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Old 01-09-2017, 06:38 PM
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Default What do I Want: The Crowdsource a Recommendation Thread

I recently broke my go-to android game (Ascension), and decided to stop playing it. That means I've found myself looking for a new bus stop game. I'm looking for something
  • ON ANDROID - obviously.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT - doesn't take a ton of space on my phone
  • INVOLVING - takes at least some thought and creative thinking to play. The ability to develop higher level strats VERY welcome.
  • SHORT TERM - I'm looking for rounds, turns, or entire games that take ten minutes or less. Basically I want to meaningfully contribute to a game however long I play it.
  • TURN BASED - I'm not looking for twitch. I want the ability to take my time if I'm distracted.
  • REPLAYABLE - something that I can keep coming back to (although excellent one-use experiences are welcome).

That's what I'm looking for right now, but I thought this wasn't a bad idea for a general purpose thread for bespoke game recommendations. Got an itch and don't know how to scratch it? Ask away!
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Old 01-09-2017, 06:52 PM
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Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions?
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:07 PM
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You want Euclidea. It satisfies all of your criteria.
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:25 PM
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Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions?
Great idea, but a bit heavy for my phone at the moment, alas. I will definitely eye the play store for a sale.

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You want Euclidea. It satisfies all of your criteria.
Looks great, thanks!

The system works!
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Hoplite. Sweet little roguelike that's optimized for mobile.
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Hoplite. Sweet little roguelike that's optimized for mobile.
Oh man, that is a super good recommendation that I have played.

If anyone else out there is looking for the same things, listen to this man.
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:39 PM
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Fallen London fulfils all of your criteria, and I would recommend it anyway.

Two caveats:

A. Online only. Dunno how you feel about that.

B. The app looks great but runs badly. Running the game in your phone's web browser works perfectly well on the other hand, to the point that I'm not entirely sure why they bothered programming the app.
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I've been enjoying Alcazar. It's what I use to spend time between classes.
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Old 01-09-2017, 11:22 PM
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These recommendations interest me as well! Definitely going to check these games out. My only addition is that I really like Magic 2014, but it does take up a lot of space. I've kept it around despite that because I played it enough to unlock every card for every deck, which takes some doing.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:58 AM
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I'm not sure if it's on android phones, but Warbits is an excellent little Advance Wars inspired game.

It'll certainly do the job until the day when Nintendo actually does make a mobile AW.
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:37 PM
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Hey, let's try this myself.
  • 3DS game. Reasoning being, I can take it backstage very easily, and there is a LOT of downtime once theatre gets into a run.
  • Replayability. On my phone, I usually have Hoplite and Cardinal Quest 2 as the things I keep coming back to, so Roguelikes are king here, but basically I want something I can keep coming back to and playing in bits.
  • Minimally grindy. What? No, this doesn't contradict the previous point. Long as I can make some real progress from session to session I'll feel okay, but I don't really care for that progress being "here have more numbers".
  • Inexpensive. I'm just a poor boy, from a poor family.

Okay, wound it up, let's set it loose and see what happens.
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:52 PM
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Quest of Dungeons is a pretty fast-paced roguelike. Not really much depth in terms of character customization. Just simple dungeon traversal and loot grabbing.

Note, it's also on Android for much cheaper.
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Actually, I was about to recommend that as well.

My second choice would be Adventure Bar Labyrinth, which is more of a Mystery Dungeony Rogue-em-up. And there's Mercenary Saga for a more SRPG slant on things
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:53 PM
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Fairune 2 is a good one!
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Steamworld Heist.
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I need a good mindless but fun mobile game to play when listening to books.
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:59 AM
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Punch Quest may be my favorite mobile game ever, managing to hit mindless fun dead-on.

It's an auto-scrolling beat-em-up with some kind of Castlevania-ish trappings; tapping one side of the screen makes you throw a dashing punch, and the other a shoryuken, proper timing with the two buttons gives you a few other attacks and different punches are more effective against different enemies. Completing challenges (as well as breaking things) gives you extra cash that you can use to either customize your character or unlock new special attacks.

