Top Ten Best New iPhone & iPad Games - September, 2013
The very best App Store games we played last month.
Another month has passed in the world of mobile gaming, and it's a month that's seen some serious heavyweights go toe-to-toe with each other in the App Store charts. Who emerged victorious from the scrap? Could yet another Angry Birds stand up to yet another Infinity Blade? And can the masters of addiction, NimbleBit, find success again with the follow-up to Pocket Planes?
We've thought long and hard about our pick of the best new games to hit the App Store during September. Without further ado, here's our top ten from the last month in iOS gaming.
10. Heroes of Loot
If it's longevity you look for in a mobile game, we don't think you can go too far wrong with Heroes of Loot. Expect randomly-generated dungeons, a frighteningly infectious soundtrack, an endless array of monsters to slay, and plenty of loot to hoover up. Lovely.
Heroes Of Loot - Review
9. Call of Duty: Strike Team
A genuinely excellent Call of Duty game on mobile phones and tablets? Sure, why not. We were more than a little impressed by the graphics, weapons and meaty action of this mobile shooter - although we couldn't help but feel disappointed at the lack of multiplayer action. Maybe next time, eh?
Download Call of Duty: Strike Team - iOS
8. Dead Effect
The dialog of the game may be woeful, but it's not so bad that it takes too much away from the satisfying hellish gameplay of Dead Effect. With bags of weapons to unlock and upgrade, you'll be slaying this particular smorgasbord of writhing undead for a long time to come.
Download Dead Effect - iOS
7. Shadowrun Returns
Shadowrun finally returned in September this year, but was it worth the wait? Modojo's Chris Buffa certainly thought so, and had nothing but praise for this RPG's detailed cities, outstanding controls, clever storyline and generous upgrade options. Only lengthy load times and the occasional bug hold this resurrected series back from greatness.
6. Pocket Trains
The mighty NimbleBit follow up on the successes of Tiny Tower and Pocket Planes with Pocket Trains. As you can probably tell from the name, this is a railroad take on the studio's brand of micromanagement gameplay, with all of the addictive tweaking you'll have come to expect from them by now.
Pivvot is one of those games that you fire up for just a quick blast, then find yourself hopelessly absorbed in for hours at a time. All you have to do is steer a pivoting point through a series of obstacle courses without touching a single deadly trap. Easier said than done, and we think fans of frustration games are going to love this elegant, mesmerizing title.
4. Deer Hunter 2014
If you've always wanted to be the guy who shoots Bambi's mother...well, we can't help you much but Glu Games definitely can with its latest entry in the hit hunting series. More regions, more guns, and more innocent animals to mow down await you in this slickly produced hunting game.
3. FIFA 14
The king of mobile soccer games returns, and with some serious changes under the hood too. You can still play with a traditional virtual joystick if you wish, but we can't see ourselves going back after mastering the elegant tap controls that add a wonderful sense of strategy to the series. Ultimate Team also makes a return - and for many of you, that'll be all you need to know...
2. Angry Birds Star Wars 2
Given the incredible job Rovio pulled off in merging Angry Birds with Star Wars the first time around, it's no surprise to see a sequel to the game so soon. There's plenty of fun to be had with or without the associated Telepod hardware, so don't be afraid to get stuck in - hey, even Jar Jar Binks isn't all that annoying this time around.
1. Infinity Blade 3
It'll be a while before we get over the loss of the cancelled Infinity Blade Dungeons, but a third installment of the traditional game certainly takes some of the pain away. Expect even better visuals than before, two different heroes to take into combat, and some seriously intense battles with the usual array of cunning enemy creations. In terms of scale, content and eye-candy, Infinity Blade 3 does more than enough to justify its champion's title this month.
Download Infinity Blade 3 - iOS