The Best New App Games of July 2022
Welcome to our monthly roundup of the best new app games of July 2022. Each month, we’ll bring you our best picks for the brand new app games most worthy of your time and money.
The best new app games of July 2022 may not include the huge names that were present in June’s 2022 edition – but what it lacks in star power, it more than makes up for in quality.
Speaking of starpower…
Download: BTS Island: In the SEOM
If you’re a BTS fan, then you’re probably not reading this because you’ve already seen ‘BTS’ in a Best New App Games of July 2022 list and hightailed it straight to the App Store. But for those that aren’t superfans – BTS Island: In the SEOM is a pretty standard yet admittedly solid match-3 game with a pretty cool art style.
If we’re being honest, this one’s probably best left for the BTS Stans. But we know there are a LOT of those, so that’s why it’s made it to this list.
Download: Brilliance: Catch the Light
One for the brainiacs, or really anyone with vision. Players must solve puzzles with brightly colored lasers using color mixing, reflections, and obstructions to achieve the solutions.
Brilliance: Catch the Light is by name what it is by nature – a brilliant brain teaser that is as soothing as it is challenging. Sprightly Wolf had no intention of holding the players’ hand when creating this particular puzzler, with barely any tutorial to go on before being thrust into the laser light.
Download: ALICE Fiction
A gacha puzzle RPG which makes up for its lack of difficulty with its high-speed gameplay and engrossing metaversal story. And you bet it’s more anime.
ALICE Fiction is a must-play for anime fans or anyone who enjoys a decent narrative with their app game. Its extensive roster of characters is available through gacha mechanics – though it is a distinctly non-predatory system. A huge tick in our books in this age of money-grubbers.
Download: Into the Breach
Into the Breach is a turn-based strategy title from Subset Games which has managed to win a ton of awards. That might make you wonder how it’s made its way onto a list about new app games in July 2022. The answer is Netflix, who have just published the mobile port of this once Steam-exclusive game – adding yet another critically acclaimed title to its already glowing roster.
Aliens, mechs and civilization-saving in a pixel-art rendered, purple-hued environment – a must for any sci-fi superfans with a penchant for strategy gaming.
Download: Move Your Arm: Fun Simulator
A game whose very title contains ‘fun simulator’ ironically doesn’t instill much hope that it will, in fact, be fun. Luckily for us, however, the title is nothing if not accurate.
Move Your Arm (shockingly) tasks the player with moving their arm, which fills the role of protagonist in this physics-based app game. Said arm takes on many personalities as players try to maneuver it to perform myriad tasks that include shooting hoops, milking cows and smashing piggy banks. You know, arm stuff. It’s silly fun in a similar vein to QWOP and we’re here for it.
Download: Wings of Glory
Wings of Glory is a digital adaptation of the Italian board game by Ares, first released in 2011. And it sticks to its tabletop roots, to boot. Leave the high-octane dogfights to World of Warplanes – this particular wargame is all about tactics.
Wings of Glory is all about the wings (and wits) of 1917 flying aces, with a roster of eight planes and fourteen pilots to choose from – AKA the ‘Knights of the Air’. It’s also cross-platform, further adding to the obsolescence of playing board games with people around a table.
Download: Ice Scream Tycoon
A long-running series filled with terrifying treats and daunting desserts, I scream, you scream we all scream at Ice Scream. Ice Scream Tycoon is the latest installment in the franchise that takes it into an interesting, though no less chilling, new direction.
In Ice Scream Tycoon, series staple Rod has captured the player and forced them into keeping his factory running. Which is pretty cold, even for a walking popsicle. Idle mechanics featuring ‘Little Rods’ will help in the production of ice cream, procurement of coins and building factory upgrades.
Download: House of the Dragon: Dracarys
The recently released tie-in to the highly anticipated Game of Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon, has turned heads for a number of reasons. Not least of which being the ability to raise your very own dragon with its own personality and appearance based on which parental methods were used during its upbringing.
But the feature that has us talking – specifically in Valyrian – is the tie-in’s own tie-in with Duolingo’s Valyrian language course. Because in order to raise one’s own dragon, they must communicate to it in this fictional language. Giving the ever passive aggressive Duo the Owl (Duolingo’s infamous mascot) another jibe for his arsenal when missing a lesson: “Guess you don’t care about your dragon baby after all.”
Download: Noah’s Heart
Noah’s heart is a brand new app game of July 2022 – but the sheer scale of this ambitious mobile MMORPG is worth seeing with your own eyes. The titular ‘Noah’ is, in fact, a 64 million square mile planet that can be explored in its entirety – making the ‘open world’ descriptor more literal than ever.
And the scale of the project doesn’t end there, with the same level of immenseness being shown in the customization options, including an in-depth weapons system.
The wacky world of Chimeraland has made its way to mobile this month, subjecting an even wider audience to its no-holds-barred absurdity. But that craziness could be the reason why it’s one of the best July app games in 2022.
Play as an anthropomorphic animal of your choosing with incredible in-depth character customization options, then unleash yourself upon a world of weird and wonderful mythical beasts, tame them, then make them eat each other to create even weirder mythical beasts. It’s probably best not to question the thought processes behind the premise.
Another new app game of July 2022 that is both inspired by a board game and features anthropomorphic characters. Only it’s far more tame in both instances.
Everdell is a city builder set in the thick of the natural world. Players must task a cute workforce of critters to build magical structures with some strategic card game mechanics thrown in for good measure.
Download: Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent
Audiences in Japan have had the privilege of indulging in this Octopath Traveler prequel for two years – but now Western audiences have finally been given their chance. The mobile prequel plays out in much the same way as its acclaimed predecessor, with classic JRPG mechanics rendered in a beautiful art style that has become synonymous with Square Enix titles.
Changes to the original include the ability to battle with eight, as opposed to four, characters, showing that it understood the brief that is its own name.
Download: Dicey Dungeons
One-man dev team Terry Cavanaugh and his energetic app game Super Hexagon recently featured in our list of the best app games available for today. And whaddaya know, he’s done it again with the release of Dicey Dungeons. Though PC gamers may already be familiar with this fan-favorite roguelike, Dicey Dungeons is already one of the best new July app games in 2022.
The title combines dungeon-crawling with deck-building and a set of characters that have been turned into dice. Dice-rolling is also a central mechanic to combat and strategizing around weapons. It’s dicey all round.
Download: Before Your Eyes
There’s a lot to love about games that challenge the status quo of how we play. We have enough games that challenge the dexterity of our fingers, pitch of our voice or the fanciness of our footwork. But a game that relies on the frequency of our blinking is something else entirely – and Before Your Eyes manages to pull it off with aplomb.
The premise of Before Your Eyes sees players control Bryn as he travels through the afterlife. Only it’s through blinking that we progress through the game. It’s a game that truly embodies the phrase ‘blink and you’ll miss it’.
Download: Gwent: Rogue Mage
Despite it technically being an expansion to the hugely popular Witcher spinoff card game, Gwent: Rogue Mage introduces so many new features that it’s worth treating it as a standalone game. A roguelike single player campaign has been designed to appeal to a wider audience in a genre dominated by Hearthstone. And it’s safe to say that CD Projekt Red have pulled it off.
Acting as another prequel to a groundbreaking franchise, the titular Rogue Mage is the fellow that will end up being responsible for creating a devastating human weapon with which to drive off the invading monster hordes. And yes, we’d wager this weapon has yellow eyes and a snarky attitude.
Stay tuned as we spend the next month scouring the app game storefronts for even more of the best new app games for August.
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