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The best mobile games of 2014

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The best mobile games of 2014

It’s been a spectacular year in mobile gaming, with some truly creative titles hitting our devices. Here are our favourite mobile games for 2014.

 

1. Hearthstone

Hearthstone

Hearthstone, a digital collectible card game, has won the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. With a goal of making the genre accessible to all players, Blizzard’s team created an impressively balanced and tuned game universe that doesn’t skimp on the strategy. Not only has Hearthstone been a huge success on the App Store, but it quickly became the rising star of the professional gaming and esports world.

Price: Free
Available for: iPad (also PC and Mac)


2. Monument Valley

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This lovely game drew many a worthy comparison to the art of M.C. Escher. Enjoy the tricky multi-dimensional puzzles, which can pose a real challenge on some levels. The soundtrack and soft pastel color palette complete the immersive experience.

Price: $3.99
Available for: Android and iOS


3. 80 Days

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80 Days puts the player in the shoes of Passepartout, the loyal valet in Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in 80 Days. Passepartout must undertake a global journey with his eccentric employer, so players are tasked with setting the course, chatting with other travelers and trying to help him complete the grand adventure on time. Many games tout their storytelling prowess, but the imagination and depth of 80 Days surpasses them all.

Price: $4.99
Available for: iOS, out Dec. 16 for Android


4. Framed

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Framed takes its inspiration from noir films and comic books. Move and flip the comic panels to guide your protagonists safety away from the cops and the gangsters. It’s a clever take on familiar puzzle mechanics with music and style that are the cat’s meow.

Price: $4.99
Available for: iOS


5. Leo’s Fortune

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Leo, the protagonist of this challenging platformer, really wants his gold back. He wants it so badly that he risks his life to follow the trail of his missing stash through some seriously dangerous terrain. The graphics are so gorgeous that we’ll forget our frustration in spots where we died over and over and over.

Price: $2.99
Available for: Android and iOS


6. Threes

Threes

Who knew basic addition could be so addictive? This popular and much-imitated game is the original: slide the tiles together to combine them into the biggest number possible. Not only is Threes a fun game of logic and numbers, but it has also racked up awards and recognition for its design sensibilities.

Price: $2.99
Available for: Android and iOS


7. TwoDots

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This sequel to Dots is a great upgrade from the original premise. While keeping the same basic concept in play – connect the dots, score points – TwoDots brings more interesting puzzle mechanics, a lush soundtrack, and a prettier color scheme to the table. Think of it as the sophisticated older sibling in this casual franchise.

Price: Free
Available for: iOS


8. Bounden

We’ve seen some fun dance games on consoles in the past, but the inventive Bounden from Game Oven takes movement to new levels. This two-person game leads the players through choreography created with help from the Dutch National Ballet, but it’s all in the guise of tracing a path around a sphere. Whatever your dance abilities, hilarity will likely ensue.

Price: $2.99
Available for: Android and iOS


9. Battleheart Legacy

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One of the most charming RPGs we’ve seen on the mobile front, Battleheart Legacy continues the work that duo of Noah and Kelli Bordner began with Battleheart. You’ll have near-endless options for developing your character and choosing your combat style as you play through the excellently written story. This is a must for any RPG fan.

Price: $4.99
Available for: Android and iOS


10. Vainglory

Vainglory

MOBAs continued to gain in popularity this year, and Vainglory successfully brought the genre to the smaller screen. It’s an impressive technical achievement; other than a slightly streamlined set of match mechanics, it delivers all the action and intensity of the group battles that you’d expect from this style of game. And just because it’s on mobile doesn’t mean Vainglory escaped the notoriously steep learning curve of its brethren. This is a hard but rewarding game.

Price: Free
Available for: iOS


11. Rival Knights

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Time to get medieval! The casual Rival Knights is all about jousting. Upgrade your lance, your horse and your armor to better your odds of victory. It may sound simple, but the thrill of unseating your chivalrous opponents just doesn’t get old. Your rivals may be NPCs or fellow players, and regular PvP tournaments keep things competitive.

Price: Free
Available for: Android and iOS


 

12. Smash Hit

Smash HitSmash Hit takes one core gameplay mechanic and revolves an entire game around it — and the result is pretty close to perfect.

The premise is simple: break all of the things. It’s a species of first-person rail shooter, only instead of shooting, you’re throwing metal balls at glass objects. However, the game is over when you run out of balls, which means conserving balls is in your best interest, and smashing into things — which makes you drop 10 balls — is not. It’s also been rather clever about monetisation, too. The full game is available for free — but a one-time IAP unlocks checkpoints. It’s a move that landed the game in the top 200 grossing iOS and Android apps for over a month.

Price: Free
Available for: Android and iOS

 


World of Tanks: Blitz

world-of-tanks-blitzIf you like World of Tanks, well, World of Tanks Blitz will be your new favourite mobile iteration of blowing things up from giant armoured vehicles. It is, by necessity, scaled back somewhat, but it looks amazing on a tablet, with controls optimised for touchscreen, over 90 tanks from the German, US and Russian armies and seven-vs-seven PvP for shorter, more intense games.

Price: Free
Available for: Android and iOS


 

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

VH-HeaderUbisoft’s Valiant Hearts — made, like Child of Light, with the studio’s UbiArt Framework — has been hailed as a beautiful example of storytelling. The 2D side-scrolling puzzle game takes place in World War I, and you play through the stories of five characters: Karl, a German soldier separated from his love; Emile, a French farmer who becomes a POW; Anna, a Belgian battlefield nurse; Freddie, an American soldier; and George, a British pilot. Although interspersed with humour, the game aspires to show the human side of war, with the actual gameplay almost an adjunct. But the stories are so beautifully told that it’s worth your time just to experience them.

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