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What are the best mobile games of 2017?

written by Shane "Geek" Lundberg July 26, 2017

As a 2016 article from Advertising Week states, “mobile gaming is the future of entertainment”. This comes as no surprise when you consider the wealth of high-quality mobile games to choose from. With this in mind, here are just some of the best:

To the Moon

To the Moon received rave reviews when it was first released for PC back in 2011. Released this year on iOS and Android, the role-playing game is just as good as it ever was.

The critics all agree that its heartrending story is very much its strong point. You play one of two doctors. Your job in this game is to help a dying old man called Johnny to fulfil his last wish by creating false memories that make him believe he took a trip to the moon.

How do you achieve this? By solving puzzles that help the old man move back through to his childhood. At this point you have to convince the youthful Johnny that he wants to go to the moon, thereby changing the course his memory.

Despite a relative lack of gameplay, this unique and charming game is a must-play if you’re into RPGs (or any mobile games for that matter).

Five Play Poker

When Play Cosmo put together a list of five video poker facts, we were surprised to learn that online poker has now been around for a quarter of a century. Back then, players made all moves and bets via email. Thankfully, things have moved on a great deal since then, with many different poker games vying for our attention both on online and in the form of apps.

In 2017, one of the best of these apps is Five Play Poker. What makes it even better is that you can download it and hone your poker skills completely free of charge. The game has a pretty basic GUI, but this just adds to the playability of each of its five games.


Despite being released in 2016, Crashlands has already staked its place as one of the best mobile games ever. Your character is a space-travelling delivery driver who crash lands on an alien planet, light years away from home. A bit like a cutesy, 16-bit-style version of Flash Gordon, your job is to build a base, collect different items and save the world from evil plot to destroy it.

Every last bit of this game is designed brilliantly. With a ton of items to collect and a great story, its rave reviews refer to this game as a “design masterpiece”. In fact, a PC gamer review claims it’s even better on mobile than it is on PC. What’s more, your £4.99 gets you the whole game, without an in-app purchase in sight.

Ninja Pizza Girl

In Ninja Pizza Girl, you play Gemma, a teenage pizza delivery girl in a familiar platform format. Your job is to make your way along balconies and rooftops with all kinds of hazards along the way.

With each pizza you deliver, you get to pick up different items, including comics, cheats and costumes. All of this proves surprisingly useful as you make your way through the sprawling metropolis. As the challenges increase during the game, so does the fun!

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