14 Mobile Games That Are Totally Hardcore
1. Infinity Blade: Excitement on Repeat
This action-RPG series is about so much more than fighting (and dying and being reborn and dying), thanks to a deep storyline and thoughtful world building.
2. Battleheart: Big Strategy Writ Small
OK, technically, this is a casual RPG. But again, it’s surprisingly satisfying thanks to its storyline, demanding strategy elements and party-based combat style. No wonder Eurogamer called this addictive title “the Pringles of gaming.”
3. Injustice: Gods Among Us: In the Cards
Unlike the console version of this DC universe-inspired fighting game, the mobile version uses an addictive collectible card-based battle system as well as a new multiplayer mode.
4. The Room series: Myst, is that you?
If you loved the unsettling loneliness of Myst -- not to mention its power to slaughter entire afternoons -- this puzzle adventure will suck you in with its locked boxes and eerie mystery.
5. Jetpack Joyride: Your backpack’s got jets
Yeah, yeah, endless running games tend to feel casual. But there are so many cool outfits to unlock and other upgrades to achieve that this seemingly simple game is actually pretty intense.
6. Horn: Take That, Diablo
People spoiled by the depth of console RPGs have been pleasantly surprised by the hours-long play and immersive world, inspired by old English tales.
7. Shattered Planet: Punch Aliens in the Name of Science
Fans of roguelike games have plenty to love in this infinite sci-fi adventure powered by procedurally generated design and funny writing.
8. Zombies, Run! Literally! Run!
Think fitness inspiration that doubles as a zombie horror. Sure, content is limited to two seasons worth of cardio-inducing horror, but with more than 80 running missions, there’s a lot of jogging to do and paranoia to enjoy.
9. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery: Mobile Art
Another game that leaped from small to big(ger) screens. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery is a work of art, especially with its haunting music. Lots of hidden secrets and clever Twitter integration elevate the game above the norm.
10. Inotia Series: Class on Class on Class
Not quite so robust as your typical action RPG, but fun subplots and a complex main storyline keep things humming, while a generous choice in player classes can keep things fresh.
11. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance: Li’l Halo?
This shooter is clearly inspired by the Halo universe. Or maybe it’s Mass Effect. Either way, an every-man-for-himself multiplayer option is what really makes this game compelling.
12. Oceanhorn: Zelda Reborn
Yes, you can complete this Zelda-like game in maybe a dozen hours and change, but its graphics, music and gameplay are better than average, making it much more endearing than your typical eight-level adventure.
13. Shadowgun: Big, only smaller
You’re John Slade, a bounty hunter who must hunt an evil genius and his mutant army of borgs, droids and humanoids. Sound like a $60 console game? Fooled ya.
14. Real Racing 2: Lots Under the Hood
Take a racing game and make it extremely deep with nearly three dozen types of cars and 15 tracks. Add funny money from in-game sponsors, and you can see this isn’t your typical time killer.