Soft launch reporting by Ric Cowley and Iain Harris.
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: Mattel163 Where: Brazil, Italy, Spain Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: 11 April 2018 Updates: (1), last 18 April 2018
It was only a matter of time until Mattel and NetEase’s newest rendition of Uno was brought to the apps store after it found its way to Facebook Messenger in January.
As you would expect UNO! Features the classic card game but with a new set of features aimed at bringing the classic to a modern audience.
The first mode called Room Mode allows players to invite their friends in and create their own house rules. Two new cards are also included called “discard all”, which removes one color completely from a player’s hand, and Stack, which piles a player’s pile back into their hand.
The new Uno also features live tournaments where players can snag various prizes and place on an international leaderboard.
Maze: Shadow of Light
Developer: AwesomePIG Where: Malaysia, Philippines Platforms: Android Live since: 05 April 2018 Updates: (5), last 20 April 2018
Maze: Shadow of Light is a free-to-play action RPG with cartoon-rendered graphics and a ‘tag action’ battle system that allows players to switch between their heroes and guardians to activate combo attacks.
The story mode takes place in the fictional world of Tera, a land plagued by the game’s villain Diabolus, and offers up 50 levels.
Player versus player (PvP) and raid modes are also set to be included to give gamers the chance to either battle against others, or work together in co-op.
Puzzle Clash Heroes
Developer: Ooblada Where: Canada Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: 22 December 2017 Updates: (6), last 18 April 2018
French games developer Ooblada’s free-to-play game Puzzle Clash Heroes boasts a blend of popular genre elements, from puzzles to arena duels, along with some RPG elements for good measure.
Players garner and train a team of heroes and level them up with victories in the game’s battle system, which combines turn-based strategy and Candy-Crush styled puzzles.
A story chat feature has also been included to provide some depth and background to the various heroes that can make up a players roaster.
Heroes within the game can be collected and come with an assignment of power, including legendary and epic rankings.
The Island: Survival Challenge
Developer: Endemol Shine Where: New Zealand Platforms: Android Live since: 10 April 2018 Updates: (2), last 16 April 2018
Making his first appearance on mobile since 2014, with Flappy Bird inspired-title Air Bear Grylls, survivalist expert Bear Grylls is back with The Island: Survival Challenge.
The free-to-play game puts the player on a remote tropical island with 20 unskilled people. Along with tips from Bear Grylls, users are tasked with leading the team through the trials and tribulations of island life and keeping them motivated in the process.
Each day brings three new survival challenges and a chance to level-up the islander’s skills to equip them better to survive.
The Island: Survival Challenge also includes a customisation function that allows players to decorate their camp as they please to add a personal touch.
Developer: Futureplay Where: Finland, Poland, Ukraine Platforms: iOS Live since: 29 April 2018 Updates: (2), last 06 April 2018
You may have missed it, but the battle royale trend is currently going strength to strength on galactic proportions, especially on mobile. As such, Futureplay has entered the fray with its effort Battlelands Royale.
The soft launched title maintains the genre norm with a game progression of parachuting, looting and shooting while being mindful of the impending and shrinking storm radius.
The Helsinki-based studio changes things up, however, with an element of pace as lobbies hold 24 players with game time aimed to up to five minutes.
The free-to-play title also features a cosmetic feature with unlockable outfits.
Is-it love? Adam
Developer: 1492 Studios Where: France, Belgium, Turkey, Switzerland, Benin, Mali Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: 09 April 2018 Updates: N/A
French games developers 1492 Studios is looking to maintain a recent native tradition of successful narrative games with Is-it love? Adam.
The game’s story revolves around the main character’s life as they find themself in Manhattan in a steady job with steady friends, but without a sense of adventure that has, seemingly, long past.
As these stories tend to go, at this point enters Adam – a hybrid drummer/ surfer hunk who is here to shake up the established narrative.
The title works in an episodic fashion. Expect regular new additions to the story with player-choice altering the progression of the narrative.
God Eater: Resonate Ops
Developer: Bandai Namco Where: Japan Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: 3 April 2018 Updates: (1), last 12 April 2018
Bandai Namco’s God Eater: Resonate Ops not only represents the newest instalment in the God Eater series but the first time it’s come to the mobile platform on iOS and Android.
Currently in soft-launch in Japan the RPG title is free-to-play with item-based micro-transactions.
The story continues on from its previous title God Eater 2: Rage Burst and sees humankind in decline, with the game's protagonist thrown into restricted battle zones in the game’s collapsing world.
Combat is turn-based and features a party system with returning characters from previous games in the series, who all make cameo appearances for specific missions.
