The Best New Mobile Games on iOS and Android – June 2022 Roundup

Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds – Not Game of the Month (Pic: Level-5)

Big-name games including Apex Legends, Diablo, and Ni No Kuni have come to mobile, with one of the worst games of the year so far.

In one of the biggest months in mobile gaming history, we saw the releases of Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds, Apex Legends Mobile and Diablo Immortal – all within the same four weeks. While they are big names in their own right, their approaches are quite different, as they range from highly playable to early candidates for the worst game of the year.

Goat Simulator+

Apple Arcade (Coffee Stain Studio)

Messy, glitchy, and poor controls, Goat Simulator is a game that revels in its multiple flaws and basks in its inherent absurdity. In it, you guide your four-legged anti-hero to headbutt everything in front of you — or lick it with a strangely long tongue.

Blow up cars, send people flying, jump off tall buildings, and do your best to fight terrifying controls to achieve a barrage of objectives in each level.

Goat Simulator’s re-emergence on Apple Arcade is the same as the original, offering a new generation of its unique demolition-oriented fun.

Score: 6/10

Apex Legends Phone

iOS and Android, free

Apex Legends has been a huge success on consoles and PC, and it’s doing a lot of things right in its transition to mobile.

Using Call of Duty Mobile’s trick of combining aiming and shooting under the right thumb requires careful navigation of its clutter of other controls on the touchscreen, which is clunky but manageable, especially since there’s no cross-play with other platforms. With a bluetooth controller, these issues go away instantly.

It’s noticeably harder to precisely aim a sniper rifle, offering an advantage over short-range fully automatics, but its 10 Legendary roster unlocks faster than on PC and console, and the race has the necessary speed and tension. A solid start.

8/10

Dotopia War Diplomacy Update

iOS & Android, Free (Midjiwan)

Now six years on, the delightfully simplified small-screen 4X action of Battle of Poytopia has just received a major update, incorporating complex new diplomatic skills into its tech tree.

This unlocks embassies and peace treaties, making it easier to work with companions or AI if you’re feeling brave. The new cape unit lets you surreptitiously scout out enemy territory and, with the surprise attack of the dagger, another newly minted unit, stoked discontent in their cities.

Balanced, simple, extremely playable and truly free – paid add-ons are completely optional – it’s a great excuse to come back and rediscover the invaluable joy of Polytopia.

Score: 9/10

diablo immortal

iOS and Android, free (Blizzard Entertainment)

Some nonsense about magic shards provides the initial context for Diablo’s true intentions, namely hacking, slashing, looting, and escalation.

The Diablo game loop is already very mobile-friendly, and the short missions of this iteration do a good job of understanding the time constraints of small-screen players, and the relatively calm rhythm of its combat allows you to trigger special moves fluidly and consistently on the touchscreen .

Granted, the temptation to spend money is nearly limitless, and the combat is a bit blind, but even playing for free, you’ll have a decent momentum in your character development, although as with most long-term players, the end game may be a very different story .

Score: 7/10

Netflix Relic Hunter: Rebels and Netflix Townspeople

iOS and Android, Netflix subscription (Netflix)

Netflix had an enviable array of high-quality mobile releases for its early game subscription service, but it inevitably came to an end. The same goes for lightweights.

Relic Hunters is an 8-bit style shooter with a small blocky arena where you can run around automatically targeting the nearest bad guy. That’s okay, but the shoot was bland and never got more interesting.

Townsmen is a strictly guided city builder that lets you restore and renovate a run-down kingdom. They’re all ported over from freemium games, and suffer the scars of having their free-to-play mechanics ripped out and replaced by slightly less addictive microtransaction-free mechanics. Not absolutely scary, but at best provides short-lived interest.

Score: 4/10

RTS Siege!

iOS and Android, £2.49 (Denis Zdorovtsov)

Featuring blocky, Minecraft-style units and buildings, Siege Up! is a simple, mobile-friendly real-time strategy game.

Get your economy working with farmers to farm and gather wood, capture some mines to collect metal, build houses and barracks, then start stockpiling siege weapons to destroy your opponent’s capital while maintaining a balance between resource production and defense.

This isn’t Age of Empires, but the well-designed and addictive genre, with a generous campaign and online multiplayer modes.

Score: 7/10

Nutro

iOS and Android, free – remove ads£1.79 (Robin Moretti)

Newtro is a twist on the classic brick-breaking formula, allowing you to manipulate the paddle to keep one or more balls bouncing around, popping obstacles on the screen.

Unlike its predecessors, this time you’ll be dealing with multiple ball and paddle shapes, as well as a variety of different screen and brick layouts.

There are some bad ideas you’ll immediately realize – the time you spend watching a wrong ball bounce on a circular level, the time you’re deliberately avoiding your center bat, is the time you’ll never come back – — but there are so many others you wonder why no one thought of them before. Slight creative goodness.

Score: 6/10

Ni no Kuni: Across the World

iOS and Android, free (Netmarble)

With gorgeous Studio Ghibli artwork and captivating translations of alternative dialogue, Ni No Kuni enters the mobile realm. Sadly, that’s where the good news ends, as Crossworld showcases the worst of all modern mobile gaming.

Auto-runs to targets, auto-battles, and in fact pretty much everything auto-runs except advancing dialogue, making your character in the process closer to a passive observer than a player, your smooth passage through its content neither. Skills are required and no substantial input is required.

To make matters worse, its most powerful devices are being sold directly via NFTs, which exacerbates the inherent imbalance in its gacha loot box economy. It’s depressing to see such a shameless, soulless money grab for Ghibli’s creative work.

Score: 1/10

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