iOS And Android Games Of The Week: June 29, 2012
Who will emerge victorious from this week's releases?
It's been a pretty good week to be a mobile gamer. We've managed to pack away our Magic 2013 addiction (sort of) for long enough to gorge ourselves on a feast of tricky racers, zombie outbreaks (but of course...), mind-bending puzzlers and a fresh twist on the match-three template. We certainly can't complain about the sheer variety that's been offered up in the last seven days, and as always we like to have a rummage through our collective experiences at the end of each week in order to choose our favorite.
iOS: Where's My Perry?
We had to dig deep to find the best of the iOS bunch this week. We had a great time with 100 Floors, even if we did leave the experience feeling considerably less intelligent than we did before we started playing the game. Zynga's new kid on the block Matching With Friends still does a great job of delivering the kind of addictive social gaming experience the publishing powerhouse is renowned for, yet we couldn't help but feel this title represents the first moment of ennui for the developer.
And then there's Dead Trigger. Madfinger's game is a tour de force for the mobile gamer: a honest-to-goodness, full-blooded shooter with jaw-dropping graphics. Sadly, it couldn't compete in the variety stakes, and we ultimately felt just a little disappointed that the missions should feel so repetitive. Still, Dead Trigger gave us some serious pause for thought.
Although we might moan from time to time about the mass proliferation of physics-puzzlers on the App Store, the fact is Where's My Perry? does everything players want from a mobile title, offering up a slick, entertaining, challenging and ultimately rewarding puzzle game. Packaging the hugely successful Where's My Water? with the much-loved Phineas and Ferb franchise (and throwing in 80 brand new levels to boot) seems like a winning formula to us.
Android: Offroad Legends
We were delighted to get our hands on Offroad Legends this week. Many have tackled the formidable task of bringing the precision physics of games like Trials to touchscreen devices, but few have succeeded. Offroad on the other hand offers the lot: sumptuous graphics, a collection of serious and not-so-serious vehicles, some humorous track design and a cracking physics engine which really shines across the collection of vehicles. Oh, and the controls work really, really well too.
It's certainly not the longest game you'll ever play on your mobile, but sometimes less is more and we're happy to sacrifice a little longevity for Offroad's creativity and competent controls.