Maxon Pugovsky is a Ukrainian expat living in Saigon, also a Mobile Games Producer at Gameloft.
The world of mobile games is ever changing, with a constant stream of new releases flooding the various app stores.
In such a world of plenty, many notable releases can slip under the radar, hence this regular list, highlighting the most interesting releases over the past month.
It's broken down in various thematic sections, making it easier to see what's going on.
Curated by Maxon Pugovsky, this is an edited version of his regular roundups on Medium.
You can also check out the list for previous months here.
NOTABLE NEW RELEASES
- Crystalborne: Heroes of Fate (Machine Zone)
A new hero collecting strategy RPG released by creators of Game of War: Fire Age and Mobile Strike, 4X strategies in $1 billion grossers club.
- Knighthood (Midoki/King)
Medieval RPG from British developers released globally after 19 months in soft launch. My personal favorite from player’s POV among the new games I tried this month.
- Om Nom Run (Koukoi Games/ZeptoLab)
Endless runner with a famous adorable green monster and his friends.
- Overdrive City (Gameloft)
Car industry city building tycoon with light racing and licensed cars from major manufacturers.
- World War Doh (JamCity)
New take on Clash Royale card battler with cartoonish art direction and sometimes cheesy humor.
- Battle Racing Stars (Halfbrick Studios)
Side view platformer racing for up to 4 players from creators of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride.
- Knockdown Heroes (Rogue Games Inc)
One-on-one hero brawler in real time with cartoonish Supercell-style art direction.
- Shadowgun War Games (Madfinger Games)
Hero-based FPS continues the franchise established by the previous title.
- Dragon Quest of the Stars (Armor Project/Bird Studio/Square Enix)
Global release of jRPG in Dragon Quest universe, which was available in Japan since October 2015.
- Aces of the Luftwaffe — Squadron: Extended Edition (HandyGames)
Top-down shoot ’em up, mobile port of PC/console game released in November 2017.
- Nightfall (BBC)
Multiplayer RPG for children where players collaborate to defeat enemies from nightmares. Also playable in browser on BBC website.
- Dragon Raja (Archosaur Games)
MMORPG built on Unreal Engine by Chinese verteran developers. Total amount of data to download before starting playing is around 4.3 Gb.
- Kick-Flight (Grenge inc)
Multiplayer aerial fighting game with anime styled art direction. The first global mobile release by Japanese developers, who are a part of CyberAgent holding.
- Monster Hunter Riders (Capcom)
Mobile entry to the famous monster hunting RPG is available only in Japan.
- LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed (Gameloft)
Hero collecting brawler RPG with a nice touch of humor in narrative and animations.
- Saint Seiya Shining Soldiers (Bandai Namco)
RPG with turn-based combat based on Japanese manga series.
- Cookies Must Die (Rebel Twins)
Shooting platformer with character progression where you stop evil cookies from taking over the world.
- Early Worm (Oddrock)
A puzzler with slingshot mechanics — shoot a worm to the apple, repeat through 80 levels.
- It’s Literally Just Mowing (Protostar)
Relaxing experience where you control and customize a mover and cut grass in the countryside. From Australian indie team, who released amazing Super Starfish in 2018.
- Eri’s Forest (Studio Qinoko)
Tower defence of a tree from invading ant-like creatures with 360 degree view around a tree trunk and fluorescent graphics. Made by two Australian indie devs.
- Quadracade (Kieran Haden)
Try to control 4 arcade games on one screen at once.
- I Love Hue Too (Zut Games Ltd)
Sequel to the puzzle where you need to distinguish almost similar color tones.
- Shallot Town (Early Access) ((Shallot Games))
Detailed city building simulator with villagers collection and interior decoration.
TOP DOWNLOADED HYPERCASUALS
- Sort it 3D (Supersonic Games)
Sort colored spheres in tubes. Debut title from studio opened by adtech company IronSource.
- Draw Climber (Voodoo)
Draw legs/wheels of different shapes for the cube character to pass the level.
