Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition (iOS)
Adventure 27 July 2009
The fourth major installment of the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom. In the game the player assumes the role of ex-cop Leon S. Kennedy, a character well known from the second entry in the franchise. As a special agent responsible for protecting the presidential family, he goes to Europe in order to find the missing daughter of the US president. The trail leads to a small village in Spain. The village is controlled by a mysterious sect and the citizens are infected with a virus which causes mutations. During the game one will face hordes of zombies as well as more demanding bosses, such as giant monsters or the powerful leader of the sect, Osmund Saddler. Resident Evil 4 retains the dark feel of the previous installments and the game contains puzzles, but gameplay mechanics were greatly changed and the new engine allowed the developers to create faster and more dynamic action sequences. The game also contains many quick-time events.
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.
Never Alone: Ki Edition (iOS)
Arcade 02 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.
The Escapists (iOS)
Simulation 02 March 2017
A prisoner simulator that combines features of many genres. It was developed by Mouldy Toof in cooperation with Team 17 Software. The player assumes the role of a prisoner who leads a “normal” life in one of several available penitentiary facilities. The main objective of the game is to plan a way of escaping from the prison. In addition to participating in a series of daily activities like various works, workouts, meals, walks and interactions with other prisoners, the player is also gathering seemingly useless items, looking for allies and observing his surroundings in order to find weak points of security systems. The final phase is to use the previously prepared plan and escape. The Escapist offers great freedom of acting and many ways of escaping depending on prison style (among which there is for example a military prison camp). The game offers retro pixel-art two-dimensional graphics presented from a top-down perspective.
Plants vs Zombies (iOS)
Strategy 15 February 2010
A game belonging to the popular tower defense genre. It's theme, however, is rather unusual, for the players' task is to protect their household against the attacking hordes of zombies. The game was developed by PopCap Games - a company popular for successful arcade-logic games, such as Peggle Deluxe or Bejeweled. In Plants vs Zombies, the levels are made of paths along which the zombies are coming. The player's task is to secure each of those paths. Interestingly, the player's fortification comprises of various plants and flowers growing outside of their house. Each kind of plant has a unique ability. These include things like production the in-game currency, attacking, slowing down the enemies, or exploding in front of them. Zombies are equally diversified - there are many types of attackers, differing in appearance, equipment, and armor. All the subtleties of gameplay are gradually revealed and explained to the players. The game stands out with its atmosphere of comedy, deprived of serious undertones and tension. This was achieved mainly by colorful visuals and a cheerful soundtrack.
Adventure 01 May 2014
A climatic adventure game developed by the Czech Amanita Design studio (Samorost, Machinarium), set in a marvelous, floral world. Botanicula tells the story of five creatures living in the branches of a giant tree that is slowly dying due to merciless parasites. In order to prevent it, the heroes set on a dangerous journey to save the last seed of their home plant. In terms of game mechanics, the title is a classic point-and-click adventure game, with the gameplay resolving around searching locations, collecting hints, and solving various logical puzzles. The game features unique, minimalistic visuals, which, in conjunction with its numerous humoristic features, give this production a very distinctive vibe.
Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle (iOS)
Action 16 July 2015
A mix of puzzle, action and board game genres from Bird Studio. The title is based on a classic anime, based on the manga created by Akira Toriyama. Players must create an undefeated team of heroes that will win against all adversaries. Gameplay is based on two pillars, the first being unique battles that focus on combining groups of colorful Ki balls. This results in a certain amount of damage being dealt to the opponent, depending on type of combination, and effects can take the form of eye-catching animations, resembling the animated series. We can also charge powerful, game-changing special attacks. The second part of the game takes place on a two-dimensional board – we move our character to collect useful items and money. Additionally, there is a simple system of character development. Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle lets us play solo or with friends. The title is distributed in free-to-play model with micropayments – real money can be used to buy new character cards to our collection.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (iOS)
Adventure 04 September 2014
Valiant Hears: The Great War is an original action-adventure game that takes place during the World War I. It was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, creators of best-selling platform games Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. The game's plot is based on authentic letters from the WW1 period and tells the story of five heroes who were were brought together by the war and... a good-willed dog that can influence the fate of people. Among our heroes we will find a French captive, an American enlistee, a Belgian paramedic, an English pilot, and a German infantryman. Gameplay differs depending on which character we are currently controlling. We will have to solve riddles and puzzles, explore, and face some arcade elements. Even though the game's atmosphere and setting are a bit grim, Valiant Hears: The Great War tends to be a bit humorous. We will also find many stereotypes about the nationalities of our heroes in the game. Game's visuals are comic book-like, "hand drawn" to some degree.
