If you're looking for your gaming fix and nothing on the App Store is piquing your interest, you should give soft-launched games a try. These are games that haven't been released in the US yet because they're getting tested in smaller markets first. Using a simple workaround, you can install them on your iPhone in any country.
There's been a huge influx of soft-launched games lately — it's almost as though we're in the middle of soft-launch season. Naturally, you'll want to try these games out for yourself and see if they have what it takes to get you hooked, all while getting a head start over potential competitors. To help, we've rounded up ten soft-launched games you should try right now.
Because these games are only available in select countries, you'll need to bypass Apple's region restrictions to install the games listed below. The process is pretty straightforward, though — create an Apple ID using a valid email account and realistic home address based in the country where the game has been soft-launched.
Once you've created your new Apple ID, simply sign into the spoofed account on your iOS device. If you'd like a more detailed walkthrough on this topic, be sure to check out our full tutorial at the link below.
The games listed below have been soft-launched in various countries, so you may need to create more than one spoofed Apple ID depending on which ones you want to install. With that done, however, you can simply tap the download links below to head to the country-specific version of the App Store where the game is available.
Assassin's Creed Rebellion will have you maintain a base for recruiting and training assassins that have unique abilities that range from assassination to disarming traps and melee fighting. You can assemble a team of up to three hitmen to go on missions and achieve your ultimate goal of destroying a secret society that's out to wrap the world in its shadowy grasp.
Eliminating high value targets and collecting resources are two keys to the game. The loot you acquire can be used to upgrade your base, level up your assassins, and craft more powerful weaponry. Assassin's Creed Rebellion comes packed with a variety missions that range from story-driven to bonus levels that grant you rewards to make weapons, unlock elite characters, and more.
Battle Bombers Arena is a top-down MOBA that pits you against other players in real-time, using your bombs to knock out your opponents on a battlefield that's constantly shrinking. To help you get a leg up on your foes and add excitement to the game, bonus items like time bomb power-ups and speed boosts lay hidden all across the map.
In addition to level-ups, the game rewards you with coins that you can use to unlock more custom avatars. So if you're in the market for something more akin to the classic Bomberman games you used to play as a kid, or you're just bored of the same old shooter-themed titles, you should give Battle Bombers Arena a try right now.
- Get Battle Bombers Arena from the App Store: Poland
Brawl Stars is another top-down shooter with MOBA elements that will have you team up with two other players to face off against rivals across different modes of objective-based play. There are up to 15 unique heroes with different abilities that you can unlock and level up to help dominate the competition.
Impressively, Brawl Stars already has a solid five-star rating in the Canadian App Store. Like its famous brother Clash Royale, this game has the potential to make its mark on the competitive world of eSports, so you should jump in early to get an edge over other players before it gains popularity.
- Get Brawl Stars from the App Store: Canada
Please note that Brawl Stars uses a server-side check to keep track of players' locations, so in order to play, you'll have to run a VPN alongside the game and set it to Canada to spoof the game's servers. We have this topic covered in more detail, so read all about it here.
Not to be outdone by Marvel and its smash hit Future Fight, DC has released its own mobile brawler, DC Unchained. This awesome game lets you form a squad of three heroes and villains from the DC universe to fight through a seemingly endless horde of monstrous foes in RPG-like fashion. As such, the game features rewards for clearing stages, from level-ups to new characters like Superman, Aquaman, and Catwoman.
With excellent graphics and intuitive touchscreen controls in addition to the huge selection of DC heroes and villains that you can unlock and upgrade, DC Unchained will have you playing for hours — especially if you're a hardcore fan of the franchise.
- Get DC Unchained from the App Store: Philippines
Final Fantasy Awakening will pit you against an antagonistic empire and mechanized legions out to conquer the fictional world of Orience. But you won't be taking on this massive quest alone, as the game lets you form your very own party of ragtag heroes of varying skills — from swordsmen and sharpshooters to mages — that you collect as you progress.
As with any Final Fantasy title, the game features the usual RPG elements, such as leveling up your characters along with their equipment through experience gained in combat and questing, along with collecting powerful Eidolons like Odin that you can summon during combat to devastate your foes. To top it off, you can go head-to-head against other players in PvP battles for rare treasures.
If you're addicted to MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017, then prepare to fall head over heels with the 2018 edition, as it features the same turn-based gameplay and intuitive one-touch controls that made it so much fun to play on the go. To entice you further, the 2018 edition features enhanced graphics and with more exclusive events that you can compete in for bonus rewards like draft picks.
The player management mode has been streamlined to help ensure you never lose a match — even with the New York Mets set as your default team. So if you want to get an early start ahead of the competition before it lands stateside, give MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2018 a try now.
- Get MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2018 from the App Store: Canada
NBA 2K Mobile features the same intuitive one-touch controls and overall gameplay that made the 2K series so addicting. To top it off, the game's console quality visuals and exclusive events that reward you with special prizes will help ensure you stay glued to your phone for hours on end.
Best of all, NBA 2K Mobile is totally free to play, so there's no need to pony up $7.99 just to try out the game like you had to with last year's 2K17 iteration. So give the game a shot and build your own dream team to win the championship — even if you're playing as the New Jersey Nets.
- Get NBA 2K Mobile from the App Store: New Zealand
If you love building towns and slaying zombies, then Survival City is right up your alley. It combines elements of both genres to make an exciting game that's sure to keep you glued to your screen. You'll have to build up your little outpost to a thriving city replete with unique survivors throughout the day, all while defending it from nighttime raids by undead hordes.
During the day, you'll need to maintain and build up facilities while sending survivors out on scavenger hunts to gather resources and supplies. Growing your community is vital in Survival City, as it attracts more survivors to help you deal with the legions of zombies that inevitably come once the sun sets.
- Get Survival City from the App Store: Philippines
Based off the hit HBO series of the same name, Westworld will have you run a Western-themed amusement park staffed with robotic "Hosts" that solely exist to cater to your exclusive clientele. As the head of the park, it's your job to see that your guests' deepest desires are met — no matter how depraved they may be — while ensuring the park's smooth, uninterrupted operation.
You'll also need to continually upgrade your facilities and manage resources to keep up with the ever-growing list of visitors who wish to partake in your fine establishment. More importantly, you'll have to continually maintain your AI hosts and prevent them from glitching out and questioning their reality through gaining consciousness.
- Get Westworld from the iOS App Store:Philippines
If you've always dreamt of a matchup between classic and modern WWE wrestlers like Ric Flair and The Phenomenal AJ Styles, WWE Universe has you covered — you can play as your favorite superstar, regardless of generation. Besides the standard level-ups and bonuses, the game features a simplified storyline that highlights the famous feuds that make WWE so addicting.
With console-quality graphics and intuitive time-based one-touch controls, WWE Universe is an awesome way for wrestling aficionados and casual gamers alike to kill time. So what are you waiting for? Give WWE Universe a try right now and pull off a Stone Cold Stunner with cruel precision.
- Get WWE Universe from the App Store: New Zealand
Because of their status as soft-launch games, please note that all the games listed are still technically in development and may contain some bugs. But we tested all the games and found that they all ran with no issues. Which game did you like the best? Let us know in the comment section below.