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The top 50 best mobile games currently in soft launch for iPhone, iPad or Android

Updated January 01, 2020: Entries adjusted

Sometimes developers like to make sure the paying public are willing to play their game before they push it to every device in the world. And thus, we find ourselves with soft-launched games.

Available in just a handful of countries and regions, a soft-launched game is subject to drastic change as developers take on board customer feedback (and other metrics) to alter the game and ensure the best possible product is what’s left over before it goes to wide launch.

But here’s the kicker – we can see when developers do that. And when you’re looking at some of the big games, like the ones we have on this list, then you can find yourself getting very excited, and even a little jealous that you can’t play it yet.

So to help you out a little, we’ve collected up a huge list of some of the biggest and best games currently available in soft launch, which you might well be able to get if you have the right Apple ID or Google Play account to download it with.

As mentioned above, these games are likely to change massively throughout their soft launch periods, and it’s nigh-on impossible to keep up with their development for months at a time. Some of our info might therefore only be accurate at the time of writing – sorry about that!

And if a game suddenly disappears, it might be because the developer has decided to stop development on it early and save themselves the cost of a big launch, or because the developer is gearing up for a big launch and wants to surprise the world. Whatever the case, we’ll try and keep you updated when these things happen.

Whet your appetite enough yet? Dig into the list of games below and find out what you could be playing later this year, or right now if you’ve got the right account.

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1 Anchors in the Drift

  • Publisher: 5TH Cell
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Australia, New Zealand, Phillippines

Space and time have collapsed. Players join a group of heroes, called Anchors, in an online RPG adventure.

2 Awakers

  • Publisher: Nelvis Games Inc.
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Phillippines

A real-time squad combat game which allows you to control a combination of 9 heroes in massive, open-world battles, all at once.

3 Battle Breakers

  • Publisher: Epic Games
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Philippines, Australia, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden

Assemble the ultimate team of super warriors and take back your planet in this tactical combat RPG.

4 Battle of Light

  • Publisher: NetEase Games/LongE Play
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore (iOS) Taiwan (Android)

Battle of Light (or the translated equivalent) is a new 3D MMORPG with a 360 degree freedom perspective and some pretty nifty-looking graphics. In it, you’ll find a dynamic combat system, real-time Raids, and a generally classic mobile gaming/social experience.

5 Battle Bombers Arena

  • Publisher: Futureplay
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Ukraine, Finland, Poland

If you’re after a game that’s kind-of like Bomberman but with cute animals instead, you’ll want to check out Battle Bombers Arena.

6 Best Fiends Star

  • Publisher: Seriously
  • Platform: iOS and Android
  • Country: Poland and Finland

Best Fiends Star is a matching tile puzzler with a story based all around a colourful war between insects and slugs. It reportedly features multiplayer which can be used to compete against other players around the world.

7 Blade Runner Nexus

  • Publisher: Next Games
  • Platform: Android
  • Country: Unspecified

After being appointed as the city’s new Blade Runner it’s up to you to track down replicants and solve uncertainties surrounding your targets. When it comes to combat, figure out your best move through turn-based battles and shows off special moves. Ultimately it’s up to you whether they live or die.

Collect your favourite character, visit familiar locations, and power up your crew to face bigger, badder targets.

8 Captain Planet: Gaia Guardians

  • Publisher: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Platform: iOS (currently inactive)
  • Country: Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

Put a stop to those dastardly eco-villains and save the world from their pollution. Go on an epic adventure by harnessing the power of the original Planeteers to battle enemies, summon Captain Planet, and clean up the world for good.

9 Card Smash: Tribes At War

  • Publisher: Heavyweight Rex
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Philippines, Netherlands, Finland, Australia, Thailand

You might recognise the name and you wouldn’t be crazy for doing so. We’ve seen Card Smash here before and, though it dropped off the radar for a little bit, it’s back with all its action-packed card-battling. Take a look.

10 Call of Duty: Global Operations

  • Publisher: Activision
  • Platform: iOS & Android
  • Country: United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, France, Russia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and Singapore

Call of Duty: Global Operations is a strategy title which revolves all around base-building and RTS-lite competitive gameplay. The strategy game is several dozen updates in now, with a lot of balancing efforts and notification tweaks having already been deployed in the months since it first entered into soft launch.

11 EVE: War of Ascension

  • Publisher: Kongregate
  • Platform: Android
  • Country: Philippines

Explore an uncharted corner of the galaxy in the hunt for rare resources and new tech, and conquer outposts for ultimate control of your territory. Treasure your allies, keep an eye on your enemies, and interact with hundreds of other players you’ll encounter in your time with the game.

