The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (iOS)
Arcade 11 January 2017
An expanded version of a popular indie game that has been released in 2011 by Team Meat studio. Nicalis studio, a bit more experienced team, has been involved in refreshing of the title, in cooperation with original developers. When it comes to mechanics, the gameplay hasn’t changed much, offering randomly-generated levels, traversed by the titular Isaac, who solves simple puzzles and eliminates monsters or much more powerful bosses. The main difference between the Flash-based original, is a completely new graphic engine, introducing new, improved visuals and a number of innovations that, as a result of technological limitations, hadn’t made their way into the original. The developers included the whole base game and its two DLCs, and introduced a number of novelties. A local co-op mode has been incorporated in the game, allowing two players to take part in a joint playthrough on one screen.
Super Mario Run (iOS)
Arcade 15 December 2016
A mobile installment of the famous platform game franchise by Nintendo, and a typical autorunner production for portable devices. You play, of course, as the eponymous plumber, who constantly moves to the right side of the screen, and your task is to avoid obstacles while eliminating enemies and gathering special golden coins. There are two game modes in Super Mario Run. In the first one, you only have to complete the levels, in the other you compete against the other players, trying to get a better result. What matters here is not only completing the level, but also your method of achieving that. You can also create your kingdom, which is what you use the coins you gather for. The game features the visual style known from the fist installments of the series, although the graphics have been enhanced so that they would not seem old-fashioned by current 2D platform game standards.
Never Alone: Ki Edition (iOS)
Arcade 02 June 2016
A platform game with features of puzzle titles from Upper One Game studio. The story of Never Alone is based on Inuit’s’ beliefs, with players taking control of a young girl from Inupiaq tribe who sets on a dangerous journey with her white fox to save her people and stop the arrival of the eternal blizzard. She will meet many creatures of Inuit legends during her adventure, like Sky People, Rolling Heads or Blizzard Man. Never Alone present its world from the side perspective, as we traverse vast levels, avoid traps, fight enemies and solve puzzles. The game in single player campaign lets us switch between a girl and a fox, both of which have unique abilities that are necessary to progress; however, control is split between two players in the cooperation mode. Never Alone uses good-looking three-dimensional visuals accompanied by soundtrack based on Inuit’s music. Interestingly, narrator speaks in the language of those people, although everything is translated to English through subtitles.
Arcade 29 August 2013
A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft game. There is no set goal; your task is basically to shape the randomly-generated world around you. At first you only have a few basic tools, which allow you to dig and find resources, chop wood, and creating simple buildings. As the game progresses, due to the expansive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced buildings and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a singleplayer mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.
Angry Birds Evolution (iOS)
Arcade 19 June 2017
Another installment in the popular logic puzzle/arcade game by Finnish studio Rovio. Angry Birds Evolution doesn't feature a complex story campaign: the game is set on a bird island, where the pigs arrive, and your task is to drive them off. The gameplay consists of battles between the two hostile teams. After launching your characters in a way that is distinct for the series, they roll on the floor, eliminating enemies and bouncing off everything in their way. While the basics of the gameplay seem easy, matters are complicated by the design of the levels, which are small and full of obstacles and various interactive elements, e.g. exploding crates. The gameplay is varied thanks to special abilities, which give every bird three unique attacks each. It provides a motivation for unlocking more characters — the game features over 300 of them, and each of them can be upgraded and developed further.
Hill Climb Racing 2 (iOS)
Arcade 18 October 2016
A sequel to the crazy mobile arcade games by Fingersoft. In Hill Climb Racing 2, once again, you drive a variety of vehicles, and your task is to complete a given track within a time limit. You can drive off-road vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, and even buses, and to win you have to use ramps scattered all over the tracks to perform various tricks and acrobatics, which vary depending on your vehicle. The game utilizes a side view and features both a single player mode and a multiplayer mode for up to 4 players. Moreover, you can customize both your character and vehicles. Since it is a free-to-play production, modifications are unlocked as the game progresses.
Arcade 03 July 2013
Very unique two-dimensional platformer from the independent developer PlayDead. We play as a small boy who sets on dangerous journey to save his sister. He traverses surrealistic landscapes, coming across many deadly traps and running away from monstrous spider, which follow him tirelessly. In terms of gameplay, Limbo borrows from classic platform titles, though not without adding a few original features. The games revolves around advanced physics, which plays crucial role in most puzzles and arcade sequences, during which the players must display quick reflexes. What stands out the most, however, is Limbo’s unique, mysterious and grim atmosphere, mainly coming from its audiovisuals. Sparse use of sound and graphics, consisting only of shades of black and white, makes it look like a work of a movie expressionist from the beginning of 20th century.
Goat Simulator (iOS)
Arcade 17 September 2014
Goat Simulator is a humorous simulator that serves as a commercial extension of the joke game made by Swedish Coffee Stain (known primarily from the Sanctum series). The game lets you control a crazy goat named Pilgor which destroys everything in the virtual world. The goal is to cause as much damage as possible with the use of a wide range of absurd accessories, like rockets, explosives, etc. It was the developers’ ambition to create a big cliché parody, mocking low-budget simulators. Therefore, Goat Simulator features loads of purposely implemented humorous bugs. The editor gives you a chance to create your own levels and share them with others through the Internet. On the technical side, the game utilizes the power of Unreal Engine 3.
