iOS And Android Games Of The Week: November 2, 2012
The recent hurricane that struck the U.S. knocked out the power, forcing us to resort to smartphones and tablets for our collective gaming fix. Turns out, a handful of gems made their way to the App Store and Google Play, giving us plenty of options. This week's Android winner was easy to spot, but serious consideration went into naming the best iOS title. Here's a hint: both games feature vehicles.
iOS: ARC Squadron
Aside from the price ($4.99), there's very little to dislike about ARC Squadron. The talented developers at Psyonix did a wonderful job crafting this gorgeous on-rails shooter, as players pilot a variety of ships through outer space while blasting aliens. Tricky boss fights will test even the most seasoned gamer, but the option to spend virtual cash on several spacecraft and weapon upgrades will give users that all-important edge. Throw in those aforementioned and visually stimulating graphics, with huge asteroids and space debris floating through the void, and ARC Squadron is set to become an App Store classic.
Android: Need For Speed: Most Wanted
At $6.99, EA's Need For Speed: Most Wanted is one of the more expensive racers on Android, and it's also one of the best. Featuring graphics that put numerous competitors to shame, this fast-paced arcade speedster comes with over 35 high-performance vehicles from real-world manufacturers, a plethora of races to enjoy, car upgrades and the ability to earn Speed Points that transfer to the console iteration. Although it lacks that game's big open world, the races are both intense and thoroughly entertaining, especially with the cops giving chase and laying down spike strips. No matter. Simply execute Burnout-style takedowns to make short work of the law, then blast through a shortcut en route to the finish line.