modern games industry and jumping straight into the arms of Brave Exvius is a choice. If you're fine with gacha games then Girls Frontline or Arknights are the go to recommendations. Or Genshin I guess.

Otherwise I'll just drop the premiere word games Spelltower and TypeShift to go alongside your daily Wordle habit.

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Why not subscribe to one of the very many variations of the NYT's Crossword puzzle?

I'm not super familiar with mobile games, but those that I am familiar with, and those that my students play, don't exactly scream "soulful". I'm sure that plenty exist, but my understanding is that most popular, consumer facing mobile games are more sinister than anything you could imagine, and all are lacking any kind of soul (as I'm typing this yet another indecipherable Korean mobile game is being advertised on the television next to me -- it's a new one every time I stay in a hotel room).

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#9  Edited By splodge

I've been going down an exponential / idle game hole recently, and have been hunting down idle games that are numbers-going-uppers in their purest and most mechanical, mathematical form.

One thing I like about these two games also is that they both seem to be made by one-person dev teams so throwing them a few bucks to get rid of ads (which both have in very minimal amounts) or for whatever weird in game currency feels like you are legit helping a small dev keep the lights on.

The two best I have found are:

Exponential Idle

Literally an exponential formula that you are adding equations to, increasing numbers, layering on theories and computations to try and get the number to go up faster and faster and faster which unlocks more upgrade paths, systems, processes etc and on and on and on. The graph makes satisfying shapes and it really encourages you to re-spec and tinker with the formulas. Note that you don't need to understand the formulas or the math, you simply need to figure out which bits of it make the correct number go higher. It's fantastically number-go-uppery and literally just a math equation. I love it.

NNNNNNNNGGGGGHhhhhhhh oh yeah
NNNNNNNNGGGGGHhhhhhhh oh yeah

I thought at one point I had hit the ceiling when I was trying to get my f(t) which is the main big number past 5000. It took me about a week. Once I hit the 5000 mark and got the last upgrade point, an ENTIRELY NEW SECTION opened up, which is EXACTLY what you want from these kind of games.

Also, there are very few, if any, advertisements. I paid a few bucks to get a 50% boost overall and get rid of any ads and to throw a few bucks to the dev.

Next up is.....

Antimatter Dimensions

I have playing this for about 3 days now, so I am still in the early stages. It's basically a bunch of progress bars that you keep filling up and up and then reset / prestige very regularly. There is something extremely satisfying about that process, and more and more upgrades and unlocks are popping up as I continue on. There is plenty of stuff that I still cannot access, and I have no idea how I am going to access them because the requirements seem impossible. However, as is the way with these games, I am sure there will be some kind of exponential wizardry that will get me there. The game also seems to have a weird and active community that feed text strings to the silly news ticker (I dont even know how they do that).

MMMMMmmpphhNNNGgggg thats the stuff
MMMMMmmpphhNNNGgggg thats the stuff

The game apparently has a whole skill tree that I have no idea when or where it is going to unlock, there are a ton of secret achievements, and I think this game might go WAAAAAAYYY deeper than a lot of idle games, just going by the news ticker and the way people talk about it online.

While this game is not a literal math formula like exponential idle, it feels very pure at its heart and like exponential idle, it is not shoving ads in your face like a lot of clicker / idle games tend to do.

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@sombre: what type of games do you like to play? I'm currently playing idle games like cookie clicker. If you;'re a fan of such games, go for it.

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The notion of abandoning “soulless modern games” to try and find something on mobile is Very Funny.

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I would Recommend:

Fire Emblem Heroes (Obviously if you are into the franchise)

Fate GO: Very good Stories and a bit more Adult

Genshi Impact: More like a Hybrid (Though i would only recommend PC)

The thing with Mobile games IMO is that the later you start the more you have missed out on as for Timed Events

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#14  Edited By ItHas2BeSaidKVO

If you’re cool with ethically questionable practices, emulators (even on iphones with a little bit of work) are a damn good time.

