Soft launch reporting by Iain Harris and Ric Cowley.
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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Going head-to-head with other players in card-based battles is still the thrust of the game, and over 100 cards can be collected from daily quests.
The title also holds a competitive element with a real-time PvP league on offer around the clock.
Between tournaments, however, you can take advantage of the Card Smash’s deck builder to try out different strategies and upgrade your deck.
The fourth update brought a slew of changes. There's a new world map to explore and a new deck builder has been brought in with hopes it'll be more intuitive.
Lineage II: Dark Legacy
Developer: NCSoft Where: Mexico Platforms: Android and iOS Live since: September 27th, 2018 Updates: (2) November 14th, 2018
Not too long after bringing its popular franchise Lineage to mobile, the publisher has swiftly followed up with a spin-off.
Called Lineage II: Dark Legacy, it changes up its MMORPG fundamentals with an experience focused on dungeon crawling, with 100 floors to sift through for loot and plunder.
If PVP is more your speed, the RPG also comes with a siege mode where you’ll be tasked with penetrating your enemy’s defences and invading their castle.
Of course, there are customisation options available to make sure your own castle doesn’t meet such a fate, from electrifying Shock Cannons to piercing Ballistas.
War is, however, seldom won by tech alone and mercenaries will also be recruitable for your various ends, with their skills upgradable. Such fiends up for grabs include series regulars the Shillien Knight, Abyss Walker, Spellsinger and Tyrant.
Star Trek: Fleet Command
Developer: Scopley Where: Canada, Belgium, New Zealand, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, Romania, Finland, Netherlands, Austria, Philippines, Mexico, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway Platforms: Android and iOS Live since: October 8th, 2018 Updates: (5), November 21st, 2018
A commander of your own starbase on the edge of civilised space, you’ll have a slew of familiar faces to recruit to your crew, from James T. Kirk and Spock to Nero.
Of course, amassing a deadly fleet is only half the battle here, and negotiation will also be required to forge beneficial alliances.
Forces you can ally yourself with range from federation and Klingon to the Romulan contingent.
Developer: Jam City Where: - Platforms: Android Live since: October 31st, 2018 Updates: (4)November 28th, 2018
After briefly straying away from its beloved match-three formula Jam City has whipped up a chef-themed puzzle game.
Called Super Chef, you’re tasked with running and designing a successful restaurant. That is, once you save it from the brink of ruin.
To do so, you’ll cook up mean dishes and plough your way through puzzles to do so.
There’s also a degree of customer interaction with each having their own secrets for you to discover.
The second update included 75 new levels alongside new sounds, animations and stability improvments.
Diner Dash Town
Developer: Glu Where: Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: October 16th, 2018 Updates: (3), December 3rd, 2018
Diner Town needs a hero. It’s not you, that would be series protagonist Flo, but you’re here to help regardless.
Thanks to Mr Big and his meddlesome goons, the town has become quite meek. The diner has lost its lustre, the hotel could do with some TLC and so on.
As you cook, match and serve the town back to fighting form you’ll unlock new additions to build the town back up, while finding out what happened in the first place.
Diner Dash Town will also feature some games in one with Diner Dash playable now and Hotel Dash on the way soon.
Farm Heroes Champions
Developer: King Where: India and Brazil Platforms: Android Live since: November 5th, 2018 Updates: (5), November 21st
The Farm Adventure life is so nice that it appears twice in our soft launch regular, with King tentatively launching another title.
Called Farm Heroes Champions, it maintains the series staple of polished and cute animations, with match-three puzzles to boot.
The twist this time around is team-play, which can be achieved through syncing the game between devices. Buddying up will also lead to great rewards.
World War Doh
Developer: Jam City Platforms: Android Live since: September 6th, 2018 Updates: (14) November 22nd 2018
Jam City’s latest sweet-themed instalment in its games portfolio takes the developer to the realm of real-time strategy.
Called World War Doh, it focuses on 1v1 combat and aims to build upon foundations of chaos and humour.
You’ll take charge of your commander and boss your troops around as you build up an army, craft traps and conquer the map, all of which is beat your opponents.
Once the pillaging is done, your strategy can be reworked while your troops can be strengthened.
