Soft launch reporting by Ric Cowley and Iain Harris.
PocketGamer.biz is now regularly rounding up the most interesting games that are currently in soft launch.
An important part of the shift to a games-as-a-service approach, the soft launch process enables developers to fine-tune their game, particularly in relation to meta-game mechanics such as time gates, in-game resources and psychological components.
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Of course, some games require more time in soft launch than others; something that can reveal a game experiencing more serious issues than mere fine-tuning.
But, of course, the main point of the feature is to get you excited about the games you'll soon be able to play...
Developer: Tencent Where: Philippines Platforms: Android Live since: August 9th 2018 Updates: (1), August 13th 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.
Developer: Lost Little Fox Where: New Zealand and Australia Platforms: iOS Live since: August 8th 2018 Updates: N/A
A grapple between relaxation and challenge, Little Lost Fox’s Valleys Between is an environmentally influenced puzzler that aims to soothe in short bursts of playtime.
You’ll find yourself locked in a game of wits against cause and effect as you grapple with nature to allow your planet to flourish.
Valley’s Between plays out on a hexagonal grid with settlements to be cared for through growing trees and creating ponds and rivers. Too much of one, however, outweighs the other and as such a balance is required to keep nature in check. In that, is where the puzzle lies.
Command & Conquer: Rivals
Developer: EA Where: UK, India, Singapore and Malaysia Platforms: Android Live since: June 8th 2018 Updates: (5), August 8th 2018
Following Electronic Arts' E3 press event reveal, real-time strategy game Command & Conquer: Rivals has made its way onto Google Play.
In true series fashion, you’ll be tasked with conquering opponents in one-on-one battles and strategically directing your forces to earn every victory.
A commander can either be picked from the Global Defense Initiative or the Brotherhood of Nod. You’ll also find yourself with a plethora of customisable options, with unique commander, infantry units and vehicles all enlisted.
Daily challenges can also be completed for rewards such as improvements to Commanders, weapons and abilities.
Knights of Fury
Developer: King Where: Denmark, Sweden and Malaysia Platforms: Android Live since: July 20th 2018 Updates: (2), July 24th 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.
Doctor Who: Battle of Time
Developer: Bandai Namco Where: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Thailand Platforms: iOS and Android Live since: May 30th 2018 Updates: (6), August 10th 2018
Along with a series staple tale of a time-travelling adventure, Doctor Who: Battle of Time brings the series to mobile with an added card-collectable element.
Over 200 hundred cards will be up for grabs, each with unique rarities, abilities and powers.
The mobile card game also features a freshly written script that will send players through time alongside series allies Sarah Jane Smith, Amy Pond, River Song, K-9, Benton and Captain Jack.
As a newly generated Time Lord you’ll have your own training to worry about, with wisdom, strength and dexterity all built upon to improve your odds.
Perhaps unsurprising given the time element of the Doctor Who series, but the game also features timed events. You’ll be rung up three times a day to be called into battle.
Blade Runner 2049
Developer: Next Games Platforms: Android Live since: July 10th 2018 Updates: (2), August 6th 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: (8), August 8th 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.
Marvel Battle Lines
Developer: Nexon Where: Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: June 25th 2018 Updates: (4), August 9th 2018
Fresh off the heels of Avengers: Infinity Wars’ recent box office triumph comes the latest mobile tie-in Marvel Battle Lines.
A card-based PvP game, an array of 100 different characters are up for grabs from the cinematic universe. These include Captain America, Thor, Daredevil, Venom, Doctor Strange and Thanos.
After assembling your ideal team you can head into single-player action or go head-to-head with other players in PvP.
The title’s story centres on the shattering of the Cosmic Cube, which has plunged the Marvel Universe into disarray.
Marvel Battle Lines requires at least iOS 9 / iPhone 6S for optimal performance.
The third update added the hard difficulty to Special Ops, along with Chapter Four.
Battle Bombers Arena
Developer: FuturePlay Where: Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Ireland Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: March 6th 2018 Updates: (10), July 8th 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.
Eve: War of Ascension
Developer: PlayRaven Where: Philippines Platforms: Android Live since: June 6th 2018 Updates: (3), July 26th 2018
Eve Online’s first voyage into the mobile sphere has a soft-launched with all the usual fancies of the franchise in tow.
Eve: War of Ascension puts players to the task of conquering outposts to take control of prized regions of space.
The mobile MMO also boasts hundreds of players within its universe, all filling roles from supreme military forces to bastions of technological marvel.
On top of that, you can also funnel your hard-won resources into constructing your own personal space station. What use is a galactic army without a base to lead them from, after all?
The first update added new Tier 8 Combat Ships called Coercer and Talwar, along with new resource icons for Ore, Ice and Gas.
