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Book of Demons: Tablet Edition

Book of Demons: Tablet Edition
The developer behind Book of Demons is out to recreate the magic of classic dungeon crawlers for a modern audience, and it’s done a bang-up job.

This iPad-only gem combines classic RPG gameplay with CCG elements to splendid effect, with procedurally generated dungeons complementing a chunky single player campaign and a charming pop-up book art style.

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Crossy Road Castle

Genre: Multiplayer, Platform

Crossy Road Castle
It’s a late addition, but Crossy Road Castle earns its place on this list – and not just because it’s the high profile follow-up to Hipster Whale’s 2014 mega-hit.

This new Apple Arcade release plays like a simple but slick room-clearing platformer. But the thing that elevates it above the norm is the potential for local co-op for up to four players.

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Incredible Mandy

Genre: Action, Adventure, Puzzle

Incredible Mandy
Incredible Mandy is a stunning-looking action-adventure game from Dotoyou Games, in which you solve 3D spatial puzzles in a glorious fantasy universe. There’s a definite 3D Zelda game vibe here, which can only be a good thing.

It’s not the kind of mobile game that you’ll be able to consume in bite-sized chunks across several commutes – this is one to set aside a little time for. But we’re perfectly fine with that when the results are this impressive.

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Isoland 3

Isoland 3
Another entry to the charming puzzler series. Following directly on from the events of Isoland 2 (shock horror), Isoland 3 is another game of gentle point-and-click brain teasers, all with an overarching escape room vibe.

The star of the show, as always, is the game’s distinctive hand-drawn art style and off-kilter storytelling. We know there are plenty of games on the App Store that can claim the same kind of thing but, well, just look at it.

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Crystalborne: Heroes of Fate

Crystalborne:  Heroes of Fate

Neither the App Store nor the Google Play Store are exactly lacking in graphically lavish casual RPGs with gacha mechanics. But Crystalborne: Heroes of Fate is the latest to do it well.

The key to its grindy success is in the total lack of friction, with finely honed mechanics and pretty visuals that make it far easier and more pleasant to keep tapping through its world than to put the game down. Which is kind of what it’s all about.

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Epic Card Game

Epic Card Game
A fast-paced not-collectible card game from Magic the Gathering legends Rob Dougherty and Darwin Kastle. Rather than grinding to find those elusive rare cards, Epic Card Game gives you unlimited copies of every card and simply tasks you with beating your opponent.

The emphasis on strategy over steady accumulation and sheer persistence makes this a refreshing alternative to the Hearthstone crowd. It’s a pretty intense yet mobile-friendly experience.

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Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes
This is a port of one of the finest PC RTS games ever made – and it plays great on iPad. Set in World War II, and finely focused on squad-to-squad combat (no resource farming here), it remains an immensely pure tactical experience.

And while you might not expect a 14-year-old game to be visually arresting, it looks great too.

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Little Misfortune

Little Misfortune
A beautiful adventure game filled with memorable characters. If you’re a stickler for gameplay above all else, Little Misfortune might not be the game for you – it’s essentially an interactive story with little in the way of serious puzzles.

But it’s a memorable one, with a dark twisted fairytale world and a pleasingly bizarre story.



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