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    Retired "hardcore" MMO / FPS gamer here.
    These past few years, I've had less and less time to play the more in-depth PC games, and as a result of this, I've started turning to mobile for a quick game session here and there.

    Over the years, I've grown quite fond of mobile games in general, and it is the love for these games that made me start this thread (after checking with Apophis if it'd be appropriate). So read on.


    Short story time:
    One thing I've come to realize throughout the past few years is that in terms of discovering new mobile games, the Google Play store is pretty broken.
    Therefore, some weeks back, I got an idea; since I play so many mobile games anyway, why don't I just commit to sharing my comments / thoughts on the games I play with others who might be interested in some of these games. That way, I'll always have a new game to recommend when people ask, and can act as a curator for new/fun/amazing mobile games.

    So that's what I've been doing every week day ever since. The videos aren't exactly reviews with stars and a fixed format to go through and all, but rather a mix of a "let's play" commentary and a review (the point of which is to arrive at an answer to the question; will I keep this game installed?).

    So, what's this thread about?
    I decided to create this thread here to share the best of the games I play and to hopefully spark meaningful discussions around said games (or other mobile games that you guys enjoy)

    I also hope that all of you will recommend your favorite mobile games and explain what you like/dislike about it. Discovery is a real issue on mobile and there are so many hidden gems out there, so don't hold back on sharing your favorites!

    I'll try to update this first post with all the names of the games + downloads link divided into categories/genres as we go on to make it easier to find a game within a certain genre.
    For now, though, I'll just share my thoughts on the latest game I played, which is the Towerfall-alike local co-op game "ANYCRATE".

    Feedback on this format is of course very welcome


    First Commentary / Review: ANYCRATE
    Google Play (not out on iOS): https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...anycrate&hl=en

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    Today's commentary/recommendation: Lords of Discord
    Lords of Discord is a 3D turn-based strategy game that reminds me a whole lot of Heroes of Might and Magic. And boy, did I love playing Heroes of Might and Magic 3 on the PC back in the day (who is with me?)!
    There aren't a whole lot of great turn-based strategy games on mobile, so of course I had to take this for a spin and share it with you guys!

    Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...game.lod&hl=en
    iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lord...916684824?mt=8

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    • #3
      Today's commentary/recommendation: FIE Swordplay
      Don't let the cover fool you! FIE Swordplay may seem and sound like a very serious fencing game for true fencing enthusiast, but it's actually a very casual game that can be played by anyone, while still having enough depth to keep me hooked. Enjoyed the game, and I have a hard time really putting it down once I start playing!


      Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...rmanRain&hl=iw
      iOS: http://toucharcade.com/link/https://...824?mt=8%C2%A0

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      • #4
        Today's commentary/recommendation: Dragon Ninja Rush
        Dragon Ninja Rush is one of those weird games that hasn't really gotten popular yet, but at the same time has actually been downloaded between 10-50k times. These games are often the hardest to find, as Google Play tends to only recommend brand new games, or already popular games.

        If you've played Jetpack Joyride, you'll quickly get into Dragon Ninja Rush. A great game with a monetization that is a bit on the heavy side, but nothing that can't be endured :)


        Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...injarush&hl=en

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        • #5
          Today's commentary/recommendation: GetMeBro!
          GetMeBro! is a game that I was recommend over on the AndroidGaming sub-reddit. It is a fast-paced skill based multiplayer running game where you compete against one other player at a time, aiming to get as far into the level as possible without dying.

          The key to winning is to chose the correct power-ups to take with you into the battle, but you only get to chose two power-ups per match, so chose wisely!

          The game has everything you'd expect from a multiplayer game, such as a highly customizable character, unlockable loot chests etc. Lastly, a pretty neat feature of the game is that it has a singleplayer play-mode that can even be played offline!
          The monetization seems a bit heavy, but does not rely on ads and you don't ever HAVE to buy anything. Think of it a bit like Clash Royale's monetization.

          Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...getmebro&hl=en
          iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/getm...105461855?mt=8

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          • #6
            Today's commentary/recommendation: Devil Eater
            Devil Eater is a badass action game where you kill devils. Yes, your task is literally take down as many evil demons as possible before you die. There's a bunch of weapons and characters / skins to unlock in the game, and the monetization is very light with no forced ads ever!

            As you'll see in the video, the game is super punishing if you don't time your attacks and dodges correctly, so if you're looking for a game to really dive into for a few hours, Devil Eater would be a great candidate.

            Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.loadcomplete.hankanaction&hl=en
            iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/devil-eater/id1040013260?mt=8

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            • #7
              Today's commentary/recommendation: Metal Shooter: Run and Gun
              Metal Shooter: Run and Gun is a very polished side-scrolling platform shooter. The game shows us, as the players, an ad after each death, but it's a skipable ad, and since each match is rather long (unless you die quickly), the monetization is alright. This is not the optimal way to monetize the game - but it'll do.

