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Best new mobile games on iOS and Android – June 2022 Round-up

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Ni No Kuni: Cross World – No Game of the Month (pic: Level-5)

Big-name games including Apex Legends, Diablo, and Ni No Kuni come to mobile, and one of them is by far the worst game of the year.

In one of the biggest months ever for mobile gaming, we’ve seen the launches of Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds, Apex Legends Mobile and Diablo Immortal — all in the same four weeks. Although all are big names in their own right, they couldn’t be more different in their approach, as they range from highly playable to early candidates for Worst Game of the Year.

Goat Simulator+

Apple Arcade (Coffee Stain Studio)

Messy, messy and with horrifying controls, Goat Simulator is a game that revels in its many shortcomings and builds on its innate absurdity. In it, you guide your four-legged anti-hero to see it with the butt of the head — or lick it off with a pretty long tongue.

Blow up cars, send flying people, jump over tall structures, and do your best to compete with awesome controls enough to complete the objectives of each level.

Goat Simulator’s re-emergence on Apple Arcade is similar to the original release, offering its peculiar demolition-oriented delights to a new generation.

Score: 6/10

Apex Legends Mobile

iOS and Android, Free

With success from its console and PC outings, Apex Legends gets a lot going in its transition to mobile.

Using Call of Duty Mobile’s trick of combining aiming and shooting under your right thumb, the clutter of other controls requires careful navigating on a touch screen, which is clumsy but manageable, especially since There is no cross play with other platforms. Using a bluetooth controller, those problems go away immediately.

It has significantly harder accuracy in aiming sniper rifles, giving short-range fully automatic guns an advantage, but its roster of 10 legends unlocks more quickly than on PC and consoles, and matches the expected speed. And there is tension. A solid start.

8/10

battle of polytopia diplomacy update

iOS and Android, Free (Midlife)

Now six years old, Battle of Poytopia’s delightful, simplistic small-screen 4X action has received a major update to incorporate the intricate new skill of Diplomacy into its tech tree.

This opens up embassies and peace treaties, making it easy to team up with a fellow player or indeed the AI ​​if you’re feeling brave. The new Cloak Unit lets you explore enemy territory invisibly and stir up discontent in their cities through surprise attacks by Daggers, another freshly mined unit.

Balanced, concise, insanely playable and virtually free – its paid add-ons are strictly optional – it’s a great excuse to go back and rediscover the supposed joys of Polytopia.

Score: 9/10

diablo immortal

iOS and Android, Free (Blizzard Entertainment)

Some of the chatter about Magical Sharks provides the starting background for Diablo’s true intentions, namely hacking, slashing, looting, and incremental upgrades.

Diablo’s gameplay loop is already ideally suited for mobile, and while this iteration’s brief missions understand the time limits of small-screen players well, its relatively quiet pace of combat allows you to smoothly perform special moves on a touchscreen. and triggers continuously.

Naturally, there are almost limitless temptations to spend money, and combat is a bit mindless, but even playing for free gives you a decent sense of pace for your characters’ development, though for most long-term folks. With Endgame could be a very different story.

Score: 7/10

Netflix Relic Hunters: Rebels and Netflix Townsmen

iOS and Android, Netflix Subscription (Netflix)

Netflix had an enviable rush of quality mobile releases for its early game subscription service, and it was inevitable that would eventually come to an end. And so it is with this pair of lightweights.

Relic Hunters is an 8-bit-style shooter with small, blocky arenas where you run around auto-targeting at the nearest baddie. That’s fine, but shooting is very basic and never gets more interesting.

Townsman is a heavily directed city builder who has you repair and renovate a dilapidated state. They’re both ported from freemium titles and their free-to-play mechanics have been ripped off and replaced with slightly less addictive microtransaction-free ones. Not terrible at all but offering fleeting interest.

Score: 4/10

RTS Siege!

iOS and Android, £2.49 (Denis Zadorovtsov)

Featuring blocky, Minecraft-style soldiers and buildings, Siege! is a neat, mobile-friendly real-time strategy game.

Grow your economy with farmers farming and gathering wood, capture some mines to collect metal, build houses and barracks, then take down opponents’ capitals while maintaining a balance between producing resources and defending Start a stockpile of siege weapons to carry.

This is not Age of Empires, but a well designed and addictive take on the genre, with an eclectic campaign and online multiplayer mode.

Score: 7/10

neutro

iOS and Android, Free – Remove Ads £1.79 (Robin Moretti)

A twist on the classic brick-smashing breakout formula, in Nutro you have to maneuver pedals to keep one or more balls bouncing around, popping obstacles on the screen.

Contrary to your ancient forebodings, this time around you’ll be working with multiple balls and paddle sizes, and different screen and brick layouts.

There are some that you’ll immediately realize are bad ideas – watching a faux ball bounce around a goal level, while you avoid your centered bat, there are minutes you’ll never get back – But there are plenty of others that make you wonder why no one thought of them before. Mildly inventive goodness.

Score: 6/10

Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds

iOS and Android, Free (Netmarble)

With its gorgeous Studio Ghibli artwork and charmingly offbeat dialogue translation, Ni No Kuni makes its way to mobile. Sadly, that’s the end of the good news, as Cross World has all the bad things about modern mobile gaming.

Auto-run for objectives, auto-battle, auto much other than actually moving the conversation, making your part in the process closer to the passive observer than the player, your frictionless passage through its content with neither skill nor does it require any substantial input of any kind.

Worse, its most powerful tool is for sale directly via NFT, adding to the inherent imbalance of its gacha loot box economy. It’s utterly disappointing to see Ghibli’s creative work in such a brazen, immaculate cash grab.

Score: 1/10

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