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51 top games in soft launch: From Brawl Stars and Lineage 2 Revolution to Tekken and The Sims Mobile

51 top games in soft launch: From Brawl Stars and Lineage 2 Revolution to Tekken and The Sims Mobile

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.

Behind the scenes

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...


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  • Diamond Diaries Saga

    Diamond Diaries Saga logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Argentina
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 30 October 2017
    Updates: (1), last 3 November 2017

    Along with its midcore 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

    Card Smash: Tribes at War logo

    Developer: Heavyweight Rex
    Where: Australia, Finland, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Philippines
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 30 October 2017
    Updates: (1), last 2 November 2017

    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.

  • Paladins Strike

    Paladins Strike logo

    Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
    Where: Australia
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 26 October 2017
    Updates: N/A

    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.

  • Best Fiends Rivals

    Best Fiends Rivals logo

    Developer: Seriously
    Where: Finland
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 25 October 2017
    Updates: (1), last 30 October 2017

    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.

  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

    Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp logo

    Developer: Nintendo
    Where: Australia, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 25 October 2017
    Updates: N/A

    Nintendo and DeNA's fourth mobile release, and third "proper" game for the platform, comes in the form of the long-awaited Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

    Condensing the main series formula into a mobile experience, the game sees you running a campground, building it up how you see fit and making friends as you go.

    You need to run errands for others to build up your friendship level, either by catching fish and bugs, gathering fruit, or just asking them how they are.

    And you need to make sure your campsite is up to snuff, with plenty of customisation items available to design your ultimate hangout spot.

  • PAC-MAN Maker

    PAC-MAN Maker logo

    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.

  • Puzzle Fighter

    Puzzle Fighter logo

    Developer: Capcom
    Where: Australia, Canda, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 27 September 2017
    Updates: (3), last 30 October 2017

    Capcom's slightly bizarre fighting game/puzzler series Puzzle Fighter is back, and now it's making its way to mobile as a free-to-play title.

    Players need to match gems as quickly as they can to build up combos and send devastating attacks at their opponent, all in real-time multiplayer battles.

    You'll also need to build up your team from an ever-growing roster of Capcom characters, ranging from Street Fighter classics like Ryu and Chun-Li to Darkstalker's Morrigan and Dead Rising's Frank West.

    Capcom is also set to keep the game regularly updated with live events, tournaments, PvP seasons, and new content to unlock.

    The second update adds a new tutorial, removes timer gems on Rookie League, and makes some other balance changes and bug fixes.

    The third update adds a new store and a tutorial on how to use it, and makes some changes into how leagues and battles within leagues operate.

  • Cartoon Clash

    Cartoon Clash logo

    Developer: Bandai Namco
    Where: Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 18 September 2017
    Updates: (2), last 26 October 2017

    It was only a matter of time until a developer decided to do everything in a mobile game, and now Bandai Namco is trying just that with its next title Cartoon Clash.

    Mashing up city-builder, RPG, match-3, and strategy elements sounds like a tall order, but there's a few interesting twists here and there to make it more appetising.

    Players can create their own match-3 puzzles to send to friends and enemies, for example, and asynchronous multiplayer means you can take the games at your own pace.

    You'll still need to contend with players attacking your home base though, so you'll need to shore up your defenses with walls and units.

  • Twist

    Twist logo

    Developer: Jam City
    Where: Argentina, Australia, 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 House Slots

    Royal House Slots logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Brazil, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 31 August 2017
    Updates: (2), last 2 October 2017

    King has finally entered the social casino space with its newly soft-launched game 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.

  • Tekken

    Tekken logo

    Developer: Bandai Namco
    Where: Canada
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 15 August 2017
    Updates: (7), last 26 October 2017

    This might not be the first Tekken game to be released on mobile, but Bandai Namco's new entry - simply titled Tekken - could be the best of the bunch.

    Players will collect a team of fighters in card form, including fan favourites like Panda, and upgrade them to unlock new moves to bust out in battles.

