CompulsionLoop is AC+A’s (adriancrook.com) weekly pursuit of providing a Featured List for those in the games industry. A look at the latest must-play apps, along with short, useful takeaways from our team of game design and product experts. If you have a game that you think your industry colleagues should try, we’d love to hear about it at games@compulsionloop.com. Don’t forget to tell us why industry insiders should be compelled to try out the game (see what we did there?).

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Looney Tunes
World of Mayhem

Scopely

Why Play? This crazy amalgamation of Saturday morning cartoons, squad battler, and town sim has been in one form of beta or another for nearly a year now but has finally landed in North America. There’s a lot to keep your thumbs busy here, but the main loop of World of Mayhem is the team-buildercharacter leveling, and 4v4 battlesCollect and develop tag-teams of iconic Looney Tunes. With absurd animated battles, Word of Mayhem plays a lot on the nostalgia of a millennial generation that grew up with these characters.

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Honkai Impact 3rd

miHoYo Limited

Why Play? This chart hopper is accurately considered one of the prettiest action games ever to release on the mobile platform to date. For fans of anime art-styles and over-the-top Japanese action games, Honkai Impact is the king of the crop. miHoYo does multiple things very well here. From their minimalistic but effective player UX/UI to their cinematic camera angles, the Impact (pun intended) from visuals is a large part of this game’s success. There are even progressive and smooth difficulty curves that keep players invested, and trying new things. Honkai Impact 3rd is a grand example of polish, and a lot of developers can learn from that.

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Pokemon GO

Niantic, Inc.

Why Play? Niantic brought out the big nostalgia guns last year with their global phenomenon Pokemon GO. The location-based pocket-monster collect-a-thon brought the world together, and out of their homes. Now — in its return to our list of must-play games — Niantic is putting on a clinic for those wondering why reiterationupdatescommunity, and new content is truly the leader for the longevity game. They’ve continuously added new generations of Pokemon to catch, added fan-requested gameplay like PVP battles, and continue to fine-tune the performance of the biggest mobile sensation ever. They did not rest on their poke-butts with this, and it’s a lesson for anyone out there who hits it big.

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Westworld

Warner Bros.

Why Play?  While still in limited-release, the simulation game based on the hit television show Westworld takes a lot of slices from other pies, to fasten its own delicious dessert. Under the surface (in-game) you have a Fallout Shelter type game-typeconstructing your labs and designing/training “hosts”. While above ground, there are city-building elements, mini-games, and a system where you match guests with ideal hosts to “satisfy desires” from romance to robbery. It’s a stunning combination of previously seen games, and it all works seamlessly here. Possibly the most intriguing news is that Westworld mobile is running a Kickstarter-like milestone incentive for pre-registrants to their “soon” to be released game.

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CompulsionLoop is AC+A’s (adriancrook.com) weekly pursuit of providing a Featured List for those in the games industry. A look at the latest must-play apps, along with short, useful takeaways from our team of game design and product experts. If you have a game that you think your industry colleagues should try, we’d love to hear about it at games@compulsionloop.com. Don’t forget to tell us why industry insiders should be compelled to try out the game (see what we did there?).

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- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com