Final Space AR
Developer: Time Warner Where: United States Platforms: iOS Live since: 17 March 2018 Updates: (3), last 5 April 2018
Staying true to trend, internet Indie film marker Olan Rogers and TV host Conan O’Brien’s The Final Space is the latest TV Show/ film to get the augmented reality treatment.
Gary, Mooncake and the crew will be brought to fan’s phones and will playout various scenes that can be recorded and shared. The free-to-play title will also roll out more content as the show airs more episodes.
Final Space is an animated adult comedy sci-fi TV series that is currently airing on TBS. Episodes centre on main protagonist Gary and his alien friend Mooncake as they endeavour to unlock the mystery of final space.
Developer: Netmarble Where: Turkey, Netherlands, Australia, Sweden Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 11 October 2017 Updates: (7), last 20 April 2018
Netmarble has soft-launched real-time strategy game called Iron Throne ahead of its release later this year.
Players will be able to build their armies and strategically align themselves with others to defend and conquer enemies. Iron Throne also features role-playing elements with levelling and gear customisation available for playable heroes.
Two different stories are also on offer with the first featuring a battle against horde in Dimensional Battles while the other involves traversing through your own township to take on an array of quests.
The fourth update added new content to make the title more accessible for newer players with a safe zone along with beginner alliances.
The sixth update added a battle royale mode along with 3 new equipment sets.
The seventh update changed the name from Firstborn: Kingdom Come to Iron Throne
Asphalt 9: Legends
Developer: Gameloft Where: Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: 26 February 2018 Updates: (3), last 09 April 2018
The follow up to Gameloft’s 2013 release Asphalt 8: Airborne has pulled into soft launch with the promise of new goods under the hood.
Series regulars are still present with a broad array of hyper-cars available for selection from manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and W Motors.
Players can also customise their chosen rides with a selection of colours and materials before taking it out for a spin on any of the game’s 70 tracks which are inspired by real-world locations.
A raft of modes is also up for selection, from a career mode based on 60 seasons and 800 races to a new Club feature that will let you charge up the leaderboards.
Developer: Glu Mobile Where: Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: 1 March 2018 Updates: (2), 11 April 2018
It is undeniably all go over at Glu Mobile regarding soft launching titles with WWE Universe and MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2018 making their way onto the iOS app store last month.
Now a new month has brought another soft-launched title as new IP Titan World has also made its way onto the iOS app store in the Philippines.
Titan World is a strategic turn-based battle game that utilises an active battle system with players controlling a team of titans. Victory is obtained when one player destroys the other’s titans and base.
Gameplay mainly revolves around the competitive feature called the Titan League where players can fight it out to move up the league standings should they prove victorious.
Players can also manage their rosters with upgrades and can recruit additional titans that specialise in different attacks from crowd control to anti-air.
The second update added ultimate moves such as acid gernades and EMPS along with multiplayer functionality.
Developer: Glu Mobile Where: New Zealand and Australia Platforms: iOS Live since: 22 February 2018 Updates: N/A
With the WWE's biggest show of the year Wrestlemania just months away, the company have teamed up with Glu Mobile to make a game based on the day to day of managing a wrestling company.
Players can choose to fill their roasters with superstars from every generation such as the Nature Boy Ric Flair to the Phenomenal One AJ Styles and will train them up so they can hit their full potential.
Alongside the usual training, players will also experience the brand's storylines as wrestlers feud with each other for various reasons.
WWE Universe will also utilise one-touch controls as wrestlers grapple and hit their signature moves in what aims to be an easy to play experience.
Developer: Warner Bros/Behaviour Interactive Where: Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Singapore Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 1 February 2018 Updates: (3), last 29 March 2018
Because every big franchise needs a mobile management sim these days, Warner Bros has tapped Fallout Shelter developer Behaviour Interactive to make a game based on its TV show Westworld.
It looks a lot like the developer's big hitter, with an underground world that you need to populate with the right rooms to ensure the theme park above works as planned.
You'll need to manage resources and people, and make sure your guests are matched with the right hosts to make sure they have the best time possible.
And, as fans of the show will know, you'll also have to keep your AIs in check and guarantee they're not going to flip out and start questioning their reality.
The 3rd update added a new town called Pariah, which is built upon decadence and transgression. The new location comes with 5 new buildings.
Angry Birds Blast Island
Developer: Rovio Where: Hong Kong, Taiwan Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 1 February 2018 Updates: (1), last 5 March 2018
After the success of Angry Birds Blast, Rovio is bringing it back for another round in the apparent sequel Angry Birds Blast Island.
Much like the previous game, you'll be popping two or more connected coloured blocks to clear the screen and score huge points from level to level.
