6 great ipad and iphone games

Macworld (USA) - - Contents - go.mac­world.com/ulo By An­drew Hay­ward

You never know when you might want (or need) a fun new game ready and wait­ing on your iphone or ipad, and thank­fully, there’s no short­age of fresh re­leases on the App Store. This month cer­tainly brought its fair share of IOS de­buts, and we’ve picked 6 of the most in­trigu­ing games worth check­ing out.

UP LEFT OUT

Up in­gly Left sim­ple Out’s slid­ing chal­lenges puz­zles. are Each all about block “un­lock­ing” must be moved the blocks to un­lock within it seem- and com­plete the stage, all while you’re work­ing within con­fined lay­outs. But here’s the catch: Some blocks can only be moved in cer­tain di­rec­tions--which means work­ing out your pat­tern of de­ci­sions—and then you have to deal with the var­i­ous mod­i­fiers that fur­ther tweak the con­cept. It all adds up to an­other clever gem from Rain­bow Train.

WESTWORLD

Can’t get enough of HBO’S sci-fi western hit, Westworld? Well, the sec­ond sea­son just ended and it’s likely to be some time be­fore the next one be­gins—but maybe you can while away the time with Warner’s new Westworld game for iphone and ipad. It’s a sim­ple freemium sim­u­la­tion in­spired by the show’s an­droid-filled amuse­ment park, and it’s your task to pop­u­late the park with the A.I. “Hosts” and pair them with guests. Over time, you’ll un­lock more and more of the park (like Es­calante and Las Mu­das) from the show while open­ing up new ar­eas be­low the sur­face.

MUSE DASH

Many side-scrolling run­ning games get you into a rhythm of tap­ping or swip­ing to con­tinue pro­pel­ling past hazards and en­e­mies, but Muse Dash makes it ex­plicit. Here, your ac­tions are timed with the beat of each song, which helps you get into the flow of pum­mel­ing in­com­ing en­e­mies and col­lect­ing items that pass by. We’ve seen rhyth­mic plat­form games in the past, but Muse Dash is cer­tainly worth a look if you like tap­ping along to peppy jams while col­or­ful, car­toon­ish sights fill the screen.

SILVERFISH DX

Silverfish DX plays much like a freeform Pac-man: One phase of the game is avoid­ing en­e­mies and snag­ging items, and then the other turns the ta­bles and finds you pur­su­ing and det­o­nat­ing the very foes you once feared. It looks like an ar­cade shooter, in fact, but like the great Paci­fism mode in the vis­ually-sim­i­lar Ge­om­e­try Wars, it’s all about strate­gic and tense dodg­ing and weav­ing.

IN THE DOG HOUSE

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VECTORMAN CLAS­SIC

The Sega For­ever pro­mo­tion con­tin­ues on with an­other old-school Ge­n­e­sis game given fresh life on iphone and ipad. Vectorman might not be as iconic or fondly re­mem­bered as Sonic the Hedge­hog, but fans of Sega’s 16-bit con­sole re­mem­ber the game as one of the late-era gems—a strong, side-scrolling ac­tion game with im­pres­sive graph­ics for the time. Vectorman Clas­sic holds up solidly on IOS. Sure, the touch­screen D-pad and but­tons aren’t ideal for pre­cise ac­tion games like this, but they do the trick.

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