PocketGamer.biz is now regularly rounding up the most interesting games that are currently in soft launch.
An important part of the shift to a games-as-a-service approach, the soft launch process enables developers to fine-tune their game, particularly in relation to meta-game mechanics such as time gates, in-game resources and psychological components.
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Of course, some games require more time in soft launch than others; something that can reveal a game experiencing more serious issues than mere fine tuning.
But, of course, the main point of the feature is to get you excited about the games you'll soon be able to play...
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Unreleased Platforms: Android Live since: 10 January 2017 Updates: (1), last 17 January 2017
You may remember The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot as a slightly bizarre Ubisoft free-to-play RPG on PC that has had a very quiet existence, and now it appears to be coming to mobile.
This version is built with one-thumb play in mind, so there'll likely be a mixture of taps and swipes to initiate combat, and special moves triggered by a swift tap on a special icon.
The name of the game here is loot however, so there'll be plenty to gather and equip, and you'll be levelling up and unlocking new abilities while you do it to make crushing enemies that bit easier.
Spellsouls: Duel of Legends
Developer: Nordeus Where: Australia, Canada, Croatia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan Platforms: iOS Live since: 10 January 2017 Updates: N/A
Going from football game to fantasy CCG/MOBA is about as big a leap as a developer can do, so we're extra-interested in Spellsouls: Duel of Legends from Top Eleven developer Nordeus.
You'll be collecting cards and building decks with the most powerful creatures you can get your hands on, before sending them out into battle in 3-minute online PvP matches to prove your skills.
There's leaderboards to climb as you show your stuff, and it's being designed with AAA graphics in mind, so you'll look good while you're destroying your enemies.
Gangstar New Orleans
Developer: Gameloft Where: Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: 9 January 2017 Updates: N/A
Gameloft's Gangstar series of open-world crime games is back with Gangstar New Orleans, only this time its trying something entirely new - free-to-play mechanics.
You'll customise your character however you please, then enter the city of New Orleans to do crime and kill rivals with a variety of guns and other weapons.
You'll also need to contend with online gangs stealing your turf, and you can raid them too to earn materials required for crafting new items to make your criminal empire grow even larger.
Developer: Hi-Rez Studios Where: Global beta (sign up here) Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 6 January 2017 Updates: N/A
While not technically in soft launch, beta signups for Hi-Rez's mobile take on its popular MOBA SMITE are now available, so it seems like a good a time as any to talk about SMITE Rivals.
The game is much like Clash Royale, only instead of sending minions down one of two lanes, there are now three - and all the minions are SMITE themed.
Aside from that, you'll be collecting cards and building decks to take out into the world, and using a range of minions, spells, and structures to take down real-world opponents in real-time battles.
Asphalt Street Storm Racing
Developer: Gameloft Where: Philippines, Romania, Vietnam Platforms: iOS Live since: 22 December 2016 Updates: (1), last 10 January 2017
Given that the Asphalt series is a mobile gaming staple in its own right, its interesting to see Gameloft now changing tack and going after CSR Racing's crowd with Asphalt Street Storm Racing.
It's a rhythm-based drag racer, with the action focused on perfect starts and gear changes rather than steering, which the Asphalt series is usually known for.
To push it ahead of CSR, Asphalt adds in a pre-race minigame that requires you to position your car on the starting line, and four-player multiplayer in its online.
It will also have you collecting cars, tuning them up, joining crews, and taking on the world in a series of races through different weather conditions.
PES 2017 - Pro Evolution Soccer
Developer: Konami Where: Australia, Malaysia, Poland, Romania Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 14 December 2016 Updates: N/A
Konami's hugely successful football franchise Pro Evolution Soccer (or Winning Eleven elsewhere in the world) has made the leap to mobile in PES 2017 - Pro Evolution Soccer.
It appears to be the same game as its console counterpart, but with controls optimised for mobile, with swipes and taps taking up the bulk of movement and passing.
There's also real-time PvP matches to take part in both online and locally, and you can build up your team through auctions and Scouts to make sure you've got the best players on your side.