Looney Tunes World of Mayhem
Developer: Scopley Where: Canada, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Romania Platforms: iOS Live since: May 30th 2017 Updates: (34) November 2nd 2018
Despite being around since long before the dawn of the dot-com, Looney Tunes has been prominent in the games sphere with numerous releases across early gen consoles, from Bugs Bunny and Taz: Time Busters to Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time.
The tide has stemmed somewhat in recent times, but it hasn’t stopped Scopley trying its hand at the IP on mobile.
Looney Tunes World of Mayhem follows the rhythm of action role-playing games prominent on mobile. Supremacy over the Looney Tunes world is at stake and teams can be formed from a slew of familiar characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Taz, Tweety Bird, Road Runner and others.
Battles are turn-based, and each character stands out through their fighting abilities.
The seventh update included alliances and in-game chat capabilities.
The eleventh update introduced three new battle modes, quick play, competitive play and Marvin’s Invasion.
The thirty-fourth update brought in a tap and reveal feature which will show you more information about any material or Toon Piece just by tapping on their icons.
The update also added a bunch of new limited-time quests during major events.
Angry Birds Dream Blast
Developer: Rovio Where: Finland, Poland, Israel, Australia, Canada, the UK and the US Platforms: iOS and Android Live since: October 2nd, 2018 Updates: (8) December 3rd 2018
Rovio’s flock of agitated avians have returned, although not to be flung at structures but rather to nap.
Much likes 2016’s Angry Birds Blast, Dream Blast is a more traditional puzzler and features bubble popping.
Groups of similarly coloured dream bubbles will pop when tapped and special powers will be unleashed when lots of bubbles are combined.
On top of all that, dream bubbles fall according to physics, which is done to make every level unique.
The second update added tutorial pop-ups for different level types along with a slew of fixes to graphics assets.
Alpha Squad 5
Developer: Kongregate Where: Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, UK, Norway, Canada, Iran, Ghana, Philippines, China, Qatar and United Arab Emirates Platforms: Android Live since: October 3rd, 2018 Updates: (15) December 7th 2018
There’s a storm afoot according to games developer Kongregate, but not a literal one. Rather, a smattering of villains out to dominate the world.
You and Alpha Squad 5, of which the game takes its name, are tasked with thwarting said baddies and can do so in a number of ways.
A collection of super soldiers will be by your side, but they need to be mixed and matched to optimal effect, on top of that their skills can be enhanced with upgraded gears.
For the more diplomatic among us, villains can also be reasoned with and convinced to swap sides.
Types of gameplay are varied and range from solo and co-op to PvP fights and raids.
Developer: Tencent Where: Philippines, Thailand, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Hong Kong Platforms: iOS and Android Live since: August 7th, 2018 Updates: (2) November 7th 2018
After a year on Asian shores, a westernised version of Contra: Return has also been on the rollout in the region.
Helmed by Garena, alongside Konami and Tencent, the retro favourite seems to come with all the bits you remember.
Featuring heroes Bill and Lance, you’ll be able to make your way across side-scrolling levels in 3D and co-op action.
Alongside the familiar boss battles, PVP instant battles will also be available. No word if the classic Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right code still works though.
Hungry Shark Heroes
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Australia and New Zealand Platforms: Android Live since: September 21st 2018 Updates: (4), December 7th 2018
Ubisoft’s batch of hungry chaps are back and are ready to be collected and battled against each other for your enjoyment.
Called Hungry Shark Heroes, it features over 120 sharks that can be collected and bred in a customisable reef through the pairing of two sharks. Additionally, you can also borrow different species of sharks from your friends to further unlock other species.
After that, you’ll be tasked with mentoring your young shark and teaching them the ways of ‘shark-fu’.
After your aquatic apprentice is ready for the trials and tribulations of combat you can take to one of 15 arenas and do battle in team-based formats.
Different combinations and specific timing will be key to helping you vanquish foes.
A range of live events will be in place to keep you playing and they will centre around various maps.
Legends at War!
Developer: Social Point Where: Canada, United Kingdom, Philippines, Australia, Spain, Norway, Sweden and Denmark Platforms: iOS Live since: August 4th 2018 Updates: (10) December 9th 2018
Set in the mythical realm, Legends at War blends RPG-like fantastical elements with wartime tactics.
This realm has five elemental kingdoms in total, which are all ripe for you to conquer. Through a RPG progression system you collect and summon a plethora of heroes and upgrade their skills.
Rare materials found through exploration will also aid you in pushing your marry army to their full potential.
