6 great ipad and iphone games
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.
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.
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 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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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.