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Best New Mobile Games on iOS and Android – January 2022 Review

Alien Isolation – also on mobile (photo: Feral Interactive)

GameCentral’s monthly mobile gaming roundup includes a port of Alien Isolation and Netflix’s latest push in video game streaming.

It can be cold and dark, the usual post-festive hangover made worse by the twin horrors of Vegan and a month without wine or beer, but at least there’s a sweet comfort on the touchscreen to take your mind off things. From the surprisingly proficient port of Alien Isolation to the possibility of seeing a lineup of Disney heroes stuffing each other up in Melee Mania, there’s plenty of cooking on Android and iOS this month.

Abandoned

iOS, £ 4.49 (big blue bubble)

Originally released last spring on consoles, Foregone is a 2D action game that, on the surface at least, looks a bit like Dead Cells. But while it has slight Metroidvania tendencies, it is a much more compact gaming experience.

Starting with a double jump, melee and ranged attack, you quickly collect and upgrade armor, magic rings, pistols, swords, and more with the goal of becoming an extremely powerful killing machine, each foray allowing you to explore a little further.

While that sounds a bit sketchy on PC and consoles, its scale and pretty pixel art visuals work well on mobile, though even on an iPad some of the buttons are small enough to feel tricky.

Rating: 7/10

Postknight 2

iOS and Android, free (Kurechi)

As in the original, you are an apprentice parcel delivery swordsman, training to improve your combat skills and deliver mail, while braving attacks from increasingly resilient enemies.

To complete each delivery, you need to time sword charges, shield defense, and healing to defeat the groups of enemies you encounter by going to each delivery address. If you are successful, each job rewards you with a treasure chest. Fail and you still get experience to make the next attempt less fruitless.

The children’s book art style and lack of video ads let you enjoy the slightly compelling leveling path and whimsical storyline without the usual cringe-worthy inducements to part your money.

Rating: 6/10

Alien isolation

iOS and Android, £ 12.99 (Feral Interactive)

Perfectly capturing the bizarre green-screen retro-futurism of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, complete with the sound effects of mysterious roars and clicks, Alien Isolation makes a surprisingly brilliant debut on mobile.

The creaky, mechanically compromised mess of Sevastopol Station, with its man-sized ventilation ducts and slowly emerging clouds of dry ice, is the perfect environment for a prying alien, where every movement or noise gives the impression that it could be something sinister.

On an iPad Pro, it’s graphically transparent, with Feral Interactive’s dedication to quality evident in every image. Understandably, it still suffers from the same shortcomings in terms of storytelling and pacing as the console originals, but with all three pieces of DLC included, the exceptional value for money makes it hard to resist.

Rating: 8/10

= 7

iOS, £ 1.79 (Aaro Arts)

Each level in = 7 has a long row of dice. Your job is to blow your die forward one, two, or three spaces so that it is seven when added to the die it lands on.

It has nice background music, a neat swipe interface that works great for dice jumping, and you gradually earn stars which unlock new varieties of dice to play with.

The problem is, anyone of school age can add up to seven, and without any further challenge, it’s mind-bogglingly simple. It also offers in-app purchases to purchase additional stars to unlock dice, even though it is a paid game.

Rating: 3/10

Peaceful death! 2

iOS and Android, 49p (Azamat Bayzulaev)

As you begin to work as a Reaper, you must send the newly dead souls to Heaven if they have been good, to Hell if they have been bad, and to Purgatory if their character is functionally neutral.

Besides judging by appearances, you can also read their bio and watch what they are carrying, some of which may involve a good or a bad life. This adds up to a considerably more complex, albeit less elegant, Papers, Please.

Loaded with cinematic and cultural references and never missing an opportunity to laugh, this is an entertaining turn-based after-life simulator.

Rating: 7/10

Tap Wizard 2: Idle Magic Quest

iOS and Android, free (TopCog)

Choose a wizard, then watch him rush on autopilot, casting your chosen spell on the invading horde. Sit back, relax, and change your magic attack as enemy types come and go.

When you die you instantly reboot with a slight increase in your attack power, but sadly this features the usual idle gaming staples of temporary and permanent perks, and the messy pixel art style that has become the stock-in. gender trade.

The music is repetitive and lackluster, as is unfortunately the gameplay loop, although on Steam at least it’s still in Early Access. Hoping it gets the extra refinement it needs on mobile as well.

Rating: 4/10

Disney melee mania

iOS, Apple Arcade (Mighty Bear)

In the same way that Lego Star Wars Battles are a Clash Royale clone, Melee Mania is actually Brawl Stars, but with a handful of Disney favorites battling it out in its little cartoon arenas.

As with all MOBAs, the way the other members of your 3v3 team decide to play has a dramatic effect on your enjoyment; As you move up through the ranks you’ll find that players tend to be more focused and less likely to get lost and get killed for no good reason.

Along with Buzz Lightyear, Elsa from Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, Mickey Mouse, Moana, Maleficent and more, more characters are expected this year. It’s a solid start, and provided that the matchmaking remains as easy, promising.

Rating: 7/10

Asphalt Xtreme

iOS and Android, free for Netflix subscribers (Netflix)

Originally released in 2016 as a free-to-play game, Asphalt Xtreme was purchased by Netflix and re-released as an Apple Arcade-style free-to-play game – provided you have a Netflix subscription.

It’s weird that it’s called Asphalt, because it’s more about dirt tracks, your rally cars handling with finely judged arcade-style predictability that remains very convincing, using four well-designed control layouts. which all work very well on touch screens.

Multiplayer is always about who has the best car, which limits its playability, but single player is great. Given Netflix’s enormous scale, it will be interesting to see where they go next with their nascent gaming service.

Rating: 8/10

By Nick Gillett

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