There's about 500 levels already available, and likely even more to come, as well as daily challenges to take part in.
There will also be weekly and monthly events to test yourself with, and a global leaderboard where you can show off your balloon popping prowess.
The Walking Dead: Our World
Developer: Next Games Where: Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 30 January 2018 Updates: (5), last 19 April 2018
Not content with just one Walking Dead game in its roster, Next Games is now using the license for its first location-based, AR-enabled title The Walking Dead: Our World.
Players will roam the streets of the real-world, using their phone to find supplies, survivors and hordes of zombies to fend off against.
You can also unlock characters from the TV series to aid you in your quest, and gather weapons to give yourself a deadly advantage over the undead.
There will also be social aspects, with weekly events planned and the ability to share your best moments with the world, if that tickles your fancy.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Developer: Jam City Where: Unreleased Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 17 January 2018 Updates: (3), 11 April 2018
Warner Bros is already making moves with its new Portkey Games label, as Jam City has soft-launched its upcoming adventure game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.
How exactly it plays is its own mystery, but the game will see you creating your own student of Hogwarts, and living life through the years.
That means attending classes to learn new spells, spending time with your friends, customising your character as you progress, and winning the House Cup.
There's also the titular mystery to solve, which involves the disappearance of your brother and something called the "Cursed Vaults", which sounds rather lovely.
Sky: Light Awaits
Developer: thatgamecompany Where: Philippines, New Zealand Platforms: iOS Live since: 19 December 2017 Updates: (19), last 19 April 2018
After years making celebrated games for Sony consoles, thatgamecompany is making the leap to mobile with gentle exploration game Sky: Light Awaits.
Pitched as a social adventure, you're armed with a lit candle and the ability to fly, and it's up to you to restore light to the dark areas of the world.
You'll need to rope in friends and family to help you out on your adventure, and you'll need to solve puzzles, gift candles, and hold hands if you want to open up even more of the world.
Though if it's anything like previous games from thatgamecompany, you can just as easily spend eternity wandering around the starting location and still enjoy the calm, gentle nature of the environment.
The third update adds a Starter Pack to kickstart your adventure, allows cosmetics to be accessed from any shop, and fixes some bugs.
The ninth update adds two new levels along with a dark creature that will remove emotes if they attack the player.
The sixteenth update adds a new level called The Eye of Eden along with the Rebirth system, which allows additional story playthroughs and emote upgrades.
Developer: Frogmind Games Where: Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, Vietnam Platforms: iOS Live since: 4 December 2017 Updates: (18), last 16 April 2018
After finding success in premium games with its Badland series, Frogmind is now taking the universe to a whole new place with its free-to-play PvP title Badland Brawl.
It's a one-lane brawler that has players firing their units out of a slingshot and at their opponent's tower in order to bring it toppling down.
You'll need to build up an army birthed from eggs, and upgrade them to ensure you don't get yourself killed later down the line.
On top of that, you can join clans, share your units with friends, and build your own little community, as well as watching old battles on BadTube to get hints on how to win in future.
The eleventh update added five new clones to the fray along with some changes to the matchmaking system. Frogmind Games has aimed to reduce the wait time for a game by tweaking the system's logic so that a players level is no longer taken into account.
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Philippines, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand Platforms: Android Live since: 22 November 2017 Updates: (11), last 18 April 2018
Not content with just water-based eat-em-ups, it looks like Ubisoft's FGOL studio is expanding its Hungry franchise into fantasy with Hungry Dragon.
Much like previous entires, you'll be exploring a small map, eating anyone who gets in your way and trashing everything you see.
Since you're a dragon, you can breathe fire all over the world too, and watch as everything burns to a crisp for your amusement.
There's 10 dragons to unlock and become even stronger, and there'll be plenty of hidden areas to unlock as you fly around killing everyone.
Developer: Nexon Where: Australia, Malaysia, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 10 November 2017 Updates: (10), last 5 April 2018
Remember MMORPG MapleStory? Well, you won't recognise it in Nexon's mobile take on the world, MapleStory Blitz.
Rather than make a smaller RPG, Nexon has instead taken the themes and settings of the game and used it to make a Clash Royale-style card-based MOBA.
Players battle in real-time PvP online matches, sending their units down one of three lanes and trying to topple their opposition before they get crushed.
You'll need to build up a deck of cards to fight with, and level them up as you go so you don't get wiped out by the competition.
The sixth update adds an emoji-based communication system, updates the tutorial, changes how heroes are acquired, adds a navigation system for beginners, and makes some other balance changes and bug fixes.
The ninth update brought with it a new season that included a new battleground called Zakum's Altar and a new card pack.
