It’s not a bold claim to say that 2012 was the best year for mobile gaming yet and in the case of Apple’s iOS things can only get better in 2013. With the release of the iPhone 5 and the extra handed-odd pixels it gives developers to play around with, we can expect to see some truly stunning releases in the coming year. So today, I thought I’d write about some of the releases I’m most looking forward to in 2013.
Infinity Blade Dungeons
My childhood was a beautiful mix of sunshine, playing football in the park, and staying up long hours hunched over my computer with Diablo II. Yes, dungeon crawlers are fantastic fun – a perfect mixture of good old-fashioned RPG action with a dark sense of foreboding added into the mix. Infinity Blade Dungeons takes the popular Infinity Blade series to a new (lower) level, throwing up hundreds of monsters and rooms to burn, slice and sack your way through. Featuring the classic dungeon crawler aerial camera, Infinity Blade Dungeons will ramp up that nostalgia factor and throw in some stunning gameplay to boot. Just make sure to watch those corners.
With the sporadic timeline of Metal Gear releases and some disappointing turns from Splinter Cell in recent years, it’s easy to have forgotten how much fun stealth-em-up can be. Republique takes the experience of a perfectly crafted console game mobile, allowing you to bring swift and unseen justice to an army of unsuspecting lackeys. Featuring some stunning visuals and following the story of one woman’s mission to get home, Republique looks like it could become an instant classic and could end up on my Best of 2013 list.
Angry Birds: Whatever
Okay, so the title may not end up being ‘Angry Birds: Whatever’, but to be honest when it comes to this bunch of feathery rage balls hurling themselves across the screen, it doesn’t really matter what the theme is. Rovio will definitely be looking to follow up their recent releases, Space and Star Wars, so who knows, we could even see an Angry Birds: Game Of Thrones on the table (or tablet) in the near future. And what with the iPhone 5’s longer screen, it could prove to be the most immersive and addictive experience to date.
I’ve never been truly convinced by the execution of iOS first-person shooters. The controls always seem clumsy and lackluster, the visuals cramped and the enemies approach way too fast for two pathetic digits to counteract. However, I’m delighted to say that The Drowning, from DeNA and Scattered Entertainment, looks ready to take on the big boys of mobile gaming. Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth heaving with mutants (and other nasty creatures), the player must fight to survive in a world he (or she) no longer knows. Early screenshots show an interesting feature – the standard double joystick controls being replaced by a precision cross-hair controlled by the player’s finger. Not quite sure how it will turn out, but I sure as hell wanna see!
Real Racing 3
The racing game is a long-term staple of the handheld device – I can remember playing my first on my giant Gameboy back in 1993 – and things don’t seem set to change in 2013. Electronic Arts seems to be cementing its foothold in the mobile market with its forthcoming release, Real Racing 3. Though we’ve only been privy to preliminary screenshots, we can safely say that the game is going to be gorgeous, and will feature all the rip-roaring excitement of previous racing titles.
So there you have it, 5 games that I’m sure will make your 2013 a great year for gaming.