Hidden within this week's apps are some of the finest games to ever grace a tablet, Android, iOS or otherwise. I'd name them specifically, but I wouldn't want Baseball Slame, Groove Racer, Super Paper Pool, Wheel of Fortune Cubed, Black Gate: Inferno, Smooth Operators, Blastron or Turd Birds to feel inferior.
They are like my children, and I will not pick favourites (Archer).
Hey look, there are the games I've played over the past two weeks!
Sprinkle Islands — Android, iOS — $1.99 Once there was an amazing fluid dynamics-heavy puzzle game called Sprinkle. Then it got even better, with floating objects and impressive boss battles. So good.
Black Gate: Inferno — iOS — Free It's an MMO! A Diablo-style MMO, to be exact. Not exactly PC quality, but it gets the job done.
Smooth Operators — iOS — $2.99 Having worked in a tech support call centre for seven years, this call centre management sim makes me realise what a pain-in-the-arse I was back then.
Cannon Crasha — iOS — $0.99 Oh holy god, this is so good. It's one part defence, one part trajectory strategy, and several parts old school video game reference. So much win here.
Wheel of Fortune Cubed — iOS — $0.99 A clever, social way to play the game show. Players take turns selecting consonants and then attempting to solve a 5x5 crossword-like grid. There is wheel-spinning! And a single-player mode for the anti-social types.
Blastron — iOS — Free You ever wish Worms had customiseable robots instead? Well here you go, Roger. It's free-to-play, which in this case means folks can spend money on better weapons, but the single-player campaign is unsullied by big budgets.
Groove Racer — iOS — Free It's slot car racing, but incredibly pretty slot car racing. It's free as well, which is a plus. Not a lot of substance, but tons of style.
Baseball Slam — iOS — Free I told you to ignore this one. What the hell? OK, fine. This is actually a pretty nifty... baseball... puzzle... action something. Really rather cool.