Adventure 04 June 2013
An adventure game designed by Benoit Sokal, the famous Belgian comic writer, in cooperation with studio Microids. Syberia is the first chapter of the adventures of Kate Walker, an American lawyer hired by the company that produces automatons – mechanical toys. She is tasked with finishing the formalities related to taking over a factory located in a small city in Europe. The game begins when the protagonist arrives at the factory and learns that its owner, Anna Voralberg, is dead. In order to complete her mission, Kate must find her heir. The task pushes her to embark on the greatest adventure of her life. During the journey she will visit various climatic and mysterious places located in the Eastern Europe and she will meet many interesting people. Since it's a typical point-and-click adventure game, the gameplay consists mostly of exploring locations, solving riddles and speaking with non-playable characters. Syberia is famous for its climatic graphics with pre-rendered, hand-drawn backgrounds.
Syberia 2 (iOS)
Adventure 15 October 2015
A sequel to the excellent adventure game created by Benoit Sokal and studio Microids. Syberia II continues the plot of the first installment - it presents the further adventures of Kate Walker, an American lawyer. Her intention of finalizing a contract led her to the adventure of her life. The game starts in the same place where the first Syberia ended – in the Russian city Romansburg. This time Kate decides to follow the trail of Hans Voralberg, the heir to an automaton factory, for her own reasons. The woman joins Hans and she helps him discover the mystery of the last living Mammoths. The greatest change in comparison to the first game lies in the quality of the graphics and the increase of the gameplay dynamics. Many new graphic effects were added, including dynamic shadows and an animated snow. Syberia II takes place in completely new locations that are much more different from each other than previously. During her adventures Kate will visit, among other places, the North-West passage and the village of the Youkol people.
Lara Croft GO (iOS)
Adventure 27 August 2015
A spin-off to the adventures of the beautiful archaeologist Lara Croft, created for mobile platforms users by one of Square Enix’s studios, which also created a mobile game featuring Agent 47. Gameplay combines elements characteristic for the Tomb Raider series – e.g. exploring ruins and tombs filled with traps – with turn-based logic game mechanics borrowed from Hitman GO. The action is presented in isometric view and the player’s goal is to go through various locations by moving on predefined paths, disable traps, and fight enemies. To make matters more difficult, a part of a location is not visible at the beginning, so you need to precisely plan what to do – each inconsiderate move costs a lot. The game features simple hand-drawn graphics and an atmospheric soundtrack.
White Night (iOS)
Adventure December 2017
A third-person survival horror from the independent French studio OSome, inspired by the Alone in the Dark series. White Night takes place in 1930’s, following a hero trapped in an old family mansion that hides a dark secret of the past. Our main enemy are the dark and mysterious creatures that dwell in it, forcing us to solve many puzzles based on light and dark mechanics. Using various sources of light somewhat resembles Alan Wake, with plot and storytelling inspired by works of people like Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and Roman Polanski. Visuals are the most outstanding part of the game, using only black and white with many symbolic elements, referring to classic works of German expressionism.