The third update added new rewards for completing specific tasks and a free five-minute time skip.
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: (15), July 12th 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.
Power Rangers: All Stars
Developer: Nexon Where: Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and Canada Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: April 26th 2018 Updates: (8), August 2nd 2018
Nexon’s latest addition to the Power Rangers saga not only offers up the chance to take to battle as a Power Ranger, but any Power Ranger from any given show.
Power Rangers: All Stars is a RPG inspired battler that revolves around collecting and training up Rangers for your team of five.
Players can form allegiances and take to large-scale raids or instead battle each other in the games dimensional arena.
And of course, you can form and pilot a Megazord.
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: (12), July 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.
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 Platforms: iOS, Android Live since: April 11th 2018 Updates: (7), last August 9th 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.
Maze: Shadow of Light
Developer: AwesomePIG Where: Malaysia, Philippines Platforms: Android Live since: April 5th 2018 Updates: (10), last August 9th 2018
Maze: Shadow of Light is a free-to-play action RPG with cartoon-rendered graphics and a ‘tag action’ battle system that allows players to switch between their heroes and guardians to activate combo attacks.
The story mode takes place in the fictional world of Tera, a land plagued by the game’s villain Diabolus, and offers up 50 levels.
Player versus player (PvP) and raid modes are also set to be included to give gamers the chance to either battle against others, or work together in co-op.
Puzzle Clash Heroes
Developer: Ooblada Where: Canada, 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: 10 April 2018 Updates: (5), last 25 May 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: (9), last August 9th 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: Philippines, New Zealand, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan Platforms: iOS Live since: March 1st 2018 Updates: (5), May 21st 2018
It is undeniably all go over at Glu Mobile regarding soft launching titles with WWE Universe and MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2018 making their way onto the iOS app store last month.
Now a new month has brought another soft-launched title as new IP Titan World has also made its way onto the iOS app store in the Philippines.
Titan World is a strategic turn-based battle game that utilises an active battle system with players controlling a team of titans. Victory is obtained when one player destroys the other’s titans and base.
Gameplay mainly revolves around the competitive feature called the Titan League where players can fight it out to move up the league standings should they prove victorious.
Players can also manage their rosters with upgrades and can recruit additional titans that specialise in different attacks from crowd control to anti-air.
The second update added ultimate moves such as acid gernades and EMPS along with multiplayer functionality.
Developer: Glu Mobile Where: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Spain Platforms: iOS Live since: February 22nd 2018 Updates: (2), June 8th 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: (26), last July 28th 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.
Developer: Frogmind Games Where: Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, Vietnam Platforms: iOS Live since: December 4th 2017 Updates: (28), last July 24th 2018
After finding success in premium games with its Badland series, Frogmind is now taking the universe to a whole new place with its free-to-play PvP title Badland Brawl.
It's a one-lane brawler that has players firing their units out of a slingshot and at their opponent's tower in order to bring it toppling down.
You'll need to build up an army birthed from eggs, and upgrade them to ensure you don't get yourself killed later down the line.
On top of that, you can join clans, share your units with friends, and build your own little community, as well as watching old battles on BadTube to get hints on how to win in future.
The eleventh update added five new clones to the fray along with some changes to the matchmaking system. Frogmind Games has aimed to reduce the wait time for a game by tweaking the system's logic so that a players level is no longer taken into account.
The twentieth update included a major balance reword in terms of damage. Highlights include: Bomb Golem's Stomp Damage being reduced by 25 per cent and Big Smith's health being reduced by 20 per cent, along with Stomp Damage falling by 50 per cent.
The twenty-second update added a new clone called Striker Boy and rebalanced the rest of the heroes.
The twenty-fourth update introduced a new seasons mode, every four weeks players can compete on the leaderboard to become the best player.
The twenty-eighth updated added French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish, Russian and Turkish to the language choices.
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Philippines, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand Platforms: Android Live since: November 22nd 2017 Updates: (15), last August 2nd 2018
Not content with just water-based eat-em-ups, it looks like Ubisoft's FGOL studio is expanding its Hungry franchise into fantasy with Hungry Dragon.
Much like previous entires, you'll be exploring a small map, eating anyone who gets in your way and trashing everything you see.
Since you're a dragon, you can breathe fire all over the world too, and watch as everything burns to a crisp for your amusement.
There's 10 dragons to unlock and become even stronger, and there'll be plenty of hidden areas to unlock as you fly around killing everyone.
Developer: Nexon Where: Australia, Malaysia, 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.
Card Smash: Tribes at War
Developer: Heavyweight Rex Where: Australia, Finland, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Philippines Platforms: iOS Live since: 30 October 2017 Updates: (3), last 8 March 2018
There's plenty of card games out there on the market, but Card Smash looks to be trying something new with the genre.