    They'll then take their team into offline story mode battles, or online versus fights to prove themselves against the world.

    Bandai Namco will also be keeping the game updated with regular live events, something which has proven key to keeping their mobile games alive in the last couple of years.

    The fifth update adds a new Boss Mode, daily login rewards, character customisation, and fixes some bugs.

  • Star Away! - Idle Live Stream Story

    Star Away! - Idle Live Stream Story logo

    Developer: Futureplay
    Where: Finland, Ireland, Thailand
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 15 August 2017
    Updates: (6), last 3 November 2017

    Moving away from running bigger things like farms and cities, Futureplay's latest, Star Away!, is all focused on you and your life as a streamer/influencer.

    You'll need to tap and swipe your way to success, scoring more views and subscribers as you go to keep growing your channel and raking in the dough.

    Money earned can be used to customise your character however you see fit, or to invest in your channel or entourage to make growing your fanbase even easier.

    There's also battles to take part in against other influencers, and you can choose where you'll be streaming from throughout the day.

  • Dungeon Hunter Champions

    Dungeon Hunter Champions logo

    Developer: Gameloft
    Where: Philippines
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 15 August 2017
    Updates: (4), last 16 October 2017

    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.

  • Brick Wizard

    Brick Wizard logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Thailand
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 26 July 2017
    Updates: (12), last 3 November 2017

    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

    Last Day Alive logo

    Developer: Glu Mobile
    Where: Sweden
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 19 July 2017
    Updates: (4), last 23 October 2017

    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.

  • Shadow Fight 3

    Shadow Fight 3 logo

    Developer: Nekki
    Where: Canada
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 17 July 2017
    Updates: (11), last 4 November 2017

    The Shadow Fight series has long been a staple of mobile, and now Shadow Fight 3 is looking to take the franchise to the next level.

    This time around, you can pick from one of three fighting styles to master, and unlock new moves and combos as you progress to make yourself even more powerful.

    Then you're off to battle through the game's extensive story mode, settling a power struggle between three warring factions using your fists.

    On top of that, there's a huge step up technically and graphically over the previous games, and tons of gear and customisation to collect and play with as you go on.

  • World of Warships Blitz

    World of Warships Blitz logo

    Developer: Wargaming.net
    Where: Philippines
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 13 July 2017
    Updates: (8), last 24 October 2017

    Proving there's more to the developer than just its tank-based warfare, Wargaming is now pushing its naval title World of Warships to mobile as World of Warships Blitz.

    As with World of Tanks Blitz, this is a slightly more condensed version of its PC bigger brother, with smaller teams and faster rounds to suit the mobile gamer.

    But it'll still feature enormous ships to blow each other up with, as well as plenty of customisation and upgrades to make your ship an unstoppable force of the sea.

    Plus it won't restrict you with wait timers or energy bars - you're free to play as much as you like for as long as you like, with most of its monetisation wrapped up in IAP for customisation.

  • Stellar: Galaxy Commander

    Stellar: Galaxy Commander logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Indonesia, Netherlands
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 8 July 2017
    Updates: N/A

    As unbelievable as it may seem, King has another midcore game in soft-launch - this time, the space-themed Stellar: Galaxy Commander.

    It combines King's penchant for bright colours and match-3 gameplay with real-time PvP battles and other midcore staples, all while players shoot each other in space.

    You'll need to line up sets of same-coloured spaceships on a grid to attack your opponents defenses and blast through to hit their health bar enough times to blow up their mothership and move onto the next battle.

    You can upgrade your ships with loot crates, and if you can't go online, the game will match you up with an AI enemy so you can keep playing no matter where you are.

  • Dead Rivals

    Dead Rivals logo

    Developer: Gameloft
    Where: Philippines, Vietnam
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 6 July 2017
    Updates: (7), last 28 September 2017

    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

    Assassin's Creed: Rebellion logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Philippines
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 27 June 2017
    Updates: (6), last 24 October 2017

    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.

