My next pick, the first fighting game on the list, seemingly came out of nowhere. Its intensely silly premise caused a sudden spike in chatter, spurring us all on to give it a go, with many at the time treating it as something of a goofy curiosity.
That being said, the real surprise with Andrew Baxter’s Flappy Fighter, a mashup of 2013’s Flappy Bird and Street Fighter, is just how polished and smartly designed it is – so much so that it has the potential to become one of the best games of its type on mobile.
Right now, with only 1 playable character and no online PvP, you could argue that it feels more like a demo than a full game. But, in the heat of battle, these concerns hardly matter when Flappy Fighter somehow captures the fluidity, speed, and feel of Street Fighter better than any official mobile port ever has.
It’s a game that’s clearly been built from the ground up for mobile, unlike so many fighters that started life as console or PC releases. This is evident in the elegant combo system, intuitive touchscreen controls, and simplified approach to movement – three areas that 2017’s Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition fell flat in.
It all just feels right; a labour of love with rock-solid foundations and plenty of daffy shouldn’t-work-but-does personality. Maybe best to give it a quick shot now, then keep checking in over the next few months to see where it goes.