The best mobile video games can be hard to find, simply because of the sheer amount of titles out there. But, worry not! 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.
If you’re looking for a game that will make you constantly wonder “...what the hell is this?” and keep you amused because of its outright weirdness, Serious Sam: Kamizake Attack is a great choice. Play as a headless kamikaze looking to blow Sam into smithereens, all while completing bonus challenges and dodging hazards in each stage.
While the arcade action sounds pretty straightforward, it’s also anything but boring. I can’t help but love SS:KA for its totally bizarre premise and gameplay. I found myself in fits of giggles as your headless muscle man bellows whilst kicking various items out of the way. Too much kicking, and your rage meter overloads. Kick while overloaded, and your kamikaze explodes in a shower of human meat. It’s delightfully morbid. If you do happen to make it to the end of the level, Sam appears and you leap onto him, taking out the both of you in a spectacular full-body explosion.
If there’s ever been a candidate for “coolest-looking falling block game,” Radballs would certainly be it. Set to an excellent 80’s soundtrack, Radballs requires you shift the falling balls on the grid to create 2x2 squares (or larger) to increase your score and fill up your radness meter. A “beat wave” falls over the grid to the music, and you can either let it pop the squares you’ve made, or go for more radness points by using it as a scratch track.
As mentioned, the soundtrack in Radballs inspires the best of 80’s synthesizer jams, and you’ll often find yourself bobbing along to the beat of the music as you create blocks. It’s a puzzle game you can lose yourself in for hours at a time, especially when you get into hard mode’s fast-moving beat wave and quickly draining radness meter. It’s a beautiful game that’s impossible to put down.
Once again, my penchant for the bizarre manifests itself via Monsters Ate My Condo, the newest Adult Swim game for iOS. They’ve really outdone themselves with this match-three arcade game: super Japanese art styling, wacky monsters, and sky-high scores (a billion points isn’t unusual) make MAMC a pick-up-and-play title that’s got flash and substance.
Imagine a tower flanked by brightly colored monsters who are very, very hungry. Match three of the same color floor and swipe floors you don’t want toward the monsters for food -- but make sure you feed them the same color floor as their skin, or they’ll attempt to topple your condo if they get too upset.
If that sounds strange, it’s because it is; however, it’s also very fun and makes for great play sessions when you’re looking for a quick fix.
When I first saw Sprinkle, I wasn’t sure about yet another adorable physics game; however, it quickly changed my mind as I contemplated chucking my tablet across the room after the puzzles got tougher. In Sprinkle, you’re tasked with putting out fires before you either run out of water or one of the cute creatures’ homes burns to the ground. For the first handful of stages, I felt like it was almost too easy, but that mindset changed pretty quickly with some of the more challenging puzzles.
Sprinkle offers a variety of puzzle items to utilize within certain stages to assist in getting your water to spray where you need it to; in addition, instead of just beating each stage and moving on to the next, you’re required to earn a certain number of “droplets” in each one (doled out based on how perfectly you complete a level). While it’s easy to unlock the simpler puzzles, some of the stages requiring a high number of droplets to open up can be rough, since you’ll be going back to previously completed stages to perfect them.
Sprinkle is available on iOS and Android devices that run Tegra chipsets, so make sure an older device is compatible before purchasing.
We’ve succumbed to our robot overlords, but it’s time to fight back. That’s the premise of Robotek HD, a fantastic turn-based strategy game from Hexage. You’ve got to retake the globe, node by node. You get a robot with a finite amount of HP that must face off against an evil enemy mainframe. Each turn revolves around spinning reels that randomly reward you with robot minions, hacking powers, or damage abilities, based on which type of spin to go with.
After you defeat the tutorial robot, the entire globe opens up to you. It’s a Risk-esque game of capturing every node on the planet and seating humanity back at the top of the food chain. Each node costs energy if you lose, and there are various difficulty levels around the map for you to battle in.
There’s a multiplayer mode that’s fun with friends, but Robotek’s campaign mode alone makes it absolutely worth a try, especially considering that it’s free and available across iOS, Android, and even webOS (for you new TouchPad owners out there).
Ashley Esqueda is a semi-notable tech enthusiast and all around mobile junkie who currently covers mobile tech and hosts shows and podcasts for sites including Android Central, Techfoolery, and Tecca. She's thrilled to be booting up the Mobile Games Roundup here on G4TV.com, since mobile games are proving to be compelling, fun, and constantly evolving. Every week, she rounds up her five favorite mobile games in every genre, and she's always on the lookout for the next big thing.
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