It’s becoming increasingly clear that killing zombies in ever inventive ways, in ever more elaborate situations, will never get boring. Roll on ‘Zombie tax return’ where you explode zombie heads with frustratingly difficult tax forms. Zombie Highway 2, in essence, is a self-driving car that is attacked by zombies that jump on to the side. Your job is to keep them off by swerving left and right and scraping up against walls and other cars. It’s addictively fun and add-ons like nitro and weapons make it, well, more fun.
The lovable rapacious capitalist Scrooge McDuck returns to our screens in mobile form in this revamped version of 1990’s classic ‘DuckTales’. This game trades high in nostalgic value – the opening theme alone is enough elicit strong, warm and fuzzy feelings in any millennial. A decent port with lots of jumping-on-heads action and wealth-hoarding, not to mention that theme tune. On-screen controls for this type of game always present an issue, but the simplicity of movement takes away any frustration.
Fantasy RPG Dungeon Hunter 5 brings some impressive intense ‘hack and slash’ action (as the developers describe it) to mobile. There’s plenty of loot to collect, creatures to dismember and over-sized weapons to wield in this fast-paced action game to keep anyone busy.
Motion Tennis Cast – Android
Motion Tennis Cast is Android’s Wii Tennis. Using the Chromecast, players connect their Android device to their TV, run the game, and play tennis with your smartphone recording your bat swings. It’s a bit cumbersome and not the best looking, but it works and it’s innovative. Plus there’s a nice multiplayer option to play with distant friends.
Plunder Pirates is a colourful and fast-paced real-time strategy that mixes Simcity with a bit of Red Alert. Players build an island and put together a pirate crew to loot other players islands. There’s plenty of action, fun and glitz here, as you’d expect from the makers of Angry Birds.
Does Not Commute is a strangely addictive cross between Vantage Point and Micro Machines. Players direct individual cars to their destination – only using left and right – and pick-up time along the way to continue the game. For every car successfully directed, the game restarts from the perspective of another commuter who will have to avoid crashing into the previous character’s car.
Halo Spartan Bundle – iOS
The Halo Spartan Bundle comes with both Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike. Both are great looking top-down shooters based on the Halo series that offer little more than some manic running and gunning. That’s not to say it’s not entertaining, it absolutely is. Weapon upgrades, power upgrades, kill streaks and projectiles make both perfect pick-up and play mobile games.
Letterpad – iOS
Letterpad is a puzzle game that requires players to figure out the mystery word with the allocated letters. It quickly goes from casual fun to excruciatingly difficult before you’ve finished spelling ‘syrup’. There’s also a smart hint system that trades tips for playing a 15 second advert. Fun, simple, addictive and it works on the Apple AAPL +2.09% watch.
Lost Within– iOS
Recommended for Android
THREES – IOS, ANDROID
Sometimes you just need a mobile game to kill some time — and Threeswill kill a lot of it. The game has a simple premise — you add up numbered cards to create even bigger numbers — but as with the best puzzles the trick is in mastering it. It’s easy to spend dozens of hours honing your technique in pursuit of a new high score. Even better: the developers have released a new free version so you can try before you buy.
ALTO’S ADVENTURE – IOS (ANDROID COMING)
Snowboarding is usually thought of as an Extreme Sport, the kind best paired with a can of Red Bull. Alto’s Adventuregoes in a different direction. It still features the steep hills, huge jumps, and crazy flips you’d expect, but it turns the experience into something serene, complete with gorgeous art and meditative music. Plus, you can chase llamas.
NEKO ATSUME – IOS, ANDROID
Games don’t always have to be challenging. Neko Atsume isn’t about getting a high score, or beating up bad guys, or experiencing the thrill of fast-paced action. It’s about collecting cats. You have a home, you fill it up with toys, food, and other goodies, and then you wait. That’s it. There isn’t much to it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not exciting when a rare cat dressed up like a cowboy or pharaoh shows up.
LARA CROFT GO – IOS, ANDROID
Like Hitman Go before it, Lara Croft Gotakes the essence of a blockbuster action game and completely reimagines it for your phone. In this case, it’s the vast tombs and epic thrills of Tomb Raider. Those things are still present inLara Croft Go, but instead of third-person adventure game, it’s more of a puzzle, where Lara treks slowly through a level, one move at a time, trying to find the best way to the exit. And yes, there are snakes.