It's The Biggest Week In Gaming Apps Ever

It's The Biggest Week In Gaming Apps Ever

17 amazing games — that's got to be some sort of Week in Gaming Apps record. I go on holiday for a week and all the good games come out at once.

Luckily a good portion of my vacation was spent sitting on my arse with my iPad or Nexus 7, downloading bite-sized games and playing my little heart away on my back porch while the leaves died. It's the simple things.

And the complex things. The text adventures reborn, the flying squirrels, banana-retrieval quests and Earth re-invasions. Maybe a little LEGO and some awesome rhythm-running for good measure. This is what I did on my holiday and it was brilliant.

What I played the past two weeks

Sorcery! 2 — inkle — iOS — $5.49

Steve Jackson's interactive adventure book series comes to life once more, taking adventurers on a perilous trip through Khare: the Cityport of Traps. With new mini-games, the ability to choose a female hero and more than double the content of the first amazing game, this is another spectacular rendition of classic interactive fiction.

Get Sorcery! 2 in iTunes

Pathogen — Birnam Wood Games — iOS — $2.99

Pathogen is a tactical strategy board game, tasking players with taking over the playfield with their infectious pieces. It feels like a classic game updated, but it's a whole new animal. There's an extensive single-player mode, multiplayer and a level editor to make your own boards — much more than $2.99 should get you.

Get Pathogen on iTunes

LEGO Lord of the Rings — Warner Bros. — iOS — $5.49

It's the entire Lord of the Rings movie trilogy in LEGO form. Maybe don't cast it into the fire just yet. Controls aren't as solid as the console versions, of course, but this one fits in your hands much better.

Get LEGO Lord of the Rings on iTunes

Blocky Roads — Dogbyte Games — iOS — $1.99

Minecraft meets driving down a path, collecting coins? The voxel landscapes are beautiful, the ability to flesh out your own farm is random. Not a bad little joint.

Get Blocky Roads on iTunes

Naught 2 — Blue Shadow Games — Android, iOS — $1.99

The sequel to one of the coolest mobile games going, the shadowy gravity-twisting cat creature Naught returns for a second outing, with new skills, fresh enemies, a host of new levels and the promise of more on the way. Naught is awesome. So is Naught 2.

Get Naught 2 on Google PlayGet Naught 2 on iTunes

Football Heroes — Run Games — iOS — Free

I am not a football fan, but I love me some arcade football and Football Heroes might be the best arcade football game on mobile devices. Special moves, players levelling up, great swipe controls — this one has it all. Love it.

Get Football Heroes on iTunes

Octagon — Lucas Korba — iOS — $1.99

Octagon is labelled "A Minimal Arcade Game with Maximum Challenge", which is an apt description of this beautiful scrolling maze game. Great music, minimal visuals and a difficulty that will kick your arse all over the place.

Get Octagon on iTunes

Meltdown — Bulkypix — Android, iOS — $1.99

A four-player action game with guns, melee attacks, randomly-generated levels and cross-platform multiplayer? That's OK with me. Mind the blue character, I was getting shot in the screenie.

Get Meltdown on Google PlayGet Meltdown on iTunes

Romans from Mars — Majesco — Android, iOS — Free

A game where you shoot at Romans with a ballista. Or Martians. I guess both. This is an intense little game, tons of fun to be had for the low price of free. Plus, Martian Romans.

Get Romans from Mars on Google PlayGet Romans from Mars on iTunes

NinJump Rooftops — Backflip Studios — iOS — Free

What a great idea for a sequel to the popular endless wall-running game! The ninja has reached the rooftops now, running across those collecting coins and defeating enemies in groups of three to activate power-ups. Any game where I can ride a giant squirrel wins.

Get NinJump Rooftops on iTunes

Pocket God: Ooga Jump — Bolt Creative — iOS — $0.99

A bare-bones mini-game from Pocket God is reborn as its own damn game. Pilot a pygmy forever upward on a quest to... go upward.

