Not every mobile game can be Pokémon Go, the year's startling, explosive, mobile phenomenon. But that doesn't mean anyone looking for short bursts of iPhone entertainment should be resigned to "catching them all." While free offerings like Candy Crush Saga and Mobile Strike tend to dominate the charts, offbeat and clever gems battle for attention. One just needs to know where to look.
Help buck the trend: As the year comes to a close, look back on some of the better iOS and Android games you might have missed in 2016. Whether it's a brainy puzzle game, intense action experience, or delirious Broadway musical-themed mini-game collection, you're sure to find something fun in this bunch.