The best story-driven games for mobile gamers

It might take a while for a rugged handheld gaming device such as the steam bridge making its way into the Indian market. Mobile gaming is the next best option, although most people only care about the multiplayer segment or easy puzzle titles to pass the time. As mobile hardware has improved over the years, many console and PC ports have been incorporated into the platform.

Some of them are able to establish a narrative that sticks to your skin, while delivering graphical details that look identical to what they would have on a powerful system. So, here is a list of the best story-based games you can play on your phone while relaxing on your bed.

The wolf among us

While it’s questionable how good Telltale is with engaging storytelling, The wolf among us is a cut above the rest. Serving as a prequel to the Fables graphic novel series, the mystery drama follows the story of Bigby Wolf who is on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer terrorizing the streets of Fabletown.

The Wolf Among Us serves as a prequel to DC/Vertigo’s Fables graphic novel series. (Screenshot)

Players will encounter modern interpretations of fairy tale characters such as Snow White, Bloody Mary, Ichabod Crane, and more. The game is structured like a TV show with episodes that end on a cliffhanger, while the interactive aspect lets you choose dialogues and make game-changing decisions. The first episode is available to play for free, after which you will need to purchase the others.

life is strange

This award-winning episodic adventure game follows similar mechanics to any Telltale title. But it’s a bit more interactive, as you control your Max Caulfield character from a third-person perspective. While trying to save her best friend Chloe Price from getting shot, she discovers the ability to turn back time.

Life is Strange was just behind The Witcher 3 in winning the most awards in 2015. (Screenshot)

From there, the game veers into a crime drama lesson, where Max can play with his powers and uncover dark truths about the kidnapping of numerous Arcadia Bay teenage girls. There are some cringe-worthy scriptures here and there, but the larger emotional story overshadows the flaws. As before, you can try the first episode for free, then buy the rest if you feel up to it.

GTA trilogy

If you were wondering why the GTA Trilogy Remasters on PC and console, it’s because Rockstar hired the same people who made those mobile ports. All three games – GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas have been made available for mobile devices and feature the exact same scenarios and missions as the original.

Grand Theft Auto mobile games are made by the same people who worked on the recently released remastered version. (Image credit: GTA San Andreas)

With high resolution and screen size on monitors and TVs, these classic games tend to be quite pixelated and stretched, which hinders immersion. On mobile, however, colors are crisp and vibrant – almost on par with those sloppy remastered games. The GTA Trilogy is available to purchase individually on Android and iOS.

The Walking Dead

Set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead was Telltale’s foray into creating choice-based story games. You play as Lee Everett, a convicted felon who gets a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. In a strange turn of events, he meets an orphan named Clementine, whom he swears to protect at all costs.

Telltale’s The Walking Dead won multiple Game of the Year awards in 2012. (Screenshot)

While there’s the overarching story of a zombie apocalypse and unique characters that you meet along the way, the writing focuses more on Lee’s redemption arc, in a way that will have you reminiscing question every choice and leave you crying at the end. The first episode can be played for free.

Oddworld: The Stranger’s Wrath

Perhaps one of the best open-world games on mobile, Stranger’s Wrath puts you in the shoes of a bounty hunter, as you capture “wanted” targets in hopes of paying for your operation. The odds are soon tilted against you, as old enemies begin to seek you out – turning you from ‘hunter’ to ‘hunted’.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is easily one of the best RPGs on mobile.

The game is played in both first and third person, where you can jump platforms, climb ropes, and engage in melee combat. By switching to FPS mode, you can create an arsenal of ranged weapons like rifles and crossbows. It incorporates a bunch of RPG (role-playing game) things like a reward system and merchants to buy supplies from.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Hazelight Studios has a knack for creating a great sofa cooperative experiences, while delivering a narrative of agent equality. Marking Josef Fares first entry into the games industry, Brothers is a mostly silent and epic fairy-tale journey of two siblings as they embark on uncharted territories.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons was award-winning director Josef Fares’ first entry into the video game industry. (Screenshot)

For the first time on a mobile platform, two players can play on the same screen at the same time, using dedicated controls on each side. You’ll be tasked with solving puzzles, exploring stunning locations, and understanding the value of brotherhood in a moving story involving a sick, bedridden father. The game is available for one-time purchase on Android and iOS, however, on the Apple side, it is recommended to play on an iPad.

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