Nonstop Chuck Norris
Developer: flaregames Where: Canada, Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: 8 December 2016 Updates: (2), last 3 January 2017
If you had been wondering "what will Kopla do next following the success of Nonstop Knight and acquisition by flaregames?", then we finally have the answer: Nonstop Chuck Norris.
The game looks mechanically identical to the original title, an idle-RPG where players watch their character, Chuck Norris, as he kills enemies and collects loot.
You can also deploy special attacks like Norris' signature roundhouse kick to give you an advantage, and purchase new weapons and armour for use with the loot he collects.
Transformers: Forged to Fight
Developer: Kabam Where: Denmark, Sweden Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 5 December 2016 Updates: (2), last 20 December 2016
With Transformers proving to be a hit license for mobile games and Kabam's Marvel: Contest of Champions still raking in cash, combining the two for Transformers: Forged to Fight definitely makes sense.
You'll be collecting robots and battling with them in large 3D arenas with full-3D movement, using a mix of melee, ranged, and vehicle attacks to dish out damage to your opponents.
There also looks to be some base-building and raids to go out on, and there'll be global events to take part in to prove yourself as the greatest fighter of them all.
Lego Quest & Collect
Developer: Nexon Where: South Korea Platforms: Android Live since: 30 November 2016 Updates: N/A
Lego and Korean RPG may not be the most natural of fits, but Nexon is giving it a good go with its game Lego Quest & Collect.
It looks like the game will be a 3D arena brawler with a team of Lego heroes to control and huge bosses to take down with a variety of weapons.
There'll also likely be building elements, because it's Lego, and levelling-up and customising characters as there often is in RPGs. And there's gacha involved too in order to unlock new characters and the like.
The game is currently missing from Google Play but is believed to still be in development.
Big Bang Legends
Developer: Lightneer Where: Finland Platforms: iOS Live since: 28 November 2016 Updates: (3), last 9 January 2017
The first game from educational game developer Lightneer, Big Bang Legends is all about destroying antimatter using a variety of different Atoms.
You'll amass a team from elements like Helium and Neon before heading out into colourful levels to blow up antimatter creatures using your particle shooter in physics-based pinball-esque gameplay.
There's also a number of different quests to take part in, and all sorts of physics-related objects to interact with that might teach you a thing or two about the universe and how it all works.
Best Fiends Slugs
Developer: Seriously Where: Australia, New Zealand Platforms: iOS Live since: 24 November 2016 Updates: (1), last 16 December 2016
Hot off the heels of its last release, Seriously looks to be wrapping up its Best Fiends trilogy soon as its soft-launched the next in the series, Best Fiends Slugs.
The new game is a tower-defense, much like classic Plants vs Zombies games, but in portait view and with 3D graphics for the first time in the series.
You'll be collecting Nectar to build defences, and unlocking new towers and units as you go to fend off the never-ending waves of Slugs that have finally worked out how to move around.
The first update adds ten new levels, a Daily Spin mechanic, improves the world map and level environments, and fixes some bugs.
Wartide - Heroes of Atlantis
Developer: flaregames Where: Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 24 November 2016 Updates: (1), last 7 December 2016
Wartide might seem familiar to eagle-eyed readers of the Soft Launch list, and that's because it appears to have been removed from App Stores and picked up for publishing by flaregames as Wartide - Heroes of Atlantis.
For everyone else, Wartide is a strategy game that sees you bringing together an army of heroes and smaller units and sending them out to battle against similarly huge armies.
You'll be levelling up your heroes to make them even stronger, and forming Alliances with friends to take on other groups and rule the leaderboards.
Angry Birds Match
Developer: Rovio Where: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden Platforms: iOS Live since: 11 November 2016 Updates: (5), last 5 January 2017
In response to the questions "does Rovio have too many Angry Birds titles in soft launch?", the answer from the developer seems to be a resounding "no", since they've just soft-launched Angry Birds Match.