- Slap Kings (Gameguru)
Slap an opponent. Microtrend of the month in hypercasaul realm. Gameguru’s title is ahead of competition in terms of downloads.
- Slap That — Winner Slaps All (Lion Studios)
Same idea with a more realistic graphics style.
- Slap Master (Omicron Bilisim Hizmetleri)
A Turkish developer joined a slapping party.
- Cut and Paint (MagicLab)
Hypercasual craftsmanship: cut, paint and sell wooden blocks.
- Dentist Bling (CrazyLab)
Pull out, clean and decorate teeth.
- Make it Perfect (Voodoo)
Find the odd object and move it to restore order.
- Company of Heroes (Feral Interactive/$13.99)
iPad port of PC RTS hit from 2006. Command troops in WW2.
- Book of Demons — Tablet Edition (Thing Trunk/$6.99)
Hack-n-slash action RPG with deck building, port of Steam indie hit from December 2018. For iPad only.
- Boris and the Dark Survival (Joey Drew Studios/$0.99)
Top-down survival horror from the authors of indie hit Bendy and the Ink Machine.
- Little Misfortunes (Killmonday Games/$6.99)
Interactive story about a little girl, who is lured into woods by her new friend Mr.Voice. A title from a small Sweden indie team was available on PC since September 2019.
- Summer Catchers (FaceIT/NoodleCake Studios/$3.99)
Road trip platformer with a narrative story. Port of an indie PC game available on Steam since July 2019.
- Genesis: Human Destiny (Khangames/Yonko Denko Koji/$5.99 but free to try on Android)
Command a spaceship in a genre mix of “text quest, spaceship simulator, survival, adventure, and rogue-like RPG”.
APPLE ARCADE RELEASES
- Crossy Road Castle (Hipster Whale)
2D platformer with procedurally generated levels for up to 4 players.
- Charrua Soccer (Batovi Games Studio)
Football simulator from Uruguayan developers. Charrua are indigenous people of South America, whose descendants live in Uruguay.
- Loud House: Outta Control (Nickelodeon)
A game for children, where you guide the characters from the Loud House cartoon to reach their objectives.
NOTICED IN SOFT LAUNCH
- Plants vs. Zombies 3 (PopCap Games/Electronic Arts)
Strategy game features a proven gameplay formula and adds development of the homebase on top of it. Testing in Ireland, Romania and Philippines.
- Angry Birds Tennis (Rovio)
Multiplayer tennis simulator with Angry Birds characters. SL countries: Mexico & USA.
- Stellaris: Galaxy Command (Gamebear/Paradox Interactive)
Galactic scifi 4X strategy. Game expands the successful PC strategy franchise on mobile. SL in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden.
- One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!! (Bandai Namco)
Puzzle-batler in Tsum-Tsum style, where you blast faces of One Piece characters to combat rivals and develop an build-up an island in metagame.
- Ivy: Stories We Play (Pocket Gems)
Episodic narrative stories for mature audiences with “drama and thrills” from creators of similar app Episodes.
- Guardian Tales (Kong Studios/Kakao Games)
JRPG with real-time combat. Testing in Philippines & Malaysia.
ANNOUNCED AND LEAKED GAMES
- Snoopy Puzzle Journey (Capcom)
Blasting puzzle with an iconic American comic character in the main role.
- Crash Bandicoot endless runner (King).
The advertisement of the game surfaced on Brazilian Facebook.
- Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower (Perchang)
Turn-based RPG with a fan-favorite license. It will see the light in 2020.
- NBA game (Nifty Games)
A new licensed NBA game is due for release in 2020. That would be a debut title for the US developer backed by VC funding.
- Dragon Quest Tact (Square Enix)
Tactical RPG in Dragon Quest universe. Announced only for Japan so far.
CANCELLED AND CLOSED GAMES
- Forces of Freedom (Bravocompany)
The developer of this military FPS is out of money but will release an offline premium version of the title.
- Torikago Scrap Merch & Fantasy Earth Genesis (DeNA)
Japan-only games will be closed in March due to low level of IAPs.