Welcome to our brand new feature – a monthly mobile gaming highlights reel starting with the best new app games of June 2022. To say it’s been a big month for app gaming is probably putting it mildly. But with all the biggest releases stealing the limelight, we feel that some of the smaller releases also deserve a bit of attention. And there are some real doozies.
Check out some of the most fun new app games from June 2022 that you may have missed (and a few you definitely didn’t):
Kingdom Maker is a new strategy game from Scopely that adds a sense of humor to a familiar formula. And with Scopely’s already impressive repertoire of app games, we’d wager this addition to the June 2022 app games lineup is worth a shot.
War, diplomacy, chivalry and even an element of romance await would-be kings in this 4X app game. Make your mark on this stylized world with a customizable set of heroes and troops as you face off against AI and/or the kingdoms of other players.
Loco Looper is a casual puzzler that puts the ‘train’ in brain training, with a literal gameplay loop that sees players laying tracks in a loop for a train to traverse. And when we say the graphics pop, we mean it.
A beautiful pen-and-ink artstyle pays homage to dioramas as players attempt to use all the pieces available to them with levels of increasing difficulty. The perfect 10-minute app game for a mini mental workout.
Those old enough to remember the legendary tamagotchi game that saw hapless children the world over try (and mostly) fail to keep an amorphous digital blob alive will no doubt join us in celebrating how far we’ve come since then. Llamagotchi is an app game that takes the pet simulator formula and proceeds to fulfill many animal lovers’ dreams by making that pet a llama.
The downside is that Llamagotchi is not accessible to anyone with an iPhone older than an XS. But that’s the price we have to pay for indulging in this wondrous example of technological advancement.
Dino Clash: Tribal War
Dino Clash: Tribal War answers many age-old questions about the prehistoric age. Questions such as “what if humans and dinosaurs coexisted?” and “what happens when you merge two t-rexes? The answers: all-out tactical tribal warfare and fire breathing therapods, of course.
Dino Clash: Tribal War is the latest title from Neowiz and sees players deploy tactical warfare against rival tribes utilizing the awesome power of dinosaurs and elite cavemen soldiers. Why not, eh?
Pirates, Lovecraft and an artstyle reminiscent of oil paintings. Abandon Ship ticks a lot of gothic boxes. This indie title from Fireblade Software sees players captain the ‘Age of Sail’ ship and her crew, facing off against eldritch beasties and aggressors on the high seas.
Your decisions carry significant weight, and can mean the all the difference between life and death in savage tactical combat. But even in the face of defeat, a plucky captain aboard a lifeboat can claw his way back to the top if they continue to make the correct decisions. Either way, be prepared for an arrr-duous journey.
A retro platformer replete with dad jokes and characters comprising various forms of produce that sees players assume the role of a father radish on a quest to rescue his children. And they say there are no more original ideas.
Navigate a hostile world reminiscent of Super Mario and come up against hostile veg in the form of five ‘stupid bosses’ and your ex-wife, who is a tomato. We don’t know what else could be said to win you over on this one.
Dynasty Legends 2
Experience the thrill of annihilating hundreds of incredibly unlucky foot soldiers with the swing of an oversized sword in this hack-and-slash mobile ARPG.
Anyone familiar with the original Dynasty Warriors series on console will find their fantasies of becoming a supernaturally overpowered legendary Chinese general in the Three Kingdoms era more than fulfilled in this Dynasty Legends sequel.
With the conversation surrounding predatory monetization in free-to-play titles being at an all-time high (thanks in no small part to a later entry on this list), this debut title from Meelfoy games could not have come at a better time.
Rocky Towers is a game that smashes together tower defense, puzzler, RPG and strategy elements featuring a host of heroes that resemble potatoes with eyes. And its underlying message is as simple as its artstyle: there is such a thing as ethical monetization.
Hero Emblems II
Another month, another Match-3 app game. But in the sea of Match-3 titles that all but saturate the market, Hero Emblems II provides a fresh take by combining the omnipresent mechanics with a lore-rich JRPG story.
Turn-based combat is carried out by, you guessed it, matching three icons at the bottom of the battle screen. Notable differences from the tried-and-tested formulas, however, include the anime-style animations and in-depth backstory.
Poinpy is a cutesy colorful ‘vertical climber’ from the same developer that brought us Downwell, Ojiro Fumoto. In it, players assume the role of the titular Poinpy, who must slingshot their way up a scrolling map whilst satiating a big, nameless beast’s hunger for tasty smoothies.
Lifeline: Beside You In Time
Beside You In Time is a long-awaited next installment in texting adventure series Lifeline. Six years in the making, Beside You In Time is here to reinvigorate the franchise thanks to the original developers acquiring the rights to the game from the original publisher.
Lifeline is a game that’s all about making the correct choices in a crisis, putting players in the shoes of a stranded astronaut’s only form of contact as they attempt to navigate an alien planet with no crew. No pressure. The good news, however, is that Beside You In Time does not require players to have tackled the previous installments.
Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds
Ni No Kuni: Cross Worlds is a Studio Ghibli-esque RPG that seems to be suffering a very similar fate to Diablo Immortal. In just a few weeks since its release, it has been mired in controversies surrounding its monetization model and the incorporation of crypto and NFTs.
However, it is an undeniably beautiful mobile game for anyone who can bear to look past the gacha mechanics and NFTs. And with a score penned by Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi himself, it’s probably worth firing up to have a listen, if nothing else. Then again, you might have to pay just to login.
It’s time to enter the Mirroverse, where your favorite cute and cuddly Disney characters become merciless battle-hardened warriors ready to put aside their lovey-dovey mantras and subdue evil (and each other, apparently) by force. It’s not the Disney we know, but it will certainly become the Disney we love.
Assume control of an armor-clad Sully or staff-wielding Belle and deploy their unique set of skills in action-packed combat against reptilian adversaries. And indulge in another tale of ‘what ifs’ in its story-rich campaign mode, or face-off against other players in PvP.
We’d say that Diablo Immortal is suffering in a hell of its own making since its release. But the $24 million it raked in within just two weeks of release tells a different story.
As per our own review of the game, Diablo Immortal is an unparalleled mobile ARPG whose main story is worth a playthrough no matter whether you decide to spend a few bucks on some cosmetics. But beware the endgame, where shady monetization has catapulted Diablo Immortal into a state of notoriety just weeks into its release.
Apex Legends Mobile
It hasn’t taken long for EA’s Apex Legends to become one of the most played app games right now, joining the ranks of Candy Crush and Homescapes at the top and with no sign of budging any time soon.
But it’s not hard to see why. Apex Legends Mobile marks a turning point in the future of app gaming as a mobile ‘port’ that demonstrates the true potential of our mobile devices. Our own experience of the hero-based battle royale blew us away, and has placed it firmly as one the place of the best new app games of June 2022.
Fair to say, there’s a good amount of variety of June 2022 app games to cater for every preference. Be sure to join visit us daily and next month as we see what July 2022 has in store, and keep an eye out for some upcoming gaming reviews.
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