Top 10 Best Mobile Games of 2017
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2017 was a good year for mobile games having a lot of great games being released. I’m going to go over what the best 10 games of 2017 were and why they are good and deserve to be recognized for it.
10. Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire
Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is a castle simulator game that took off pretty quickly when it first launched. It’s all about building up your own empire and armies to take out others near you and be the best around.
It’s set in the FF15 World and you run into familiar characters like Noctis, Cindy, etc. The main function of the game is building up your empire through resources and wait times as they build and upgrade.
It was a huge hit among fans of the genre and is one of the most popular free mobile games still today. If you’re a fan of simulator games you will love this one.
9. Transformers: Forged to Fight
Transformers is a massive franchise that has spread throughout several different forms of media over the years. And it finally got a mobile release in 2017.
Forged to Fight is a fighting game based on the Transformer franchise and it is brilliant. Its controls are responsive and it plays very well for a mobile version of a competitive fighting engine.
The best part about it is the character collecting factor it brings. The amount of Transformers you can collect and use in your teams is impressive.
From Autobots to Decepticons you can have a large roster of popular characters from the Transformers world. It’s a great game that deserves a lot more praise than it gets.
8. Injustice 2 Mobile Edition
In the same vein as Transformers: Forged to Fight, Injustice 2 is another mobile fighting game using a similar engine to Forged to Fight but with a bit more polished.
It’s based on the console game Injustice 2 even having the full cutscene-driven story from the console game in the mobile version. The controls stay true to the console counterpart simply dialing back on the need for complicated combos and button inputs.
For a fighting game, Injustice 2 is one of the best out there on Android and iOs. Having the full story from the console game, great controls, and the roster of DC Characters is massive.
Using the multiverse storyline there are several different versions of the same characters but each fit within the logic of the games stories and some even being straight references to appearances they’ve made in the comics.
If you’re a DC fan and you haven’t played Injustice 2 yet you definitely need to fix that. It’s free and far better than it should be for that price.
7. Elder Scrolls Legends
Elder Scrolls Legends is a card based game that is very similar to the style of Hearthstone. It’s based on the popular Elder Scrolls franchise and it is amazing.
The card mechanics in the game are simple and easy to get the hang of. The story you go through is interactive and unique to the Legends game as it expands more on the Elder Scrolls universe.
And card collecting becomes addictive very quickly in this game. Having several different kinds of cards you can use based on different avatars you can choose to be, different races, to even different creatures from the lore of the universe.
It’s like a love letter to Elder Scrolls fans and it is one of the better card games released in the mobile market for a while. I highly recommend giving it a shot if you liked Hearthstone and are an Elder Scrolls fan.
6. Pokemon Magikarp Jump
A bit of a surprise game to be released this year was Pokemon Magikarp Jump. It’s a really simple game placed in the Pokemon world and focused on Magikarp.
The whole mechanic of the game is amazingly simple and how popular it got was kind of amazing. It’s an addicting game, a great time killer, and if you’re a fan of Pokemon you’re basically looking at something that’ll keep you busy for quite a while.
It’s great because it doesn’t just focus on a plain old Magikarp. There are different sizes you can get, a golden Magikarp, and the chance at getting its evolution. So it’s a fun little mobile game that really serves the purpose is trying to achieve.
5. Super Mario Run
Another big hitter in 2017 was the Nintendo game Super Mario Run. Following the trend of the run games like Temple Run, Super Mario Run takes everyone’s favorite plumber and takes his side-scrolling running to a new level.
It was extremely popular when it came out and had a rather large amount of content to go through. Sharing the similar theme of Mario games having several different worlds with different stages within each world.
It’s an addicting game that takes the runner genre to a new level and it’s extremely charming taking place in the Mario world. It was great when it came out and it still stands strong today.
4. Lineage 2 Revolution
Lineage 2 Revolution brings a massive world to the mobile gaming market. Being an MMO style game on a mobile device giving it a very interesting dynamic.
Creating your own character and going into the world of L2R you’ll quickly find yourself losing time to this game. It is massive for a mobile game standard and has so much to do with it.
A great story fitting for an MMO style game, a large community of players that it encourages you to interact with. And the amount of solo stuff you can do on your own is crazy.
It’s a great game for lovers of the old MMO style format who have always wanted to play one on the go. It’s worth checking out if this is your style.
3. Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Linkz
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Linkz is based on the best selling card game of all time, Yu-Gi-Oh. It takes the mechanics of the game and simplifies them for a mobile setting and does so seamlessly.
The game loses no momentum by having the rules changed to fit the platform and it feels just as good as playing the card game normally. It is a great representation of Yu-Gi-Oh and has a whole lot you can do.
The main focus is obviously dueling with your decks. And Duel Linkz has a ton of cards in it with more being added as time goes on.
It is the best mobile version of Yu-Gi-Oh games and it’s completely free which is the best bonus. Technically it was released in 2016 in Japan but didn’t see a Global release until early 2017 and that’s why it makes this list.
2. Digimon Links
Similar to Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Linkz, Digimon Links was released in 2016 but didn’t receive a global release until 2017. And it’s global release was highly anticipated by fans of the Digimon franchise.
Digimon Links takes the feeling of the old Tamagotchi style digivices and brings it to your mobile device. Having your own farm to hatch and raise Digimon through leveling them, feeding them, upgrading them, etc.
There is a huge factor of pet management in Digimon Links which is where the Digimon franchise started decades ago. But it also pulls from the popular console games added in an RPG style turn-based combat system.
You build a team of 3 Digimon and take them on missions where you fight other teams to gain materials to collect more Digimon. It’s a huge nostalgia trip and is an amazing call back to previous games in the Digimon franchise.
1. Fire Emblem Heroes
The number 1 game of 2017 for this list is Nintendo’s free mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes. Based on the widely popular Fire Emblem series, Heroes is a love letter to the fans of those games.
Having the same strategy grid-based gameplay while adding the ability to collect popular characters from across almost every single Fire Emblem game in the series. The amount of characters you can get is impressive and the way each character plays and can be built adds depth to the game.
It’s one of the best games on the mobile market and what makes it even better is the fact that it’s published directly by Nintendo and it’s completely free. It’s honestly a game that deserves a 40$ price tag like the other games in the franchise so the fact that it’s where it is and is free really pushes it over the edge.
I highly recommend this game to any Fire Emblem fans or strategy game fans. It is great and you will absolutely love it.