British Academy Games Awards: Best Mobile & Handheld Games

The British Academy Games Awards is just around the corner. On the 7th April, an assortment of mobile, PC and console games will be honoured across 16 categories. The gaming industries answer to the BAFTA’s, this is a hugely important event for those nominated. 

2015 was a year of innovation, offering an array of stand-out, memorable indies and AAA titles. Take a look below at the nominees for the Mobile & Handheld category. Each game is available to purchase and play via the App Store.

Her Story

If you’re looking for something truly unique, then check out Her Story. Here you’ll put on the Detective hat as you try to get to the bottom of a murder case. Playing like an interactive true crime documentary, the game presents you with with live-action footage from 1994. Search through hundreds of video clips that cover interviews of a woman who is interviewed about her missing husband. The more you watch, the more you’ll piece together her story.

Created by Sam Barlow, the brains behind Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, and starring Viva Seifert, one half of the bad Joe Gideon and the Shark, this is truly a game you have to experience. Moving and truly involving, Her Story has won several awards and garnered critical praise. Its definitely worth a play.

Prune

There’s never a shortage of puzzle games on the App Store, and at times it does feel like things are getting a little too samey. Thankfully, a game comes along once in a while to shake things up. This is the case with Prune, a game that aims to celebrate the “beauty and joy of cultivation.” 

By swiping your finger on the screen, you’ll grow and shape your treeing the sunlight while avoiding any danger in the world. As you grow your trees, you’ll uncover a story hidden within the soil. Prune offers a beautiful minimalist style, gorgeous music and truly soothing gameplay. Chill out, tend to some plants and immerse yourself in an addictive and unique puzzle game.

Lara Croft GO

Based on the popular Tomb Raider series, Lara Croft GO reshapes this franchise into a clever turn-based puzzle game. Enough here to satisfy both new and old fans alike, the game sees players avoid deadly traps, encounter and eliminate enemies, explore beautiful landscapes and collect artefacts. Split into six chapters, players get to test their skills at more than 101 puzzles. 

Lara Croft GO follows the format made popular by its predecessor, Hitman GO, expanding on this turn-based gameplay to add regular updates with brand new levels, costumes, achievements and more.

The Room Three

The sequel to BARFA award winning ‘The Room’ and ‘The Room Two’, The Room Three challenges players with intriguing puzzles, a chilling atmosphere and beautiful visuals. It’s easy to lose yourself in this atmospheric game, thanks to the amount of exploration and mind-bending puzzles contained within. 

Unsettling yet strangely beautiful, we’re sure you’ll be hooked to this addictive puzzle adventure.

Alphabear: World Puzzle Game

So far, the games in this list have been a mixture of dark and intriguing, action packed and beautiful. However, if something cute is what you’re after, then check out Alphabear. Made by the team behind popular app Triple Town, Alphabear sees players spelling words by selecting letters on a grid. When letters are used next to one another, bears appear. The more letters you use, the bigger the bear grows, and the more points you earn. 

If word games are your thing, then try this one out. Utterly adorable, vibrant and fun, Alphabear offers an addictive addition to the puzzle genre.

Fallout Shelter

One of the most addictive App games of 2015, Fallout Shelter embraced the post-apocalyptic world of Bethesda’s popular Fallout franchise, whilst offering a different choice of gameplay to the series’ usual RPG/exploration fare.

Players get to create and micro-manage their very own vault. You’ll be in charge of the vault dwellers, ensuring they stay fed, are happy and are working. Occasionally, you’ll be confronted with outside enemies (Raiders and Deathclaws, to name a few), and it’s up to you to ensure they don’t kill off your team of survivors. Fans of the series will love this little dive into the 1950’s-style Fallout world again.

Check out our review of Fallout Shelter here.