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Best new mobile games on iOS and Android in April 2024 revealed

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There’s a whole bunch of impressive new smartphone games out at the moment, from Call Of Duty Warzone Mobile to the satirical Recursion.

While mainstream games tend to save up their best releases for Christmas, on mobile you never quite know when there’s going to be a bumper crop. It turns out that time is now.

From the remarkably effective Call Of Duty: Warzone Mobile to the abject surrealism of Ghost In The Mirror and Please, Touch the Artwork 2 it’s a cracking month for touchscreen gamers.

Best new mobile games on iOS and Android in April 2024

Call Of Duty: Warzone Mobile

With a few, surprisingly minor, disadvantages brought about by touchscreen controls, Call Of Duty: Warzone Mobile does exactly what it says on the tin.

It’s not a straight port, as it features some different maps and the odd retooled gameplay element, but you can still login with your PC or console Call Of Duty account and maintain progress amongst your different saves.

Your phone gets hot and your battery gets drained, but especially in Mobile Royale – the slightly smaller, faster game mode – things work astoundingly well, at least on an iPad Pro. At time of writing, word is that the Android implementation has been less successful.

Score: 8/10

Ghost In The Mirror

Ghost In The Mirror is a charmingly deranged point ‘n’ click style adventure, where almost any problem can be solved by finding the right item in your inventory and tapping ‘Use’.

It doesn’t so much knock on the fourth wall as take a wrecking ball to it, before gleefully jumping up and down on the rubble. The narrator frequently acknowledges the fact that you’re playing a game and having a very good time with that fact.

If you’ve ever had a sense that games were getting too corporate for your liking, Ghost In The Mirror’s delightfully unhinged humour will restore at least a small proportion of your faith in humanity.

Score: 7/10 http://www.kinggimp.com/

Recursion

The appositely entitled Recursion has you solving escape room style puzzles in a time loop, your work unpicking its enigmatic challenges and gradually extending your overall progress.

Infused with a Portal style corporate cynicism, it’s exceptionally well written and we’d encourage you to check out the URL you come across in your play through, which turns out to be laden with clever satire.

Clever, cryptic, and with a wicked sense of humour, Recursion supplies a refined set of tools to go about solving its puzzles, and plenty of hints if the going gets too tough.

Score: 8/10

Zombie Forest 3

We have to admit, we missed the first two Zombie Forests, but Zombie Forest 3 is a post-apocalyptic crafting and base building game that has you constructing new subterranean rooms for your HQ, while adding defences against the undead on the surface.

To fund all that you raid nearby derelict structures, battering and shooting the zombies you find, before scouring the landscape for loot to craft and upgrade your roster of equipment.

Fights are primitive, although you do get the hang of them, and despite this being the third instalment in the series, a lot goes unexplained, but it’s still a wonderfully addictive grind.

Score: 7/10

Please, Touch The Artwork 2

Explore a range of famous paintings as a skeleton in a suit, politely wandering about, bony hands clasped behind his back. Your job is to solve puzzles, usually ranged across multiple canvasses.

While this generally involves hidden object, spot-the-difference or other relatively simple mechanics, they’re executed with such charm and warmth, and each painting is so lovingly animated in sympathetic style, that it remains supremely enjoyable throughout.

With no microtransactions or payment of any kind – and a likeable Terry Gilliam-esque anarchy to its animation – this is a lovely way of introducing yourself to various masterworks without once feeling you’re being lectured to.

Score: 8/10

War Of Evolution

iOS & Android, Free (Onemt Kong Kong)

Starting promisingly in a Spore style, microbe-eat-microbe primordial soup, you soon find your rapidly evolving beast on land, where things take a turn for the less interesting.

Adding new body parts to your increasingly large beast now only seems to have a cosmetic effect, as you recruit sidekicks to fight alongside you and expand the territory you control, while upgrading your lair.

With a splash of gacha summoning, War Of Evolution descends into a, by now wearyingly familiar, microtransaction-based mobile template, completely wasting its early promise.

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