Well, it’s nearly that time of year again when bloggers/writers/journalists are obliged to put virtual pen to cyber paper and churn out Best This and Best That of the Year - ad nauseam. Best Crazy German Who Lives in Ireland of 2013? Jan Stuhlmacher.
In the process of putting together my own Best Smartphone Games of 2013 shortlist, I’ve had a scout around to see what I might’ve missed. Not just a hat rack, my friend.
Here, in no particular order, are five such games. Five beauties I’ll definitely maybe possibly review before the year’s out.
Oh, and needless to say, if you have any recommendations, type some wordage in the comments section.
I’ve only just started my countdown and already I’m cheating by shoving two games under one heading. Sue me, baby.
Both Oceanhorn and Ittle Dew are widely described as “Zelda-inspired” or perhaps – to be a tad more blunt – just plain Zelda rip-offs.
Oceanhorn in particular is said to be a smartphone version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (I’ve actually got it installed; review shortly), while Ittle Dew is more focused on Zelda-esque puzzling than adventure.
Heck, I love Zelda (incredibly fond memories of ditching uni so I could run home and play Ocarina of Time), so keep your eyes peeled.
Oceanhorn price: £5.99 @ App Store (Android version “not planned”, unfortunately)
One of my mates has been banging on about Ridiculous Fishing for months. I sent a couple of review code requests to developer Vlambeer, but nothing. Nada. Zip. So now I’m faced with the unenviable position of having to pay £1.99 out of my own wallet. I guess I could go without lunch for one day. If I have to.
Ridiculous Fishing is described as “A handcrafted game about fishing with guns, chainsaws & toasters.” Sold!
Aww man, why have I not played Cut the Rope: Time Travel? I awarded the original Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope: Experiments a perfect 5/5, and for my money, it’s probably the best physics puzzler thingy on smartphones. Freakin’ genius level design.
I did spy Cut the Rope: Time Travel on the App Store at one point, but I have the attention span of… What’s the animal with a really short attention span? A giraffe?
From what I gather, Impossible Road appears to concern navigating a ball down a track at “roller coaster-like speed”. Me likey.
Oddly, the App Store description adds: “And when you learn how to cheat the game, and you discover that it is rewarded not punished, the leaderboards will belong to you.” Huh?
Alas, this is another one that’s only available from the App Store.
Price: £1.49 @ App Store
Having grown up with games like Resident Evil (from, like, the very first one), Silent Hill and Alone in the Dark, I do enjoy a spot of game-based horror.
The App Store description declares Home as “a murder mystery with a twist—because you decide what ultimately happens.” Sounds good to me! Also, there’s a screenshot wherein the protagonist appears to be dragging a corpse. Always good.
Again, I’m not seeing Home on Google Play, hmm.
Price: £1.99 @ App Store