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.
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.
Naruto X Boruto: Ninja Voltage (AND)
Action 31 December 2017
Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage is a mobile game developed by Bandai Namco. The title was designed with multiplayer mode in mind. It enables the player to fight for user-built fortresses. Before the combat starts, the players are preparing the battlefields, for example by setting traps in strategic locations. The game features a cooperation mode in which the players join forces to fight against enemies controlled by the artificial intelligence. Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage features many characters known from Naruto universe. The graphics are similar to the animated original as well – they feature high quality portraits and beautifully animated cutscenes that can be watched between the fights. The game uses a free-to-play distribution model. It also features optional microtransactions.
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.
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.
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.
Brawl Stars (AND)
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.
DC Unchained (AND)
Developed by the South Korean 4:33 Creative Lab, DC Unchained is a mobile action game based on the free-to-play business model and offering mainly PvE and PvP multiplayer modes. The action of the game is set in the universe created by DC Comics for their comic books, animated series, and movies. DC Unchained described herein draws multiple themes from the entire DC franchise - during the game, players get to visit many locations introduced in the comic books and control the most famous superheroes and supervillains featured in this universe. The gameplay revolves around fighting hordes of opponents controlled by the AI and facing other players. During the game, one is tasked with assembling a team of three and participating in dynamic battles using unique sets of skills exhibited by each separate character. DC Unchained delivers several game modes including an elaborate story mode, time challenge, special missions, the defense mode, and multiple PvP based modes.
Arena of Valor (AND)
Action March 2018
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.
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.
Rules of Survival (AND)
Action 15 November 2017
A multiplayer shooter inspired by Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, a game that is available on home consoles and personal computers. The players are taken to a vast island, where they fight for survival. The player who is the last man standing is the winner. The battlefield is gradually reduced as time passes by and the equipment needed for eliminating other players must be found or taken from killed opponents.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (AND)
Action 28 July 2016
Another entry in the bestselling adventure game series, combining popular LEGO franchise with the classic universe of Star Wars. Its plot is largely based on the seventh part of the galactic saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and tells the story of completely new characters, though some familiar and iconic faces from previous movies appear in the background. There are also many exclusive plotlines that fill in the story gaps between Return of the Jedi and the latest movie in the series. The game mechanics remained mostly the same and the gameplay comes down to exploring, fighting enemies, and solving many logical puzzles, most of which require a creative use of the famous bricks. Nonetheless, some new features have been added, like allowing a multiply uses of single brick for different purposes and eye-catching blaster duels, during which we can make use of cover.
Sky Force Reloaded (AND)
Action 02 June 2016
An oldschool shooter inspired by arcade classics. Sky Force Reloaded was produced by Polish studio Infinite Dreams, the creators of the two previous installments in the series: Sky Force from 2004 and Sky Force from 2014. In the game the player controls a fighter jet which automatically flies in one direction (towards the top of the screen). Player is tasked with shooting down incoming enemy units and avoiding being hit or crashing into obstacles. It is a good idea to collect various bonuses which provide temporary power-ups and allows you to equip the vehicle with better weapons. In addition to regular enemy aircraft the player will face powerful bosses, encounters with which will require good reflexes and dexterity. Another attraction are the optional missions, during which one must save civilians. These missions are very risky but completing them grants exceptional awards. Sky Force Reloaded offers many varied levels and colorful special effects which enrich the graphics of the game.
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.
Shadowgun: Legends (AND)
Action May 2018
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.
Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak (AND)
Action February 2018
A combination of shooter and tactical strategy developed by Ubisoft for mobile devices. The story of Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak is set in the near future, soon after a series of terrorist attacks. In response to that recent activity of the extremists, who also managed to take control of a large territory, an international organization is established with the aim of counteracting this threat. In Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak the player assumes the role of a leader of such unit and takes part in PvP duels of two snipers, both aided by their teammates. Gameplay in Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak comes down to eliminating targets over a large distance in first-person view. Since you cannot change your position while playing, you must rely on your squad to follow your orders. You can point targets for them as well as move them around locations, all the while protecting them from enemy fire. As you progress, you unlock better and better gear for you squad. You can also recruit new soldiers.
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.
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.
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.