Top 10 (OK…11) Games of 2016

The end of a year means best-of-the-year lists and I have no intention of being left out of the fun. Rather than do one a day or some such, however, I’ll just give you my ten-favorite five-minute mobile games of 2016 in this one easy-to-read post. Well, that was my intent but then I couldn’t get from eleven down to ten. So it’s eleven games. Deal with it. I make the rules around here.

Ok, on to the games in alphabetic order (it was hard enough getting it down to eleven, I’m not going to attempt to rank them).


Crashlands is an amazingly fun game full of crafting, building, combat, and questing. It jumbles up a lot of different genres and the result is a game stunning in scope and playability. Check out my review here and then go get it.


Dungelot: Shattered Lands

Dungelot: Shattered Lands is roguelike RPG that delivers the goods. There’s monsters, traps, and loot galore across eighteen different dungeon levels. Must buy for fans of dungeon-crawling goodness.

Dungeon Warfare

If you like tower-defense games you’ll love Dungeon Warfare. It is full of fun traps to lay and upgrade to stop those pesky adventures from taking your loot. Buy it, play it, enjoy it.


Frost is a beautiful card game about survival against terrible odds. I love how the art, music, and sound effects all support this theme. I fully recommend taking a shot at survival with this one.

Guild of Dungeoneering

Guild of Dungeoneering is a clever tile/card/puzzle/role-playing game where you play both Dungeon Master—building a dungeon tile by tile and attempting to lure your player toward the ultimate goal—and adventurer who is, of course, in it for the loot. It is well worth your time and money and you should absolutely pick this one up.


I Keep Having This Dream

I Keep Having This Dream is a tile-placement game that takes place inside of a nightmare. Your nightmare. It’s challenging, fun, and well worth a look. If you’re ready for the dream, pick it up now.



Imbroglio is a turn-based strategy game that has you seeking gems in a constantly changing dungeon while being chased by an assortment of dangerous monsters. It is a great deal of fun and plenty challenging, be sure to check it out.


Lost Portal

Lost Portal CCG is an excellent CCG/RPG combo and the perfect fix for Magic: The Gathering fans who don’t want to buy a bunch of packs.Were I to rank these games, it may very well be number 1. Buy it without hesitation.


Solitairica is a Solitaire-based RPG that allows you to play one of six decks based on the traditional fantasy classes—Wizard, Warrior, Paladin, Bard, Rogue, and Monk—each with its own style of play. It is an excellent game worth hours upon hours of entertainment and you should make it part of your collection.

Space Grunts

Space Grunts is a perfect game for those of us who’s best fast-twitch adventure-game days are behind us but still enjoy blasting aliens and dodging giant explosions. I very recently reviewed this one, and highly recommend buying it if you like action games but at a turn-based pace.


Stencilsmith a tile-sliding game (think Threes) of crafting and combat that will have you chasing after your high score. There are three different game modes and you can even make your own stencils to use in the game. This one is only a buck, so just go buy it now. You’ll be glad you did.

That’s it…my top 11 of 2016. I’ll be back in 2017 with more great five-minute mobile games.

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