Whether you’re looking for the next classic game or a simple diversion for your daily bus ride, the mobile gaming community has something to offer everyone. Truly, you don't have to stay at home to experience the best that video game designers have to offer. From high-velocity racers to open-ended puzzlers to nostalgic throwbacks, here are just a handful of the latest and greatest mobile games.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
The Asphalt series has long been the king of mobile racing games, and "Airborne" somehow manages to set the bar even higher. It’s one of the few games in the App Store that realizes the full potential of the iPad Air 2’s 9.7-inch retina display and A8X chip. In terms of gameplay, "Airborne" is all about moving as fast as possible while using a well-timed collision to send your opponents careening over the guardrail. Developer Gameloft always keeps things fresh with an ever-expanding selection of licensed cars and race locations.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout
Mobile first-person shooters live and die by their controls, and Gameloft has managed to provide a balanced, responsive scheme that has earned "MC5" a devoted following. The degree of customizability rivals any console-based combat simulator, and it seems like every time you boot the game up, there’s a new venue or weapon to keep things interesting. Available for Android, iOS and Windows smartphones, "Blackout" is perfectly controlled chaos — just the way you like it.
If you're a non-gamer who loves history, geography and travel, you will love "80 Days." It’s a slow-paced, touch-based adventure game that lets you plan and embark on a trip around the world. You manage your supply inventory, negotiate with locals and alter your itinerary to account for new developments. It perfectly captures the spirit of Jules Verne’s novel, while letting you choose your own adventure every step of the way. Although "80 Days" features vibrant graphics and engrossing sound effects, it also requires a fair amount of reading. So, do your eyes a favor and enjoy it on the expanded screen of an iPhone 6s Plus or Galaxy Note5.
Final Fantasy 7
This re-release of the PS1 classic provides a good dose of nostalgia for veteran gamers, but it still stacks up pretty well against modern RPGs. That might have something to do with the fact that "FF7" basically invented the modern RPG, from its intuitive, addictive combat system to its multilayered, engrossing plot. Playing "Final Fantasy" on your iPhone is like falling in love all over again, and developer Square recently announced that Android owners will soon have the opportunity as well.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
This Nintendo 3DS title is almost two years old, but it continues to charm gamers with its endless customizability and hilarious cast of characters. As the mayor of your town, it’s up to you to keep your citizens happy by providing new places to hangout and keeping your personal wardrobe in check. "New Leaf" rewards creativity and it really only has one requirement: have as much fun as possible. So grab a fishing pole and get busy.
This port of the popular PlayStation series marches to the beat of its own drum. It isn’t an open-ended steal shooter like its older brother. Rather "Hitman Go" is a tightly designed puzzler that uses a board game aesthetic to let you “assassinate” your targets. Think of it as chess crossed with "Metal Gear Solid" and then shrunken down to fit on your iPhone 6s or Galaxy S6's screen. The episodic, touch-based gameplay makes it the perfect companion for your morning commute.
"Framed" is an engaging indie game with a ton of style. You drag and drop the panels of a comic book to alter the story of a spy who is trying to escape detection. It’s as innovative as it is low-key, and the great saxophone-heavy soundtrack keeps you coming back for more long after the last page has been turned. Currently an iOS exclusive, play "Framed" on an iPad Mini for that true comic feel.
Article by: Cherie Nelson