Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The mobile space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here's our top five games this week:
Spacetime Studios had a huge hit on its hands with the freemium mobile MMORPG Pocket Legends, and they've hit another home run again with Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles. This time, the adventure happens in space, and your character must help various factions and people aboard the UCS Blackstar carry out their requests.
All the standard MMORPG bits are in Star Legends, from upgrading your gear and skills to guild management and group dungeons. I'm a huge fan of the freemium model, which allows you to play the game for free and then purchase extras: powerful weapons, elixirs, vanity items, and more. The character design and robust universe Spacetime Studios has created in Star Legends is both fantastical and futuristic. Grab it in the Android Market for free (or via VCAST) and give it a whirl. And if you're using iOS, fret not: Star Legends will make its way to the App Store in the coming months.
Or try the Free Version
Sometimes the very best games on mobile are simple and elegant ideas translated to something fun and brain-bending. Drawdle fits that bill on all accounts. It's a great physics puzzle game that gives you an unpainted object, a paint balloon, and an empty box. You draw a doodle in the box and send it off towards the balloon. The goal is to bump the balloon over the unpainted object to paint it; as the levels go on, there are tougher challenges and new objects that help or hinder your doodle.
The hand drawn art style reminds me of the pencil sketches I made back in middle school, but unlike my old junk, have a distinct artistic quality to them. The game is fun and easy to pick up and play. It's an Android exclusive and is available in the Android Market for $0.99 (there's a free trial version, too).
GROOVE COASTER (iOS)
Music games on mobile keep getting more and more incredible, and that trend continues in Groove Coaster. If you're a music game fan, you should not miss this rhythm touch game. Follow a rollercoaster-like ribbon and tap, hold, squiggle, and swipe your way through a song as the track displays various actions for you to perform to the beat of the music.
If that sounds crazy, it's because it is! Watching your progress through songs is breathtaking (and challenging in certain songs). The visuals in this game are fast moving and feel simultaneously retro and futuristic -- no easy task. You can level up with experience and unlock powerups, skins, and new avatars. There's also a purchase section, where you can snag new songs and other features. The music ranges from j-pop to electronica, to rock and roll. It's $2.99 in the App Store, and it's well worth it, as it's universal and works on both iPhone and iPad.
ROGUE SKY (iOS)
iPhone: $0.99 (Limited Time)
iPad: $1.99 (Limited Time)
Cel shading tends to bring out the more whimsical side of gaming (Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, anyone?), and developer Chillingo takes advantage of the hand drawn art style to the fullest in Rogue Sky HD. It's a balloon platformer where you (yes, you -- you're the actual balloon) navigate through the skies, collecting coins, shooting baddies, and dodging hazards. Five Rogue brothers are unlockable via purchase with aforementioned coins, each with different skills or abilites.
Rogue Sky is flat-out gorgeous. It's a game that looks beautiful and plays even better. The physics and simple controls are smooth and easy to pick up, and the music is has an almost haunting (but catchy) quality to it. In addition, there are tons of game modes to keep replay value high, making its price tag worth it. You can grab Rogue Sky in the App Store for the special, limited time only launch prices of $0.99 on iPhone/iPod Touch, or $1.99 for iPad. Don't miss this one!
For those of you out there looking for a compelling alternative to Angry Birds, we think your search may have come to an end. Bouncy Mouse is fun, charming, and addictive -- to the point that you'll find yourself losing hours in a day attempting to bring peace to Mouse Island by defeating Captain Cat!
Sling your mouse around by its tail to elastic pegs, pick up cheese and avoid enemies as you make your way to the evil kitty waiting to be punched out at the end of each level. If you grab 100% of the cheese in a level, you get a fun collectors item you can use on your mouse for silly looks and effects while you play.
It's available for $0.99 on the App Store, and the Android Market offers a free version with ads and a $0.99 paid version. If you enjoy fun, you should have this game on your tablet or phone.
Ashley Esqueda is a semi-notable tech enthusiast and all around mobile junkie who currently covers mobile tech and hosts tech-related shows for sites like Android Central, TiPb, This Week In, and Tecca. She's thrilled to be booting up the Mobile Games Roundup here on G4TV.com, since mobile is a huge space with some incredible games. Every week, she'll round up her five favorite mobile games in every genre, and she's always on the lookout for the next big thing.
If you've got a game you think should be considered for the roundup, tell her about it in the comments or hit her up on Twitter @ashleyesqueda!