Book of Demons: Tablet Edition
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.
Crossy Road Castle
Genre: Multiplayer, Platform
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.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Puzzle
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.
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.
Crystalborne: Heroes of Fate
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.
Epic Card Game
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.
Company of Heroes
And while you might not expect a 14-year-old game to be visually arresting, it looks great too.
But it’s a memorable one, with a dark twisted fairytale world and a pleasingly bizarre story.