The tenth update introduces the new Brand Battle Mode, a PvP arena that introduces a new set of rules such as the "Spear meets Shield" mode which grants players powerful decks to take on equally powerful opponents.
Diamond Diaries Saga
Developer: King Where: Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Poland Platforms: Android Live since: 30 October 2017 Updates: (11), last 18 April 2018
Along with its mid-core titles further down our list, King is sticking to what it knows with titles like Diamond Diaries Saga.
It's a fairly straightforward game - you need to draw links between objects of matching colours to clear the board and complete objectives.
This could be dropping diamonds down to below the line at the bottom of the screen, capturing a certain number of dolls, or a number of other tasks.
There also looks to be an colouring book element to the game, along with the usual hundreds of levels of matching action to keep players engaged for a long time.
Card Smash: Tribes at War
Developer: Heavyweight Rex Where: Australia, Finland, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: 30 October 2017 Updates: (3), last 8 March 2018
There's plenty of card games out there on the market, but Card Smash looks to be trying something new with the genre.
As you might expect, you'll need to build up a deck of cards from hundreds available, before taking a handful of them into battle against real-world opponents.
Then you'll be placing your chosen cards on a 4x4 grid, where attacks can come from all sides and not just directly ahead of you.
Oh, and there might an explosive bunny thrown into the mix too, if that's your kind of thing.
Developer: Hi-Rez Studios Where: Australia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Latvia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Greece, Armenia, Albania Platforms: iOS Live since: 26 October 2017 Updates: (6), last 11 April 2018
Hi-Rez is returning to mobile to have another crack at bringing one of its PC franchises to the platform, this time around with Paladins Strike.
The game boils down the PC hero shooter into a top-down MMO - though it still has a focus on its heroes and their big guns.
Players will acquire and customise a wide range of heroes, before sending them off into 5v5 battles with other real human beings.
Hi-Rez is promising more than the usual fare however, with a variety of game modes to try out, and a heavy focus on the game's eSports potential.
The first update adds a new Champion to play with, along with new skins and an updated Summons map to explore.
The second update revamps the UI, new skins, and a new Champion to unlock and play as.
Best Fiends Rivals
Developer: Seriously Where: Australia, Finland, Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: 25 October 2017 Updates: (10), last 16 April 2018
After jacking in Best Fiends Slugs a while back in favour of its short animations, Seriously is back to games with a new puzzler Best Fiends Rivals.
Taking the series back to its roots, Rivals has you linking up icons of the same kind to clear boards and score big points.
The twist here is that you can now form teams with other players and battle it out with people from around the world to prove your puzzling prowess.
Throw on Daily Challenges to keep things interesting, and a huge tournament ladder to work through, and this looks set to be the definitive version of the Best Fiends formula.
The sixth update adds a new world map full of information on your friends' progress alongside your own, adds a bunch of new levels, reduces the trophy loss for failing a level, and makes it faster and easier to upgrade Fiends.
The eighth update added over 35 new "fiendtastic," ahem, levels. It also introduced more coins to be earned per game along with various game performance updates.
Developer: Bandai Namco Where: Canada Platforms: iOS Live since: 2 October 2017 Updates: N/A
Pac-Man has come to mobile in a variety of ways over the years, but this time Bandai Namco is letting players loose on their own versions of the classic game with PAC-MAN Maker.
As the name suggests, players will be given the opportunity to design their own Pac-Man levels to chase ghosts and eat dots around, and then share them with others around the world.
There's nine palettes of 32 colours to choose from, letting you get as colourful as you like with your creations, and a heap of gadgets and ghosts to throw in and make your levels even trickier.
And you can even create levels that go beyond the standard screen size, allowing you to create enormous mazes like never before.
Developer: Jam City Where: Argentina, New Zealand, Singapore Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 6 September 2017 Updates: (2), last 12 October 2017
A bit of an odd one this - casual developer Jam City has decided to spread its wings and try a whole new genre with Twist, an interactive fiction portal.
Players can choose to play through stories from a number of genres, including horror, romance, and comedy, and make their own choices as they play to further the story.
In Episode fashion, certain choices will be locked behind an IAP, and players can only play a certain number of stories each day.
But Jam City is also offering a subscription model, allowing players unlimited access to all stories for a set price each week, month, or year.
Royal Charm Slots
Developer: King Where: Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 31 August 2017 Updates: (20), last 20 April 2018
King has finally entered the social casino space with its newly soft-launched game Royal Charm Slots (formerly Royal House Slots).
It's the usual social casino slots affair - there's a variety of slot machines to pump virtual money into, and huge prizes to be won.