Much like any good war title, war doesn’t have to be waged alone, and you can forge various alliances with friends to climb the leaderboards.
You can elicit aid through gifts and donations and even dole them out yourself.
The fifth update added a new storyline in which you meet your arch-nemesis Lord Eagris and an increase in difficulty and rewards for beating monsters.
Developer: Nexon Where: Malaysia, Netherlands, Finland and Norway Platforms: iOS and Android Live since: September 11th 2018 Updates: (11) November 29th 2018
Tales of glitz, glam and stardom may be common fodder in the mobile industry but Nexon’s Runaway Story is out to add an extra dimension with match-three puzzle elements.
You’ll find yourself behest to aid fashion wonder twins Jaime and Jerome in designing outfits.
From charming and cute to fun and funky, fashion is in the eye of the beholder. Which is you in this scenario.
Tackling and completing puzzles will aid you in unlocking various garbs and locations are plentiful and include comic stores, Marina Beach and the circus.
The fifth update added 20 new levels of gameplay along with log in rewards.
The eighth update revealed that 10 new match-3 levels would be updated every week. It also added an explosive new element called flowerpot.
The tenth update threw in the photo studio event update, which tasks the player with filling the film canister to get rewards.
Go Race: Super Karts
Developer: Space Ape Where: Philippines, Australia and the Netherlands Platforms: iOS and Android Live since: August 30th 2018 Updates: (2) September 30th 2018
Space Ape is fixing up to bring the classic kart racer archetype to mobile.
Go Race: Super Karts comes with all the trademarks of the beloved genre, from tight turns to weapons.
Races will be a swift two-minutes each and will consist of deciding whether it’s more worth your while to play smart or screw over your friends as frequently as possible.
Avatars will be customisable along with the karts themselves and a myriad of modes will be available from events and tournaments to championships.
Developer: Tencent Where: Philippines and Brazil Platforms: Android Live since: August 9th 2018 Updates: (7), October 26th 2018
As we approach the year mark of Tencent teaming up with PUBG Corp to bring the famous battle royale to mobile, we now have our fourth iteration of the game.
PUBG Lite sets itself apart by being a bite-size version of the popular battle royale title and will take up considerably less room on your mobile.
Built with Unreal Engine 4, it is optimised for devices with less RAM. The lighter model means that lower-powered devices will also be able to run the game without sacrificing gameplay.
The game itself has also been downsized with a smaller 2x2 kilometre map and a player-pool per game of 40 combatants.
The seventh update brought about a new arcade mode called 'war', which revolves around killing enemies to earn points. When the timer reaches 0, the team with the higher score wins.
The update also introduced the royale pass, a paid-for feature that allows players to unlock cosmetics as they level up.
Knights of Fury
Developer: King Where: Denmark, Sweden and Malaysia Platforms: Android Live since: July 20th 2018 Updates: (5), December 5th 2018
Set in the fantastical and medieval world of Astellan with customisable knights, King is entering the RPG arena with Knights of Fury. Quite apt given the Candy Crush Developer’s name.
You’ll take to Astellan with your own created character to tame the chaos of the lands and progress through a series of trials. In doing so you’ll power up your gauntlet.
As is standard fare for RPGs you’ll also snag better armour and weapons from loot. Combat is described as “gesture-driven” and will be turn-based.
Rest assured, potential knights need not face these trials alone, as ancient heroes can be collected to fight by your side.
Blade Runner 2049
Developer: Next Games Platforms: Android Live since: July 10th 2018 Updates: (9), November 15th 2018
Following on from releasing The Walking Dead: Our World Next Games has soft-launched its next big title based on a famous IP.
Blade Runner 2049 is a role-playing game with a story that will no doubt be indulgent should you be a fan of the original films, or even the book if you’re a Philip K Dick fan.
As a fresh-faced blade runner, you’re tasked with collecting evidence to aid you in hunting down rogue replicants.
Staple characters from the series are collectable and will aid you in overcoming threats. Freshly formed teams can also be powered up to take on more challenging targets with proportionate awards.
You don’t have to go it alone though as friends and blade runners alike can be enlisted to help you accomplish a mission.
Developer: Webzen Where: Spain, France, Brazil, Canada and the Philippines Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: March 6th 2018 Updates: (4), August 9th 2018
A real-time strategy game with RPG features, First Hero is available for both Android and iOS devices.