  • South Park: Phone Destroyer

    South Park: Phone Destroyer logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 19 June 2017
    Updates: (7), last 25 October 2017

    One of the only mobile games given much attention at the big E3 conferences, Ubisoft clearly has a lot of hope for its CCG South Park: Phone Destroyer.

    Players will be given their own customisable character to play, and be sent out to battle through an extensive single-player campaign and PvP fights.

    There's over 80 cards to collect and deploy in real-time battles, with a range of South Park references and new characters for the game alike.

    And, of course, it'll be filled with South Park's unique brand of offensive humour to appease its fans and turn away its detractors.

    The second update adds emotes to PvP battles, new customisation options, and lays the groundwork for events to be added in the future.

  • Legend of Solgard

    Legend of Solgard logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Denmark, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sweden
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 16 June 2017
    Updates: (9), last 24 October 2017

    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.

  • Brawl Stars

    Brawl Stars logo

    Developer: Supercell
    Where: Canada
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 15 June 2017
    Updates: (2), last 4 September 2017

    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.

  • Star Wars: Rivals

    Star Wars: Rivals logo

    Developer: Disney
    Where: Australia, New Zealand
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 15 June 2017
    Updates: (5), last 11 September 2017

    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.

  • Lineage 2 Revolution

    Lineage 2 Revolution logo

    Developer: Netmarble
    Where: Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 13 June 2017
    Updates: (4), last 29 September 2017

    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.

    The first update ups the level cap to 180, adds a new territory to explore, adds dungeon difficulties, new workshop and title systems, a new mount pet, and fortress sieges.

  • Rocky Horror: Touch Me

    Rocky Horror: Touch Me logo

    Developer: Rocket Lolly Games
    Where: Denmark, Ireland, Sweden
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 7 June 2017
    Updates: (4), last 3 October 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.

  • LEGO Quest & Collect

    LEGO Quest & Collect logo

    Developer: Nexon
    Where: Philippines, Singapore
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 7 June 2017
    Updates: (13), last 2 November 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.

  • Farm Adventure

    Farm Adventure logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Philippines
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 30 May 2017
    Updates: (3), last 9 August 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.

  • Quantum Siege

    Quantum Siege logo

    Developer: Armada Interactive
    Where: Philippines
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 29 May 2017
    Updates: (11), last 19 October 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.

  • Rocksmith

    Rocksmith logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Canada
    Platforms: iOS (iPad only)
    Live since: 16 May 2017
    Updates: (9), last 1 November 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.

  • The Sims Mobile

    The Sims Mobile logo

    Developer: EA
    Where: Brazil
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 9 May 2017
    Updates: (8), last 10 October 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.

    The fourth update allows players to start customising their home faster, and reworks how they earn XP during parties.

    The fifth update alters how Sims age, allows players to keep their Sims active as long as they choose without having to retire them, lets players choose their Sims' traits through their lives, adds daily rewards and improves the energy system.

    The seventh update adds more family updates, a new "good upbringing" trait for Sims who are well-raised, new Risky Actions, thought bubbles, new clothes, and a number of "behind-the-Sims" fixes.

    The eighth update improves the Build Mode, adds a new ticket currency for purchasing items and clothes, makes career changes easier, and adds new Risky Actions.

  • Candy Crush Friends Saga

    Candy Crush Friends Saga logo

    Developer: King
    Where: Mexico, Philippines
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 2 May 2017
    Updates: (12), last 6 November 2017

    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

    League of Dragons logo

    Developer: Social Point
    Where: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 31 March 2017
    Updates: (12), last 26 September 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.

  • Business Time

    Business Time logo

    Developer: Rovio
    Where: Finland
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 30 March 2017
    Updates: (11), last 20 October 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.

    The sixth update adds timed events for players to partake in, and the ability to boost their economy through the use of Perks.

    The ninth update adds new features with the Tower of Fortune and the Supercharged customer doubler, more business levels and synergies, economy balances, new graphics and audio, and makes some other smaller fixes.

  • Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak

    Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Canada
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 29 March 2017
    Updates: (4), last 16 August 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.

  • Travel Match Club

    Travel Match Club logo

    Developer: Rovio
    Where: Philippines, Poland
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 29 March 2017
    Updates: (17), last 11 September 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.

  • Runimalz

    Runimalz logo

    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.

  • Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians

    Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Australia, Canada, Philippines, Singapore
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 17 March 2017
    Updates: (29), last 19 October 2017

    Falling back on another of its franchises, Ubisoft is now working on a squad-battler with the Might & Magic brand, Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians.

    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.

  • Mighty Battles

    Mighty Battles logo

    Developer: Hothead Games
    Where: Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 17 February 2017
    Updates: (10), last 2 November 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.

    The ninth update makes an interesting change to Daily Crates by changing them to Damage Crates - players now earn one point for doing 25% damage to their opponent, and must earn 16 points in order to open their daily free crate.

  • Hero Hunters

    Hero Hunters logo

    Developer: Hothead Games
    Where: Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 2 February 2017
    Updates: (13), last 24 October 2017

    Not content with one game in soft launch, Hothead is also working on a tactical multiplayer shooter called Hero Hunters (formerly 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.

    The fifth update adds co-op raids for Alliance members or with random players, Elemental Fragments for Hero Crate duplicates that can help star heroes up faster, and makes some other smaller improvements.

    The sixth update changes the name from Gun Rise to Hero Hunters, adds a new hero, updates three districts, and makes improvements to matchmaking.

  • Empire: Millenium Wars

    Empire: Millenium Wars logo

    Developer: Goodgame Studios
    Where: Argentina, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Mexico
    Platforms: Android
    Live since: 18 January 2017
    Updates: (7), last 19 May 2017

    With a new lease of life and solid plan for the future, Goodgame is looking to make a return to mobile with its latest game Empire: Millenium Wars.

    The game sees you building a base on Mars to mine it for all its sweet, sweet resources, while also fending off other players who want a taste of your spoils.

    You'll be building up troops and buildings while scanning the planet's surface for Millenium, the resource everyone is so desperate their hands on.

    And then you'll need to team up with others to survive, all the while intercepting deliveries meant for your opponents to make sure you remain on top.

  • Total War: King's Return

    Total War: King's Return logo

    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.

  • The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

    The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot logo

    Developer: Ubisoft
    Where: Canada
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 10 January 2017
    Updates: (54), last 4 September 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

    Spellsouls: Duel of Legends logo

    Developer: Nordeus
    Where: Australia, Canada, Croatia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 10 January 2017
    Updates: (13), last 19 September 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.

    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.

  • Temple Run: Treasure Hunters

    Temple Run: Treasure Hunters logo

    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

    Big Bang Legends logo

    Developer: Lightneer
    Where: Australia, Cambodia, Finland, Hong Kong, Sweden
    Platforms: iOS
    Live since: 28 November 2016
    Updates: (14), last 15 September 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.


  • Words With Friends 2

    Words With Friends 2 logo

    Developer: Zynga
    Where: New Zealand
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 19 October 2016
    Updates: (36), last 3 November 2017

    Why exactly Zynga feels the need to relaunch Words With Friends is something known only to them, but it looks like Words With Friends 2 (formerly 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

    Ridge Racer Draw And Drift logo

    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

    Kingdom Conquest: Dark Empire logo

    Developer: Sega
    Where: Canada, Norway, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 11 October 2016
    Updates: (14), last 21 August 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.

    The game is currently unavailable on app stores, though a pre-registration campaign is currently in effect for the full release, and an "Unreleased" version is still available on Google Play.

  • Monopoly Towns

    Monopoly Towns logo

    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.

  • Fightlings

    Fightlings logo

    Developer: Thoughtfish
    Where: Netherlands
    Platforms: Android, iOS
    Live since: 29 September 2016
    Updates: (14), last 30 August 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.

