Fun on your mo­bile

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Games -

IN the mo­bile gam­ing space, Ap­ple has a huge lead with the iPhone and iPod Touch range. But Microsoft is de­ter­mined to make in­roads with its Win­dows Phone 7 plat­form. The game cat­a­logue is steadily grow­ing, with free tri­als for ev­ery game and slick de­vices such as HTC HD7 help­ing. But the Xbox Live ser­vice lacks enough top exclusives and is over­priced. Even so, play­ers af­ter a lit­tle Flight Con­trol, Be­jew­eled or Fruit Ninja ac­tion are catered for and backed by sev­eral solid ti­tles. Here are five.

Pac-Man Cham­pi­onship Edi­tion DX ($9)

A neon-tinged re­dux that clev­erly im­proves on the orig­i­nal. Ghosts are now not to be feared but courted. The more chas­ing the player, the sweeter when Pac-Man turns the ta­bles.

Hy­dro Thun­der GO ($6.50)

With nine cour­ses and solid tilt-based con­trols, this jet­boat racer is worth a look, but has an av­er­age frame rate and some poor route de­sign.

Enigmo ($4)

This physics-based puzzler sees play­ers po­si­tion­ing bounce pads, fun­nels and more to di­rect a flow of wa­ter from a drip­ping tap into a bot­tle. It’s fiendishly ad­dic­tive, with oil and lava adding in­ter­est.

Puz­zle Quest 2 ($9)

Part role-play­ing game, part Be­jew­eled-style puzzler, Puz­zle Quest 2 sees play­ers set out on a mis­sion to save the world. To do this they’ll take on quests, de­feat mon­sters on the puz­zle battle field and power up their char­ac­ter.

Para­chute Panic ($4) IN­STANT VIDEO

Take a snap of this im­age us­ing the WiMo app for iPhone or An­droid to see Dun­geon Siege III in ac­tion. An old favourite on iPhone with comic ap­peal, play­ers are charged with guid­ing parachutists safely down on to wait­ing boats, while avoid­ing he­li­copters and shark-in­fested wa­ter.

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