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.
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.
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.
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 conception. 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 gold 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 an uncommon 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 score records.
Angry Birds Evolution (iOS)
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.
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.
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.
Rayman Adventures (iOS)
Arcade 03 December 2015
A colorful 2D platformer that continues the long-standing game series developed by the Ubisoft company. At the same time, it is the third installment designed with mobile platforms in mind. The story of Rayman Adventures revolves around a sacred tree growing in the middle of a magic forest. When the ancient eggs that sustain the tree are stolen, the task of bringing them back falls on no one else than the brave Rayman. Accompanied by the fearless Viking warrior Barbara, he sets off on a perilous journey. The game revolves around collecting the eggs and using their special powers in appropriate moments. Similarly to the previous Rayman mobile games, this one too is an auto runner, although this time the gameplay bears more similarities to the full-fledged installments in the series (namely, Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends). As its predecessors, the game is powered by UbiArt Framework game engine.
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.
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.
Infinite Tanks (iOS)
Arcade 29 September 2016
An action war game developed by Atypical Games. The title has similar style to the mobile version of World of Tanks. During the game the player takes control of one of the tanks used in a futuristic conflict. The game can be played in single player and multiplayer modes. The gameplay mostly consists of traveling through locations and attacking everything that moves and isn’t part of the player’s team. The main advantage of Infinite Tanks is an advanced system of tank customization that allows for changing various parts of the machines – engines, bodies, cannons. There are more than 30 million combinations available. The game has attractive, fully three-dimensional graphics with large maps and partially destructible environment.
El Hijo (iOS)
Arcade August 2017
A stealth game set in a spaghetti western setting, developed by Honig studio. It takes place in an alternative version of The Wild West, based on Sergio Leone’s movies. The protagonist – the titular El Hijo – looks for his missing father, traversing places filled with dangers: from an orphanage he was raised in, through a desert full of monster, and up to a town ruled by merciless gunslingers. Due to the fact that the boy has no chance of defeating any of those threats, the gameplay is based on hiding behind objects and sneaking behind opponents’ backs. El Hijo’s interface helps with that, constantly showing the enemy range and field of sight. There is also a wide variety of items and gadgets to use. El Hijo uses characteristic, good-looking visuals based on cartoon style, with simple shapes and contrasts.
Cooking Dash 2016 (iOS)
Arcade 06 May 2015
An arcade game by Glu Mobile, released for mobile devices. You play as a girl called Flo, who wants to become a cooking celebrity. Before her dream comes true, she has to find work is various places, from a Las Vegas-themed place, through a Taco train, to an adventurers' restaurant. The gameplay in Cooking Dash 2016 is based on an easy system — first, you take the order, and then you prepare the meal using the right ingredients so that you can give it to the customer and get paid, and also earn a tip. The controls consist of clicking at the right spaces on the screen. The visuals are pleasing to the eye. The game utilizes a free-to-play model with microtransactions, and for the real-life money you can buy various elements which make the gameplay quicker or easier.
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.
Angry Birds Stella POP! (iOS)
Arcade 12 March 2015
A hybrid of an arcade and logic game, set in the universe of the bestselling game, Angry Birds. The story revolves around the eponymous Stella, whose magic wand, capable of firing bubbles, was stolen by the bad piggies. As a consequence, all islands inhabited by the angry birds were flooded with bubbles, and the player’s task is to clear subsequent locations of the colorful bubbles and to defeat the mischievous pigs. In Angry Birds Stella POP!, the gameplay boils down to firing colorful bubbles so that they hit matching objects adding to their length — if long enough, the chains pop and clear a part of the level in the process. The game not only places the player before various challenges, all of which require both agility and wits, as well as the ability to plan ahead. Additional attraction are the themselves pigs, making frequent appearances — they can be attacked as well.