              The gameplay is fun and challenging, and the power-ups feel really rewarding when you get them. A great game that I can easily recommend if you're into this genre of mobile games.

              Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ommander&hl=en
              iOS: http://toucharcade.com/link/https://...207212226?mt=8

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              • #8
                Today's commentary/recommendation: Metal Shooter: Run and Gun
                Ninja Arashi is a beautiful mobile platformer focusing on RPG-elements. The monetization is a bit on the heavy side with non-incentivized ads popping up after you die three times. If played in offline mode, however, this won't be an issue at all. I still had a lot of fun playing the game, as you can see in the video :)

                Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...jaarashi&hl=en

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                • #9
                  Today's Commentary / Recommendation: Shadowmatic
                  In this second episode of Throwback Thursday Gameplay (TTG), I checked out the gorgeous mobile puzzler from 2015; Shadowmatic. The care of the gameplay is to create shadow figures by rotating and combining elements in front of a light source coming from the right. Sounds boring, but is surprisingly fun to play!
                  The game is free to play on Android for the first few levels, while a premium game on iOS. While already 2 years old, the graphics still hold up, and the gameplay becomes fantastically immersive if played with headphones on.

                  Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...dowmatic&hl=en
                  iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/shad...775888026?mt=8

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                  • #10
                    Today's Commentary / Recommendation: Ultra Fighting Bros 3
                    Ultra Fighting Bros 3 is a fun, casual sports/action game that isn't super polished, but still fun for shorter gameplay sessions. I do recommend to play the game in airplane mode, though, as there are quite a few ads (as I always talk more about in the video). UFB 3 is overall an alright game, but I did not keep it installed after recording this video, as there are so many other games out there with less aggressive monetization strategies. But what do you guys think? Are you fine with the amount of ads?

                    Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...pps.ufb3&hl=en
                    iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/dk/app/ufb-...8108?l=da&mt=8

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                    • #11
                      Today's Commentary / Recommendation: Fallen Sword (mobile beta)
                      Today, we're checking out the Fallen Sword Android beta build for the first time. The mobile version of Fallen Sword is still very bare-bone, but more features will be added throughout the beta, according to the developers. Much of the art is also still just place-holder.
                      Look at this video as more of a sneak-peak of what Fallen Sword on Android and iOS can eventually become.

                      Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ow.fallensword
                      Join the beta: https://forums.huntedcow.com/index.php?showtopic=75241

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                      • #12
                        Today's Commentary / Recommendation: Symmetrica
                        For Indie Tuesday this week, I'm checking out Symmetrica. Symmetrica is a delightfully simplistic indie puzzle game with a bunch of interesting levels and a quite fair monetization model (you can pay to disable ads). I definitely enjoyed playing the game, and I'm keeping it installed as there are few puzzle games out there that are truly just relaxing to play. What do you think about the game?

                        Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.feavygames.symmetricagame&hl=en
                        iOS: http://toucharcade.com/link/https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/symmetrica-minimalistic-arcade-game/id1108384425?mt=8
                        Last edited by NimbleThor; 03-29-2017, 07:52 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Today's Commentary / Recommendation: Crash of Cars
                          Crash of Cars is a multiplayer pvp racing game in the vein of slither.io, agar.io and other ".io" games. The game has been made by the Earn to Die developers Not Doppler and is super polished. As for the monetization of Crash of Cars, it is very light and elegant with no obtrusive ads or pay2win elements.
                          Definitely recommending this game, and even considering doing a series of Crash of Cars gameplay videos, if you enjoyed this one? Let me know what you think :)

                          Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.notdoppler.crashofcars&hl=en
                          iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crash-of-cars/id1171311339?mt=8

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                          • #14
                            Today's Commentary / Recommendation: King Tongue
                            For this Throwback Thursday, we're revisiting King Tongue, which was released back in 2015, to see if the game holds up to the 2017 standards for mobile games.
                            The verdict is that King Tongue is still a great game, although it has a few obtrusive ads on Android (the iOS version of the game is paid, so it has no ads). This just makes the game all the more perfect for those times where you can't be online, though, as the game functions just fine in offline mode, where you naturally won't see any ads :)

                            Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ankama.kingtongue&hl=en
                            iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/king-tongue/id1000668798?mt=8

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                            • #15
                              Today's Commentary / Recommendation: Buff Knight Advanced
                              Buff Knight Advanced is a retro 8-bit styled 2D RPG with certain idle-clicker elements (such as a "restart" mechanic, that allows you to gain additional strength by starting the game all over again). There's a free and paid version of the game, and in the free version, there's a few obtrusive ads that might frustrate some players. In both version, however, the developer has also added incentivized ads, which reward generously - so if you don't mind watching an ad now and then, you can progress much more quicker in Buff Knight.

                              I recommend you check out Buff Knight Advanced if you're into RPG games, but don't want long play sessions on your phone, as this game is perfect for shorter play sessions.

                              Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buffstudio.bka&hl=en
                              iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/buff-knight-advanced/id1143364232?mt=8

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