April has overwhelmed us with an outstanding amount of quality, hardcore mobile games. With so many potential contestants it was difficult to pick out the top 5, but it had to be done.
It might be surprising to note that all but one are indie games. On the other hand, Android has always excelled as a market for great indie games.
Without further ado, April 2020’s best mobile games.
5). Naruto X Boruto Ninja Tribes
The Naruto franchise continues to provide quality content that simultaneously pleases veteran fans as well as brings in new blood. Bandai Namco’s latest, Naruto X Boruto Ninja Tribes adds to the vast repository of entertaining Naruto media. As the name suggests, the title combines our original ninjas (Naruto) with the newer generation (Boruto) in a turn-based RPG model.
Our ninjas dip their toes into the sci-fi realm as time travel is introduced; you have the power to choose which generation of ninjas will be on your team. In addition, Bandai Namco’s latest has a multiplayer function that allows players to team up with friends. Naruto X Boruto Ninja Tribes is truly a timeless adventure, and one that can unite us all no matter what generation of ninjas we come from.
4.) Soul Chase
In Harambert’s 2D retro-style platformer, you receive a plea from the villagers to help defend them against the invading ghouls. In order to do so you travel outside the village to seek the help of a witch. You obtain the mystical powers necessary to save the village, but beware, nothing is free; it turns out she wants your soul in exchange for her help.
Armed with the power to defeat the ghouls, you are cursed with a soul that escapes the confines of your body each time you fall asleep. You have to catch your soul before it can make its way back to the witch, hence the name Soul Chase.
The premise of the game is simple and the plot is thin. However, what the game lacks in story it makes up for in gameplay. Prepare yourself for hours of challenging and difficult work. Each time you get stuck just remember the sweet feeling of accomplishment that will come after you overcome and complete the game.
3.) Ara Fell: Enhanced Edition
Dangen Entertainment’s Ara Fell: Enhanced Edition is the new and improved version of the original game that came out in 2016. You will need to pull out all of your critical thinking and strategy skills to complete this turn-based, retro-style JRPG. One of the biggest selling points of this game is its storyline, which is smooth and consistent throughout the entire game. Additionally, the dialogue is highbrow and aims to entertain. You won’t find yourself skipping through conversations or cut scenes as you might in some other RPGs.
It’s also incredibly detailed for an RPG Maker title. Dangen programmed animations for characters to do things like mine or just pick up loot from the ground. It is undoubtedly a labor of love.
If this game had to be described in one word it would be nostalgic. Every aspect of the game somehow reaches deep into your soul and pulls out that distant blurry yet cozy feeling and pushes it right to the surface. The player begins the game by watching a young girl singing high in the sky until the surface beneath her crumbles and sends her hurtling downward. You watch as her singing fades into silence and the color disappears from the screen.
The goal is to make it through this new territory to obtain stars and gain new skills and powers. The more you press forward, the more color returns to the gameworld, little by little. While GRIS is challenging and the controls can be hard and tedious to manipulate, the whimsical whispers of distant melodies that accompany you on this visual voyage make it well worth your time.
1.) Sky: Children of the Light
Sky: Children of the Light proves that less is more as it masterfully executes its simple narrative structure into the adventure of a lifetime. You, a Child of the Light, have to find the stars and return them to the sky. With a minimal amount of cut scenes and dialogue, it is up to you to explore the world in order to find these stars. In making the choice to leave players largely autonomous, the developers have shown their confidence in the player’s ability to successfully guide themselves to the finish line.
Also, you get to fly, and the flying, both in terms of Sky’s controls and elegant animations, is really cool.
The interface is user friendly and straightforward. It seems that the developers have gone out of their way to remove all possible barriers that would prevent you from having fun, including making Sky: Children of the Light free for everyone to play.