The lights are on
The Android and iOS marketplaces have
more than their fair share of Clash of Clans clones, pick-three
games, and endless runners, but sometimes we want something more
along the lines of the games we play on console and PC. If you're a
like-minded gamer who gets more excited about Final Fantasy VI, XCOM:
Enemy Unkown, and Shadowrun Returns than you do about Flappy Bird,
keep your eye out for these five games scheduled to make the jump to iOS
and Android this year.
The Banner Saga
Developer Stoic ran into some legal
hurdles earlier this year when King.com opposed its trademarking of
The Banner Saga, but has since assured fans that it plans to bring
its Nordic strategy/RPG game to tablets. Given the turned-based combat mechanics, the game should port nicely. Stoic has
not set a timetable for the mobile versions, but recently told Pocket Gamer that they plan to
launch on iOS first. You can read our glowing review of the PC version here.
Double Fine's love letter to its
point-and-click adventure past won a lot of praise from critics (including us) upon
the January 28 release of the first act of Broken Age. The simple mechanics hark back to the glory days of Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango, which makes it an ideal port to touchscreen devices. Later this year, iOS and
Android users will get to experience the tales of Vella and Shay, two
teenagers from very different backgrounds trying to find their places
in the universe.
FTL: Faster Than Light
Subset Games confirmed last year that
it plans to bring its popular spaceship simulation roguelike to
tablets. While we still don't have a release date, Subset shared some
details on new features coming to the port, including the ability to
send a hacking drone out to probe enemy ships, a clone bay for
replacing crew members, and backup batteries to get you through rough
battles. The studio is planning an Android port after the PC
expansion and iOS port are complete. Check our our review of the PC version here.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Several GI editors can't get enough of
Blizzard's digital collectible card game. The beauty of this 1v1 card game is that matches go quick, which makes it a great fit for gaming on the go. The World
of Warcraft and Diablo creators teased the mobile version of the
free-to-play game at E3, PAX and Blizzcon. Now that the PC
version is in open beta we assume some of Blizzard's attention has turned to the
promised iOS port. Look for it in the second half of the year.
We loved Lucas Pope's inventive
bureaucracy game about working as an immigration inspector at a
border checkpoint for a totalitarian state. In fact, we loved it so much that we named it the best
simulation game of 2013. Given the game's critical success, Pope announced last August that he plans to bring the game to Android
and iOS platforms. Given the controversial themes, Pope told Pocket
Gamer that he's worried about making it through the Apple approval
process, but the company can't be that dumb to turn away such an
impressive game...can it? Read our thoughts on the game here.
What ports are you excited to see come to mobile platforms in 2014? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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