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 are our top five games this week:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Games like Pocket Legends and Star Legends have rocketed Spacetime Studios into a small class of elite mobile MMO developers, which is why it’s no surprise their newest foray Dark Legends also belongs in that ultra-elite group. While Spacetime could have easily rested on its laurels and created a game with similar mechanics to their previous efforts, Dark Legends takes lessons and improves on what came before it. As a result, it’s both fun and deliciously dark.
The game takes place in the world of vampires, and we’re not talking about lame, sparkly dudes wooing sad little milksops. On the contrary, it’s a very Vampire: The Masquerade style of world (True Blood also comes to mind). Dark Legends focuses on the very sexy side of bloodsucking, and you’ll create a character to roam the streets and discover a sinister plot unfolding as you explore.
Spacetime’s well-executed character leveling system is intact, as well as a revamped mission setup with an energy system. Run out of energy, and you’ll have to either buy it via IAP, or rest your character for a spell. The costumes and different vanity looks certainly speak to the wild looks and characters you might see in the underworld of the undead, which I personally can attest to, as my character is currently rocking an Elvira-esque gown with a giant afro and dual wield machetes. Suck it, Team Edward. Dark Legends is your master now.
(P.S. - Don’t fret, iOS users. Dark Legends will be hitting your iPhone or iPad in the coming weeks!)
Ever since our readership demanded Windows Phone love (and the Microsoft Marketplace is booming with great titles), I snagged an ultra glorious Nokia Lumia 900 to get some WP7 action and bring you the best of the best. Babylonian Twins is an older, fantastic puzzle platforming game that won hordes of accolades in 2011, but it’s still worth a spotlight this week, as it’s available on all three major mobile platforms.
Two twins, Nasir and Blasir, must work together to solve puzzles in each area to progress. The game is a puzzle platformer, and each brother has unique abilities you’ll have to utilize in order to collect golden palms and complete each level. Switching from one twin to the other turns the former into a statue, which can be used to activate switches and get to higher platforms. It’s certainly a fresh twist on the standard platformer, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun. Do yourself a favor and check out Babylonian Twins. You won’t be disappointed.
If you love games like Whale Trail and Tiny Wings, you’re going to love Rainbow Rapture. If you’ve never heard of those games but always wanted to roleplay a pissed off rainbow cloud looking for revenge, you will also love Rainbow Rapture. This endless side scroller is a sugary cream puff with a devious, gooey, dark and sinister filling. You play as Rainbow, a cloud with a colorful tail; however, it’s not all kittens and...well, you know.
Rainbow’s pretty angry at how the world turned out, and he’s out for vengeance against the very group that destroyed his beloved Earth: humans. Destroy humanity by eating all the people standing in your way. Rainbow’s movement is mostly automatic, but you’ll have to learn to time your taps to utilize the dips in the hills to catch as much air as possible. Powerups and challenges keep the game from getting monotonous, but the best parts come from the paid version, which offers up ringtones of the game’s music and a commentary track for Rainbow as you chew up those terrible humans.
Set in a post-World War IV world, where we’ve been decimated by robotic troops, Shogun: Rise of the Renegade is a fantastic homage to the Japanese “bullet hell” shooters we’ve come to know and love on mobile. There are some things Shogun does really, really right, in that they’ve put their own spin on the genre and added some features that modernize the sometimes overwhelming feel of these types of games. And while a hardcore shmup fan might not love those new additions, it’s a great way to welcome new fans into the fold and provides a solid experience any shooter fan can enjoy.
The controls are simple: drag your finger around the screen to move, and release it to open your weapon menu. The menu slows down the gameplay on-screen, and allows you to choose your weapon with more care than we’re used to in the genre. It makes for a solid gameplay experience, and it’s a lot of fun upgrading your pew pew in a more deliberate fashion. Those of you using the new iPad will be pleased to know Shogun supports iCade and Retina Display; however, the game shines on Android devices and iPhone/iPod as well, making this a gorgeous shooter that’s not to be missed, no matter which OS you’re representing.
When I hear the word ‘parkour,’ I usually imagine that hilarious episode of The Office where the guys are obsessed with it and (feebly) attempt to act like badasses and kick off of everything they see. Now, I can add anthropomorphic peas to my visualizations, as Peakour combines the extreme activity with little green veggies. And puns. Lots of puns. Seriously. If you love groan-worthy puns, Peakour is jam packed with ‘em.
There are all kinds of little peas in the Peakour universe, but you start by meeting PeaG, and he’s a peakour artist that needs you to help him complete his crazy parkour courses. You’ll place various objects in PeaG’s path and launch him into motion when you think you’ve nailed down how to get him to the end of the level. Miss, and you’ll simply start over and try again until you get the right placement. Peakour has a lot of fun physics and some good challenges within, so if you’re into puzzles, give it a whirl.
Ashley Esqueda is a 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 or circle her on Google+ and send it over!