Players are tasked with recruiting and developing legendary and historical heroes to win battles against other warriors.
The key element of First Hero is finding the balance between the best strategy to build and defend one's fortresses while expanding the empire, which can be done through winning battles and forming alliances.
The victors can look forward to a rich array of rewards, which includes crystals, resources, heroes and cash items.
Developer: OhBiBi Where: Brazil Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: July 6th 2018 Updates: (26), November 28th 2018
Hot of the heels of its $21 million investment from Atomico, French games developer Oh BiBi has entered the shooter market with Frag.
A self-stylised hybrid of Overwatch and Clash Royale, gameplay centres on a real-time multiplayer model where players control a team in short, but hopefully sweet, matches.
Teams are five in total and feature unique heroes each with different weapons and abilities. Over 40 heroes are up for collection.
Oh BiBi has also implemented a social platform within Frag that integrates communication and video sharing into the heart of the experience.
The ninth update added Los Angeles, Paris, Wellington, Egypt and Space Base to the arena pool along with a new 'fragger' called Medusa.
The tenth update brought in a new Frenzy mode, in which double points are awarded when there are only 60 seconds left.
The twenty-third update introduced a new tutorial alongside coins, which can be nabbed in online games through theft from other players or collection.
The twenty-fifth update added a new grade system so players could improve upon their ranks in seasons. Speaking of which, seasons have also been extended by two weeks.
Battle Bombers Arena
Developer: FuturePlay Where: Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Ireland Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: March 6th 2018 Updates: (14), August 30th 2018
An intriguing combination of cute animals in a Bomberman-style game makes for FuturePlay’s Battle Bombers Arena.
Much akin to its influence, the player-versus-player multiplayer games centres on blowing opponents to bits.
15 players are placed in a shrinking arena in real-time and are given obstacles to clear, power-ups to grab and, most importantly, enemies to blast to smithereens.
Players can also choose to do battle as a range of animals, from foxes and koala bears to ponies and crocodiles.
World of Demons
Developer: Platinum Where: Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia Platforms: iOS Live since: June 4th Updates: N/A
World of Demons looks set to be a delightful infusion of Nier: Automata developer Platinum’s hack-and-slash style and Clover Studio’s Okami-styled watercolour visuals.
Clover Studio is something that Platinum will be all too familiar with, having being the studio's former incarnation before it was dissolved.
World of Demons will place players in an interpretation of medieval Japan in which Oni (demons) have taken over the human world. The previously docile Yokai (monsters from Japanese folklore) have been corrupted by the Oni and have begun attacking humans as well, which is where you and your Samurai counterpart will come in.
Regarding the hack-and-slash nitty gritty, each Samurai’s most-set includes sword slashes, dodges, parries and finishing moves. Should things look dicey you can also call on your Yokai Minions to support you in battle with elemental buffs, attack spells, and support techniques.
Captain Planet: Gaia Guardians
Developer: Time Warner Where: Philippines, Singapore and Thailand Platforms: iOS Live since: May 16th Updates: N/A
Captain Planet may be a tad before most people’s time (the evidence is in the mullet), but his message of environmentalism is one that still lingers past the culmination of his TV Show in 1996.
Rendered in true morning 90s cartoon aesthetic, Captain Planet: Gaia Guardians tasks players with taking out eco-villains who are polluting the world.
Also returning for this nostalgic romp are the original Planeteers who will battle a collection of old and new foes.
Gameplay is tap-based and incentivises players to take out baddies and clean up a collection of environmentally damaged spots.
Developer: Four Thirty Three Where: South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: January 10th 2018 Updates: (20), November 15th 2018
Four Thirty Three’s DC-licensed dungeon brawler is as much about saving the world as it is tearing it down, it just so happens to come down to what you fancy.
Alongside a classic story mode, players can skip straight to the fight with a PvP mode that pits the player against player or an “unchained mode,” which acts as a Co-Op feature.
Gameplay revolves around putting together your own five-person suicide squad with 35 heroes and villains up for selection, from Batman and Superman to the Joker and Harley Quinn.
The eleventh update added a new chapter called Apokolips Invasion Gotham City along with balance adjustments and a new stamina system.
The sixteenth update added a new skins and re-balanced the hero roster to boot.
Ready, Set, Monsters!
