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Most Popular Phone Games of 2017

Spin Addict
Side-scroller Spin Addict is a great take on the runner. In the game, you are a little piece of metal that loves spinning. You have to spin along the track, hitting rollers to continue your spin, and evading hazards by either jumping over them or flipping the track. It offers both an endless option and levels to play.

Silly Walks
Silly Walks is a game in which you, a cocktail in a pineapple, need to rescue your fruit pals before they get turned into fruit smoothies. Your one action is tapping the screen to put the next foot down, but the pineapple (other avatars can be unlocked) has a sort of rolling, lumbering, wobbly gait that makes moving in a straight line challenging as you move through the hazardous kitchens.+

Age of Rovals
Age of Rivals is not without depth and complexity and it’s designed to be played in quick, 10-minute sessions, civilisation-building card game. You are pitted against a foe, either a player or AI, and the aim is to get the most points by the end of four turns by building the best civilisation. You can also conquer cities with your army, provided it’s stronger than your foe’s army, and build decks to create strong characters. It’s a good mixture of rich gameplay in a more casual format.

This physics-based puzzler is minimalistic and tons of fun, playing out in bite-sized levels. You manipulate objects to stay put on the screen, whether it’s a ball or a Meccano-style articulated object that you move by tapping. It’s the perfect balance of puzzle-solving and skill to keep the objects on the screen balanced the way you need to. It also has short levels which is ideal for casual play.

Egglia: Legend of the Redcap
Created by a team of former Secret of Mana developers, Egglia is as strange, and as lovely, as you might expect. It’s an RPG, drawing heavily from folk lore, in which you have to rebuild a broken fairyland by exploring areas, collecting materials, defeating foes in turn-based battles, and finding eggs, which crack open to reveal the next section of the realm.

Puzzle game Linelight is a representation of the very best mobile gaming has to offer. It’s such a simple and minimalist concept — travelling along a wire, tripping switches and avoiding hazards to get to the next section — and it’s so nicely made. Although there is no tutorial, the gameplay is completely intuitive, and each level fits neatly into the screen so that you lose very little progress if you need to stop playing.

Sunless Sea
If you like exploration survival games with a rich story and complex depths, Failbetter’s steampunkish Sunless Sea is an experience not to be missed. You’re the captain of a steamer ship, taking on passengers and trading jobs, trying to work your way up from humble beginner to Captain of the High Seas, according to the goals of your character. This involves amassing wealth, fighting horrific monsters, managing resources and crew, and making decisions at story points along the route.

PathPix Edge
This is SUCH a good, addicting game. It’s basically a coloring game, where you have to draw a line filling in squares between two squares of the same number, with the number of squares you fill in equal to that number. It’s really quite tricky, especially when the lines get longer, because you need to leave space for other lines to be drawn.

Cat Quest
As the name suggests, Cat Quest is an open-world RPG about a little kitty going on quests. Your ultimate goal in the game is to save your sister. To do that, you’ll have to get strong by ridding the realm of dragons and other monsters. It’s similar to games like Skyrim and The Legend of Zelda, but plays out across an overland map, and has been streamlined for a more casual experience. This hybridization is a fun for mobile gaming.