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Aaron Knowles
Can we actually play shadow fight 3 yet or is it still region locked
Denys Moisin Director at JOX Development LLC
Orbia is soft launched on iOS (in Canada and Ukraine) and Android open beta.
Kirill Keremzhanov
Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is soft launched on iOS and Android in Australia.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Seriously soft launched Best Fiends Rivals on IOS in Finland on October 25th
Wayne Bruce CTO at Zwing Games
Zwing Games has soft launched "Keno Prime" on iOS and Android in Canada, Australia and India. Just search Keno Prime on respective your phone's app store app.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Hutch Games soft launched MMX Hill Dash 2 on Android in New Zealand on October 12th.
Paul Kohler
Legends of Solgard has finally soft launched on ios as of October 5, 2017 in the Phillipines! I have been checking many stores almost daily for this one! Loved Might and Magic Clash of Heroes and played the campaign at least twice, and the multiplayer vs battles for years. Could not believe someone hadn't successfully copied or re-invented this formula because its really fun. Here's hoping Legend of Solgard is just as addictive!
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Capcom Soft launched Puzzle Fighter on Android and IOS in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore on September 27th

Wartide: Heroes or Atlantis once again soft launched on Android and IOS in Singapore and Philippines on August 23rd this time by Kongregate.
Nick Meißner
Ric Cowley, if you would read the comments you could add much more new games to the list.
Craig Chapple Editor at PocketGamer.biz
Hi Nick, we're trying to keep this list as the 'top games in soft launch' and limit the number to roughly 50 (give or take a few companies), which is why some games don't get added. If we feel they are particularly significant, we'll add them. We do of course read the comments to see what the community has spotted, so thank you for your support.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Kiloo soft launched Dragons and Diamonds on July 12th and soft launched Tank Heads - Online PvP Arena Battles on March 26th.
Raziel Dungeon Arena
I'd like to add our game if possible. I saw it on pocketgamer -- but not here on pocketgamer.biz

Raziel: Dungeon Arena
Developer: Indra (Guangzhou Di Shi Tian Software)
Where: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore
Platforms: iOS (Android coming soon)
Live since: 02 August 2017
Last update: 09 September 2017 (Ver 1.3)
Nick Meißner
reading comments is hard :D
Jordan Shumate
I am currently seeing a match 3 game by Jam City in soft launch on the Philippines Appstore and Google Play called Safari Smash. I pulled most of the following info from the app's listing in the Appstore.

Game Title : Safari Smash
Developer : Jam City, Inc.
Where : Philippines
Platforms : Android, iOS
Live Since : 10 March 2017
Updates : (12) last 30 August 2017
Nick Meißner
Taichi panda 3 softlaunched in NZ and AU
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
King removed Stellar: Galaxy Commander from both IOS and Android.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
At the moment the servers on the game seems to still be running.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Homescapes is now soft launched on Android
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Netmarble soft launched Phatomgate on IOS and Android in Australia on August 8th. Nekki soft launched Shadow Fight 3 beta in Canada on July 18th but for those who got in invite.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
PikPok soft launched Into The Dead 2 on IOS in Australia
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
It's also available on the appstore in Singapore, Philippines, New Zealand
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Now soft launched on Android
Gray Duce
Clicking the link to view the list doesn't work. It just reloads the same page. Just thought you'd like to know.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
It's fixed
Vadim Smirnov
Here we go!
Track upcoming events in Brawl Stars Game and you profile progress in Brawl Stars Companion application:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/companion-for-brawl-stars/id1260329107?l=ru&ls=1&mt=8
Kirill Keremzhanov
Candy Crush Friends Saga seems to be no longer present on Philippines app store
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Candy Crush Friends Saga is available again.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Looks like Candy Crush Friend Saga has been canned.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
On July 27th, King soft launched another game on Android called Brick Wizard it's a mixture of the Breakout clone from 1976 and Monster Strike.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
I was wrong it is nothing like Monster Strike.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Kongregate soft launched adVenture Communist on Android.
Min Zhang
South park has a f2p...I wonder if they reference their f2p episode
Thomas Streetman Community Relations Manager at Smilegate
Great list you have here. Very useful!