Get Pocket God: Ooga Jump on iTunes

Anomaly 2 — 11 bit studios — iOS — $5.49

Plenty of $5-plus games this week and Anomaly 2, the port of the PC sequel to one of the best tower offence games out there, is worth every penny. We're taking back the Earth! Woot!

Get Anomaly 2 on iTunes

Bit.Trip Run! — Gaijin Games — iOS — $4.49

It's my favourite Bit.Trip game in mobile form, so you know it was gonna make its way onto this list. Gaijin has tossed some auto-jumping into the mix to keep iPhone and iPad users from tossing their fragile devices at the wall, but it's more or less all the good things in one.

Get Bit.Trip Run! on iTunes

Monsters Rising — Nine Tail Studio — iOS — $4.49

Mad Yama's hordes are taking over the world, and you're in the lead. Monsters Rising is a 3D action stragey game with a deep single-player campaign in which players level up monsters based on Chinese mythology and use them to take over the planet, because that's what you do. Tons of fun.

Get Monsters Rising on iTunes

Ookibloks — Lampert & Sons — iOS — Free

Ookibloks hearkens back to the heyday of the Dreamcast, when colourful, Japanese-developed puzzle games were available on store shelves everywhere. You're a monkey collecting bananas, because why not? It's bright, colourful, cheery and challenging, all at once. Love this game so much.

Get Ookibloks on iTunes

Geometry Dash — Robert Topala — Android, iOS — $1.99

Talk about your challenging rhythm-based running games. Geometry Dash will hurt you in the best way possible. Outside of practice mode there are no continues or checkpoints, so you'll have to endlessly restart if you want to catch all of the gorgeous music in the game. Frustratingly wonderful.

Get Geometry Dash on AndroidGet Geometry Dash on iTunes

Crazy Wheel Rider — NuOxygen — iOS — $0.99

A cool take on the endless-running genre, where instead of running you're a flying squirrel spinning around on wheels, launching yourself forward in an attempt to outrun an out-of-control Ferris wheel. Again, squirrels= win.

Get Crazy Wheel Rider on iTunes


My god, that's a lot of games. Surely there's something in there that appeals to your senses? If not, share a game that does in the comments!


Comments

    so out of 17 games only 4 are on Android. Can you get someone who games on an Android system to do some of these articles?

      And none of them are only Android at that...

        iOS's games are over-represented because Android's game selection is still inferior. There's still no Infinity Blade, no guarantee of Ocean Horn, or the newest Sky Gamblers and when we do get ports like Kingdom Rush 2 or PvZ 2, they're often late. Even simultaneous releases like Tiny Tower: Death Star are inferior on Android, it crashes frequently on my HTC One... yet is relatively stable on my Nexus 7 2013.

        This inconsistency is almost non-existent on iOS because devs only have to worry about a supporting a precious handle of devices with shared DNA vs the smorgasbord of Android hardware and software. Then there's the piracy issue, type in any game title + 'android' into Google and on the first page of results will be a download link for the APK, many of which are rehosted DRM-free versions from the Humble Bundles. Android's openness is its greatest strength but the ease of installing apps from unknown sources is often misused. You don't need to jailbreak, root, or even dig into developer options. It's just a setting.

        I once asked a guy from FiftyThree (people behind Paper) why they haven't made an Android version since it was the app I missed most on iOS and his answer was basically 'fragmentation' and a very diplomatic 'because people will steal all our shit.'

        Last edited 12/11/13 9:13 pm

          So your Android game works fine on your pure Android device, but not on your skinned bloatwared HTC? Doesn't seem like an issue,

            I'm running the stock Google Play version, but feel free to try again.

          I accept that the number would be less on Android than iPhone, but it has been months since there was a game that wasn't on iOS. The last time an Android only game was listed was September 10, and that week was all Android games. The time before that was May, and then before that April.
          And given how rare games for neither iOS nor Android are, that can be re-read as it has been that long since a game that wasn't on iOS. This goes beyond any real world bias in the reality of apps, and goes more towards what device Mike uses more.

    Pretty sure you completely forgot rayman run fiesta for android!!!!!!

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