The good new Android and iPhone activities for 2018

Step away from Candy Crush with Altos Odyssey, Final Fantasy XV, The Chamber: Old Sins and more new mobile tournaments to try

Alto’s Odyssey

iPhone, PS4. 99

Photograph: Unit Alto

Alto’s Adventure, from 2015, was a beautiful-looking, endless snowboarding activity, but developer Snowman has swapped snowfalls for sand for the sequel, with a desert topic plying plenty more scenery to gawp at. You’ll be swooping down ascents, flipping somersaults while airborne, and forestalling difficulties from rock-piles to chasms, taking in sunsets and whirlwinds. It’s calming and meditative, with a zen mode that deprives out the scoring aspect for the purposes of an even more loosened experience.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition

Android/ iPhone, free( with in-app acquires)

Photograph: Square Enix

If you’ re familiar with Final Fantasy XV, it’s unlikely you’ll want to play it on a telephone, but this copy is an excellent prologue for everyone else. It is a unique and endearing mingle of street trip-up and Japanese fiction, starring a boyband-esque group of friends who waste just as much time tooling around in an open-topped sports car as they do duelling demons. It’s streamlined well for touchscreens: the characters fight for themselves, with you forcing specific actions through well-timed taps to evade, impede and use special onslaughts. Final Fantasy is an acquired delicacy, but try the first occurrence for free to see if you like it. The next two cost 99 p each, and the final seven rate PS3. 99 apiece.

The Chamber: Old Sins

iPhone, PS4. 99

Photograph: Fireproof Games

The fourth in a series of super-tactile puzzle-box competitions, Old Sins horses the law of diminishing returns: it’s the best yet. Researching a ghostly doll’s room, you solve a physical puzzles by operating the objects you find there, slithering open secret bays, revolving statues and echoing buzzers. Experimental tap will merely get you thus far: real progress( and intense comfort) comes once you tune in to The Room’s twisty logic.

Kitty Powers’ Love Life

Android/ iPhone, PS4. 99

Photograph: Sorcery Notion

Kitty Powers is the drag alter ego of competitions developer Richard Franke and the superstar of 2014′ s Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker, which experienced her( and you) parallelling caricature purchasers for a date organization. This sequel is about those successfully accorded pairs, who are now falling in love- and you are a God-like figure in charge of their town. Going up and running takes a while, but you’ll soon be learning your villagers’ likes and disfavors and enthusiastically barging in on their nostalgic lives. It’s a nice twist on Sims-style, life-management genre.

Hero Academy 2

Android/ iPhone, free( with in-app buys)

Photograph: Robot Entertainment

This turn-based programme activity sits somewhere between Hearthstone and Clash Royale, because you battle with fantasy reputation posters. There’s a well-designed solo mode to learn you how to fight and build a decent deck, ready for taking on other actors online. There’s a lot of scope to sculpt a deck for your well-liked battling mode, use archer- and spell-heavy strayed strike tactics to up-close brawny brutishes, but the intricacies don’t feel overwhelming.

Meteorfall: Journey

Android/ iPhone, PS2. 59 -PS2. 99

Photograph: Eric Farraro

More fantasy deck building here, but Meteorfall is focused on solo gambling, with a number of aspects of dungeon adventuring woven in to its placard battling. You elect a attribute, get a basic deck of assault placards, then swipe your lane through battles with monsters, stopping off to expand and improve your deck and level-up your hero. Deaths are inevitable, but you can save the gems earned by playing to unlock some new placards for the next time round. It’s a close-fisted, cleverly focused poster battler which will likely have you missing your qualify or bus stop, such is its one-more-go factor.

Bring You Home

iPhone, PS2. 99

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