3 cert, Sony, PS Vita Back in 1991 Lemmings waddled onto the Amiga and became an instant classic of its genre – a real-time strategy game with a dash of God simulation. Once again, your job is to protect the inept rodents from themselves. On each level you’re given time to examine the setting (ancient Egypt, an alien planet or something else) and evaluate its dangers. Then the lemmings come pouring in from the sky, stubbornly, relentlessly walking to their doom. You must assign skills to some lemmings, which they’ll carry out mindlessly – bridge building, blocking paths, using umbrellas as parachutes – and lead them to safety. The touch screen works well on the Vita (though it was made for someone with fingers daintier than mine). You can pinch to zoom; tap the lemmings to assign the task; and speed up their movement to see it through at your own pace; a challenging, cute and gratifying game. playstation.com
4 cert, Betaworks, iOS The addictiveTwo Dots is built on a simple premise: clear the dots, meet the goals and progress to the next level. Of course, it’s not that simple. You have a limited number of moves and sometimes a seemingly impossible goal to hit. You have to join a minimum of two dots of the same colour to clear them, and only in horizontal and vertical lines, no diagonals allowed. It gets progressively more difficult as you work your way through the levels, which leaves you trying to work around obstacles on the board, anchors that “drop” and awkwardly shaped boards that make it difficult to clear dots. Creating a closed square of the same colour will clear every dot of that colour on the board, in a single move. Creating bombs out of dots will also help clear your way. Every time you fail to clear a level you lose a life, and you only get five – unless you want to pay, so use them wisely. Lives replenish over time. Beautifully designed and as addictive as Candy Crush.
SILENT TEXT 2
4 cert, Silent Circle, iOS Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. If you’e been feeling a slight bit of paranoia about the security of your text messages and just who can access them, take a look at Silent Circle’s latest app. Silent Text 2 allows you to send and receive encrypted texts and files from other Silent Circle users. You can set a length of time on how long texts can be read for and, if you need to, recall messages and alter them before a user has read them. It’s not aimed at your typical IM user. The app itself is free, but you have to pay for a Silent Circle subscription.That runs about $10 per month or $100 a year, which may be a little too rich for some when there are so many free messaging services available. But that subscription will also include access to encrypted phone app Silent Phone. And after all, what price do you put on your privacy?