The Elder Scrolls: Blades is only in early access, but considering that developer Bethesda claims that well over a million people have already accessed it early, there’s no reason why it can’t included here. If you’re looking for Skyrim on the iPhone, this isn’t it (although the graphics come decently close). Instead, it’s a fun made-for-mobile game about rebuilding your ransacked hometown and delving into dungeons where you fight baddies by using carefully timed taps for either your sword or shield. In portrait mode, you can even play it with one hand.
You’ll loot treasure, too, but you usually won’t get that Skyrim-like instant gratification when you open a treasure chest. As this is a free-to-play game, you’ll have to wait a bit before it unlocks—or, of course, you can plunk down some cash to make it open early. It feels a bit like putting gold in the chest for someone else to loot, and there’s a chance you won’t even get to keep your stuff when Blades officially launches. Still, it’s rather impressive and worth trying if you don’t mind waiting out the chests.
You can sign up for a chance to play here.