Best Indie Mobile Games 2018
In looking for indie mobile titles, we ensure that the ones we choose feel best on your tablet or phone, even if they had a desktop release. Here are five independently release video games that we felt tried something new, were fun and wonderfully implemented something that enhanced our mobile experience.
IGR’s Top 5 Best Indie Mobile Games of 2018
5. Cosmic Top Secret
4. Rusty Lake Paradise
by Rusty Lake
Rusty Lake Paradise is the 12th (!) installment and features Lynch-appropriate score from composer Victor Butzelaar. This is great, evocative stuff for lying in bed at night and swatting at the glass.
3. Donut County
by Ben Esposito
Nestled inside of a story among a cast of characters that could party with Mae from Night in the Woods and her cronies on any given weekend, the flavor texts helps to anchor this meditative elimination/physics/sorting/puzzle game from sheer wanton destruction (of an adorable little universe).
Gameplay is smooth and seamless, and the physics leads to some hilarious results. Everything will eventually go down the hatch!
by Amanita Design
A very special note – the game got a lot of flack because the original titular character – a dust bunny with a funny hat – was black with white eyes and big orange lips, and people complained that it looked like blackface (and they weren’t wrong). So in December, after almost a year in release, developers Amanita Design flipped the color scheme so that Chuchel is orange with a black hat.
Though some gamers found this egregious (people will always find a reason to complain, in this case presumably because the developers “caved to pressure” or because they had “just gotten used to it”), it helps to move a problematic design issue out of the way to reveal the truly amazing puzzler that they created.
While the game is available for desktops, it feels much better on a tablet, where you can drag the characters around the hilarious animated interactions. If you had been put off by the initial design misstep, it is time to give this one another look.
Hoping not to spoil this brief but unforgettable experience, your passage through early adolescent life as the titular character will summon up a box of feels as you negotiate the stations of the cross of a contemporary urban relationship. An essential heart wake-up and perfect use of the medium.
How did we do? What were your favorite mobile indie games of 2018?