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The 25 best iOS and Android games of 2017

Pocket Gamer's definitive list of the best mobile games of the last 12 months
Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
   
I hope you like lists, because it's the time of year when pretty soon you won't be able to move for the things. The best movies, albums, TV shows, smartphones, steak knives, cardboard items - you name the product, someone will be sticking into some kind of rigid numerical order and rattling on about it.

We'd love to be able to take some kind of moral high ground here, but the truth is we at Pocket Gamer like a good end-of-year list as much as anyone. Besides, how else are we to recognise the stellar mobile games released in 2017?

So here it is: Pocket Gamer's list of the best 25 mobile games of 2017. (Psst: your friends on the team have also listed their personal gaming obsessions, starting with our Glen and Jon, so for a more personal approach check those out too.)
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#1 Monument Valley 2

Product: Monument Valley 2Formats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: ustwoGenres: Puzzle

Monument Valley 2
If there's one no-brainer on this list, it's Monument Valley 2. The only mobile game to receive full marks in 2017, this is a beautifully moving puzzler that will gently twist your brain in knots while simultaneously making your heart sing.

#2 Guns of Boom

Product: Guns of BoomFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Game Insight

Guns of Boom
Many developers have tried to make an online FPS for mobile, but precious few have succeeded. Guns of Boom is the rare game that hits the sweet spot between accessibility and skill, complete with a freemium system that doesn't grate or unbalance things.

#3 Yankai's Peak

Product: Yankai's PeakFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Kenny Sun

Yankai's Peak
A fiendishly original puzzler that concerns itself with rotating triangles into place through maddeningly constrained levels - all with Kenny Sun's usual beautiful abstract visuals.

#4 Galaxy of Pen and Paper

Product: Galaxy of Pen and PaperFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Behold Studios

Galaxy of Pen and Paper
The team behind Knights of Pen and Paper takes on sci-fi, with predictably lovely results. And so we have a pen and paper RPG wrapped up in a Star Trek pastiche, with loads of neat touches and flourishes.

#5 Iron Marines

Product: Iron MarinesFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Ironhide Game StudioGenres: Strategy

Iron Marines
We didn't get a new Kingdom Rush game in 2017, but that's because Ironhide was cooking up something new. The result, in Iron Marines, is arguably the greatest mobile distillation of the RTS genre yet.

#6 The Witness

Product: The WitnessFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Thekla Inc.Genres: Puzzle

The Witness
It took ages to land on mobile, but The Witness on iOS was worth the wait. This is a first person puzzler set on a mysterious island, with a stunning visual style that's only matched by the ingenuity of its puzzles.

#7 Causality

Product: CausalityFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: LojuGenres: Puzzle

Causality
We'd call Causality 'time manipulation for dummies,' but it's really not remotely dumb. It's a sharp, charming and surprisingly accessible puzzler.

#8 Layton's Mystery Journey

Product: Layton's Mystery JourneyFormats: iPhone, iPad, 3DSPublisher: Level-5

Layton's Mystery Journey
Here's another great casual puzzler from Level 5. What sets Layton's Mystery Journey apart, though, is the fact that it's no mere 3DS port - it was actually designed with mobile in mind.

#9 Morphite

Product: MorphiteFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Crescent Moon GamesGenres: Adventure

Morphite
It might look like No Man's Sky mobile, but Morphite is a far tighter game. You're still exploring planets in first person, but it's more direct and fun.

#10 Steredenn

Product: SteredennFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Pixelnest StudioGenres: Arcade, Shooter

Steredenn
It's rare that you see a 2D shmup with the ambition of Steredenn. Into the thrilling bullet hell mix go roguelike elements and a branching weapon-customisation system.

#11 Darkest Dungeon

Product: Darkest DungeonFormats: iPadDeveloper: Red Hook StudiosGenres: RPG

Darkest Dungeon
It's dank, it's dark, it's deeply unforgiving. So why is this side-scrolling dungeon-crawler so difficult to put down? Probably because it's packed full of surprises and built around an ingenious battle system.

