G4's Knuckle Up: The Best Mobile Games - Week of January 21st


Posted January 21, 2013 - By Ashley Esqueda

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Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet 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 five favorite games this week: 

iOS ($2.99)

When we heard Joe Danger was getting an iOS port, it was a pretty exciting moment for us. After all, we’d played it on our consoles, and it seemed like a great port. We were right, as Joe Danger Touch has been crafted specifically for a touchscreen experience, and it’s done perfectly. You follow the ubiquitous Joe Danger as he performs daring feats of bravado on his bike, which is a lot tougher than it might seem at first. 

There are 50 levels in Joe Danger, but you’ll be playing through most of them more than once to pick up the coveted “Pro” medal for each. To grab it, you’ll need to run the level perfectly, and that often takes memorizing a certain section or pulling off a tricky maneuver. The controls are perfectly balanced, and it’s a lot of fun popping wheelies, ducking, flying over shark tanks, and racing opponents.

A healthy and robust challenge system is also in place, once again adding replay value to just about every part of Joe Danger Touch. Unlocking new costumes, challenging friends to beat your high scores, and pushing through the last 10-15 levels or so are incredibly satisfying moments in the game, making Joe Danger Touch a must-buy if you’re on iOS.

iOS ($0.99)

Time Surfer from Kumobius on Vimeo.

Time Surfer is kind of an unholy lovechild of Tiny Wings, the 1980s, and the Time-Turner from the Harry Potter books. While Tiny Wings gives us great joy in its relaxing romp through the hills, Time Surfer often left us screaming aloud while hurtling through space and time. There are a lot of ways to die in Time Surfer, but that’s okay, because just like Cher, you have the ability to turn back time. 

The concept is like Tiny Wings, with endless gliding controlled by dipping into valleys to give you air as you launch off the tops of hills; however, Time Surfer adds in all manner of hazardous obstacles to dodge, cake to collect, pets with special abilities to unlock. Of course, there’s also the super cool time travel option, allowing you to rewind your path to avoid death or grab a power-up and still make that perfect jump. Time Surfer is frantic, ferocious, and fresh.

iOS (FREE) | Android (TBD)

Noble Nutlings is the product of a few ex-Rovio employees who decided to go rogue and make something entirely new. They’ve certainly brought something fun to the table with Noble Nutlings, a game about three insane squirrels with a penchant for cart racing. It’s reminiscent of their ex-employer’s Bad Piggies, but Noble Nutlings is free to play (with a gold IAP system, of course), and iOS gamers seem to love that fact, with over 600,000 downloads in a couple weeks.

The basic premise is this: you get a look at a level from the end to the beginning, then choose your cart settings (wheels, fruit, chili boost levels). At this point, you send your cart off into the level, tilting it as it rises and falls with the hills/loops/valleys it flies through. There are TNT boxes to explode, acorns to collect, and finally, a finish line to cross. While it’s a simple concept, it works really well, and there’s a lot of fun to be had in customizing your cart and crashing it with three cute woodland creatures inside. 

iOS (FREE) | Android (FREE)

Lots of cute games this week for our picks, and Rise of the Blobs continues that trend with its quirky puzzler. Developer Robot Invader’s last effort, Wind-Up Knight, was pretty awesome, so we had lofty expectations when we booted up RotB; fortunately, we weren’t disappointed. The game centers around a cute little marshmallow named Mal. He’s trying to stave off getting eaten by cubic blobs, as they rise up towards him ominously. Mal has one option: to throw stuff down on top of the blobs. 

They love fruit, and Mal chucks colored pieces of fruit down. It’s your job to swipe the tower around to find a matching colored blob that will happily eat the fruit, then tap the full blob to explode it and all the same color blobs touching it. Think three-dimensional cross between Tetris and your favorite match games, and you’ll get Rise of the Blobs. It’s cute, challenging, and offers great quick matches if you’re on the run. 

iOS (FREE) | Android (This week!)

The original Temple Run is one of the top-downloaded games on the App Store, so it’s no surprise its sequel, Temple Run 2, is already in the Top 50 Most Downloaded Games list. It also doesn’t hurt that TR2 is free, giving legions of mobile device owners the chance to, at the very least, check it out and see if it’s their flavor. New power-ups and achievements have been brought into the fold, but overall, this is a pure sequel: lean, mean, and ready to take on all of the copycats.

TR2 doesn’t make too many changes from its predecessor (never change a winner, we always say), but it does address one of the growing complaints from the original as it’s aged quite a bit: the graphics have been brought up to match current-gen knockoffs, and they’re quite lovely. Add in the fact that Imangi Studios is the king of this genre, and you’ve got a more than adequate followup in Temple Run 2.

Ashley Esqueda is a host, cylon, and all-around mobile nerd who also works for Mobile Nations and runs an obscenity-laden tech podcast called Techfoolery. 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!

G4's Knuckle Up: The Best Mobile Games - Week of January 21st


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