But this time it's been made with King's classic goofiness and cute art style, so there's plenty of bright colours and silly characters to keep proceedings light-hearted and fun.
There's also collectibles to acquire as you play, boosters to help you out, and plenty of different games already on offer, with more planned for later down the line.
Dungeon Hunter Champions
Developer: Gameloft Where: Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, Bulgaria Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 15 August 2017 Updates: (9), last 29 March 2018
Not content with just making a MOBA or an RPG, Gameloft has decided to smash the two together in its upcoming game Dungeon Hunter Champions.
The single-player campaign sees players gathering a team of champions and fighting their way through dungeons in action-RPG battles against mobs and giant bosses alike.
Meanwhile, the multiplayer side of things is a straight-up, 5v5 MOBA that is slowly making its way onto mobile.
There's apparently over 275 champions to collect, which would give it the largest roster on the market, and each one can be customised and upgraded to give them an edge over the competition.
The second update adds a new Champion along with a Collection Book to keep track of all your Champions, a new time-limited summon, new achievements, a more generous economy, and some bug fixes.
The third update adds a new raid, a new Champion, and exclusive summon, more information on each Champion, and the ability to rate Champions.
The fourth update adds another Champion, changes the FTUE to encourage new players, adds additional story to the single-player campaign, and adds daily login rewards.
The fifth update adds 5v5 online MOBA battles along with 1v1 challenges, a new Champion, a new currency, a friends list, support for new languages, and the ability to turn unused Champions into gold.
The seventh update adds a new social space called The Tavern, along with new monthly events and a new story that will take you through a new map.
Developer: King Where: Thailand Platforms: Android Live since: 26 July 2017 Updates: (25), last 20 April 2018
King is on a roll with soft launching games at the moment, and its latest, Brick Wizard, actually looks pretty interesting.
Appearing at first like a mix of Breakout and Monster Strike (though we are reliably informed it is nothing like the latter), it sees players firing off spells to destroy blocks and batter bad guys to clear the screen and score big points.
There's also a range of power-ups to deploy if you're in a particularly sticky situation, or if you just want to destroy all the blocks as quickly as possible for a higher score.
There's currently over 80 levels to work through too, so there's plenty to get your teeth into, and inevitably much more to come.
Last Day Alive
Developer: Glu Mobile Where: Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 19 July 2017 Updates: (9), last 11 April 2018
Everyone loves killing zombies, right? That's certainly what Glu is hoping, having soft-launched its latest game Last Day Alive.
You'll be killing zombies with a variety of guns and other weapons you can lay your hands on, all while dealing with different variants like armour-wearing zombies and so on.
There's also a base-building PvP aspect, allowing you to jump into a helicopter and rain hell on other players to loot them for much-needed resources.
Or if getting face-to-face is more your scene, you can enter solo or 2v2 battles against other real-life players to truly test your skills.
The fourth update adds language support for German, French, and more, along with a new 1v1 PvP arena, the ability to earn survivors and appearances through crates, and a handful of balance changes.
The fifth update adds PvP clan duels and ranked co-op matches, a new Base Power mechanic, and reworks how some resources are earned and displayed in-game.
Developer: Gameloft Where: Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 6 July 2017 Updates: (11), last 17 April 2018
In keeping with the monsters they centre around, it seems that zombie games will never die out, with Gameloft returning to the horrific creatures in its new game Dead Rivals.
This time around it's an action-RPG, with character classes, loot, and levelling up to deal with, all mixed in with hundreds of zombies to shoot and blow up.
There's also an MMO element to it, so you'll also need to fend off other players online with friends or solo.
And Gameloft is promising top-end graphics to go with the experience, along with huge maps and an intuitive control system.
Assassin's Creed: Rebellion
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Philippines, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 27 June 2017 Updates: (10), last 13 March 2018
Following the moderate success of its gameplay-heavy Assassin's Creed Identity, Ubisoft is once again returning to its Italian assassin's for another mobile game, Assassin's Creed: Rebellion.
It's a cuter affair than most of the games in the series, with all the popular assassin's turned into chibi versions of themselves as they go about on their killing sprees.
It's a strategy RPG with base-building elements, as you build up your brotherhood and take down the Templars one by one.
New characters can be collected as you go, and they can be upgraded to make them even deadlier when taking on Templar strongholds.
The fourth update adds everyone's favourite Assassin Ezio in place of Aguilar for the first two missions, as well as adding a new region and new missions to play.
The fifth update adds a new Achievement system that unlocks a new Assassin, as well as daily login rewards of resources and DNA fragments for heroes.
The seventh update revamps the tutorial to make it faster, adds new Daily Objectives and Achievements, brings in power scores to compare assassins, and adds Rush Mode to raid previously beaten levels for more rewards.
