The best smartphone games of 2013 – part 3

The best smartphone games of 2013 – part 3

This time last week, I drew up my shortlist for The best smartphone games of 2013, and I covered the first 10 – in no particular order – in part 1 and part 2.

I’m well aware that time’s getting on; it’s January 7, so I’m about to list the last 12 briefly and get on with 2014 and that. I did contemplate leaving the last dozen alone, but they’re really, really good. And here they come.

Again, these guys are listed in a mostly random order, perhaps with a vague hint of chronology. I’ll relay the summaries for each, but otherwise you’ll just have to, like, take my word for it and go play ‘em.

The best smartphone games of 2013 – part 3Boson X

I said: “Boson X recalls a simpler time, when endless runners like Canabalt served as a relatively pure test of reaction. It’s a breath of fresh air in a genre – and indeed industry – that’s become polluted by pathetic freemium panhandling.”

Price: £1.49 @ App Store, £1.49 @ Google Play

Fetch

I said: “If anyone tries to tell you touchscreen gaming is rubbish, make – or let – them play Fetch for a bit, and laugh heartily as they beg for humble pie. It’s a great little game.”

Price: 69p @ App Store

BADLAND

I said: “BADLAND is an absolutely fantastic 'atmospheric action side-scroller adventure game', and a must play if you own a compatible iDevice.”

Price: £2.49 @ App Store, free @ Google Play

Deus Ex: The Fall

I said: “Deus Ex: The Fall does a great job of bringing the dystopian FPS/RPG/stealth experience to mobile, and (slight spoiler alert) I’m already really looking forward to the next chapter.”

Price: £4.99 @ App Store

The best smartphone games of 2013 – part 3Plants vs. Zombies 2

I said: “Plants vs. Zombies 2 is an excellent game and almost worth the outrageous four-year wait. But be prepared for freemium frustration. It is possible to keep your wallet in your pocket, but your health might well suffer.”

Price: free @ App Store, free @ Google Play

Angry Birds Star Wars II

I said: “Cynics are right to suggest that Angry Birds Star Wars II is simply more of the same, but when 'the same' is one of the best mobile games of all time, hell, I’m happy. It’s like bumping into an old friend.”

Price: £1.99p @ App Store, 79p @ Google Play

Infinity Blade III

I said: “Infinity Blade III doesn’t exactly reinvent the touch-fight genre, but it’s up there with the very best games the App Store has to offer.”

Price: £4.99 @ App Store

Dead Trigger 2

I said: “Dead Trigger 2 is more of the same, but much better. Primarily, it addresses the inherent problems with smartphone FPS controls, but more importantly, it’s just plain fun to play.”

Price: free @ App Store, free @ Google Play

The best smartphone games of 2013 – part 3Rayman Fiesta Run

I said: “Rayman Fiesta Run is essentially more of the same but ever-so-slightly better, but when 'the same' was last year’s Game of the Year, that’s hardly a complaint. Easily one of the best mobile games in the history of mobile games.”

Price: £1.99 @ App Store, £1.99 @ Google Play

Icycle

I said: “How to describe Icycle? It’s funny, sad, stylish, imaginative, innovative, surreal… brilliant. If you own an iDevice, it’s a must play. I insist.”

Price: 69p @ App Store

Duet Game

I said: “Duet Game blends a perfectly crafted difficulty curve with a confounding Portal-esque narrative and immersive five-star soundtrack. In layman’s terms: It’s bloody good.”

Price: £1.99 @ App Store

Oceanhorn

I said: “Oceanhorn is essentially a touchscreen homage to Zelda, and Team Nintendo should certainly take that as a compliment. It’s titles like these that are changing the way we think of mobile gaming.”

Price: £5.99 @ App Store

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