Developer: Time Warner Where: Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Macau, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, South Korea Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: May 14th 2018 Updates: (1), June 29th 2018
Sugar, spice and everything nice with a pinch of punch-able baddies gives us the formula for an all new Power Puff Girls game.
Ready, Set, Monsters! Is a horde mode styled game where players can test their resolve against endless waves of baddies to see how long they can last.
The classic trio of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are all playable and can be powered up through collecting friendly monsters. You don’t have to beat ‘em all up.
Rumble Stars Soccer
Developer: Frogmind Where: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: May 4th 2018 Updates: (21), November 21st 2018
Badlands developer Frogmind’s new PvP soccer game centres on high tempo and button combo-oriented gameplay.
Players take to a pitch and play soccer with unconventional physics at play with an interchangeable cast of anthropomorphic animals known as rumblers.
Teams can be upgraded with different rumblers and other players can be taken on as a means to climb ranks in the titles competitive feature.
Other features include private matches and an in-game TV feature so players can learn from others.
Rumble Stars Soccer is compatible with iPhone 5 and upwards and iPad 2 and iPad mini (second generation) and upwards.
The third update added a new rumbler called Royal Dung and balanced other heroes stats.
The eighteenth update included friendly matches in clubs and daily items in the shop.
Digimon Soul Chasers Season 2
Developer: Bandai Namco Where: South Korea Platforms: iOS Live since: May 4th 2018 Updates: N/A
Bandai Namco has given Digimon Soul Chaser the sequel treatment with Soul Chaser 2.
The PvP and RPG hybrid title will feature the series classics such as raising Digimon and battling them against each other.
120 Digimon are up for grabs and they can be organised into three classes; which are attack, defence and skill. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
Players will also be able to bring up to six Digimon into a battle and will be able to raise them to fulfil different roles through a stat system.
Developer: Mattel163 Where: Brazil, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: April 11th 2018 Updates: (11), last November 13th 2018
It was only a matter of time until Mattel and NetEase’s newest rendition of Uno was brought to the apps store after it found its way to Facebook Messenger in January.
As you would expect UNO! Features the classic card game but with a new set of features aimed at bringing the classic to a modern audience.
The first mode called Room Mode allows players to invite their friends in and create their own house rules. Two new cards are also included called “discard all”, which removes one color completely from a player’s hand, and Stack, which piles a player’s pile back into their hand.
The new Uno also features live tournaments where players can snag various prizes and place on an international leaderboard.
The second update added a new mode with a random rule set that changes each week, along with the option to save games.
The fourth update introduced a Global League for players to go head-to-head in and win prizes. The update also offered up a new VIP system and an optimized reconnection system.
The sixith update included a new X4 mode for Happy Arena, which will replace X160. A new deck called Sunny Summer was also added to the store.
The ninth update added Japanese and Russian to the language pool along with some tweaks to the user interface.
Puzzle Clash Heroes
Developer: Ooblada Where: Canada, Philippines, UK Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: 22 December 2017 Updates: (8), last 17 July 2018
French games developer Ooblada’s free-to-play game Puzzle Clash Heroes boasts a blend of popular genre elements, from puzzles to arena duels, along with some RPG elements for good measure.
Players garner and train a team of heroes and level them up with victories in the game’s battle system, which combines turn-based strategy and Candy-Crush styled puzzles.
A story chat feature has also been included to provide some depth and background to the various heroes that can make up a players roaster.
Heroes within the game can be collected and come with an assignment of power, including legendary and epic rankings.
The eightieth update altered the power-grid so that it is now shared with your opponent.
The Island: Survival Challenge
Developer: Endemol Shine Where: New Zealand, Luxembourg, United Kingdom Platforms: Android Live since: April 10th 2018 Updates: (6), last September 12th 2018
Making his first appearance on mobile since 2014, with Flappy Bird inspired-title Air Bear Grylls, survivalist expert Bear Grylls is back with The Island: Survival Challenge.
The free-to-play game puts the player on a remote tropical island with 20 unskilled people. Along with tips from Bear Grylls, users are tasked with leading the team through the trials and tribulations of island life and keeping them motivated in the process.
Each day brings three new survival challenges and a chance to level-up the islander’s skills to equip them better to survive.
The Island: Survival Challenge also includes a customisation function that allows players to decorate their camp as they please to add a personal touch.