Developer: Level Eight Where: Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden Platforms: iOS Live since: 21 June 2017 Updates: (3), last 6 December 2017
Short, fast-paced shooters seem to be working well on mobile at the moment, so Level Eight's Protostrike is primed to be a particularly interesting game.
Players battle it out in top-down shooting arenas, with just three minutes to run around and kill as many enemies as you can.
You can also use boosters to give your character different buffs, and a wide variety of weapons to suit all kinds of playstyles.
There's also weekly leaderboards and skill-based matchmaking, so you can show off your skills to the world both in person and with your name on a list.
Legend of Solgard
Developer: King Where: Denmark, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sweden, Germany Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 16 June 2017 Updates: (19), last 24 April 2018
Another a couple of false starts, King is taking another stab at the midcore-RPG crowd with its latest soft-launched title Legend of Solgard.
It plays out as a strange cross between match-3 and RPG, with turn-based battles that see players matching small units to grow them and make them stronger before they attack the opponent's team.
You can also collect new heroes and units, and level them up to deal more damage to both AI and human players.
And you can form a guild with your friend to take on other clans and prove your worth as the best, if you like that kind of thing.
The sixth update adds new Rainbow events, a boss arena, a new daily login reward schedule, and changes energy costs if you lose a battle.
Developer: Supercell Where: Canada Platforms: iOS Live since: 15 June 2017 Updates: (6), last 14 March 2018
Supercell may not be the most prolific of developers, but when it launches a game, it tends to be pretty darned good - and Brawl Stars looks to be no exception.
A top-down MOBA-esque shooter, the game sees teams of three facing off across a number of different objective-based modes.
Heroes can be customisted and levelled up as you play to make them crazier and more powerful, and you can form clans with your friends to practice or battle others.
It's looking tipped to be a new eSport too, so if you're looking to get involved in a potentially lucrative future, this might be the game to get in on before it gets too popular.
The first update adds a new Brawler, a new skin, and a new map, as well as improving matchmaking and visuals, and fixes some bugs.
The second update adds two new brawlers, a new game mode, rejigs the season system, makes improvements to the joystick, and makes a few other changes and fixes.
The third update adds Brawler upgrades into Brawl Boxes, removes the chance of getting duplicate characters, adds a Star Power to each character, and throws in two new game modes and a new hero for good measure.
The fourth update removes the Coin Booster, adds event tickets to the store, and makes a few balance tweaks and bug fixes.
Star Wars: Rivals
Developer: Disney Where: Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 15 June 2017 Updates: (8), last 10 January 2018
Console gamers have long enjoyed third-person shooters set in the Star Wars universe thanks to the Battlefront series, but now mobile is getting in on the action with Star Wars: Rivals.
The game promises cover-based shooting - presumably meaning there will be no direct movement involved - across the entire Star Wars universe with well-known locations and characters.
So one minute you'll be choking people as Darth Vader on the Death Star, before jumping into Poe Dameron's shoes to blast bad guys with a laser gun.
There's real-time PvP if you want to take the fight online, and you'll be able to collect and upgrade all your favourite characters to really show off how much of a Star Wars fanboy you are.
The third update adds a raft of new characters, guilds to join and play with, a rotating list of PvP Arenas throughout the day, and a number of balance changes and bug fixes.
The sixth update makes matches much shorter by rebalancing Heroes to be much stronger, lowering the required number of points to win a match, and upping the number of points gained from each kill.
The seventh update removes Bacta, allowing users to play as whichever character they like for as long as they want. Heroes are now earned in crates from the Arena League. A number of other balance changes have been made, and Daily Rivals and Tasks have been removed.
The eighth update massively reduces the number of Data Tapes required to unlock new characters, decreases the required number of medals for each of the Leagues, and adds two new Leagues for top-tier players.
Rocky Horror: Touch Me
Developer: Rocket Lolly Games Where: Denmark, Ireland, Sweden Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 7 June 2017 Updates: (5), last 10 November 2017
If you're a Rocky Horror fan and have often wondered what it would be like to star in your own version of the stage musical, then Rocket Lolly have made your dreams come true with Rocky Horror: Touch Me.
With just a swipe to the left (sorry), you can dance along to classic Rocky Horror tunes as your favourite characters, scoring points and looking good as you do so.
Perform well and you'll unlock new body parts to equip, stage sets and props to dance with, and new songs to play along to.
You can also create your own dances, which will then be played and reviewed by other players, earning you a "fame factor" is people enjoy your creations.
The first update adds Facecam recording to shared dances using Everyplay, as well as fixing some bugs.
