Mobile Games in 2020

I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even install a game if the store page shows any sort of currency IAP.

BTW, if you like puzzle games, Simon Tatham’s Puzzles is an absolutely must-have. Free and no ads, too.

That’s the best Picross mobile game available, in my opinion. I beat all the puzzles and now I am sad.

Let’s see, what games do I have on my phone right now?

  • Cytus II - favorite mobile game of all time; it’s a touch rhythm game will all original music
  • Pocket City
  • Pocket Build
  • Project Highrise
  • Cultist Simulator - really the text is too small for my phone
  • Evolution - best mobile board game IMO
  • 80 Days
  • Exploding Kittens
  • Onirim
  • Plague Inc
  • Really Bad Chess - i.e. really good chess
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse
  • The Eighth Continent
  • Tokaido
  • Underhand - this unique card-based pseudo-Reigns-like is really cool
  • Tiny Room Stories - nice point-and-click puzzler
  • Where Shadows Slumber - a kind of Monument Valley-like featuring shadow puzzles
  • Despotism 3k - management game with a cool Skynet vs. humans theme
  • Dissembler
  • Night of the Full Moon - a narrative card-driven game with cool art
  • Grand Mountain - my favorite dexterity game
  • A Planet of Mine
  • Game Dev Tycoon
  • Airport PRG
  • Detention
  • This War of Mine
  • XSection - awesome 3D geometry puzzle game
  • Euclidea - awesome geometry puzzle game
  • Pythogorea - awesome trigonometry puzzle game
  • Burger Shop 2
  • The Quarry - the best mobile Factorio-like
  • Antimatter Dimensions
  • Kittens Game
  • Sword and Glory
  • Heads Up! - best party game ever; we pull this out everywhere; hilarious and super fun
  • Vodobanka - haven’t tried this yet, but a tactical game from the makers of Antiyoy
  • Spaceplan

I’m not entirely opposed to IAPs depending on the game. But if a game has ads I can’t pay to remove, I delete it pretty quickly.

I’m the opposite, I generally will take a game with ads if it means I don’t have to pay for it. I don’t mind ads; I just use the time to look around at the scenery, or contemplate the universe and my place in it, then it’s back to my game.

This list is fantastic, and has enough overlap with games I’ve played that I’ll definitely be looking a lot of these up.

I just discovered Evolution is out for Android since posting this thread, and I see several here have mentioned it, so that’s one I’ll spend some time with in the upcoming week.

For me it depends on the type of ad – frequency, intrusiveness, etc – but if it’s a game I enjoy, I don’t mind throwing a few bucks at the publisher. Especially since I earn $5-10/month on average in Google Rewards money.

I’m not opposed to paying for a game I’m enjoying, but I usually need to know that I find a game worthwhile before I drop money on it. I flip games in and out on my phone constantly, there aren’t many that I’m attached to, so it feels wasteful to pay for games, generally speaking.

Agreed. The frequency with which games get installed/uninstalled is crazy, and I rarely pay for a game up-front without a very strong endorsement, or having played the ad-supported version.

My last two phone purchases have had expandable storage. A fast 128GB SD card on top of the phone’s native 32GB means I never have to uninstall anything anymore.

This is my first phone in a while that doesn’t! I’ve got 64GB internal storage, which is pretty good. But I’ve got some space hogs on there, so every now and then I go and uninstall stuff I just haven’t touched in a while.

DOTA Underlords is really great, and while free has no IAPs at the moment.

Gems of War is like a new 20 hour Puzzle Quest. Tons of content to replay and troop combinations.

It gets very time consuming and/or pricey trying to make a high end team. Stay away if you’re the type to chase after units and abilities. I pretend the events, guilds & upgrades don’t exist. I’m over 50 hours and still having fun with two starter troops in my main team.

The freemium stuff ruined the other mobile Puzzle Quests for me.

Have you tried Hungry Cat Picross? It’s wonderful. I even reset my progress after I was done to play again someday.

I found a workaround to start over Hungry Cat Picross without deleting my progress: I married somebody, so I can then use their tablet when they aren’t using it!

It’s a good game, but I find it’s a pretty terrible mobile experience. I don’t play it that often, so every time I load it up, it asks me to download a several hundred megabyte patch, or it won’t even let me play a bot match. And it’s all in-client, so it won’t background download.

I’ve played it, and I like it. I don’t like it as much as the more traditional Konami picross game because I’m not sure how I feel about the introduction of multiple colors into the game. Seems like an unnecessary complication. But I appreciate their trying something a little different.

Has anyone played Tropico on mobile (particularly Android?)

I have enough Google Rewards credit to cover it, and it’s damn tempting, if it’s a good adaptation.

What’s the gameplay in Star Trek Fleet Command?

Well, it’s kind of a base building game, in that you can build your own starbase. The idea is that you’re independent, and can run missions for the Federation, as well as the Klingon and Romulan empires. You build ships and improve them with stuff you get from fighting and mining. At a certain point you become eligible for PvP which I don’t really engage in because, since I don’t pay any money into the game, I’m relatively underpowered. My base gets raided every so often by much more powerful players, but I take it as a cost of living.

I’m not doing a good job of explaining why I like the game, but I do find it quite addictive. I’ve joined an alliance of other players so we can kind of engage in “collective bargaining”, aka defend each other if someone decides to attack one of us, kind of like NATO. Naturally, as you level up you get access to more powerful ships and can enlarge your starbase, which I find fun. But basically it’s kind of a time waster, I guess.