Living in world run by smartphones and other mobile devices, there is never a shortage of entertaining apps on the market. With endless amounts of games being released every day, it can be hard to keep up with the ones that are worth checking out.
2016 was a big year for mobile gaming. Most notably, programs like Pokemon GO took the world by storm and introduced an innovative augmented reality element. Moving forward, 2017 is poised to be a big year as well. Here are four apps to keep an eye out for.
Puzzle games have been a part of cell phones since the very beginning. Everyone remembers playing Snake and Tetris on their old Nokia phones. With so many of these games on the market, it’s difficult to come across one that is truly spectacular.
RollRollRoll, developed by Kaleidospace, is looking to bring a unique twist to the genre. The game is essentially a block fitting and piling puzzle inside of a rolling, spinning world. The thing that differentiates this game is that you can strategically rotate the blocks while trying to make them disappear in the appropriate position while the environment is unpredictably crossing, slipping, hanging, overturning, and more.
This game is all about challenging the users to tap into their understanding of physics to solve the puzzle and move on to the next level. RollRollRoll is set to be launched on June 30th, 2017. If you are into addicting puzzle games, put this one on your radar.
2. Happy and Smile: City of Fighting
Arcades have experienced and interesting lifespan. Traditional arcades were once a staple in every mall and home to many kids’ after school entertainment. When a good deal of the physical locations started to shut down in late 80’s and early 90’s due to the increasing popularity of home consoles, this style of gaming was plunged into a dark age.
Once smartphones began to come on the scene, arcade-style games experienced a resurgence. While the big, bulky, physical arcades systems are a thing of the past, the classic games like Pac Man and Mortal Kombat live on in the palms of peoples’ hands.
While everyone loves the nostalgic feeling of their favorite retro arcade-style games, there are many new ones to get excited about. Happy and Smile: City of Fighting is a great adrenaline-boosting game developed by HappyRabbitShow set to hit the market in late 2017.
The concept is pretty simple, a player must move across the pane and take down evil rogues in order to advance to the next stage. Every level is timed and the user must take out a certain number of enemy henchmen before the clock expires. At the beginning, you can choose which hero you want to use. Each has different skillsets and strengths. As you advance through the game, your hero can be upgraded with cards used to build up their fighting arsenal.
If you’re into throwback, beat-up-bad-guys type games, this one is definitely worth checking out.
3. Zombie Sweeper
Another puzzle game looking to make a name for itself in the near future, Zombie Sweeper features unique puzzle mechanics new to mobile gaming.
Similarly-themed to the classic Minesweeper, this game goes much more in-depth throughout its 250+ levels. As you advance, the stages get progressively more difficult and challenging. The game includes 40 different types of Zombies. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses. You must conquer nine different bosses in order to beat the game.
Although classified as a puzzle game, there are tons of action-packed sequences to enjoy. Perhaps one of the most intriguing parts of the game that its developer, arc Game Studio, is building hype for is the competitive online mode. While there are very few known details about this aspect, it will certainly be interesting to see what they unveil in the late summer of this year.
While this app is not technically a game like the rest on this list, it is already making waves in the mobile community as it works to bring attention to the increasing dependence on smartphones and social media. As one of the unfortunate byproducts of the rapid advancement of technology, the time spend aimlessly staring at mobile screens and news feeds is through the roof.
AntiSocial, developed by Bugbean Pty Ltd, keeps tabs on exactly how hooked you are on your mobile device. It keeps track of how many times you unlock your phone, how many minutes you spend browsing through your social media timelines, and which apps you use the most. AntiSocial plugs these numbers into an algorithm which gives you a score. Then, it compares this number to your peers to see where you stand in overall usage.
If you feel like your phone is eating up too much of your time, you can elect to block certain apps to bring your numbers down.
Released in early January on Google Play, this app is perfect for those who made a New Year’s Resolution to cut back on smartphone dependence.
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