The second update makes a raft of upgrades and bug fixes, including dropping the initial large file download, and making the tutorial much better.
The fourth update improves the UI to make actions clearer, and to make the game easier to play on smaller screens.
The fifth update replaces the random dances on the main menu with a bunch of pre-set dances, and fixes a number of bugs.
Developer: King Where: Philippines, Chillie, Peru Platforms: Android Live since: 30 May 2017 Updates: (11), last 18 April 2018
Not content with just one Farm Heroes game, King is back with another trip to the countryside in Farm Adventure (or Farm Heroes 2, according to its package name).
As one might expect, it's a match-3 title - you'll need to swipe columns and rows of fruits and veg together to score points, clear the board, and complete objectives.
You can also customise your farm as you go to add your own personality to proceedings, as well as hang out with a range of cute animals who will all be your friend.
And to carry on a recent King trend, the game will have "glossy 3D graphics" to appeal to the high-quality visuals crowd.
Developer: Armada Interactive Where: Philippines, Malaysia, Canada, Qatar, Australia, Romania, Singapore, Ireland, Finland, United Arab Emirates, Iceland Platforms: iOS Live since: 29 May 2017 Updates: (14), last 5 April 2017
After a year or so of quietly working away on its first game, Armada Interactive has now soft-launched its core strategy game Quantum Siege.
The game has you cleansing Quantum Gates by sending in an army of units to attack any enemies in your path and destroy the turrets that guard the Gate.
You have a range of different units at your disposal, each suited for attacking different targets, and you'll need to be careful about what you deploy and when to make sure you get the job done.
On top of this, you have a full 360-degree view of the battlefield, and enemies can come out from anywhere, so you'll have to keep your wits about you if you want to succeed.
The first update adds a new Daily Story Mission from each House, the ability to inspect units, a ten-second warning for when enemy units are arriving in Versus mode, and improved visuals on old devices.
The second update overhauls the UI, adds three new Daily Story events and another campaign level, shows cooldown times on cards, and makes some other smaller improvements and bug fixes.
The twelfth update dramatically overhauls the game's visuals, allows free use of units between Houses, removes restrictions on Keys, and allows for instant deployment of units.
The thirteenth update announced the cancellation of the game due to expectations not being met. Quantum Siege will remain playable until April 30th.
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Canada Platforms: iOS Live since: 16 May 2017 Updates: (15), last 3 April 2018
Rocksmith is a pretty good piece of kit and found its original home on PC and console, but now Ubisoft is giving it a new lease of life with a mobile release, also called Rocksmith.
Using a guitar jack adaptor musicians use to record their guitar on an iPad, Rocksmith allows guitarists and bassists to play along with songs, learning them on an actual instrument at their own pace.
You can repeat a section at different speeds and as many times as you like, and you can watch and interact with video tutorials to teach you particular parts of guitar playing.
And since it's on mobile, it's free-to-start - you get four songs with the download, and you can add more to your catalogue by purchasing new tracks.
The tenth update makes the game available to play on iPhone and iPod, and offers up a free song to download.
The fourteenth update integrates Facebook, so players no longer need to create a new account to play the game, as well as improving the UI for songs requiring a capo and allowing more control over difficulty settings.
Candy Crush Friends Saga
Developer: King Where: Mexico, Philippines, Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, Chile Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 2 May 2017 Updates: (18), last 19 April 2018
If you didn't think there was anywhere left for the Candy Crush franchise left to go, surprise! It's back with a new lick of paint under the name Candy Crush Friends Saga.
The twist here is that a bunch of characters from the previous games are in trouble, and it's up to you to go and help them with your match-3 puzzle skills.
The game's been given a 3D overhaul to boost its graphical quality, and includes four different game modes to tackle as you progress through the levels.
It also boasts more than 70 levels to test your brain, though this will likely increase over time with further updates.
League of Dragons
Developer: Social Point Where: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 31 March 2017 Updates: (14), last 14 December 2017
Social Point absolutely loves dragons, so much so that it's decided to put them into a MOBA-esque game called League of Dragons.
You'll be collecting dragons, spells, and defenses in the form of cards, building decks, and levelling them up to be the best they can.
Then you'll enter PvP matches, sending your units down one of four lanes to duke it out with enemies and eventually destroy the enemy base.
Aside from all that, you'll also need to maintain your own kingdom and castle, and build up the surrounding area to earn coins for levelling up your cards.
The tenth update adds the option to store multiple decks and even copy the decks of your friends and foes, as well as engage in friendly battles.
Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Brazil Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 29 March 2017 Updates: (7), last 14 December 2017
It was only a matter of time before the Clash Royale imitators started rushing out of the floodgates, but Ubisoft's attempt with Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak looks very interesting indeed.