Angry Birds 2 (iOS)
Arcade 30 July 2015
The second full-fledged installment in an extremely popular action-logic game franchise that earned the Finnish studio Rovio worldwide fame. After a string of spin-offs that combined the original gameplay with elements from other genres, this title goes back to the roots of the franchise, using well-known mechanics with a handful of new solutions. What is different, is the design of levels, which now feature not just of a single structure but also contribute to a larger entity. Moreover, the available arsenal of birds must suffice to complete the entire level, which introduces a strategic layer, requiring you to carefully manage your resources. Additionally, some new elements has been introduced to the game, namely spells and collectible cards. The second part of Angry Birds boasts noticeably better visuals than the previous games. The title is based on free-to-play model with numerous of microtransactions.
Chicken Scream (iOS)
Arcade 23 March 2017
Chicken Scream is a unique mobile platform game developed by Perfect Tap Games and based on a rather uncommon premise. At first sight, Chicken Scream looks like your typical platformer presented from a side-scrolling perspective where we simply have to keep going to the right, jump, avoid traps, and collect golden coins. What makes it stand out among other platformers is the fact that we control our protagonist with voice. If we speak silently, the chicken will simply stroll, but each time we scream he will jump. As one can see, such unique control mechanics can be challenging and mastering them will require a lot of practice. Gameplay can be really gripping. As we play, we will unlock new avatars and can try to beat high scores.
Pokemon: Magikarp Jump (iOS)
Arcade 25 May 2017
A mobile arcade game by the Japanese studio Select Button, set in the universe of the Pokemon game series. Splash! Magikarp takes place in the world created for the previous mobile installments of the franchise, such as Pokemon Shuffle, Pokemon Trading Card Game Online, Pokemon Go or Pokemon Duel. The story focuses on mysterious holes, which one day appear in a small town. The holes are shaped like the first-generation fish Pokemon Magikarp. The creature, and also a favorite of many fans, is known for its funny appearance and truly hopeless battle skills. However, a Magikarp can evolve into a powerful Gyarados. The first person to discover the holes is an unassuming fisherman; later an investigation is started by the official authorities. You play as an adventurer, who decides to find out the truth about the holes on their own.
Viking Mushroom (iOS)
Arcade August 2017
A colorful, two-dimensional platformer game for mobile devices, created by Mobge Games - a Turkish developer. With its relaxed atmosphere, the game describes daily life and habits of Vikings. As a platformer game, Viking Mushroom offers twenty-five different levels filled with opportunities to jump and climb. The player encounters large numbers of traps, enemies and collectibles as well. The titular mushrooms are significant here, for they were eaten by Scandinavian warriors in order to acquire superhuman powers, according to the tradition. The game recreates such situations, for each of many kind of mushrooms available gives access to a set of useful abilities. The game offers colorful visuals, resembling the Rayman series in this aspect. What deserves special attention is the fact that both the plot and certain gameplay mechanics are rooted deeply in the tradition of Vikings and supported by research conducted on their culture.
Guitar Hero Live (iOS)
Arcade 20 October 2015
The next major installment in a bestselling music game series launched in 2005 by Harmonix studio, who are currently developing a similar series, Rock Band. Returning after a several-year long hiatus, this new installment was developed by FreeStyle Games, who previously created two DJ Hero games. Overall, the gameplay mechanics did not change much, however, this time the game features the view from the guitarist’s eyes, whereas cartoonish characters gave way to authentic musicians and crowds resembling real audience. Guitar Hero Live supports a new version of guitar controller with 6 buttons in two rows, imitating the real instrument even better. As always, the game lets you adjust difficulty level to your skills. Unfortunately, unlike rivaling Rock Band 4, Guitar Hero Live is not compatible with tracks purchased for previous games.
Sling Kong (iOS)
Arcade 06 August 2015
A two-dimensional arcade game for mobile devices, created by Protostar. The player assumes control of a monkey with remarkable stretching ability. The mechanics of Sling Kong are somewhat similar to the Angry Birds series. Our monkey has the ability to shoot itself, like a sling shot, using its elastic arms in certain points. There is only one way for us to to go, and that is up – a task which is made difficult by the fact that the points disappear after a short while. This does not allow even a moment’s rest, while the locations are filled with numerous obstacles such as mobile platforms, crushing totems, or fire-searing flowers. We receive special gold coins as a reward for each successful playthrough, and unlock other friendly animals which can be used in next games, improving our high scores. Sling Kong uses simple, albeit funny and cartoonish visuals.
Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari (iOS)
Arcade 22 June 2016
A free mobile game developed by Featherweight Games, the creators of Skiing Yeti Mountain. In Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari, the player assumes the role of a rodeo champion whose job is to ride different kinds of animals and manage his own zoo. Therefore, we travel around the world to catch creatures that live in savanna. Our main goal is to get the highest possible scores by riding animals. While playing, we have to incessantly jump on running creatures, including buffaloes, gorillas and even birds. In the air, you have to tap your finger into the screen at the right moment to catch your “prey”. If we manage to stay on its back for a few seconds, the animal goes to our zoo. The game also features management elements since our zoo has to be managed and developed. Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari is distinguished by cartoonish graphic style presented in an isometric view.