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The 5 best story-driven games you need to play on mobile

By , on September 18, 2018
Last modified 1 month ago

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to mobile gaming. You may enjoy a good mix of genres, but there'll always be one thing in particular that makes you tick.

For me, if you're familiar with my work over on Pocket Gamer, it's story-based games. Whatever the visuals, whatever the task or challenge, whatever the price, whatever the length, if it's got a fantastic story, I'll be into it.

If you're looking for some seriously good mobile games with cracking stories, you should really start with these ones.

Thimbleweed Parkdownload on iOS

If you're all about mysteries, point-and-click puzzles, X-Files, and games that are made by Ron Gilbert, you should go get this immediately.

Your investigation may start with a dead body, but it's not the weirdest thing you'll encounter in Thimbleweed Park. We're talking conspiracy, murder, bad-mouthed clowns, curses, and deep, dark secrets.

Better still, though it's a point-and-click puzzler, it's not a walking simulator. There's a ton of detailed story to wade through and a bunch of sensitive clues that could make or break your investigation. Oh, and it's hilarious and dry.

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OXENFREEdownload on iOS

OXENFREE is a spooky point-and-click adventure game which takes itself a little more seriously than Thimbleweed Park.

Playing as Alex, you invite your new step-brother, Jonas, to an overnight party on the old military post, Edwards Island. After you accidentally open a gateway connected to the island's questionable past, things get imminently spookier and hidden truths come out.

There are so many bits that make it fantastic. From its creepy imagery, well-rounded characters, natural dialogue, and awesome radio mechanic, it's hard not to fall in love with this game.

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Bury Me, My Lovedownload on iOS

Slip into the shoes of Syrian refugee, Nour, as she journeys to a safer place in Europe. Though its silky smooth mechanics make it an absolute joy to play on mobile, it's Nour's back-and-forth with her husband, Majd, that makes this such a compelling tale.

While Nour takes on a perilous trip, Majd remains in Syria to guide her as best he can. Your only communication with each other is through a messaging app where you'll help Nour through her hardships, send links, and maybe a selfie or two.

The choices you make throughout the game heavily impact your ending, with 19 available, and not all of them will be good. This one really keeps you on your toes and brings to light some of the horrors refugees have faced while fleeing their countries.

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To the Moondownload on iOS

If you've never cried at a mobile game, you'd better have some tissues ready for To the Moon. As one of my favourite JRPGs besides The Witch's House, this is a mix of belly-shaking humour and heart-wrenching grief that'll make you ugly cry.

Playing as doctors Rosalene and Watts as they fulfil the final wish of their client, Johnny, on his deathbed. Since he wants to go to the moon it's not the easiest of tasks. However, things get a whole lot more complicated as the doctors wade through a life full of memories to make it happen.

Honestly, after playing the finale of Telltale's The Walking Dead, series one, I didn't think any game could make me as upset again. Spoiler alert, I was proven wrong after playing this. Don't be turned off by the promise of sad things, though. The story is so, so good.

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My Child Lebensborndownload on iOS

When covering World War Two in school there are certain bits that you know will be covered: the Nazi agenda, Hitler's speeches, air-raid shelters, The Blitz, and so on. There are important subjects that easily get left out, however, such as the Lebensborn.

My Child Lebensborn is a Tamagotchi-like game where you have to raise a German-born child in post-WW2 Norway. You need to balance your resources to keep your kid happy, healthy, and well-provided for, but you also need to care for them emotionally. After attending school for the first time you find out just how biased and pig-headed the community is as your child is shunned and bullied by other kids and adults alike.

The more you play, the more engaged you get until you're genuinely attached to this precious bundle of coding. More than anything, it opens your eyes to something you probably weren't even aware of.

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