ByRob Harris, writer at
Sometimes I play video games.
Rob Harris

2015 was a great year for gaming on the go. If you can look past the unfortunate micro-transaction slot machines, mobile platforms are brimming with unique interactive experiences perfect for portable play. Here's the 10 best titles of the year, all of which you'd do well to download for those lonely moments on the pot.

10. Does Not Commute

Organizing a city of commuters might not sound like your idea of fun, but this slickly designed driving game will make your own journey to work considerably more bearable.

9. The Executive

A beat-em-up brawler perfectly designed for touch screen devices, The Executive packs plenty of punch into a small screen. Over the top action and a suave sense of style ensures its status as a mobile essential.

8. Fallout Shelter

Announced on the same day as Fallout 4, this vault-management sim provided the perfect distraction to tide us over until our return to the wasteland in earnest.

7. Transistor

Supergiant Games' follow up to their indie breakout hit Bastion traded vibrant fantasy-inspired landscapes for neon-drenched, circuit-board plazas. It's bold, beautiful, highly strategic, narratively intriguing and well worth your time.

6. The Room Three

The Room series epitomizes what touch screens were created for. If you enjoy dismantling intricate artifacts with the swipe of a finger while solving cryptic clues and devious puzzles along the way, this won't disappoint.

5. Broken Age

Stunning hand drawn backgrounds, a delightful cast of characters, smartly designed puzzles and snort-inducing dialogue all make Broken Age an instant classic. Once you plunge into this eccentric world you won't want to leave. Oh, and did I mention that Jack Black, Wil Wheaton and Elijah Wood are in it, because they are!

4. Lara Croft Go

It's great to see developers adapting their blockbuster franchises FOR PHONES, rather than cramming a cheap imitation of the console version onto a 6-inch screen. Lara Croft Go is a treat on mobile, perfect for those quick 5 minute bus journeys.

3. Alto’s Adventure

This alpine adventure both looks and plays the part, providing fun, arcadey snowboarding action against the beautifully minimalistic backdrop of apres towns and frost-covered forests.

2. Her Story

Made by former Silent Hill alumni, Her Story is an interactive tale like no other. It asks you to sift through police interrogation videos to cross check witness accounts and solve a gripping mystery. No other game made me feel like a hard boiled detective, and even had me filling pages of my notebook with scrawled observations and theories.

1. Downwell

This year I lost countless hours getting on wrong trains, lingering on toilets and bumping into passers by, all because of Downwell. This simple yet compulsive rougelike is brutally unforgiving, but once you get the hang of its ultra precise controls you'll be racking up double digit combos in no time. Without a doubt, this was the best way to kill time on your phone in 2015.


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