Everyone knows that here at Vita Player we are massive fans of PlayStation Mobile. It’s the natural successor to the Minis and while they’re still not quite as fully developed as the larger native PS Vita games, the cut-price range can still offer fantastic gameplay and astonishing value for money. If you’re looking for quick pick-up-and-play fun and casual games, PSM is the place to look. Unfortunately they have been shunned by many gamers who dismiss them as being little more than ports from smartphones or sub-standard Android-level gaming, but we disagree. There are some games that deserve to be a part of every PlayStation Vita owners collection and for less than the price of a PSN top up card, you can give your games collection a great boost.
With so many games out there to choose from, with several new games being released every week it’s hard to know what ones to buy so we’re here with a helping hand. We’ve got a vast collection of PlayStation Mobile games ourselves and we’ve looked at well in excess of 100 games in putting this guide together. We’ll be updating this on a regular basis but we want to try to bring you a run-down of what we think are the Top 25 must-have games available for the PlayStation Mobile format right now in no particular order.
Updated 22nd September 2014
Chaos Rings (Square Enix)
As soon as you see the name Square Enix and know that you’re looking at a J-RPG then you just know that you’re in for something special… While not quite in the same league as the Final Fantasy series, this has a good, solid story, stunning graphics and great playability making this one of – if not the best games on PlayStation Mobile at the moment. It’s a hefty download at over 600Mb and is the most expensive game on the platform but it’s worth every penny.
Chimpact (Yippee Entertainment)
I love games that are a bit on the quirky and fun side and aren’t afraid of showing characters with a bit of personality and Chimpact certainly fits the bill. Who would have thought that a game that revolves around hurling a chimp through trees could be so much fun. It’s incredibly simplistic, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s easy. Plenty of levels to keep you going and absolutely stunning graphics, this is one that will have you smiling and coming back over and over again.
Aqua Kitty – Milk Mine Defender (Tikipod)
There’s nothing quite like a fast arcade shoot-em-up and Aqua Kitty presses all the right buttons. A superb retro chip soundtrack, great 16-bit inspired visuals and most importantly, classic gameplay lifted straight from the arcade legend Defender. If you love arcade games that aren’t pretentious and just let you jump straight into the action and will give you plenty of all-out entertainment, this is one of, if not the best blasters on the PS Mobile.
Haunt The House Terrortown (SFB Games)
One of the more original PlayStation Mobile games, Haunt The House Terrortown places you in the role of a ghost and you’re basically tasked with scaring the life out of the residents of a small town. You can do this by attempting to scare them directly or taking posession of various objects found in the town’s buildings and using them to terrify the locals. Each building is occupied by a number of people and you have to clear all four buildings in the town to complete the game. Initially you can only perform a limited number of actions for each item per building, but the more effective you are at haunting, the more abilities you develop. With an incredible range of objects at your disposal, all fantastically animated this makes for a great fun diversion. It’s a little short and one that you will be able to complete within a couple of hours, but it’s still worth adding to the collection.
Life Of Pixel (Super Icon Ltd)
A simple platform game, but a great and somewhat overlooked gem on PlayStation Mobile. A massive tribute to the 8-bit era featuring levels inspired by all the classic computers and consoles of the golden age of computing complete with music recreating that classic era as well. Featuring levels inspired by the Commodore 64, Spectrum, Sega Master System, ZX81, Atari 2600 and more using the same graphics and colours used on the original systems, if you even remotely remember owning any of the computers or games consoles back in the 80s, then this is a must have game!
Vacation Vexation (Nostatic Software)
Nostatic have released a number of retro-inspired games for PlayStation Mobile and this is undeniably the best to-date. A side-view arcade adventure in the classic 80s mould, it’s packed with humour, mini games, plenty of taxing puzzles, and a few surprises as well.
Rymdkapsel (Grapefrukt Games)
Imagine you were in charge of a space station… managing all of its resources, staff, defending it from attack and exploring all of the region around it. Rymdkapsel gives you the power to do this in an incredible simple way taking away all the statistics you’d expect to find in a resource management game allowing you to concentrate on enjoying the game itself. A flawless user interface makes it a joy to play and it’s one that you’ll struggle to put down.
