Robot Wants Kitty
You'd be "me-owt" of your mind to pass this up. Yeah, we went there.
You can either view the ongoing Flash-game migration to phones as exploitative shovelware, or as a welcome chance to catch up on the best of what you've missed. Case in point: Robot Wants Kitty, a game that would have completely passed me by had it not been made available on iOS.
This cheerful homage to retro platforming has you scooting around elaborate environments in honorable pursuit of fluffy felines, and is as charming as they come.
Each of the game's six levels starts you off in command of a rather hapless robot, stripped of any useful abilities whatsoever. But in the tradition of what everyone now likes to call Metroidvania, your exploration is gradually rewarded with all manner of upgrades that eventually allow you to gain access to areas that were previously off-limits.
So, off you go in search of keycards, blasting enemies and rocketing your way across yawning chasms, humming an insidious tune, just like the good old days. Before you know it, comparisons to some of the genre's true greats spring to mind, and you're smiling the smile of $0.99 well spent. Who cares if it's no longer free? Slap your money down and feel the warm glow of supporting Raptisoft's sterling efforts.
Used under license from Eurogamer.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later
What's Hot: Classic Metroid/Castlevania style of play, cool retro graphics, one cute and cuddly kitty.
What's Not: No longer free.