As you might expect, you'll need to build up a deck of cards from hundreds available, before taking a handful of them into battle against real-world opponents.
Then you'll be placing your chosen cards on a 4x4 grid, where attacks can come from all sides and not just directly ahead of you.
Oh, and there might an explosive bunny thrown into the mix too, if that's your kind of thing.
Card Smash has currently been taken down but is expected to be back soon.
Best Fiends Rivals
Developer: Seriously Where: Australia, Finland, Philippines, New Zealand Platforms: iOS Live since: 25 October 2017 Updates: (11), last 21 May 2018
After jacking in Best Fiends Slugs a while back in favour of its short animations, Seriously is back to games with a new puzzler Best Fiends Rivals.
Taking the series back to its roots, Rivals has you linking up icons of the same kind to clear boards and score big points.
The twist here is that you can now form teams with other players and battle it out with people from around the world to prove your puzzling prowess.
Throw on Daily Challenges to keep things interesting, and a huge tournament ladder to work through, and this looks set to be the definitive version of the Best Fiends formula.
The sixth update adds a new world map full of information on your friends' progress alongside your own, adds a bunch of new levels, reduces the trophy loss for failing a level, and makes it faster and easier to upgrade Fiends.
The eighth update added over 35 new "fiendtastic," ahem, levels. It also introduced more coins to be earned per game along with various game performance updates.
The eleventh update added 10 new levels to City of Fiends and improved the score meter.
Best Friends Rivals is set to be discontinued. The app has been taken off the App Store and in-app purchases have been disabled. However, the game can still be played until the end of August when support will be switched off.
Developer: Bandai Namco Where: Canada Platforms: iOS Live since: 2 October 2017 Updates: N/A
Pac-Man has come to mobile in a variety of ways over the years, but this time Bandai Namco is letting players loose on their own versions of the classic game with PAC-MAN Maker.
As the name suggests, players will be given the opportunity to design their own Pac-Man levels to chase ghosts and eat dots around, and then share them with others around the world.
There's nine palettes of 32 colours to choose from, letting you get as colourful as you like with your creations, and a heap of gadgets and ghosts to throw in and make your levels even trickier.
And you can even create levels that go beyond the standard screen size, allowing you to create enormous mazes like never before.
Developer: Jam City Where: Argentina, New Zealand, Singapore Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 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.
Assassin's Creed: Rebellion
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Philippines, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 27 June 2017 Updates: (14), last August 8th 2018
Following the moderate success of its gameplay-heavy Assassin's Creed Identity, Ubisoft is once again returning to its Italian assassin's for another mobile game, Assassin's Creed: Rebellion.
It's a cuter affair than most of the games in the series, with all the popular assassin's turned into chibi versions of themselves as they go about on their killing sprees.
It's a strategy RPG with base-building elements, as you build up your brotherhood and take down the Templars one by one.
New characters can be collected as you go, and they can be upgraded to make them even deadlier when taking on Templar strongholds.
The fourth update adds everyone's favourite Assassin Ezio in place of Aguilar for the first two missions, as well as adding a new region and new missions to play.
The fifth update adds a new Achievement system that unlocks a new Assassin, as well as daily login rewards of resources and DNA fragments for heroes.
The seventh update revamps the tutorial to make it faster, adds new Daily Objectives and Achievements, brings in power scores to compare assassins, and adds Rush Mode to raid previously beaten levels for more rewards.
The fourteenth update added Helix Rift Challenges geared towards a single Role Specialization.
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.
Legend of Solgard
Developer: King Where: Denmark, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sweden, Germany, India, Macau, Luxembourg, Canada, Poland, Iran, Colombia, Qatar, Slovenia, Indonesia and China Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: June 16th 2017 Updates: (26), last August 10th 2018
Another a couple of false starts, King is taking another stab at the midcore-RPG crowd with its latest soft-launched title Legend of Solgard.
It plays out as a strange cross between match-3 and RPG, with turn-based battles that see players matching small units to grow them and make them stronger before they attack the opponent's team.
You can also collect new heroes and units, and level them up to deal more damage to both AI and human players.
And you can form a guild with your friend to take on other clans and prove your worth as the best, if you like that kind of thing.
The sixth update adds new Rainbow events, a boss arena, a new daily login reward schedule, and changes energy costs if you lose a battle.
The twentieth update added a new land called Helheim, also known within the game as the land of the dishonourable dead.
The twenty-sixth update introduced Five new Solgardian Creatures. These are Boomlin (common), Sun Mage (rare), Pyroon (rare), Dunder Gronch (epic) and Shroomling (epic)
Developer: Supercell Where: Canada, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore Platforms: iOS Live since: June 15th 2017 Updates: (10), last July 4th 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.
