It’s been a while since I was able to play any good mobile games, and I think it’s time for me to know what you guys are playing.

Here’s the thing, everyone. I used to be able to keep up with the latest and greatest mobile games, and I was even able to finish some of them. Yes, I’m a terrible gamer, but I managed to finish The Walking Dead Season 1 and managed to cry my eyes out in the process. Right now, though, this little bastard called real life managed to catch up with me, and I’m totally out of touch with good mobile games – and I need your recommendations.

I admit, though, that it’s not just me being busy that’s keeping me from catching up to the latest mobile games. We used to get console-like experiences from Dead Space Mobile. Heck, even mobile-optimized games like the Infinity Blade trilogy were deep and rewarding. Now all I see is freemium crap. While freemium games may be easier to manage and play in smaller chunks throughout the day, I really miss playing something like XCOM.

Really considering getting a PlayStation 4 when the year ends, but right now, I’m going to have to settle for whatever mobile game gets critical acclaim.

Not all of freemium is crap, though – I’m having loads of fun with these games on my phone:

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter Xperia Z3

So I just installed this last night and I’m having so much fun with it. Sure, it’s basically a spin on the Tiny Tower formula and basically modifying it to fit the Fallout franchise, but I’m really enjoying it. I hear that Fallout Shelter can get really boring in the long run, but right now I’m having too much fun to care.

Pac-Man 256

Pac-Man 256

Crossy Road meets Pac-Man. I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying this game a little too much. But then, anything Pac-Man can turn me into a walking puddle of nostalgia that gives anything a positive review, so don’t take me word for it.

But if you still like to keep a piece of 80’s gaming history – albeit with a little twist – on your smartphone, download Pac-Man 256 and enjoy.

Of course, I’m not playing all freemium games. I found this excellent $1.99 game that takes advantage of the limitations of mobile, and still provides a great experience:

Lifeline

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Basically, this is a text game where you help an astronaut named Taylor survive the harsh landscape of the moon his spacecraft crashed on. Taylor basically communicates the situation he (or she, the game’s been written gender-neutral, which is a great thing) is in, and it’s your job to make sure that Taylor makes the right choice by either making the decision yourself or by researching and seeing which one of the two choices are less deadly. It’s a fun game, and I really enjoy the way it’s been written.

So, what about you? I need to play more mobile games, and you have to let me know which ones are the must-play new games of 2015! Leave your recommendations in the comments!