#12 Death Road to Canada

Product: Death Road to CanadaFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: MadgardenPublisher: RocketCat GamesGenres: Action, Adventure, RPG

Death Road to Canada
Miraculously, bashing zombies was made to feel fresh in Death Road to Canada. It's a dungeon crawler with a post-apocalyptic twist and a wicked sense of humour, as your motley party scavenges across America.

#13 Ticket to Earth

Product: Ticket to EarthFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Puzzle

Ticket to Earth
A match-three puzzler with scope, originality and a cracking story? That doesn't sound right. But that's precisely what Ticket to Earth turned out to be.

#14 Pavilion: Touch Edition

Product: Pavilion: Touch EditionFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Visiontrick MediaGenres: Puzzle

Pavilion: Touch Edition
Pavilion is a platform-puzzler in which you don't actually control the protagonist directly, rather the level elements around hime. It's also one of the most detailed, downright beautiful games of the year.

#15 Thimbleweed Park

Product: Thimbleweed ParkFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadGenres: Adventure

Thimbleweed Park
It might look like a very old point-and-click adventure game, but Thimbleweed Park is so much more than that. Thanks to an interaction system that's both complex and flexible, it's as fun to play as it is to follow the (excellently told) story.

#16 Euclidean Lands

Product: Euclidean LandsFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Adventure, Puzzle, Strategy

Euclidean Lands
Despite having clear shades of Square Enix's GO titles and Monument Valley, Euclidean Lands manages to forge its own puzzling path. Each level is a compact Rubik's Cube puzzle that needs to be twisted into shape.

#17 Simulacra

Product: SimulacraFormats: Android, iPhone, SteamGenres: Adventure

Simulacra
Simulacra is a lost phone game that stands apart from most of its rivals with a deeply unsettling story, excellent voice acting and realistic simulation of the smartphone experience. It'll make you squirm.

#18 Titanfall: Assault

Product: Titanfall: AssaultFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: NexonGenres: Strategy, MOBA

Titanfall: Assault
Titanfall: Assault was one of very few 2017 mobile games that managed to take the Clash Royale template and do something genuinely worthwhile with it - this time adding an extra layer of strategic depth.

#19 Kalimba

Product: KalimbaFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Press PlayGenres: Platform, Puzzle

Kalimba
Kalimba is a smart 2D platformer that has you controlling two characters at once - but it was the ingenious spatial puzzles that were wrought around this mechanic that really made it stand out in 2017.

#20 Motorsport Manager 2

Product: Motorsport Manager 2Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Genres: Simulation, Sports

Motorsport Manager 2
Like Lewis Hamilton winning his fourth world championship, Motorsport Manager 2 takes what was already a top mobile management sim and makes it even better. There's no actual driving, but it's arguably the best racing game of 2017.

#21 Warhammer Quest 2

Product: Warhammer Quest 2Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: PerchangGenres: Action, Card/board game, RPG

Warhammer Quest 2
This is the mobile tactical RPG done right, with a smart levelling system and a finely judged level of challenge that ensures you're always on edge.

#22 Stormbound: Kingdom Wars

Product: Stormbound: Kingdom WarsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Kongregate

Stormbound: Kingdom Wars
Here's another game that does something interesting with the Clash Royale blueprint. This time the action is turn-based, lending this mobile MOBA the feel of a particularly streamlined boardgame.

#23 Golf Zero

Product: Golf ZeroFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadGenres: Platform

Golf Zero
Super Meatboy meets Super Stickman Golf, with a dash of Max Payne's bullet time mechanic for good measure. Golf Zero is a genuinely unique, brilliantly conceived hardcore platformer.

#24 Campfire Cooking

Product: Campfire CookingFormats: iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Layton HawkesPublisher:

Campfire Cooking
Calling Campfire Cooking a grid-based puzzler is bit like calling a hotdog 'protein and carb sustenance'. It's way more lip-smacking than it sounds, as you flip, shift, and cook a range of delicious-looking foods using spatial logic.

#25 Beat Street

Product: Beat StreetFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Lucky Kat StudiosGenres: Fighting

Beat Street
A beat-'em-up that can genuinely be played single-handed. Beat Street takes its cues from the best scrolling brawlers in videogame history, but is way cuter and more accessible.

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Jon Mundy 27 December 2017
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