So after Pokemon Go piqued my interest, I decided to check out the world of mobile gaming to see what it had to offer, and so far I'm finding some really cool games out there.
Pokemon Shuffle: This is the first one that caught my attention and it's a nice matching puzzler with the hook being that each level you beat nets you the chance to catch the Pokemon of that level for use in later stages. There's lots of content like special stages and harder difficulty matches and it seems to have a fairly deep system with simple execution. My one complaint is that every time you play a level, win or lose, you lose one heart and when you lose all your hearts, you either have to wait for hearts to refill (which takes 30 minutes I think) or you have to buy more. It sucks because it's a fun game but this limits the time I can spend with it to short bursts. I'd gladly pay for a version that doesn't have me doing that but I imagine they get more money the other way.
Layton Brothers: Mystery Room: This is the Phoenix Wright game I never knew I wanted, and I say that because even though it technically involves Layton's son, it seems to run a little darker plotwise and the gameplay is way more reminiscent of Phoenix than Layton, as there are no puzzles to be found but there is a whole lot of investigation, evidence gathering, and crime solving. The intro and first two cases are free but the remaining six cases are in two packs that together will run you $5. Way worth every dollar and I'm excited to play through the whole game.
Pocket Mortys: I saw this game played by Achievement Hunter so I already knew it was a good get, but basically it's a spoof of Pokemon but in the Rick And Morty universe. Instead of Pokecritters, you get different versions of Morty. Everything else seems pretty much the same, and I like the bent kind of style the game goes for. Haven't played much beyond what Achievement Hunter got to but I'm interested to see what's next.
Rayman Adventures: This game is the best endless runner I've ever played, basically taking the idea of an endless runner and applying it to the platforming havoc of Rayman games. Stages involve you either collecting lums, freeing Teensies, defeating enemies, or beating a time trial in order to win gems that can be used to purchase items (real world cash can be used as well in a pinch, but I haven't had to do that yet for any reason). Aiding you in these endeavors are little gumball-shaped furry creatures with different effects. Some protect you from damage, some vacuum up lums, some help you locate secrets. It's a really fun game and although the endless runner aspect can make the gameplay somewhat frenetic at times, it hasn't gotten frustrating to me; just made me want to try again and do better.
Final Fantasy: Brave Exius: I'm digging this game so far but I'm not entirely sure of the longevity. The plot so far seems pretty bare bones (save the crystals and the world from eeeeevil) and the gameplay seems to just consist of going through battle after battle. There is a town to explore but so far I haven't seen any dungeon crawling and there only seem to be two main characters, with the remainder of your party being filled out by "visions", which is another term for "characters from other FF games that have nostalgia factor but no actual bearing on the plot". Still, so far it's entertaining me and I'm not expecting something on main series level. We'll see if it continues to enthrall me.
Kingdom Hearts X Unchained: This seems similar to Brave Exius but a little more involved. Your main character seems like just an avatar and I think the plot for this game might have something to do with the Keyblade Wars cause the idea seems to be that you and other players are working together to build your skills and fight the darkness. Meanwhile, gameplay is pretty much you choosing a mission, running around a small play area battling enemies and picking up items, and then moving on to the next little story bit. Actually, kind of resembles 365/2 Days in that aspect. The combat is extremely simplified and mostly just involves swiping enemies. If there's more to it, I haven't seen it yet, but then again I'm only in the first Disney world now, which is Snow White. Even still, it seems a little more compelling than Brave Exius plotwise so I'm willing to keep going with it and see where it takes me. Plus I loves me some Kingdom Hearts. Loves!
Marvel Future Fight: I find myself really enjoying this game from a fanboy level since I can recruit pretty much the entire goddamn Marvel universe to my team, but I will say this: the amount of customization and expansion you can do for each character seems way too complicated for core gameplay that basically involves you running around small "stages" fighting the baddies, beating a boss, and moving on to the next mission. I also find they've given me way too much bonus stuff to power up my initial characters as so far nothing has been a challenge for me. I don't know if that's deliberate for some reason. That being said, there appears to be a lot to do in the game besides story missions, much of which I haven't unlocked yet. There also seem to be special missions that are done from time to time to keep things interesting, as I just did one based around the New Avengers. It's a lot more fun in execution than it sounds on paper, and I'm interested to unlock the rest of the game to see what else it holds for me.
Anyway, the point of this post wasn't so much to review my experiences (but you got that anyway), but to ask if anyone has any other recommendations for mobile games that I should check out? I'm considering buying Adventures Of Mana and Final Fantasy Tactics as well as getting Ghost Trick since it's free and maybe Marvel Puzzle Quest, but does anyone know anything fun and interesting I should be exploring?