Ah, gaming on the mobile device that you have on you at all times. Ain’t that grand? Well, no, most of the time it’s a tap-to-win, ad-ridden mess. But we’d be lying if we said that there aren’t some amazing games available on the App Store and Play Store.
Some of them are new titles, carefully crafted for the new generation of touch-controlled devices, but there are also those that are resurrected classics. Point-and-click adventures, RPGs, or strategies — they all work great with tap inputs. Just add solid gameplay and maybe even a story and you’ve got a game that every gamer should have on their phone.
And while mobile games don’t really cost much, it’s still a bit much to go ahead and drop $5 or $10 on every title out there. That’s why it’s a good idea to wait for the inevitable sale. And that sale has come for 6 great games on the App Store right now. Here they are:
Meet Manny Calavera, a travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their four-year journey to eternal rest. But there’s trouble in paradise, and you must help Manny untangle himself from a conspiracy that threatens his very salvation. One of the most acclaimed adventure games of all time, Grim Fandango features an epic story of four years in the life (or death) of Manny Calavera, the travel agent for the dead. The game has been remastered to look, sound, and control better than the original, but it’s still a classic of the genre, with a cast of unique characters and an original combination of film noir and Mexican folklore.
Broken Age is a family friendly, hand-animated, puzzle-filled adventure game with an all-star cast, including the likes of Elijah Wood, Jack Black, and Masasa Moyo. Designed by industry veteran Tim Schafer, Broken Age is a timeless coming-of-age story of barfing trees and talking spoons. Sound absurd? Well, in the game, you are to play Vella Tartine and Shay Volta – two teenagers in strangely similar situations, but radically different worlds. The player can freely switch between their stories, helping them take control of their own lives and deal with the unexpected adventures that follow.
This game was a moderate commercial success upon release, but has slowly grown to be a cult classic. Its ridiculous and humorous story, combined with puzzles that involve time travel back to different periods of history made it a very unique adventure game, which many can enjoy today thanks to the remaster.
Iesabel is a dungeon crawler available for PC and Mac as well as Android and iOS. It’s built on the same recipe that can hold a dungeon crawler together for both campaigning and just grinding – an interesting story, various player classes, 8-player (cross-platform!) co-op, and lots of monsters to kill. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to support controllers, but if you are not one who hates virtual joysticks and buttons – you may enjoy this game
A beautifully drawn adventure game with its own wacky, dreamy atmosphere. The game will tell you the story of bored teenage girl Violett, who passes through a rabbit hole, much like another heroine that we know oh-so-well. The world on the other side is a strange and quirky one, full of puzzles, which you’ll be tasked with solving. For $1, fans of the genre shouldn’t hesitate much.
This is the second game in the Frederic world and it continues the same story — Frederic Chopin is back from the dead and is challenging the mundane and soulless artists of today to musical duels, fighting for the freedom of the musical world. Yes, it’s over the top, it’s silly, and extremely fun to play. It’s a rhythm-based musical game, a-la Guitar Pro, with 7 virtual piano keys you need to press on cue.