Under the sea.
In the end of year shake-down, no-one will remember Glowfish and his noble quest to rescue Coralline from the clutches of evil Dr. Urchin. (Yes, it is now possible to be an underwater super-villain with a doctorate).
His inevitable future obscurity gives me a pre-emptive pang of regret, because of all the dozens of completely forgettable gaming characters that swirl around the gloopy cesspool of mobile games, Glowfish deserves a kinder fate.
It's not his fault that he looks like a mouthless puppy with engorged nipples for fins. He does his best. And, frankly, his best is pretty bloody good. You swirl him around the inky depths on a permanent rescue mission, scooping up stray companions, and running rings around surly sentries that, once tamed, join your merry throng.
And once there are enough of you congaing around the ocean blue, you'll be deemed worthy enough to explore deeper recesses to repeat the feat. But for the first eight or so of its 50 sizeable levels, a challenge feels like a distant prospect. With time and persistence, though, a darker, uglier set of levels open up and start making life difficult for you.
Beyond that, Glowfish's unnerving mazes offer the unexpected menace befitting of a desperate rescue mission against an unfeeling urchin. I wouldn't let the doctor get away with it, if I were you.
Used under license from Eurogamer.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
What's Hot: Likeable hero, gorgeous neon graphics, fun to play, 50 levels.
What's Not: A bit difficult.