The 88th Academy Awards have come and gone, and now we know the winners from all of the nominees. The Best Picture category featured eight nominees this year, and Spotlight took home the grand prize. Each of the eight films tells a completely different story. The narratives though are identifiable, and can be traced to some iOS games. With that in mind, we have come up with one iOS game that is similar in idea to each of the eight films nominated for best picture. The storylines aren’t identical, and instead we’re looking for similar themes.
Spotlight (iTunes link): The Westport Independent ($4.99, Universal) [Review] – Spotlight is a story about the story of uncovering child molestation in The Catholic Church. The film details the investigative reporting, and the momentous cover-up from The Catholic Church that kept the story under wraps for decades. The Westport Independent lets you play as a newspaper editor trying to survive in a totalitarian state with strict censorship. You need you pick and choose the right articles, and the best headlines to continue to operate by making appealing articles to sell papers, but make sure those articles don’t prickle the feathers of the government.
The Big Short (iTunes link): The Firm ($0.99, Universal) [Review] – The Big Short details the origins of the housing market crash in 2007-08, and explains how a few individuals saw what was coming and profited immensely. The few individuals bet against the housing market in an unprecedented manner, and the movie explains how everything collapsed. The Firm is a quick action iOS game that is all about managing stocks as you buy the rising stocks, and sell the falling stocks with quick swipes left and right to sort through the pile of stocks on your desk. It’s an endless high score challenge that introduces more complex stocks as you go, but you need to be quick in deciding what to do with each stock.
The Revenant (not on iTunes yet): Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition ($4.99, iPad) [Review] – The Revenant depicts the “true” story of Hugh Glass, and his survival through a bitter winter after a vicious bear attack. Glass’ tale is part survival, and part vengeance in extreme conditions. Don’t Starve is a survival adventure that is jam packed with ways to die. You need to gather resources, craft items to live on, and deal with deadly creatures. There’s also a day/night cycle that sends you into bitter cold nights, and morning only brings hunger in a massive harsh landscape.
Mad Max (not on iTunes yet): Death Rally (Free, Universal) [Review]: – Mad Max is a post-apocalyptic survival story with an emphasis on cars. There are harsh conditions, tyrant leaders, and a deranged society surrounding the main conflict of freeing and transporting the slave wives of a particular tyrant. Death Rally is an over the top arcade racer that lets you not only speed past your opponents, but also blast them away. There’s constant conflict on the road in Death Rally, and the settings offer brutal and beautiful landscapes to drive through.
The Martian (iTunes link): Lifeline ($0.99, Universal) [Review] – The Martian is a Sci-Fi adventure that depicts astronaut Mark Watney’s struggle for survival after he is left for dead on Mars. The movie covers Mark’s plans, the cruelty of space, and the constant fight between the two. Lifeline is a text based adventure game that gives you dialogue choices to help the stranded astronaut Taylor, survive on a strange planet. The game is presented in real time, so that Taylor treks across the planet, and you need to wait for him to arrive until a new text dialogue choice appears. Interestingly enough, there’s an official iOS game with The Martian branding that is essentially a poor clone of Lifeline.
Bridge of Spies (iTunes Link): Papers, Please ($7.99, iPad) [Review]: – Bridge of Spies is set during the Cold War, and depicts the events when the Soviet Union shoots down, and captures a U.S. pilot. A non CIA agent is recruited, and set to oversee a prisoner exchange for the release of the U.S. pilot. Papers, Please pits you as a border inspector in the Cold War era, and your goal is to examine the identification papers of each potential immigrant to find any smugglers, spies, or terrorists. You need to scour each form for any discrepancy, and each new day gives you one more thing to look for. The game also gives you a salary based on your performance, so you want to be relatively quick to keep more visitors coming to keep you wages up.
Room (iTunes link): The Room ($0.99, iPad / Free, iPhone) [Review] – Room is about a woman who has been living in a locked shed with her son since his birth, and it has been about seven years. They have learned to make the most of their lives when their entire world is four walls. The Room is a deluxe 3D adventure game that places you in a room, and you need to find your way out, by opening up elaborate boxes to find clues, and interactive items. The second and third installments expand the scope to give you multiple rooms to interact with, and find your way out of.
Brooklyn (iTunes link): Super Lemonade Factory [($2.99, Universal / Part Two ($2.99, Universal)] – Brooklyn is the story of a young girl in Ireland with no future, so she comes to America to start over and have a chance at a brighter future. She meets a guy and falls in love, but still misses home with everything set in the 50s. Super Lemonade Factory 1 & 2 are puzzle platformers that give you a guy and girl as playable characters, each with their own abilities. The game has a fine tuned retro style set in an old time factory that acts as the backdrop of interesting co-op gameplay in which you need to use both character’s abilities together to trek forward.
The Oscars may be over, but you can keep the themes going with this iOS game.