12 Farm Heroes Champions

  • Publisher: King
  • Platform: Android
  • Country: India

You know how these games go by now and King’s back to deliver another load of farm-based, match-three fun for you. It’s the usual, cutesy style, filled with adorable sounds, and more levels for you to dig into, but this time around King wants you to buddy up to play. Sync your game between devices and earn more handsome rewards than before.

13 DC: Unchained

  • Publisher: FourThirtyThree Inc.
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam

Take another dip into the rich DC universe to pit Super Heroes again Super Villains (or the other way around, if you fancy it) in the fight for domination. Save the world or work against the good guys to tear it down, and create your favourite super squad to do it.

14 Final Fantasy Awakening

  • Publisher: Oasis Games
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Philippines, Australia, New Zealand

Officially licensed by Square Enix, FF Awakening features high-speed ARPG online play with a huge cast of characters and some familiar faces in the world of Orience. It’s a little bit classic, a little bit new, and a whole lot of fun.

15 Candy Crush Tales

  • Publisher: King
  • Platform: Android
  • Country: India

The Candy Kingdom’s gotten salty thanks to the mischievous Pretzella, and it’s up to you, Tiffi, and her friends, to sweeten things up. There’s still match-three gameplay going on here with quests, missions, and more story to dive into.

16 Bullet League

  • Publisher: Funday
  • Platform: iOS & Android
  • Country: UK and Australia

Bullet League is a fast-paced, brutal 2D multiplayer battle royale filled with a tonne of hero characters to choose from.

17 Candy Crush Cubes

  • Publisher: King
  • Platform: Android
  • Country: Canada

With Candy Crush Tales barely out of the door, King have already begun the testing and shipping process for their next title: Candy Crush Cubes.

This time it’s all about cubes, with it looking like a tile-clearing puzzle rather than a matcher. You take on the role of the Mayor in a fledgling candy town and must lead it to glory, naturally you’ll want to recruit a few friends for the ride.

18 Garena Contra: Return

  • Publisher: Garena Games Online
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Malaysia, Macau, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong

It’s been a while, but some of you might remember Contra. Together with Konami and Tencent (Timi), the classic sequel is slowly rolling out on mobile.

Challenge yourself in intense PvP battles, pick your fighters, and stand side-by-side with the legends themselves, Bill and Lance.

19 Go Race: Super Karts

  • Publisher: Space Ape Games
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Netherlands, Philippines, Australia

Experience an intense racing experience in Go Race: Super Karts where the stakes are high and the speed is always fast.

Join in the fun with ultra-quick races, the ability to personalise your kart, to customise your avatar, and to compete with your pals in events, tournaments, and championships. It may take you a second to get used to the controls, but once you do you’ll find it hard to stop.

20 Guardians: A Torchlight Game

  • Publisher: Perfect World Games
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Sri Lanka

Set in the same universe as the popular Torchlight PC series, G:ATG lets you play through all-new adventures, meet new characters, fight in new dungeons, fight together with friends, find/raise your own favourite pets, enjoy tons of randomised roguelike elements, and more.

21 Cardboard Clash

  • Publisher: NetEase
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Thailand, Malaysia, Colombia, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Argentina, Cambodia, Philippines

A cardboard inspired battle royale game with loads of customation options and ridiculous weapons, Cardboard Clash looks like quite a fun little jaunt within the heavily contested battle royale space.

22 Heroes of Warland

  • Publisher: Nitro Games
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Australia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland

If you’re in the market for a new mobile shooter, check out this four-vs-four battler. Join up with friends online and take part in intense team-based matches.

You’ve got a number of characters to choose from, each with their own classes. These can be upgraded with class-based skills, given new outfits (‘cos who doesn’t want to look nice?), and more.

23 Hungry Shark Heroes

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platform: Android
  • Country: Unspecified

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Hungry Shark Heroes is stepping things up a notch. Collect, evolve, and battle over 120 sharks of all shapes and sizes.

When you’re not fighting your beloved, toothy pals, you’re building them the ultimate reef to live and breed in. Raise up the baby sharks by feeding and training them, and watch them turn into delightfully vicious killers. Aww.

24 Kitty Catsanova

  • Publisher: Kongregate
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Philippines

Cuddle up and sweet-talk your way to glory in this unusual kitty-dating sim. Work jobs to earn money, spend said money on gifts for your gold-digging kitty interests, and balance your time accordingly. It’s not ‘one size fits all’ however, each cat has a unique purrsonality, so pay attention.

