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.
GAME OF THE WEEK
WHALE TRAIL (iOS)
If you’ve been following Knuckle Up, you’ve probably noticed I am obsessed with two things in particular: zombie games and weird, colorful games that make you go, “WTF.” Whale Trail falls into the latter category, and it’s so much colorful WTF fun, you’ll feel like you’ve eaten a bag of magic mushrooms while also dropping acid. You play as Willow the Whale, a cute little whale looking to escape the clutches of the very dark and evil Baron von Barry by taking to the skies.
“But that’s not real,” you say. “Whale’s can’t fly, you madwoman!” You’re absolutely right. That’s why you have to collect colorful orbs mid-flight to keep fueling your crazy journey through the heavens. Oh, and you have to avoid mean storm clouds and collect stars, too. Did I mention this game reminds me of a Japanese game show?
Even though the game seems basic, it quickly becomes apparent it’s the kind of game that’s very easy to play, but tough to master. It’s very reminiscent of Tiny Wings, but I found Whale Trail to be even more fun and cheerful. This game is, hands-down, a must buy for anyone with an iOS device.
WIND-UP KNIGHT (Android)
It’s possible we might see a slight drought of Android-only games now that devs have the Android 4.0 SDK to tinker with, but Wind-up Knight is here to help with the thirst for great games on your Google device. It’s an incredibly cute side-scrolling arcade title featuring some tongue-in-cheek story (your main adversary the Black Knight uses l337 in his ransom letter for the princess) and excellent platforming action across 50+ levels.
You don’t have control over your knight as he runs, but you do have control over his jumping (and other moves), making Wind-up Knight just a little bit different than a traditional side-scroller. You’ll collect in-game cash as you progress, allowing you to purchase upgrades for your knight in the store. If you’re impatient and want to speed up your journey, you can buy cash via in-app purchase, but you don’t need to in order to complete the game. Sidenote: None of your purchases will transfer to other Android devices, so make sure you’re playing on your primary gaming device!
GRAVITY GUY (iOS, WP7)
This one’s another side-scroller, but it’s more in the vein of Jetpack Joyride; in fact, the gravity suit power-up in JJ is certainly inspired by Gravity Guy. Here’s the story: you’ve escaped prison in a dystopian society where breaking the law of gravity is illegal. Your job is to keep out of the hands of the Gravity Trooper chasing after you by tapping the screen and swapping gravity to move from platform to platform as you run. And run. And run some more.
Gravity Guy has four modes to toy with: a Story Mode, which is kind of one long level with 30 checkpoints in it; a Practice Mode, which is pretty much Story Mode without the Trooper giving chase; an Endless Mode, which speaks for itself; and a Multiplayer Mode, where you can locally play with up to three friends and race against each other. There’s a lot of content in Gravity Guy to check out, making it an excellent title if you’re seeking something that gives a lot of bang for your buck.
ANOTHER WORLD (iOS)
I count myself as one of the (lame) people who tried Another World way back when it first came out on the Amiga, and then stopped playing it. I’m happy to see it launched on iOS for its 20th anniversary; however, it’s still just as tough as it was two decades ago. Whether that’s a good thing or not is completely up to the person playing Another World, but I found the challenge about 80% refreshing, 15% annoying, and 5% rage-inducing.
In the intro, we see physicist Lester Chaykin transported to an alien planet after a particle acceleration experiment goes haywire, and you’ve got to use all of your adventure-game skills to get him back home. There are no manuals, and no tutorial; on the contrary, if you die, you’re shown a tip on what gesture or tap you should be doing. The controls are a bit loose, but again, that speaks to the straight port feel.
Graphically, the game is wonderfully remastered, as is the audio, but if you want the original game’s pixellated 2D experience, you can swipe down with two fingers to toggle it. This game is fantastic, beautiful, and tough, but if you’re up for a challenge, Another World is a great pick.
BRING ME SANDWICHES!! (iOS)
Finally, an awesome mobile game centered around making delicious sandwiches has come to the App Store! Adult Swim’s been putting out some great titles as of late, and Bring Me Sandwiches!! is no different. You’re Jimmy Nugget, a lowly employee at a fast food chain tapped by the President to save our planet from alien overlord Guormo by making him (you guessed it) sandwiches. But you won’t be serving up a plain ol’ BLT, my friends; Guormo has some weird sandwich fetishes, like cats...
BMS!! also features enemies looking to topple your epic creations: protestors, birds, dogs, and others all do their best to knock off the layers you collect. Fortunately for Jimmy, there are larger pieces of bread later in the game that allow you to just put these meddlesome foes right into the sandwich you’re making. One particular bummer: no iPad support yet. But the game looks decent in 2x mode, and the gameplay is so polished that it shouldn’t stop you from picking it up. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have the strangest craving for a pastrami and cheese...
Ashley Esqueda is a semi-notable tech enthusiast, blogger, and all around mobile junkie who contributes to Mobile Nations, Techfoolery, and Tecca. If you're playing a game you think should be in Knuckle Up, follow her on Twitter