V4 – stunning visuals mixed with autoplay overkill
V4 is an MMORPG mobile/PC cross-platform title developed and published by Nexon in 2020. The game is available for iOS and Android, provides content variety, more than 50 character customization options, and an open world. The gameplay is set in a lush realm, where players establish alliances and participate in various field boss battles.
If Found… – a rare & perplexing indie artwork
If Found... is a single-player visual novel developed by Dreamfeel and published by Annapurna Interactive in 2020. This adventure video game is available for Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, iOS, and macOS. The goal is to erase journal entries using the fingers or mouse cursor as a tool. The player goes through two intertwining stories, deciding the order they remove the journal elements and how fast they’ll do it.
Dreams – an experimental and imaginative experience that needs more novel content
Dreams is a game creation system developed by Media Molecule and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2020. The game is available in single-player and multiplayer modes for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Moreover, it comes with another one that Media Molecule created, called Art’s Dream. Other titles are also available to players, and they can access user-generated content or build it using existing mechanics, fledged games, music, etc. Dreams consist of six principal sectors, and it enables players to interact with the in-game world and its interface using a cursor.
Creaks – a bizarre puzzle game where nothing feels out of place
Creaks is a platform single-player graphic adventure video game developed and published by Amanita Design in 2020. The game is available for Apple Arcade, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. As the first major release by Amanita Design that’s not a point & click adventure, Creaks is a 2-D puzzle-platform game that centers around the protagonist who crawls through a hole in this bedroom and finds a world of monsters.
Knockout City – nostalgic adrenaline rush
Knockout City is a multiplayer action video game developed by Velan Studios and published by Electronic Arts in May 2021. The game is available for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This release resembles dodgeball, and the principal goal is to attack the enemy team using a ball to knock them out.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition – appealing to both new players and veterans
Mass Effect Legendary Edition is a single-player, third-person shooter, action role-playing compilation of the video games in the Mass Effect Trilogy (Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3), developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts in 2021. The compilation is available for Play Station 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. All three games are remastered, visually improved, and technically enhanced. The gameplay centers around an N7 soldier called Commander Shepard and his choices as they drive the course of the game.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – visually enthralling experience that attracts the new generation
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a single-player, third-person shooter platform video game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2021. As the sixteenth entry in the series, this is the sequel to Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus and Ratchet & Clank (2016). The game is available for Playstation 5, and the story follows a similar formula to the previous installments. The gameplay centers around Ratchet and his robot friend Clank, but players can also play as the muscular Lombax called Rivet.
Hitman 3 – stellar design and storytelling
Hitman 3 is an action-adventure, stealth video game developed and published by IO Interactive in January 2021. This single-player game is available for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. As the final game of the World Assassination trilogy and the eighth entry in the Hitman franchise, the story centers around the plot arc players first encountered in Hitman. The gameplay follows Agent 47, who aims to take down the leaders of the secretive organization Providence.
Returnal – obscurity that triggers you to explore
Returnal is a roguelike third-person shooter video game developed by Housemarque and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2021. As a single-player game available for Play Station 5, Returnal gets unique advantages, such as DualSense controller, ray-tracing effects in real-time, and 3D spatial audio. The gameplay occurs in a sci-fi setting, where the player takes the role of Selene, an astronaut who finds herself captured in a perplexing time loop.
Resident Evil Village – new level of horrifying
Resident Evil Village is a first-person, single-player, and multiplayer survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom in 2021. This Resident Evil 7: Biohazard sequel is available for Microsoft Windows, Play Station 4, Play Station 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Stadia. The gameplay centers around Ethan Winters looking for his kidnapped daughter but ends in a village full of mutant creatures.
Township – slow-paced and soothing
Township is a free-to-play combination of city-building and farming video games, developed and published by Playrix in 2012. This single-player and co-op-friendly game is available on Apple App Store, Amazon App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store. The gameplay centers around developing a town and turning it into a fertile environment where one can harvest crops, run factories, and produce and sell goods.
Angry Birds – classic that stays relevant despite time and ever-evolving technology
Angry Birds, also known as Angry Birds Classic, is an action casual puzzle video game developed by Rovio Entertainment and released in collaboration with Chillingo in 2009. This single-player game was initially available on iOS and Maemo devices only, but later the developers created versions for Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10, and PCs.
Gardenscapes – the most entertaining garden renovation ever
Gardenscapes is a free-to-play simulation puzzle video game developed and published by Playrix in 2016. The game is available on iOS and Android devices, but also Facebook. Gardenscapes gameplay tasks players with match-three puzzles to repair a garden and make it look glorious again.
Garena Free Fire – game that prioritizes thrills, fun, and performance
Garena Free Fire is an action-shooter battle royale mobile game developed by 111 Dots Studio and published by Garena in 2017. The game is available for iOS and Android devices, and players experience it from a 3D perspective. As an adventure game, Garena Free Fire centers around battling against 49 opponents to survive on a remote island, with a time limit of ten minutes.
Fruit Ninja – slice of pure fun
Fruit Ninja is an action arcade video game with single-player and multiplayer modes, developed and published by Halfbrick in 2010. The game is available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Symbian, Bada, and Oculus Quest. The premise centers around navigating a touchpad to slice the fruit in half using a blade.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – compelling, but it leaves you wishing there was more to it
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is role-playing, massively multiplayer (MMORPG) online game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment in 2020. The game is the eighth expansion pack in the franchise and the successor of the Battle for Azeroth. The game takes place in an afterlife universe, starting after Sylvannas Windrunner kills High Overlord Saurfang with the power she sourced from the Shadowlands.
Subway Surfers – it keeps you coming back throughout the years
Subway Surfer is an endless-runner, action, single-player mobile game developed by Kiloo in collaboration with SYBO Games and published by Kiloo Games in 2021. The game is compatible with the Windows Phone system that utilizes the Unity Game engine and available on Kindle, iOS, and Android. The premise centers around a graffiti artist boy (or other characters players can choose) as he tries to escape a police inspector and his pitbull dog after being caught tagging.
Friday Night Funkin’ – surprisingly unique indie dance-off
Friday Night Funkin is a rhythm, a dance-dance-revolution-like online game developed and released by Newgrounds in 2020. The premise centers around the boyfriend and aims to impress his girlfriend’s dad by engaging in a challenging dance-off. In this indie game, the player has to win in various music battles against the ex-rockstar father of their lover.
Sonic the Hedgehog – start of an era
Sonic the Hedgehog is a platform, single-player video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega in 1991. A blue anthropomorphic hedgehog called Sonic is at the center of the aim due to his mission to stop Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik from finding the six powerful Chaos Emeralds.