Might recommend splurging on the Punch Doubler IAP though (don't know how much it costs; it was free to early adopters) otherwise there's some amount of grinding involved. Granted, "Grinding" in this case means "Playing more of a super fun game"
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I need a good mindless but fun mobile game to play when listening to books.
Mini Metro is a puzzle game, so not strictly mindless, but it's beautiful and super fun and it's really easy to zone out and just let the little trains go back and forth for a while.
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Both good suggestions! Thanks!
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34 year-old Caucasian male seeking indie horror experiences

Criteria
  • Game is on PS4, 3DS, or Android.
  • Game is an adventure game, puzzle game, RPG, or walking sim of some sort.
  • Combat is either minimal or nonexistent. Jason Voorhees ain't scary if you can blow him up with a bazooka.
  • Monsters not required, but also not verboten. Same goes for death and failure states.
  • Psychological Horror > Gorefest
  • That said, I don't mind some gore as long as it's not TOO excessive.
  • No Telltale stuff please. I want a horrifying world to get lost in, not an animated CYOA book with QTEs.


And here's a list of horror or otherwise spooky indie games I've already played on the above mentioned platforms: Amnesia Collection, Home, Organ Trail, The Starship Damrey
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Is Lone Survivor on any of those platforms? It was free on PS+ years ago, so if you have a PS3/Vita kicking around and have maintained your subscription, it might do what you need it to do.

Is there a fan translation of Nanashi no Game out there you can emulate?
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Old 02-26-2017, 11:57 PM
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I don't have a PS3 or Vita but Lone Survivor is on PS4, and at the low price of $10 it is a game I'd been considering picking up eventually.

As for Nanashi No Game, only real emulation option I have right now is whatever emulators are available via Google Play. I've got ScummVM, but I'm still not quite sure how to actually use it on my tablet yet.
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PC as platform is not an option?
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:12 AM
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PC as platform is not an option?
My only PC is a hand-me-down laptop that's nearly 10 years old, could barely do jack shit when it was new, slowed to a crawl a few years ago (YES I DELETED STUFF IT'S STILL CRAP) and has had overheating problems for the past couple of years even after cleaning it.

So no, PC is unfortunately not an option at this time.
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Candy Crush Saga will pit you against the greatest horror of our time - the curse of addiction.
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So no, PC is unfortunately not an option at this time.
That's a shame, because what you're asking for is Anatomy, but it's PC only. Otherwise it fits that bulleted list to a T, and it's also amazing and only costs $3.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:45 AM
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I haven't played them, but wouldn't the Danganronpa and Zero Escape series fulfill most of the requirements above?
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I think I have the potential to enjoy RTSes, but I don't really like on the fly base/unit construction. Having to put in build orders in the middle of a fight to play optimally is really overwhelming, and constantly adding reinforcements makes your units feel like ephemeral chaff. I really liked playing aircraft carrier in World of Warships, which basically turns the game into an RTS with locked-in control groups and an emphasis on AOE attacks, but something with more involved micro would probably also be interesting. But anything where you have limited/no ability to throw new units into a single fight would be promising.
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I haven't played them, but wouldn't the Danganronpa and Zero Escape series fulfill most of the requirements above?
Yeah, they're not horror spooky stories, but both of those series fit everything you mentioned but actual 3D spaces you can move around in, and they do a fine job of immersing you in their worlds without that aspect.
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I think I have the potential to enjoy RTSes, but I don't really like on the fly base/unit construction. Having to put in build orders in the middle of a fight to play optimally is really overwhelming, and constantly adding reinforcements makes your units feel like ephemeral chaff. I really liked playing aircraft carrier in World of Warships, which basically turns the game into an RTS with locked-in control groups and an emphasis on AOE attacks, but something with more involved micro would probably also be interesting. But anything where you have limited/no ability to throw new units into a single fight would be promising.
If you are okay with making economic and strategic decisions as long as you don't have to do it in the middle of a battle, then the obvious answer would be the Total War series, and similar titles like the excellent King Arthur the Role-Playing Wargame. There you have a turn-based empire-building layer, but the battles are solely tactical with whatever troops you have on hand. I think you have a couple days left to get in on the current TW: Warhammer for $12 in the Humble Monthly.

The Ground Control series and its successor World in Conflict also come to mind as games that focus solely on tactics and eschew base-building.

And of course, if you're willing to deal with steep learning curves and toxic communities, MOBAs still retain some of their RTS roots.
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