With over a thousand apps added every day, it’s easy to miss when some of the great ones are released. Currently, there are around 350,000 games on the Play Store alone, and Apple just recently launched its new Apple Arcade with hundreds of games still being developed.
Whether it’s bad marketing or ill-received reviews, some good games out there don’t get the spotlight they deserve. Maybe you’re tired of playing your go-to mobile games or are just looking for new ones to obsess over. So with that in mind, here are some of our top picks for the best under-the-radar games you should check out:
Fans of RPG games will have a heyday with Void Pyramid with its vast world-building and unique exploration mechanics. With no ads, in-app purchases, and being absolutely free, you’ll experience more than four hours of well-spent gameplay exploring the secrets of a post-apocalyptic Egyptian wasteland. Made by the creator of the cult-classic Ramble Planet, the RPG packs the right amount story and adventure to keep players intrigued.
From the makers of the Plague Inc., this game hasn’t had the same popularity as the original NDemic app. In Rebel Inc., you’re playing on the other side of the fence as you try to rebuild a nation after an international conflict. Much like Plague Inc., the app follows a board game-style map which you navigate and enact humanitarian initiatives on. The goal is to increase political stability in the region to prevent the rise of rebels. It’s highly complex as there are a lot of probabilities you should consider but intuitive enough so that a player can jump into the simulation straightaway. Digital Trends even listed it as one of the best games in the App Store.
Endless runner games are some of the most popular downloads. Alto’s Odyssey is a sequel to the critically acclaimed snowboarding game Alto’s Adventure. Much like the popular Stick Hero games, simplicity is key in Alto’s Odyssey. The beautifully painted sand dunes, ancient ruins, and rock formations as you dash down avoiding obstacles is what’s catchy about the game. Each play through feels unique as the combination of changing backgrounds and serene music lets you relax and enjoy the game at the same time.
Gaming has always been about building communities. PPPoker is more of a social app than a game as it digitizes poker clubs on its platform. A BagoGames feature on PPPoker details how the biggest attraction of this particular app is the social aspect, as members are encouraged to create their own private clubs for other players to play in. This feature has led to them building a strong online community, as the app provides an avenue for friendly tournaments between thousands of members across the world. You can play No-Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and Open Face Chinese games, or take part in tournaments and meet more players.
This app based on the popular European Renaissance board game, takes the strategic game to the next level. You play as a merchant during the Renaissance period and must increase your wealth. The game features a solo experience with tough AI opponents that have their own strategies It also has a multiplayer experience that lets up to 4 players compete against each other. It’s a true hidden gem that will steal hours of your time.
A mobile reboot of arguably the greatest isometric RPG to come out of the ’90s, Planescape Torment is a resurrected piece of art. While the unique game has had a cult following for its 20-year-old PC version, the app release bypassed almost everyone. The game follows the hero Nameless One as he discovers his past through the heaving streets of Sigil, into the mysterious Outer Planes and even into the depths of Hell itself. It’s plot-heavy, however, so if you’re not into reading a lot, you might want to skip this one. Touch Arcade advises you scour the online forums to make the most of this unique RPG.