With the massive iOS gaming library, there are definitely quite a few hidden gems I haven’t been aware of in the past. From a recent game with little to no PR around it, all the way to games that came out five or six years ago, here is a list of random iOS games that I think you should at least give a try.
I fully understand the auto MMORPG appeal on mobile devices, and for a time, I enjoyed it myself. Over time though, I just wanted to actually play without the massive handholding. AdventureQuest 3D provides everything new and old fans could enjoy from the genre.
Instead of the fast-paced “action” combat of more recent MMOs, AdventureQuest 3D brings combat to the old methodical approach of battle with managing your abilities cooldowns feeling like an RPG instead of a hack slash game. The story is comical and attention-grabbing enough for me to follow along and enjoy the world, but it’s nothing engrossing like World of Warcraft.
Since the days of Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, I haven’t exactly seen a quick but fun arcade experience on phones. Sure there are arcade games, but nothing could replicate that mindless fun I used to have on older iPhone games.
Total Eggscape from Crescent Moon Games has you play as a chicken trying to escape from its prison by laying a bunch of eggs to build a tower by holding and dragging along your phone. With its quirky look and rather addictive gameplay to climb to the top, this is an excellent way to waste about 30 minutes for some entertainment.
Revue Starlight Re LIVE
I’ll admit I’m ashamed with only now finding out about this gem of an anime/gacha game. Revue Starlight Re LIVE is a turn-based RPG gacha that follows a group of stage girls at the prestigious Seisho Music Academy after the anime Revue Starlight events. This time around, girls from other theatrical and music academies have to compete against the Seisho Music Academy for their reasons. It’s a great continuation of the anime (which you don’t have to watch but really should) and introduces a new set of characters with their compelling motivations.
The gameplay has some surprising depth to it. Each girl and enemy has its own elemental class along with different abilities. Each girl has different skills that you can select that randomly come up as cards. Each card has a cost, and you can’t go over the limit each turn. So you’ll have to decide what abilities you want to use depending on the situation. It’s a great story and surprisingly fun gameplay that any anime/gacha fan should get into. Their rewards are plentiful as well, so you’ll get some pretty decent girls for your team quickly.
Years ago, I stumbled on this text-only experience called Lifeline. Your phone is the only connection to Taylor, a person stranded on an alien moon after a crash. It’s all about keeping Taylor company and helping this person make life-or-death decisions while waiting for some rescue. What I think drew me in compared to some other story-focused games is that this plays out in real-time.
For example, Taylor might come across some dark cave that could have something useful in it. You have to let Taylor know whether or not it’s a good idea to check it out. After your decision, you might not hear from Taylor for a couple of hours to replicate their actual exploration time. This mechanic alone makes it almost feel like a real person you’re talking to, especially with how well written the conversations are. And if a moon survival theme isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other Lifeline games with different themes and settings – like a murder mystery story with some paranormal elements.
We plan to share more random mobile games that you may have missed out on, so stay tuned.
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