Most Wanted Xbox Live Arcade Games on iOS
What we'd like to see and why.
The Xbox Live Arcade service has produced some of the brightest gems of this console generation. While we love playing them in the comfort of our living-rooms, we can't help but wish we could take a few of them on the road with us. We've picked out some of our favorite titles, and looked at how they might find a new home on the mobile platform.
Pinball FX 2
One of the best pinball simulators around, Pinball FX 2 continues to sell by the bucket-load on Xbox Live and is one of the best-selling titles in the platform's history. Outstanding physics, thoroughly entertaining and varied tables, along with incredibly addictive gameplay make this simulator an absolute classic.
With its downloadable tables, the game is practically screaming out to be brought to the App Store. Given the excellent and intricately designed boards, this is one of the few games that we'd happily be exploited by via in-app purchases. Take our money.
You can produce the greatest game in the world but you still need something unique and special to make your title stand out in the crowd these days. Bastion's dynamic narration from a grizzled old cowboy took the game's charm to another level.
Featuring beautiful old-school isometric graphics and a deep, customizable RPG experience, Bastion was one of our favorite games of last year. We'd jump at the chance to take The Kid on just one more tour of the ruined world.
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
This sideways take on the classic strategy series charmed the socks off us when it launched on the XBLA service last year. Taking charge of a troop of fantasy warriors, Capybara's Clash of Heroes is a bizarre blend of match-three with an RPG storyline that's sure to test the mettle of even the most hardened mobile puzzle gamer.
Rather than simply match three of a kind together in order to assault the enemy forces in this top-down battler, careful combinations of unit types are essential in order to seize the upper hand. It's the perfect lunchtime time-filler, and we can't get it on mobiles quickly enough.
Necessity being the mother of invention for some of the greatest mobile games, we think that legendary developer Eric Chahi could have a lot of fun with the mobile platforms. Last year's From Dust is a hark back to the good old days of godlike strategy, as you steer a nomadic tribe through natural disasters in their journey to a promised land.
The controls seem perfectly suited to touchscreens too, with a focus on strategic planning and control rather than frenzied button-mashing. Here's hoping the game enjoyed enough success on the Arcade to make a mobile transition the next evolutionary step.
Ah Limbo, the game that fast became the darling of the indie development scene when it was released in 2010, and it's a game that continues to have a home in many gamers' hearts. We'll tread very carefully around the plot for fear of spoiling the game for those who have yet to play it, suffice to say that Limbo is a wonderful puzzle-platformer set within a beautiful silhouetted world of nightmares.
As a 2D platformer with simple controls and a focus on puzzle-solving and ambiance, it's perfectly suited for mobile devices.
The history of Trials is one that's steeped in a tradition of gradual evolution, from its humble days as a PC flash game to the bombastic Trials Evolution, a game which has continued to smash XBLA sales records ever since it launched last month.
The furious competitive nature of RedLynx's motorbike masterpiece would be a very welcome addition to mobiles. The good news is that the developer has already experimented on the App Store with the release of its buggy-racer MotoHeroz. We wouldn't expect a mobile version of their flagship title to run with quite the same graphical flash as it does on a console, but if RedLynx could find a way of combining precision controls with a necessarily rock-steady framerate, we'd be all over this one.