Reigns: Her Majesty (iOS)
Strategy December 2017
A sequel to the popular multi-genre game, blending elements of logic puzzle, adventure, and strategy games with some roguelike aspects. Like in the first installment, the production was created by Nerial. Reigns 2 is set in a tongue-in-cheek version of the middle ages. The protagonist is a queen, who has just ascended to the throne, and your task is to keep her there for as long as possible. It is not easy, as you have to take care of your kingdom and make difficult decisions by announcing verdicts regarding important matters, developing the economy, and playing diplomatic and political games. The event cards are randomly generated and your choices shape the story. Sooner or later you make one mistake too many, which results in the queen's demise, while you have to play as her successor, who has to face the consequences of her predecessor's choices. The game features clear rules and intuitive controls system, in which you slide the cards to the left or right, thus making a positive or negative decision.
The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk (iOS)
Adventure December 2017
A continuation to a well-received point-and-click adventure game, developed by the independent Studio Fizbin. The Last Wind Monk is set three years after the events depicted in the original game. Robert, the protagonist, had been turned into a stone and has remained in this form during these three years. As a result, his dynasty lost its influences to the evil Emil. Along with his companions, Robert has to stop the wrongdoer, through finding the titular, Last Wind Monk. Above all, the player discovers secrets hidden within different locations and solves puzzles - those require the player mainly to manipulate different mechanisms, use the items gathered, or to perform songs using Robert's flute nose. Apart from that, the player talks to NPCs and completes more and less complex assignments for them. The game offers high-quality 2D graphics and brings old, animated movies into mind.
Brave & Little Adventure (iOS)
Adventure 26 November 2015
A classic point ’n’ click adventure game and the debut project from an independent studio LightDrop Games. The developers were inspired by the tale of Red Riding Hood – the player assumes the role of Molly, a girl who decides to visit her grandmother living in the city. Unfortunately, granny has fallen ill. The only medicine able to help her is the edelweiss flower, which grows high in the mountains. The protagonist embarks on a journey to find this rare plant. The adventure leads her through medieval forests, caves, and aforementioned mountaintops. Brave & Little Adventure consists of six chapters, in which the players explore charming locations while completing various tasks given by encountered neutral characters. Additionally, the key to success lies in solving various logical and environmental riddles, as well as sneaking behind certain enemies’ backs. The title is characterized by two-dimensional, colorful visuals and nice character animations. The authors’ vision is completed by a memorable, climatic soundtrack.
Mini Metro (iOS)
Strategy 20 October 2016
Minimalistic, in terms of visuals, logic strategy game designed by an indie developer from New Zealand, Dinosaur Polo Club. Mini Metro is a project that originated as a prototype created for the 48-hour Ludum Dare contest. The game puts you up against a challenging task of designing and building a subway network in a dynamically developing metropolis. The game features randomly generated maps. Initially, there are only 3 stations to manage, but as the city expands, stations appear in new, randomly designated places, and with them even more impatient commuters. In order to offer them fast communication around the metropolis, you have to constantly open new metro lines and modify the existing ones for maximum efficiency. Mini Metro ends when dissatisfaction of citizens reaches maximum.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (iOS)
Adventure 15 December 2010
An unusual spin-off to the legendary Tomb Raider series. The game was developed by Crystal Dynamics - the creators of the franchise's latest installments. The game follows the adventures of a beautiful female archeologist and her friend - a Mayan warrior by the name of Totec. The characters set out for a journey, searching for a mysterious artifact known as Mirror of Smoke, which is to be used against the evil Xolotl, who has gained the power to control other spirits. Contrary to the third-person perspective the Tomb Raider games are usually played in, the spin-off is an isometric game resembling hack'n'slash titles in this aspect. The gameplay focuses on arcade elements and combat sequences, in which the player encounters hordes of ghosts - a special emphasis was placed on cooperation. The two characters have different abilities, therefore, close cooperation is the key to success. However, it is also worth mentioning that the game features elements which could be considered hallmarks of the Tomb Raider series as well, such as exploration of tombs and catacombs.