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10 new mobile games you absolutely should be playing in December

Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

It’s the holiday season and that means shopping, family gatherings and more turkey than you can shake a drumstick at. If you manage to get a quiet moment in all that madness, or if you really need to leave the room before you kill cousin Rodney – here are the games you should be playing this month.

Some are free to play, some might require a modest outlay of funds. We’ve left gacha games off this list, it’s the holiday so go spend that money on alcohol instead if you hate yourself that much.

Here are 10 of our favorite picks of new mobile games you should be playing this month:

Command & Conquer: Rivals PVP

  • Size: 141 MB
  • Price: Free
  • Genre: RTS

This might only be a fraction of the frenetic C&C experience that we grew up with, but hey we’ll take what we can get. If you’ve played Halo Wars 2‘s Blitz mode, you know what to expect here.

Collect tiberium to pay for buildings and units and send out your marauding forces. The battlefield has three zones on it, and you need to control two of those for a certain amount of time to fire a powerful nuke at the enemy command center.

Just be careful of the pay-to-win in-game purchase section when you’re in full Christmas Cheer, k?

 Android | iOS

Hexa Knot

  • Size: 64 MB
  • Price: Free
  • Genre: Puzzle | Playable offline

Hexa Knot feels like the digital version of those fiendish physical puzzles from the only cool stall at the local craft fair. With perseverance, you can tie off the loop in 500 levels. Deceptively simple, you move tiles around until all the colored lines connect in the correct pattern.

It’s pretty cathartic once you figure out the system behind it, so it’s perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.


Assassin’s Creed Rebellion

  • Size: 587.7 MB
  • Price: Free
  • Genre: Strategy with RPG elements

In the same vein as Fallout Shelter, Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is a base-building strategy game. Upgrade your fortress, send out assassins on missions and create weapons and medicines to support your Brotherhood. Featuring a new version of the Animus, you can use Assassins from multiple time periods at the same time, while you rage against the Templar order.

Android | iOS

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition

  • Size: 12 MB
  • Price: $9.99
  • Genre: RPG

This classic BioWare game from the isometric RPG age first graced PCs back in 2002. It’s now available on mobile thanks to the efforts of Beamdog, who have been sprucing up BioWare’s back catalog. The graphics have been overhauled, all the content from the myriad expansions is here, and if you’ve already got a PC save file – you can transfer saved games and purchased modules to the mobile game. There’s also cross-platform multiplayer with any friends who have the game on PC.



  • Size: 758.9 MB
  • Price: $4.99
  • Genre: Puzzle

Get some comedic relief with the adventures of hairy hero Chuchel and his rival Kekel in their quest to get the cherry. Yes, a literal cherry, which you must get by manipulating the objects in the environment, often to outlandishly silly consequences. Oh, and there’s a great soundtrack created by DVA.

Android | iOS


  • Size: 702.2 MB
  • Price: $6.99 (Android) $5.99 (iOS)
  • Genre: Metrovania

Another PC game that recently got ported to mobile is Teslagrad, and it’s totally worth checking out. Charming art, puzzles, action RPG goodness and all the platforming that you love combine into this critically acclaimed indie. Take on the powers of Teslamancy in this magnetic game this holiday season.

Android | iOS

Ghostbusters World

  • Size: 1.7 GB
  • Price: Free
  • Genre: AR

Who you gonna call? If you’re sick of catching Pokémon, maybe catching ghosts is more appealing? Plus, it gets you out of the house and walking around which is probably a good thing after the holiday feasts. Wander around to landmarks, catch ghosts and band together with other Ghostbusters to complete raids.

Simulacra: Pipe Dreams

  • Size: 443.1 MB
  • Price: Free
  • Genre: Puzzle | Narrative

Ever wake up the next day with text messages on your phone you don’t remember sending? That’s part of the problem for the protagonist, Teddy, as his life starts to unravel after starting to play the cursed mobile game “FlapeeBird.” Help him put the pieces back together by watching live-action videos, replying to weird text messages and playing games within the game. There’s also replay value with multiple endings depending on your choices throughout.

Android | iOS


  • Size: 450.5 MB
  • Price: $1.99
  • Genre: Arcade

Swap bodily fluids safely in the weird wonderful world of the Spitkissers. This true one finger platformer lets you lovespit your way through depictions of bodily organs to find out the true depth of Ymer’s feelings. Now that’s a mouthful!

Android | iOS


  • Size: 218.8 MB
  • Price: $2.99
  • Genre: Puzzle

Get back in touch with your groove in this funky audio-based puzzler. Nothing else but pure gameplay is in effect, no ads, paywalls or stressful level timers to break up the rhythm. It’s all about moving the elements on screen to guide each sound to their destination, with a rewarding audio feedback loop as you move the blocks and spirit animals around.

Android | iOS

Did we miss any? Is there anything you’re playing this month that isn’t on the list? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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