It looks to be a pretty standard match-3 puzzler - you match Hatchlings to score points and clear specific objectives, with bigger matches triggering special effects to help you out.
There's currently over 300 levels and Rovio is planning to launch more, and you can even play the game offline if you're stuck without the Internet somewhere.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch
Developer: Atari Where: Netherlands, New Zealand Platforms: iOS Live since: 10 November 2016 Updates: (4), last 13 January 2017
The long-running RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise has already had a few goes at mobile, but the new RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch seems to be built with free-to-play mobile gaming in mind.
This time around, you'll be opening card packs to unlock and upgrade your rides and attractions, all the while completing missions and levelling up to earn even more cards.
You'll also need to keep an eye on your day-to-day park management, and, of course, you get to build your very own roller coasters and show off your design skills.
The second update makes loading times faster, improves camera controls, improves the coaster building interface, adds card pack gifting with Facebook friends, adds a new day/night cycle, and makes some minor bug fixes.
The third update kicks off the Winter Event with exclusive cards to collect, adds localisation for 7 different languages, adds achievements, makes a few changes to the UX, and fixes some bugs.
The fourth update wraps up the Winter Event but promises more events to come, updates the look of the Haunted House, adds themed fences to set apart different areas of your park, adds 30 new types of daily missions, and fixes some bugs.
Developer: Chillingo Where: Indonesia Platforms: iOS Live since: 7 November 2016 Updates: N/A
If standing in one spot for a long time trying to spot a distant target is your bag, then Chillingo's Sniper Deathmatch is probably the game for you.
It pits two snipers against one another in real-time PvP matches, where each sniper must find and kill the other one before they suffer the same fate.
You'll have to deal with unfavourable weather conditions, wind, your own breathing, and whether or not your opponent has already got you in their sights in a series of best-of-3 matches.
Win and you'll level up and unlock new gear to wear, new rifles to use, and new attachments to put on your gun to make it even more deadly.
Built for Speed: Racing Online
Developer: Meizi Games Where: Brazil, Canada, Finland, India, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 3 November 2016 Updates: (2), last 12 December 2016
User generated content is all the rage these days, so if you've yet to have your fill, the retro-inspired racer Built for Speed is here to sate your needs.
It's a simple racing game with two-tap steering and automatic acceleration, but it focuses more on building your own tracks and then racing them in asynchronous multiplayer matches.
Winning unlocks new cars to race, and earning likes for your track also rewards you. Plus, the developer is promising that there are no forced ads, and that everything will be attainable without paying a penny - so long as you're willing to put the effort in.
The first update adds Daily Quests, adds new track blocks to the graveyard theme, adds a stats page, beefs up translations, improves some sound effects and fixes some bugs.
The second update adds German localisation, rebalances some quests, and makes some small bug fixes.
Developer: Chillingo Where: Indonesia Platforms: iOS Live since: 2 November 2016 Updates: (1), last 21 November 2016
Another in a growing list of games that mix RPG elements into the match-3 formula, Nexus Heroes has you collecting heroes and battling them through casual game mechanics.
You choose your team to take into battle, and then match colours corresponding to your heroes to trigger their abilities and cause them to deal damage against the enemy.
Heroes can be levelled up and kitted out with Relics to boost their stats, and you can recruit more by amassing artefacts to bolster your ranks.
Zombie Gunship Survival
Developer: Flaregames Where: Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: 31 October 2016 Updates: (1), last 24 November 2016
Over a year since it was first announced, the latest in the Zombie Gunship series, Zombie Gunship Survival, has finally made its way to soft launch.
A free-to-play take on the games, it sees players blowing up zombies from the comfort of an AC-130 gunship while protecting their ground troops.
You'll need to build up your base to generate resources, and make sure everyone's equipped with the best gear for progressively harder scavenging missions.
And, of course, you'll need to kill every zombie in sight with a range of explosives and machine guns in order to lend a helping hand to those on the ground.
The first update improves on the tutorial, adds a new campaign with a new type of zombie, and makes a few general fixes.
