E3 Descends Upon Los Angeles

It’s the start of E3 this week which means that the news will be chock full of exciting new game releases from the major publishers such as EA, Bethesda, Microsoft, and Sony. We’ve already confirmed a remastered version of Skyrim from Bethesda and a new Titanfall game from EA – both of which will be in the news with tons of sexy gameplay footage, to be sure.

As mobile and web focused experts, we have historically left without goodies coming out of the week of demos. However, last year we got to see one of the major publishers showcase a mobile game release at E3, in the form of Fallout Shelter, and we’re interested in what might come out of this week for handheld devices. From teaser games, to companion apps to console games, mobile is becoming more intertwined with its console half at these events, and this year we’re predicting (and hoping) that we’ll see some interesting uses.

Have a great week,
Peter

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Hand of God

Playgendary

Why Play? This game takes the gacha and art style found in Crossy Road type games and their ilk, with a shooter defense approach. Players will rapidly tap their screens and use various “god-like” powers to defend the different creations that humans are trying to destroy. Great progression mechanics as well, for such a simple style of game.

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Ketchapp Basketball

Ketchapp

Why Play? Ketchapp, the prolific publisher of simple games, has released another Top 5 downloaded game in the form of Ketchapp Basketball. This game takes after the mini-game easter egg found on Facebook Messenger, and expands on it to create an addictive little time-waster, with multiple game modes.

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Steppy Pants

Super Entertainment

Why Play? This small, frustratingly fun, self-proclaimed “walking simulator” takes after a long line of nouny noun titled games, but there’s enough challenge here to keep coming back to this one. Every tap equals one step, and your job is to walk as far as possible while insurmountable distractions are thrown your way. Naturally, it also features the gacha mechanic that’s proving so successful.

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Build Away! Idle City Builder

Futureplay

Why Play? This game takes the popular clicker genre and combines it with the rather stagnant city builder genre to create something fresh, fun, and interesting. Build up your city and create buildings by tapping, upgrading, and customizing. An interesting hybrid approach to creating a new type of game by refreshing the old standbys.

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- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com