Over the past decade, the concept of understanding what it means to be a gamer has expanded a lot. Before the massive proliferation of smartphones on iOS and Android, the category of gamers was people who preferred PCs or consoles, both home and portable, like the Nintendo DS or PS Vita. Thanks to the rapid development of mobile chips, batteries, displays, sensors and increased connection speeds, in a matter of years, a powerful device capable of running advanced games has ended up in the pockets of millions. Gradually, primitive devourers of time and money, were replaced by complex titles, visually and technically not inferior to console games just 15 years ago.
Today, to consider yourself a gamer, you don’t have to rush to buy next-generation consoles or look for powerful video cards to enjoy 60 FPS with cool graphics. If only simply because there are many ports of really cool games on iOS and Android. Not only Fortnite, PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty: Mobile, but also classic projects, titles, hit roguelikes, strategies and simulations.
In the last three to four months, I have seen from my own experience that it is enough to have an adequate smartphone in order to get a full-fledged experience, which is usually associated with gaming. Against the background of this experience, as well as a couple of recent announcements, I decided to put together this collection of games that deserve the attention of those who are not averse to expanding the list of devices on which you can spend quality time.
Attention! This collection includes games that have already been released, and only those planned for 2021. If you have any suggestions, it will be interesting to read them in the comments.
# 1 Dead Cells
Without exaggeration, one of the best roglikes of the last 5 years. With its pixelated graphics, the title looks beautiful and juicy, and the gameplay is designed in such a way that Dead Cells can be played for 30-45 minutes to while away the time in transport or at lunchtime. And if you get an unpleasant sensation from the blur effect on the PC version, you don’t feel it on your smartphone.
You can spend a lot of time in Dead Cells, and as you develop you always feel that the character is developing. There is no need to buy loot boxes or skins.
# 2 Minit
Super minimalistic game, both in terms of graphics and gameplay. This is an adventure game where the player has only 60 seconds before the end of the world. Despite this, in an attempt to remove the curse, you will have to meet unusual characters, discover secrets and face dangerous enemies.
# 3 Northgard
Price: $ 5
Platform : iOS
And this is a great strategy with PC, which recently migrated to iOS. Stylish Viking stetting game in which you take on the role of the leader of a Viking clan, fighting for control in a new land full of riches and dangers. The game is not only beautiful, but also well adapted for smartphones. Perhaps in the future it will also migrate to Android.
# 4 GRIS
One of those games that can be called a work of art. Watercolor style, detailed world and emotional story with puzzles, platforming elements and optional challenges. And that’s not counting the brilliant soundtrack. One of those games that would be nice to save for the train ride.
# 5 Limbo
The project of Playdead studio, which at one time collected a whole bunch of awards, becoming a hit in the indie scene. This is one of those games that can be called almost an ideal, a masterpiece, a strange genius. A dark yet enchantingly beautiful game that loses nothing from the transition to mobile platforms.
# 6 Moonlighter
Price: $ 7
Another indie project with stylish, pixelated graphics and addictive gameplay. Alas, the port on Android is still delayed, but when it comes out, the owners of these devices should also pay attention. The game is dedicated to the story of the merchant Will, who dreams of becoming a hero. During the excavations, mysterious portals have been discovered that lead to worlds where adventurers can mine mountains of wealth. Gameplay includes shop management, crafting, loot collection, dungeon battles.
# 7 Genshin Impact
Probably the biggest hit of 2020. Despite its F2P nature, you don’t have to spend money on microtransactions to play the storyline. There is a place for grind, but surprisingly, it does not cause rejection. Beautiful, stylish, cute characters and addictive gameplay. One of those projects that by its existence emphasizes that gaming is thriving on smartphones.
# 8 Terraria
This game has been around for many years, but it still thrives and presents hundreds of hours of gameplay. It is regularly supported with content updates, and thanks to its visual style, it works on a wide range of devices. One of the best sandboxes, both on smartphones and on PC consoles.
# 9 Diablo Immortal
Platform: Not released yet
With all the criticism from the community that Blizzard was hitting mobile games, after a couple of dozen hours of testing, I had no doubt that it would be a huge mobile hit. Diablo Immortal not only offers really enjoyable gameplay that rivals the feel of the license plates, but is also top notch – from graphics to interfaces. And microtransactions promise to be more than adequate. No pay-and-win and other F2P sins. The only problem is a constant network connection is required. The release is scheduled for 2021.
# 10 Loop Hero
Platform: Not released yet
March hit on PC from a Russian indie team. Gorgeous old-school graphics and addictive gameplay, where the player acts as something like a “manager” of the hero. There is no direct control of the character, but the management of the map, loot and upgrades makes you go on expeditions again and again. Loop Hero can be run for 20 minutes, or you can sit for several hours in a row.
The team plans to tackle the mobile port soon after patches for the PC version.