Critical Ops (AND)
Action 06 July 2016
A dynamic online shooter game, often referred to as a mobile CS. Critical Ops was made by Finnish studio Critical Force Entertainment, known for a similar production - Critical Strike portable. The game is available for free, but features optional microtransactions; only purely cosmetic items can be bought for real-world money. The gameplay consists of battles involving anti-terrorist and terrorist forces, taking place on dedicated maps. You can use a wide range of firearms and additional equipment. Just like in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, gear can be bought in the in-game store for the money you earn in battle. The battles can involve up to 20 players divided into two teams, who have opposite goals. Critical Ops boasts high-quality 3D visuals, an interesting level design, a well-thought microtransactions system, and expansive support for e-sports events.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (AND)
Action 20 December 2013
The seventh installment in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series – one of the most popular game franchises in history that brought Rockstar Games company international fame. The series has been letting the player start as a petty criminal and work his way to the top of the criminal underground. This next part of the series is the biggest one so far, featuring world – the State of San Andreas – almost three times larger than Vice City. Among many innovations, there are several thing worthy of mention: improved AI of civilians, option to recruit gang members, increased number of interactive buildings, hunger factor, swimming, and new means of transportation (e.g. bicycles). On top of that, there game features numerous extra activities, highlighting the sandbox character of gameplay. The game features the atmosphere of the 1990s, apparent in both the graphics and the soundtrack available via the numerous in-game radio stations.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - 10th Anniversary Edition (AND)
Action 12 December 2012
A new installment in the bestselling series of action games. The game expands the ideas introduced in the third entry in the franchise, released in 2001. The game was developed by the authors of the previous installments who, after having been bought by the American giant, were transformed into Rockstar North. The game takes place in the 80's in a completely new metropolis called Vice City. The player becomes Tommy Vercetti, who was sent by his boss to establish a foothold in the city while taking care of the local gangs and corrupted police. The game has similar mechanics to its predecessor and focuses mostly on completing various non-linear story missions. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City added some new features, such as the possibility to use motorcycles and helicopters. The graphics, inspired by aesthetics of the 80's, were greatly improved as well. During the game, the player is accompanied by a varied soundtrack broadcast by several different radio stations.
Arena of Valor (AND)
A mobile MOBA developed by an in-house developer studio of Tencent Games. Strike of Kings is a recreation of League of Legends, recreating all the mechanics and assets offered in the aforementioned game. The players are split into two teams (1v1, 3v3, or 5v5 matches) in which each player controls a single hero, equipped with a set of unique skills and abilities. Both teams are tasked with destroying the base of the opposing side, guarded by turrets and AI-controlled units, which requires cooperation and a skillful use of the available abilities. The game uses a free-to-play model with optional microtransactions.
The Pirate: Plague of the Dead (AND)
Action 31 July 2017
A continuation of The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt - a popular action game with strategy elements developed by the Polish Home Net Games. Like its predecessor, The Pirate: Plague of the Dead takes players to Caribbean islands controlled by the pirate folk. The main protagonist of the story is John Rackham, who is the only survivor of the slaughter orchestrated by the Grand Inquisitor. Seeking his revenge, John turned to voodoo practices in order to resurrect legendary pirates such as Anne Bonny, Charles Vane, and Blackbeard himself. Together with the pirates brought from the dead, the main protagonist wants to deal with his arch enemy once and for all. The Pirate: Plague of the Dead features a vast open world a player is free to explore with one of over a dozen available ships. On his journey, a player has to observe not only the wind direction and velocity, but also use this information to choose the appropriate type of sails. To top it all, the game delivers a full day and night cycle as well as changing weather conditions. This installment in The Pirate series is fueled by campaign missions that lead a player through consecutive parts of the story. In between these missions, one can turn to other activities that fill the treasury allowing for expanding and improving the fleet controlled by a player. Gameplay revolves around naval battles, during which one can ram into the enemy vessels, shoot the cannons at particular parts of hostile ships, and utilize special combat abilities exhibited by the captains. The entire experience features high-quality visuals – one is bound to appreciate the well-polished ship models and water animations.
