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Top 5 Mobile Games of 2014

by Wessel Minnie (Sillicur)  Posted Wednesday, December 24, 2014 7:54:00 AM


The mobile gaming industry has produced countless fun, addictive and sometimes brilliant games this year. There is a bounty of games to choose from, which made this an exceptionally difficult task. Here is our top 5 mobile games of 2014, in order of preference.

1. Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a strange, lovely, deeply rewarding rabbit hole of an experience. What makes it so spectacular is that so much care has been put into every single aspect of the game to make it a wonderful experience for players; from the art and music, to the simple control system, to the story, to the gameplay, which gently guides you to think about space and geometry in new and interesting ways. The game was nominated for mobile game of the year at The Game Awards 2014, yet sadly lost out to Hearthstone.

Platform: Android / iOS
Developer: Ustwo
Price: R44


  • Beautiful - Inspired by minimalist 3D design, optical illusions and palaces and temples from around the world, every monument is a unique, hand-crafted world to explore.
  • Easy to use - Twist and drag to reshape the world and help Ida to explore. Designed to be easy for everyone to pick up, enjoy and complete.
  • Sound - Audio reacts to your manipulation of the world to provide a surreal and beautiful soundscape. Best experienced with headphones.
  • Cloud save - Synchronize your game across all your devices.
  • Tablet support - Monument Valley is optimized for both tablets and phones.” - Source  

2. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone is a collectable card game developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is one of the most addictive games I have ever played. The game won the Mobile / Handheld game of the year at The Game Awards 2014. Hearthstone deserves every bit of credit it is getting and I believe it to be the first true mobile eSports title.

Platform: Android / iOS
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Price: Free



  • Jump right in - Fun introductory missions bring you into the world of Hearthstone’s intuitive gameplay.
  • Build your deck - With hundreds of additional cards to win and craft - your collection grows with you.
  • Hone your skills - Play in practice matches against computer-controlled heroes of the Warcraft universe. Thrall, Uther, Gul’dan - they’re all here!
  • Collection travels with you - Your card collection is linked to your account - enabling you to switch your play between tablet and desktop with ease.
  • Fight for glory - When you’re ready, step into the Arena and duel other players for the chance to win awesome prizes!” - Source  

3. The Room Two

The game was released early this year yet still sits firmly in my mind as one of the best mobile games of the year.

In my review of the game, I noted that: “The Room Two is an atmospheric masterpiece, difficult and just about everything a gamer would want from a mobile game. The game instills horror in the player without ever really showing anything too gruesome, which is an extremely difficult feat to pull off in itself while the puzzles are a joy to solve.

Platform: Android / iOS
Developer: Fireproof Studios
Price: R12



  • Pick-up-and-play design - Easy to start, hard to put down, an entrancing mix of intriguing puzzles with a simple user interface
  • Innovative touch controls - A tactile experience so natural you can almost feel the surface of each object
  • Realistic 3d locations - Immerse yourself in a variety of stunning environments which will challenge your puzzle solving prowess.
  • Detailed 3d objects - Pore over the intricate details of dozens of artifacts in search of their hidden secrets.
  • Unnerving audio - A haunting soundtrack and dynamic sound effects create a soundscape that reacts to your play.” - Source  

4. Oscura: Second Shadow

I reviewed Oscura: Second Shadow in September, shortly after the game was released. Since then, I have replayed the game five times, going for my sixth this holiday season.

The game is a testament to how fun and engaging mobile gaming can be if done correctly. Oscura: Second Shadow delivers a great backstory, exceptional visuals and sound that create a ton of atmosphere. Difficult and engaging gameplay coupled with flawless, responsive controls finish off a near perfect game.

Platform: Android / iOS
Developer: Chocolate Liberation Front
Price: R38


  • Classic platforming meets modern design - Inspired by early platformers from the 1990’s, Oscura delivers a stripped down platforming experience through the filter of modern game and art design.
  • Built for touch - Built for touch devices from the ground up, Oscura: Second Shadow is optimised and designed around the capabilities and limitations of touch to ensure that the controls are never at fault.
  • Dark fairytale world - Dive into the world of the Driftlands, where engineering meets nature and strange creatures stalk. With the Aurora stone shattered, Oscura’s glowing hand and the shards of the stone are the only light sources, creating a stark and beautiful silhouette art style.
  • Hauntingly stylized levels - Journey through 20 challenging levels, each crafted by hand rather than using tile-sets.
  • An unlikely hero - Slight of frame and without any weaponry or brute force, Oscura must rely on his wits and reflexes to avoid foes and hazards alike. He’s no hero, just doing his job.
  • Challenges to keep you coming back - Completing levels is one thing, collecting all four stars for each level is quite another. Replay levels to perfect your run and beat the goals for time, collecting cogs, shards and getting through without dying.” - Source

5. Hitman Go

Glenn Kisela, a fellow writer at MWEB GameZone gave the game a 9/10 in his review, stating that: “Puzzle games often cater to the masses and become fairly easy and predictable, but Hitman Go avoids that pitfall. The game is difficult, especially if you want to complete levels 100% (get all the achievements) but this only serves to make the game feel that much more rewarding. If you enjoy puzzle games, regardless of if you played previous Hitman titles, you will love this game and it’s worth every cent you spend on it.

After experiencing the game first hand, I fully agree with Glenn and I believe it deserves the final spot in my top 5 mobile games of 2014.

Platform: Android / iOS
Developer: Square Enix
Price: R15


  • Puzzles - Challenging puzzles that put your assassination skills to the test
  • Visuals - Beautiful scale model-style visuals
  • Varied Environments - Environments with secret passageways and off-limit areas
  • Agent 47’s tools of the trade - Distractions, disguises, hiding spots, sniper rifles and even the iconic Silverballers
  • Enemies - Different enemy types with unique and deadly behaviours
  • Player choice - Different ways of completing each level, silently or forcefully” - Source

Closing Thoughts

I have personally spent hours upon hours with each of these games as well as countless others this year, using my Nexa Orion 10.1, a powerful yet affordable Quad Core 10 Inch Tablet. In my opinion, these are the best five mobile games of 2014.

Do you agree with my top 5 picks? What other games would you have in a top 5 mobile games on 2014 list? Let us know what you think in the comment section below. Remember to vote for your Game of The Year, just follow this link and select your game on the poll at the right side of the website.

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