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: Supercell Where: Canada Platforms: iOS Live since: 15 June 2017 Updates: N/A
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.
Star Wars: Rivals
Developer: Disney Where: Australia, New Zealand Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 15 June 2017 Updates: N/A
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 Walking Dead: March to War
Developer: Disruptor Beam Where: Philippines, South Africa Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 13 June 2017 Updates: N/A
Never one to shy away from a big licensed IP, Disruptor Beam is now turning its attention to Robert Kirkham's genre-defining zombie comic series The Walking Dead.
While the series already received numerous adaptations, The Walking Dead: March to War has found its niche by being a multiplayer strategy title with a strong focus on story.
You'll be building and upgrading your settlement, recruiting characters from the comics to join your army, and forming alliances with other players to unite against the zombies.
Then you'll take your ragtag band out to face off against the zombie hordes and other players, scavenging for scraps, and starting the whole thing over again.
Lineage 2 Revolution
Developer: Netmarble Where: Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand Platforms: iOS Live since: 13 June 2017 Updates: N/A
It's taken South Korea by storm, but now Netmarble's Lineage 2 Revolution is finally gearing up to go worldwide and brings its epic RPG stylings to us all.
Boasting the "largest persistent open world on mobile", the game sees you teaming up with other players to take down enormous monsters and other clans.
It's being made in Unreal Engine 4, so expect gorgeous graphics to go with your looting and fighting.
And there'll be all the usual RPG trappings of levelling up your character, buying new gear to make them stronger, and making enormous numbers flash up on screen as you deal out huge damage.
Rocky Horror: Touch Me
Developer: Rocket Lolly Games Where: Denmark, Ireland, Sweden Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 7 June 2017 Updates: N/A
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.
LEGO Quest & Collect
Developer: Nexon Where: Philippines, Singapore Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 7 June 2017 Updates: (1), last 15 June 2017
Keen Soft Launch fans may remember LEGO Quest & Collect being on the list some time last year while it was available in closed beta testing, but now Nexon is beginning a true soft launch ahead of its full release.
The game sees you building up a squad of Minfigs and taking them into battle against evildoers, using the spoils of your battles to customise and upgrade your characters as you see fit.
There's hundreds of heroes to collect covering all kinds of LEGO brands, including Ninjago, Lego City, Lego Pirates, and more.
And if you really want to show off your collection, you can enter PvP battles online and enter the Daily Dungeons to grind out even better bricks for your collection.
Developer: King Where: Philippines Platforms: Android Live since: 30 May 2017 Updates: (1), last 1 June 2017
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 Platforms: iOS Live since: 29 May 2017 Updates: (1), last 12 June 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.
WWE Tap Mania
Developer: Sega Where: Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 19 May 2017 Updates: (1), last 6 June 2017
It seems that if you're not making a Clash Royale clone these days, you're probably making an idle game instead - and WWE Tap Mania isn't a MOBA by a long shot.
Here you'll be happily tapping away on the screen to beat up WWE wrestlers in the ring, earning coins and levelling up your team as you go.
You can unlock new wrestlers to use, each with their own special power that can boost your physical prowess for a short time, and an affinity that you'll have to make use of to strategically give yourself the upper hand against certain enemies.
You can also expect a huge roster of WWE wrestlers old and new to unlock, and live ops based on real-world wrestling match-ups to keep the fans entertained for years to come.
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Canada Platforms: iOS (iPad only) Live since: 16 May 2017 Updates: (1), last 6 June 2017
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.
New Yahtzee With Buddies
Developer: Scopely Where: Australia, Ireland, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 11 May 2017 Updates: (4), last 13 June 2017
Carefully sidestepping Zynga's similarly-named series, Scopely is rebooting its Yahtzee With Buddies title with the appropriately named New Yahtzee With Buddies.
As the name suggests, the game will see you playing popular word game Yahtzee with friends and strangers from around the world.
There's tournaments to enter to truly push yourself against the game's Masters, as well as Daily Challenges to keep your mind sharp.
You can also customise your dice if you really want to, adding your own personal touch to the game, and you can chat with your friends in-game as you play.
The Sims Mobile
Developer: EA Where: Brazil Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 9 May 2017 Updates: (3), last 12 June 2017
The Sims is a staple install on just about anyone's PC, and if The Sims Mobile is as close to its fully-featured companion as it looks, it could well be just as big.
Much like its big brother, the mobile take will see you growing a family of Sims, building them a house, getting them a job, and micromanaging every part of their lives.
It's all free-to-play too, so you should be able to have a decent run at building a huge, sprawling home without having to shell out any real money.
