Story-driven games have long been a popular genre across all consoles. They enable you to feel completely involved in a story, sometimes even in the palm of your hands. In this case, we're focusing solely on games that can be played in the palm of your hand, whether on Android or iOS. And with such simple controls, you're left to focus on the drama unfolding in front of you.
Some of the games on this list have taken that notion to incredible narrative extremes. As a result, this list is chock-full of games with life-or-death consequences and, curiously, stories about relationships. In any case, they all deliver on the story-driven front in a variety of ways. So if you're looking at getting into a new mobile game, here are the five best story-driven games on Android and iOS.
5. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
One of mobiles' best-delivered story games, which often goe's under the radar, is Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. This is because the game was initially released back in 2013 for consoles and was optimized in 2016 for mobile. Regardless, the game was labeled as one of the best games of 2013, amongst competing titles like BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, and The Last of Us. It's no doubt those games delivered their story on a much larger scale, however, A Tale of Two Sons was still able to accomplish the same, on a much smaller scale.
The story is a tale of two brothers that embark on a journey together to save their dying father. Expectedly the brothers run into some trouble along this journey, but the real conflict is a huge wrench thrown into the situation beforehand. Not literally a wrench, but once you discover what it is, the story becomes much more intertwined and critical.
The story is interpreted by the player, as the characters speak in a “Sims” like language, with no subtitles. Letting you interpret the story through interactions and environment. Don't be put off by this; the game still managed to captivate its audience with a compelling and emotional story without the use of words. That speaks for itself.
4. The Walking Dead
Undoubtedly one of TellTale Games' most successful mobile releases is The Walking Dead series. The game that was originally released back in 2012 is now complete with five seasons and a total of 28 episodes altogether. For mobile, it is one of the longest and most complete story-driven games on the market, surpassing all other games on this list in playtime. So you don't have to worry about running out of content with this one.
Not based on the popular AMC show, The Walking Dead TellTale Games is actually based on the comic series of the same name. The storyline will constantly have you making important decisions with numerous dialogue options that inevitably alter the storyline and the presence of your character. The Walking Dead breaks down barriers in the story-driven genre by pushing players to form true bonds with the story's primary characters, making actions later in the game much more consequential.
The entire series can be purchased as a bundle or separately. You can try out the first season, but I warn you, it is the best season and will most likely get you hooked right off the bat.
3. Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery
The oldest story game on this list, that still stands today as one of the best of all time for mobile is Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery. Initially released in 2011, the game went on the following year to be the 2012 recipient of the Best Handheld/Mobile Game. The 8-bit, puzzle-solving side-scroller received huge praise for its portrayal of a dark fantasy adventure and with massive artistic influence. On top of this, the games music adds to the enchantment of the world, fully immersing player's within.
The game only has four chapters that can be torn through rather quickly, however, you will be clawing at the end for another run-through. That's because as simplistic as the game presents itself, the story is rich and compelling, starting with the monologue. You get to better know the characters and their incentives through their monologue and actions in the story, which comes full circle in the final chapter.
As you play Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery, the game comes to life in every way. The poetic and creative tale elevates the simple 8-bit game to a higher level of complexity than you could expect. Most people underestimate the game's potential and more often than not far exceeds users' expectations.
2. The Wolf Among Us
TellTale Games is back, and The Wolf Among Us has vaulted them to the second spot on our list. Consisting of five episodes in the series, the tell-tale game is the second comic book project (Based on the ‘Fables' Comic series) produced by the company. However this time around, TellTale Games pushes the concept of consequential narrative choices through its vigorous and dark fantasy story in The Wolf Among Us series. It is known for having some of the most excruciating decisions from all mobile story-driven releases, resulting in a tremendously dense tale.
While The Walking Dead game may not deliver an impressive story across all 28 of its episodes, The Wolf Among Us doe's, with all five episodes in the series receiving almost perfect scores. Meaning the plot this time around is much more concentrated and refined. Each episode delivers in a brutally emotional way that sometimes will even play off of your choices from way early. The last episode wraps it all together in an action-packed and suspenseful final, however, that depends on the crucial decisions you make. Nevertheless, The Wolf Among Us will have you invested.
1. Life Is Strange
When it comes to consequential decisions, which mobile games seem to be full of, Life Is Strange is leading the department. One of the best story-driven games of all time, not just on mobile, Life Is Strange will tear at your heartstrings as you try to make your way through its melancholy storyline.
You play as high schooler Max Caulfield who juggles much more than your typical first-world high schooler problems. One vital aspect is Max discovering time-altering powers that she must decide how to use in the story.
More importantly, the game touches on some difficult real-world issues, and it puts you in the driving seat for how those play out. They come with harsh consequences to the storyline which will have you torn with your decision regardless. But making you feel like you are always in the spotlight is why the game is so impressive. Life Is Strange delivers an incredibly emotive plot, with a highly emotional tale, all the way through. Making it the strongest story-driven game on mobile to date.
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