mobile_game_developmentThe start of a new year always brings about new expectations when it comes to mobile gaming. With iPhone and Samsung set to release marquee devices in the coming months, there’s a natural expectation among gaming fans that improved technology will help foster better options.

Of course, app developers are a reactionary bunch and they often take a few months to adapt to the new features offered by the latest smartphones. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean the current app store hotshots are lagging behind in terms of style and substance. In fact, when you browse the marketplace today, there are games of all shapes and sizes that should tickle your fancy.

In fact, it doesn’t matter if you’re a platform player who enjoys recent releases such as Blown Away or a blackjack fan wanting to try out the latest 32Red online casino games via your mobile, each app store is filled with options to suit everyone.

Not only that, but when you browse the latest mobile gaming genres, you’ll find a host of apps offered by competing companies. Indeed, when it comes to arcade style games, you’ll find offerings from the likes of Rovio and Gameloft. Similarly, if you’re a gamer who enjoys mobile casino games, operators such as 32Red, bgo and BetVictor are all on hand to offer you an engaging virtual experience.

Mobile Gaming Greats for 2016

Basically, whichever way you look at it, the mobile gaming market is stocked full of options to suit players of all persuasions. So, to help you find the best products on the market, we’ve picked out five apps you should download in 2016.

Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes (Free)

When Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise it promised a vast array of exciting products to complement the movie and a new mobile app is one of them. An RPG-style game, your mission is to assemble a team of Star Wars characters such as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, and take on the dark side in a variety of battlegrounds, including Bespin, Hoth and Tatooine.

The 32Red Casino App (Free)

Designed to offer all the playability of 32Red’s online casino platform, this free app allows you to play 18 casino classics via your Android or iOS device. Among the games you can play for free or real money is a number of themed slots, including one that all gaming fans will be familiar with -Tomb Raider. Essentially, if you’re looking for a way to test your powers of reasoning and logical dedication, then 32Red’s mobile blackjack, slots and roulette games are a great choice.

Punch Club (£3.99/$4.99)

Released at the start of 2016, Punch Club is one of those games that are less about aesthetics and more about engaging game play. Tapping into the primal human urge to fight (or watch fights), this mobile game looks similar to classic games such as Final Fight and your mission is to build up credits, train your character and, ultimately, compete in fights to find out who killed your father. If you’re a fan of rough and tumble action, this game is for you.

Venture Kid (£0.79/$0.99)

When it comes to retro mobile gaming in 2016, there are few games that can rival Venture Kid. Taking inspiration from the Sega Classic, Alex the Kid, this pixelated platform game features 8-bit graphics and an evil baddie known as Dr. Teklov. Although Venture Kid only contains nine levels, you’ll find yourself going back for more time and time again.

The Room Two (£1.99/$2.79)

Another game designed to test your logic, The Room Two is, unsurprisingly, the sequel to the classic mobile breakout game, The Room. Forcing you to use the same powers of logic and deductive reasoning that you’ll need in the mobile casino world, this iOS and Android title has been developed by Fireproof Studios and the premise is simple – twist, touch and think your way out of various locked rooms before the time (or your sanity) runs out.