How the game handles the eventuality of you getting bored and drowning your Sims in the pool is anyone's guess at this point in time.
The second update adds a bunch of music-themed features, including a new Concert Party social option, a Maestro's Grand Piano Heirloom, and a new Legacy Score to track how well you're doing with your new Sims.
Developer: Particle City Where: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 4 May 2017 Updates: (2), last 8 June 2017
After a failure to launch with its first game Titanfall Frontline, Particle City has taken the lessons its learn and put them into new title Titanfall: Assault.
Retaining the card-based gameplay but swapping genres from CCG to RTS, Assault has you sending down Titans and Pilots onto the battleground to duke it out in real-time PvP battles.
It takes some of its cues from "inspiration du jour" Clash Royale, with units automatically working their way through the world to take each other on, though this time there's only one lane and some Titanfall-themed additions.
Pilots can be combined with Titans for an attack boost, for example, and Burn Cards can be used to give yourself an extra buff should you be facing overwhelming odds.
The first update improves Cache rewards, adds Guild Objectives and Achievements, new singleplayer AI Commander battles, and more customisation for Squads.
Candy Crush Friends Saga
Developer: King Where: Mexico, Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: 2 May 2017 Updates: N/A
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.
The game is currently not available for download, presumably because King has reached a certain number of players.
Crusaders of Light
Developer: NetEase Where: Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 19 April 2017 Updates: (1), last 28 April 2017
While many people sit impatiently waiting for NetEase's Onmyoji to make it out West, the developer is instead turning its attention to a new MMO, Crusaders of Light.
The game promises to allow up to 40 players at once to team up and take down enormous enemies and collect epic loot.
Or if you're feeling antagonistic, you can engage in up to 5v5 PvP modes to test out your shiny new gear on fellow human beings.
Outside of that, NetEase is offering over 300 hours worth of gameplay to sink your teeth into, and PC-quality graphics to keep your eyes entertained while you grind through enemies.
War Planet Online: Global Conquest
Developer: Gameloft Where: Bulgaria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam Platforms: iOS Live since: 19 April 2017 Updates: (2), last 29 May 2017
It looks like a pretty typical mobile strategy game, all told. Players will build up their bases and units, attempting to create an overwhelming force while defending their assets.
And then they'll take their forces on a tour of the globe, attempting to crush anyone in their way in real-time PvP matches.
You'll also be able to trash-talk in the Global Chat, and team up with your friends to form deadly alliances and destroy everything in your path.
Modern Combat Versus
Developer: Gameloft Where: Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: 12 April 2017 Updates: (4), last 5 June 2017
The latest in Gameloft's long-running series of shooters, Modern Combat Versus brings the action to a real-time multiplayer focus.
Players will choose between 12 Agents to play, each with their own abilities and weapons that can be switched around as you see fit.
Then you'll jump into 4v4 battles fighting for control over specific zones across five different maps, each distinctly designed for different styles of play.
There's also clans to join and host private matches with, and Gameloft is promising to keep the game updated with new Agents, weapons and maps as it continues development.
Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
Developer: Epic Action LLC Where: Australia, New Zealand Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 31 March 2017 Updates: (3), last 8 June 2017
Whether there's an overlap of audiences between Game of War and Final Fantasy XV isn't something we've wondered much before, but we're about to find out the answer in Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire.
The MZ-developed strategy title will see players building up armies alongisde FFXV's Noctis and co, and sending them out into real-time battles with friends and foes.
Forming alliances will the key here, made easier by MZ's superb translation system that allows players from around the world to communicate with one another.
No word yet on if you get to drive around in a flying car and go on camping trips with your buddies.
Futurama Worlds of Tomorrow
Developer: TinyCo Where: Ireland, New Zealand, Norway Platforms: Android Live since: 31 March 2017 Updates: (6), last 15 May 2017
If there's one thing TinyCo does best, its making city-builders with FOX licenses - no wonder it's doing one for Futurama then.
Futurama Worlds of Tomorrow sees you rebuilding New New York with the zany cast of Futurama characters, unlocking new outfits and buildings as you progress.
You'll also need to explore the galaxy for new items and upgrades to improve the rate at which you can level up.
And there's new dialogue written by the show's creators, so it's bound to be every bit as hilarious as its namesake.
Developer: Zynga Where: Indonesia Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 30 March 2017 Updates: (6), last 15 June 2017
Harking back to the bygone era of Facebook games, Zynga is revitalising its old classic Mafia Wars for a mobile audience.
