You can't talk about the last year in mobile gaming without acknowledging Pokémon GO, the game, the phenomenon. By every conceivable yardstick, it's the biggest smartphone game of all time, arguably even the biggest game full stop.
But look past it and you'll see the last 12 months have been stuffed with hit titles on Android, iPhone and handhelds. Sure, the PS Vita continued its decline, but the ageing Nintendo 3DS had a stellar year, with meaty new RPGs and returning hits from Capcom in the form of Monster Hunter and Ace Attorney. On Google Play and iTunes App Stores meanwhile, we were blessed with classic console remasters, exciting new strategy and puzzle games – and, yes, Pokémon GO.
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How then to decide which were the best gaming titles to play on the go in 2016? Via the very scientific process of voting in our Red Bull Readers' Mobile Game Of The Year award. Below you'll find our longlist of 20 of the best mobile and handheld games released this year.
All you need to do is pick your top five and cast your lot. Voting closes on Monday, December 12, so vote now and keep an eye open for the results – we'll be bringing you the top 10, along with the official Red Bull Readers' Mobile Game of the Year, next week.
Stay tuned meanwhile, as the poll for Red Bull Readers Game Of The Year opens tomorrow.