The new year has rolled in, and what that means for gamers is that more new games will be hitting the market. For many, this is a mixed blessing. These days, game quality can vary greatly, even within the same game publishing house.
What does that mean? It means that a company that makes some great games can also make some huge stinkers. And since you work hard for your money, you no doubt want to avoid wasting any of your money on the titles that will become this year’s biggest disappointments.
This year, the mobile gaming community is set to expand. Mobile gaming has been growing tirelessly, and ceaselessly. This year, we expect it to make a huge splash. In fact, there are five huge titles coming to mobile gaming that we are expecting to wind up draining the pool of all its water.
Game Number One: BADLAND
If you played Limbo, you know how much a simple design and some great aesthetic choices, not to mention a focus on gameplay, can do for a small time game. BADLAND is made by the same people who put out Limbo, and it is expected to make just as big of an impact on the mobile market as Limbo did on the Xbox Live Arcade Market.
With BADLAND, you get the same creepy, eerie and dark feeling of Limbo. But what you get combined with this is a whole new story and all new sets of challenges. BADLAND aims to take all of what made Limbo great and trim off some of the fat (though we can not see how there could be said to be any fat at all on Limbo).
This is a game that is going to have a huge impact on the mobile gaming community. Expect BADLAND to be huge, expect it to be huger than huge; expect it to be so big that it will make all the developers out there stop and think for a moment about how fun game mechanics still do matter, and how pointing a gun and shooting a bad guy is not all a video game is meant to do.
Game Number Two: YEAR WALK
YEAR WALK is by the people who brought us the cutesy little game “Beat Sneak Bandit.” But this year, the developers responsible for that game have announced that they want to change things up. They, like the creators of Limbo, want to make something that the big names in gaming are afraid to touch with a ten foot pole; something entirely new.
YEAR WALK is going to be a game all bout folklore, and some very creepy creatures. From the trailers available, this looks like a game that could possibly wind up vying for the best of 2013 in the category of mobile gaming (a category most gaming awards shows need to stop looking down on and cater to).
YEAR WALK takes place in the 1800s, in Sweden, and while we do not want to give too much away (after all, what fun would that be) the game is definitely shaping up to be something hugely unique.
Game Number Three: INFINITY BLADE: DUNGEONS
With the sneak peeks of INFINITY BLADE: DUNGEONS out there looking so much like what Diablo III should have been (sorry, is that still a sore spot?), INFINITY BLADE: DUNGEONS could not help but make our list of the Top Mobile Games to Look Forward to in 2013.
INFINITY BLADE: DUNGEONS is a hack and slash that is going to be available for tablets devices exclusively. The reason for this? INFINITY BLADE: DUNGEONS is currently boasting some of the best looking graphics we have ever seen for any mobile gaming platform.
Taking full advantage of the iOS, INFINITY BLADE: DUNGEONS is a beautiful game that looks much like World of War Craft, or even War Craft III (remember how good that game was?), but with some great updates to models and textures. For the coming year, we are definitely keeping our eyes on this game, as it looks like it could also vie for the top of 2013 mobile gaming position.
Game Number Four: Wild Blood HD
Okay, so this one is a bit of a cheat seeing as it came out in January, but still, Wild Blood HD is a game to look forward to if you have not experienced it yet!
Wild Blood HD is quite possibly one of the best looking mobile games out there to date. It looks absolutely beautiful. What makes it such a cutting edge and innovative game is that it is the first mobile game to make use of the famed Unreal Engine.
Using the Unreal Engine to make games for mobile devices is a big risk, and with Wild Blood HD, it totally paid off, as every single detail in this RPG game looks beautiful.
Game Number Five: Heroes of Order & Chaos HD
Okay, so this one is a cheat as well; Heroes of Order & Chaos HD already came out this month. But this game is huge, as it takes the Defense of the Ancients style game play (also known as DOTA), popularized by the hugely successful and innovative War Craft III, and puts it on a mobile device.
Heroes of Order & Chaos HD is much like the Heroes of Newerth, and if you know that game and have ever wished you could take it with you when you leave home, then Heroes of Order & Chaos HD is the perfect game for you to buy.
It has beautiful graphics which look surprisingly organic and smooth on mobile devices, and so far, there have been relatively few bugs to surface, which for a modern day game is a very good sign that the developers took their time and wrote the game code the exact right way the first time around, meaning you won’t be wasting your cash.
Sam Williams is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of topics, and in his spare time loves playing computer games, his favorite game genre being racing games.