Mobile Round Up

Platforming on a non-platforming platform

Mobile developers like to make life hard for themselves, it would seem: platformers are thriving on mobiles, yet touch screens don’t have the delicious precision of physical buttons that the genre demands. Rayman Jungle Run notably rose to the challenge recently, but here are a couple of other...

The fine line between love and hate

They say that it’s a fine line between love and hate. What does that mean? Nobody knows that. But it might explain why I ended up playing a game I don’t really like as much as one that warmed my cockles something silly. Super Hexagon version: iPhone I...

Games Devs Like

A couple of weeks ago, beardy indie development sorts the Pickford Bros launched their self-explanatory Games We Like page, and called for other indies to do the same. A number have done so now, and always on the look out for interesting bits to play, I thought I’d...

Beat Sneak Bandit, ZiGGURAT

Interesting tales at both ends of the App Store this week. Angry Birds Space achieved 10 million downloads in three days, a story so important that literally every site on the internet reported it. At the other extreme, one-man developer Mr Qwak had his well-received iOS game Retro...

Sir Benfro, Triple Town, LostWinds

Some games are dangerous. There was no mobile round-up last week, because Triple Town monopolised my time to the point that I’d not played the rest of the games I was intending to write about. Actually, that’s not quite true, because I did get around to writing about...

Epic Astro Story, Paper Monsters & Gnomes

Though it was released quite a few months ago, Temple Run is the game dominating the App Store today – yes it’s free, but it’s also high up in the Top Grossing chart, thanks to the sheer volume of downloads and in-app purchases. Tiny Tower developers NimbleBit rightly...

Run Roo Run, Woody Woodpecker, Vanessa

Everyone’s talking about The Artist – the awards-tipped nearly-silent movie starring Channel 5’s The Hotel Inspector and the bad psychic from Phoenix Nights. That’s partly because the film’s very good, but also in no small part because it uses technology no longer common in mainstream cinema – silent...

Dimensions & Race Against Time

The App Store charts look quite familiar at the start of 2012, with Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Bejeweled and so on all taking the top spots in an effort to make all other mobile game developers feel a little hopeless. At least Catchphrase is high in the charts,...

Playing catch up on 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, it’s traditional to look back over the past year. But rather than look back at what we did cover, the sheer volume of mobile games out there means it’s more appropriate to look back at what we didn’t cover. After all, the...

Star Sky, Dizzy & festive freebies

There do seem to be a lot of conversions swimming around the mobile gaming pond at the moment, and the big fish in that pond is of course Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition. It’s been interesting to watch the reviews roll in – overwhelmingly positive...

Theme Park, Breakout & Majesty

There’s a little bit of a retro revival happening on the App Store. Last week saw a new Dizzy game roll out and EA’s Theme Park get some new life pumped into it; this week Grand Theft Auto III gets a 10th Anniversary Edition and Sega has slipped...

Catball Eats It All, Tetris, Paper Glider Holidays

The worlds of mobile and proper games overlap this week, with the release of Dizzy: Prince of the Yolk Folk on iOS and Android, and Chrono Trigger on iOS. £6.99 for the latter. £6.99! It’s easy to forget that that’s probably cheaper than you can get the game...