Mobile games have come a long way since we were playing ‘Snake’ on our green-screened Nokia mobiles, and smartphones have unleashed the true potential of where mobile games are heading.
Thinking incredible graphics and sound quality, complex narratives, and puzzles so detailed you may be scratching your head for days.
So without further ado, here are the top 6 mobile games you need to download and starting playing immediately!
Xenoraid capitalises on the popularity of classic shoot ‘em up games, but instead of just annihilating the bad guys, you are piloting a spacecraft through endless waves of enemies.
Players control not one, but four spacecrafts, which you can switch between and as the game progresses you can upgrade and evolve each craft to your preferances.
Slayaway Camp is at its essence a really fantastic sliding block puzzle, but what sets it apart from the rest is its theming: Slayaway Camp is a 1980s , cinematic, blocky, horror game.
Each round’s waypoints are simple block characters (think Minecraft) in the style of 1980s horror film villains or monsters which you aim to brutally murder, and the games levels are chapters of a VHS tape which you have to rewind. It may sound out there, but it’s definitely worth your time.
Old Man’s Journey
Old Man’s Journey is a visually arresting platform adventure game and the idyllic hand-painted backgrounds vary from one scene to the next, through breath-taking sun-drenched roads and quirky countryside villages.
Best described as heavy on narrative, light on game elements – essentially the complete opposite of online pokies NZ as there are a few puzzles which need to be solved to help your elderly protagonist on his way – but the visually astounding surroundings will keep you coming back for more of this blissful journey.
Death Road to Canada
Death Road to Canada is, without a doubt, the most impressive zombie-hunting survival game currently available on mobile.
Embarking from post-apocalyptic Florida, your destination is the safe-haven of the cold north, but this 16-bit RPG is going to throw a whole lot at your before you can reach your desired location!
You will constantly run out of food, medical supplies, fuel, and ammunition, so you’ll have to break into shops to survive – all the while fending off zombie attacks.
Causality can best be described as a brain-melting puzzle game thanks to its sheer complexity and obtuse logic, and each round sees you guiding multi-coloured astronauts from their original squares to appropriately coloured ending squares, as fast as possible.
However, instead of moving the astronauts directly, you change their ever-forward paths by altering the direction of the arrows on the game board. Mind-melting moments occur due to strange time-travel logic where time is constantly speeding up or slowing down, and transporting your astronauts through portals to earlier or later moments on the timeline.
Your brain will be playing Swapperoo long after you put your mobile down, and it’s hands down of the greatest pure puzzle mobile games we have ever come across.
In a similar style to Candy Crush, you shuffle tiles to delete matching colour groups, but Swapperoo brings an almost Tetris-style complexity to this simple sounding game, to make it a lot harder.
You will also have to master the games subtle complexities in order to advance in levels, but you’ll no doubt be hooked from the word go.