Brawl Stars (AND)
Action November 2017
A mobile online game, which combines elements of shooters and MOBA games. Brawl Stars has been developed by the creators of Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Boom Beach and Clash Royale. The game features only a multiplayer mode. Players get to select one from over a dozen available characters, each featuring different weapons, assets, and a special ability, after which they enter arcade battles taking place in special arenas. As a character is developed, his battle potential increases. Brawl Stars offers several game modes, each introducing a different set of rules. In Smash & Grab, two 3-player teams fight each other with the objective of capturing the crystals that are growing in the middle of a map. In Heist, two teams face each other and, by turns, defend a safe or try to rob it. The third mode – Battle Royale – allows up to 10 players to fight until there is only one character left alive. The last of the game modes is Bounty, in which one acquires stars for eliminating his foes and loses them each time his character dies.
Half-Life 2 (AND)
Action 12 May 2014
A sequel to the Valve Software's best-selling game that set new standards for the FPS genre back in 1998. Half-Life 2 is set several years after the events of the first game. Once again, the player assumes the role of Gordon Freeman – a doctor of physics who used to work in Black Mesa Labs, where an unfortunate incident opened a portal for alien life forms to invade the Earth. This time, the story takes us into a fictional City 17 and its immediate vicinity. The protagonist now works for a secret government organization. His mission is to repel the invaders from another dimension, in which he is aided by Alyx Vance – a young women fighting as a part of human resistance. The sequel introduces a technological revolution, employing the Valve’s proprietary game engine called Source. Its main advantage is excellent physics simulation, letting players destroy almost any element of environment and use various objects as covers or even weapons.
PayDay: Crime War (AND)
A mobile installment in the series of first-person shooters that is popular on consoles and PCs alike. The title was developed by the creators of the main entries of the PayDay franchise – Overkill Software. PayDay: Crime War focuses on multiplayer – the game’s mainstay is team PvP. One team assumes the role of criminals and the other team assumes the role of a SWAT team. The objective of the former is to perform a robbery while the law enforcers are trying to prevent them from succeeding. The game takes place in varied locations. As the player progress in the game, he unlocks new weapons, armors and additional abilities. High-quality graphics and easy controls are big assets to the game.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition (AND)
Action 07 October 2011
A mobile edition of Minecraft – the cult sandbox game from Swedish company Mojang AB, which spawned millions of fans worldwide over several years since its beta release, becoming a phenomenon of modern day pop-culture. Overall the gameplay mechanics featured in Minecraft: Pocket Edition are no different than in other versions. You are taken into a procedurally generated 3D world made of voxels, observed from first-person perspective, and do what you please – from exploration in search for resources through fending off monsters to building more or less advanced constructions out of small cubic blocks. In terms of content, the Pocket Edition initially lagged behind the original Mineraft, but as it received new updates it grew and grew, and now even offers elements unavailable anywhere else. The main differences that remain are: the controls, adjusted to mobile devices, and visuals, which seem to be smoother and more colorful in this edition.
Mobile Legends: Bang bang (AND)
Action 14 July 2016
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is a mobile MOBA game (teams of 5 players face each other) developed by Moonton. Representatives of all kinds of specializations can meet on the game's arenas. Nothing stands in our way if we want to play as a tank, taking almost all of the enemy damage, a ranged mage or archer, a stealthy assassin, or a support that uses defensive abilities to aid his team in battle. Matches are five minutes long. We will achieve victory by skillfully using our hero and cooperating with our team mates. If we loose our Internet connection, our hero will be controlled by the game's advanced artificial intelligence.
Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle (AND)
Action 16 July 2015
A mix of puzzle, action and board game genres from Bird Studio. The title is based on a classic anime, based on the manga created by Akira Toriyama. Players must create an undefeated team of heroes that will win against all adversaries. Gameplay is based on two pillars, the first being unique battles that focus on combining groups of colorful Ki balls. This results in a certain amount of damage being dealt to the opponent, depending on type of combination, and effects can take the form of eye-catching animations, resembling the animated series. We can also charge powerful, game-changing special attacks. The second part of the game takes place on a two-dimensional board – we move our character to collect useful items and money. Additionally, there is a simple system of character development. Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle lets us play solo or with friends. The title is distributed in free-to-play model with micropayments – real money can be used to buy new character cards to our collection.