The first update included additional energy for survivors, with more attainable from the campfire with additional tasks.
God Eater: Resonate Ops
Developer: Bandai Namco Where: Japan Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: April 3rd 2018 Updates: (13), last November 29th 2018
Bandai Namco’s God Eater: Resonate Ops not only represents the newest instalment in the God Eater series but the first time it’s come to the mobile platform on iOS and Android.
Currently in soft-launch in Japan, the RPG title is free-to-play with item-based micro-transactions.
The story continues on from its previous title God Eater 2: Rage Burst and sees humankind in decline, with the game's protagonist thrown into restricted battle zones in the game’s collapsing world.
Combat is turn-based and features a party system with returning characters from previous games in the series, who all make cameo appearances for specific missions.
The fourth update laid the groundwork for an upcoming event whilst performing other maintenance, such as adjusting game balance and refurbishing exchange UI.
Final Space AR
Developer: Time Warner Where: United States Platforms: iOS Live since: 17 March 2018 Updates: (4), last May 24th 2018
Staying true to trend, internet Indie film marker Olan Rogers and TV host Conan O’Brien’s The Final Space is the latest TV Show/ film to get the augmented reality treatment.
Gary, Mooncake and the crew will be brought to fan’s phones and will playout various scenes that can be recorded and shared. The free-to-play title will also roll out more content as the show airs more episodes.
Final Space is an animated adult comedy sci-fi TV series that is currently airing on TBS. Episodes centre on main protagonist Gary and his alien friend Mooncake as they endeavour to unlock the mystery of final space.
Developer: Glu Mobile Where: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Spain Platforms: iOS Live since: February 22nd 2018 Updates: (4), December 7th 2018
With the WWE's biggest show of the year Wrestlemania just months away, the company have teamed up with Glu Mobile to make a game based on the day to day of managing a wrestling company.
Players can choose to fill their roasters with superstars from every generation such as the Nature Boy Ric Flair to the Phenomenal One AJ Styles and will train them up so they can hit their full potential.
Alongside the usual training, players will also experience the brand's storylines as wrestlers feud with each other for various reasons.
WWE Universe will also utilise one-touch controls as wrestlers grapple and hit their signature moves in what aims to be an easy to play experience.
The second update added a slew of new superstars along with their signature wrestling moves.
Angry Birds Blast Island
Developer: Rovio Where: Hong Kong, Taiwan Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: February 1st 2018 Updates: (5), last July 9th 2018
After the success of Angry Birds Blast, Rovio is bringing it back for another round in the apparent sequel Angry Birds Blast Island.
Much like the previous game, you'll be popping two or more connected coloured blocks to clear the screen and score huge points from level to level.
There's about 500 levels already available, and likely even more to come, as well as daily challenges to take part in.
There will also be weekly and monthly events to test yourself with, and a global leaderboard where you can show off your balloon popping prowess.
Sky: Light Awaits
Developer: thatgamecompany Where: Philippines, New Zealand, Sweden and Singapore Platforms: iOS Live since: December 19th 2017 Updates: (32), last October 10th 2018
After years making celebrated games for Sony consoles, thatgamecompany is making the leap to mobile with gentle exploration game Sky: Light Awaits.
Pitched as a social adventure, you're armed with a lit candle and the ability to fly, and it's up to you to restore light to the dark areas of the world.
You'll need to rope in friends and family to help you out on your adventure, and you'll need to solve puzzles, gift candles, and hold hands if you want to open up even more of the world.
Though if it's anything like previous games from thatgamecompany, you can just as easily spend eternity wandering around the starting location and still enjoy the calm, gentle nature of the environment.
The third update adds a Starter Pack to kickstart your adventure, allows cosmetics to be accessed from any shop, and fixes some bugs.
The ninth update adds two new levels along with a dark creature that will remove emotes if they attack the player.
The sixteenth update adds a new level called The Eye of Eden along with the Rebirth system, which allows additional story playthroughs and emote upgrades.
The twenty-second addition added the ability to play hide and seek with other players, should you have the emote. The updated also overhauled the HUD and UI.
The twenty-seventh updated included constellation maps, which have been introduced in all levels for players to interact with and receive a beacon guide to an objective.
Developer: Nexon Where: Australia, Malaysia, Macau, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: November 10th 2017 Updates: (14), last June 21st 2018
Remember MMORPG MapleStory? Well, you won't recognise it in Nexon's mobile take on the world, MapleStory Blitz.