The game sees players joining together in Alliances and taking control of real-world locations to prove themselves as the biggest gangsters across the globe.
Gathering gear and taking on missions is the name of the game, as well as unlocking a variety of units that have different skills and abilities to utilise in missions.
The sixth update adds new Contraband types to deal, free diamonds if players register their accounts, and additional bonuses for VIP players.
Developer: Rovio Where: Finland Platforms: Android Live since: 30 March 2017 Updates: (4), last 23 May 2017
Keeping in the animal kingdom but drifting away from the avians that made them popular, Rovio is now working on a monkey-fronted clicker called Business Time.
It's all about spending money to make money, investing money in businesses and levelling up to earn promotions and generate even more revenue.
There's also a wheel-spin to bring in your customers, and new locations to unlock and improve your businesses in.
And because the developer can't move too far away from its roots, you will at some point end up selling Angry Birds toys.
Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Canada Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 29 March 2017 Updates: (2), last 16 May 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.
Travel Match Club
Developer: Rovio Where: Philippines, Poland Platforms: iOS Live since: 29 March 2017 Updates: (10), last 17 June 2017
Always ones to test new methods of making casual games, Rovio return to the soft launch world with a new take on the match-3 genre, Travel Match Club.
There's still traditional matching to be done, but you'll also need to make use of spins to clear out the board completely and move on to the next level.
There's over 120 levels already included in the game, with more no doubt on their way, so there's plenty to get stuck into.
And you can team up with your friends in your Match Club to send and receive gifts and gold, giving you that extra little boost along the way.
Developer: Xplored (505 Games) Where: Italy Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 20 March 2017 Updates: (1), last 14 April 2017
Toys-to-life games that have you scanning figurines into your game is nothing new, but Xplored's take on the genre, Runimalz, is taking the interactivity one step further.
You'll still be scanning characters in to play with, but this time you also need to move your figures around on a board to determine their positions and speed as they race through the world.
Characters can also be levelled up through play, and equipped with armour to make them more powerful as you take on PvE and PvP battles.
You don't even need the physical elements of the game to play, though you will be missing out on the key selling point of the entire experience.
Developer: Parallel Space Where: Canada Platforms: Android Live since: 20 March 2017 Updates: (3), last 15 June 2017
Fans of 4X strategy games might want to keep an eye on this new game from a team of ex-BioWare and Supercell devs, Hades' Star.
It promises a huge galaxy to explore and conquer, as you build ships and armies to take on other players and capture their planets.
You'll also need to work on your diplomacy to work with others, and form alliances if you want to truly gain power.
But don't worry if you're not always online - other players can't "unfairly" steal your resources while your offline, so what you earn is yours to keep.
The first update adds two new ships and two new modules to research, as well as various tweaks to resources and the in-game economy.
The second update adds replays, allowing you to watch your previous attacks and share them with your clan, along with new weapon and mining modules, private Red Star searches, and a number of bug fixes.
Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Unreleased Platforms: Android Live since: 17 March 2017 Updates: (16), last 29 May 2017
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.
Developer: Firefly Studios Where: Australia Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 6 March 2017 Updates: (7), last 16 May 2017
The Stronghold series has been around for years and years, and now it's having a bash at the free-to-play mobile market with Stronghold Kingdoms.
The game is a cross-platform title, allowing both mobile and desktop players to build and defend their castles in a huge, persistent MMO.
You can research new technologies to improve your fortifications and troops, and then send out your army to take down other strongholds around the world.
There's also alliances to be made and and political elements for those who don't want to get their hands dirty as they strive to be the greatest leader in the land.
Developer: Kiz Studios Where: New Zealand, Singapore Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 27 February 2017 Updates: (4), last 2 May 2017
Kiz Studios is bringing a unique twist to the rhythm-action game by turning it into a brawler in its new game DuelBeats.
Through well-timed swipes and taps, players will deal damage to one another, break down their defenses, and prove their might as a rhythm warrior.
Wins earn coins, and coins can be used to unlock new heroes to deploy and use their individual talents to beat down opponents offline and online.
There's a wealth of songs available to, with 18 already in the game covering EDM, hip-hop, and rock, all created for the game.
Glyph Quest Chronicles
Developer: We Heart Dragons Where: Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden Platforms: iOS Live since: 27 February 2017 Updates: (1), last 7 March 2017
After experimenting with various pricing options, indie developer We Heart Dragons has settled on a traditional free-to-play model with its upcoming title Glyph Quest Chronicles.
The game looks like your standard match-3 RPG, but it goes a lot deeper, with a range of spells to cast and elemental buffs to make us of when dealing with wave after wave of enemies.
