40. Zombicide: Tactics & Shotguns
Price: $4.99 / £4.99
Taking the board game into the digital world, Zombicide: Tactics & Shotguns allows you to play this game all on your own, taking control of various characters in hopes of finding food and fighting zombies. Featuring bits of story along the way, Zombicide: Tactics & Shotguns has you moving along the board, finding objectives, and finishing the missions before your characters die or bigger threats come. You can then use food, the currency within the game, to update weapons and make characters more powerful. It’s a great adaptation of the board game that is played single player, meaning you don’t need to try to get all your friends together to play.
A colorful, cute twist on classic Snake games, SNIKS has you feeding the adorable snakes that appear in each level! Looking to slurp up fruit of the same color as the snake who wants to eat it, you must drag snakes around the screen so that they can nom. Fruit of the same color must have a snake head on it, so that it can be eaten up. Snakes in SNIKS will only eat the fruit once all of their color is covered by their body, if that makes sense.
This means that you need to take the time to figure out how to align the snakes, so they can eat. Snakes can move through other colors, but must not be sitting on foods that are not there's. SNIKS is a cheerful, bright and fun game that makes a great addition to your mobile device.
Price: £1.99 / $1.99
A kung-fu hamster named Pimm is looking to clean up the baddies on the streets, who have destroyed the town that he lived in. This action game has you swiping, tapping, and beating up various other rodents in hopes of making Hamsterdam a better town once again. Combing up attacks in Hamsterdam feels quite powerful, as the screen switches to allow you to swipe a different way and get a bigger attack in.
There are a variety of enemies and bosses, some looking for you to just dodge attacks while others need to be timed perfectly to specific hits. Apart from beating up baddies, you can also play as a side scrolling runner, where you ride your scooter, collecting seeds and avoiding bombs. There is a lot to love about Hamsterdam!
Genre: Arcade shooter
Price: Free (with in-app purchase)
Chaos and fast reactions are what SHUMP is all about. Quickly moving up the screen, shooting automatically, you must destroy enemies and make it to the top. There is a lot going on, a lot of movement, and coins falling from the sky. On the bottom of the screen there are three buttons, moving your character left, right, and up. As you move quickly, you can gain combos, making your weapon more powerful for a few seconds. There are also weapon creates to help you along the way. New enemies are always appearing - it takes a while to remember how they all work, and while paired with bosses at the top of each area, you end up with a challenging and fast game. You do have three lives and the ability to purchase new characters with different abilities to help you out. SHUMP is a crazy fast, fun game to pick up!
Price: £4.99 / $4.99
A charming wargame with some seriously funny humor, Warbits sees you battling robots for a better future. Fighting against the disaster Blue robots, you can move various types of robots around the screen, capturing buildings to gain more money to produce more. Like traditional turn-based strategy games, you can follow a bunch of campaign modes that get increasingly more challenging, but also unlock more environments to travel through. You see, fighting against people in these fake battles keep the peace in the galaxy. If playing campaigns isn’t your thing, you can also play online or locally against opponents, challenging yourself. Warbits is a really polished, well made strategy game - it’s super enjoyable.
Price: $3.99 / £3.99
Taking inspiration from architecture, Reky is a minimalist puzzler that sees you simply trying to make it to the other side of beautiful yet simple looking levels. Playing as a black ball, you will need to move blocks, grab colors, and make your way around. Everything on the screen serves a purpose and often needs to be used before you get to the portal at the end of the level. Often you can find one or two colors, which can be picked up by your black blob and moved to a new block. Blocks with color, you see, can be moved around the levels to make for more platforms. The clean aesthetic and simple way to play makes Reky a really polished and fun puzzler - paired with the sleek design and you have a game that’s hard to put down.
Price: Free (with in-app purchase)
OCO is a charming minimalistic platformer that sees you collecting a bunch of yellow cubes in the least amount of jumps possible. You move forward automatically, in a circle around some platforms which are already placed. A few of these platforms are special, speeding you up, forcing you to jump, and switching your gravity around. You can tap to jump and hit walls to turn around, with the goal of collecting all of the yellow cubes in as few moves as possible. If you do use a special platformer, a little tail follows you within that level, leaving a clever and fun design if you hit enough of them. OCO also has an impressive level editor that’s pretty fun to play around with, especially with all of the options when creating these cool levels!
Price: $10.99 / £6.99
It's been a few years since Minecraft was released on iOS but in that time it's shored up its initially unsteady debut into something quite impressive. What launched as the 'Pocket Edition' is now just Minecraft - the full game, on your phone. As well as the full crafting and creative experience, you also get access to the full marketplace for new maps, skins, texture packs, mash up packs and more. Few games give you the full console/PC experience on your phone so hat tip here for such a satisfying experience.
32. Evolution: The Video Game
Genre: Card Game
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Tabletop games receiving digital creations is sometimes hit and miss, but for Evolution: The Video Game - adapted from the popular tabletop game by the same name - it is definitely a hit. Fighting to survive against another player, either online or a boss through the campaign, you must be one step ahead of them when it comes to playing the right cards to help your animals evolve with the upper hand. As the resources of the land - water, food, preditors - change, you must adapt using the cards you have been dealt and evolving your species. It’s up to you to decide if you need to develop features that would fend off carnivores, allow your animals to get to different food sources, or just fight against enemies themselves. Evolution: The Card Game is easy to start playing, but becomes very challenging to really master.
31. Data Wing
Data Wing is a very clever little 2D-physics enabled racing game wrapped up with funny, occasionally philosophical dialogue and a fantastic vaporwave soundtrack. The best part is that you've got nothing to lose by trying it: Data Wing is one-hundred percent free. There aren't even any of those optional 'support the developer' purchases that get rid of advertisements or whatever, it's just free. Easily worth a download for the music alone.
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