Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
Its world is open to exploration, for one thing, and there’s an intriguing Groundhog Day aspect that sees you looping back to the beginning again and again. All of which sounds like it could get tedious, but 100 distinct endings and subtle embellishments to each run keep things fresh and interesting.
Yes, it’s all a bit wacky. But in a way that enhances rather than detracts from the core action. It really is a sweet treat of a thing if you like your action games to have a bit of substance to them.
Not if you wanted something that resembles a full fat karting game at any rate. KartRider Rush+ gets far closer to what we were after, with slick arcade racing action and a more involved, fleshed out control system. OK, so it lacks that Nintendo soul and magic. But it plays well.
No, the gameplay isn’t particularly involved, never really moving beyond wiping the screen with your finger. But the story If Found… tells and the distinctive hand-drawn art style through which the developer tells it more than makes up for this lack of depth.
Legends of Runeterra
Genre: Card battler, Card/board game, Strategy
This is a CCG from Riot Games, the team behind the hugely popular MOBA League of Legends. Unsurprisingly, it’s set within the same universe. Yes, there’s a distinct Hearthstone flavour to the game, but with more strategic permutations.
High Rise (2020)
Here you’re matching up little single unit houses in a bid to form larger buildings, until you find yourself with a compact grid filled with towering skyscrapers. It’s a novel, elegant twist on one of them most oversubscribed mobile genres.