25 Otherworld Heroes

  • Publisher: Bublar
  • Platform: Android/iOS
  • Country: Closed Beta (sign up here)

Otherworld Heroes is a location-based, AR-equipped, MMORPG that has you setting out on an epic quest through the Otherworlds, a magical realm which exists parallel to our own.

Create your character, craft your weapons, and head out into the world to meet new friends and defeat ugly creatures with one-thumb gameplay. You can join up with your mates to help bring peace to the world, and level up your skills to make sure no monster strikes you down on your quest.

26 Disney Sorcerer’s Arena

  • Publisher: Glu
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland and Denmark

Glu’s mix of Disney and Pixel characters looks like a brilliant roster for their upcoming hero-based arena battler. We don’t know much about how the game will handle, but how can you argue with a character and world roster like that of Disney?

27 Knights of Fury

  • Publisher: King
  • Platform: Android
  • Country: Sweden, Denmark, Indonesia, Malaysia

In Knights of Fury you get to whip up your own character, explore a fantastical world, and wield a lungful of Battle Rage to set yourself apart from the riffraff.

Playing as a new member of the Rage Knights, you need to rid Astellan of chaos and work through a series of trials to fully get a grip on your own power.

28 DOTA Underlords

  • Publisher: Valve
  • Platform: iOS & Android
  • Country: UK, US, China and most major territories

Valve’s entry into the emergent auto-chess genre is an extremely notable one. The developer-come-storefront-holder has already achieved some amazing installation rates. It’s in open beta for now, who knows how it will develop in future. It’s already got cross-play between mobile and PC, which is a whopper of a launch feature.

29 Legends at War!

  • Publisher: Social Point
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Australia, Canada, UK, Philippines, Spain

Awaken, then summon, legendary heroes and combine them to make the ultimate fighting teams. In Legends at War! you need to build up a fantastic kingdom, upgrade your realm, and make Hero Alters to give your heroes a big ol’ boost.

If you don’t want to wage war against the world by yourself, you can team up with friends to form an Alliance. Or, if you just fancy pitting your skills against others, you can take on players worldwide in Arena-based PvP battles.

30 Lineage II: Dark Legacy

  • Publisher: NCSoft
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Mexico

If you’ve been having a ball with Lineage 2 on mobile, you’ll be pleased to know that NCSoft is already testing out a spinoff called Dark Legacy. By calling in your squad of four, you’ve got tons of sieges, campaigns, and boss battles to take part in. Collect mercenaries from the Lineage universe and upgrade them to harness their various skills and make sure your own fortress has the best defences possible while you’re at it too.

31 Extraordinary Ones

  • Publisher: HK Hero Entertainment Co.
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Philippines

Extraordinary one is an impressive looking 5VS5 MOBA which already features over 60 heroes and an infrastructure for inter-regional tournaments. It features an interesting background setting of being a school for superheroes, justifying the interlinked backgrounds of the characters and their quirky abilities.

32 MapleStory Blitz

  • Publisher: NEXON Company
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Australia, Malaysia, Philippines

Originally a side-scrolling RPG, now you’ll get to help guide MapleStory’s Heroes through real-time, strategic combat. Command heroes and monsters and set them against your enemies in speedy matches, and combine them to create the biggest, boldest decks.

33 MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2018

  • Publisher: Glu Games
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Canada, US

As the name would suggest, it’s all about managing your team of elite baseball stars, climbing up the leaderboard, playing some choice games, and winning the season like a champ. Join friends, take part in events, and more.

34 Monsters with Attitude

  • Publisher: flaregames
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines

After a band of monster friends got long in space and heard Earth’s banging music and video broadcasts, they decided to visit. Pick your favourite monster, challenge other players, and take on your enemies in a fit of weirdly cute combat.

35 Opticale

  • Publisher: Furinkazan
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg

If you’ve got a device that can take it, Opticale is a mobile game based on AR and geolocation. Explore the astral world and discover what mysterious creatures are waiting to be found.

36 Pangya Mobile

  • Publisher: LINE Corporation
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore

If you’re after a new golf game, you might want to add this one to your list. Complete with Story, PvP, Tournament modes, and various other challenges, there’s plenty of fun to be had here. Just what sort of mischief can this band of curious folks get up to?

