Meteorfall: Krumit’s Tale
Genre: Card battler
In place of the old Tinder-swipe mechanic there’s an expansive grid-based system, making for a much more tactical experience. Brilliant stuff all round.
The Last Campfire
The Last Campfire on Apple Arcade falls somewhere in between those two experiences – a cute adventure puzzler filled with magic and mysterious forests. While it’s cross-platform, Hello has said that it designed The Last Campfire for mobile first and foremost.
Genre: Action, Multiplayer
Its pacy, technical gameplay and cross-platform nature means that a Bluetooth controller is pretty much essential to your enjoyment of Brawlhalla, let alone its success. But stick at it, and there’s bags of fun to be had.
The Bonfire 2: Uncharted Shores
Publisher: Xigma Games
The essentials are the same though – build up your town, manage resources, and survive the terrors of the night. It’s all handled with a supreme level of polish and an admirably crisp UI.
The shooting action here is curiously turn based, like some kind of gun-based RPG, but with more skill and none of the stat-fiddling tedium. It’s an acquired taste, for sure, but Gun Rounds is a disarming combination of fresh and familiar.
It’ll doubtless be a bit too busy and flashy for some grizzled old adventurers (warning: there’s an excess of freemium currencies to figure out), but it’s way more involved than your average free-to-play time waster.