In the last post, I mentioned that I don't think that the current crop of mobile games can possibly be the best the platform has to offer. But I figured to provide a counterpoint to that, here are some mobile games I do actually love, or like a whole lot (in no particular order):
- Hero Academy
- Monument Valley
- 80 Days
- Hitman Go
- Motorsports Manager
- The Room & The Room 2
- Crossy Road
- Card Crawl
- Neuroshima Hex
- Sago Mini's apps for Kids
I don't know if there are a lot of really strong lines I can draw that connect all these dots. Some of them are strongly influenced by personal passions (Motorsports Manager, a bunch of the board game ports for iPad), and some of them are just funny & well-crafted.
A special mention goes to Hero Academy, though, which I think I honestly have to classify as my favorite mobile game ever. It's got a great mix of strategy & accessibility, charm, humor, great design, big turnarounds, tense moments, and fun. It's a game that I play regularly, and have yet to tire of. I wish there was I way I could give them more money, and in the end, I'll get just about anything that Robot Entertainment builds *because* I loved Hero Academy so damn much.
Spellwood occupies a similar space. It's just a really beautifully made bit of asynchronous crossword gaming, and it's really different than something like Words With Friends or Letterpress (which is sort of an "Honorable Mention" but didn't make the list because the endgame for every match devolves into misery).
The sad thing about both of these games is that it's pretty clear that they're both in "maintenance mode" at best, probably because they just didn't make enough money to remain in active development. Which is a damn shame, because they both really embody a lot of what we aspire to. They're extraordinary games, and well worth your time.