I would like to add a game to the list if possible,

WarReign
Developer: Smilegate Megaport / Red Sahara Studio
Where: Philippines, Australia, Hong Kong, Macao, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Ireland, Nigeria
Platforms: Android / iOS
Live since: 20 June 2017
Last update: 13 July 2017

Thanks!
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Glyph Quest Chronicles and WWE Tap has been released World Wide.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Gameloft has soft launched yet another game called Dead Rivals on IOS and Android
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Assassin's Creed: Rebellion, Candy Crush Friends Saga Angry Birds Match, Mighty Battles, Snipers vs Thieves, Toon Blast, War Planet Online: Global Conquest, Lineage 2 Revolution and Modern Combat Versus is all on Android. Snoopy Pop has been released worldwide. And Warner Bros has soft launch Game of Thrones: Conquest (Unreleased) Android and IOS.
Nicholas Skelton
Got another question.
Normally when games get released but only in a certain region ie during soft launch/beta etc, the APK is normally available for that game so people outside that region can play it.
However game of thrones: conquest has been released in phillipines but nowhere has the APK for it, justly wandering why there is no APK for game of thrones: conquest atm?
I'm not an expert when it comes to this kind of stuff so there might be a simple reason why.
If you could let me know that would be great.

Cheers
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Apkmirror has the newest version of the apk
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
I found a APK of the game a few weeks ago and I downloaded it but once I did it keep telling me to download the update but I could not for the life of me find out where the updated APK is. And the reason there isn't any APKs for Game of Thrones Conquest it depends on where the game has soft launched how many people knows about the game. A lot of people use VPN to download the game from the Google Play or something but sometimes VPN doesn't work for it. So it depends. Hopefully one will be released soon. I'm not a genius with these things either that's a out all I am able to tell you about that.
Nicholas Skelton
Hi
I've been following game of thrones: conquest since it was announced back in 2015.
It was soft launched in the Philippines around the 28th June but there is very little info or timeline about when it's going to be fully launched etc.
I don't suppose anyone has any rough idea, heard anything or from your past experiences of soft launches of other games be able to tell me a rough time when u think it will be released globally?
Will it be weeks or months?

Any help would be great

Thanks :)
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
All I can tell you at the moment is will most definitely be out by the end of 2017. Like you said it's been in development since 2015 so it shouldn't be much longer
Wild Boar
Thanks for keeping this list going! I check it frequently, much appreciated!
Pavel Tokarev BizDev at Stanga Games
Underworld Football Manager

Developer: Stanga Games
Where: UK, Germany, France,..
Platforms: iOS, GP
Live since: 2015
Updates: last 6 June 2017

Never ever mentioned on PocketGamer ;-)
Craig Chapple Editor at PocketGamer.biz
Watch this space... ;)
Damian Żer
and snipers vs thieves is not available in the UK so why is UK on the list?
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
UK Early Access on Android!
Damian Żer
oh, thanks!
Damian Żer
injustice 2 is also available in the UK
Damian Żer
asphalt streetstorm racing is also avaible in Ukraine
Nick Meißner
not even 1 new game updated into the list xD do you even read comments?
Craig Chapple Editor at PocketGamer.biz
Hi Nick, we of course keep track of the comments and try to update this on a weekly basis. We'll be updating again in a week's time so keep a look out, though we're trying to keep the list at around 50 entries at the moment. Thanks for your suggestions and support!
Wild Boar
Also, MonstroCity had been released worldwide
Nick Meißner
Modern combat VS is region locked right now on philipines you need a vpn to play it
Nick Meißner
Crusaders of light is soft launched today its an mmo like Order and Chaos from gameloft preregister for offical launch here https://crusadersoflight.com/

