Mobile gaming has come a long way from the humble beginnings of Snake on Nokia devices in the late '90s to great pocket-ports of console favourites, like Need for Speed, FIFA and the Grand Theft Auto series. There are thousands of games to choose from across iOS and Android, but we’ve picked 5 of our current favourites for you to download faster than you can hit “Press Start”.
HARRY POTTER: HOGWARTS MYSTERY
Hogwarts Mystery acts as a pocket portkey (fans will get this) into the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter. Players create a student and progress through the seven years of witchcraft and wizardry, take Snape’s potion classes and duel other students – all while investigating the strange circumstances surrounding the expulsion of the player’s older brother. Set in the 1980s, long before the arrival of Harry Potter himself, players are able to interact with several series favourites such as Professor Dumbledore, Professor Snape, Hagrid, and others, who'll pop up and interact with the player character, throughout the game.
DRAGON BALL LEGENDS
Dragon Ball games on mobile have been a hit or miss for the most part. However, the much anticipated and newly-released Dragon Ball Legends looks set to revitalize the series’ efforts on mobile platforms. The game – featuring a roster of fan favourites like Goku, Vegeta and Krillin, amongst others – is reminiscent of the console games, with the over-the-shoulder view popularized by the classic Budokai series. Players fight 3-on-3 battles by tapping on the screen while certain power cards are selected for big attacks. In addition, players can take part in event challenges as well as real-time battles with players from all over the world. It truly is the mobile Dragon Ball game we’ve all been waiting for.
ASPHALT 9: LEGENDS
Some of the most robust, content-heavy mobile games are those of a racing nature. While Need for Speed presents a great mobile edition, it’s slightly edged out by the brilliant Asphalt series. Legends comes almost 5 years after the previous Asphalt and features improved visuals, new cars, new event- and time-based challenges and – as only as Asphalt can do – the return of a well-curated soundtrack. Control schemes have also been updated and improved on, with the option of “swipe to steer” now included as well. The game, as of writing this, is currently being rolled out to both iOS and Android users.
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20 years later and it seems Pokémon is not going anywhere anytime soon. Launched two years ago, the augmented reality game uses your camera and GPS to capture Pokémon as if they appear in the player’s real-world location. Players encounter Pokémon in locations that echo the environment which they inhabit in the series or main video series on Nintendo consoles (e.g. water Pokémon near the ocean). Real-world locations such as landmarks, coffee shops and even churches act as "PokéStops", where players can collect items that help with progression and levelling-up their Pokémon. A future update will see the video game offering connectivity with the Nintendo Switch’s upcoming Pokémon Let’s Go series.
JURASSIC WORLD ALIVE
Based off the popular movie series and tying in with the latest Fallen Kingdom cinematic release, Jurassic World Alive sees you join the Dinosaur Protection Group and uses your real-world location to track and discover dinosaurs, collecting the DNA to prevent a second extinction event. Dinosaurs can also be used to battle real-world opponents, which in itself is a weird, yet interesting twist. The game is free-to-play but does offer in-app purchases – some options as much as R1,700 – which helps with the game progression and speeds up the refresh of a battling arena, which would otherwise be a 15 minute wait between battles.