Five mobile games worth your time

Jake Hughes
May 08, 2018 - 1:15 pm

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When we talk about gaming, we almost always mean the big guys: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, or PC. But there’s a realm of gaming everyone forgets or dismisses until they have a subway ride, or have to use the bathroom—mobile gaming.

I know, I know, most mobile games are shovel-ware, pay-to-win money sinks that are impossible to win without ponying up the dough. But there are some mobile games with redeeming qualities and I wanted to shine a little light on the better ones.

Plants VS. Zombies 1 & 2

Starting off with an oldie but a goodie. PVZ is a tower defense game published by PopCap Games, the mind behind Bejeweled. You use various types of plants to fend off wave after wave of zombies, otherwise they’ll eat your brains. As the game progresses, the plants get more creative as the zombies get more difficult. There are in-app purchases, but they’re super cheap, and definitely not needed. The sequel is a bit heavier on “needing to spend actual money,” but still, it’s a really fun game.

Cut The Rope

Look at him! Just sitting there, waiting to be fed, expecting us to do all the work. Hey, no free meals! Get a job, ya freeloader! This is a puzzle game where you have to feed a piece of candy to a cute and cuddly, lazy bum. The levels get really complex and the added objective of collecting all three stars in each level adds a layer of difficulty. You really have to plan out your cuts and think three dimensionally.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

The mobile version of the insanely popular PC game, PUBG as it’s more commonly known pits 100 people in a fight to the death in an ever-shrinking arena. You get dropped in with nothing, so you have to scavenge weapons, ammo and gear, all while dodging other players. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the PC game Fortnite basically ripped off everything about PUBG, added a layer of cartoony visuals, and went viral on Twitch.

Fallout Shelter

From noted re-releasers of Skyrim Bethesda Game Studios comes a mobile game based on their insanely popular Fallout franchise. Fallout Shelter puts you in charge of an underground “Vault.” You have to manage resources, keep your occupants happy, and grow your vault through attracting outside people, and the old-fashioned way: matchmaking and baby making! Things can spiral out of control pretty quickly if you don’t pay close attention, so this game isn’t for the more casual mobile gamers.

Hitman Sniper

The Hitman series has had a niche following for years, so it’s not too surprising to see it on a mobile app. The game follows “protagonist” Agent 47 across over 100 missions as he uses his long range skills to take out his targets. The motion controls, used by angling your phone, can be a bit finicky, but the graphics are pretty on point for a mobile game. It’s a lot of fun to play the bad guy sometimes.