Regions=Australia,New Zealand,Malaysia and Phlipines NA comes later
John Constantine Fhj at Jfh
Why there is no Injustice 2 in the list? It's out for 1.5 months already, so questions arise about page's relevance.
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
Good spot! It can be tricky keeping an eye on fourty-odd games while trying to find other ones to add in too when it's just me handling the page, so I appreciate the help :)
X
Any RPGs similar to Summoners War or Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes in soft launch/beta testing?
Jean-Baptiste Raynaud
That Might & Magic one looks like a good fit for you dude :)
Ric Moore
Dragon's watch
X
cant find the might and magic APK anywhere. do you have any ideas?
Ned Phil Smith
Do you play Summoners War? I know a game that is coming out in May that I think will actually be better than Summoners War and take over the Mobile RPG community.
Ned Phil Smith
onmyoji
X
Ned whats the game?
Noyon Das Jimmy
Dear sir I am was so upset because I was big frnd of glu.but 1 year past why glu don't lunch deer hunter 2018 or dino hunter 2.I don't know but I am waiting for those game.My dream is play this game.I have WiFi now but glu not lunched any hunting in middle of 2016-17.dear sir plz lunched those hunting game.I request u sir.plz
Raphael Alexander
N.O.V.A Legacy is in soft launch somewhere and it's just as bad as I thought it would be.
Nick Meißner
cant see the list anymore ;/
Craig Chapple Editor at PocketGamer.biz
Seemed to be a weird glitch on the site, should be fixed now!
Nick Meißner
thx
Clive Bennett All of the above
TAP SUMMONER - 'WINNER of the 'Best In Show Audience Choice' award - Casual Connect Asia 2016 - Soft Launching this week
Magnus S CEO at Triolith Entertainment
World Hockey Manager is in soft launch in the Czech Republic.
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
TitanFall: Frontier has been cancelled
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
I mean Frontline
Nick Meißner
Gangster 5 Is in softlaunch
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Lego Quest, Angry Birds Evolution, Fightlings, Legacy of Zeus and Rabbit Crazy Rush are all soft Launched on android, and Pet Monsters has been cancelled.
Nick Meißner
new list?
X
Agree this needs to be updated...
Nick Meißner
Same games in soft launch forever? i bet there are many other games in softlaunch
Aaron Knowles
So is hero by king..been dead since June.
Paul Anthony
Can you guys do a better job of updating this please. Dragon Stadium is dead for gods sake.
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
Just me running the show! Android version is still listed on App Annie as being available and some games have come back from update gaps this long, so I left it in the list in case it made a miraculous recovery.
Ned Phil Smith
Make sure you look into the English Release of Onmyoji
Tommy Logan Video Game Developer
Angry birds Blast and The Trail are both soft launched on Android I don't know exactly where though and Angry Birds Goal! Is now called Angry Birds Football!
Filipe Rodrigues
Yesterday that game Wilbur from King was renamed to Bubble Witch 3 (in soft launch yet)
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
Called it! Thanks for the heads up :)
Wild Boar
Warlords is now in iOS soft-launch in the Phillipines!!
And yes, it's awesome
X
THanks great tip!
Bruno Sousa
Goodgame Studios is based in Germany not United Kingdom!
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
The "Where" is where the game is soft-launched, not where the develop is based :)
Clive Bennett All of the above
Rising Warriors is also on soft launch at the moment (June 2016) , a clan battle strategy game https://itunes.apple.com/CA/app/id1088263864
Nick Meißner
No new games since 1 month
Alin Sofian
Is Survivor Squad removed from the App Store? I see it's not anymore appearing on the list.. :(
Ric Cowley Staff Writer at PocketGamer.biz
Yes, unfortunately. I haven't seen anything to say it's been cancelled, however, but after so long in development it wouldn't be surprising.
X
Anyone see Warlods up on the Sweden or Australia App store?
Wild Boar
It's really annoying that you don't include the platform for these games.
Minitropolis and Warlords, for example, are Android only right now.

