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Best New Mobile Games on iOS and Android – December 2021 Summary

Moncage – One of the best mobile games of the year (Photo: Optillusion Games)

The final batch of 2021 mobile reviews includes great Moncage, new Galaga titles, and really great Apple Watch games.

With 2021 finally on the verge of death and Christmas imminent, try out the luxury of this month’s touchscreen, from the Apple Watch-based Un: safe lock-breaking antique to the beauty and weirdness of Moncage. Let’s. Ingenuity of InMyShadow, a platformer with a melancholy silhouette.

Moncage

iOS and Android, £ 3.49 (XD Network)

The entire Moncage occurs across the five visible planes of the cube and rotates to look into the fully rendered 3D diorama visible from each plane. Tap to zoom in or out. The goal is to find different facial elements lined up in the classic Gorogoa style of 2017.

The glory of Moncage playing with scale, perspective, and the interaction between background and foreground objects. The exact angle of the cube allows you to align props that are clearly different from different sides. It’s a slow, meticulous and very satisfying process.

It can also be a little confusing in itself. This feature is mitigated by a set of directional tips and ends with a short video explaining what to do. This is a convenient way to avoid frustration and allow as many players as possible to advance their mellow and mysterious puzzles to reach emotionally bitter conclusions.

Score: 9/10

lamp

iOS & Android, free (Crescent Moon game)

Accurately billed as a minimalist skateboarding game, The Ramp taps and releases the screen as the skater passes through the various sections of the halfpipe. When they float in the air, swipe to perform a trick or press the grind button.

It plays like a rhythm action game and is tricky at first, but it’s rewarding in itself when you get the hang of timing to pull off a series of tricks as you jump out of both sides of the ramp.

The problem is that without goals and scores, you quickly start to feel out of shape. Adding three new maps to one free map £ 2.49 is a reasonable deal, but suffers from a lack of metagames and a sense of progress.

Score: 6/10

Company Of Heroes: Tales Of Valor

iOS and Android, £ 3.49 (Feral Interactive)

Originally released in 2009, Tales Of Valor DLC adds nine missions and new vehicle clutches to the real-time strategy of World War II, a distinctive brand of Company Of Heroes.

Like the main game and its first downloadable add-on, Opposed Fronts, this allows you to capture strategic buildings and resources to win small soldiers and their mechanized support.

While successfully producing and featuring the same cinematic storytelling, this provides a relatively modest piece of additional content.

Score: 7/10

Galaga Wars

iOS, Apple Arcade (Namco Bandai)

Rather than a straight sequel, the more “inspired” Galaga Wars uses the familiar Galaxian constellation and the same one-finger maneuvering and firing mechanism as in the Skyforce series.

It’s rewarding, but it’s another Apple Arcade game that you can play for free, including time-limited loot boxes, multiple currencies, short-term power-ups, and paid renewals.

The problem is to start every round at level 1 or use the rare resources you’ve earned very hard to skip to a later level. If they don’t have the ability to pay, progress is frustratingly slow and you’re left to grind the same level badly.

Score: 5/10

Coffee Inc 2

iOS, £ 1.79 (Side Labs)

This caffeinated tycoon tries to build a powerful coffee empire from scratch. You need to start by renting facilities, hiring managers and staff, procuring and pricing hot and cold drinks, and growing your company while closing your competitors.

It certainly feels calm because there is no sound effect and some music is played only on certain screens of the interface. The isometric city may look pretty, but it’s all about managing the numbers.

If you enjoy the subtle interactions between the balance sheet and the predominantly numerical elements of pursuing victory, this will make you a geek to your heart’s content. For more action-hungry players, this may feel a bit too much like a real job.

Score: 7/10

Infinite shooting

iOS and Android, free (NFLY Studio)

Vertical scrolling shooters may have almost disappeared from consoles, PCs and arcades, but they are a popular genre on mobile and most of the biggest releases are free to download.

As expected, Infinity Shooting is free to play, drag your finger on the screen to avoid your index finger, and tap with your second finger to trigger a special weapon that slowly charges.

You’ll be forced to watch ads after the level, and you can optionally watch a second ad to increase your revenue slightly, but the action is weak, especially if you have something like Phoenix 2 or Sky Force: Reloaded. Too much time investment cannot be justified. You can use it for free.

Score: 3/10

In my shadow

iOS, £ 4.49 (Alcon Interactive)

In My Shadow’s action tells the story of a woman who mourns her childhood dog, with a twist on platform hopping, all done in silhouette.

At each of those levels, you need to collect page-like memories while you’re on your way across deadly spikes to see your hound. To get there, you need to go back to the 3D view and move the foreground objects so that their shadows can jump together.

Rotating blades, moving spikes, one-time jumping shadows, and a bunch of other mechanics quickly complicate your journey into this subtle, comfortable, burdensome, and shamelessly inspiring adventure.

Score: 8/10

Un: safe – break the safe

Apple Watch, £ 1.79 (Emin Grbo)

Un: safe uses the tactile feedback of your Apple Watch to transform it into a safe cracker. Gently twist the digital crown until you feel a change in the tactile click, then tap the unlock button lightly. If you are correct, unlock one ring of locks. Otherwise you will lose one of three lives.

When all three are complete, go back to level 1 and try again. There are 50 increasingly unstable vaults to complete, but evidence of our practice is unlikely to see many of them unless there is a very quiet place to practice.

With a simple interface and no scoring mechanism other than the number of safes you can open in a session, you can waste 5 minutes on the queue and take advantage of your Apple Watch.

Score: 7/10

By Nick Gillett

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