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If you haven't played mobile games in a while, Desert Golfing and The Room are both on Android and really excellent. I played a bit of Hitman go and enjoyed it, though I'm not sure if it's the best one of the "go" games or not (I didn't play the others)

Honestly though the best mobile games are the NYT crossword/word games. The mini crossword is genuinely awesome as a speedrunning kinda thing, there's a built in timer and everything.

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#16  Edited By colonelsanders21

Super Auto Pets is out now on Android, and should be on iOS on Monday. I still love playing this. It's very chill, and you can easily play it without even touching any paid content (right now just a single $5 DLC pack).

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If you're into circuit racing, I recommend Real Racing 3.

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I have been playing Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle since it came out. It's on its 7th year, and they just keep making things better and more convenient, and they've kept the same gatcha mechanic for pulls and there's only ONE premium currency. No bullshit, no smoke-and-mirrors, no "get six gems to get one ingot, use ingots to get summon tickets, use summon tick-", just stones. That's it. It's a gatcha game, through and through, but if you're a fan of Dragon Ball/ Z/GT/Super, it's still a very fun, very low input game. I've basically been using it as a fidget cube for the last 7 years.

Modern Mania Wrestling is the most fun I've ever had with a wrestling GM mobile game. Automated matches, and you can't determine the winner/loser ironically, but the art and style is delightful.

@nuttism said:

It depends really on what you are after. I like narrative games, so 80 days is rather excellent. Device 6 is also rather cool, though it's a bit old now.

80 Days is one of my favorite mobile games of all time. A simple, elegant, proc-gen visual novel with a lot of built-in challenge, and a TON of variety. Can't recommend enough, if narrative is what you're after.

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It's been a very long time since I've come across a good mobile game

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#22  Edited By Undeadpool
@efesell said:

The notion of abandoning “soulless modern games” to try and find something on mobile is Very Funny.

Kind of with this as well.

Maybe check out the indies before writing off the whole industry. Cause I gotta say: I'm sick of the bullshit of AAA dev as well, especially since companies are basically just using the fact that the industry is still largely unregulated to just fully lie to consumers in preview footage (really feels like it started with the zero consequences for Aliens: Colonial Marines), so there's little point in getting hype for something that might just be smoke and mirrors.

On the other hand, games like Ravenous Devils, Weird West, Darkest Dungeon 2, Into the Breach, Inscryption, Cook Serve Delicious 3, and Neon White are already bringing it in terms of weird, wonderful experiences on console (and on mobile, in some cases).

Hell, I'm even more okay with OmegaForce using weird paid crap in their Dynasty/Samurai Warriors games if it's funding amazing projects like "Fire Emblem Three Hopes," "Persona 5: Strikers," and "Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity."

AAA might be a carnival con game, but it really feels like the elusive B-game has returned with a vengeance. And to be fair: a few of what I listed here IS on mobile.

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Idle slayer best clicker on mobile

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Arknights. It's the only game on my phone any more, and I still play it daily. Fantastic art, an incredible amount of story and lore, and very free to play friendly. It's tower defense but your towers are unique individuals and you create a team from your collection of operators. It's amazing, and everyone should try it.

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Very disappointed that nobody here has mentioned Solitairica (ie the best mobile game according to Drew).

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@efesell: Haha so true! There are so many amazing games on steam these days, i could go forever like Spelunky 2, into the breach, hades, Rimworld, Underrails, Battle Brothers... I could go forever.

The trick is to avoid soulless so called AAA games, "smaller" games are actualy more complicated and deeper than EA/Ubisoft etc. crap.

I play since Commodore 64 and feel like there is no better time to play videogames:)

I think OP simply burned out on video games.

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@kopcik said:

@efesell: Haha so true! There are so many amazing games on steam these days, i could go forever like Spelunky 2, into the breach, hades, Rimworld, Underrails, Battle Brothers... I could go forever.

The trick is to avoid soulless so called AAA games, "smaller" games are actualy more complicated and deeper than EA/Ubisoft etc. crap.

I play since Commodore 64 and feel like there is no better time to play videogames:)

I think OP simply burned out on video games.

Probably this. I was playing games since the early 90s, and I just got burnt out. I haven't played a game outside of Pokemon GO now for a year, and my partner and I are already looking into buying a second hand PS4 Pro, becuase of PS Plus