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XBLA, $13

★★★★ THIS strat­egy ti­tle puts the player’s Xbox 360 avatar at the cen­tre of the ac­tion. As a tow­er­ing fig­ure sur­rounded by tiny peo­ple, the player uses blue­prints to build a va­ri­ety of build­ings and sets the cit­i­zens in each town to work. Each lo­ca­tion be­comes a thriv­ing, in­dus­tri­ous com­mu­nity and the player has a lot to jug­gle. A few clunky el­e­ments don’t hold back what is an ad­dic­tive ex­pe­ri­ence with plenty of sur­prises. Out now.

iPhone, $12.99

★★★★★ REAL Rac­ing 2 is an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment. Sim­u­la­tion rac­ing in a field of 16 cars around re­al­is­ti­cally ren­dered cour­ses, com­plete with smooth, tilt-based steer­ing? That’s about the size of it, and the stun­ning vi­su­als and com­pelling rac­ing is ably backed by a full ca­reer mode and a garage boast­ing 30 li­censed cars, in­clud­ing the McLaren MP4-12C and 2010 Ford Shelby Mus­tang GT500. Out now.

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