Star Wars: Rivals
Developer: Disney Where: Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 15 June 2017 Updates: (8), last 10 January 2018
Console gamers have long enjoyed third-person shooters set in the Star Wars universe thanks to the Battlefront series, but now mobile is getting in on the action with Star Wars: Rivals.
The game promises cover-based shooting - presumably meaning there will be no direct movement involved - across the entire Star Wars universe with well-known locations and characters.
So one minute you'll be choking people as Darth Vader on the Death Star, before jumping into Poe Dameron's shoes to blast bad guys with a laser gun.
There's real-time PvP if you want to take the fight online, and you'll be able to collect and upgrade all your favourite characters to really show off how much of a Star Wars fanboy you are.
The third update adds a raft of new characters, guilds to join and play with, a rotating list of PvP Arenas throughout the day, and a number of balance changes and bug fixes.
The sixth update makes matches much shorter by rebalancing Heroes to be much stronger, lowering the required number of points to win a match, and upping the number of points gained from each kill.
The seventh update removes Bacta, allowing users to play as whichever character they like for as long as they want. Heroes are now earned in crates from the Arena League. A number of other balance changes have been made, and Daily Rivals and Tasks have been removed.
The eighth update massively reduces the number of Data Tapes required to unlock new characters, decreases the required number of medals for each of the Leagues, and adds two new Leagues for top-tier players.
Rocky Horror: Touch Me
Developer: Rocket Lolly Games Where: Denmark, Ireland, Sweden Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 7 June 2017 Updates: (5), last 10 November 2017
If you're a Rocky Horror fan and have often wondered what it would be like to star in your own version of the stage musical, then Rocket Lolly have made your dreams come true with Rocky Horror: Touch Me.
With just a swipe to the left (sorry), you can dance along to classic Rocky Horror tunes as your favourite characters, scoring points and looking good as you do so.
Perform well and you'll unlock new body parts to equip, stage sets and props to dance with, and new songs to play along to.
You can also create your own dances, which will then be played and reviewed by other players, earning you a "fame factor" is people enjoy your creations.
The first update adds Facecam recording to shared dances using Everyplay, as well as fixing some bugs.
The second update makes a raft of upgrades and bug fixes, including dropping the initial large file download, and making the tutorial much better.
The fourth update improves the UI to make actions clearer, and to make the game easier to play on smaller screens.
The fifth update replaces the random dances on the main menu with a bunch of pre-set dances, and fixes a number of bugs.
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: (18), last July 9th 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.
Candy Crush Friends Saga
Developer: King Where: Mexico, Philippines, Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, Chile, Ireland, Sweden, France Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: May 2nd 2017 Updates: (22), last June 8th 2018
If you didn't think there was anywhere left for the Candy Crush franchise left to go, surprise! It's back with a new lick of paint under the name Candy Crush Friends Saga.
The twist here is that a bunch of characters from the previous games are in trouble, and it's up to you to go and help them with your match-3 puzzle skills.
The game's been given a 3D overhaul to boost its graphical quality, and includes four different game modes to tackle as you progress through the levels.
It also boasts more than 70 levels to test your brain, though this will likely increase over time with further updates.
The nineteenth update added another 20 levels to take the total to 300 along with a redesign of Jean-Luc Pecan attack, it now hits five blockers in a row.
League of Dragons
Developer: Social Point Where: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 31 March 2017 Updates: (14), last 14 December 2017
Social Point absolutely loves dragons, so much so that it's decided to put them into a MOBA-esque game called League of Dragons.
You'll be collecting dragons, spells, and defenses in the form of cards, building decks, and levelling them up to be the best they can.
Then you'll enter PvP matches, sending your units down one of four lanes to duke it out with enemies and eventually destroy the enemy base.
Aside from all that, you'll also need to maintain your own kingdom and castle, and build up the surrounding area to earn coins for levelling up your cards.
The tenth update adds the option to store multiple decks and even copy the decks of your friends and foes, as well as engage in friendly battles.
Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak
Developer: Ubisoft Where: Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Brazil Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: 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: (13), last 23rd July 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.
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.
Monopoly Towns was removed from the App Store on July 6th, with in-app store purchases also switched off. Support will cease on September 3rd.
Developer: Thoughtfish Where: Germany, Netherlands Platforms: Android, iOS Live since: September 29th 2016 Updates: (16), last June 13th 2018
A cutesy, cartoony card-game, Fightlings is a location-based battler that has you amassing a clan of monsters and fighting them against other creatures to show their supremacy.
You have to collect soul fragments in the real-world to summon new creatures, and these appear dependent on where, at what time, and what the weather is like.
Then you'll train your clan and take them into card-based battles, both against the computer and other players online.
The thirteenth update included a new quest system.