Developer: Simogo | Year: 2013 | Price: $4 | Buy from the App Store
Since I was enlisted into the army, I’ve had to cut down on video games as I’m away from home for five days a week. We’re allowed to bring phones into camp, though, so to get my gaming fix I’ve had to abandon my prejudice against mobile games and pick up a few to play during breaks from training. I looked around at some ‘Best iPhone Game’ lists to help me wade through the swamp of bad games and downloaded some games that have helped me pass the time. A game that I enjoyed immensely last weekend during my 24-hour guard duty was Device 6.
Developer: SCE Bend Studio | Year: 2012 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon
Uncharted is a franchise that I’ve always found interesting and intriguing. I’ve never played any of the console games, but as of 1 a.m. this morning, I’ve officially Platinum’d the series’ handheld entry, Golden Abyss. Originally a PS Vita launch game, Golden Abyss was the poster child of its original “console quality on-the-go” slogan. While it’s no longer the most impressive game on the system, it still offers a great experience, marred only slightly by some rather annoying gimmicks.
Developer: Double Fine | Year: 2014 | List Price: $14.99 | Buy from Steam
Grim Fandango is another one of those games that you’re vaguely familiar of, but haven’t tried. In this case specifically, it was practically impossible to get a copy, since it was only released once, back in 1998 by LucasArts. Back then, Grim Fandango did well critically, but didn’t sell very well, and had a rather small run. In fact, the original developers didn’t actually save a full copy of the source code, and the process of remastering Grim Fandango was uncertain and arduous. The operation was ultimately successful, and late last month Grim Fandango Remastered was released to PS4, Vita, and PC, Mac, and Linux. But how does a game hailed as the last of the adventure-game era hold up today? Let’s find out!
Developer: Freebird Games | Year: 2011 | List Price: $9.99 | Buy from Steam
To the Moon is another one of those indie games that I hear tell of and then ignore, only to try months later and realise what the hype was all about. Developed by Freebird Games, this story-rich 16-bit adventure puts you in the shoes of a couple of scientists as they modify the memory of a dying old man and grant him the memory of having been to the moon. Along the way they uncover the events of his life that spawned his desire to go to the moon as well as discover the tragedies that caused him to die unfulfilled.