New Words With Friends
Developer: Zynga Where: New Zealand Platforms: Android Live since: 19 October 2016 Updates: (2), last 17 November 2016
Why exactly Zynga feels the need to relaunch Words With Friends is something known only to them, but it looks like New Words With Friends will do just that.
It's the same basic gameplay - you play alone or with friends, making words by dropping letters onto a grid and scoring points dependent on how much each letter is worth.
The "new" from the title refers to the new lick of paint that the game's UI, and an easier way to use the in-game dictionary.
Ridge Racer Draw And Drift
Developer: Bandai Namco Where: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 14 October 2016 Updates: (2), last 15 December 2016
Racing games can go either way on mobile, but with Bandai Namco at the helm, Ridge Racer Draw And Drift will likely be on the good side of the spectrum.
You'll be drawing your route round the track and tapping the screen at the right time to drift around corners and stay ahead of the pack.
There's 16 cars to unlock and race with, and 6 different tracks to race around, and you'll be upgrading vehicles with your winnings in order to ensure victory.
Bandai Namco is also promising instant multiplayer action against four real world opponents with "intelligent matchmaking".
Call of Duty: Siege
Developer: Activision Where: Australia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 14 October 2016 Updates: (2), last 7 November 2016
Because it would be unfair for Titanfall to take all the CCG glory, Activision has release Call of Duty: Siege, a mix of CCG and RTS set in the universe of its latest game, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
You'll be collecting characters from the game in card form and levelling them up with additional cards to make them more able to withstand attacks from the enemy.
Then you'll need to set up your defenses on planets across the galaxy, all the while taking down enemies both human and AI in PvE and PvP matches.
There's also Alliances to form, allowing you to trade items and chat amongst yourselves to plan strategies and the like.
The second update adds daily rewards, bi-weekly PvP season ranking rewards, a new leaderboard, a replay function to watch your battles again, and a Battle Report which informs you of everything that happened while you were offline.
The game appears to have been removed from the iOS App Store, but is still available on Google Play.
Developer: Netmarble Where: Canada, Singapore Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 7 October 2016 Updates: (2), last 26 October 2016
The action-RPG is somewhat under-represented on mobile, so it's always nice when a game like ChronoBlade comes along to rectify this.
It sees you picking one of four heroes, each with over 20 skills and powers to unlock and use, and wading into battle against hundreds of enemies.
You can also take on real-life foes in one-on-one synchronous PvP matches, allowing you to show the world just how good you really are.
You'll need to make your equipment is up to scratch to do so though, and you'll be able to customise your appearance how you like with loot and items.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Developer: Bethesda Where: Canada Platforms: iPad only Live since: 6 October 2016 Updates: (3), last 20 December 2016
As a wise man once said, there can never be too many CCGs under the sun. Or at least, that seems to be the thinking behind Bethesda's entry into the genre, The Elder Scrolls: Legends.
You'll collect cards and build decks, then take them into battles against both humans and AI to unlock even more cards and increase your rank in the world.
There's also a lane system to mix things up from your usual CCG action, and certain cards can be levelled up to give you a tactical edge over your opponents.
The second update introduced a live event that ran until December 19th and added new scenarios and lane conditions to matches. It also adds new cards to card packs, rebalances some cards, and fixes a wealth of bugs.
Developer: ArtCode Where: Netherlands, New Zealand Platforms: iOS Live since: 5 October 2016 Updates: (4), last 20 December 2016
While the Warhammer 40,000 license ends up used for strategy titles, ArtCode has instead gone in a completely different direction with Speed Freeks - kart racing.
You'll be racing in a variety of vehicles, as well as blowing up everything in sight with machine guns and rocket launchers.
Winning races and blowing things up wins you outposts, which you'll need to defend against online racers.
There's clans to join and idle elements to take part in, as you'll dominate the wasteland and build up your resources to make you and your clan the greatest Orks out there.
