Blizzard Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft
If last year you had told me that in the year of our Lord 2017 I would be playing a collectible-card game based on World of Warcraft (WoW), I would have told you that seemed correct, since I’ve been obsessed with Hearthstone for several years now. With endless variations on a simple game, Hearthstone jettisons the strife and ridiculous expense of collectible-card games and makes them fun again. Even as someone who isn’t a fan of WoW, I found the game to be both accessible and light-hearted enough to suck me in.
Clash of Clans
The follow-up to the mega-hit Clash of Clans, Clash Royale combines elements of Dota 2, tower defense, and deck building into a shockingly charming package. It’s a fun and addictive mobile experience that can be played with just a thumb. You can even complete all those in-app purchases one-handed, too.
Dots & Co
Two Dots was a breakout hit for mobile gaming, deftly combining simple, portable play with a stylish design. Dots and Co isn’t so much a sequel as it is a riff on the first game, introducing new special abilities and challenges. It retains all the zen strategy of the original, with some new twists that make it feel fresh.