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The 5 Upcoming Mobile Games You Don't Want to Miss

Some folks might be surprised that they can use their mobile phone for things other than snapping pictures of themselves and their food. Over the last few years, Android and iOS have started to flex legit muscle as gaming platforms as well. We've endeavored to dig up the interesting-looking games in the pipeline for the second half of 2017 that aren't plagued with micro-transactions or annoying ads. Enjoy!


Alto's Odyssey

Alto's Odyssey

Release date: Summer 2017

Price: TBA

Expected ESRB rating: E for Everyone

The Google Play Store reports over 20 million downloads for Alto's Adventure, released in 2015. It's a charming endless runner like Super Mario Run; you control actions like jumping and ducking while the game makes your character constantly move forward until you eventually crash. The point is to see how far you can go. And Alto levels are procedurally generated, so you can't cheat by memorizing layouts. Now comes the sequel, Alto's Adventure, which changes the terrain from snow to sand and introduces some more features, like hot air balloons and vortexes of air.


Torchlight: The Legend Continues

Torchlight: The Legend Continues

Release date: TBA 2017

Price: TBA

Expected ESRB rating: T for Teen

The original Torchlight from 2009 was made in part by the co-designers of the first two Diablo games, and their influence and polish is definitely there. Torchlight has a much lighter tone but features plenty of hack-and-slash RPG action. The Legend Continues is under development from scratch specifically for mobile by Fedeen Games, who have experience with mobile role-playing titles. It won't be the only action-RPG on mobile devices, but it has a promising pedigree that makes it worth keeping on your radar.


The Witness

The Witness

iOS

Release date: December 2017

Price: TBA

Expected ESRB rating: E for Everyone

This hit puzzler inspired by the Myst series is coming to iPhones and iPads, hopefully before the end of the year. In development for about six years by a small team headed by Jonathan Blow, the guy behind Braid, The Witness plops you on a mysterious island full of strange sights and challenges you to unlock the secret of how you got here. Some of the puzzles can get downright maddening, but you can find solutions online if you get stuck.


Animal Crossing Mobile

Animal Crossing Mobile

iOS

Release date: TBA 2017

Price: TBA

Expected ESRB rating: E for Everyone

That's right, the famed Animal Crossing series is finally extending its reach beyond Nintendo consoles and into the world of mobile phones and tablets. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it's similar to The Sims but with a particularly kid-friendly atmosphere and a much more relaxed pace.


Legend of Zelda

Legend of Zelda

iOS

Release date: Late 2017/early 2018

Price: TBA

Expected ESRB rating: E for Everyone or E10+ (everyone 10 years or older)

After testing the Android and iOS waters with Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo is diving in again with Legend of Zelda, according to the Wall Street Journal -- although details are scarce. This may be a mobile version of the original game, a port of a 3DS title, or something entirely new.

Nintendo originally announced that five mobile games were coming in 2017, but only four have surfaced so far. This is likely the fifth. Nintendo may also hit the pause button and re-assess the project in light of the unexpected runaway success of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the blockbuster launch title for the company's Switch game console, whose hotcake sales numbers actually took Nintendo by surprise. Either way, we're highly confident that Zelda is coming to Android and iOS devices sooner rather than later.

Tom is the senior editor covering Windows at Download.com.