37 PUBG Mobile Lite

  • Publisher: Tencent Games
  • Platform: Android
  • Country: Philippines

It’s all the fun of PUBG in a slightly more bite-sized chunk. While it’s the same experience, the map is a little smaller (2×2 km) and you’re only getting dropped in with 40 players. This makes it ideal for players who enjoy the action, but aren’t so fond of the duration.

38 Quest Hunter

  • Publisher: 2 Zombie Games
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Canada, Australia

Immerse yourself in this story-driven RPG and untangle your enemies’ evil plans to save the world from eternal darkness. Dive into randomly generated dungeons, fight shoulder-to-shoulder with pals, upgrade your skills, and boss through different quests and puzzles.

39 Rocksmith

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platform: iPad
  • Country: Canada

Ever wanted to learn guitar or bass? This may be a good way to do it as Ubisoft offers up four free songs and unlimited access to interactive lessons/practice tools in the Rocksmith style. You can purchase additional songs as optional IAPs.

40 Sun City: Green Story

  • Publisher: Plarium LLC
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Canada, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Ukraine

As a mix of eco-city builder and match three, you’ll build up your metropolis by completing city tasks (which you’ll complete by playing match three puzzles).

41 Night Driver

  • Publisher: Atari
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Canada, Netherlands

A classic’s been re-imagined as you can now dive into this endless driver. Upgrade and enhance your car (in performance and style) and drive for as long as you possibly can.

42 Super Dinosaur: Kickin’ Tail

  • Publisher: Big Blue Bubble
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Canada

If you know about the cartoon series, you might well be jazzed about the idea of playing Super Dinosaur: Kickin’ Tail. In this battler you get to team up with characters from the cartoon/comic series, upgrade them, and fight them against Max Maximus’ minions in over 180 levels.

43 Wild Guardians

  • Publisher: PlayStack Ltd.
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Philippines

Assemble a team of Guardians, throw up your own defences, fight fantastical monsters, and enjoy an epic adventure in this tower defence. Play through its single player campaign or take on others in multiplayer with over 20 Guardians, 45+ abilities, and more.

44 Darkfire Heroes

  • Publisher: Wargaming Group
  • Platform: Android
  • Country: Canada

A MOBA featuring over 50 characters from 6 factions, Darkfire Heroes’ artstyle and animations sequences are some of the best which we’ve seen in a soft launch title for quite some time. Unlike traditional MOBAs Darkfire Heroes has you equip each of your party members, RPG-Style, before you hit the road on the journey to combat.

45 Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed

  • Publisher: Gameloft
  • Platform: Android
  • Country: Romania, the Philippines, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Malaysia, and New Zealand

Gameloft’s Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed certainly looks like an RPG from the brief gameplay that we’ve had the chance to look at (below), but an RPG with an extensive roster of 48 launch characters. It sounds as though you’ll be fighting to earn shards which you can then use to acquire and upgrade your minifigs of choice as you fight back against the baddies.

46 Funko Pop Blitz

  • Publisher: NBC Universal
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: Philippines

Funko Pop Blitz is a new match-three puzzle game which combines the modern match-three formula with the Funko Brand and its extensive library of IP licenses. This means that there are ample characters to be found ranging from Dreamworks’ Shrek through to Back To The Future’s Marty McFly.

47 Games of Thrones: Winter is Coming

  • Publisher: Yoozoo (Tencent)
  • Platform: iOS
  • Country: China

It’s impossible to deny that Game of Thrones was a phenomenon. The low-fantasy series penetrated almost every element of modern culture including a few forays into games over the years. Tencent appear to be going all in, however, and are bringing the previously released PC game by Yoozoo to mobile.
It’s a strategy game with a focus on combat sequences and hero unit recruitment. It has already received plenty of applaud for its representation of the best-selling book series’ setting.
Below you can find the trailer for the PC, browser-based game.

48 Marvel Super War

  • Publisher NetEase
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and India

Marvel Super War is a free to play MOBA which features characters from all around the Marvel Universe, including Guardians of the Galaxy, X-MEN, Spider-Man and The Avengers. Rather than traditional MOBA gameplay it is instead focused more around combinations of characters, so changing out even one character can completely change up how the team interact with each other.

49 Hills of Steel 2

  • Publisher: Superplus Games
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Country: Finland and Slovakia

If real-time tank battles are your thing then Hills of Steel 2 is definitely one to watch. It takes six players and splits them into two teams before releasing them upon a variety of generated maps. There’s plenty of variety already, with seven tanks available and three game modes to choose from.

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