Rather than make a smaller RPG, Nexon has instead taken the themes and settings of the game and used it to make a Clash Royale-style card-based MOBA.
Players battle in real-time PvP online matches, sending their units down one of three lanes and trying to topple their opposition before they get crushed.
You'll need to build up a deck of cards to fight with, and level them up as you go so you don't get wiped out by the competition.
The sixth update adds an emoji-based communication system, updates the tutorial, changes how heroes are acquired, adds a navigation system for beginners, and makes some other balance changes and bug fixes.
The ninth update brought with it a new season that included a new battleground called Zakum's Altar and a new card pack.
The tenth update introduces the new Brand Battle Mode, a PvP arena that introduces a new set of rules such as the "Spear meets Shield" mode which grants players powerful decks to take on equally powerful opponents.
The eleventh update, otherwise known as the Luminous update, added a new character along with event quests and a guaranteed hero supply package.
The Twelfth update added a new battleground called the Temple of Time.
The thirteenth update introduced a new hero called Aran, the Master of the polearm.
The fourteenth update put up 300 NCoins and 30,000 Mesos for new players, along with three new types of event quests.
Developer: Jam City Where: Argentina, New Zealand, Singapore Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: September 6th 2017 Updates: (5), last August 6th
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.
After nearly a year without an update Twist has had its look overhauled, a fourth update also added four new episodes
Developer: King Where: Thailand, Chillie, Poland Platforms: Android Live since: 26 July 2017 Updates: (26), last 25 April 2018
King is on a roll with soft launching games at the moment, and its latest, Brick Wizard, actually looks pretty interesting.
Appearing at first like a mix of Breakout and Monster Strike (though we are reliably informed it is nothing like the latter), it sees players firing off spells to destroy blocks and batter bad guys to clear the screen and score big points.
There's also a range of power-ups to deploy if you're in a particularly sticky situation, or if you just want to destroy all the blocks as quickly as possible for a higher score.
There's currently over 80 levels to work through too, so there's plenty to get your teeth into, and inevitably much more to come.
Developer: Level Eight Where: Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden Platforms: iOS Live since: 21 June 2017 Updates: (3), last 6 December 2017
Short, fast-paced shooters seem to be working well on mobile at the moment, so Level Eight's Protostrike is primed to be a particularly interesting game.
Players battle it out in top-down shooting arenas, with just three minutes to run around and kill as many enemies as you can.
You can also use boosters to give your character different buffs, and a wide variety of weapons to suit all kinds of playstyles.
There's also weekly leaderboards and skill-based matchmaking, so you can show off your skills to the world both in person and with your name on a list.
Protostrike has currently been taken down but is expected to be back soon.
Developer: Supercell Where: Canada, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore Platforms: iOS Live since: June 15th 2017 Updates: (15), last December 7th 2018
Supercell may not be the most prolific of developers, but when it launches a game, it tends to be pretty darned good - and Brawl Stars looks to be no exception.
A top-down MOBA-esque shooter, the game sees teams of three facing off across a number of different objective-based modes.
Heroes can be customisted and levelled up as you play to make them crazier and more powerful, and you can form clans with your friends to practice or battle others.
It's looking tipped to be a new eSport too, so if you're looking to get involved in a potentially lucrative future, this might be the game to get in on before it gets too popular.
The first update adds a new Brawler, a new skin, and a new map, as well as improving matchmaking and visuals, and fixes some bugs.
The second update adds two new brawlers, a new game mode, rejigs the season system, makes improvements to the joystick, and makes a few other changes and fixes.
The third update adds Brawler upgrades into Brawl Boxes, removes the chance of getting duplicate characters, adds a Star Power to each character, and throws in two new game modes and a new hero for good measure.
The fourth update removes the Coin Booster, adds event tickets to the store, and makes a few balance tweaks and bug fixes.
The seventh update brought two new Brawlers, two Safes in Heist, two teammates in Duo Showdown and doubled the Key rewards. In addition, it also brought Friends, spectate mode and Trophy Leagues.
The eightieth update added a selection of skins, such as; dragon knight Jessie, summer Jessie, caveman Frank and phoenix Crow.