Gangstar New Orleans (AND)
Action 30 March 2017
An open world action game developed by Gameloft. The new installment of the Gangstar series takes us to New Orleans, with a mission to take over the local underworld. Similarly to the previous installments, the game is built around the story mode, including various adrenaline-inducing missions, as well as optional side errands. The action is seen from a third person perspective, while our hero can travel on foot, or use one of the numerous cars found in the game. Gangstar: New Orleans introduces new elements to the character development system – as the game progresses, we unlock new weapons and abilities. We are also treated to a new feature – Turf Wars, enabling us to take over the districts controlled by rival gangs.
Combat Squad: Project Wednesday (AND)
Action 08 August 2017
Combat Squad: Project Wednesday is an online shooter game by Korean studio A-33, utilizing a free-to-play model with microtransactions. The production is set in modern times, and allows you to participate in multiplayer battles pitting teams of trained mercenaries against each other. Before the battle, you create a five-man team, choosing your characters from an expansive gallery and modifying their skills and equipment. During the battle you can freely switch between party members, while the others are controlled by the AI, which you can affect by issuing orders using the tactical system. There are several gampelay modes to choose from. In multiplayer battles, you can fight one-on-one or five-on-five. There is also a co-op zombie mode, in which the players join forces to fight hordes of zombies.
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition (AND)
Action 21 October 2016
A mobile edition of the survival adventure game created by Klei Entertainment. The action of Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition takes place in a randomly generated wilderness, where the protagonist, a scientist named Wilson, was teleported by a deceitful demon. The hero has to use his knowledge and skills to survive in a hostile environment full of wild beasts, and find a way to go back home. The gameplay emphasizes the survival aspects, and the player's main tasks involve building shelter, acquiring food, sustaining fire, as well as producing clothes and useful tools. The game was designed in the characteristic cartoonish style and is full of humor and pop-culture references. The mobile edition is virtually identical to releases on other platforms — the only major difference is the implementation of touch-based controls.
The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt (AND)
Action 04 January 2016
An action game set in the world of pirates. Created by Miroslaw Dymek, a legendary Polish game maker responsible for series such as Earth 21XX or Polanie. The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt lacks a main storyline driving the gameplay. The action takes place in an extensive, open-world environment recreating a large part of the Caribbean. The player controls a captain of a pirate ship, whose aim is to gain fame and riches at sea. The game consists of completing subsequent missions that focus mainly on combat and exploration. The player plunders cargo ships, pirate bases, forts, and harbors. Between the missions, the player can make improvements to their fleet, choosing from sixteen diversified classes of ships, upgraded alongside their progress in the game. In-game sailing features realistic mechanics, making it a great asset to the game - this element was based on the personal experiences of the creator, who is an avid sailor himself. The game has offers extended online features as well, allowing the players to create their own pirate clans.
Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition (AND)
Action 15 December 2011
Another installment in the controversial series of action games started in 1997. Grand Theft Auto III was developed by the authors of the original game, the DMA Design studio, this time under the wings of Rockstar. The third entry revolutionized the series by unleashing the players into an open, fully three-dimensional world brimming with virtual life. This was possible thanks to the RenderWare technology. The game takes place in Liberty City, a virtual adaptation of New York. The main protagonist is a young man named Claude who dreams about becoming the boss of the underworld and taking revenge on people who almost sent him to prison. The story of the game is non-linear and develops as the player completes dozens of assignments from various mafia bosses. A large arsenal of weapons can be useful in completing these tasks. The game also contains dozens of vehicles which – similarly as in the previous installments of the series – can be used with no limitations.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (AND)
Action 18 December 2014
A spin-off to the bestselling Grand Theft Auto series, at first developed for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable handhelds and later converted to mobile devices as well. The story takes place in Liberty City, a place well known to the fans of the series. As Huang Lee, member of a Chinese criminal group, the player is trying to prove his worth, avenge the death of his father, and reclaim a valuable sword that for centuries was the symbol of his family’s power. The gameplay mechanics are similar to previous installments in the series, except for the missions being slightly shorter and the fact that the player can repeat failed actions. Other important changes include an auto-aim system, simplified driving mechanics, and the necessity of destroying police cars. A new interface and various mini-games were added to the game as well. The graphics of the game utilize cel-shading technology, combining the classic top-down view and isometric perspective.
