Here’s a list of the best mobile games you should play in 2023. We’ll add more reviews as the games come out, so be sure to save this page and come back to it from time to time.
1. Bossgame: The Boss Is My Heart
It’s been easy to be skeptical about mobile games in general from the beginning, and it’s only gotten easier as time has gone on. Every year, it seems like there are fewer premium releases, and the ones that do come out are often ports, sequels to well-known games, or games that can only be played with a subscription service. Bossgame: The Boss Is My Heart is none of these things, which is a nice change. It is also a unique mix of genres that makes it one of the most interesting mobile games I’ve played in a long time.
The game Bossgame: The Boss Is My Heart is about a couple who work as devil hunters together. This job is presented as a kind of freelance work for a fantasy city that is similar to our own in other ways. When they’re not fighting, these two like to hang out at the local “chill and grill” restaurant, flirt, and try to figure out what to do with their lives.
This makes for a game with a lot of funny text-based dialogue vignettes between boss fights. You control both characters with a few simple tap controls that let you cast spells, swing swords, and block attacks as you fight robots, devil knights, local politicians, and more.
Bossgame: The Boss Is My Heart makes it look easy to have fun with action games on mobile devices. Your own controls are pretty simple, but each boss’s attack patterns are unique and creative, making each fight a new and interesting puzzle.
Your characters can use light and heavy attacks, and they also have a stamina meter that lets them block. If one of your characters gets knocked out, you can use another one to bring them back to life. If you hit the boss enough times in a row, you can also use a special move that stuns the boss for a few seconds so you can keep hitting it. Bossgame: The Boss Is My Heart doesn’t have any RPG or progression mechanics, but since every fight is a few minutes of unique combat design, it stays satisfying and interesting the whole time.
Mind and soul
The combat in Bossgame: The Boss Is My Heart is smart, and the game is also very sweet. The story is about characters who like to joke around, but who also feel like real people with real feelings.
I could see some people playing this game just for the story, and if that’s the case, Bossgame is smart to give you a lot of ways to change how hard the battles are so you can make them fit your style. You can change things like auto-blocking, the speed of battles, and even whether or not you can die, so that you can enjoy the whole adventure.
You can tell that a lot of love went into making Bossgame: The Boss Is My Heart. You can tell by how the characters talk to each other, how the boss fights are set up, and how easy it is to change the game to your liking. I’m not sure what I would change about it, and I hope the App Store has more smart and unique apps like this one.
2. Dicey Dungeons
Dicey Dungeons is still a great and charming dungeon-crawling roguelike that has held up well over time, works great on touch screens, and feels new again thanks to the new DLC that was added.
Going through dungeons on wheels
When it came out, Dicey Dungeons made a big enough splash that you might already know about it and how it works. Just in case you don’t know, it’s a twist on deck-based roguelikes where you build up your hero with special gear and skills but have to plan around a real element of chance that could lead to your death.
The interesting thing about Dicey Dungeons is that it doesn’t use cards to make chances. Instead, it uses traditional six-sided dice. To use dice, you have to plug them into your gear, and if you mix and match the right items, you can make yourself a highly optimized killing machine. That might sound sad, but all of this death takes place in a very bright and colorful world where people are turned into dice and forced to fight their way through dungeons full of monsters as part of a game show.
The original and more
Some games have tried to copy Dicey Dungeons since it came out, and some of them have been on the App Store for years. However, nothing has come close to the depth, variety, and charm of this game. Even if you’ve played Dicey Dungeons a lot in 2019, the changes that have been made to the game since then make it worth going back to more than ever.
This version of Dicey Dungeons comes with two “Bonus Episodes” that add new items, enemies, and other changes to the base game. The first is a Halloween episode that changes the game’s look with costumed enemies and fall foliage and adds challenges like “beat every enemy in one turn.” The second episode is a brand-new one called “Reunion,” which came out at the same time as the mobile version. It changes how each of the heroes from the original game work and adds hours of new dungeon-crawling to do.
Nice dice port
You can play dice-based dungeon crawling games on your console or PC, but the simple turn-based gameplay of Dicey Dungeons makes it feel like it works best on phones and tablets. The controls for this mobile version feel very natural. To put dice into equipment, you just tap and drag them. The game also has checkpoints all the time and can keep track of single saves in each episode. This makes it easy to jump in and out of the game and change your progress.
The only thing Dicey Dungeons on iOS really lacks is a cloud save feature that keeps your saves even if you delete the app or want to play it on more than one device. This isn’t a big deal because the game is all about starting over again and again, but it would be nice to have.
Dicey Dungeons is a really good roguelike game that works great on mobile. Stop playing whatever bad mobile version you’ve been putting up with for however long and get this real classic.
3. Monster Train
Personally, I have never been the biggest roguelike fan. The idea of slogging through a run knowing that the game will end at some point and you’ll have to do it over and over again never seemed fun, so when Monster Train was made available on mobile devices, I was glad. I thought it would be the same as before. But Monster Train turns out to be one of the most fun mobile games ever.
It starts with a scene that is beautifully animated and has a great voice-over that sets the scene for the game. Heaven put out the fire, which caused Hell to freeze over, and now the only way to start the Inferno again is on a train called the Boneshaker. The player’s job is to protect this last flame from the Gilded Wing’s forces while taking it to Hell to start a new fire.
Monster Train is a deck-building game. During the runs, extra cards come from different places, and during battles, they keep cycling. Even though you might want to save cards, doing so can be bad because you might end up drawing five useless cards in one turn and not be able to stop that big armored bird from crushing your favorite monsters. It’s a very useful skill to know when to use a card and when to pass it up.
The most interesting thing about the battle is that it takes place on three floors, so there’s a lot going on and two important resources to keep track of. To use a card, you’ll need a certain number of Ember, and each of the three floors has a maximum number of monsters that can fit on it. It’s a fun balancing act to decide whether to pick a high-cost, big monster and leave nothing else on the floor or to spread the forces out.
The Hellhorned clan and its leader, the Hornbreaker Prince, are the ones that players use when they first start out. It’s a good place to start because the clan’s deck has a good mix of monsters and spells and will reliably win battles while you learn the game’s finer points. As you play the game, more Clans will become available, each with its own cards and strategies.
The Stygian Guard clan is better at casting spells because many of its units have the Incant status, which gives them an advantage when a spell is played on their floor. On the other hand, if you like big, disgustingly powerful monsters, the Umbra clan has a Morsel mechanic that gives its monsters buff after buff until you can deal 1000 damage per turn to every enemy. You can also choose a second Clan when you start a run. This lets you build a hybrid deck with cards from both pools and make even more strategies.
As you level up the clans, you’ll get new cards and artifacts to collect on each run. More importantly, you’ll also get a second champion. Even though these new characters use the same pool of cards, they offer a very different experience. The first few times you use the Hornbreaker Prince as a champion, you’ll probably just try to beat the enemy with power, which is a fun but a bit simple strategy.