Nine years after a kid-friendly puzzler named Scribblenauts came to the Nintendo DS, where it graced the gaming world with the crazy idea of letting players conjure items into a game world by scribbling names of objects with the DS stylus, Scribblenauts Showdown has arrived on the Nintendo Switch. While the handheld game console is new and relatively powerful, has Scribblenauts survived the voyage intact? Well, we got our hands on a copy of the game, and we consider its... Read More »
While it doesn't look like there's another regular Sims game on the horizon, EA and Maxis are forging ahead once more on iOS and Android with The Sims Mobile (download for Android, download for iOS), a free-to-play version of the game available today for your simulation pleasure. Because sometimes it's easier to tackle virtual life problems than your own real ones! If you've ever wanted to work at a coffee shop or restaurant to afford decorating... Read More »
We haven't gotten to the point where you can play Dance Dance Revolution with a phone, but rhythm games like Cytus II may have you busting a move with your fingers in the meantime. Revealed at the end of 2015 but not released until this year, you can feel the polish and passion that's gone into this game -- and the pent-up anticipation, as it's quickly become one of the top music games on the iOS App Store... Read More »
Mark Cerny's wildly popular arcade classic Marble Madness has been inspiring game developers ever since debuting in 1984, and Sky Ball is the latest vertigo-inducing endless runner in that lineage. iPhone and Android gamers seem to agree, vaulting this new game to the top of the app store charts. You, too, can get airborne today -- for free (download for Android, download for iOS), with the only in-app purchase being ad removal for $2.99.
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Everyone's plugging into '80s and '90s nostalgia these days, but Evoland takes the retro knob and cranks it to 11 with an actual retrospective of multiple gaming eras and tropes -- all packed into a single RPG. Now Evoland 2 is out for iPads and iPhones, priced at $6.99 with no ads or in-app transactions, and containing massively more gameplay than the original. And it's flying up the sales charts on the App Store right now, so let's see... Read More »
Billing itself as "the first adventure game based around the ten plagues of Egypt," Rusty Lake Paradise (iOS download, Android download) has quickly spread across iOS gaming to become the App Store's most popular premium puzzler, which is no easy feat, with all that competition. We suspect that it's because mobile gamers love puzzles, the game's distinctively eerie artwork, and it's just $3. But there's gotta be more to the game's meteoric rise.
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Nintendo's already hitting it big on Android and iOS with Pokemon Go, Fire Emblem, and Super Mario Run. Now, one of their famed developers, HAL Laboratory is getting in on the action with Part-Time UFO, a charming retro puzzle game where you control a flying saucer with a grappling hook. Available today for $3.99 (iOS download, Android download), with no ads or in-app purchases, this game presents you with a variety of different challenges, from... Read More »
The mutant-blasting twin-stick shooter Xenowerk has been downloaded on the Google Play Store over a million times, and it's an Editor's Choice pick on the Apple App Store. With the reputation that 99-cent mobile games have, we wouldn't blame you if you haven't given it a shot. But we think you'd be missing out -- the in-app purchases aren't really necessary to enjoy Xenowerk, it looks great, and it's great at killing time or relieving some stress. Here's how to... Read More »
An endless runner is supposed to be a tense gambit of lightning reflexes and pattern memorization, so Alto's Adventure went against the grain when it dropped in February 2015. But its relatively gentle mountain slopes and minimalist beauty allow you to get into a kind of zen-like flow that has proven very popular, and now Alto's Odyssey takes the setting from snowy peaks to endless sand dunes. There's more going on here than just a climate change, though.... Read More »
Alto nailed this landing. Alto's Odyssey, the follow-up to the enchanting and beautiful Alto's Adventure endless runner, launches today for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
First expected last summer, the new game takes the llama-herding Alto away from his mountaintop home to a vast desert, where he glides over sand dunes, across ropes and vines, past rock walls, and by strange ruins to explore a new mysterious landscape.
Everything we love about Alto's Adventure is here in his... Read More »