There's also weapons and armour to buy an equip, Familiars to take with you, spells to upgrade, and so much more as you head deeper into the game's story.
And for the first time in the Glyph Quest series, the game is aiming for a worldwide launch, with translation and publishing handled by Chorus Worldwide.
The first update adds some new items to the Shoppe, including an option to entirely remove the Mana bar from the game.
Strike of Kings
Developer: Tencent Where: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 20February 2017 Updates: (2), last 29 May 2017
After seeing huge success in China as Honor of Kings, Tencent's MOBA is headed West with a hefty European soft-launch and a new name, Strike of Kings.
Fans of PC MOBA League of Legends will feel right at home here, with its three-lanes, jungles full of monsters, and core-focused gameplay all designed to fit on a small screen.
There's a huge roster of heroes to choose from, up to 5v5 matches to take part in, and guilds to join as you prove your might and destroy your opponents.
And because it's in the West, you can play as Batman and probably some other DC characters at a later stage. Because everyone loves Batman.
The second update makes balance changes to most of the game's characters, adds new equipment while tweaking the old equipment, and adds some new in-game music.
Developer: Hothead Games Where: Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland Platforms: iOS Live since: 17 February 2017 Updates: (3), last 18 May 2017
Hothead Games is getting in on the Clash Royale rush along with everyone else, with its cartoon-y PvP shooter Mighty Battles.
Players will be building up armies with a deck of cards, levelling up units, and creating the perfect squad to take into battle.
Then they'll be heading into real-time PvP battles, defending their base with a giant machine gun and a range of other player-controlled turrets, and sending out their squad to deal damage to the enemy.
There's all the usual clans and events to join and take part in too, and you can enter a solo practice match to test out any new set-ups you're experimenting with.
The second update adds clans, 5 new units, and a new map to battle on, along with a range of UI upgrades and bug fixes.
Developer: Atari Where: Australia, Canada, Lithuania Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 13 February 2017 Updates: (13), last 8 June 2017
Taking a more liberal approach to the Clash Royale clone trend currently happening, Atari's Goon Squad looks very similar to its source material with a few key differences.
There's still two lanes, and there's still card-based battles and MOBA stylings to contend with, but this time you'll be collecting a squad of gangsters duking it out to score a huge cash reward.
There's also co-op and four-player deathmatches available, so you'll never be short of a few people to beat up with your goons.
And of course, there'll be clans to create, new levels to unlock as you level up, and a whole heap of cards to shuffle through to build up your gang of mobsters.
Developer: Hothead Games Where: Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland Platforms: iOS Live since: 2 February 2017 Updates: (4), last 1 June2017
Not content with one game in soft launch, Hothead is also working on a tactical multiplayer shooter called Gun Rise.
You'll be accruing a range of heroes skilled with a variety of different weapons, levelling them up to make them even stronger, and then selecting a small squad to take into battle.
Then it's you against the world as you switch between characters and blast away any robot or enemy that comes into your sights.
There's real-time PvP to take part in, or you can just battle your way through the single-player campaign to score new upgrades and loot.
The third update adds in four new heroes, a new Campaign district, a Hard Mode for the campaign, ups the level cap to level 50, and adds an autoplay feature for singleplayer battles.
The fourth update adds two new heroes, a new Campaign district, and in-game events to earn extra rewards at different times.
Developer: Jam City Where: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 2 February 2017 Updates: (7), last 6 June 2017
Building on the success of its casual game Panda Pop, Jam City is now taking the same basic formula and applying it to a licensed brand with SnoopyPop.
What this means is that you'll be firing coloured bubbles at other coloured bubbles to match 3 or more, causing them to explode and earn you points.
There'll be other objectives to complete alongside the main point scoring, and there's boosters to buy that will help you through the game's 80+ levels that are currently available.
And it'll make full use of the Peanuts license, with characters and music from the series appearing in the game, along with themed events centering on both the real-world and storylines from Peanuts.
Total War: King's Return
Developer: Elex Where: Denmark, Finland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Sweden, Switzerland, Vietnam Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 18 January 2017 Updates: (20), last 15 May 2017
The Total War franchise has seen a number of outings on mobile, but now Elex is stepping up to the plate for its take on the series, Total War: King's Return.
It mixes the series' trademark real-time strategy gameplay with the mobile staple base-building, all with historically accurate units and fighting taking place.
There's also promise of "castle" and "fortress" gameplay to make for a more engaging PVP experience, and there's a PVE element too for those who want to avoid taking on real life players.
