Pokémon Go, Deus Ex, John Wick, Lego, and more; Android and iOS gamers can look forward to a host of familiar names this year. We've picked five mobile games that are worth the wait, though most of them won't be out until the fall. While iOS and Android have customarily been the province of lighter games that you can pick up quickly and drop whenever you want, these titles could bring a level of complexity that most players aren't used to seeing on their phones and tablets. Here are the five mobile games to look out for in 2016.

Deus Ex Go

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Release date: Q3 2016

Platforms: iOS and Android

Cost: Free, with in-app purchases

ESRB rating: TBA (probably T for Teen, equivalent to PG-13)

Square Enix's Go series drops familiar franchises like Hitman and Tomb Raider into a puzzle/stealth environment where you don't need twitchy gamer reflexes or a deep understanding of combat tactics. Deus Ex Go is a companion piece to the game coming out for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in August, but Square also claims that it's raising the bar this time. That's a common refrain in game marketing, but we do know that you will be able to create your own puzzles and share them with friends, in addition to the puzzles already in the game.

If Deus Ex Go follows the pattern of previous Go games, then in-app purchases will give you puzzle hints and early unlocks for areas of the game that otherwise become available only through the regular course of gameplay.

Square Enix also has a Just Cause Go game in the pipeline that may be worth a look. And the previous Go games eventually came to Windows, if you prefer to stay in PC land.

Read more about Deus Ex Go on GameSpot.

Pokémon Go

Release date: July 2016

Platforms: iOS and Android

Cost: Free, with in-app purchases

ESRB rating: TBA (probably E for Everyone, equivalent to G)

The famed Pokémon battle game franchise is finally leaving the confines of Gameboy and coming to iOS and Android. (Though that hasn't stopped Nintendo from encouraging people to buy a Pokémon Go Plus wearable gadget to enhance the experience.) At launch, only the creatures from Pokémon Red and Blue will be available, but Nintendo intends to include all the characters eventually.

Pokémon Go will be free to download, with in-app purchases. There are no official details on what you can buy, though an intrepid Googler can turn up rumors and alleged leaks about things like storage space expansion and virtual currency. It's not clear yet whether purchases will be required to unlock certain features or items.

Despite having the word Go in the name, this game has no connection to Square Enix's series of puzzle games.

Attack on Titan: The Mobile Game


Release date: "By the end of 2016"

Platforms: iOS and Android

Cost: TBA

ESRB rating: TBA (probably M for Mature, equivalent to R)

The very popular and impressively gruesome manga series is getting a new mobile treatment via GameSamba, a developer whose website indicates some experience in this area. Given the sheer weight of the Attack on Titan franchise at this point -- which includes several other games on a variety of platforms, several novels, and standalone animated and live-action films -- this mobile game is not likely to be a quick cash-in.

While details are sparse, the available info indicates that the look and feel of the game will draw largely from the anime productions. The characters and locations are a mystery, and the release is expected before the end of the year. In the meantime, the anime version of Attack on Titan is on Netflix for your TV-MA viewing pleasure.

John Wick: The Game


Release date: TBA 2016

Platforms: Windows, Android, possibly iOS

Cost: TBA

ESRB rating: TBA (probably M for Mature, equivalent to R)

John Wick is a 2014 action film starring Keanu Reeves, the actor best known as the guy who knows kung fu. It was a modest hit and has a sequel slated for early 2017. Film distributor Lionsgate is collaborating with Starbreeze Studios, Wevr, and Grab Games to create a VR game based in the world of the movie. Starbreeze created the popular Chronicles of Riddick games and Payday 2, so they're no strangers to gritty gunplay. What we've seen of the game includes characters and locations from the first film.

On PC, the game will be played in VR using the HTC Vive (rhymes with "five") headset, which retails for $800 and comes with a high-quality set of motion controls. We know that the game will be in VR on Android but don't know on which devices. The Vive doesn't currently have a way of hooking into an Android device.

Earlier this year at Google's annual I/O conference, Google announced Daydream, a set of VR specifications that will be used in certain Android phones coming out later this year.

The original film is not currently on Netflix, but you can rent it in HD from iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, YouTube, and the PlayStation store for $3. It's rated R.

Lego RPG

Release date: TBA 2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Cost: TBA

ESRB rating: TBA (probably E for Everyone)

As you can tell by the title, not a lot is known about Lego RPG -- since the January 2015 press release, we've heard precious little. But we do know that TT Games is involved, which made all those Lego games in the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, and Marvel Universe settings. So "RPG" is probably a stretch, since TT's previous Lego work has been in the puzzle-action vein. We also know that the game has been slated for 2016 since the beginning. Because the Lego games are not visually complex, we can expect this one to be playable on a variety of Android and iOS devices.

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