Best iPhone Games — April 2013
March was a pretty awesome month, featuring both St. Patrick’s Day and Easter this year. While you’re still reveling in the tastiness of corned beef and Cadbury eggs (hopefully not at the same time), don’t forget to have a healthy appetite for mobile gaming. Here is a list of the best iPhone games of March & April (so far) to help you determine which iOS treats should fill your device!
Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption
There’s nothing quite like a relaxing day on the river bank, soaking in some sun while casting a line out to catch a few fish. Except for maybe loading up a virtual lure and catching a few digital fish. The nice thing about Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption is that you get the joy of fishing without having to catch your own worms (or clean your own fish, yuck!). When you combine the thrill of the great catch with purchasable upgrades, then you get a game that is equal parts fun and relaxing. App Spy contributor Dave Flodine commented the game’s ability to offer a sense of progression without feeling like players have to work hard to get good equipment.
“As ridiculous as its name, Ridiculous Fishing is simple, fun, and should keep players happy until they’ve seen everything the game has to offer,” Flodine wrote.
The fast-packed action genre of games is filled with complicated platforms and sometimes equally violence-packed shooters. Bobbing takes a different approach with more emphasis on gravity-defying strategy and varying levels of difficulty. The goal is to make it to the end of each stage, flipping gravity to get past obstacles as you need to. You can also use change the main character’s color to pass through matching focefields.Just be careful you don’t hop through a barrier and into a fire! Oh, the stages are circular and rotate, so you have to be on your toes to make it through unscathed. As Pocket Gamer contributor Rob Hearn pointed out, there are 40 stages in easy mode and 100 in challenge mode. The former is designed for a stress-free stroll through the physics-breaking world, while the latter will put your thinking and reacting skills to the test.
“If you’re up for the challenge, this is a clever, bracing, well-presented game that will keep you busy for a long time,” Hearn wrote.
Ms. ‘Splosion Man
Some laboratory experiments simply go wrong, but the best failed creations are those that go wrong with style. Ms. ‘SplosionMan delivers by featuring a lab creation with a love of shoes. The main character also gets bonus points for explosions. The protagonist isn’t the type that takes kindly to being held up in secret facilities, so her goal is to achieve freedom and cause as much mayhem as possible on her way out. The game itself is a platformer, as players can tap anywhere on their screens to explode in that direction. With the ability to do that three times before needing to find solid ground again, it’ll be up to you to chain together ‘splosions to reach the end of each stage.
Although it may seem frustratingly difficult at times, Mac World contributor Kevin Lee noted there are plenty of checkpoints for casual gamers and those that just want a quick dose of entertainment on their lunch breaks.
“Getting around via explosive force means you are always zooming about the screen at high-speed. At the same time you’ll have to make split second jumps to avoid falling from the sky, into an acid pool, or any number of hazards,” Lee wrote.
Super Stickman Golf 2
This is not just an average Golf Game. Well, the basic components are there in that players must get a golf ball into a small hole at the end of each stage. As Mac Life contributor Andrew Hayward noted, however, this game takes on a bit of a different approach with large shift in perspective. Rather than focus on immersion in a 3D golfing environment, Super Stickman Golf 2 gives players a 2D look at the course. This allows for a little extra challenge, like having to navigate rather unnatural scenery and somewhat strange obstacles – at least we hope that real-life golfers don’t have to deal with lasers!
“It’s amazing what a simple change in perspective can do,” Hayward wrote. “Dropping the third dimension of typical sims in favor of a side-scrolling approach made the original Super Stickman Golf a revelatory mobile experience, both with its puzzle-platform single-player courses and the raucous speed-based multiplayer showdowns.”
Player profiles also level up, which can be done by earning experience as they complete at each course. This unlocks new golfers and can also be used to acquire Golf Bux, which can be used for power ups and cosmetic gear. Even 2D sportsman need to accessorize!
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