I found that out at ter searching 5 different app stores, scouring Facebook pages, and writing the developers.
You could just include the info in the header.

jon jordan
Good point. We'll see what we can do
Wild Boar
Awesome, thank you!
I check this page religiously, really appreciate the work you put into it.
Frankie Grey
Wow cool, how do you discover all these soft launch?
jon jordan
Ric's an app store detective
Nicolas Godement-Berline
Thanks so much for the feature!! Check out Dungeon Monsters if you like old school dungeon crawlers, and any feedback is welcome :)
Boyana Nikolova VP, Business Development at Halfbrick Studios
Thank you so much Chris and team!
The feature of Star Skater means a lot, we really appreciate it!
We are so excited about this one and we'll keep you updated as it progresses towards global launch. Catch up soon! :)
Adrian Rusu Marketing Executive at Amused Sloth
Thank you for featuring Asgard Run, we're honored to be in such company. Check the game out and let us know what you think about it.
Robin Squire Marketing Director at PlayRaven
Thanks for the mention! In addition to soft launching in the territories you listed, we're also really keen to hear feedback from players on all our titles, and will often send out beta invites via submission on playraven.com/beta as well as from our game sites. Also... Next release is Winterstate, more on that soon :)
Jesse America
It's also available in the Dutch Appstore.
Studs Terkleton PM
Just wanted to say that I love these updates!
The Ember Conflict
Thanks for the shout-out Chris!
Just wanted to let everyone know, we've just updated our Soft Launch build to 2.0.3.

We've added loads of new features, including Shareable Replays, Chat & Friends, Leaderboards and more.

Check it out and let us know what you think!
itunes.apple.com/app/id847340288

Cheers!
KỉNiệm CómấyKhivui
Good
محمد العراقي
With an affinity for eccentricity, as well as anything macabre or just plain weird, Chris searches for the games that fly under the radar. If you ask him, anything can be a game. Oh, and a game can be about anything, if you put enough thought into it. So, there.
Atypical BigMakk
This is what these days people dare to call a "good line-up" of upcoming "great" "games" ?
They all look the same, same graphics style, same boring combat system and yeah, nice f2p monetization.

I ask you this: what is new in term of gameplay that they bring to the table, that makes them worthy of our attention ?

And the answer lies in the pictures and gameplay videos. That is: NOTHING.

We are living the days of easy money grabs. Pick a successful title, now play it, see what mechanics drive it.
Ask your dev team or friends if you can make a clone of it fast.
Then pick an epic title, color it cute (maybe even add a new mechanic or change one mechanic that you didn't like in the original) and sell it as something new.

PS: Don't forget to invest massively in user acquisition inorder to boost it to the top and boast after about download numbers.
jon jordan
hello Atypical.

Surely if it was that simple, every game would be a massive success, which clearly is not the case.

"We are living the days of easy money grabs". I disagree. Maybe in 2010/2011 you could do this on the App Store. Now you have to invest millions and know exactly what you are doing to have any chance of success.

Currently, there is a certain way of F2P monetisation, but you could say exactly the same thing about the gameplay of console shooters.
Simone Alpha
So what if people want to make money? The true sin of what you mention is the lazy design, lack of innovation and overall mass cloning. F2p monetization itself isn't bad. People need money. This should drive innovation, but Alas, as you say, it doesn't. I'm making a game with a very creative core mechanic (action, not bullshit turn based), an intuitive UI and nice user flows/UX, but WITH RPG elements. Why? to make money. It's not a sin. It will help me further innovate. This should be the state of the market.
Valentina Ciolino Senior Account Manager at Dimoso
What about Earthcore Shattered Elements? It's available in Canada and will launch in Q1.
Earthcoregame.com
Abhay Arya
The Game 'Ultimate Zombie Fighting' is also in Soft Launch on google play in Canada, Italy and Mexico. Will launch next month. Let me know what you guys think of it.
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