Sixy Second Shooter Deluxe (Happion Laboratories)
Everyone loves a good shoot-em-up but what if you only had 60 seconds left in a game? How much damage could you really do? That’s the real beauty of this game – because of the short game length it means that every game has an incredibly frantic pace with no let up for a moment, and you’re always left hungry for more so you’ll be desperate for just “one more game”.
Alien Breed (Team 17)
It says a lot when a game that is over 20 years old is still being played and gamers are still asking for new versions of it to be made, no matter what platform it is for. Alien Breed is one of those rare games from the 16-bit era that can truly be regarded as a classic. Despite the Amiga original being released back in 1991, the top-down shooter has retained all of its playability, tension and atmosphere in this PS Mobile update. Offering new levels and a choice of 16-bit graphics and sound or updated graphics to take advantage of the higher resolution offered by the PS Vita, this is a must have title.
Switch Galaxy (Atomicom)
Despite the simple concept behind Switch Galaxy, this is one of the best looking games yet to grace PlayStation Mobile and really showcases the potential of the format. It’s a face-paced, sci-fi rail-racer with incredibly addictive gameplay that you won’t want to put down until you’ve completed it… and then you’ll want to go back and do it all over again.
Cubixx (Laughing Jackal)
It’s so easy for developers to take a classic arcade game and in the process of “enhancing” or “modernising” it to ruin everything that made the original great in the first place. Taking a known favourite and adding a new twist to it is always a risk and one that often produces mixed results, but by keeping the core gameplay identical and simply adding a third dimension and introducing five additional playing fields for the gamer to focus on during play, Cubixx brings the classic game Qix bang up to date in style. While others have attempted to do modern interpretations of the game, this is the best I have seen so far.
Shuttle Quest 2000 (TACS Games)
This futuristic shoot-em-up with RPG overtones has 30 primary levels, missions that you can play repeatedly so there’s no limit on the actual length of your game, fully customisable weapons for your ship with a shop and upgrade system, randomised levels so no two games will ever play the same way… plus it has a free trial so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t download this!
Rebel (PomPom Software)
Imagine being under attack by a military force determined to throw all their might at you… and not being able to fight back! That’s the premise behind Rebel. You’re a prisoner on the run your captors are determined to throw everything – and I mean everything at you. You can’t hit back so all you can do is use their own weaponry (and stupidity) against them so you have to position yourself so your adversaries shoot each other while they try frantically to kill and recapture you. Collect cash along the way and earn money the longer you survive to buy all important upgrades and power-ups make for an incredibly simple yet addictive game.
Twist Pilot (Crash Lab)
Imagine being trapped in a maze, spinning wildly out of control but you’ve still got to find your way out somehow. That’s pretty much what lies before you with Twist Pilot. With controls that are easy to pick up but tough to master, this intertia based puzzler is incredibly addictive, looks fantastic and is one of the best of the early wave of PSM games released.
Night Riders, 3D Arcade Racing (baka-neko.fr)
A new release but already worthy of inclusion here. A fast paced motorbike arcade racer inspired by the Sega arcade classic Hang On. Just as fast as the original and just as addictive.
Bloodred Wyvern (Mukagosoftware Development)
Take Sega’s arcade hit from the 80s Space Harrier, swap the hero for a dragon, add some power-ups and you’ve got Bloodred Wyvern. It’s lost none of the pace of the original but instead you’ve got the chance to play it in the palm of your hand and – more importantly – on the PS Vita. A winner in my book!
Surge is one of those games that looks incredibly basic, but offers addictive gameplay that allows you to look beyond that. It’s a fast action single-screen puzzler and as you can see, the screen is taken up with randomly assorted coloured blocks. Using the touch screen, all you need to do is draw lines between them so you connect two or more of the same coloured block together. Once you manage that, it destroys them. Clear them all to complete the level. It is more complex than that as later levels introduce bonus multipliers, bombs, randomly colour changing blocks and other features and the game is also played against a timer of sorts so the pressure is always on you. Incredibly easy to pick up and learn by anyone in a matter of moments, but almost impossible to put down.
