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Five of the best: Mobile games with eye candy graphics

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August 25, 2014

Read on as we highlight five visually stunning mobile games

Read on as we highlight five visually stunning mobile games

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Mobile games have come a long way through the years. Colorful, primary color-toting franchises like Candy Crush Saga and Cut the Rope may still reign supreme, but some titles take a more refined approach to mobile platforms. Read on as Gizmag highlights five visually stunning mobile games.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout (Android, iOS, Windows Phone)

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

Heavily influenced by Call of Duty, the latest installment in Gameloft’s Modern Combat franchise is the closest you can get to a console first person shooter on mobile. You’ll need a powerful smartphone or tablet to run the game on its highest setting, but it even looks great when set to the “Better Performance” (a couple of settings notches down) mode.

The title holds onto the same sort of cinematic set pieces that you’ll find in console titles of the same genre, and it even controls a little better than most other mobile shooters.

App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone (US$6.99)

Asphalt 8: Airborne (Android, iOS, Windows Phone)

Asphalt 8: Airborne

There’s a fair bit of choice when it comes to racing games on mobile, but Asphalt 8 is perhaps the most visually appealing of the bunch. The environments are detailed and vehicles look and handle like they have some real substance. From visuals to gameplay, the title is more Need For Speed than Forza, but we think the over-the-top style really works for a mobile game.

If you’re not a fan of arcady racers, then you can always check out more realistic titles like EA’s Real Racing 3.

App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone (Free, with in-app purchases)

Infinity Blade III (iOS)

Infinity Blade III

You can’t talk about beautiful mobile games without at least mentioning the Infinity Blade series. The original 2010 entry in the series was one of the first titles to really show off the potential of mobile gaming, and the visuals have only become more impressive over the years. The game is built using the Unreal Engine, and really starts to blur the line between mobile and console gaming – at least when it comes to graphics.

You’ll be more aware that you’re playing a mobile game when it comes to the control scheme. Combat is controlled by following on-screen cues, swiping in different directions at the correct moment. It’s a limited gameplay scheme (more than a little reminiscent of the old Punch-Out! series), but it does play to the strengths of the touchscreen.

App Store ($6.99)

The Room Two (Android, iOS)

The Room Two

The Room Two is a dark, moody puzzle game that’s atmospheric, simple and addictive. Its realistic looks and clever puzzles make for one of our favorite experiences in mobile gaming.

Like Infinity Blade 3, The Room Two plays to the strengths of the touchscreen, focusing on simple pinch, swipe and tap controls.

App Store, Google Play ($2.99)

The Monument Valley (Android, iOS)

Monument Valley

While most of the titles here opt for a realistic style, Monument Valley goes in an entirely different direction. It tasks you with guiding protagonist Ida through a series of clever, Escher-inspired puzzles. There’s a light dusting of story here, but the focus is on simple, gorgeous visuals with muted colors and superb, ambient sound design.

If you’re a fan of atmospheric games like Journey or Flower, then Monument Valley comes highly recommended.

App Store, Google Play ($3.99)

About the Author
Chris Wood Chris specializes in mobile technology for Gizmag, but also likes to dabble in the latest gaming gadgets. He has a degree in Politics and Ancient History from the University of Exeter, and lives in Gloucestershire, UK. In his spare time you might find him playing music, following a variety of sports or binge watching Game of Thrones.   All articles by Chris Wood
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3 Comments

You should check out the games by Mediocre. The games are fantastically entertaining (to me) and have a great visual style (see Smash Hit). In addition, they all have soundboards that are second to none...really aurally appealing.

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ripshin
26th August, 2014 @ 06:59 am PDT

I played Monument Valley. It was refreshingly pleasant. A beautiful little puzzle game. Short. Ingaging. Not very challenging, but I enjoyed it. I have The Room, but haven't opened it up yet.

John Hagen-Brenner
26th August, 2014 @ 02:48 pm PDT

I've played Asphalt 8 for my Samsung S5, and yes the graphics are good and all, but the problem with the game (for me) is the fact that you barely get any cash for winning races. Also the creators of the game expect you to dive deep into your own pockets and pay REAL USD so that you can get, use a couple of cars in the game. I had it for a few months, and then got rid of it. There were too many negatives for me to keep it. I too have Smash Hit on my phone & IPad, and love it more than Asphalt 8.

Lawrence German
28th August, 2014 @ 01:46 pm PDT
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