You know where it would be cool to be this weekend? Orlando. It’s always a cool place to be thanks to some theme parks you might have heard of, but Star Wars Celebration is going on there right now. Obviously, we’re not there or we wouldn’t be talking about it wistfully, so we’ll just have to content ourselves with some new mobile games.
Alas, there are no new Star Wars games on the list for this week, which seems like a missed opportunity until you consider that there are already a bunch of them on the market, some of them quite excellent. Maybe some of this week’s crop will fit that description as well, even if they have nothing to do with that galaxy far, far away.
Let’s send this to light speed and check out what looks most promising. And promise, that’s the last Star Wars reference in this article. Probably.
If you’ve ever played the original Planescape: Torment, you know just what a true original it is. There are plenty of Dungeons & Dragons games out there, but none quite like this. Not only is the main character one you’ve never seen before, but the people and … things that join in a massive quest that traverses multiple dimensions are even more unusual. The mobile version has all kinds of new features plus the ability to play the game just as it was before, which seems appropriate.
Soccer is great. Golf is too, or so the people who love it continue to assure me. Throw them both together in one game? Sure, why the heck not? Footy Golf is that mash-up, combining street soccer and golf as you attempt to navigate a wide variety of creative levels and get the ball in the goal in as few shots as possible. Donut Games usually comes correct with stuff like this, so it’s almost guaranteed to be a good time.
We can vouch for this game because we’ve already reviewed it. Instead of rehashing it all here, it’s easier to say that this an excellent game for people who like time management fare, with plenty of cute animals thrown in. Think of it as the kind of all ages fun most mobile gamers need in their lives at some point, with simple gameplay and just enough variety to keep you hooked.
Boxing is a tough sport in real life, but at least the people you fight don’t have long, stretchy arms a la Inspector Gadget. In The Contender: Fight of the Century, they do. Happily, you do too, but the developer promises the game is viciously difficult anyway. But hey, if your calling is to be a fighter, you deal with the hand that you’re dealt, stretchy arms and all. Dig those retro graphics too.
Even after the zombie apocalypse, sometimes you just need to go off-roading. Actually, we have no idea if that’s true since there mercifully hasn’t been an actual zombie apocalypse yet, but it follows that you wouldn’t stop off-roading just because the dead are trying to feast on the living. Dogbyte Games has taken that idea to its logical extreme, letting you take a variety of vehicles into rugged terrain, loading them up with weapons and basically saying, “Have at it.” Seems pretty cool to us.
Props to whoever came up with this line from the game’s app store write-up: “Cutting through the sedimentary is elementary!” That’s gold. You’ll find more than gold as you break blocks in Charming Runes, which looks like it has plenty of unique power-ups and other tweaks to keep things interesting. It’s also from the makers of Shooty Skies, suggesting that its quality should be high indeed.
Nothing like a little bit of controversy as we near the end of this week’s list. GAMEVIL has done pretty well over the last few years with its Perfect Inning baseball games, and players could carry over teams from one year to the next. This season, MLB Perfect Inning Live is a brand new game, with real-time PvP, a new graphics engine and much more. Cool, except some players of the previous games in the series are none too happy as they didn’t know such a big change was coming. Starting from scratch definitely stinks sometimes, but if you’re new to the series, this should be a good place to jump in.
We’ve somehow made it almost all the way through a weekly list of potentially cool new releases and not featured any cats. Let’s rectify that. As the name suggests, this is a “reflex-based card stacking game” that promises to test your quickness with both brain and fingers at the same time. Also, it has cats. You’re welcome.