Angry Birds Evolution
Developer: Rovio Where: Finland, Poland, Hong Kong Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 17 August 2016 Updates: (5), 19 December 2016
Apparently, Rovio has no concept of "too much of a good thing", as they have yet another Angry Birds title in soft launch, this time under the name of Angry Birds Evolution.
Gameplay is near-identical to Angry Birds Action!, with players firing their birds at the evil piggies in a pinball style, attempting to chain together bounces to deal extra damage.
And, like Rovio's other title Pet Monsters, you can level up your birds to make them even stronger, and there's hundreds to summon and make up your team with.
There's also some PvP elements, in which players can take control of the piggies and fire them at other player's birds to win events.
The second update adds new pig types to the Arena, as well as new sounds and a number of bug fixes and balance changes.
The third update new animations and cutscenes, new skills at Super Evolution stages, more avatars, updated dungeon maps, and fixes some more bugs.
The fourth update adds seasonal Christmas content to unlock, the chance to unlock Angry Birds figurehead Red, the ability to sell "flockers" for more Evo materials, and fixes some bugs.
Rival Gears Racing
Developer: ShortRound Games Where: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 10 August 2016 Updates: (5), 4 January 2017
If you like racing in vehicles that don't have wheels, then hovercar racer Rival Gears Racing(formery Rival Gears) might well be the game for you.
You'll be racing beautiful hovercars through futuristic streets, dodging traffic and deploying boost at just the right time to give you an edge over your opponents.
Vehicles can be upgraded and customised as you see fit to either give yourself an even better ride or just to look good while racing.
And you can take the racing online against real-world opponents, and team up with your friends to take on other Pro-Teams.
The fourth update adds a new Canyon track, makes improvements to the Pro-Teams system, adds a boost mechanic for the start of races, and simplifies the upgrade system.
The fifth update makes a few changes to the UI and UX, fixes some bugs, and changes the name of the game from Rival Gears to Rival Gears Racing.
Royal Boulevard Saga
Developer: King Where: Indonesia Platforms: Android Live since: 9 August 2016 Updates: (3), 5 December 2016
King is back to its linking games, with the newly release Royal Boulevard Saga leaving match-3 alone to focus on chaining together a huge number of matching objects.
This time around you'll be chaining charms of the same colour to create jewelry, moving from colourful level to colourful level and trying to get the highest score possible.
There'll also be numerous game modes to tackle, such as collecting all the Russian Dolls in a level, or bringing certain charms to a pre-determined location.
Developer: Backflip Studios Where: Hungary, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa Platforms: iOS Live since: 8 August 2016 Updates: (5), 7 January 2017
If you enjoy the town-building aspect of Monopoly but hate the whole board game aspect of it, Backflip Studios have got your back with Monopoly Towns.
There's not a die in sight, just a big town to grow and build, with all your favourite Monopoly staples to plonk down and generate cash from.
You can also trade items with friends to help build your town up faster, and there's daily rewards to help you out if you keep a regular eye on your town.
The fourth update adds social aspects that allow you to send friends resources to build up their towns, new Daily Rewards, and a number of bug fixes.
The fifth update optimises the app so that it can be downloaded without WiFi, as well as adding a new home improvement upgrade system and squashing some bugs.
Developer: KingsIsle Entertainment Where: Canada Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 4 August 2016 Updates: (6), 15 December 2016
Following in a growing trend of blending idle games with something a little deeper, EverClicker looks set to be the next big idle-RPG on the market.
You'll be watching your heroes battle their way through hordes of monsters, levelling them and their talents up with the coins you earn, and unlocking new heroes the further you progress.
You'll also be able to kit out your heroes with a range of spells to give them a boost, and send them off on side-quests to track down better gear and loot.
Developer: Thoughtfish Where: Netherlands Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 29 September 2016 Updates: (5), 17 January 2017
A cutesy, cartoony card-game, Fightlings is a location-based battler that has you amassing a clan of monsters and fighting them against other creatures to show their supremacy.
You have to collect soul fragments in the real-world to summon new creatures, and these appear dependent on where, at what time, and what the weather is like.
