Mobile gaming is in a very interesting place right now with the sheer amount of quality new games and ports arriving on iOS and Android. In an ideal world, a lot of these games would release on the same day on mobile as other platforms. Death Come True ($15.99) from Too Kyo Games featuring Kazutaka Kodaka, the creator of Danganronpa, is the newest game I was looking forward to playing that arrived on mobile in addition to Nintendo Switch on the same day. It had always been announced for multiple platforms but having mobile come out before PC and PS4 is something I didn’t expect, but here we are. After a few months of waiting, Death Come True is finally here and the wait has been worth it for the most part.
When it comes to space-faring roguelikes on iOS, the gold standard everyone’s heard of is FTL: Faster Than Light, and for good reason. It’s a perfect fit for mobile, and there are very few roguelikes that can compete with it in quality or quantity. While not as well known as FTL, Crying Suns ($8.99) has very similar notes of urgency and mystery.
Back in 2018, CD Projekt Red released Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales ($9.99) on PC and eventually PS4 and Xbox One as the single player campaign component of its popular GWENT card game. For those unaware, GWENT is a minigame in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that garnered a ton of fans alongside that release and that led to a full game being built around it. I played a bit of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales on Xbox One when it arrived there and enjoyed my time with it but felt like it would be better experienced on Nintendo Switch. The game finally arrived on Nintendo Switch earlier this year and it is now on iOS with an Android release to follow later in the year.
Light and dark, sun and shadow… the classic metaphors for life and death. Except, in Felix the Reaper ($3.99), they are not just metaphors, they are also the basic premise of the game. Players will guide Felix, a new field Reaper in the Ministry of Death, as he orchestrates ever more elaborate deaths, intent on impressing his lady-love in the Ministry of Life, Betty. The catch? The two may never meet—Felix must remain in the shadows, while Betty dances in sunlit meadows.
Back in June, I reviewed Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ($15.99) which is the first entry in Spike Chunsoft’s beloved Danganronpa franchise. It debuted in the West on PS Vita and was followed by Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair ($15.99) in 2014 which was also on PS Vita. Both of these games have been ported since to PC and eventually PS4 before finally arriving on mobile in as Anniversary Editions on both iOS and Android.
Over the last few years, Annapurna Interactive have brought PlayStation classics like Journey and Flower to iOS in addition to new games that are all essentials like Florence, If Found…, and Donut County. Last week, another PlayStation classic hit iOS (and PC) in the form of the Giant Sparrow developed The Unfinished Swan ($4.99).