This week’s roundup of games brings you a runner game with futuristic graphics, a combat game with a royal rebel for a hero, an alien that’s simply run out of fuel, a sequel (of sorts) to Angry Birds, and a completely addictive puzzler involving a popular pastime — doodling.
This runner game emphasizes speed and imaginatively designed tracks. It will have you dashing across futuristic terrain, including on sideways roadways, around spirals, through tunnels and more.
Of course, obstacles up the challenge factor, demanding that you dodge them or slash them out of your way; certain gaps in the track will also require you to jump at just the right moment.
This means there are only a few commands to juggle while running. For example, tap to bust your way through something in your way; swipe upward to make your character jump (you’ll have to work on mastering the circular movement required to stick the spirals — that’s a whole other thing); and tilt your iPad to the left and right to collect coins.
You’re a price who was sent away to learn magic at Bogsmarts boarding school, and while you were away your father, the king, died. Now you’ve returned to your land only to find it overrun by enemy troops.
In every level it’s your job to lead your troops to the enemy castle, to ultimately destroy it and any retaliation you encounter along the way. You use your moral points to spawn troops on the fly, using them to break down barriers, defeat enemies and take down the castle.
Spells for super powers and troop upgrades add some extra fun to the game. The cartoon graphics are bright and attractive. And the little details from the developers are what separate this game from the crowd. For example, the clean layout, the informative map, the indicator that tells you when your newly spawned troops will arrive … These guys have thought of everything.
A friendly little alien is simply driving through space when a meteorite hits his ship and causes a fuel leak. So he makes an emergency landing on the planet of Okadia to try to recover some of his lost fuel. That’s where you come in.
Your job is to help Jumpster the alien recover enough fuel to continue his journey. Of course, this involves propelling him through/past traps, monsters and other obstacles in 80 different levels on four different planets.
Take advantage of more than 40 different costumes for your little alien, plus energy boosters, achievements to earn, and more.
What about the pigs’ point of view? The same people who brought us Angry Birds give us Bad Piggies, in which it’s up to you to create a flying/crawling/rolling/spinning/crashing device to pilot the pigs safely to the eggs.
Play more than 70 levels, enjoy free updates and unlock 18 bonus levels after achieving three stars. Plus there are four sandbox levels for enjoying uninterrupted creativity — unlock them by completing special-in-app tasks.
You’ll need to collect and use more than three dozen objects to create an ultimate machine, plus understand how to use the various pigs: mechanic pig and so on.
More than 3 million people are playing this puzzler, and once you try it, you’ll likely add to that figure.
The game revolves around a world map — you can visit 10 countries, with each one providing access to 20 puzzles based on landmarks. Some puzzles have more than one solution, and others supply you with interesting factoids.
There’s a community section, where you can play puzzles submitted by random users all over the globe. Enjoy roughly 200 levels and three different single-player modes. Plus you can create a level of your own design, and even name it or share it via Facebook and Twitter.