The seventh update changes the appearance of castles and forts, allows allies to station a garrison in your fort, optimises the UI, adds Manors and a Personal Camp, and makes some other optimisations.
Developer: Peak Games Where: Canada, Japan, Turkey, United Kingdom Platforms: iOS Live since: 11 January 2017 Updates: (12), last 12 June 2017
The makers of Toy Blast have returned to the formula that made it so big with its new title Toon Blast.
It's a colourful puzzler that has players touching connected blocks of the same colour to blow them up and drop more blocks to be destroyed.
There's power-ups to help out when you're in a jam, and a variety of different puzzles to solve on top of the usual block-blasting, all with a cast of creatures to keep the action lively.
The sixth update adds a new Star Chest that opens once players earn a certain number of stars from levels, and maintains its promise of 20 new levels every 2 weeks.
The ninth update adds the ability to join a "team" to gain free lives and coins and chat with your friends, as well as adding another 20 new levels and fixing some bugs.
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Unreleased Platforms: Android Live since: 10 January 2017 Updates: (40), last 16 June 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: (9), last 6 June 2017
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.
Snipers vs Thieves
Developer: PlayStack Where: Australia, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom Platforms: iOS Live since: 16 December 2016 Updates: (7), last 1 June 2017
Snipers and thieves may not be nature's most well-known of enemies, but that's your choice of team in PlayStack's Snipers vs Thieves.
It's all focused on real-time PvP, with Thieves trying to steal as much cash as they can from the enemy vaults, and Snipers stopping them with a high-powered rifle.
You can form Cartels with your friends to make an unstoppable team of ne'er-do-wells, and you can customise your characters and upgrade your weapons with your ill-gotten gains as you progress.
The fourth update adds a new unlocking mode and upgrade system for gadgets, rewards for levelling up, additional rewards for headshots and exiting the level first, a revamped UI, and some bug fixes.
Temple Run: Treasure Hunters
Developer: Scopely Where: Australia, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 30 November 2016 Updates: (5), last 25 May 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: (12), last 16 June 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.
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.
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.
The game has been removed from the App Store, but is most likely still in development - the same thing happened to Seriously's last title, Best Fiends Forever.
Angry Birds Match
Developer: Rovio Where: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden Platforms: iOS Live since: 11 November 2016 Updates: (13), last 8 June 2017
In response to the question "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.
New Words With Friends
Developer: Zynga Where: New Zealand Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 19 October 2016 Updates: (10), last 24 May 2017
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.
The fifth update adds a single-player event, in which players must face off against the Word Masters in wait-timerless matches to prove their skill as a wordsmith.
Ridge Racer Draw And Drift
Developer: Bandai Namco Where: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 14 October 2016 Updates: (4), last 7 April 2017
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".
The third update rethinks the game's progression to be a more simple race-to-race affair, adds a boost to well-timed revving at the start of a race, and fixes some major bugs.
Kingdom Conquest: Dark Empire
Developer: Sega Where: Canada, Norway, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 11 October 2016 Updates: (12), last 14 June 2017
Since card games are pretty popular these days, it seems only natural that developers would try to put them into just about every genre possible - like Kingdom Conquest: Dark Empire and its mix of CCG and strategy game.
It promises PvP battles on a huge map, along with base-building, monsters, raid bosses, and all the usual massive strategy game trappings.
You'll also be able to trade with other players, form alliances, level up your units, craft new weapons, and then take on the world in CCG battles to prove your dominance.
The seventh update adds a new daily reward, makes it easier to join Alliances, makes the early stage of the game easier to access and play through, and makes a number of bug fixes and balance changes.
Developer: Backflip Studios Where: Hungary, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 8 August 2016 Updates: (8), last 8 June 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.
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: Netherlands Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 29 September 2016 Updates: (9), last 23 May 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.
Developer: PlayRaven Where: Australia, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Philippines Platforms: Android Live since: 22 June 2016 Updates: (23), last 10 May 2017
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."
The seventeenth update adds Agency vs Agency battles, a battle map, an Agency League, adds a minimap, rebalances rewards and the overall economy, and removes Labs, Experiments, Raids, and Tentacle to make the game more streamlined.
Breaking Bad: Empire Business
Developer: Phase One Games (Scopely) Where: Australia, Philippines, Romania Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 17 November 2015 Updates: (15), last 6 March 2017
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 tenth update adds new specialist cards, updates the UI, improves the economy, adds a new real-time leaderboard, and updates the App Store screenshots.
The thirteenth update adds class-based combat, Crew Scores to measure your power against other players, a Respect Rating, and balance changes to the economy and combat.