July was a whirlwind for new games. From a mobile phenomenon to indie releases, here are our favorite games from July.


Pokemon Go

The world lost its collective cool over Pokemon Go this month. Our first moments with the game taught us new things about the world around us, when we found pocket monsters in new and unexpected places.
It helped us get out more (even when we couldn’t hatch eggs), as well as think about the game’s implications for people who move through the world differently. Players waged war over the White House, found dead bodies, trolled each other and institutions, and even sent nudes. We loved its team leaders, too. Check out our tips if you’re still looking to be the very best, like no one ever was.

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You can get the game for iOS and Android phones.


7th Dragon III Code: VFD

Despite its complicated title, 7th Dragon III Code: VFD game wraps all our favorite features of JRPGs up in a very pretty package.

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You can get the game for 3DS.


I Am Setsuna

Despite the fact that this RPG lets you not name your character Setsuna, we loved this beautiful, well-paced game.

You can get the game for PC and PS4.


Arma 3 Apex

Apex, the new expansion for Arma 3, gave players a fancy new set of toys to play with, as well as a new co-op campaign.

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You can get the game for PC.


Videoball

A new sports game by former Kotaku contributor Tim Rogers, we had a great time with this mash-up of Asteroids and Pong.

You can get the game for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.


Song of the Deep

This charming, Metroid-influenced underwater adventure game by Insomniac is perfect for staying inside during the sweltering summer months.

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You can get the game for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.


Rimworld

This sci-fi colony sim combines dashes of Dwarf Fortress, Firefly, and The Sims to run characters through a meat-grinder of harsh conditions. You can check out our tips for getting started.

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You can get the game for PC, Mac, and Linux.


Lovely Planet Arcade

This deceptively charming speedrunning shooter hides a secret, hardcore heart.

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You can get the game for PC, Mac, and Linux.


Kentucky Route Zero Act IV

The long-awaited new installment of this episodic point and click adventure game returns to the roots of what’s made this surreal series great.

You can get the game for PC, Mac, and Linux.


Headlander

We had a ton of fun with Double Fine’s retro sci-fi Metroidvania about swapping heads to get through doors.

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You can get the game for PC and PS4.


Ghost of a Tale

This Early Access stealth action RPG is Redwall in video game form, and it plays as good as it looks.

You can get the game for PC.


Riptide GP: Renegade

The newest installment in this jet-ski racing series adds character and style to the genre.

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You can get the game for PS4 and PC.


Fru

This game for the ill-fated Kinect is a clever 2D platformer that asks you to use your body to help your character navigate.

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You can get the game for Xbox One.


Anarcute

This game about controlling an ever-growing gang of rioters is a mashup of Katamari Damacy and Jet Set Radio.

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You can get the game for PC.


CSR Racing 2

This mobile racing game improves upon its predecessor by giving players more control over prettier cars.

You can get the game for iOS and Android phones.


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