Hope you stretched. You’ve got your work cut out for you this week, since you’re bound to be busy helping a little flying squirrel defeat some evil owl enemies; aiding a HoverBot return to another dimension; exploring (or re-exploring) all there is to know about Riven; commanding your own military faction; and giving a character named Marsh Mal a hand in popping some blobs.
While this week’s games could not be more different, they all have one thing in common: a high fun factor in my book. Click “more” to check them out for yourself and let me know what you think.
Now here’s a game that combines everyone’s two favorite things: squirrels and pinball. Momo is a momonga, a little flying squirrel on a mission to save his tribe and their village after a band of evil owls — led by General Kuton — kidnapped all the other momongas.
Actually, the storyline is way more complex than that, and I know what you’re thinking: What does any of this have to do with pinball? And the answer is everything and nothing at the same time. Which is kind of what’s so great about it. You’ll see what I mean.
In addition to Momo, enjoy interacting with characters such as a panda, Fry the firefly and Guaka the molerat as you flip and roll, smash owl enemies and win epic boss fights across nine very different levels and nearly four dozen challenges.
Tic is a HoverBot who has been sucked through a wormhole into another dimension and it’s up to you to help him and his ship navigate four very unique and colorful worlds in order to get home safely.
Throughout your explorations, you’ll want to help Tic collect fuel cells, both of which will be necessary for the homeward journey. Put them to use by hovering across chasms and propelling Tic along using spring pads and boosters. You can play solo or online in multiplayer mode.
You’ll also want to collect the hovatrons which have been scattered throughout the game’s universe. These can be traded for new wheel designs, decorative exhaust fumes or even clues/cheats.
Riven: The Sequel to Myst has come to the iPad and it looks incredible. The developers have remastered and reassembled all the original Riven sights, sounds and features specifically for the iPad, such as the mag-lev ride, the Jungle village, Catherine’s prison, the Wahrk throne and others.
Explore with simple touches and swipes while enjoying a new and improved soundtrack and sound effects, “hot spot” hints, and all the original Ages. The bookmark system is a great feature, allowing users to easily save and restore progress the next time he or she picks up the game.
But note that the game is huge, so download and sync times can take some time. Also, on the off chance you haven’t upgraded your device in oh, say, a while, the game works on all iPads, everything from the first gen to the new mini.
In this modern strategy game it’s possible to rise through the ranks and become a true lord of war. Not for the faint of heart, Downfall has soldiers utilizing tanks, fighter aircrafts and heavy artillery — whatever it takes to take down the enemy.
You can join a faction or start your own, the choice is yours, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to watch your back, because it’s all about you and your own. In other words, if you need more food for your troops, take it; if someone’s in your way, take them down. You get the picture.
Over time you’ll build your city into a military powerhouse and learn exactly when to use any of the more than 20 different types of modern offensive and defensive units. Note that you need a network connection to play.
This surprisingly charming blob known as Marsh Mal will surely win you over to help his cause. Waves of hungry bobs are working their way up a column toward the little guy, and the only way he’ll survive the predicament is by filling the blobs with fruit and popping them — the more he can get in a chain reaction, the better.
I love puzzle games that have cute characters and a simple yet challenging premise, and this one fits the bill. Enjoy some addictive blob-popping gameplay, complete missions for rewards, and try a number of different modes to keep things interesting.
You can collect and earn power-ups for special abilities and other bonuses, plus get the Robot Invader pass for exclusive content. Enjoy syncing across your devices — all the better for competing against your friends via Facebook or Game Center.