Then you'll train your clan and take them into card-based battles, both against the computer and other players online.
Legacy of Zeus
Developer: Kabam Where: Denmark, Sweden Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 28 June 2016 Updates: (8), last 16 January 2017
While it usually enjoys success with branded IP, Kabam is taking a stab at its own IP with the Greek mythology-inspired RPG Legacy of Zeus.
You'll take on the role of a child of Zeus, who you can kit out with godly equipment and level up their skills and stats to take on the beasts of the Underworld.
And then you'll take them out into the world, beating up mythical creatures and forming alliances with others to take on co-op campaigns and huge Alliance-only bosses.
The first update adds an in-game forum, ReplayKit functionality, and a handful of bug fixes.
The second update adds new Bounty Quests, adjusts the camera in tutorials and combat, improves various social aspects, and fixes some bugs.
The third update adds a new PvP Arena, as well as a co-operative World Boss, along with enhancements to the Guilds and the usual bug fixes.
The fifth update ups the level cap to 50, adds a new campaign chapter, adds a Team Arena League for guilds to enter, adds new Guild tiers, and makes a number of smaller improvements.
The eighth update adds new Guild v Guild leaderboards, weekly World Boss and Team Arena tournaments, 6 new bounty quests, and beefs up the one-to-one chat system.
Developer: PlayRaven Where: Australia, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Philippines Platforms: Android Live since: 22 June 2016 Updates: (16), last 2 December 2016
While not strictly a sequel, PlayRaven's revamped Spymaster certainly feels like a whole new game.
It handles much the same - you control a number of different agents, sending them out to missions based on their stats and reaping the rewards as you go, all the while hunting down an evil organisation
But it's been beefed up with gorgeous new visuals, which perfectly capture the feel of a Cold War-era spy thriller, all while remaining lightly humourous so as not to bog you down in the murkiness of the world.
The eleventh update adds Scientists to rescue and upgrade, Experiments which can be performed to research Gadgets, which can be used in missions as small boosts, and Seasons to add a competitive clan element to the game.
The thirteenth update adds a new Agency goal, a redesigned Agency experience, a tutorial, Africa Agent art, the ability to auto-assign agents, bug fixes, UI improvements, and "shiny leaderboards."
Asgard Rift: Battle Arena
Developer: Mangatar Where: Belarus, Brazil, Denmark, Italy, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 18 June 2016 Updates: (9), last 19 December 2016
If you're still in the mood for a tactical card game, but want something with grids, strategy, and real-time multiplayer, then Asgard Rift: Battle Arena might be the game for you.
You'll be collecting and managing your cards, levelling them up to be even stronger, and sorting out your deck to make sure you've got the right team for the job.
Then you'll take your deck up against another player online in strategic combat, planting your units down on the grid to take each other on.
The sixth update adds an offline mode that lets you practice with a different style of deck, an updated tutorial, 3x faster chest opening speeds, friendly battles, and a new Summoner area in your deck.
The seventh update adds a Story Mode with 60 quests, 13 side quests, and 30 bosses, weekly tournaments, makes improvements to decks and chest opening speeds, improves the tutorial, and adds the ability to play the game offline.
Rabbids Crazy Rush
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 24 May 2016 Updates: (6), last 23 December 2016
Not content with having just one Rabbids game in soft launch, Ubisoft decided to also send Rabbids Crazy Rush out into a select part of the world.
The game is an auto-runner that will see you dodging obstacles and picking up pepper cans that will be used to fuel the Rabbid's balloon to the moon. Because of course you will.
You won't just be running, as you'll also have the opportunity to craft and upgrade a variety of weird and wacky vehicles to ride in, and you can customise your Rabbid to look even more ridiculous, if such a thing is possible.
The second update brings a new BlingBling suit and a new Jumper suit, as well as a new sector containing ten new levels.
The fourth update adds 20 new locations, a new daily quest system, new special maps, and a selection of new items.
