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Pocket Gamer 10th Anniversary
 3DS Top List

My 10 best games of the past 10 years - David McCarthy

A decade of gaming highlights from a man who was here from the start
Product: Pocket Gamer 10th Anniversary | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android, DSi, iPhone, Mobile, PSP, Smartphone, iPad, 3DS, PS Vita
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As part of the Pocket Gamer 10th anniversary fun we've blackmailed former PG members into giving us a quick rundown of their favourite ten games of the past ten years. (We've also asked them to relive their PG moments, David included.)

They've not been asked to rank these so don't take the order below as set in stone. Rather, think of these games as a collection of digital experiences that will enrich your life.

Or perhaps look through the list and mock their choices.

Create your own list

If you do disagree, here's the magic bit: you can give us your list.

See the 'Create your own Top List' button at the bottom of the article? It's not a trick. 

You'll need to be registered with PG (and logged in) if you aren't yet.

Click on that button and the rest should prove relatively straightforward.

(You can also create lists from within your Pocket Gamer user profile, at the bottom of the 'Logged in as [x]' dropdown menu.)

You can list your all-time favourite portable games, your favourite endless runners, shooters, candy-covered-pony-featuring titles, or even your favourite game making studios.

We all love lists. Share your thoughts and you can soon see your selection on the PG site.

What's all this, then?

The Pocket Gamer 10th anniversary is a month-long celebration of the last decade of mobile games running March 10th - April 10th and featuring a stream of retrospective articles and fun stuff, supported by our friends at Gram Games, Gamevil, JoyCity, Rovio, Nordeus, and Ninja Kiwi. Head over to the PG 10th anniversary homepage for more information.


#1 Final Fantasy Tactics A2

Product: Final Fantasy Tactics A2Formats: DSPublisher: Square Enix Genres: Adventure, RPG

Final Fantasy Tactics A2
Frequently criticised for being easier than the PlayStation original; I love it because it is infinitely more complex, and rewarding.

#2 Bangai-O Spirits

Product: Bangai-O SpiritsFormats: DSGenres: Hardcore, Shooter

Bangai-O Spirits
Quite simply the game that has everything.

#3 Meitantei Conan Mystery Town

Developed by the company I currently work for, not, unfortunately, a massive commercial success, but a really neat combination of card battling and city-building tied to one of my favourite manga franchises.

#4 New Star Soccer

Product: New Star SoccerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS VitaDeveloper: New Star GamesPublisher: New Star GamesGenres: Sports

New Star Soccer
Shame they messed up the transition to free-to-play a little bit, but surely the best ever soccer game in its heyday when the game was still so exquisitely balanced.

#5 Crossy Road

Product: Crossy RoadFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Hipster WhaleGenres: Arcade, Platform

Crossy Road
For putting one of the biggest smiles on my daughter's face.

#6 Hearthstone

Product: HearthstoneFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Blizzard EntertainmentPublisher: Blizzard EntertainmentGenres: Card battler, RPG, Strategy

Compared to my memories of old-school CCGs I thought this felt very simple initially, till I worked out the nuances and had to uninstall it before it did too much damage.

#7 Pokopan (LINE)

A neat take on colour matching from the early days of LINE.

#8 Off The Leash

Product: Off The LeashFormats: Android, iPhonePublisher: Big Pixel StudiosGenres: Casual, Endless running

Off The Leash
Again, sadly not a massive commercial success but a really cute take on the endless runner with a ton of interesting quirks.

#9 Galaxy Dungeon

A free-to-play card battle meets roguelike with slightly sexy space marines.

#10 Ticket to Ride

Product: Ticket to RideFormats: Android, iPad, SteamPublisher: Days of WonderGenres: Card/board game, Strategy

Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride!


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Joao Diniz Sanches 30 March 2016
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