iOS And Android Games Of The Week: July 13, 2012
Peaceful birds, heroic knights and a blonde-haired whiz kid do battle for the coveted top spots.
There were quite a few games vying for this week's short list. On one hand, it made choosing the best titles a somewhat stressful experience. On the other, we love seeing an overabundance of quality on the App Store and Android Marketplace. With this in mind, we're proud to present the best iOS and Android games of the week, July 13 edition.
iOS: Tiny Wings HD
We demanded an iPad version of Andreas Illiger's Tiny Wings the moment the game first appeared on iPhone in early 2011. Finally, the talented developer delivered, but he also took things a step further by adding a handful of welcome features, starting with the ability to play against friends on a single tablet. What a revelation that was, as we crowded around the device attempting to outdo each other. Beyond that, the new modes (Day Trip, Flight School and Hill Party) expanded the highly entertaining concept, and the option to play as the mama bird or one of her pintsized kids is a nice touch. Combine this with iCloud saves, attractive graphics, the catchy theme music and the familiar one-touch gameplay, and Tiny Wings HD outshines the competition, but just barely. Chillingo's Knights of the Round Cable is right up there.
[Editor's Note: iPhone users received the HD features via free update.]
Android: Amazing Alex
For a while, we wondered if Rovio Entertainment was a one-trick pony. The studio rose to power on the beaks of Angry Birds, leaving us to question the company's ability to branch outside of its comfort zone and try something different. That said, the developer responded with Amazing Alex, a game concept formerly known as Casey's Contraptions. It plays in similar fashion, as you combine everyday household items to create chain reactions and solve puzzles. It's quite enjoyable, really, as Rovio dreamed up tricky combinations that left us experimenting, then scratching our heads. Not only that, but a puzzle creator lets players come up with their own brainteasers, and the promise of free updates should give this title long-lasting appeal. So yes, while not the most original effort, Rovio is capable of more. How popular Amazing Alex will be in comparison to our feathered friends, though, remains to be seen.