Rocky Horror: Touch Me
Developer: Rocket Lolly Games Where: Denmark, Ireland, Sweden Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 7 June 2017 Updates: (5), last 10 November 2017
If you're a Rocky Horror fan and have often wondered what it would be like to star in your own version of the stage musical, then Rocket Lolly have made your dreams come true with Rocky Horror: Touch Me.
With just a swipe to the left (sorry), you can dance along to classic Rocky Horror tunes as your favourite characters, scoring points and looking good as you do so.
Perform well and you'll unlock new body parts to equip, stage sets and props to dance with, and new songs to play along to.
You can also create your own dances, which will then be played and reviewed by other players, earning you a "fame factor" is people enjoy your creations.
The first update adds Facecam recording to shared dances using Everyplay, as well as fixing some bugs.
The second update makes a raft of upgrades and bug fixes, including dropping the initial large file download, and making the tutorial much better.
The fourth update improves the UI to make actions clearer, and to make the game easier to play on smaller screens.
The fifth update replaces the random dances on the main menu with a bunch of pre-set dances, and fixes a number of bugs.
Rocky Horror: Touch Me has currently been taken down but is expected to be back soon.
Developer: King Where: Philippines, Chillie, Peru, Colombia, Italy, Canada, Taiwan, Portugal Platforms: Android Live since: May 30th 2017 Updates: (15), last July 26th 2018
Not content with just one Farm Heroes game, King is back with another trip to the countryside in Farm Adventure (or Farm Heroes 2, according to its package name).
As one might expect, it's a match-3 title - you'll need to swipe columns and rows of fruits and veg together to score points, clear the board, and complete objectives.
You can also customise your farm as you go to add your own personality to proceedings, as well as hang out with a range of cute animals who will all be your friend.
And to carry on a recent King trend, the game will have "glossy 3D graphics" to appeal to the high-quality visuals crowd.
The fifteenth update added in-app purchases and a new tutorial.
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Canada Platforms: iOS Live since: May 16th 2017 Updates: (19), last November 20th 2018
Rocksmith is a pretty good piece of kit and found its original home on PC and console, but now Ubisoft is giving it a new lease of life with a mobile release, also called Rocksmith.
Using a guitar jack adaptor musicians use to record their guitar on an iPad, Rocksmith allows guitarists and bassists to play along with songs, learning them on an actual instrument at their own pace.
You can repeat a section at different speeds and as many times as you like, and you can watch and interact with video tutorials to teach you particular parts of guitar playing.
And since it's on mobile, it's free-to-start - you get four songs with the download, and you can add more to your catalogue by purchasing new tracks.
The tenth update makes the game available to play on iPhone and iPod, and offers up a free song to download.
The fourteenth update integrates Facebook, so players no longer need to create a new account to play the game, as well as improving the UI for songs requiring a capo and allowing more control over difficulty settings.
The seventeenth update brought in a new Course Mode so students could track their personal progression through a curriculum designed to teach basic techniques and familiar songs.
Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Brazil Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: March 29th 2017 Updates: (9), last July 27th 2017
It was only a matter of time before the Clash Royale imitators started rushing out of the floodgates, but Ubisoft's attempt with Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak looks very interesting indeed.
Instead of just sending your troops down lanes against your opponent, you'll be both micromanaging your units and providing covering fire through your high-power sniper rifle.
You'll also be unlocking new weapons and gear to kit out yourself and your team to make sure you have the advantage over your enemy.
There's scope here for it to become an eSport too, with Ubisoft promising an "endless tournament" structure for top players to continually duke it out for the number one spot.
The second update adds two new maps to play around in, overhauls the stats on squadmates, improves the auto-deploy feature, and makes challenges easier.
The third update adds clans, four new units, a new gun, new gun perks and gear cards, French and Spanish language support, and makes some smaller changes to gameplay.
The fifth update adds a new Clan crate that the whole clan can work towards opening, along with two new units and some new gear.
The eightieth update brought in a new PVE mode called Daily Onslaught along with balance updates on Units, Gear, Guns and Perks.
Temple Run: Treasure Hunters
Developer: Scopely Where: Australia, Philippines, Romania Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: November 30th 2016 Updates: (17), last October 31st 2018
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.
An eleventh update came nine-months after its predecessor. The "all-new" Temple Run Treasure Hunters features redesigned puzzles and gameplay.
The fourteenth update introduced a slew of new levels along with a new store to purchase items from.