Developer: Rovio Where: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 10 March 2016 Updates: (11), last 19 December 2016
Breaking away once more from the Angry Birds that made the company so popular, Rovio is now taking to the seas in its arena-battler, Battle Bay.
The game has you picking a boat, sticking some guns on it, and entering the arena with four other people to take on another team of five.
There's a handful of different classes of ship to choose from, as well as a variety of guns to use, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, all of which can be merged with other items to make even more powerful weapons.
The second update adds a new night time map, The Fighthouse, as well as local leaderboards and other gameplay balances and improvements.
The third update adds Daily Quests, new Battle Commands, new ship direction and damage indicators, and several gameplay improvements across all areas.
The fourth update adds new quests, new ship animations, weapon recoil, and a bunch of other balances and bug fixes.
The fifth update adds a new map, "Destruct 9", new Daily Quests, an improved tutorial, and a number of balance changes and bug fixes.
Developer: Scopely Where: Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Sweden Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 7 December 2015 Updates: (16), last 16 January 2017
Taking a slightly different approach to bringing a fighting game to mobile, WWE: Champions avoids direct conflict in favour of a match-3 puzzle game.
You'll be matching gems to build up your attack power and land hits on your opponent, as well as building up power for your special moves which can give you an advantage when things get tricky.
You'll also be able to build up a roster of some of the biggest names in wrestling from the past thirty years, and customise and upgrade their moves as you see fit.
The third update gives the game a visual overhaul, simplifies the rating system, adds in Hard mode for each circuit when every level within is completed with a 3-star rating, adds new Superstars and Posters to collect, improves the home screen and rivalry mode, and makes several gameplay balance changes.
The fifth update now gives you earned superstars right away, makes loot boxes more useful and easier to get, adds new Daily Rewards that offer the chance of premium loot, and rebalances the Superstar upgrading system.
The sixth update re-jigs the inventory to be a little easier to use, rebalances loot boxes, and fixes a few performance issues.
The seventh update adjusts the difficulty of early levels, balances abilities to be more powerful, makes duplicated Superstar posters more valuable, and increases PvP rewards.
The ninth update balances the European tour to be in line with the other tours difficulty, increases the loot offered after matches, and adds Grab Bags for purchase.
The tenth update offers randomised missions, new boosts and bonuses, improves the UI, adds Token and TP bags to level up Superstars, and makes Health items more effective.
The eleventh update adds a new mode called Gauntlet Blitz, rebalances some of the Superstars, and fixes some bugs.
The thirteenth update reintroduces Gauntlet Blitz, increases the variety of rewards available when completing missions, and adds new Props to use in matches.
Breaking Bad: Empire Business
Developer: Phase One Games (Scopely) Where: Australia, Philippines, Romania Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 17 November 2015 Updates: (11), last 21 December 2016
Continuing its growing trend of working with major licensed IPs, Scopely is now turning its attention to the world of meth labs and cartels with city-builder Breaking Bad: Empire Business.
The game has you building up your criminal empire, recruiting characters from the TV show to do your dirty work and wage war against other Syndicates.
You can also level up your characters after battles, as well as upgrading your empire to run better and more effectively.
The second update adds a new Rally and Reinforce combat feature to gather your Syndicate and use its full power against rivals, new specialists, and bosses on the world map. It also improves the messaging system, sound effects and visuals, and includes some bug fixes and "polish".
The third update adds three more Chemists, Syndicate events, rewarded video ads, improvements to the HUD and menus, chat, and Syndicate help, and other bug fixes and improvements.
The fourth update fixes bugs and improves performance, and, more interestingly, updates the app store screenshots.
The sixth update improves the user interface and updates some Building Upgrade menus, as well as improving the overall performance and fixing some bugs.
The ninth update redesigns how Specialists are recruited, improves Specialist card art to show stats clearer, improves in-game chat, and makes a few general tweaks and fixes.
The fifteenth update adds new specialist cards, updates the UI, improves the economy, adds a new real-time leaderboard, and updates the App Store screenshots.