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35 notable mobile games released in January 2020 you may have missed | Pocket Gamer.biz


Maxon Pugovsky is a Ukrainian expat living in Saigon, also a Mobile Games Producer at Gameloft.

The world of mobile games is ever changing, with a constant stream of new releases flooding the various app stores. 

In such a world of plenty, many notable releases can slip under the radar, hence this regular list, highlighting the most interesting releases over the past month. 

It's broken down in various thematic sections, making it easier to see what's going on. 

Curated by Maxon Pugovsky, this is an edited version of his regular roundups on Medium.

You can also check out the list for previous months here

 

NOTABLE NEW RELEASES

 

Auto chess with 1v99 battle royale concept and short game sessions. The fantasy creatures are spiced up with Might & Magic brand.

Strategy card battler in Clash Royale style with cards from Magic: The Gathering.

Tower defense with character collecting, deep meta and rich Japanese-style narrative about infectious disease.

Mobile FPS under the brand of F2P PC/console shooter. 

Match-3 with decoration metagame, where you get new attractions for your roller coaster park.

5v5 MOBA with anime style heroes.

Hero-collecting RPG brawler.

Remake of a popular retro platformer released on arcade machines in 1990.

 

 

LICENSED GAMES

 

New incarnation of classic puzzle game with the license from The Tetris Company.

Blasting game in Tsum-Tsum style with characters from Disney owned universes.

Base building strategy game in Clash of Clans fashion. BTW originally G.I. Joe is a line of military action figure toys produced by Hasbro.

Hero-collecting RPG based on anime series.

Hero-collecting RPG with the license of Korean comics series.

Character-collecting brawler based on Mob Psycho 100 manga/anime.

“Idle party tycoon” with a license from the North America hit movie of 2002.

Football sport simulator with 3,500 licensed players from FIFPro, international association for professional football players.

 

NOTEWORTHY INDIES

 

Global release of Clash Royale style deck-based brawler. The game has impressive 3D graphics. It was originally released on Steam in December 2018.

Asymmetrical multiplayer game, where 4 chickens escape from 1 butcher, who resembles a famous colonel from KFC.

3v3 tank battles with cartoonish art direction.

Idle home furnishing game. With cats.

 

TOP DOWNLOADED HYPERCASUALS

 

One more hyper simplification of an indie hit. Papers, Please inspired a game, where you are a nightclub bouncer deciding who gets in.

Cut and paint wooden figurines.

Cut and paint wooden figurines. Who’s copying whom?

Pour colored liquids, bubbles and ice in the glass and mix.

Put ingredients in proportions into blender and mix.

Make pancakes in form of emoji and icons.

Just parking cars.

One more iteration of Super/Mega/Fun/Etc. Race 3D.

 

 

PREMIUM GAMES

 

This game is currently iOS-only, with Android coming in Q2 2020. Action RPG with Dark Souls influence from Chinese developer Giant. The game was featured by Apple at keynote during iPhone 11 announcement in September 2019.

Tactical JRPG. Remaster of original Disgaea: Hour of Darkness released in 2003.

Try to keep alive the most unprepared spaceship crew. Mobile port of PC game available since September 2018.

 

APPLE ARCADE RELEASES

 

Family-friendly food fight battle royale.

Twin-stick space shooter with cartoonish art-direction.

Speed run 3D platformer with first-person camera.The fifth title by US/Canadian developer on Apple Arcade.

AR game with local multiplayer for up to 4 players. Help secret agent to get through the level filled with traps.



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