Instead of just sending your troops down lanes against your opponent, you'll be both micromanaging your units and providing covering fire through your high-power sniper rifle.
You'll also be unlocking new weapons and gear to kit out yourself and your team to make sure you have the advantage over your enemy.
There's scope here for it to become an eSport too, with Ubisoft promising an "endless tournament" structure for top players to continually duke it out for the number one spot.
The second update adds two new maps to play around in, overhauls the stats on squadmates, improves the auto-deploy feature, and makes challenges easier.
The third update adds clans, four new units, a new gun, new gun perks and gear cards, French and Spanish language support, and makes some smaller changes to gameplay.
The fifth update adds a new Clan crate that the whole clan can work towards opening, along with two new units and some new gear.
Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Australia, Canada, Philippines, Singapore Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 17 March 2017 Updates: (34), last 7 March 2018
The game sees you amassing a squad of up to five heroes and creatures and sending them into battle against wave after wave of monsters.
You can level up and kit out your heroes as you see fit, and you'll need to make use of elemental advantages and huge spells to come out on top.
Or if you'd rather just sit back and reap the rewards, you can whack the game on to 2x speed, press Auto, and hope for the best.
The first update adds new regions, a new Angel creature, new evolutions, polishes up the graphics and UI, and fixes some bugs.
Spellsouls: Duel of Legends
Developer: Nordeus Where: Australia, Canada, Croatia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan Platforms: iOS Live since: 10 January 2017 Updates: (18), last 16 April 2018
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.
The first update adds in push notifications and fixes some bugs that affected player login.
The fourth update increases the level cap to 20, introduces 9 new spells, makes a number of balances changes, makes it so that keys replenish on level up, and adds a subscription option for the "dedicated community members".
The fifth update rejigs the rewards system so that XP is earned instantly, "losing" chests are no longer awarded, keys are replaced with a timer, and the timer is halved for VIP subscribers.
The eighth update adds the ability to directly challenge friends, adds a battle history and replay options, and fixes some bugs.
The ninth update adds a Community tab within the game's menus, allowing players to check out all the latest updates and news about the game, and learn new tips without having to leave the app.
The tenth update adds the game's first new Spellcaster and teases a heap of new characters to be added in the coming months, as well as making some metagame and balance changes to accomodate new heroes, and a new environment for each Spellcaster in keeping with their style and lore.
The twelth update adds Daily Quests to complete and earn rewards, improves the UI and tutorial, and makes a number of other smaller changes.
The thirteenth update adds Guilds, a new hero, sneak peeks at the upcoming heroes, a teaser for an upcoming competition, and a new battleground.
The fourteenth update steers Spellsouls away from its Spellcaster characters and more towards deck-building, with minions and spells now summoned through cards.
The fifteenth update adds 14 new cards to play with across two new arenas, and revamps cards to now have a distinct Class, as well as providing two upgrades for each card. The game has also been translated into Traditional Chinese.
Temple Run: Treasure Hunters
Developer: Scopely Where: Australia, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 30 November 2016 Updates: (10), last 30 October 2017
Treasure and match-3 seem to go hand-in-hand, since they both usually involve gems, so maybe Temple Run: Treasure Hunters (formerly Treasure Hunters!) isn't such a wild idea after all.
You'll be solcing puzzles through match-3 mechanics as your character delves deep into over 100 levels of tomb-raiding looking for the titular treasure.
You can also customise your character as you see fit, and the game promises hidden paths, a variety of game modes, and plenty of other distractions to keep you entertained.
The third update increases the number of levels to over 200, and adds new boosters to help with trickier levels.
Big Bang Legends
Developer: Lightneer Where: Australia, Cambodia, Finland, Hong Kong, Sweden Platforms: iOS Live since: 28 November 2016 Updates: (19), last 15 February 2018
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.
The fourth update adds new characters, ups the levels of pink in levels, adds 20 new levels to play, and adds ice to some levels to make your atoms slip around.
The fifth update adds a new monthly subscription fee that replaces ads with educational videos for $0.99 a month, as well as some more Atom Heroes and antimatter battles.
Developer: Backflip Studios Where: Hungary, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 8 August 2016 Updates: (10), last 10 August 2017
If you enjoy the town-building aspect of Monopoly but hate the whole board game aspect of it, Backflip Studios has 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.
The sixth update boosts the economic rewards of a number of locations, adds an improved tutorial, and makes a few bug fixes.
Developer: Thoughtfish Where: Germany, Netherlands Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 29 September 2016 Updates: (15), last 16 February 2018
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.