Stranger Things: The Game (AND)
Arcade 04 October 2017
A promotional game for the Stranger Things series, published by Netflix and developed by BonusXP (the creators of e.g. The Incorruptibles and Cavemania). Stranger Things: The Game is an action-adventure game with stealth, platform, and logic puzzle elements. It is set in an American town of Hawkins in 1984. When several local children go missing, Sheriff Jim Hopper tries to find them, unaware that their disappearance in only the tip of the iceberg. Apart from Hopper, you can also play as other characters, such as Lucas and Nancy. Each character has different abilities, which help you solve various problems. During the game, you find waffles and garden gnomes that allow you to unlock bonus elements. The visuals are inspired by old 8-bit console productions. Stranger Things: The Game is free to download on iOS and Android devices.
Space Frontier (AND)
Arcade 26 July 2017
A 2D arcade game by Ketchapp, a famous mobile game producer, known from e.g. 2048. You task is to colonize Mars. To achieve that, you use a special rockets consisting of modules. Those modules are incinerated during flight, and you have to tap the screen when the fire is closest to a green bar on each module. The gameplay requires good timing and patience, and features some other elements for additional variety. You can e.g. change the color of your rocket by tapping a special machine. You can also add more modules, and you should hire adventurers, who'd like to live on Mars. The gameplay of Space Frontier seems slightly repetitive, but it's very exciting. A big asset of the game is the fact that it's free and does not feature microtransactions;' the only thing you can buy with real money is a permanent function of blocking ads during the game.
Hill Climb Racing 2 (AND)
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.
Super Mario Run (AND)
Arcade 23 March 2017
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.
Rayman Adventures (AND)
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.
Angry Birds Evolution (AND)
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.
Goat Simulator (AND)
Arcade 16 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.
Trine 2: Complete Story (AND)
Arcade 22 July 2014
A sequel to a platform/puzzle action game developed by Frozenbyte. The story of the original game was set in a colorful, magical fantasy world. Trine 2 once again presents the adventures of the three characters bound together by the power of an artifact known as Trine. Amadeus, Zoya and, Pontius are brought to a fairytale land inhabited by goblins. Their task is to discover the truth behind the actions of the malicious creatures and to prevent them from achieving their goals. Similar to the original game, Trine 2 is a two-dimensional platformer. The gameplay features arcade elements (jumping, fighting, etc.) and puzzle solving. The main characters have gained new abilities and can also search for hidden treasures and bottles containing experience points. The sequel features also a new game mode, implementing cooperative online multiplayer.
Arcade 12 September 2013
A sandbox platform game by indie studio Re-Logic, sometimes called the 2D version of the popular Minecraft. 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 create simple structures. As the game progresses, due to the extensive crafting system, you discover better tools, allowing you to create advanced materials and to fight monsters. There are many possibilities in the game, and the only restriction is your own imagination. Terraria features a single player mode, but you can join forces with other players, thus gaining precious allies, who can help you with the more challenging tasks.
Never Alone: Ki Edition (AND)
Arcade 23 June 2016
A platformer with puzzle game features, developed by Upper One Game studio. The story of Never Alone is based on Inuit beliefs, with players taking control of a young girl from the Inupiaq tribe who sets on a dangerous journey with her white fox to save her people and stop the arrival of the eternal blizzard. During her adventure, she will meet many creatures from Inuit legends, such as Sky People, Rolling Heads or Blizzard Man. Never Alone presents its world from the side perspective, as we traverse vast levels, avoid traps, fight enemies and solve puzzles. The single player campaign lets us switch between the girl and the 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 features good-looking three-dimensional visuals accompanied by a soundtrack based on traditional Inuit music. Interestingly, the narrator speaks in Inuit language and the dialogue is translated into English through subtitles.
Dragon Hills (AND)
Arcade 09 April 2015
Dragon Hills is a mobile 2D platformer. It was developed by Rebel Twins, creators of Aliens Drive Me Crazy and Daddy Was A Thief. We play as a princess who seeks revenge on the people who hurt her. Riding a friendly dragon, we embarks on a journey of destruction. Instead of flying, however, the dragon digs underground tunnels. Our enemies are mostly located on the surface, so we will have to jump out frequently to destroy them. However, each action like that has to be calculated, because the deeper under ground we are, the higher we will jump. By doing so, we will destroy buildings, fight bosses, and gather items. The implemented character progression system will alow our dragon to get more and more powerful. The game features cartoonish 2D visuals.
Sling Kong (AND)
Arcade 05 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 2 (AND)
Arcade 29 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 11 February 2015
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.
Arcade 25 March 2016
Co-developed by Steve Howse and Thorntree Studios, an arcade game resembling the popular mobile and browser hit Agar.io. During the game you are in control of a small snake which grows by eating bright points. Apart from yours, there are other snakes on the map and in order to win, you have to eat what remains of the bigger ones. The only problem is that they die only if they touch other creatures with their heads, so your objective is to maneuver your snake in a way that will make others run into you. This can be achieved with a number of techniques. There is no final purpose to the game, so you can play till the Earth stops turning. Similarly to the aforementioned production by M28 studio, Slither.io features minimalistic visuals. Even though they are simple, they still can give an ample scope for showing your brains and skill.
Vector 2 (AND)
Arcade 18 May 2016
Continuation of the original auto-run platformer that was the first major success of Russian independent studio Nekki. Plot of Vector 2 continues the storyline of the original and takes us back to the dreary world of the future, in which the eye of Big Brother keeps track of all actions of the people. Protagonist known from the first installment was eventually captured by security forces, but, instead of killing him, they decided to use his skills to test some new equipment in a secret research facility. In comparison with the original, game mechanics have not changed significantly and the gameplay boils down to overcoming successive levels with gradually learned parkour tricks. This time, however, individual levels are procedurally generated and each death is final. The game features also completely new locations and enemies, new types of obstacles and pitfalls, as well as a large set of additional gadgets to unlock.
Chicken Scream (AND)
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.
Smurfs Epic Run (AND)
Arcade 14 January 2016
A licensed two-dimensional platformer for mobile devices, created by Ubisoft. When Gargamel casts a spell that covers the Smurfs' village with a magical fog, only one of its inhabitants manages to escape. Controlled by the player, he has to stop Gargamel and rescue his captured friends. In terms of mechanics, the game is an auto-runner variation of a platform game - the protagonist goes forward automatically, and the player has to perform the appropriate gestures responsible for jumps, slides or sprinting, for example. The game includes roughly a hundred different levels where the player releases subsequent Smurfs, unlocking numerous abilities and additional playable characters, such as Papa Smurf or Smurfette. The player can customize the appearances of their characters and compete against others in online rankings.
Viking Mushroom (AND)
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.