Dark Quest (Brain Seal Ltd)
Inspired, if that is the right word, by the classic board game Hero Quest, this top down view dungeon-crawling RPG is a must have for anyone who was a fan of the original board game. While the turn-based gameplay may not be to everyone’s taste and each individual dungeon may be relatively short, the atmospheric graphics and sound, combined with the extended play offered by the ability to purchase new equipment, potions and healing your characters between quests as you would with a traditional RPG gives this far more depth and longevity than you’d expect.
Crystal Ice (The Liverpool Office)
What looks like a match three puzzle is a deceptively addictive variant on the genre. Offering three completely different game modes, superb visuals and a varied soundtrack, this is a fiendishly compulsive puzzler than it well worth the asking price.
Trolly Bird (David Martinez)
Just sneaking in to the Top 25 is Trolly Bird, an unashamed clone of Flappy Bird. It’s incredibly simplistic, the type of game that normally you would think that you’d spend no more than a few moments playing with it’s single finger controls but this is infuriatingly addictive to the point that you genuinely lose track of time while you’re playing it.
Console Saga (TACS Games)
A stunner from TACS Games, this arcade action platformer puts you in control of a handheld games console who sets off on a quest to rescue the world of retro gaming. One of the best games released for PlayStation Mobile, offering fast arcade action with a perfect blend of shoot-em-up and platform gaming with great visuals adding up to a game that you don’t want to miss out on.
Jaggy Race! (Tiziano Bizzini) – NEW ENTRY
Take the 8-bit classic side scrolling stunt racer Kickstart, throw in some gravity-defying tracks some fantastic 3D visuals and you have one of the best looking games to grace PlayStation Mobile to-date. 36 tracks to choose from across 6 different worlds and some incredibly tough challenges make this a racer that will keep you glued to your Vita for a long time to come…
Mugogy Jump (One Simple Idea) – NEW ENTRY
Controlling one of a group of monsters, Mugogy Jump takes the vertically climbing game to a new level. Superb graphics and sound, plenty of powerups and unlockables, easy to control and pick up and play and dozens of varied levels, this will hook you in and refuse to let you go!
Boot Hill Heroes Part One (Experimental Gamer) – NEW ENTRY
Anyone who used to play on the old 8-bit consoles will feel right at home here with this western themed RPG. Incredibly deep gameplay with a simple yet involved combat system, this will keep you occupied for hours.
Eufloria Adventures (Omni Systems Limited) – NEW ENTRY
A mobile spin off from the Eufloria series, this is an incredibly unique gaming experience as you explore and colonise visually stunning procedurally generated worlds. This is a game that you just have to explore, discover and experience for yourselves!
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Being honest, that’s not an exhaustive list of what is worth buying and even featuring twenty-five games it was actually tough to narrow it down in the end. As such, while the following just missed out on making in to the Top 25 (or were recently nudged out of the list) these are games that we think are still worth getting as part of your PlayStation Mobile collection:
- Ascent Of Kings (Nostatic Software)
- Buba (Quirkat)
- Bullion Blitz (Heavy Spectrum Ltd)
- Cardboard Castle (Advanced Mobile Applications)
- Gun Commando (Ripstone)
- Hungry Giraffe (Laughing Jackal)
- Kung Fu FIGHT! (Nostatic Software)
- Lemmings (d3t Ltd)
- MegaBlast (SuperIcon)
- Meltdown Moon (TACS Games)
- Nunnageddon (Daniel Cake)
- OMG-Zombies! (Laughing Jackal)
- Out Of Mind (TACS Games)
- Passing Time (Sony Computer Entertainment)
- Pocket Farm (Rocking Pocket Games)
- Pop Bugs Zap (Henchmen Interactive)
- Puzziball (Heavy Spectrum)
- Rock Boshers DX (Tikipod)
- Sea Run (TACS Games)
- Super Crate Box (Vlambeer)
- Super Tank Poker (TACS Games)
- The Labyrinth (Rocking Pocket Games)
- Tokyo Jungle Mobile (Sony Computer Entertainment)
- ZooZooGo! (Big Head Games)
No matter what, if you get all of the games listed here, you won’t be disappointed! If funds in your PSN account are tight, then why not check out our guide to the Top 10 PlayStation Mobile Games and maybe that will give you some pointers to the best of the best!
All of the games featured here (and more) are available for download from the PlayStation Network Store directly from the PlayStation Vita.