Shadowgun: Legends (AND)
Another major installment of the mobile action game series developed by Madfinger Games, a Czech studio known for Dead Trigger, among other titles. The action of Shadowgun: Legends takes place in the future, and we assume the role of spec ops soldiers whose task is to save the galaxy from an alien invasion. Contrary to its predecessor, the game is a first-person shooter with RPG elements which isn’t very different from other mobile FPSs. The production can be played both in single- and multiplayer mode. Starting out, we possess weak equipment and weapons. With time and subsequently completed missions, we gain experience and funds that let us buy various enhancements. What’s interesting, players’ actions have an influence on the game’s universe, thus making it constantly change.
Forward Assault (AND)
First-person online shooter developed by Blayze Games with the view of mobile platforms. Forward Assault’s lead designer was Lucas Wilde, the man whom players owe the creation of Bullet Force, released in 2016. Forward Assault takes you over to virtual battle zones, where you take part in dynamic multiplayer combat. The game offers a variety of weapons, including the legendary AK-47 assault rifle as well as the Desert Eagle pistol. Apart from several multiplayer modes, Forward Assault includes single player, in which you face AI-controlled opponents. All this you can try out for free, as the game is distributed in a free-to-play business model.
Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore (AND)
Action 18 May 2017
Another full-fledged installment in a series of popular space shooter games developed by Fishlabs Entertainment. In terms of the mechanics, this iteration does not bring any revolutionary features and remains similar to its predecessors in many aspects. Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore is first and foremost a third-person space shooter taking the player to the Neox sector - where they become a bounty hunter and their role is to complete subsequent assignments for adequate rewards. The game is typically arcade and requires the player mainly to control their ship, though using different weapons and defensive gadgets in combat is also essential. The gameplay formula focuses on providing the player with a lot of freedom, apart from the game world as such. As a result, the player is capable of applying different methods of achieving their goals and complete various side missions.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (AND)
Action 11 February 2016
A spin-off to the iconic Grand Theft Auto series. The game was first developed for the PlayStation Portable handheld console. The story of Liberty City Stories takes place a few years before the events shown in GTA3, on the streets of the same metropolis. During the game player becomes Tony Cipriani who after coming to the city is caught up in the dirt of corruption, mafia wars, and drug traffic. The objective of the game is to work for the Leone mafia family, increase its influences and build up Tony’s reputation in the criminal underworld. The gameplay of GTA: Liberty City Stories employs the well-received mechanics of the series and offers an open world filled with story missions and side activities alike. As always in the series, there are many vehicles (including motorcycles, motorboats, trains and ferries) and weapons to use. However, due to the limitations of the PSP console, some things were slightly simplified.
Max Payne Mobile (AND)
Action 14 June 2012
Max Payne is a third-person perspective action game developed by the Finnish studio Remedy Entertainment. The protagonist is an undercover DEA agent whose task is to locate the source of Valkyr - a deadly new drug. Personally, Max is also seeking revenge against the murderers of his family. He falls victim to a conspiracy and gets accused of killing his supervisor. The creators were inspired by the crime stories from the 1940s and 1950s, Pulp novels, and the movie, The Matrix. The gameplay focuses on very dynamic sequences of spectacular shootings. An innovative gameplay mechanism is the bullet-time effect which allows the player to slow down the passage of time for a short while in order to perform quick movements, such as jumps or dodges.
World of Warships Blitz (AND)
Action November 2017
Developed by Wargaming, World of Warships Blitz is an action game allowing one to participate in online naval battles fought by mighty warships, mainly from the period of World War II. The game is based on a free-to-play model with optional microtransactions. During the development process, the members of Wargaming wanted to create a simpler version of World of Warships (available on PC / Windows), which would be more suitable for the nature of mobile gaming. Gameplay is less complex, while the battles are much more dynamic - this combined with smaller maps and teams makes each battle last no longer than 10 minutes; nonetheless, the game has retained the level of realism. Ships are heavy, slow, and not very maneuverable. All the units feature elaborate damage mechanics. Fighting long distance battles requires a lot of one’s effort. All this makes for a tactical experience - instead of those with best reflexes, players who can plan several steps ahead are bound to succeed.